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Outdoor Sport and Recreation- The Debate Plays On...

Wednesday saw MPs gather to debate the Government’s policy on outdoor sport and recreation. Taking place in the grand surroundings of Committee Corridor, with windows framing views of the Thames, MPs from all parties and all parts of the country recounted their experiences of the outdoors, and urged the Government to do more to encourage people to get outside.


Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

Nature writer, author and poet, Daniel Crockett writes about nature connection and our societies urgent need to get re-connected.

"Something is amiss and we can't quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses, the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with

Biophilia and the concept of A Heraclitean Motion

Edward Wilson, an eminent Biologist, coined the phrase Biophilia and advocated a Biophilia Hypothesis. In his book Biophilia (2003), Wilson describes a ‘Siamese connection’ with nature and other species, without which we will not attain, or maintain good mental wellness.

Think about it…do you enjoy the company of animals or perhaps prefer to climb a mountain? Do you wonder in awe

Why am I angry?

I close my eyes and my other senses fill the void. I can hear the long grass moving like the seeded sea it becomes in late summer. The fizz and hiss, the shsssh of the stems as the sound moves between the heavy clacking leaves of the trees. The smell of the earth like malt loaf, sweet and dark. I

A million people can't be wrong- sharing the parkrun passion

I think I should start this little blog by introducing myself to The Wild Network community!

My name is Chrissie Wellington and I’m best known for doing a little bit of ironman triathlon which basically means I warmed up with a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike ride before the all-important task of running a marathon. I

The Marketing Director of Nature goes on tour

Summer is flying by, and while it’s been busy trying on costumes of rain and sun, we’ve been planning a Project Wild Thing tour. David Bond will be travelling around the world (well, to the US and Australia) in the coming weeks for some exciting Project Wild Thing events and screenings.

His trip down under begins on 22nd August, and

Where have all the wild things gone?

At the end of the year we will be publishing the story behind Project Wild Thing; the story behind why it matters that our children are becoming more and more disconnected from the natural world.

We want you to help tell that story.

We’re looking for the parents’ view of why children are becoming less wild.

Who’s to blame? Parents? Cars? Or

A Wild Time at Camp Bestival!

When the lovely folks at Camp Bestival got in touch at the start of the year to see if we'd get involved in taking over the Dingly Dell at their festival in Dorset this year, we said yes, not really thinking about what that meant!

But the chance to bring Project Wild Thing to life in the outdoors with 10,000 kids

My Wild Summer

Emma Websdale, Communications Support Officer for The Wildlife Trust talks us through her vision of summer....and it's idyllic..

"It’s the summer holidays - that time of the year when we can all become a little bit wilder. It’s a time of connection between parents and children, sun cream and ice cream, and - just as importantly – between ourselves and nature.

5 minutes with The Big Tree Climbing Company

Two guesses as to the second organisation joining us at Camp Bestival...

(that's right.. they climb trees for a living! wow)

What were you happiest doing outdoors as a kid?

Tree Climbing of course!. I did love spending days out walking the dogs with Mum and Dad. Really good quality time spent with the family.

Why do you think reconnecting children with nature

Support Play? Support Play Wales!

Play Wales is the national charity for children’s play and is a founding member of The Wild Network but now they need your help to continue the fantastic work they do.

"For 15 years we have successfully campaigned for children’s play, now we find ourselves in an astonishing position where we have to campaign for Play Wales after our application for

5 minutes with Rob 'Da Bank

Did we mention we're going to Camp Bestival? This weekend? and that we're taking some of The Wild Network's amazing memebers and activities with us? ...(yeah we thought we had)

Well there's still time to come too... and with only a limited number of tickets left if you're still not sure weather to come check out what festival creator & Radio

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

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