Go Wild at Hudnall
In partnership with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund
In 2019 YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People, in partnership with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, were successful in securing National Lottery Heritage Fund support for a pilot project called 'Go Wild at Hudnall'.
Part of the pilot project was to plan improvements to the beautiful landscape, habitats and wildlife at Hudnall Park, whilst offering nature-based activity sessions to young people and families, to help improve their emotional wellbeing and connections to nature and the great outdoors.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust carried out a habitat survey and created a comprehensive Landscape and Ecological Management Plan for 2020-2024 which will improve and conserve habitats for our local wildlife.
The Go Wild sessions for children and young people vulnerable to emotional wellbeing issues were co-delivered by YC Hertfordshire and the Trust.
There were two themed sessions offered, as well as a six-week Forest School programme:
Wild Wellbeing included a range of mindfulness activities, natural art, wood whittling and creating soundscapes.
Wild About included creating bee towers and hedgehog homes, den building and wildlife bingo.
These sessions enabled young people to explore the natural world using the five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste, and taught them some useful mindfulness tools that they can use if they are unable to manage their emotions such as anxiety, anger, frustration and sadness, in a fun and engaging way.
Forest School sessions
These are child-led, inspiring and hands-on sessions where the children and young people are able to explore and take appropriate risks in the natural environment, enabling them to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem within a natural setting.
We delivered 15 pilot themed sessions and a six-week Forest School programme during 2019.
We would like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support with this wonderful project. We were able to pilot, evaluate and refine a range of activities to engage young people and families with nature. We received very positive feedback and improvement ideas from vulnerable young people, parents/carers and key people in support services and schools, along with commitment to participate in a future project. We were also able to fully develop improvement plans for a range of threatened habitats at Hudnall Park.
Find out more about the Trust at hertswildlifetrust.org.uk