Getting Close to Nature is a joint partnership with National Trust to deliver exciting nature activities that encourage parents and carers to get involved with their children. In its fifth year running, hundreds of children have benefitted with educational, social, fun and creative activities all held at our local Garden. 

The project reaches families with limited access to open green spaces. Activities are carefully planned using creative ways of interacting with children using natural resources that can improve the child's cognitive, physical, social and mental wellbeing. Activities could be easily done at home with the family – and parents took away lots of new skills to share at home.

These were planned to encourage families to:

  • learn and experience positive activities to appreciate green spaces
  • encouraging children’s experience of outdoor play and their exposure to nature.

Free play encourages children to think creatively and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the wider world. The project also helped communities come out their comfort zone. To widen their experiences we held an overnight outdoor camp for families to get the opportunity of experiencing camp life.

Wider benefits through Volunteering

Every year the project is lead by local volunteers, after completion of a Getting Closer to Nature Course, they are trained to deliver the following activities:

  • Bug Hotels
  • Bird Feeders and
  • Wildlife Habitats
  • Planting for Wildlife
  • Allotment Creation
  • Bush-craft and Survival Skills
  • Camp-craft and Overnight Camp

All volunteers were encouraged to learn about each of the activities, to develop their confidence, improve community cohesion and their local area. Some of the volunteers felt the activities help their mental well-being as the activities gave them purpose. For those experiencing isolation the project helped reduced their levels of loneliness. They were developing new skills, some of whom could pass on their children and many felt they were giving something valuable back to their community. Volunteers were trained to facilitate activities, these involved leading groups and taking ownership of the tasks. Each volunteer is awarded a recognition certificate for their involvement. 

If you are interested in getting involved in the project for July 2020 and you would like more information please contact Shabana on 0121 687 6767 or alternatively fill in a volunteer form