The husband and wife duo behind Wild City Portsmouth. Since childhood, we have both been immersed by nature; climbing trees, mountains and seeking adventure wherever we went. That need to explore is ingrained into who we are as individuals and now, as a family.
We have always been very busy people, we work a lot and when we're not working, we try to fill our time with as many outdoor adventures as we can, all over the country! When our two children arrived in 2019 & 2020, life got loud!
But our adventures continued…
When the pandemic began in early 2020, we suddenly had lots of free time to spend walking in the beautiful West Sussex and Hampshire countryside. Making the most of the peace and quiet while the babies napped in the buggy, we talked about our history, values, our hopes for the future and what mattered to us.
We met by chance as 14/15 year old teenagers and after being close friends for a few years, we lost touch when Beth moved to Cornwall and Jordan started University. Seven years later, Jordan was living and working in Surrey but had secured a visa to move to Canada. Out of the blue, he got back in contact and… decided not to move to Canada! Six months later, much to the surprise of our friends and family who probably all thought we were both insane, we got married and haven’t looked back since!
We’ve always wanted to run our own business, and anyone that knows Jordan has probably heard their fair share of his very detailed and imaginative idea’s (ha!). Inspired by the nature surrounding us, we came up with a business idea. This one was different - we couldn’t let it go – our footsteps turned into miles and our conversations turned into plans.
And here you have it, Wild City Portsmouth.
We are a community focused company first and foremost. We care about nature, we care about creativity and we care about people.
Our goals for the future are extensive and will therefore take a lot of time, effort and support – particularly during a pandemic where we are currently unable to run physical workshops or network face to face. Hopefully that will ease over the next few months but in the meantime, we will be working on our workshop structure, online presence and getting to know as many people in our community as possible. We want to hear from you! What would you like to learn? How does nature impact you? How have you used nature within your home environment?
Lockdown has taught a lot of people the importance of fresh air and forced them to spend time outside without any agenda but to walk. Of course this has it’s pro’s and con’s, and I’m sure many people are desperately bored of nothing but walks right now! However, our goal at Wild City Portsmouth is to provide a space where you can look deeper than the surface of nature, using it as a focus for creativity to enhance mental health, wellbeing, artistic skills and confidence.