Wildchild actively worked to reconnect children and their families with the landscape of the South West Peak and areas further afield through encouraging exploration and playing outside. Being immersed in the outdoors at a young age helps to create positive experiences and an appreciation for natural heritage and landscapes.
The South West Peak Landscape Partnership worked with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to encourage children and their families to be wild in a variety of ways with activities, training days and volunteering opportunities.
We delivered a range of drop-in and bookable outdoor play sessions including Wildlings which was aimed at 6 months to 5 year olds, and Get Wild and Wildplay which was aimed at 6 to 13 year olds, plus Wildfamilies for all to enjoy. These were held at 30 different sites across the South West Peak. Sessions included activities such as den building, bug hunting, natural crafts, mud painting, campfire cooking and whittling, and were held on weekdays, after school, weekends and school holidays. During the covid-19 pandemic sessions were delivered virtually on GetWild TV which could be accessed via Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s family activities Facebook page
Free play in outdoor green spaces for very young children improves their ability to deal with stress and focus attention, as well as improving social skills.
Increasing access to, and use of, good quality natural environments can help improve health.
Over the last five years the Partnership, local communities and our volunteers have been working tirelessly to record and protect some of the most distinctive and important features of the South West Peak landscape. Now you can hang them on your wall!