Hundreds of families picnicing in the park, a group of children singing animal songs, another group making weird and wonderful creatures out of clay and painting butterflies...then venture deep into the wood to discover children creeping along a blindfold trail and learning about trees. Walk across the meadow past the bug hunters and there’s a stream - the children are helping themselves to welly boots and they’re paddling away!
What’s going on? It’s a Family Wild Day.
Nature Nurture are on a mission to give people the chance to play, learn, enjoy nature and get active outdoors in their local green space.This August the Nature Nurture team provided Family Wild Days at Arthur Newbery Park, Palmer Park, Prospect Park and Waterloo Meadows thanks to £9900 funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and a grant from Blade-based company Olswang. Natalie Ganpatsingh, Nature Nurture’s Director said “ These 4 days have been amazing; local families have been out in droves exploring the wild spaces Reading has on offer. We were hoping for 80 or so people to come along but 3 of our Wild Days had a turnout of over 400! It looks like Reading families are really going wild!”
Jas Millington who went to the Palmer Park event with her kids aged 5 and 3 yrs said “It was so lovely to have an event which makes them appreciate nature & wildlife, discover & explore for themselves & have fun! Thank you.”
Nature Nurture like to collaborate with local conservation groups and were joined by the Tilehurst Globe at Arthur Newbery Park. They are now applying for more funding to run Family Wild Days in May / June 2016, to tie in with Beat the Street and Reading Year of Culture 2016. They're also devising a Doodle Tree Trail in the town centre with The Museum of Reading and local artists.
Members of The Wild Network
We’re proud to be part of The Wild Network, whose mission is to support children, parents and guardians of children to roam free, play wild and connect with nature. An amazing film, Project Wild Thing, kickstarted this nationwide movement and we’re going to create ‘The Wild Town Toolkit’ which we’ll share with other organisations across the land who want to make their own town go wild!
See what other people are saying about Wild Town here