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Our Mission

The Wilderness Foundation UK harnesses the power of the wilderness to transform vulnerable lives and empowers people to conserve nature.

The Wilderness Foundation UK engages over 6,000 people per year with the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. Programmes develop future sustainability leaders, build resilience in vulnerable teenagers with challenging lives and mental health issues, introduce rural employment to urban youth, and bring curriculum-based sciences to life in the outdoors. We switch off technology and switch on reality.

Our Chatham Green Project is a 400-acre living classroom engaging young people with the subjects of nature, farming and food security in the 21st century. Subjects are taught using immersive and creative outdoor education methods. The ‘Down to Earth’ allotment project trains people with disabilities and mental health problems to grow their own food.

TurnAround and the Out There Project support young people with complex needs through nature immersion. The programmes offer resilience training, personal development and therapy for youths battling family breakdown and mental health issues. Trained mentors offer one to one support to build aspiration and employability through wilderness therapy journeys.

Agad Treun (Imbewu Scotland) supports young people with mental health problems and complex lives. We build connections with nature and help young people build resilience coping strategies and skills for employment.Participants join wilderness trails, volunteering and employability training, whilst growing an understanding of their ecological heritage.

Since 1956, Wilderness Leadership Trails have nurtured environmentalists of the future in the most remote corners of South Africa, the UK and Europe. Immersion trails with skilled facilitation help develop deep connections to nature, building future leaders for a sustainable planet.

All programmes follow Leave No Trace Ethics and training.

What we do

Transforming Lives

Supporting vulnerable young people and adults in personal growth, improved mental wellbeing, resilience, and employability.

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Environmental Education

Building knowledge and skills to help us  balance the demanding needs of  nature and people for a healthy environment.

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Leaders of the Future

Developing the personal skills of young and adult leaders and influencers with a focus on their responsibility for the environment and for people.