Everyone needs nature

Nature gives us so much. Lush green woodlands, serene coastal paths, the simplicity of a rushing stream – these can be the answer to the need for quiet we all seek. The message our founders carried, and the one we still carry to this day, is simply: everyone needs nature. You can help 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. This is why we're encouraging everyone to notice the beauty of the world around them.

Making connections with the natural world is good for us. No matter your age, taking a moment to notice the shapes of the clouds, listen to the birds or watch butterflies and bees can encourage mindfulness and improve wellbeing.

Make nature part of your daily routine

Your weekly guide to noticing nature  

Spending time in nature not only boosts our connection to the natural world, it also helps our wellbeing. Sometimes it's hard to find time to connect with nature in our everyday lives. We've got a beautifully illustrated guide full of easy ideas to get you started – from looking up at the trees to walking barefoot in the grass.

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The importance of connecting with nature

Research shows that while many children and adults are deeply concerned about the future of the natural world they don't always connect to it.

Many adults and children don't often make positive connections to nature such as listening to birdsong or watching the night sky, according to the Noticing Nature report, which we've released in partnership with the University of Derby. Those who do nature-based activities are more likely to say that they're happier than the rest of the population.

More ways to connect

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 connect to nature every day when you make a promise to build a home for wildlife in your back garden, grow and eat your own seasonal food or helping to plant a tree.

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Make a promise for nature 

It's never been more important to look after the forests, rivers, oceans and parks we love to escape to. Everyone needs nature, and by taking small steps, together we can make a positive difference to the natural world. So why not make a promise for nature this year? From building a bug hotel to reducing carbon emissions, we've got lots of ways to help you make a promise for nature.

Noticing Nature report: key findings

Research we've carried out in partnership with the University of Derby highlights widespread concern about the natural world and a lack of connection to nature.

  • 77 per cent of children infrequently or never listened to birdsong
  • 24 per cent of children often stopped to look at the stars or the moon
  • 79 per cent of adults infrequently or never smelled wild flowers
  • 56 per cent of young people aged 16-24 say they are more worried about nature's decline than they were a year ago.
  • 86 per cent of adults agree that it's important that there are strong laws to protect nature in the UK.

The Noticing Nature report is a survey of 2,096 adults (aged 16 plus) and 1,051 children (aged between 8 and 15) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more Read the report