28
Oct-2013

Spread your wings

Cedar butterfly

…you have no idea how far you can fly.

I recently had the pleasure of working with the pupils and staff at Cedar Primary school in Strood, Kent on two days of wild wonder discovering their fabulous wild grounds. But before even venturing outside I was enchanted by the inspirational artwork adorning the walls of this new school. Every child, parent and staff member was invited to decorate a small (20cm) paper butterfly, which was then attached to the wall by a short piece of wire. Each is a simple piece of art, but collectively the 1000+ butterflies form an incredible visual spectacle. Every butterfly & its shadow flutters in the breeze and light from nearby windows and lamps.

Cedar butterfly2

Despite its urban setting, during our two days exploring their school grounds, the children & their parents discovered toads, slow worms, newts, fungi shaped like feet and spiders feeding on caterpillars and other insects. And so much more wild colours and natural beauty.

Spider

I left Cedar, so full of excitement and positivity. I had helped the staff and pupils rediscover their extensive wild grounds; but much more, they had inspired me with their amazing enthusiasm and energy (sometimes against adversity).

The butterflies will stay with me forever, a vivid reminder that one simple action repeated by many can yield beautiful, amazing & inspirational results.  And with those butterflies in my mind, I am planning a very special year of Wild Wonder in 2014.

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