Little Wild Things is a small community interest company based in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. We provide outdoor nature play for young children and are dedicated to creating positive outdoor experiences for the families of Charlbury and the surrounding villages. We have been running since June 2014 and now have over 100 children joining us for woodland sessions each week. The children get involved with all sorts of fun in the outdoors from painting the trees to digging for worms. By being a part of Little Wild Things we hope children will become confident outdoors and will be happier and healthier for it.
The Henley Knapp Woodland site at which we are based by kind permission of the HDH Wills Trust is perfect for our sessions and has been much admired by all visitors. It’s close proximity to Charlbury and the surrounding villages makes it an ideal location and having the use of a site closed to the general public enables us to allow the children a large degree of freedom, knowing they will not meet straying dogs or disturb walkers. The mixture of broadleaf and coniferous woodland as well as the abundance of deadwood and leaf litter provides an excellent environment for dynamic play and has inspired many imaginative games, from Gruffalo hunting to the building of extensive caterpillar homes (complete with paddling pools and sailing boats!). The children also enjoy den building, bug hunting, digging for treasure and most especially jumping in the large muddy puddles that are left after it rains!
We set up Little Wild Things because we loved playing outdoors as children. We want the next generation to have the same opportunities and experiences we had and to grow up interested in and respectful of nature. It’s a worrying fact that children today spend less time playing outdoors than in any previous generation. Children won’t learn to care about something they have no experience of, so it’s vital we encourage them to spend time in the outdoors from an early age. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the HDH Wills Trust in allowing us to use their fantastic woodland site to educate and excite the local children. www.littlewildthings.org.uk