Following the success of last year’s event, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust will be encouraging families from across the county to go ‘wild’ every day in June as part of the Wildlife Trust’s ‘30 Days Wild’ nature challenge. To help launch this year’s initiative, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust will host a family-fun nature event, designed to help people appreciate wildlife and wild places near them throughout June, on Thursday 1st June at Abbey Park, Leicester between 11am and 4pm.
The family-fun day has been arranged as part of the Wild Forest School project, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Throughout the day, families will be able to take part in a range of exciting activities including bug hunting, wild art, storytelling, scavenger hunting and nature poetry. Prior to the event families will be able to order a free ‘30 Days Wild’ activity pack, which includes a wallchart, a poster, and activity sheets to help inspire them to make nature a part of their lives.
As part of this project, the Trust is running a competition for one Leicester primary school to win an all-weather garden. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, teachers need to download the schools pack and encourage their classes to take part in the 30 Days Wild challenge. For more information on the competition, visit: www.wildforestschool.org.uk/competition To download your pack, visit www.lrwt.org.uk/get-involved/30-days-wild.
The ‘30 Days Wild’ project was developed as a way of encouraging people to take time out of their busy days to appreciate the beauty of nature, as Simon Bentley, director of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, explains: “In today’s hectic society, it is so easy to get swept up in our day to day lives and forget to stop and smell the roses - literally! We want to inspire people to take a little time out to enjoy the beauty around them throughout June. Go for a walk in your nearest park at lunch, encourage your friends at school to count how many bees they can find or, instead of watching TV on a Saturday morning, play outside in the garden.
“We are really excited about this project and we look forward to meeting families at this year’s event and challenge them to see how many ‘wild’ activities they can complete in just one day.