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50 Things meets The Wild Network

Helen Meech works for the National Trust, her role- reconnecting children with outdoors- and she’s the reason that ‘finding frogspawn’ is on the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ checklist.

“I grew up on a farm on the edge of Nowheresville, Hampshire. I was a speccy, geeky kid who loved experimenting with nature.

I kept a frogspawn

The Wild Network is on the hunt

The Wild Network is seeking a new boss to encourage children to go wild, and a Chair of The Wild Network.

The charity which launched last autumn with its documentary film Project Wild Thing, which aims to reconnect children with nature and outdoor play and has an ambition for every British child to have a significant connection to nature by

Camp Bestival and Project Wild Thing programme

Project Wild Thing presents Wild Time in Dingly Dell!

We’re proud to be bringing a Wild Time program to Camp Bestival. Come and visit us at our base camp at the entrance to Dingly Dell and get involved.

PWT Base Camp

See the big tipi at the entrance to Dingly Dell? This is your starting point for your wild adventures! Here you will

Marketing Director of Nature

The Wild Network is a young, rapidly growing organisation that exists to reconnect children to nature by amplifying the work of thousands of organisations across the UK.

We may be young, but we already boast 6,000 individuals and over 1,500 organisations as members. The breadth of membership is astounding: from the National Trust and the Scout Association to forest school leaders.

Director of The Wild Network role profile



Reports to: Chair of Trustees

Scope of role

Lead the organisation to achieve its overall objectives

Set the strategy and 1-year goals for the organisation

Work in a decentralised networked team, working with both trustees, a council of members and a growing network of supporter organisations

Maintain a wide network of stakeholders across this multi-dimensional issue, including but not limited

Chair of the Wild Network

The Wild Network is a young, rapidly growing organisation that exists to reconnect children to nature by amplifying the work of thousands of organisations across the UK. We are seeking a new Chair to lead our Board of Trustees and work with our new director to achieve our goal: that every British child should have a significant connection to

Chair of The Wild Network role profile



Reports to: The Wild Network Council of Members

Scope and Objectives

Provide leadership to Board and Network & safeguard the TWN mission

Ensure the efficient conduct of business at the organisation’s Board and General Meetings: agreeing the agenda with Director and Board members, chairing meetings effectively, ensuring sufficient focused discussion to reach decisions, approve minutes of meetings and

Teachers looking for WildTime ideas? Look no further

University student Poppy Gisman has the aim of "enabling all children to become enthusiastic about looking after our planet and the animals on it. To make them aware of some of the main conservational issues such as palm oil, but more importantly, I would like children to believe that they CAN make a difference!"

And as part of her university studies

Getting Norwegian Wood

Ten years ago, travelling in Norway I was meeting lots of great Norwegians: full of beans, funny and playful. I heard a lot of them talk about friluftsliv. Surprisingly for Norway, it is not a strong clear alcoholic drink. It’s a philosophy about the outdoors, but with no easy English translation. I got really intrigued about

Independence Day

It might be Independence Day in the US but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate a different form of independence here too.

Independence from marketing? – Or is that just blinkering?

Independence from parents?

Independence from our screens?

It’s a belief held by some within the network that kids aren't the ones who don't want to get outdoors, it’s the parents who have

Playday 2014: What is ‘Play’ to you?

A new theme for the Playday 2014 campaign: ‘Play is…’

Now in its 27th year, Playday is a nationwide celebration of play, with play events up and down the country on August 6th and campaign activity to raise the profile of children’s play.

This year, the Playday 2014 Play is... campaign is spreading the word about why play is crucial for

Guest blog: Adventurous parents, adventurous kids

Jessica Walden is a yoga instructor, organics guru and mother-of-two. She lives in the States and blogs at

"Kids can do anything - except fly, which they really truly want to do!" - Seth Godin, marketer and author

(c) Michelle Haymoz Photography

If you ask my 11 and 8 year old boys (who are adventurous, fun, full of energy, and risk-takers)

Guest blog: Future of the Lake District

Dom Hall is a member of nature's marketing department and is passionate about the importance of outdoor spaces, so it was a natural choice for him to plan his MSc research project to look at the possible future of the Lake District.

(c) National Trust Images/Paul Harris

There are a huge range of issues already beginning to affect the Lake District

Scouts go wild at Hardwick

A summer of scouting adventurers awaits visitors to Derbyshire’s Hardwick Hall, as a new collaboration between the National Trust and Sheffield’s oldest Scout group gets underway.

Last month saw more than 60 beavers, cubs, scouts from the 16th Sheffield (Westbourne) Scout Group descend on Hardwick Hall, a famous historic house and park perched on the edge of the Peak District, for

Get Wild on TV

Are you a young, passionate wildlife or adventure enthusiasts (or do you know one?) If you love British wildlife or outdoor adventure then you could be on CBBC kids show ‘Wild’.

Are you a wildlife warrior?

Do you get hands-on with nature or are you passionate about wildlife? Do you volunteer at your local nature reserve, help out at a local