Families are being encouraged to move away from the television and computer screens and head outdoors with tree party packs from the Woodland Trust in time for the school holidays.
The packs are a fun way to learn more about nature and include lots of activities to enjoy in the company of woods and trees including a spotter sheet, scavenger hunts, straws and sticker books.
East Sussex has a variety of woods across the county suitable for picnics; you can find your local woodland on the woodfinder on our website.
Families are then encouraged to send in their picnic photographs, stories and recipes to the Woodland Trust to win Sainsbury’s vouchers to the value of £1,000.
The Trust wants to encourage families and friends to host a picnic in a park or woods. For those who don’t live near local woodland, they can invite their favourite tree in a garden or park to be their guest of honour.
Karen Letten, the community engagement manager at the Woodland Trust, said, “An increasing amount of research suggests fewer children are playing outside and we want kids to reconnect with nature.
“Inviting a Tree for Tea is a fab, inexpensive way to keep them entertained and encourages them to play outside in the holidays.
“Hearing ‘I’m bored’ is every parent’s nightmare but a tree party picnic doesn’t have to rely on the weather.
“The rain won’t stop the fun; children love building dens but hopefully there will be lots of sun this summer too.
“The Woodland Trust wants people to take time out to enjoy woods and trees and help preserve them for future generations.
“The tree party is a free, fun initiative designed to bring people together and realise life’s better with trees. It’s a chance for people to celebrate trees and learn more about them.”
To find out more about the packs visit the Woodland Trust website at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeparty
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