Professional Resources to make your own Hackney Wild Walks!
Here are some images of Hackney Wild Walks that can be used to promote kids here getting outdoors and wild... Please credit images "Outdoor People/#HackneyWildWalks" [gallery type="slideshow" ids="1491,1518,1517,1516,1515,1514,1513,1512,1511,1510,1509,1508,1507,1506,1504,1503,1502,1501,1500,1499,1498,1497,1496,1495,1494,1493,1492,1490,1489,1488,1487,1486,1485,1484,1483,1482,1481,1480,1479,1478,1477,1476,1475,1474,1473,1472,1471,1505"] If you would like the full size images for print use please email: firstname.lastname@example.org There are more photos of the individual walks over on the blogs:
- Going Wild in #Hackney
- Step into the wild (outside your front door)
- Hackney Marshes
- West Reservoir with Lubavitch and friends
- West Reservoir with Woodberry Down and friends
- Full Dropbox Folder
- Risk:Benefit template
- Booklet of resources (activities, resources needed etc)
- Nature Detectives - Woodland Trust resources
- Project Wild Thing - clips and games to inform and inspire
- Nature Play Recipe Cards (Play England)
- Mission Explore
- Dirty Teaching - a book of everything you need to know to take leaning outdoors...
It was interesting quite how many participants that had lived or worked in an area were unaware of the facilities within a 2 km journey. For instance there was only low level awareness of the adventure playgrounds, and everyone discovered new pocket parks, plants and street art.
Main barriers to playing and exploring outdoors (here in Hackney)
- Fear of rain/bad weather was mentioned most often!
- Traffic!!! Of course;
- Fear of strangers (Maybe surprisingly this didn't come out that often);
- Fear of kids joining criminal gangs;
- Fear of kids being attacked/mugged;
- Fear of being thought a bad mother;
- Fear of getting clothes dirty;
- Not having the right clothes;
- Not being fit enough;
- Animals (dogs mentioned a lot, but also spiders, worms, foxes);
- Think children prefer being on the computer; and
- Not aware of what is available on the doorstep.
The universal feedback from the 58 participants and the many parents and Hackney residents that have taken the maps at markets and cafes is that they are a great resource that will encourage them to explore a bit further. They would like to see more maps, and more shared photos of what they can see on the routes, maybe in little books. This has been a great first big project for Outdoor People to get involved in, and we look forward to supporting many more kids and families get outdoors, explore and enjoy #wildtime in the future! Have a wild day!
Main solutions to get outdoors (here in Hackney)
- More maps with ideas of where to start from
- Little pocket size books
- Photos of stuff to spot on the way
- Access to cheap outdoors clothes (umbrellas, waterproofs, wellies, hats, gloves, waterproof trousers)
- Tell parents (and schools/childminders! the very real benefits:
- reduce likelihood of allergies by getting dirty
- increased things to talk about and fun to have with your child
- children sleep and eat better
- getting to know your neighbours
- happier children
- and happier, calmer parents too!
- Get involved in Hackney's Play Streets and close your street for play!
- Get signage made enticing people to
- Get ON the grass!
- Play ball games here!
- Play property area!
- Den making spaces
- how many birds can you spot?
- Only 2km to...