The Growing Healthy Naturally Project aimed to help to improve the health of children, young people and families in parts of Northern England, by encouraging people to spend more time outdoors.
It was a 3-year project, funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families and working in partnership with Sheffield, Yorkshire and Lancashire Wildlife Trusts.
All four Trusts shared good practice to improve the quality of the work that we do and expand our capacity, and then shared that good practice with all other Wildlife Trusts.
The project allowed us to look more closely at the effects that the Trust’s activities have on the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families, to help us make future projects even more effective. This includes a fantastic and informative School Grounds Guide to improving school grounds and promoting environmental education in the outdoor classroom.
Staff, volunteers, teachers and parents worked together to deliver fun and engaging outdoor activities for children, and to pass on how it was done to other Wildlife Trusts and their staff, volunteers, teachers and parents.
Growing Healthy Naturally helped children from Church View Nursery in Newcastle, who used Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Activity Centre to learn about, plant, grow and eat their own food from their own organic garden.