Saffron Walden goes wild!

12:22 21 January 2014

Project Wild Thing.

Project Wild Thing.


Not-for-profit cinema, Saffron Screen, will team up with the National Trust to look at ways of encouraging children to get outdoors and explore nature.

Ben Cowell, Newport resident and regional director for the National Trust.Ben Cowell, Newport resident and regional director for the National Trust.

The half-term event is inspired by popular documentary Project Wild Thing and a screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with a panel of experts, including a children’s author, a representative from Essex County Council’s country park’s team, the author of a book on ‘mindfulness and the natural world’, and a delegate from Walden in Transition.

The discussion will be chaired by Newport resident, Ben Cowell, who is regional director for the National Trust.

Mr Cowell said: “I am delighted the National Trust and Saffron Screen are working together to show Project Wild Thing. I hope it helps to spark a debate about whether children in the Saffron Walden area are making the most of the wonderful opportunities for engaging with nature that we have on our doorstep.”

The panel will be discussing questions such as “are we raising a generation of couch potatoes?” and “what can we do to encourage our children to explore nature?”

Project Wild Thing is a film-led movement to get more children (and their families) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is described as “an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature”.

The film is an amusing documentary that follows one man’s attempt to become the marketing director for nature. Film-maker David Bond is so concerned about his own children’s dependence on TV and video screens that he sets out on a mission to sell nature to British families.

To encourage local families to go wild, ticket holders for the event will also be given a free car parking voucher for Hatfield Forest near Bishop’s Stortford.

Project Wild Thing will be screened at Saffron Screen on Sunday, February 16 is at 11am. Tickets are available from the Box Office or Tourist Information Centre and via the website,


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