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King of nature films to inspire in Shrewsbury this month

Young people aged 11-30 years old are being encouraged to book to join Shropshire Wild Trust for an inspirational talk from renowned wildlife film maker Simon King in Shrewsbury on 24th July.

The talk is has been organised as part of The Growing Confidence Project, an Our Bright Futures, Big Lottery Funded scheme to offer young people the chance to discover more about wildlife, wild places and learn new skills which would help in future careers. The project has already run numerous events on a range of skills from bush craft and green wood working to fencing and hedge laying and species surveying and identification with over 1000 young people. It will be running more day and residential courses over the summer, to get involved, people can visit growingconfidenceproject.co.uk

The evening talk with Simon King launches an exciting program of “Wild about” seminars. Simon King is best known for creating, filming, directing and presenting many award winning TV programmes and films, some of the best known being Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, Planet Earth, Blue Planet and the Life series. His journey into wildlife film making began during childhood. He began his career as a child actor on television, featuring in The Fox, Secret Place and Man and Boy. He made his first film when he was just 21 years old and has since made over 80 natural history films. His talk in Shrewsbury will give a fascinating and entertaining insight into what it takes to break into the world of nature television.

Ruth Hudson, Growing Confidence Project Officer, said “Simon King’s programmes have amazed millions of people about the wonders of wildlife and we are thrilled that he will be coming to Shrewsbury to share his experiences as a wildlife filmmaker.  Already in the first year of we have helped over 1000 young people through the Growing Confidence Project to think a bit more about their local environment and we would like to encourage more young people to think about how wildlife could fit in to their futures.” 

The talk has been made possible thanks to generous donations from Pearce Environment and CJ Wildlife. Both companies have been supportive of the Growing Confidence project since its inception and have demonstrated a shared aim of inspiring the young generations.