5 ways to show your love for nature this Valentine’s Day

A heart shape made from hands

Show your love for nature this Valentine’s Day, with these five things to do at home to help the environment. With a little inspiration from the places in our care in the East of England, together we can all play our part and make a difference.

  

Two gardeners harvesting produce in a kitchen garden

1. Grow a green thumb

Have you ever thought about growing your own food? From turning an area of your garden into a veggie plot or growing herbs on a windowsill, you’ll be helping to reduce your carbon footprint by minimising the distance produce has to travel to get to your plate. Why not check out our walled gardens at Blickling Estate, Felbrigg Hall, Wimpole Estate and Ickworth for inspiration?

Honeybees on a honey comb

2. Make life a little sweeter

Bees are essential to a healthy environment, we rely on them to pollinate our fruit and vegetables. We have a number of bee hives at Peckover House, Felbrigg Hall, Oxburgh Hall and Wimpole Estate. However, you too can help our insect friends by planting flowers rich in nectar and pollen. Think about growing daffodils and hyacinths in spring, lavender and foxgloves in summer, single flowered dahlias in autumn, and snowdrops or hellebores come winter.

Spring daffodils in pots

3. Get crafty with your recycling

Why not be creative and re-use your unwanted packaging? For instance, bubble wrap can be used to insulate plants from the cold and have you ever thought of turning the corks from your wine bottles into plant markers! It’s not just unwanted objects that can be given a new lease of life, food waste can be re-cycled too. Did you know coffee grounds and eggshells are ideal for composting?

The Wildflower Meadows at Anglesey Abbey with the house in the background.

4. Go wild in the garden

Since the 1930s, over 97 per cent of our wildflower meadows have been lost. In recent years we’ve begun restoring these grasslands at Dunstable Downs, Wicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey and Ickworth; as they support butterflies, insects, farmland birds and other wildlife. So relax on your weeding and let nature take its course, or sow your own wildflower patch and give nature a helping hand.  

Marine litter on a beach

5. Seas the day

The impact of plastic pollution on our seas and oceans is becoming increasingly clear. Think about making some simple swaps before heading out for a picnic on the beach this year. Whenever possible ditch single-use plastics and pack up your snacks and drinks in reusable containers and bottles. Don't forget to take your rubbish home with you, and if you’re up for the task, why not get involved with one of our beach cleans at Dunwich Heath or Blakeney Point?

Thank you

For your love

Your love for our places, enables us to care for them and their stories for generations to come.