Keeping it Wild


Join the movement, Be the movement  

Keeping it Wild is an ambitious project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in natural heritage, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wild spaces. 

Young Londoners from a range of backgrounds have the opportunity to take part in five different activity strands, with the programme path tailored – by young people themselves – to best suit their needs, interests and age group.

Alongside National Lottery Heritage Fund, further support and expertise comes from project partners, Headliners (UK)John Muir Trust, and London Youth.

Keeping it Wild Promotional Film - Year 3 - film created by Morgan Evans Media

There are plenty of opportunities for you, or your group to get involved in: 

WAP at Crane Park Island Richmond College

Young People from Richmond College on their Wild Action Programme credit Olli Slatter

Wild Action Programme

An exciting, free opportunity for groups to develop key skills in urban nature conservation through a series of workshops. Gain a John Muir Award and receive accredited media and journalist training with Headliners (UK).
Activities are tailored to meet the needs of your group and the Curriculum.




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Young People's Forum 19

Young People's Forum

A diverse group of 16-25-year-olds acting as a consultative panel and sounding board for this project. A chance to get your voice heard and gain media accreditation with Headliners (UK)!




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Camera Trap Workshop

Camera Trap Workshop credit Penny Dixie

Youth Accelerator Fund

Be part of our brand-new digital programme this October. Learn more about digital marketing through online workshops and create a fundraising campaign for London Wildlife Trust through a paid Training Placement. 

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Wild Action Day at Woodberry Wetlands

Wild Action Day at Woodberry Wetlands credit Penny Dixie

Wild Action Days


A fun filled, free practical taster day for groups at a London Wildlife Trust nature reserve with lunch and travel expenses provided.

Learn how you can protect the city’s wildlife and wild spaces.



Visit the London Youth website for more info
Volunteers working at Hutchinson's Bank

Keeping it Wild Trainees at Hutchinsons Bank Credit Ella Cox


Keeping it Wild Trainees spend three months with us learning practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement, media, journalism and communications. The Traineeship is full time, paid via a bursary. 

Wild Action Day at Camley Street

Wild Action Day at Camley Street Natural Park credit Penny Dixie

Represent! Social Action Projects

Are you part of a youth group? Got a great idea to improve a green space in your area? Or a wildlife conservation story you want to spread the word about?
London Youth will support your group and help you get your project off the ground!
You'll receive a John Muir Award and work with Headliners (UK) to make digital media to promote your idea and share with others.




Visit the London Youth website for more info

Find out more from young people involved in the project: 

Film created by Morgan Evans Media 

The latest from Keeping it Wild:

KiW YAF Workshops

Watch our Youth Accelerator Fund showcase event

The team hosted a youth-led event showcasing the achievements of our latest programme’s Digital Media and Marketing Trainees.

This was a free virtual event held across Thursday 9th - Friday 10th December 2020 - organised to explain how our Youth Accelerator Fund project came together, as well as to provide valuable career advice for young people on entering the sector. You can watch the recordings here. 

Through placing young people’s experience at the heart of a new digital fundraising campaign, London Wildlife Trust, Headliners (UK) and fundraising agency Open want to ensure that their voices shape the future of the environmental sector.

Our second-year project report has been published: 

Read all about the second year of the Keeping it Wild project in the summary report

Hedgelaying workshop

Keeping it Wild Trainees Credit Penny Dixie

Festival of Learning Awards

We are thrilled that the Keeping it Wlild Traineeships activity strand has been recognised as Highly Commended in the Festival of Learning Awards 2020. Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England, find out more here.

King's Business School

We were recently lucky enough to work with Digital Marketing students at King's Business School, exploring new methods of marketing to allow us to boost engagement with young people. Check out this video created by the department to record the experience: 

Over the next three years Keeping it Wild will enable the Trust, and other partner organisations such as the John Muir Trust, to inspire more young people to care about, and protect, wildlife and wild spaces.

Keeping it Wild is one of 12 National Lottery Heritage Funded Kick the Dust projects. Further support comes from George Bairstow Charitable Trust and Tallow Chandlers Charitable Trust.

Keeping it Wild Logo Bar

Contact us 

Emily at Staff Day_Sept 2019_Credit Hadi El Ali

Emily our Keeping it Wild Project Manager 

For more information, get in touch with our Keeping it Wild Project Manager Emily Morshuis on or 020 3897 6156