Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Young people boost their wellbeing by connecting with wildlife

25 May 2022

In the past year the Go Wild at Hudnall project has helped 414 young people to engage with nature and improve their emotional wellbeing through a range of nature-based and mindfulness activities.

The Go Wild at Hudnall project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by Services for Young People in partnership with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn new skills, work as part of a team and build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

The young people attend six weekly sessions over a term and take part in activities such as tree planting, animal tracking, fire lighting and cooking on the open fire, wood whittling, nature-based art and crafts, mindful eating and other mindful sensory activities. They also carry out surveys known as ‘BioBlitzes’ to identify as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible in a specific area at a particular time. The records collected during a BioBlitz form part of a scientific survey of the area.

A highlight of this term for the young people, and adults alike, has been watching the three sets of badger cubs playing, foraging and exploring on the camera traps!

Badger cub at Hudnall Park


If you know of any young people who would benefit from taking part in the Go Wild at Hudnall project, please contact the Services for Young People Go Wild Team or use the Go Wild at Hudnall booking form.

Find out more about Go Wild at Hudnall.