The current urbanised living has seen an increase in electronic-based play. Children are becoming more and more disconnected from green open spaces and the natural world.
The need for creating 'wild spaces' in an urban environment has now been widely accepted and has become commonplace, allowing inner-city children to experience and explore the natural world. Environments created with nature in mind help children and young people to delve unhindered into the world outdoors.
Natural play spaces and environments support children's risk taking; education via outdoor-based learning encourages balanced health and wellbeing.
The Community Orchard at St Ann's Allotments is a lively hub of educational and community life, centred on local children and families. We work with schools and children's services and run a monthly activity day for local families.
St Ann's Community Orchard has been a part of local children's life in St Ann's for 10 years. From first steps in the outdoors at age 3 to troubled teenagers who become Guardians of the project, it offers a non-judgmental, safe, therapeutic, fun, outdoor learning and play space, a vital haven from the pressures of inner-city growing up.
Monthly Activity Days are free and open to all, often attracting 200+ local people, allowing them to access a "countryside type" experience on their doorstep.