NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

  • Reconnect with Nature The Cheshire Wildlife Trust has produced a free ‘Wilder Wellbeing’ guide which has plenty of ideas to help you connect with nature at home or outdoors.  Nature can help to boost your health and wellbeing, whether it is listening to your garden birds or taking a walk.  You can download your free digital copy from their website today.

    Whildlife Trust Wilder Wellbeing

  • Make Your Own Compost & Compost Bin  Using compost is the most natural way to improve the structure, health and vitality of your soil.  Which? have produced a guide to making your own compost at home and a step by step guide to making your own compost bin for your garden.  Creating the right conditions is important and knowing what you can add to your compost bin and what you should avoid.  There is help and advice available from the Which? website to help you successfully create your own compost.

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  • 5 ways to connect to nature… Mayfields Nurseries have put together some ways to help your wellbeing journeys through horticulture and nature at home. Mayfields Nurseries is a plant nursery, social enterprise & part of @SolentMind providing horticultural therapy & a supportive community for people with mental health problems.info graphic from Mayfields Nurseries illustrating 5 ways to connect to nature with suggestions of ways to bring the outside in, ways to use indoor plants, creative ideas, urban gardening and outdoor mindfulness.

  • Growing your own herbs Fresh herbs are really tasty and flavoursome but it is not always easy to know which varieties can be grown on your windowsill or need to be planted outdoors. Which? Has a guide to help you grow your own herbs with plenty of advice on where to plant your herbs and tips on how to care for them to ensure they grow successfully. Find out more here!

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  • Join the Self Isolating Bird Club. A virtual space on Facebook for birdwatchers and enthusiasts alike to share their pictures and videos of wildlife across the world during the COVID-19 crisis. “Reconnecting with nature is important during this time & we should encourage relatives and friends whilst self-isolating to spend some time engaging with the natural world, whether it be from their window, or in their garden”.

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  •  Wildlife and nature activities  There are plenty of great ideas and resources available to do from home on the Wildlife Trust website  From colouring sheets & crafts to learning how to make a bird feeder or a wigwam for plants.  Wildlife Trust how to build a nest box

  • Seasonal Seed Planting Guide It is not always easy to know when to plant seeds, Thompson and Morgan have created a simple Sowing Calendar to help you plant your flowers, fruits & vegetable seeds at the right time of year. Simply click on each month and it will give you lots of useful advice to get the most of out your garden.

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  • Home Butterfly Farm Kit. Schooling at home? Here’s a great project to span a few weeks! Why not nurture some caterpillars and watch them grow into butterflies before letting them go, with this kit from Insect Lore ?

    photo of Insect Lore Butterfly Garden kit showing box and contents

  • 10 ways to regrow food in water! A great free activity for children, or a useful way to stretch the grocery budget! Don’t waste the crumbs has tips and advice on how to regrow foods such as celery, leeks, carrot greens, cabbage, lettuce & green onions.

    photo showing 3 stages of a lettuce regrowing from scraps, from Don't Waste The Crumbs.com

  • Grow spring and summer vegetables and flowers for cutting, in your garden or in pots, such as cut and come again lettuces, and pop them outside your door with a ‘help yourself’ sign.

  • Identifying birdsong activity. Lev Parikian, conductor, writer (and self confessed atrocious birdwatcher) has created a beginners British birdsong compilation from a series of ‘Tweets’ he posted on his Twitter account feed. They can be found at Twitter Birdsong Project. See if you can recognise the birds heard in your own garden; listen and learn the various British bird calls; if you’re isolated with others in your house, maybe play a game by testing each-other. or simply enjoy the sounds of our British birds if you’re stuck indoors. The resource is free, but Lev invites you to ‘buy him a coffee’ if you enjoy the project!