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Cheshire Wildlife Trusts ask people to get back to nature this June

By on May 3, 2018

“Signing up to the challenge is now open,” said Charlotte Harris, chief executive officer at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “We’d love everyone in our region to give this a go. The challenges can be as simple or as complicated as someone wants to get – from appreciating a flower they pass on the way to work, or eating lunch outside and listening to bird song, through to learning how to identify wildflowers or insects. No matter how small the action, it all counts!”

People will be sent a free pack containing a booklet of inspirational ideas for Random Acts of Wildness, wildflower seeded paper to sow, wild stickers and a wall chart to record activities.

Once people sign-up they will be sent a free pack containing a booklet of inspirational ideas for Random Acts of Wildness, wildflower seeded paper to sow, a wall chart to record their activities and wild stickers. There are also tailored packs for schools and businesses.

Academics at the University of Derby who have monitored the challenge since it began in 2015 have discovered that spending time in nature makes us feel good.

Dr Miles Richardson, director of psychology at the University of Derby, said: “Over the past three years we’ve repeatedly found that taking part in 30 Days Wild improves health and happiness. “We respond to beauty – it restores us and balances our emotions. This, in turn, encourages people to do more to help wildlife and take action for nature.”

The latest set of results from the study of 30 Days Wild also confirms that the benefits of the challenge last well after the month has ended.

As part of the campaign, Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be hosting a fun day out at Marbury Country Park on Sunday, June 17, where people can take part in a variety of wildlife-themed activities.

The trust will also be celebrating the campaign on their social media – encouraging everyone to share their activities and what they love about wildlife.

People can join the challenge by signing up at www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/30days .

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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