The Wild Network
Help us spread the word about the value of play

Play England is a founding member of the Wild Network - a unique and pioneering collaboration between organisations both large and small to let kids get back their 'wild time' and reverse the trend of children losing touch with the natural world and playing outdoors. 

The Wild Network has been launched with three specific aims:

  • To get the scale of the problems of children losing touch with nature and outdoor play recognised as a challenge for society and Government
  • To provide opportunities for children to connect with nature and outdoor play
  • To bring real and meaningful change so that children have the access and opportunity to enjoy nature and the outdoors that previous generations have enjoyed. 

If you want nature, wildness and free-range living to play an important part in the lives of today's children then join the Wild Network - thousands of people and more than 350 organisations have joined so far!

Project Wild Thing

To kick-start the revolution to reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors, a thought-provoking and funny documentary film, Project Wild Thing, is on release from 25 October at cinemas across the country. 

Here's a trailer for the film and where it's showing

The more of us who watch the film, the more we can spread the word - so do go and have a wild time.

And tell us what you think - join in the conversation about reconnecting kids with nature by using the hashtags #wildtime or #projectwildthing on twitter.

Further information

What our 'Wild' friends have to say‚Ķ 

"Children have a natural fascination to touch and to feel things - it's part of existing in the world.   It's not the kids that have said they don't want to put their hands in the mud or jump in the pond, it's the adults that have said no."

Chris Packham, naturalist and TV presenter 

"Wouldn't it be an irony if this technology that has freed us up from fear and discomfort and pain, ironically is depriving us of all the things that we treasure and turning us into glassy eyed zombies."

Baroness Susan Greenfield,professor, writer and broadcaster 

"Whether or not children understand or engage with nature really determines what the next generation is going to do about a lot of the big problems that face our environment and the planet."

Chris Rose, scientist and campaigner 

"Across the western world children spend less and less time outdoors. The generational shift to an indoor existence has been strongly linked to a sharp decline in children's wellbeing. Cases of childhood obesity, depression and behavioural difficulties are at a record high."

David Bond, father and Project Wild Thing filmmaker and presenter

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