Beat the Street celebrates ‘Go Wild’ week

Beat the Street players in Kettering were invited to ‘Go Wild’ recently and to explore the area’s parks, green spaces and waterways.

The Beat the Street programme has been designed with themed weeks to keep players engaged and to help them explore everything that the local area has to offer. The themes include Go Play; Go Explore; Go Travel; Go Active and Go Celebrate.

The Go Wild week celebrates the area’s parks, green spaces and waterways, and in Kettering, Intelligent Health’s dedicated nature lead Natalie Ganpatsingh collaborated with local stakeholders to provide a schedule of interactive events.

Beat the Street, along with Year of Green Action, The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, Groundwork’s community garden initiative ‘The Green Patch’ and local conservation group Natural-ISE, invited players to its ‘Go Wild Day’, held beside The Green Patch in Kettering where participants took part in outdoor activities.

More than 80 people attended the event which including the opportunity for players to score double points on selected Beat Boxes in green spaces and to take part in games including Beat the Street bingo, ‘Find Beattie’, making animal dens, craft activities, and wildflower planting.

Martin Toms, chairman of Natural-ISE, said: “It was great for Natural-Ise to support the Go Wild Day in Kettering. A number of families were able to join in with our seed sowing and plug planting activities, designed to improve the biodiversity of the Ise Valley from the bottom up. Putting in wildflowers will provide food for insects and bird which are all very important at a time when species are in decline.”

Rebecca Neal, Communities & Wildlife Officer at The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire added: “It was great to be invited to join the Go Wild Day in Kettering. We got to shout about the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants, and meet lots of people we wouldn’t normally reach, as we don’t have a high profile in this area. I really liked seeing families enjoy time outdoors together. I also enjoyed looking around the Green Patch community garden and was able to network with other local organisations.”

Natalie Ganpatsingh added: “This was such a great event that showcases what we can do in partnership with organisations in all of the communities who play Beat the Street. It shows the vital importance of providing green spaces for people as an integral part of helping people add more physical activity to their lives.”

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Beat the Street team with children playing bingo