Unleash Your Inner Wild Child With #WildTimeLAN

Kids encouraged to go wild in Lanarkshire this summer, with the launch of a new natural play campaign #WildTimeLAN throughout the Clyde and Avon valleys.

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Date posted: Friday, 26 June 2015

A number of natural play sessions, some free of charge, have been coordinated throughout the summer holidays by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) in partnership with Big Bird Nursery in Larkhall, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, Music with Ann Dante, RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh, Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, South Lanarkshire Countryside Ranger Service and Wild About Lanark.

People will be invited to book their children onto the numerous natural play sessions and be encouraged to share resources and their experiences on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WildTimeLAN.

WildTimeLAN has been developed to support parents and guardians in natural play, showing that any woodland, park, garden or little patch of land can be turned into an adventure playground. All that’s required is a little imagination!

The campaign is part of a wider network of natural play focussed initiatives supported by CAVLP, such as the creation of the award winning natural play and picnic park, Clearburn, at New Lanark. It also sits within growing national and international concerns about decreased ‘wild time’ in today’s society.

“Through the WildTimeLAN campaign, we're asking people to simply 'go out to play' and share their ideas, photos and favourite places,” explains Karen Dobbins, Community Engagement Officer at CAVLP.  “It doesn't matter whether people go to the wonderful woodlands and parks in the Clyde and Avon Valleys or have a favourite place at the end of their street. We're just asking people to get out there and encourage others to do the same. There will also be a range of events organised by our partners, from den building to woodland arts and crafts to give people inspiration.”

The following WildTimeLAN sessions are being offered, but please check back on this link or on our Facebook page throughout the summer for further sessions which may be added:

Wednesday 1st July

Brilliant Bugs at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, £2 adults, £1 children, free to RSPB members, 2 - 4pm

Booking: 0141 331 0993 / 07872 814 911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tuesday 7th July

Build a Den at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, £2 adults, £1 children, free to RSPB members, 2 – 4pm

Booking: 0141 331 0993 / 07872 814 911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thursday 9th July

FREE Make your own Fairy Wands and Harry Potter Swords at New Lanark with CCI, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Booking: 01555 664211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thursday 23rd July

FREE Make your own Fairy Wands and Harry Potter Swords at New Lanark with CCI, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Booking: 01555 664211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday 26th July and Sunday 2nd, 9th and 13th August

Butterfly Net Workshop & Minibeast Hunt at SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, £8 per sweep net, over 3’s only, 1 – 3pm

Booking: 01555 665 262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 1st August

FREE WildTimeLAN at Morgan Glen with Big Bird Nursery, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Booking: www.wildtimelan.eventbrite.co.uk or call 01555 663 430

 

Booking is essential at the details above. For ideas and to join in the conversation about #WildTimeLAN, head to the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to see your own #WildTimeLAN adventures. Please upload them to social media using the #WildTimeLAN hashtag. Go wild!

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