What we do
Making nature a meaningful part of everyday life
We support the wellbeing of urban residents through connection to nature.
We offer a range of bushcraft and wellbeing activities for children, adults and businesses in London’s wild and green spaces.
We’re building a community of people who gather in nature for fun, to learn and feel good.
Developing positive relationships in and with nature
Wild in the City! offers nature based activities and experiences for children, families, adults and professionals living or working in urban areas, to help deepen connection and knowledge of the natural world through the development of practical skills, exploration and play; supporting well-being and the development of positive relationships in and with nature.
Promoting contact with nature
enhancing personal well-being and family and community cohesion
fun, informative and therapeutic immersion in nature
Helping make nature a meaningful part of everday life
Find out what we're up to
Beth explores ‘What Croydon stands to gain from Greater London becoming a National Park City’, in this article originally published in the Croydon Citizen. The campaign to make Greater London the world’s first National Park City is a grassroots movement which has captured the imagination of the capital. Over 85% of polled Londoners and Mayor[…]
Come and celebrate the end of the year with us, around the fire at our winter woodland social and fundraiser. Enjoy talks and demonstrations by experts and try your hand at traditional crafts in time for Christmas. Leave armed with knowledge about how to keep yourself safe in cold weather and something nice to hang[…]
In celebration of Wandle Fortnight, Wild in the City held a day of traditional crafts and nature based art in Wandle Park on the 18th September, attracting families from throughout Croydon. Children and adults learnt how to make string from nettles gathered from the riverside, Had a demonstration in coil basketry,[…]
This short film considers the benefits to London and Londoners of having National Park City status. Our founder, Beth Collier who features in the film says, “Being over 47% green space, our capital has a special opportunity to help us use nature to live happy lives. National Park City status would create a cultural identity,[…]
We’re excited to bring a new way of working to Croydon, helping local business people benefit from spending more time in nature. We’ve combined our expertise with Shaking Hands to introduce Netwalking, as an alternative to indoor networking meetings where local professionals can get to know each other whilst enjoying the health benefits of being[…]
Wild in the City will be supporting Stanley Film Club’s screening of The Survivalist on Wednesday 6th July. The film is a gripping thriller set in a bleak but beautiful post-apocalyptic world. In a time of starvation where the only option is kill or be killed, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land[…]
On 21 September 2016 Beth will be speaking at the Royal Festival Hall at an event to reimagine London’s future as a National Park City. A National Park City will be a new status which recognises the value of our natural capital to the emotional, physical, social and economic health of people living and working[…]
Volunteers from the Friends of Love Lane Green in South Norwood have turned some scrub land at the end of their road into a beautiful community garden. Using fly tipped tyres as planters they have planted 600 crocuses donated by Croydon Saffron Central as well as strawberries and hazel trees. The garden creates a safe[…]
We’re now taking referrals for our Into the Wild personal development programme for young people 16-25 who are NEET. The programme will be held in a 60 acre woodland on Featherbed Lane, CR0 9AA, combining bushcraft, conservation skills and therapeutic reflection. The course will run over 6 weeks and be co-facilitated by two psychotherapists. Young[…]
Wild in the City have planted flax and cotton at Croydon Saffron Central as part of our heritage project growing natural fibres for spinning. We currently work with wild fibres such as nettle, bramble and tree bark. We will be adding flax, cotton and fleece, working with the local community and schools to show how[…]
Is there anything more magical than English woodland carpeted with bluebells? Just 10 minutes from central Croydon our base camp was strewn with purple from April to May and we were lucky enough to have local artist Lis Watkins come and visit our base camp and capture the woodland in this beautiful painting. We admire[…]