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%
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. 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.
· 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 fabulous 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
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
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.”