Young Islanders are being encouraged to go green and embrace the natural environment this weekend, as part of Jersey Heritage’s latest Discovery Day, Trees Please.
The Discovery Day, which is kindly supported by Lloyds Bank, takes place on Sunday (14th) on the Heritage at Home hub at www.jerseyheritage.org/athome. With some help from Trees for Life, families will be able to find out more about trees and how vital they are to the planet. They will also be able to enjoy crafts and activities in celebration of trees, including some tree hugging!
Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Community Events Curator, said: “We can’t hug anyone outside our immediate family at the moment, but there’s nothing to stop us hugging a tree! And they more than deserve a hug – they are the biggest and oldest plants on earth, giving us oxygen, storing carbon, stabilising the soil and providing homes for wildlife.
“We planned Trees Please many months ago but in recent times, we’ve all come to appreciate the importance of the great outdoors and the Island’s beautiful natural landscape. Research shows that within minutes of being surround by trees and green space, our blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and stress levels come down – spending time among trees is good for all of us. Trees Please is all about celebrating this and about having fun.”
Discovery Days are themed activity days encouraging children of primary school age to explore and engage with Jersey Heritage in a fun and creative way. They usually take place at one of the visitor sites but as large groups are still unable to gather in the current circumstances, the events have been moved online.
Although Trees Please will be primarily based on the Heritage at Home hub, with resources and videos available for younger Islanders to use and enjoy, families will be encouraged to get out in the fresh air and follow a tree trail at the ancient site of La Hougue Bie, which lies beneath a beautiful canopy of trees; the grounds of La Hougue Bie recently reopened to the public and it is now possible to walk around the site again.
Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Events Curator, said: “We had to think creatively about how to continue our Discovery Days at this difficult time, but they are a popular part of the Jersey
Heritage events calendar and we were determined to keep them going. We hope the activities we have planned will inspire the children in your life to observe and appreciate trees even more, and to realise that we need more trees and more time spent among them.”
The planned activities for Trees Please include:
- Tree Trail at La Hougue Bie
- How to measure the height of a tree with nothing but a pencil and tape measure
- Make a ‘grateful tree’ at home
- Water colour tree art lesson
- ‘From Little Acorns’ tree seed recognition.
Jason Lewis, Lloyds Bank’s Business Development Manager, said: “Lloyds Bank are delighted to be supporting the Jersey Heritage Discovery Days again this year, we really hope that you will enjoy the activities planned either virtually, or at one of the fantastic Jersey Heritage sites.”