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Be inspired by our wild play podcast

Be inspired by our wild play podcast


Whether it’s den building, bug hunting, balancing on logs or something else that grabs a child’s imagination, free play within nature offers countless benefits.

To inspire families to explore nature, we‘ve created a new podcast all about wild play and having fun outdoors.

If you’re not sure what wild play is or are thinking about giving it a go but don’t know where to start, this podcast is for you.

Our wild play officer Claire Pearce chats all things wild play with presenter Gareth Owen as they wander through beautiful New Forest woodlands.

Have a listen and start your own wild play adventure!


There are three permanent wild play areas in the New Forest, which were created in partnership with parish councils. Features at the sites include wooden forts, balancing logs, a carved lizard and seating areas. Volunteers have planted fruit trees and wildflowers, and bug hotels have been built with the help of local pre-school children. The sites are at:

• Holbury Manor Woods in partnership with Fawley Parish Council
• Stanford Rise in Sway in partnership with Sway Parish Council
• Ashurst Recreation ground in partnership with Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council

Wild play is one of 21 projects within the £4.4 million, National Lottery Heritage Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme.

More information on wild play including lots of fun ideas:
New Forest wild play
National Trust 50 things to do
Wildlife Trusts play wild

The New Forest code

The New Forest is a unique place with rare wildlife and free-roaming livestock. Please help us care for this special place by always following the New Forest code.

• Keep your distance from the animals – don’t feed or touch them
• Take home litter and dog waste
• No fires or barbecues
• Keep dogs under control. Don’t let dogs approach or chase any animals
• Park only in car parks
• No wild camping
• Stick to the permitted cycle tracks
• Drive with care – animals on the road!
• Help wildlife by keeping to the main tracks

Podcast music:
Today’s Special: Jam Tomorrow by Doctor Turtle
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