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Aside, Outdoor People -

Getting Wild, New Stuff and announcing Wild Walks Workshops!

The last couple of weeks have been wonderfully wild, including a wild screening of Project Wild Thing at the fantastic Wilderness, rowing on a lake with my increasingly wild (in the best possible way!) niece and planning for the rather gorgeous bijou family yoga festival, Exhale, coming up next weekend. There will be bushcraft, night walks, orange candle making... oh and some yoga! I've also been planning some rather great training and got a lovely partnership building... read to the end for more. But first, we had Playday! Outdoor People at Exhale 007 Outdoor People at Exhale 010 Usually I've got involved in big, organised playdays - and there were lots of those across the country - but this year for me was about keeping it local, so I joined the mums, dads, babies and toddlers of my block of flats and we had a wonderful picnic in the park. Just making the effort to get to know each other a little better, and letting all the tinies put there toes in the grass, was wonderful.We are planning more for the other young residents when they are back from holiday. The campaign was a success across the country, with ITV screening an entire half hour documentary around the topic:
Do You let Your Children Play Out?
I was slightly disappointed my interview got cut! But the research I fed them and all the points I wanted made got in there - do take a look. The parents filmed, Tim Gill and Digby Jones make the case brilliantly - kids NEED to be outdoors, not just a nice to have. And we HAVE to do something about this problem. Next, to very softly announce, is that I will be partnering up with the fantastic Gift Your GearGift Your Gear charity, providing a collection point here in Hackney, promoting their fantastic work and encouraging other organisations that take children and adults outdoors to make best use of their recycled outdoor clothes. So if you have any old outdoors gear taking up space, please bring it down to the stall, or drop me a line and we'll see if we can fetch it. Over September they have a high profile partnership with Rohan, so we'll be formally announcing our link up in October. Doesn't stop us collecting gear in the meantime - and if you can't get to Hackney, then you can donate through your local Rohan shop. I've also got some NEW STUFF for the stall - lovely ex army canvas blankets, some US made charge cords wrapped like old style electric cable and some more hammocks! I've also restocked on Storm Kettles and firelighters as at the last market we SOLD OUT!! They really are the best when camping - a godsend at Wilderness and Womad, keeping our kanteens full of tea and coffee, and quickly heating warm water for washing ourselves and our plates. I did put mine on a ceramic tile to protect the grass! Finally got a small restock of Klean Kanteens, with some new extra large flasks and some of the 'cap your flask' lids. Very useful when driving or walking round the park drinking coffee! I also got a bottle engraved this week for a client involved with The Wild Network, looks rather good doesn't it? If you would like something similar do get in touch. [gallery type="slideshow" columns="5" ids="730,747,748,743,741,732,731"] Lastly, and VERY excitingly, I've six new workshops coming up, delivered in partnership with Hackney's Public Health Team. These are free to all professionals, community leaders and volunteers who work with children and families across Hackney. For more details and to register your interest please see the Hackney Wild Walks Workshops Event page. Hope to see some of you at Broadway Market tomorrow or in the future, let's make the outdoors easy this weekend and have ourselves some #WildTime!

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