Girls Go Wild at Norbury Park!

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Girls Go Wild at Norbury Park!

Making mud pies, building dens and dressing up as slugs - more than 550 girls from Girlguiding Surrey had fun going wild in the country at the weekend.

Getting closer to nature, getting muddy and having fun in the wild...


The ‘Growing Up Wild’ event at Norbury Park was organised in partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust’s education team.

Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from units across the county descended on the parkland near Dorking.

The activities were aimed at encouraging girls aged between 5 and 15 to explore, investigate and engage with nature - with the promise of a Growing Up Wild Paw Print badge at the end of it.

“We all had a fantastic day in the outdoors at our Growing Up Wild event,” said Aimee Clarke, the Trust’s Director of Education. “The girls had a go at a minibeast safari, conservation work, wood craft and fire lighting. They had a great time getting closer to nature, getting muddy and having fun in the wild.”

Some of the older girls got stuck into practical conservation tasks, willow weaving and bushcraft activites in the woods. The younger ones had a go at wild art, species spotting, nature games and jewellery making. The day ended with a sing-song and marshmallow toasting round a campfire.

Cathy McDonough from Girlguiding Surrey East said: “We are working with Surrey Wildlife Trust because we know what good education they give for young people. By working with them we can give the girls a day to remember, unlike anything we’ve ever achieved before.

“Their memories will differ – for the Brownies using a flint and steel to light a fire; the Guides their experience of conservation work and looking after the countryside, rather than just playing in it and for the Rainbows, the best thing was definitely the mud kitchen!”

The event was also attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux:“We’re in lovely countryside with lovely weather and the young people have obviously enjoyed themselves and done something productive and exciting,” he said.

“The girls are making friends, they’re learning new things and they are preparing for their future. This sort of collaboration where two charities can work together is terribly important and so sensible – it’s a win win for everyone.”

Norbury Park is a working landscape in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 1,300-acre reserve is a mixture of woodland, grassland and various areas of farmland. Its range of habitats makes it an important haven for many plants and animals. The park’s rolling fields and woodland can be hired for weddings and other large outdoor events. Please visit for further details.

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