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Working to Keep People Healthy
and Our Planet Wild

Through the Wilderness Foundation education and therapy programmes we help young people and adults reconnect to society and themselves through outdoor facilitation adventures, therapy and mentoring. Our programmes highlight the positive impact of wild nature on personal and social wellbeing. Developing stewardship for nature and wild places is imbued through the teaching of Leave No Trace Ethics alongside volunteering opportunities.

Our mission is to preserve wild places and change lives through outreach programmes that educate, inspire and reconnect people facing a number of challenges in their lives. We create opportunities for those wishing to learn more about their relationship with the natural world and what they can do to protect it. The content of our Wilderness programmes aims to equip and enable people to acquire skills from within themselves to navigate their futures safely and successfully. We are working to keep people healthy and our planet wild!

ENVIRONMENT

Climate change mitigation around nature, rewilding and sustainability. Inspiring programmes including youth action projects, making positive changes for the environment and nature.

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EDUCATION

Environmental and curriculum based workshops for Primary, Secondary and SEN schools as well as our Leadership Academy involving team building and wilderness expeditions.

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THERAPY

Supporting vulnerable young people and adults in personal growth, improved mental wellbeing and resilience. Working with wild nature as a therapeutic tool to gain perspective and understanding.

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Our Services

To find out more about our Wilderness Youth and Counselling services please download our brochure here.

To find out more about our Chatham Green Project – Environmental Education services please download our brochure here.

Wilderness News

Click HERE to learn more about our Wilderness Foundation Garden which won a GOLD MEDAL and BEST IN CATEGORY at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Follow the story of the garden’s relocation to a primary school in Walthamstow and how you can help us continue our work by donating to the Awe & Wonder Appeal which launched at Chelsea.

Meanwhile back at Chatham Green – Our TURNAROUND 14 participants are soon to graduate. FACE to FACE therapy continues outdoors along with our group programmes including BRAVE FUTURES, BLOSSOM PROJECT and OUT THERE throughout the year. There are still funded places available for those who need our support and if you have any queries or would like more information about our services and programmes running this year please contact us.

If you need to make a referral please download our Referral Form from the main menu, complete and email to us.
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Learn More About our RHS Chelsea Adventure

and how to donate to our Awe & Wonder Appeal

Our Latest Campaign

Launched at Chelsea 2022 our ‘Awe & Wonder Appeal’ will help raise funds to continue our transformational work in connecting people to nature; helping improve mental wellbeing whilst learning to care for nature.

Our Pledge to People and Nature

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WILDERNESS FUNDRAISERS

Becoming a Wilderness Fundraiser is easy…
  • Set up your own fundraising page and share your story on social with friends and family
  • There are lots of ways you can raise money for us and have fun doing it!
  • To find out more, visit our Fundraising page.
Start your own Wilderness fundraising journey TODAY and make a difference to someone’s life.

WILDERNESS VOLUNTEERS

We couldn’t run programmes without our amazing volunteers.
  • If you like working with young people, love the outdoors and want to share your skills then join our tribe of volunteers!
  • To register your interest, complete our Volunteer form and email to us today.
  • To find out more, visit our Volunteer page. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
Become a Wilderness volunteer TODAY and play an important part in someone’s journey.

AWE & WONDER – CONNECTING TO NATURE

See one of our amazing young TurnAround graduates explain how nature immersion helped transform their mental health and build emotional resilience through their connection to nature. As a lasting legacy of our RHS Chelsea garden, we aim to continue and expand our vital work through our Awe and Wonder Appeal helping raise vital funds so together we can build a stronger and healthier society who care for themselves and the natural world.

RHS CHELSEA 2022 – GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Watch this glimpse into our amazing gold medal winning experience at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, captured by Team Lewis Foundation. As we welcomed thousands of visitors to our garden, we invited them to walk through and experience the Awe & Wonder of nature. The Wilderness Foundation UK garden, designed by Charlie Hawkes, also won Best In Category in the All About Plants show gardens. You can visit our Instagram profile for some of the highlights.

DIRT IS GOOD -WILDLIFE CHANGEMAKERS

See our amazing young ambassadors as they introduce Ashley Banjo to their passion for the environment and how we can all make a difference. Watch the full episode from the Persil ‘Dirt is Good’ Project, and listen to our amazing young people explain ways to help preserve wild spaces and in doing so help the planet. If you feel inspired then why not join our Green Influencers or Eco Defenders, Wilderness youth environmental action groups.