This summer we are launching a project in partnership with supermarket chain Aldi, that will put a trained outreach officer in 15 cities across Great Britain.
Our outreach officers will be setting up at parks and in city greenspaces to provide a range of materials and activities to help families (with kids aged 4-12) get closer to nature in these familiar green spaces.
Through the summer (from the end of May to September) we'll be posting updates on this blog with lists of the events and locations our outreach officers.
We have different levels of detail for each site so check back for more updates soon.
For now check out the list of events and locations we have so far:
Locations will include Chorlton Water Park, Fletcher Moss Park, Heaton Park and Alexandra Park.
Swansea Community Farm - 30th May, 11th June, 16th July The LC, Swansea - 3rd June, 12th June Castlefest, Weobly Castle, Swansea - 20th and 21st August
Green spaces to keep an eye out are; Brynmill park, Singleton Park and Clyne Gardens!
From May half-term holiday until September, visitors to Queen’s Park in Brent, West Ham Park in Newham and Hampstead Heath will be able to join the RSPB on activities to uncover London’s wildlife secrets.
28th May - Taylors Park, St Helens - Butterfly themed activity and if weather is right I will be doing a butterfly activity too 18th June - Festival Gardens 9th/10th July - National Wildflower Centre - Scarecrow Festival.
This event is organised by the NWC and involves local groups making scarecrows and being put on display around the centre 6th Aug - Greenslate Farm Festival
We'll also be using Sefton Park and Calderstones.
In Norwich we know we will be delivering activity in the following parks/green spaces:
Whitlingham Country Park
We have confirmed the following:
21 May, 1, 4, 11, June at Catton Park.
29 May Eaton Park
30 May, 5, 12 June, 24, 27 July, 3, 10, 18 and 24 Aug at Whitlingham Country Park
2 July at Chapelfield Park
25 July at Mousehold Heath
11 June Pollinators
Join us to learn more about why pollinators are important and learn to ID some of the butterflies and bees we find in Glasgow
Glasgow Wild Fest - September
This year’s theme is Natures Architects citywide events will run across Glasgow celebrating Glasgow green spaces and wildlife through environmental activities.
Glasgow key sites - Kelvingrove Park, Pollock Park, Queens Park, Castlemilk and Kelvinside Woodlands.
Duddingston Bioblitz 25 June
From 6am – 11pm we will celebrating Duddingston’s community green spaces with environmental experts and partners by recording and running environmental activities aimed at engaging families and wildlife enthusiasts with the wildlife on their doorstep.
9 July- Radio 4 Gardening Question time Garden Party at The Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
Edinburgh key sites - Calders Community Garden, Bridgend Farmhouse, Bal green community space, and Duddingston Field Group
We will be mainly at a mixture of Sutton Park, Cannon Hill and Perry Hill Parks
29 May Sutton Park
2 June Canon Hill Park
4 June Sutton Park
18 June Handsworth Park
19 June Perry Hall Park
25 and 26 Sutton Park
From May half-term holiday until September, visitors to a number of parks in Brighton and Hove, including St Ann's Well Gardens, Preston, Queens, Hove and Saunders Parks will be able to join the RSPB for exciting nature activities which will help families get closer to nature.
Wednesday 2nd of June, Queens Park Brighton, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.
Friday 3rd of June, Saunders Park, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.
Saturday 4th of June, St. Ann's Well Gardens, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.
Heaton Park; Jesmond Dene
29-30 May Markeaton Park, Derby
4 June Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby
5 June Chaddesden Park, Derby
18 June Long Eaton Carnival, Nottingham
19 June Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham
25 June Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham
2 July Lenton Abbey, Nottingham
3 July Bluebell Dairy, Nottingham
17 July Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham
In the summer holidays we will also be in joining in all the LoveParks events in Derby from 1 – 5 August
The main areas will be The Kingfisher Barn at Muscliff, Boscombe Pier, Hengistbury head and Upton Country Park.
For a more detailed list of events in Bournemouth download the attachment from this blog.
More to come on these cities:
Add an extra dimension to a woodland wander, and get suitably sidetracked with these fun forest-based activities...
1. Make a sticky stick
Wind some sticky tape round a stick, tacky side outwards. fix things to it that catch your eye; lichens, feathers, petals, seeds.
2. Lay a trail through the woods
For someone to follow. Make arrows with sticks and leaves, or stick them to a tree with mud.
3. Make a forest crown
Weave a bendy bough (ash, willow, hazel) into a secure ring and wrap ivy or wild clematis around it. Decorate with leaves, flowers and feathers.
4. Make a hobbit, fairy or mouse garden
Sweep a path around the inlet of tree roots, make a garden Palisade and stick door for the hole.
5. Play Capture the Flag
Two teams, their territories, one jail and a stick-flag in each.Steal each other's flag and bring it home to your patch. Prison if you're caught!
6. Wood archery
Fashion a bow from a finger-thick bendy branch. Cut notches in each end and string your bow. Whittle some arrows and fire at a mud target.
These ideas and pictures are an extract from our quarterly membership magazine Nature's Home.