The Wilderness Foundation educates a wide audience, particularly young people, about the value of wild nature and natural landscapes, creating stewardship into the future. We work extensively in nature based settings, working on the personal, social and environmental outcomes that come from experience of the outdoors, with a focus on healthy biodiversity and people. We measure the impact of our work and share our results widely.
The Chatham Green Project is a new education and conservation initiative formed in partnership between our charity Wilderness Foundation UK and Strutt & Parker Farms, on 400 acres of arable farmland set in the heart of Essex. We offer bespoke, curriculum linked education sessions across the key stages with a message of balancing the needs of Farming, Nature and People in the 21st Century. The project showcases sustainable farming and energy, conservation and restoration management, and provides an important opportunity for pupils to connect with nature and the local landscape. We aim to engage 3,000 school pupils per year with the project and act as a ‘living classroom’ across the seasons. We are also a Diamond Jubilee Woodland site with 12,000 new trees planted in 2012. Other features include a solar tracker array, woodland copse, seep spring and stream, multiple environmental stewardship options, wildflower restoration meadows, and highly productive arable crop fields.