Nearly Wild was founded by Steve and Irene Evison, following many years working in environmental and community development work.
Their expertise is built on practical experience in the UK and extended periods working overseas including Alaska and Tanzania. Also, since 2010, they have owned and managed a smallholding and eco-location on the England-Wales border.
In 1997, they established and have successfully run a ‘living geography’ consultancy, Resources for Change, which continues to work around the UK and internationally. More recently they set up Nearly Wild Camping, which is a co-op that aims to establish a network of wild camping locations across Britain and overseas, enabling people of all backgrounds to leave the boundaries of traditional campsites behind and to discover their own bit of wild whilst learning from local hosts about ‘their’ countryside and landscape.
Tom Endacott is Nearly Wild Exploration’s IT whizz, who has set up the website and keeps us up and running in the virtual world. Tom is also a keen Nearly Wild Explorer himself, his current project is renovating a sailing boat for future solo and shared coastal and marine explorations.
SO WHAT IS Nearly Wild ?
Nearly Wild is here to support nature based trade. Supporting, promoting and networking Nature Based Business with those seeking their services. Building a community for Nature Based trade. Bringing together the people who want to connect with and explore the natural world (Explorers) and the people who work to provide opportunities for exploring it (Nature Based Business).
To help people find stuff, the Nearly Wild portal hosts three different directories: events and activities that enable people to get out and explore the natural world; businesses and organisations whose work is focused on the natural world and enabling people to explore the natural world; places and locations where people can get out and explore the natural world. Each directory is, each searchable by map, keyword or name. Listings shown in green will tend to be more detailed, and have been put up by the owner or person responsible. Listings shown in orange will be quite brief, having been put up by the Nearly Wild Exploration team or Ambassadors, using publicly available information.
To enable people to share knowledge, the Nearly Wild website provides a continually updated set of blogs, as well as videos. Members will be able to access free downloads, get discounts on training and workshops, and link with other Nature Based Businesses (and those trading for nature) and Explorers.
THE THINKING UNDERLYING Nearly Wild
We’re thinking about people and nature in the widest sense, such as mountain biking in heritage landscapes, canoeing with wildlife; learning eco-technologies; building with recycled materials; learning country crafts and how they shaped the countryside; getting out adventuring and travel; finding out how to identify the birds in your garden or the plants in your local country park….. anything and everything about nature …. near and far, urban and rural, wild and not so wild.… .
We want to be able to support people on a journey of exploration of the natural world around them, whether very local to home and as part of their everyday lives, or whether something much further afield and very different to their usual experiences. Through Nearly Wild, we are providing a directories that show just how much is out there for them, where it is, and what exactly is on offer. But the information is only part of the picture; we are also offering information and services directly that we hope will help people in their journey of exploration of the natural world in other ways, such as personal development training based on ecological principles.
At the same time, we want to be able to support and promote the individuals, businesses and organisations which are out there doing great things to provide experiences, activities, products and services related to the natural world. First and foremost, this support and promotion is about providing a means to publicise what they are doing, so that even more people know about them and buy or use their services – this is the Nearly Wild Exploration directories. We know how important it is for these providers to be able to be commercially viable if they are to continue their work. But there’s more to it than the publicity alone, so Nearly Wild Exploration is also there to offer other forms of support, so that we contribute to strengthening the sector as a whole, and also individual businesses and organisations.
WHY CALL IT Nearly Wild ?
We live in a fascinating world, and whilst we may not realise it, everything links back to nature. People are part of the natural world and it is part of us. We have changed the natural world and it has changed us. In truth we are part of the ecological system and nothing is really truly ‘wild’ or ‘natural’, it is in fact semi-natural or, as we like to call it, Nearly Wild.