Leap for Nature

Planting flowers that attract our chief pollinators like bees and butterflies, is a great way to help nature

This leap year, we’re inviting you to join us in using your extra day to make a promise for nature.

Whether it’s building a bug hotel or reducing your carbon footprint, we can work together to take care of nature and animals and make a difference to the places we all live side by side in.

We want to engage as many different visitors as possible over the next years to develop an ongoing promise to nature, be it big or small – it all helps and makes a difference. To celebrate our 125 anniversary year, we thought that 125 would be a good number to start with and over the coming years we will be showing you lots of ways everyone can carry out their promise for nature.  We will start with some ideas below and lots more pictures and videos over our @peakdistrictnt social media channels, so please give us a follow and get inspired to help nature. We’ll be looking at lots of ways our staff and volunteers are already helping nature, things we can all do at home and activities that visitors can get involved with.

Get friends and family together to plant wildflower seeds or bulbs in your garden
Get friends and family together to plant wildflower seeds or bulbs in your garden
Get friends and family together to plant wildflower seeds or bulbs in your garden

From leaving a corner in your garden to grow wild, to shopping locally, together we can continue to take care of the precious environment around us and the animals that call it home. Everyone needs nature for so many reasons but at the same time, nature needs all of us to care for it and help it thrive not just survive. The quote from Jarvis Cocker that inspired the name of our BE KINDER project, rings true as we all try to do better for nature:

‘the landscape belongs to everyone - whilst making the point that the preservation of the landscape has now become EVERYONE'S responsibility.

Be kind to the landscape.

Be kind to the environment.

Then stop, close your eyes for a moment and think of how to be kinder.

To Be Kinder.

Thank you.’

Have a go at making a bug hotel in your garden or community plot
Have a go at making a bug hotel in your garden or community plot
Have a go at making a bug hotel in your garden or community plot

Here are some ideas to get you started: build a bug hotel, plant wildflowers in your garden, letting the grass grow and take time out to listen to the birds singing. Why not choose a reusable water bottle - take it everywhere you go and refill it, if you’re feeling ambitious try and grow vegetables and herbs in your own garden, window box or plot and help to keep birds that nest on the ground safe by keeping your dog on a lead.

Walking with your dog on a lead will help to keep nature safe when out exploring
Walking with your dog on a lead will help to keep nature safe when out exploring
Walking with your dog on a lead will help to keep nature safe when out exploring