Have you heard of Project Wild?
When Ashley told me about Project Wild and would I spread the word about it I happily said yes. Being a ‘Wild’ thing myself (yes I know I am totally delusional today!!!) I spend a fair bit of time outside. Of course having two dogs gives me a reason at least twice a day to escape outside usually taking one or both of the children to at least one walk and usually both of them at the weekend.
But apart from joking about the ‘wild’ me I have always loved being outside. I confess to enjoying spotting bugs, I usually say ‘hi’ to birds well not all of them obviously but the ones that seem to be looking at me and I totally love wild flowers. Always have done and sure always will. On my birthday this year when out for a picnic I took a good ten photo’s of beautiful flowers that we came across. I can remember aged 17 walking my dog Josh along a track covered in cow parsley and picked a bunch (in the days that was okay to do!!!) and proudly walked home (feeling cool & pretty as you do at 17!) and popped them in a vase for my bedroom.
Lots of my happy memories are from being outside in fact probably the best ones. Despite remembering Christmas aged 9 getting a Cindy doll and one of the fab cases you could keep her in and hang up her clothes, The Wind and the Willows book and a flower press what I also remember is the lovely walk at Hampton Rocks after Christmas lunch and that lovely cosy feeling of coming home from long walk.
So both Bex and Oscar have grown up with the enthusiasm of being outdoors, enjoying the stuff that is free for the taking, fresh air, things to climb, things to find, games of Pooh sticks (who doesn’t like Pooh sticks?!) great places for picnics, blackberries for picking, hills to roll down, time away from the house for chatting and laughing. To be honest what isn’t there to like about this list.
Project Wild is all about getting people who don’t go ‘Wild’ that often to get out there. They are seeing if people will pledge the same amount of free time they spend in front of the T.V, games consoles or online to being outside.
Pop over to their Project Wild website and see there is to offer and there are plenty of Apps too if you feel you need to mix technology with being wild.
Go and like them on Facebook or follow them on twitter @wearewildthing #getintonature but most of all if you don’t do ‘wild’ that often well give it a go as for me being ‘Wild’ is what comes naturally!!!
You will see the picture of the girl licking a frog on billboards across the country. This campaign is backed by the NHS and Natural Trust to encourage us to enjoy the great outdoors. I am not sure that licking a frog is quite what appeals to me but getting outdoors gets my backing too