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Connecting with Nature During Lockdown

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17 Jun 2020

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It’s been said too often now – these are strange times. At Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) we have had to cancel all of our face-to-face events for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

We had lots of exciting events planned, included guided walks for the National Forest Walking Festival, a Summer Solstice Bioblitz at Croxall Lakes and lots of Wildfamilies events over the summer holidays. But all is not lost! We will be back running events again in the Trent Valley once lockdown has finished - we have simply had to change our approach for a few months. The team have worked really hard to come up with lots of ways to continue to explore nature and help our own wellbeing from your homes and local areas.
A few activities that you can get involved in:
LOCKDOWN BIOBLITZ!
Join us live on Twitter (@thetrentvalley) every Wednesday to discover what is in your garden or on your daily walk, and help us to record what species share our landscape in the Trent Valley. There is a different theme each week to help you explore nature in a variety of ways in your local patch.
GETWILD TV WITH STAFFORDSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Our Wildchild Officer will be leading nature crafts in our ‘after school club’ each Tuesday at 3.30pm, broadcast through our Facebook page (@thetrentvalley).
TALES OF THE RIVERBANK
We’re collecting memories of the Trent Valley through written words. Can you write a poem, a short story, a memory of an event you experienced along the river Trent, Dove or Tame and share it with us? Perhaps you could tell us about your favourite places to visit, or what games you used to play as a child within the river valleys. Have you had any exciting wildlife encounters in the landscape? We’d love to hear from you! Send your contributions by email to Nicola.lynes@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or post them to Transforming the Trent Valley c/o Support Staffordshire, Voluntary Services Centre, Union Street Car Park, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1AA.
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
Above all, we want you to look after yourselves during this difficult time. Not everyone has a garden, but we can all open a window at home and listen to birdsong, or watch the clouds and feel the wind on our cheeks. We can all take a couple of minutes to ourselves to sit with no distractions, and allow our minds to wander. For more tips on wellbeing during lockdown and how you can benefit from a connection with nature, we have interviews on our Youtube channel (Transforming the Trent Valley) with our Transforming Lives Officer.
We hope to see you all outside on the riverbanks soon.

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