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The ultimate playground

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Pete Crawford

Head of People and Wildlife

The Sussex Wildlife Trust have just hosted the Project Wild Thing film in Brighton, one of 60 screenings across the country this weekend. It is the first step in a campaign by the Wild Networkto promote more outdoor play for children. It is something that the Trust have long championed. Indeed, we believe we are the biggest provider of environmental education in Sussex, having worked with some 24,000 children last year.

After the film someone asked whether we could do more for people with restricted income? Now this threw me for a moment. The Sussex Wildlife Trust is running a number of childrens events this and every half-term (click here for more details) but we do have to charge for our time. We are a charity and rely on membership income to continue our good work. But, we do not charge for entry to our nature reserves, unlike some other environmental organisations.

However, the point of the Wild Network is not about going on special trip to a nature reserve, but about just getting outside. This half-term let your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, or god-children experience nature.

Let them play outside

> Take them to a park or the beach

> Collect conkers or every colour of autumn leaves

> Look out for mushrooms

> Stand on the beach or the top of a hill and let yourself be blasted by the wind

> Put on wellies and jump in some puddles

> Play pooh-sticks in a stream

The natural world is amazing. It is the ultimate playground. It is waiting for you. Open your door


  • Steve Taylor:

    29 Oct 2013 20:35:22

    Great article Pete – couldn’t agree more!! Being outdoors is a great experience for the youngsters – my kids did some Forest School Training with and had a brilliant time. If anyone out there is sitting on the fence and not sure if your littl’uns will enjoy it, take my word for it, they will love it – get outside before they grow up!!

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