Share natural acts of kindness

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It's a tough time for everyone at the moment but, at times like these, small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Friday 8 May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of the Second World War in Europe. Inspired by the community spirit of the VE Day street parties, we’re encouraging you to see how many people you can make smile this weekend by spreading joy with some natural acts of kindness.

We’ve come up with five ideas to inspire you, but you don’t have to stick to these. Helping others is a natural part of human nature so you many well have plenty of ideas of your own to help to put a smile on the face of your neighbour, friend or family member.

We’d love to find out what good deeds you’ve been up to. Share your pictures, creations and comments with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This is the fifth weekend challenge for members and supporters. This challenge has been designed so that it can be done in your house or garden, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.

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Download the natural acts of kindness wall chart 

We've created a downloadable wall chart so you can tick off which acts of kindness you choose to do. You could print it out or save it on your mobile.

Two people on deckchairs in a garden

Share some sunshine  

Brighten up your neighbours’ day by adding a touch of colour to your street. Create something eye-catching to hang in your window or to decorate your front garden. You could make some paperchains or bunting to hang on your fence or draw a colourful poster and stick it up in your window. If you want to try making something a bit more natural, why not have a go at creating our twig hearts to hang on your door.

" I have crocheted some flowers and put them on green garden canes of differing lengths. I made some for my neighbour too."
- National Trust supporter
A child writing on paper

Branch out to others 

We all like to get messages from those we love, so catch up with someone special today. Although we are all staying at home, there are still plenty of ways to keep in touch with our friends and family. You could give them a call or send them a video message or go for the old-fashioned method and write them a card or letter. You could make your letter extra special by creating your own paper to write on.

Children gardening

Help nurture nature  

It’s not just friends and neighbours who need some acts of kindness. Nature could also do with a helping hand. See what you can do to help the wildlife near you flourish. You could make a birdfeeder from recycled materials to hang up outside your window or plant a window box with pollinator-friendly flowers to help bees and butterflies thrive. If you have a garden, you could build your own bug hotel.

Visitors baking in the kitchen at a National Trust property

Let your creativity blossom  

We all like presents, particularly if they are unexpected. So why not surprise someone you live with by giving them a homemade gift? You could paint them a picture or make a card to brighten their room or let your imagination run wild and write a thrilling adventure story for them to enjoy. If you like cooking, why not bake a tasty treat to share with them? We’ve plenty of ideas for simple scrumptious cakes or savoury bites to make.

" My husband looks forward to his treat day on Wednesday when I bake something nice … hot cross buns last week and a cream tea the week before."
- National Trust supporter
A family reading a book together

Sow some special memories  

If someone you know is finding isolation hard, see what you can do to bring a smile to their face. If you like performing, you could entertain them with a video of you singing a song or acting. You could recommend a favourite book to read or share a special recipe that they could enjoy. You could even ask them to help you with one of our ’50 things’ activities and make a wild crown together or both spend the evening watching the stars.

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