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Hi all The online shop is open! (Apologies if you've seen the posts of last few days and knew that!!) IMG_5735 And if you check the last blog you can see a 15% discount too :-) I'd never actually heard of 'black Friday', but as everyone else seemed to be offering a discount this weekend... However I'm with all the environmental organisations out there, I'm pushing a sustainable brand of consumerism... buy a Kleen Kanteen and re-use people! IMG_5772Another exciting week - Monday especially. As a Director of The Wild Network I was invited to speak at The Hospital Club's Sustainability Week, focusing on Project Wild Thing and discussing, amongst other things, how we can get children and young people to really, really care about sustainability, and of course how simply getting outdoors as kids is one of the solutions. Then today I enjoyed popping over to the Play England AGM where we heard from, amongst others, Tim Gill talking about his synopsis of the evidence for Play Provision "The Play Return".

Did you know 10% of the NHS budget goes on addressing type 2 diabetes? And that exercise is a known preventor of that disease? And that active kids make active adults?
Sounds like a pretty clear case to me, but we've a way to go before every public health lead across the country sees it. We also heard from Professor David Ball, a guru on all things risk:benefit. If you have to do risk assessments for any reason please do check out the simple risk:benefit proforma he (with Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal) developed, sponsored by the Play Safety Forum. Rest of the week I've been working on the online shop and prepping for the East London Design Show - do take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer if you can! ELDS_2for1_voucher Have fun this weekend, and do share your outdoor adventures!

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community, dock leaves, Hackney, Hackney Wild Walks, Love Outdoor Play, Lubavitch, nettles, outdoor play, risk:benefit, Stamford Hill -

"I've lived here for years but didn't know this was here!” So said one of the first people to join the first Outdoor People Hackney Wild Walk Workshop.
image It was a sunny, warm morning and we’d set out from the lovely Lubavitch Children’s Centre in Stamford Hill. Our workshop was focused on building confidence in taking groups of families out to explore their neighbourhood and in encouraging families and older children to explore them by themselves. We were looking for those secret spaces, unexpected wild and the great places to play. IMG_1700 The first big knowledge share was when we talked about risk, and specifically risk:benefit. We discussed possible serious risks – falling in the canal, road crossings, sunburn. And of course the benefits – greater confidence, more likely to walk further, finding new places to play (and play actively) and for fun. IMG_1782 Then as we set off along the path by the reservoir we came across the frankly most likely risk – nettles. IMG_1705 Everyone said they’d known children who had been stung, and what a worry it was. Then young Fred found us some dock leaves. IMG_1719 As several of the group simply hadn’t grown up here, they didn’t know about dock leaves. And on further discussion with a youth worker it became clear that this simple bit of knowledge – that dock leaf sap can reduce nettle inflammation – is simply not known by Hackney kids, at least not the ones we are all targeting. It's simply a bit of useful folklore that’s got missed. So everyone picked samples to take back and share. We had a great time, everyone gained something and all enthusiastically committed to taking at least ten more Hackney kids out on the walk. And that’s 80 odd children from this walk - over 500 by the time we've done all the workshops - who will now know about nettles, and will hopefully feel a bit more confident about playing outside where they live. [gallery type="slideshow" ids="927,926,925,924,920,919,916,892,901"] The Hackney Wild Walks Workshops are being sponsored by Hackney’s GREY SQUIRRELPublic Health Team as part of Healthy Hackney’s ambitions to reduce obesity and get young children in the borough more active through playing outdoors.

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