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Connecting children with nature

Clarion housing resident child gardening

We’re excited to announce that Clarion Futures is one of a number of organisations backing a nationwide drive to help children connect with nature.

Backyard Nature aims to galvanise communities and empower children, building an army of young nature guardians across the UK and helping them protect wildlife on their doorstep.

The campaign aims to support a million hours spent in the outdoors, encouraging children to connect with the environment and take action.

The idea for the campaign came from a group of children with a passion for the environment based in Liverpool called the Eco Emeralds. They took their idea to the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation which has funded the campaign, working alongside community platform Semble.

Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, said: “I strongly believe that children need to know nature in order to want to protect it, and this campaign is about supporting them to do just that. By encouraging children to spend one million hours in their ‘backyards’, the campaign is committed to truly connecting the next generation with the planet we all need their help to save.”

Phil Miles, Director of Clarion Futures, said: “As part of our work with our residents and communities, we encourage people of all ages to get outdoors and enjoy nature, so we’re proud to be one of the partners for Backyard Nature. We look forward to working together to educate and inspire the next generation of nature lovers.”

The campaign is supported by a number of other organisations, including The Wildlife Trust, WWF, Hoop and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Sign up now to become a Backyard Nature guardian at www.backyardnature.org where you can find your local patch, download useful DIY guides and find more events happening near you.

You can also access a wide range of events organised by Clarion Futures related to this initiative on our events page.

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