Many schools and community groups in Kent have been working hard to make their sites and community spaces a better place for nature and wildlife. From creating new wild gardens to encouraging recycling, there have been some incredible and worthwhile projects to help combat the climate and nature crises.
As well as celebrating positive actions taken to address the threats to the natural world, the scheme also promotes those schools and community groups that help connect adults and children with wildlife. In doing so, it acknowledges the importance of nature in supporting mental health and wellbeing and the positive impacts that connecting with nature can have for people and communities.
Some of our winners include:
The East Kent College group, who has been working across five sites, taking actions such as planting fruit trees and using renewable energy from solar panels. The Rainham Eco-Hub, who have been busy organising litter picks, a tree planting pledge, and other activities. Ightham Primary School, where students have been taking part in lessons outdoors, making bug hotels and growing fruits and vegetables.
Lee Mason-Baldwin, Head of Education and Lifelong Learning at Kent Wildlife Trust said:
“We would like to say a huge congratulations to this year’s winners for all their hard work in helping us fight the climate and nature crises! Nature plays a huge role in supporting mental health and wellbeing, and so we are delighted that so many schools and community groups took part in the launch of this incredibly worthwhile scheme. Connecting with nature is hugely beneficial for people and communities, and we are excited to see the impact this scheme will have as it develops over the coming years.”
Kent Wildlife Trust will open registrations for the 2022 Wilder Kent Awards at the end of this year. If you work or volunteer for a school or community group and have a passion for wildlife, nature and the environment, please get in touch.