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Engaging children, young people and families through the natural world for them to nurture our natural environment in return

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About Led by the Wild CIC

Led by the Wild CIC engages children, families and individuals in nature led learning, outdoor education and conservation activities to benefit wildlife, nature and the whole community. Their overall aim is to enable children, young people and families to be nurtured by the natural world, and in turn to engage them in nurturing the natural environment for the benefit of all.

The funded project and its benefits

Led by the Wild CIC, received funding through our Environment Themed Programme to increase the numbers of activities aimed at those who are concerned about the climate crisis and environmental challenges. Their ‘Nature Nurture’ project, which we previously funded, attracted children, families, community groups and the wider community and our funding for the sequel ‘Nature Nurture+’ will allow Led by the Wild to deliver more activities and reach more people. The programme started in May 2022 and includes training and knowledge sharing, to build a community of volunteers, and support individuals and groups to develop and enact their own conservation plans be it for their balcony, back-garden, or a community wild-area.

Alison Body, Director, Led by the Wild CIC, said, “Our world faces unprecedented climate challenges; pollution, loss of habitat, unsympathetic and unsustainable land use, and the exploitation of our natural resources is decimating our wildlife and countryside. 

"It is a fundamental part of our ethos that we promote and nurture a love and knowledge of nature through our education and community projects. We received a grant in August 2021, towards our original ‘Nature Nurture’ project and we are delighted to have been awarded £5,000 from Kent Community Foundation towards ‘Nature Nurture+’ which will empower people of all ages to respond to these environmental issues in a positive and proactive way.”

Their conservation activities including bee walks, bat talks, moth evenings and fungi tours are supported and underpinned with expert knowledge from their partners who include The Bee Conservation Trust, Hythe Environmental Group, Kent Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.

One service user commented:  “We’re so lucky we found Led by the Wild CIC, so incredibly sad our journey has come to an end. We are off on new adventures and will be forever thankful for them.”

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind