Nature and Wellbeing in Spring 2020
Over the next few months we will design weekly nature-based activities that can be used to help your health and well-being over this difficult time. They have been designed so that they can be done inside, in a garden or park. We'd love to hear from you if you make use of them. Click on the links or browse below.
Spend time each day investigating clouds. There are seven suggestions of how you can use your time in nature to learn about these everchanging features. Read more
National Gardening Week
Come on a virtual tour of of Kew Gardens and take part in our quiz. Read more
Gardening activites - thinking about plants
Get your hand dirty and do some gardening. There eight different garden related activities here. You don't need a garden to take part.
Bees and how we can help them
Learn how we can help bees and how to identify the different types of bees that you might come acoss in your garden.
The art of plants
Take a close look at plants investigate the structure of plants and see how artists have used them in their art. There are ideas for activities and links to some art work.
We have been inspired by the roses in early blossom because of the fine weather this spring. We challenged the members of one of our projects to write a poem by each contributing a line of verse. We put it together and another member of the group set the words to music. You can hear their song and see the photos of roses that they each contributed here.
Trees in folklore and tradition
Trees play an important and facinating role in many cultures, many species have traditional folklore attached to them and there are plenty of examples of the cultures who believe in the spiritual value of trees. Wishing trees are trees that are chosen as an object to make wishes and can be found in many countries. Learn more and help us make a wishing tree.
Trees in contemplation
A further exploration of the role that trees play in our lives. This time we look at their role in history and as objects of contemplation. Take a look here.
Great Trees of London
After the storm of 1987 Londoners were asked to nominate the Great Trees that had survived. Today there are 54 trees across London. Find out more about them and explore the street trees in your neighbourhood.
Learn about vertical gardens and their benefits and see some photos of the living wall constructed by one of the volunteer Nature Buddies. See more here
Butterflies and caterpillars
Learn more about caterpillars and where they live, what they like to eat and how to attract them to your garden or windowsill.
Learn more about the wild flowers that you can find in parks and in your garden.
Grow a curry
Ideas for growing plants from your fridge and store cupboard.
Learn how to make a butterfly feeder.
Learn how to identify spiders from their webs and visit an exhibiton celebrating the art of the spider.