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The Wild4Life project provided opportunities for local people to get out and about and involved in their local green spaces in South Gloucestershire from September 2012 to March 2017. Wild4Life worked to bring people closer to nature to improve health and wellbeing in Filton, Patchway, Yate and Dodington, Cadbury Heath, Staple Hill and Kingswood.

Activities on offer through the four years of the project included:

  • children’s centre nature play sessions
  • bushcraft sessions for teenagers
  • community outdoor seasonal celebrations and nature discovery events
  • the Big Pull pulling up invasive Himalayan Balsam along the River Frome
  • opportunities for volunteering and practical conservation in our local green spaces
  • training for volunteers
  • five new nature play areas and four bike and play hub resources

Wild4Life was managed by the council’s Community Spaces team and funded by a grant from the Reaching Communities Fund of the Big Lottery Fund. View the Wild4Life End of Project Evaluation Report for further information about the project.

Wild4Life and Breakthrough Mentoring forest experience evaluation film

This film evaluates the experience of a group of young people who participated in a programme of bushcraft and forest skills sessions at the Cherry Wood Project, Marshfield throughout 2014.

In addition to learning about ecology and mastering practical wood craft and survival skills, the film provides powerful evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of access to nature.


We are now working on Wild4Life2 which aims to carry forward the work of Wild4Life including the development of an ‘Outdoor Wellbeing’ guide to local opportunities.

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