Discover just what’s living in your garden with virtual festival to celebrate nature

If the magnitude of Glasto can go online, then anyone can.

And now a new virtual family festival to celebrate nature is launching next week.

So, it’s time to get green-fingered as Pukka Herbs and the Natural History Museum have joined forces to inspire and educate all ages on plants and pollinators.

Aptly named Tune into Nature, the programme will encourage families to learn about different plant species and the life cycle of plants with many of the amazing activities linked to areas of the KS1, 2 and 3 school curriculums.

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Hosted on the Natural History Museum website, there will be content galore ranging from wildlife arts and crafts to a live quiz to nature-based bingo.

Kickstarting on July 27, and rolling through to August 9, the two-week long event will encourage participants to share images on social media of the very nature on their doorstep and in their backyard as part of the festival’s ‘feel-good gallery’.

Other workshops include a plant club with downloadable resources to help identify local plants and report sightings as a citizen scientist; a how-to series focusing on three pollinator-friendly herbs mint, lavender and chamomile; and a ‘noisy nature’ activity to encourage people to use their sense of hearing to connect with local wildlife.

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Speaking about the fab activities, Sustainability Manager at Pukka Herbs, Vicky Murray, said: “This year, more than ever, we want to connect as many people as possible with the beauty of nature, and in doing so create advocates for our planet.

“The aim of this festival is to educate on biodiversity and the importance of pollinators.

“All living things exist within their own communities and we are intertwined in a natural system which enables all of us to thrive.”

Meanwhile, Head of Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum, Alex Burch, added: “We’ve put together a fantastic line-up of digital content and educational activities for all of the family to enjoy from their homes.

“As 2020 is the Museum’s Year of Biodiversity, we want to inspire people to think about the natural world and their role in protecting it.

“Through our digital activities, we want to engage families with the nature around them and work towards a future where both people and planet thrive.”

No more using the ant powder killer after today!

To get involved, have a gander here: Tune into Nature.