Get Better with Nature, an initiative from Nestlé Waters and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is back for a second year.
The campaign raises awareness and appreciation of the benefits of nature to society and people’s health and wellbeing. Last year, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust lead the project in the Buxton area and worked with over 90 children as well as community groups, employees from Buxton’s Nestle Waters factory on activities such as woodland bulb planting, scrub clearing and enhancing wet meadows by spreading wild flower seed.
This year’s campaign starts on Monday. Helen Mitchem, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Wellbeing Officer explains, “On Monday we are taking members of Bright Opportunities, a local charity for adults with learning difficulties, out to Chee Dale Nature Reserve on a health walk.
We will spend the day admiring the beautiful wildflowers and creating charcoal drawings. Hands on, interactive activities such as these help people to relax, increases wellbeing and helps people learn about the value of nature. We are delighted that we have more health groups joining us this year and we already have several schools signed up.”
Derbyshire’s Get Better with Nature programme will focus on communities in Buxton and the Wye Valley. Activities will include health walks, environmental education and Forest Schools as well as encouraging people to take action for their wildlife with conservation activities such as tree seed collection, propagation, and tree planting.
The project will again culminate in a Day of Action for the whole community at another site in Buxton.
If you or your organisation, school or community group would like to take part in any of the activities or you would to learn more, please visit the dedicated website www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk or contact Helen Mitchem at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, a Registered Charity, is the only organisation working to protect all wildlife across the county. We are one of 47 in The Wildlife Trusts Partnership, a nationwide network of local trusts. We manage 42 nature reserves throughout Derbyshire, advise local authorities and landowners on nature conservation issues and run a range of conservation and education projects.
We are committed to The Wildlife Trusts’ strategy of creating Living Landscapes – robust, connected landscapes that address the challenges facing our wildlife and countryside. Find out more at www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk