Over the last couple of years we have been lucky to collaborate with various TV channels, documentary makers, news programmes and work with pioneers and experts who work to promote the importance of the wilderness and wild places.
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.
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.
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 & pollination, animals incl 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.