Embracing the wild
Connect with nature, 12 ideas to embrace the great outdoors
Time spent outdoors in green spaces reduces stress, increases creativity and aids focus. We don’t need to tell you the benefits of the great outdoors though, do we? But most of us can admit, sometimes it can be a little tricky to get outside as much as you would like. Here are some ideas to engage with GREEN!
Create a wild work of art out of dried leaves, pine cones, petals and twigs
Go for a walk without your phone, just you – alone or with a friend/family – and listen out for the bird calls and rustling, crunching leaves. Watch out for lightening-quick rabbits, cheeky squirrels and the many shades of the autumn trees
Record birds singing and other wild sounds in your garden – try and identify the bird calls. Maybe even turn it into a new ringtone for your phone.
Pick up a collection of treasures; leaves, pinecones, shells, feathers and twigs. Turn them into a sweet display on your mantlepiece
Mix a cocktail, leafy salad or fresh brew using a wild ingredient, like mint
Take your current read, a warm coat, scarf and a flask of hot chocolate and enjoy reading outside
Go apple picking
If you have children, build a little den in a forest, or create one in the garden with sheets and bamboo poles, or a pop-up tent – have a little tea party, a den can become a perfect source of imaginary play!
Go on a photograph safari: take close ups of petals, leaves, bark and insects
Go stargazing and try and identify the constellations
Learn some more about the Rewilding Project – with the aim of ecological restoration; allowing nature to look after itself, helping people to thrive alongside wildlife and ensuring that the benefits of nature continue such as clean air and water, flood control and experiences