Get in touch with your wild side at family event

Families across Leicester are being invited to go wild for the day at an event filled with nature and bush craft inspired activities organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

The Wild Sunday family event will take place on 22nd May from 11am to 4pm at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden in Oadby. A range of exciting activities will be available, including wooden jewellery and key ring making, fire lighting, natural painting, story telling and a tree trail with prizes to win. Promising to provide fun for all the family, the event is open to everyone and will go ahead come rain or shine.

The family day has been arranged as part of the Wild Forest School project, which is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Similar Wild Play events will also be taking place during the half term holiday. For further details or to find out more about the project, visit www.wildforestschool.org.uk.

As well as joining in the fun, families can also be inspired for ‘30 Days Wild’, an initiative from the Wildlife Trusts to get people outside and enjoying nature. A free 30 Days Wild activity pack, including a wallchart, stickers and wild flower seeds, will be available at the event.

The Trust’s month-long nature challenge was highly successful last June with more than 18,500 people taking part. Participants were encouraged to do something ‘wild’ every day for a month and commit Random Acts of Wildness to help connect with, experience and take action for nature.

Martha Rose, Wild Forest School project co-ordinator, commented: “Thanks to the continued support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we can provide more opportunities like these for the children in our urban areas to experience nature. We’re delighted to be holding this event at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, it’s the perfect setting to learn about and enjoy wildlife. Through these initiatives we hope to demonstrate that it’s actually really easy to enjoy nature and provide helpful tips and ideas for parents to organise their own outdoor activities.”

This year, the Wildlife Trusts across the country are asking people to do something wild every day from 1 – 30 June. This could be simply smelling a wildflower, listening to a birdsong, exploring a local park, or letting an area of the garden grow wild. The challenge is free to take part in and a list of 101 fun and intriguing ideas are online for inspiration. To sign up and register for a pack, visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild and don’t forget to share pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #30DaysWild.