17 April 2020
Check out our blog on how you can still feel connected to the natural world whilst on lockdown.
Here at City of Trees our mission is to plant 3 million trees, bring 2,000 hectares of woodland back into use for the community and connect people to nature.
In spring our focus shifts to woodland management, wildflower planting and family-friendly events. However, whilst the City of Trees team is working from home and we can’t host public sessions, we are still here and passionate about connecting you to the natural world.
Across the environmental sector charities have come together to promote a new campaign - #VitaminN.
The idea behind the initiative is that everyone needs their daily dose of nature to keep them both healthy and happy. In these tough and uncertain times this is even more important.
Below are some ideas which can help connect you to nature and engage with our wonderful wildlife whether that’s from your own home or on your daily outdoor exercise.
Kick off the day with RSPB’s #BreakfastBirdwatch taking place between 8am and 9am. Join in using the hashtag and share what you see from your home – whether that’s in your garden, from your balcony or just by looking out the window.
You can also download our guide to help you ID our feathered friends http://cityoftrees.org.uk/resource/just-fun
Keeping the kids entertained is hard especially with minimal outdoor time. However nature inspired activities can help focus young minds. Check out these nature art ideas on our latest blog - http://cityoftrees.org.uk/news/blog-nature-art-ideas
Nature is most active in the Spring months so now is a wonderful time to take in the beautiful blossom across Greater Manchester. You can also see blooms across the UK and even the world by searching #Blossomwatch across social media.
City of Trees have teamed up with Discover the Wild to bring you simple foraging tips and tricks, as well as recipes each month. Check them out at - http://cityoftrees.org.uk/news/blog-forage-feast-april
24 – 27 April sees the City Nature Challenge take places across the globe. This year the focus in on encouraging people to come together to record the wildlife right on their doorstep.
Taking part is easy – download the iNaturalist app (or use the website) and upload images of the wildlife you find over the weekend – from bugs and birds to butterflies! A great way to be part of global biodiversity tracking.
Keep in touch with City of Trees - follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram and LinkedIN where we will be posting extra content including a new feature - Tuesday Tree ID - where you can help boost your leaf literacy!
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