May 25, 2016

a year of wild with canopy & stars

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When I received an email a few weeks ago from Canopy & Stars, inviting me to join them in their Year of Wild, I was more than a little excited. With three busy boys to entertain this summer, I love their idea of a bucket list of wild adventures, from wild swimming to wild art and not to mention wild reading! Each challenge is rewarded with a scout-style sew-on Wild Badge, with a total of twelve to collect.

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Canopy & Stars specialise in all things glamping and they have an enviable collection of beautiful, quirky and special places to stay: from treehouses, yurts, and converted horsetrucks, to cabins, Gypsy caravans, a boat with a thatched roof and a couple of Iron Age roundhouses. They invited me, along with a group of other bloggers and Instagrammers to spend the day at Knepp Wildland Safari in West Sussex, the home of 8 of their glamping spaces. Following a tour of these, I can confirm that they were all dreamy, with such thoughtful details (check out the bed caps on the pillows!) but I think it was the shepherd’s hut in the bluebell wood that was my absolute favourite.canopy&stars-5

We learned about the history of Knepp, and the story of its incredible and innovative 3,500 acre re-wilding project, which has proved a huge success, with wild ponies, cattle, deer and pigs as well as an impressive number of rare and endangered species.canopy&stars-10

We set off for a Wildland safari. (I somehow missed the ‘bloggers must wear yellow’ memo!) The all terrain Pinzgauers made short work of the rough ground, whilst ecologist Penny Green gave us a fantastic insight into the area and its wildlife. We stopped off at tree platforms en route for a bird’s eye view of the estate, and finished up in a clearing with a cup of tea and a gooey brownie.

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At the end of the day, I set off for home with my friend Lou: both with rosy cheeks, muddy boots and tousled hair. In our pockets, we each carried a prized Year of Wild badge. The first but not, I feel quite sure, the last.

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{Thank you, Canopy & Stars, for inviting me to join your 2016 #cscollective, and for a brilliant day of wild adventuring.}

One thought on “a year of wild with canopy & stars

  1. katie

    I love the look of canopy and stars properties, quite often one of the places I search when planning a holiday. What a lovely project to be involved with. x

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