We’re showing the love for nature this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day we’re giving our support to the Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign to highlight the impact of climate change on the special places we all care about.  Today the campaign’s supporting film is released, featuring a host of special places, including our own Birling Gap, an impressive cast of celebrities, and the NHS Choir.

Heart-shaped steam from the funnel of our steam yacht gondala, Coniston Water. Credit: Tiree Dawson

Heart-shaped steam from the funnel of our steam yacht gondala, Coniston Water. Credit: Tiree Dawson

Why we care

Our Forecast Changeable report explores the impact that a changing climate is already having on the houses, gardens, coastline and landscapes in our care. The report illustrates how we have had to explore new ways to manage our places so we can continue to protect special places for future generations to enjoy.  We’ve also set ourselves challenging energy targets and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions whilst sharing lessons learned with others.

How you can get involved

A central theme of the ‘Show the Love’ campaign is the wearing and sharing of ‘green’ hearts, with events taking place nation-wide (http://fortheloveof.org.uk/map-of-events/).

Watch the film

Take a look at the campaign’s beautiful film, created by Ridley Scott Associates.

Crafting green hearts

Green heart crafting sessions will be springing up this week and throughout half-term at some of our places, involving many of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Each property will be creating something different, including recycled heart brooches at Kedleston Hall, willow hearts at Prior Park and heart-shaped frames from twigs at Birling Gap. At Gibside, there’ll even be a chance to make heart-shaped pancakes and seed bombs!

Meanwhile, at Avebury, visitors will be invited to write a message on a green heart, and the half-term family trail at Prior Park is based around green hearts and protecting nature. There will also be a stall at Hughenden Manor selling wooden hearts and animals carved by countryside volunteers, and further craft activities at Trelissick and the Giant’s Causeway.

Sharing green hearts

In addition to all these craft and family activities, around 22 of our properties will be giving out free Climate Coalition green heart stickers – one to wear and one to share.

The campaign team are also encouraging people to share hearts found in nature, or made out of natural materials, on social media using the hashtag #ShowTheLove.  Keep an eye out for some of the beautiful photos that we’ve already received from our staff and volunteers appearing on our social media channels in the very near future.

So, whether you choose to join us for an activity or create your heart at home, wear and share a sticker with pride, or find a heart in nature, share the fruits of your labours on social media using #ShowTheLove, and help us show the love for special places.

Heart-shaped tree trunk with Jacob sheep. Credit: Joy Margerum.

Heart-shaped tree trunk with Jacob sheep. Credit: Joy Margerum.

Find out more about how climate change is affecting our places on our website.

Show The Love is organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the people, places and life we love at home in the UK and around the world, including the world’s poorest countries. It includes over 100 organisations such as RSPB, National Trust, WWF, Greenpeace, The WI and Oxfam, representing more than 15 million people across the UK.

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