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4:02 AM 29th April 2021
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Businesses Urged To Rewild Employees With 30 Days Wild In June

Boy binoculars lake© David Tipling - 2020VISION
Boy binoculars lake© David Tipling - 2020VISION
Businesses are urged to take care of staff by signing-up to The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild – the UK’s biggest nature challenge – in June. At a time when caring for employee wellbeing has never been more important, 30 Days Wild offers a proven way to feel happier and healthier, even months after taking part.

We know that:
41% of employees experienced poor mental health caused by work in 2020
81% of employees taking part in team activity days with The Wildlife Trusts reported an increase in their overall wellbeing
30 Days Wild boosts the health of participants by an average of 30%

Boy with trowel in garden (c) Evie and Tom Photography
Boy with trowel in garden (c) Evie and Tom Photography
The 30 Days Wild annual challenge from The Wildlife Trusts has had more than a million participants to date – an estimated 650,000 people took part in 2020 alone.

Blue tit images from inside a nest box (c) Wildlife Gadget Man
Blue tit images from inside a nest box (c) Wildlife Gadget Man
Sign up to take part in 30 Days Wild during the month of June – business will receive, for free:

Boy binoculars lake© David Tipling - 2020VISION
Boy binoculars lake© David Tipling - 2020VISION
A 30 Days Wild business pack with weekly content to make it easy to get your employees going wild. Or employees can sign-up to receive daily emails
Details of events happening during the 30 Days Wild of June: a big wild breakfast, a literary wild talk, a big wild camp-out and a big wild quiz
A bundle of fun resources, Random Acts of Wildness – ideas for connecting to nature, and a wallchart to plot your 30 Days Wild experience
Take advantage of nature-themed Mental Health Awareness Week, from 10th to 16th May, to promote 30 Days Wild to employees!

Every year, people sign up to do a ‘random act of wildness’ every day for 30 days during June. Popular activities include listening to birdsong, taking wildlife photographs and planting seeds. 30 Days Wild is proven to boost your mood, health, and sense of connection to nature.

30 Days Wild participants are provided with ideas, wallcharts and activity sheets that give everyone easy ways of enjoying nature whatever their location. These ‘random acts of wildness’ range from walking barefoot on grass, to sitting beneath a tree or watching birds on a feeder.

Results show that taking part in 30 Days Wild not only significantly increases people’s wellbeing and heightened sense of nature – but that these positive increases are sustained beyond the life of the challenge – for a minimum of two months after it is over. The people who benefit most are those who have a relatively weak connection with nature at the start.

Family walk outdoors (c) Evie and Tom Photography
Family walk outdoors (c) Evie and Tom Photography
The University of Derby monitored 1,000 participants of 30 Days Wild and found:

30 Days Wild boosted the health of participants by an average of 30%
30 Days Wild made people, particularly those who started with a relatively weak connection to nature, significantly happier
30 Days Wild inspired significant increases in pro-nature behaviour


Olivia Whitlam, Head of Sustainability, Siemens plc:

“Our colleagues look forward to 30 Days Wild every June and the uncertainties of the last year mean that it feels more relevant than ever. We find that the challenge inspires employees to get closer to nature and that they enjoy sharing the experience with each other too. We want our people to benefit from regular nature engagement and the wellbeing benefits that this brings.”


Woman at the beach (c) Evie and Tom Photography.
Woman at the beach (c) Evie and Tom Photography.
Russell Cooper, Head of Corporate Partnerships, at The Wildlife Trusts says:

“Nature plays a vital role in supporting our health and wellbeing. We want to encourage businesses of all sizes to take part in 30 Days Wild so that employees are able to enjoy wildlife as part of their everyday working lives. Spending just five minutes outside surrounded by nature helps lower stress levels and staff who are able to spend time in natural spaces are happier and more productive. The activities of 30 Days Wild are proven to help build people’s connection with the natural world, a relationship that will continue to flourish long after.”