Go Wild this June and Feel Happier and Healthier!

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Take the wild challenge!Get in touch with your wild side this June. Pic: Jon Hawkins.

‘Sunshine for the soul’ is how Surrey Wildlife Trust is describing its annual 30 Days Wild challenge this year! The charity is urging everybody, everywhere to go wild every day this June – and feel happier and healthier as a result.

30 Days Wild really is sunshine for the soul!

 

“We want to encourage everyone to get in touch with their wild side this summer – you just need to do something wild every single day in June,” said Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Magowan.

“Whether you take time out to listen to birdsong, smell a wild flower, go pond dipping, explore a wild place or have your lunch or business meeting outside. We know that getting closer to nature makes you happier and healthier – 30 Days Wild really is sunshine for the soul!”


Surrey Wildlife Trust is launching its 30 Days Wild challenge in Mental Health Awareness Week this year. It’s backed by research that proves a daily dose of nature is good for our mental and physical wellbeing. Scientists found that two months after taking part in 30 days Wild there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people reporting their health as excellent - and their happiness continued to improve.

Last year more than a thousand people in the county signed up to do something wild every single day in June. The campaign encouraged people to reconnect with the natural world or help wildlife wherever they live, work and play – and the number of ‘random acts of wildness’ topped 1.8 million UK wide!


Children at Ripley Court School, in Ripley, enjoyed setting up an insect café, jumping in puddles, cooking on a campfire, bug hunting, making woodland stick creatures, playing on a woodland drum kit and getting muddy.

“The children saw and touched creatures that they had never seen before and had a go at den building and campfire cooking. It’s incredibly good for them for their health and minds – and they had fantastic fun!” said Katy Gower, spokesperson for Ripley Court School.


Jo Elphick, mum of three, from Redhill, threw herself into the challenge, exploring her local nature reserve, feeding the birds, cleaning up a beach and taking wildlife photographs – she even spotted a kingfisher and a badger! 

“30 Days Wild has made me realise how much better I feel after a busy or stressful day, if I can get outside for a walk somewhere a little bit wild, even if only for half an hour or so,” said Jo. 


Taking part in 30 Days Wild is FREE, open to people of all ages and the Trust hopes schools, families, businesses, community groups and individuals will all sign up to go wild.

“By looking out for nature on a regular basis, people are more likely to care about and protect it - and that’s what Surrey Wildlife Trust is all about,” added Charlotte. “We want to challenge everyone to join us and thousands of others who are making nature part of their lives – getting in touch with your wild side really does make you feel so much better!”


To sign up for your FREE 30 Days Wild pack, complete with a packet of wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a calendar to record adventures, stickers and a poster, simply register at www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild, where you’ll find lots of wild inspiration and ideas. 

Businesses that sign up will get a pack with wild bunting, badges, a wild guide, poster and selfie props, while schools will get a large deck of ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ cards full of inspiring ideas to help children get closer to nature.


Surrey Wildlife Trust will be running 30 Days Wild events for all the family throughout the month of June – book your wild adventure now >> . And don’t forget to share the fun of #30DaysWild with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
                

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