Photo courtesy of Wilderness Foundation UK’s Chatham Green Project – a conservation and education initiative on 400 acres of farmland in the heart of Essex, England.
The Wilderness Foundation UK was established in 1974 by Sir Laurens van der Post, writer, explorer and philosopher, and Dr. Ian Player DMS, international conservationist renowned for saving the white rhino and founder of the World Wilderness Congress movement.
We work closely with our sister organisations Wilderness Foundation South Africa, The WILD Foundation in the USA and other groups in Europe and Asia. Together we share a common belief in the irreplaceable value of wilderness, which contains the wonders of pristine nature, and enables us to return to our origins and draw a deep sense of belonging and inspiration. We are founder members of the Wilderness Network and all share a common logo – the Erythrina leaf which for us symbolises the most important relationships in the world: person to divinity; person to soil; person to person.
The WILD Cities campaign embraces this leaf in its logo, its relationship to the Wilderness Network, and the spirit of its origin.