Giving back to nature is something we can all do, and it will make a big difference to your local area, the wildlife and the people who live there. This could be small acts of giving, like feeding garden birds, to larger ones such as volunteering to create wildlife habitats in your local community greenspace.
Our natural environment provides us with the air we breathe, the food we eat and the clothes we wear, as well as being a source of wonderful experiences. Hearing about the destruction of habitats, extinction of species and global warming is distressing, but you can turn your concern into something positive by taking action!
Acts of giving, compassion and kindness to people and wildlife can help improve your mental wellbeing. It creates positive feelings and a sense of purpose and self-worth, as well as helping you to connect with people and the natural world.
Ideas for activities
If you have one hour, you could………….
- Build a hedgehog house
- Plant flowers for bee and butterflies in your garden
- Put up a nesting box for song birds
- Pick up litter on your daily walk
- Write to your MP about an environmental concern
- Become a member of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
If you have half a day, you could……..
- plastics. Join in a community beach clean or litter pick
- Help plant trees at a community event
- Help survey wildlife
- Create a garden pond
If you have more time……….
- Join a community group and volunteer your time
- Help care for wildlife reserves by volunteering with a charity
- Join with friends and neighbours to improve your local park or greenspace for wildlife