March 2021

So then – making a woody wild rumpus – this one is for all you nature lovers out there. Not so much yours truly then. I like the idea that nature is there – but am much less keen on engaging with it. As I often say – had I wanted to swab my decking so much (to get the bird poo of it) I’d have joined the navy. Anyway … moving on …

Wild Rumpus – where arts and culture meet the natural environment

Who and what are they? According the About Us text on their website:

Wild Rumpus CIC is a social enterprise producing large scale outdoor arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. We believe that when audiences engage together in the highest quality arts in the great outdoors, something quite amazing can happen.

… Further, we believe that arts and culture have a unique role to play in helping people to gain new perspectives on the existential threat posed to civilisation by the loss of biodiversity on a level never witnessed before.

Which is fair comment really.

Making a woody Wild Rumpus - image of forest with text 'Listen to a network of urban forest areas of England'

Celebrate England’s Urban Forests With #YourForest

A new, exciting project about urban forests, woodlands and parks has just launched across England.

And Swindon is one of the areas the project is looking at. It’s brought together a network of community radio stations throughout England to broadcast a special series about urban forests and trees. All looking at how important these green areas to communities living in and around towns and cities. 

You can listen to the series as it goes out, via their website – Or tune into your local radio station, Swindon 105.5, for more info.

As part of the project, Wild Rumpus are creating a unique sound map of recordings from local parks, woods or forests.

And they’re inviting YOU to get involved. They want you to go to your local area of trees, record a minute of sounds on your phone and then submit it to be part of the map.

It’s really easy to do and it’s all explained on the ‘Your Forest’ website:


Making a Woody Wild Rumpus - your forest

Your forest

‘Be transported into the heart of urban forests and woodlands in England through sounds recorded by the communities who live in and around them.

What does your local woodland, forest or tree-lined park sound like?  What do you love about it? Go to your favourite spot – or discover a new one. And use your phone to record a minute of the sounds you hear.

Research shows that even just listening to the sounds of nature can have a positive effect on well-being and mood. Explore the sounds of nature from the comfort of home by clicking on a pin on the map.’

Visit their YouTube channel here:

On the website you’ll find links to these participating radio stations:

List of participation radio stations.

Swindon 105.5: