The first ever Wilder Southampton Festival takes place in June, with a host of events across the city offering the chance to reconnect with our natural world.
The events are coordinated by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and celebrate the activities of the groups in Southampton who are already helping people to connect to the natural world and take action for wildlife. Events run across the city throughout the month, with new events still being added, so visit the website and check back to see if anything has been added.
The festival will include family activities like guided walks, picnics, litter picks and conservation sessions, all centred around wildlife and wild spaces throughout Southampton. Many groups are represented including Peartree Green, October Books, Friends of Portswood Rec, Friends of St James’ Park, Sholing Valleys Study Centre, Southampton City Council and many more. Look out for an activity near you.
The festival is part of Wilder Southampton, an ambitious two-year initiative run by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust in partnership with Southampton City Council and The National Lottery Heritage fund, as part of the nationwide Nextdoor Nature project. Wilder Southampton aims to create a city where wildlife is thriving, and everyone benefits from a healthy environment.
It encourages local people, communities, and groups to get involved and do their bit to help nature’s recovery by starting new projects in their area.
The full calendar or if you want to add a new event for this year’s festival you can do so here: hiwwt.org.uk/wilder-southampton-festival
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