World Environment Day – Are you ready for nature?

Are you ready for nature?

We are are surrounded by the Environment and since lockdown started it is something personally that I have paid more attention to. We are all so busy that we never actually stop to take a moment and look round about us.

When lockdown began it felt like time stood still. Nature & the Environment had time to breathe!

June 5th marks a special day as it is World Environment Day and the theme this year is Nature.

The food we eat, air we breathe, water we drink and the climate that makes our planet  livable all comes down to nature.

The benefits of being out in the Environment and around Nature are phenomenal but it has been hard for people to do this due to Covid 19 lockdown.

Since working from home I have had the pleasure of watching Bluetits nest in the birdbox outside my bedroom window, now the chick’s are here and mum and dad have been kept busy feeding them constantly; I have had a front row seat to watch the whole thing and it has been amazing! It brings me a sense of calm amongst the madness that is going on.

At Neighbourhood Networks we wanted to keep members active and engaged so we came up with different ideas around this. In Falkirk we teamed up with Forth Environment Link where they provided handmade planters, soil and vegetables seeds for members to #growtheirown. We were also able to provide members with their own tomato plants. It has been amazing. Members have been sharing pictures of their progress and they are excited to taste the produce.

There really is nothing better than getting out there, trying something new and being able to share it with others.

Personally since Lockdown began I have been able to grow my own vegetables so far I have Beetroot, Potatoes, Parsnips, Chillis and some more Herbs. Who would of thought you could get so excited over growing your own! But honestly it is great, you should give it a go as you can literally grow anywhere by using recycled tubs from around the home and finding a window sill or a sunny garden…I know what you are thinking sunny in Scotland really? but we have been really lucky with the weather recently.

As part of learning disability week Neighbourhood Networks sent all the members their own sunflower seeds to plant and spread some happiness. Members were so excited to be able to take part and it is an activity that connects us all. We have even introduced a wee bit of competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower 🌻 so watch this space!

By planting lots of flowers and spending time outside we are encouraging nature but we are also looking after our own wellbeing by taking time for ourselves. It is not healthy to sit in front of a screen all day whether thats a mobile, TV or computer…the world is a big place so take some time to get outside and explore the surroundings near you.

It would be great to hear what you have been doing to help look after nature and the environment, by raising awareness we are doing our bit.

To care for ourselves we must care for nature. Let’s look after our planet 🌍

It doesnt matter what you do whether it be big or small but by looking after our environment and nature it helps to make the world a better place.

I will leave you with this quote from Emerson which speaks volumes “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience”