Former Richard Huish College student, Abbie Barnes is challenging families across Somerset to head outside this upcoming weekend and join the Great Garden Camp Out.

In 2016, Abbie launched the Spend More Time in the WILD campaign that seeks to inspire and empower individuals to get outside for the benefit of mental and physical health, whilst building meaningful connections with the natural world and each other.

Whilst the UK’s current state of lockdown has limited the nations’ movement to ensure we ‘stay safe’, Abbie poses the question, “who said that social isolation and movement restrictions mean we can’t connect with nature and enjoy mini-adventures?!”

The Great Garden Camp Out event was created to offer inspiration; participants are invited to camp overnight in their own garden on the evening of Saturday 18th April but must adhere to government guidelines and not meet with anyone outside their household.

“Sleeping out under the stars is a magical experience and one we believe everyone should try at least once,” Abbie shares, “The Great Garden Camp Out is as much for the complete camping novice as it is for the experienced adventurer. It is a chance to get back to basics, connect with nature on our doorstep, and create lasting memories without the need to travel”.

During her time at Huish Abbie became an award winning film maker, receiving an Award from Sir David Attenborough himself for her short ‘Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic‘ at the Eco Film Festival. Abbie now runs her own film company, Song Thrush Productions and hopes to make a short film about The Great Garden Camp Out to continue to spread as much positivity as she can during these difficult times.

To find out more about the event join the Great Garden Camp Out Facebook group or visit