Ride Wild Challenge with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust


Strap yourselves in folks because we’re going on a ride

That’s right we’ve teamed up with our main charity beneficiary, the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, on an ambitious project that we hope you will get behind. Fancy seeing how an (unfit) gin distiller handles a 70 miles cycle ride across Hertfordshire to raise £30K or importantly want to win gin and an electric bike? Then read on.

For the last five years Kate and I have been worked on a number of projects to raise money for the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. By donating £2 from every bottle of our Himalayan Balsam Gin and its successor, Ultrasonic Gin, as well as hosting special tour events we have raised thousands of pounds for the Trust.

At the centre of all this is our desire to support an organisation that in turn helps manage and protect the wonderful rural environments that surround us and play home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. These are inspirational outdoor spaces that many of us have turned to over the last couple of years for space, fresh air, tranquillity and wellbeing.

30 Days Wild

Part of the Trust’s engagement activity is an annual event called 30 Days Wild, a national event organised by The Wildlife Trusts, where participants are encouraged to do one wild thing every day throughout June. This year the regional event culminates in something special – The Ride Wild Challenge – this is where we step in, or perhaps I should say, I pedal off.

On 29 and 30 June I will be jumping on a folding electric bike supplied by Berkhamsted based Estarli to visit some of the best wild places across the region. The Ride Wild Challenge route will cover over 70 miles in total, starting at Stocker’s Lake in the Colne Valley and ending at King’s Meads in Ware, stopping at nature reserves, community gardens, river projects and schools.

At each wild place I’ll meet wildlife experts, volunteers and community groups to learn about the amazing wild places and the wildlife that thrives within them. All without breaking a sweat. I’m aiming for the perfect synergy of Chris Hoy meets Matt Baker in my execution of this challenge! The ride will be streamed live across the Trust’s social media channels and website. We’ll also be hosting updates on our own social media channels.

We hope you can join us in this great adventure to preserve our wild environments and thank you in advance for any donation to the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. And if you enter the raffle, we wish you the best of luck.

A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit

Greek Proverb

Show your support for the Ride Wild Challenge

Make a donation

Win a bottle of Ultrasonic Gin or even your own ebike!

Now here’s something to get excited about. The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are providing an opportunity to follow in my bike tracks and to win a folding eBike, kindly donated by Estarli. The e20 eBike, worth over £1,200, is being raffled off to raise money for the Trust. Six lucky people will also win a bottle of our Ultrasonic Gin.

Win Ultrasonic Gin or an ebike
Win a bottle of Ultrasonic Gin or an Estali ebike
Enter the raffle

For more details of other 30 Days Wild initiatives throughout the month and to find out how you can get involved, please visit hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
If you are not tuned into our social media channels, please join us via the links below and don’t forget to visit Estarli Bikes.