Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s popular outdoor play ‘Wildlings’ sessions have celebrated their first anniversary after going from strength to strength in the last 12 months
‘Wildlings’ sessions give children aged six months to five years old the chance to play and explore nature outside, were originally set up to run every other week at the Trust’s Wolseley Centre headquarters, near Rugeley.
The sessions have proven so popular they now run every Friday at the Wolseley Centre, and the programme has been expanded with sessions running weekly at The Roaches (Mondays), Trentham Gardens (two Tuesdays a month, see Trentham website for dates) and Hem Heath Woods (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).
The charity also runs Wildlings themed birthday party sessions, and neighbouring Shropshire Wildlife Trust also runs Wildlings events following the success of the Staffordshire launch.
The Trust’s Alexis Johnson was key to the launch of Wildlings, she said:
“We stood there for our first session last March and it was pouring with rain – at times torrential.
“But I looked around and saw dozens of smiling and happy faces and thought then ‘Wildlings’ stood a
chance of doing well.
“Children were playing in a mud kitchen, splashing in puddles, singing songs and toasting crumpets, and they loved it.
“Each session is an hour and a half long, which we think is just the right amount of time for the age the sessions are aimed at.
“We have received great feedback and have been delighted ‘Wildlings’ has been so well received.
“Here’s hoping the next 12 months are just as successful.”