'Contact with nature...is critical to the personal development of our children.' Sir David Attenborough.
"We will be physically, mentally and spiritually impoverished if
our children are deprived of contact with the natural world.
Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged.
It is critical to the personal development of our children." Sir
Barriers to wild time:
- Over-development and planning around places
- Lack of unstructured play opportunities
- Lack of environmental learning in the curriculum
- Traffic and road safety
- Commercialisation of play
- Consumerism and advertising to children
- Risk averse culture
- Perceptions towards stranger danger
- Rise of screen-time
- Increasingly time-poor parents
- Vanishing green spaces
- Keep Wales Tidy
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that
guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework
to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Becoming part of Eco-Schools is simple; registration is free
for schools and can be completed online.
'Keep Wales Tidy firmly believes that its Eco-Schools programme
inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their
communities and widens learning beyond the classroom to develop
responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider
Keep Wales Tidy
Wild - The Wildlife Trusts
Evidence has been growing for a number of years pointing
to the array of health and social benefits to be derived from
contact with the natural world for all ages. Children are happier,
healthier and more creative when they are connected to the natural
world. This should be an option not just for a few, but for every
child in the UK. The
Wildlife Trusts reach around half a million children each year
through their junior membership and work with schools.
Find the Wildlife
Trust for your area here and check out their map of nature
clubs for children and teenagers here.
A wide variety of resources are available to members,
including information sheets on activities, games, recipes and how
to create a variety of crafts in your sessions. There are
also many useful documents developed by experienced Forest School
leaders and during CPD training sessions - including Practical
Woodland Management, Environmental Impact Assessments and a Policy
and Procedure Handbook.
Learning Through Landscapes
LTL Cymru is the Welsh programme of LTL, the UK
charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for
children. Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in
the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn
to create and look after something valuable; their self-esteem
grows and their behaviour improves, along with their potential to
learn and achieve.
Campaign - WWF
Plant2Plate focuses on what can be done to produce
and consume food in a sustainable way that is not harmful to our
shared planet. To support schools on the campaign, WWF developed
some fantastic curriculum linked resources and
activities for key stage 1 and 2 pupils, designed to help
introduce pupils to the issues of food and sustainability.
Growing food at school is a great activity for pupils of all
ages. Our Food for Thought and Growing Guide offers practical
ideas, including a fantastic food growing calendar, covering the
main aspects of food growing.
Towns - Keep Wales Tidy
Tidy Towns is Wales' own community initiative,
designed to help volunteer groups take charge of their local
environment. Communities throughout Wales are plagued by derelict
lands and waterways - sites that have been laid to waste, or
neglected over time. These sites weigh heavily on their
communities, by spoiling the local environment and breeding
anti-social behaviour. Tidy Towns marks a new beginning of
community involvement and provides an opportunity to involve local
schools and children in caring for their community.
The Wild Network
The Wild Network is on a mission to re-wild
childhood. To help kids roam free, play wild and live nature-rich
lives. The Wild Network started with an amazing film called Project Wild
Thing (supported by Green Lions, National
Foundation, RSPB, Play
England, Play Scotland, Play
Wales, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, TFT, Woodland Trusts, AMV
BBDO, Good for Nothing, Do
Lectures, TYF Adventures, Eden
Project and Al Kennedy).
Wild Elements is a social enterprise dedicated to
getting people outdoors and closer to nature the fun way. Wild
Elements arrange for forest schools and playschemes within the
communities of Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesy. Allowing adults and
children the chance to explore and enjoy the natural world around
Other ways to get involved: