Dame Judi Dench Urges Us All to Go Wild this June!

Tuesday 16th May 2017

International film star Dame Judi Dench made a surprise cameo appearance on screen this week - in Surrey Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge video! The much-loved Surrey actress, who is patron of the Trust, took time out from her busy filming schedule to record a message appealing to everyone to get out and go wild with the charity in June.



“Surrey Wildlife Trust would like you to do something wild on every day in June,” says Dame Judi in the video. “Just get out and do something every day – just go wild!”

Surrey Wildlife Trust is billing its annual 30 Days Wild challenge as ‘sunshine for the soul’ this year. The charity is urging everybody, everywhere to get closer to nature every day this June – and feel happier and healthier as a result.

Dame Judi is an Oscar and BAFTA winning actress, famous for her 60-year career on stage and screen - including starring roles as Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love and as spy boss ‘M’ in the James Bond film series. She has been Patron of Surrey Wildlife Trust since 2014 and has particular interest in the rebuilding of its new £1.1m education centre at Nower Wood near Leatherhead, which was opened by the Countess of Wessex GCVO in April this year.

“We were absolutely thrilled that Dame Judi agreed to appear in our 30 Days Wild video, after a long day out filming on one of our reserves,” said Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Magowan. “We never dreamt we’d have an Oscar winner backing our challenge – we hope everyone will join us and Dame Judi to get in touch with their wild side this summer.

“Whether you take time out to listen to birdsong, go pond dipping, walk in the woods 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!”

The 30 Days Wild challenge is 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!

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.

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 here >> where you’ll find lots of wild inspiration and ideas. 

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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