Promise for nature

Join in with thousands who are making a promise for nature this year. From building a bug hotel in your garden to reducing your carbon footprint around the home, we're inviting you to make simple promises to help nature and wildlife thrive.

While our houses, gardens and parks are closed, we can still work together to take care of our environment and the animals that depend on it. Whether it's a small change like switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs, or making your very own bird box, there are lots of ways to get involved. 

And you won't be doing it alone. Many of our staff and volunteers up and down the country will be joining from their homes too and making their own promises for nature. 

Even though we can’t visit our favourite places right now, we all live under the same sky as the trees, plants, animals and birds. Sharing our world with nature means if you look close enough, you can find it anywhere. From that spot next to the kitchen window where you get to eavesdrop on the birds’ morning natter, to the jungles waiting to be discovered between the deep caverns of paving slabs.

Making connections with the natural world is good for us too. Taking a moment to notice the shapes of the clouds, listen to the birds or watch butterflies and bees can encourage mindfulness and improve our wellbeing.

There’s never been a more important time to look after the places we love. Through taking time to appreciate and care for the world around us, we can all play our part in ensuring nature will always be there to welcome us back.

Make a promise

Codger's Fort on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland

Podcast: Making a promise for nature

Listen to our promise for nature special podcast episode. Hear some of the promises that people are making this year to do their bit for nature.

Start with small steps

When it comes to helping the environment, sometimes small steps go a long way. Looking for ways to be kinder to the environment can feel like a big task but we can all make small changes for more sustainable lifestyle. 

We have lots of stories to share about what we’re up to. You’ll hear from our rangers and tree experts, as well as read about the current state of nature and what we’re doing about it. And to help you find ways to achieve your promise we’ve gathered up lots of ideas. Take a look at some of our top tips for this season. 

Top tips this season

Make nature part of your daily routine

What's our connection to nature? 

Research we've conducted in partnership with the University of Derby has found that people in the UK have a growing concern about the decline of nature. The study also showed that people who make small, every day connections with nature are much more likely to take action to protect it.