Lights, Camera, Action !

Over the last couple of years we have been lucky enough to collaborate with a multitude of TV channels, documentary makers, news programmes; working with pioneers and experts who aim to promote the importance of the wilderness and wild places.

Wilderness and Nature | Jo Roberts | TEDx Chelmsford

CEO, Jo Roberts explains in a recent Tedx talk, about how we have lost connection with the natural world we live in and the world we rely on. Reflecting on the way we used to live and how we live today Jo explains how we need to reconnect to nature. Understanding and measuring the effects of nature’s value on our wellbeing and encouraging people to respect and understand the value of wilderness and nature lies at the heart of Jo’s  passion in her work through the Wilderness Foundation UK.

Let’s Do It!: Finding Your True Self in the Wilderness

Jo Roberts, CEO talks to Andy Ramage on his Let’s Do It! podcast talking about the history of the charity and how to find your true self in the Wilderness. Andy Ramage an ex professional athlete co-founded a world-leading behavioural change platform and is now a leading behavioural change expert and performance coach.

Sky Nature: Wildlife Changemakers

Sky Nature, in association with Persil’s Dirt is Good Project, visited the foundation’s unique site in Chatham Green and met some of our amazing wildlife changemakers. These incredible kids helped explain to Ashley Banjo, how they were happy to get their hands dirty for a cause they believe in and when young people take action together in the fight against climate change, amazing things can happen!

BBC Breakfast: Wilderness Foundation UK

BBC Breakfast discovers the healing powers of nature and the impact it has on the mental health and wellbeing of the vulnerable young people that are referred to the foundation every year.

Insight: Wilderness Therapy

Insight spends time with a group of researchers in the UK
who are using nature to tackle mental illness in young people.

TurnAround 11

Location: Loch Lomond, Scotland. 27th October – 1st November 2019.
Footage and information for the participants and leaders of Turn Around 11.

TurnAround 10 Graduation

A touching account of our TurnAround 10 participants and their emotional graduation speeches. What a journey they all made!

Badger Cam: Behind The Scenes

Badger Cam brings you all kinds of wildlife, not just badgers. Tune in every week to see new footage from our badger sets.

We have a night vision camera which is set up by our badgers sets and each week we check to see what wildlife is on site while we are not around.

New Episodes: Every Thursday (WILDLIFE DEPENDENT)

BBC Radio Essex: TA Graduate Mel appears on the Breakfast Show

Mel who has been working with a mentor at The Wilderness Foundation, to help with her anxiety and depression, recently appeared on the BBC Radio Essex Breakfast Show.

Imbewu (Scotland): Incredible students raise £3000

Four amazing students at Pitlochry High School in Perthshire raised an incredible £3000 for our Agad Treun (Imbewu) programme through the Young Philanthropy Initiative. Their motivation was beautiful – this success means other young people will benefit from Agad Treun, and utilise the positive impact it would have in their lives. Please read their full story here:

ITV: This Morning, Pursuits of Happiness

Simon Thomas is returning to presenting for the first time following the sudden passing of his wife Gemma 18 months ago. He joined up with the Jo Roberts from The Wilderness Foundation to film some wilderness therapy with a group of youngsters for his new series ‘Pursuits of Happiness’ for ITV’s This Morning.

CBBC: My Life, Ellie’s Hike to happiness

An increasing number of teenagers are experiencing anxiety and in this documentary we meet 15-year-old Ellie, determined to overcome her own anxiety and depression. This film follows her on a trek with the Wilderness Foundation Team to the Lake District with three other young people facing similar issues. This ultimately uplifting film illustrates that with the right help, teenagers can learn the skills they need to control their mental health.

In November 2018, we were proud to announce that Ellie’s ‘My Life: Hike to Happiness’ won the award for Best Children’s Programme, at Royal Television Society Awards. It also was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award.

Dr. Ian Player Archive Footage

Here’s a chance to see our founder, Dr Ian Player and his Zulu guide and mentor Magqubu Ntombela, in some rare archive footage, along with other trackers as they locate and tag Rhino.

Ellie at The Royal Television Society Awards

And here is Ellie, chatting with Sam Thompson (of Made in Chelsea fame), moments after winning the award for Best Children’s Programme at Royal Television Society Awards.

BBC: The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

The series sets about finding alternatives which might be just as, or even more, effective than drugs. Dr Chris van Tulleken tackles the shocking rise in teens taking antidepressants by testing if wilderness therapy can work where the drugs are failing. He investigates why parents are giving out so many over-the-counter meds when they may not be always necessary, and he helps hyperactive kids replace their drugs with mindful meditation.

The Open Road Project

Essex Open Road Women’s Support Service, works with women who are currently on probation and delivers a number of interventions including mentoring, women’s programmes and now works in partnership with The Wilderness Foundation. The partnership utilises the positive impact that being outdoors has on peoples mental health. The goal being to help the women build trust, gain confidence, motivated and leave with a sense of belonging and direction.

Prince Harry visits the Chatham Green Project

During his visit to the Chatham Green Project on 14th September 2017, Prince Harry met with pupils engaged in a range of outdoor learning activities, all underpinned by the principles of Leave No Trace. The Wilderness Foundation strongly believes in connecting young people with their local environment, in order to build relationships that create a lasting desire to conserve and protect the natural world.

Focused on sustainable land use, the project investigates how we can utilise the land more effectively to better balance the 21st century needs of farming, nature and communities. Through this initiative, we provide National Curriculum linked educational activities for over 3,000 school aged pupils each year. In addition to this, we operate an environmental monitoring programme to record the changes in the land over time.

ITV Tonight

In September 2017, Prince Harry came to visit the Wilderness Foundation. He met the team, and visited one of Schools who were at the Chatham Green Site taking part in one the outdoor education projects. Early in 2018 we were notified that Prince Harry and Megan Markle had chosen us as to receive donations in place of their wedding gifts.

Hosted by Julie Etchingham, ITV Tonight went on to make a special documentary. It aired in December 2018 – and looked at the first six months of the Duchess of Sussex’s life in her new Royal Role. The documentary featured three participants of The Wilderness Foundations ‘Turnaround Project’, Mel, Charlotte and Matthew who shared their thoughts about the difference she makes.

The Chatham Green Project

The Chatham Green Environmental Education Project is an outdoor education initiative that uses our 400-acre outdoor classroom to bring the national curriculum to life! The Chatham Green project engages over 4000 young people a year through our workshops and visits – covering a wide range of subjects – everything from farming and food production to lifecycles, plants and pollination, animals and humans, biodiversity… the list is endless!

We cater for all Key Stages, as well as out of school groups such as Beavers, Cubs & Brownies. We work with teachers and leaders to provide visits that meet the needs of the group, we don’t believe in one size fits all! Surrounded by arable fields, our beautiful teaching site includes: mature woodland, Jubilee tree plantation, pond, stream, meadows, horticulture zone and Education centre.

Rohan Gift Your Gear

On Monday 23 July 2018, on what was an exceptionally hot day, the Rohan team travelled to meet the Wilderness Foundation team at their UK HQ in Chelmsford, to pass on donated kit and learn more about what we do. Click here to read the article: