Everyone needs nature
Nature is our source of comfort, and with the arrival of spring comes new life. Blossom bursting with colour, green parks speckled with daffodils, the simplicity of a rushing stream and panoramic drama in the skies – these can answer our need for quiet and inspiration. So now is the time to give nature hope. You can support us in helping it last for ever.
It was our founders' vision to open up natural, quiet spaces for everyone to feel uplifted in their daily lives. 125 years later, we're still caring for green spaces so people can take some time to pause, make memories with loved ones in places teeming with life and ultimately feel calmer through the beautiful outdoors.
We know that if people fall in love with nature they'll be more likely to look after it. That's why this spring, we're encouraging everyone to notice the beauty of the world around them with activities like #BlossomWatch.
From the scent of spring blossom and the sea lapping at the shore, to the sight of wildlife emerging from its winter sleep, nature is our escape, our place of calm and comfort.
This year, we're coming together to celebrate the arrival of spring and the blossom season. We've got a host of nature-inspired activities planned at our places and new and exciting ways to get involved wherever you are.
Like last year, we're asking you to share the beauty of blossom on social media. Upload pictures of your local blossom, tag the location of where it is and use #BlossomWatch to spread the joy of spring with others. Helping nature and spring blossom flourish is simple when you donate to our everyone needs nature appeal or help to plant a tree.
As part of this activity, we're creating a network of green spaces and blossom circles in cities and towns to help communities access local nature. The first of these blossom circles will open this spring, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
There are many ways that you and your family can experience the moments of joy that nature gives us. Use all your senses to explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the natural world around you. You can give back to nature every day when you make a promise to build a home for wildlife in your back garden or to grow and eat your own seasonal food. You can also help to plant a tree or support our work in protecting natural habitats.
" The need of quiet, the need of air, and I believe the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs ..."
Making connections with the natural world is good for us. Whether it's taking a moment to notice the shapes of the clouds, listen to the birds or watch butterflies and bees, this can encourage mindfulness and improve wellbeing.