Save Skrammellegepladsen i Emdrup

Skrammellegeplasden in Emdrup has been described as the birthplace of ‘modern’ playwork. The junk playground has served as a beacon and inspiration for playworkers all over the world but is now under threat from similar financial constraints that have closed several much-loved adventure playgrounds in this country like Stonebridge and Battersea. Changes by the local … Continue reading

Bold move to kickstart an outdoor play renaissance in Canada

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:
Last week the Lawson Foundation, a Canadian family foundation, launched an ambitious outdoor play strategy with the announcement of $2.7 million (£1.3 million; $US 1.9 million) in funding for 14 projects. The strategy has an explicit and exclusive focus on unstructured outdoor play. Tackling risk aversion is a prominent theme, building on…

Film screening – Jonathan Dimbleby chairs a heated debate

Guest blog, by Laura Hetherington Growing up in a small working-class village community in rural Derbyshire I took for granted the immense adventure playground on my doorstep: the woods I roamed with my sister, the fields in which we picked armfuls of buttercups and looked for toads, the hedges we made our dens, the stream … Continue reading

Conversations with Neighbours

CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS Originally posted by Naomi on the Playing Out website I have lived in my street for nine years – a terraced Bristol street of 30 houses – and now know nearly everyone who lives there. There are some people I just say hello to but lots I stop and have a chat with, and … Continue reading

Market Forces

In a famous speech on the campaign trail for the US Presidential nomination in 1968 Bobby Kennedy said, ‘too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…yet the gross domestic product [the official measure of such things] does not allow for … Continue reading

This week is Love Outdoor Play Week!

Outdoor Play Week is a campaign being led by Re:Play and is now in its fifth year.  It is all about celebrating the play opportunities on offer in the fantastic green spaces across the South East.  It is an annual celebration with events organised all over the region to help children and young people get … Continue reading

Out of sight, out of mind

Recent surveys have shown children’s independent mobility has declined and that opportunities to play are much more restricted than they were in previous generations. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. For most children there is a higher level of adult surveillance than we would have been used to when we were younger but many … Continue reading

A night with the stars

A guest post by Sue Palmer. It’s not often I get invited to introduce a film premiere – in fact, it’s never happened to me before, so I felt very honoured.  Granted this premiere was to take place in a field in late October, but it did sound like the perfect venue for Project Wild … Continue reading

Project Wild Thing launches today!

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A major new feature length documentary film Project Wild Thing has been launched today and will be showing at Picturehouse and independent cinemas across the country. This inspirational film, directed by and starring David Bond (Erasing David) and produced by Ashley Jones (Green Lions), takes a witty, touching and frank look at the complex issue of why … Continue reading

Shire kids go Scything

What an amazing weekend the kids and staff from Shiremoor Adventure Playground have had in the Yorkshire Dales. They completed their John Muir Discovery Award in the most extraordinary way and discovered a really wild spot at Muck Hole near Robin Hoods Bay. On a 17 acre site, in the middle of nowhere, live two … Continue reading