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Good things in three’s

Three Good Things Thursday has been a great success.

Each Thursday in  November we asked Langdyke members to post on our Facebook page three things they identified in nature that brought some joy for them. 

The responses were superb with more than twenty different people posting on average 11 posts each Thursday with in excess of 160 specific items identified as bringing people a little joy during these difficult times.  

The quality of the images posted was, as usual, very good and the variety of topics (see the oak tree graphic below) revealed what a nature rich landscape we have access to. The size of the leaves represents how many posts made reference to that specific topic. 

Even better than this was the richness of language used to describe both the activities undertaken by individuals and those observed in nature ( see the image below) which shows the selection of words in the outer spiral and the emotions and feelings these stimulated (the  words in the inner spiral). 

Langdyke’s David Alvey said: “This illustrates just how good spending time engaging with nature is for our wellbeing. There will be no surprise given the general activity on our Facebook page that “Murmuration” was the most repeated observation amongst the posts.

“With such an amazing response we are continuing the #ThreeGoodThingsThursday, #TGTT initiative through December and January so please continue or join in and share your experiences with a post regarding three good things in your local countryside or garden. “

David’s goal benefits all

Introducing David Alvey – a Langdyke trustee with a keen interest in linking nature and your wellbeing.

As part of a new series on the website – Langdyke people – we asked him a few questions about himself.  Here are his answers …

Name:  David Alvey
Role in Langdyke: Trustee and board member
In your role with the Trust what areas do you specialise/lead in?  Nature requires us to think on a landscape scale if we are to avoid just delaying its deterioration so my primary role is helping to develop the John Clare Countryside vision. Whilst essential and a great starting point conserving small pockets of nature reserves will not deliver the environmental change required to reverse the declining trends in nature that are all too obvious. Providing this nature rich countryside links perfectly into my other passion for improving my own, our members and our communities mental well being. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted our need for green space, I was already working to establish links with local mental health charities. The pandemic has just encouraged this collaboration and our need for a countryside that benefits nature and people.
What got you involved with the Trust?
Walking my dogs around the fantastically accessible countryside around Barnack built on my lifelong love of gardening and wildlife. This enjoyment made me determined to actively give something back to the local environment. This was firstly through the “Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes” and then, following its incorporation at the end of 2017, through Langdyke Countryside Trust.
Favourite place in nature:
That would have to be Orkney Islands in Scotland but almost any of the Scottish islands are a close second (not just because of the Whisky distilleries!). More locally it is simply the best maintained farmland in this area illustrating that we can live alongside nature if we have the right attitude and expectations.
What do you most love about nature?
The way it can always surprise you and so easily regenerate if we just stop fighting against it, work with it and provide it with enough space to make its own “decisions”.
Things that make you happy …
The simplest of natures wonders being available right on our doorstep. We might not have the most high profile species in our countryside, although there is an impressive array, but even the common species of birds, flora and fauna that we can see every day, if we take time to look, show off nature’s amazing capabilities. Just spending a few minutes watching a Red Kite over the garden has the same restorative powers and a lot lower carbon footprint than a trip to the Mull to see White Tailed Eagles. Another great example if we give nature a helping hand it will come and visit us!
Things that really annoy you …
The number of people wanting something to be done by someone else about a particular topic but not willing to get involved or change their own life choices to actually make it happen.
What is your hope for nature in the next ten years?
Locally, whilst a mountain range separating the Welland and Nene valley’s would be nice, more realistically a real change in the way we interact with our local environment as individuals and collectively. Sustainable use of our resources and a responsibility for our use of the local countryside could lay the foundations for a brighter future for ourselves, our children and their children. At a national and international level recognition that we all share the same planet and we all deserve to equally benefit from it.
Anything else you want to say?
A quote from Dave Goulson’s book The Garden Jungle has certainly made me think. “Most parents and grandparents will do anything for their children except, it seems, leave them a decent planet to live on”. I am still trying to adapt and change and it is not easy but every little step makes some small contribution.

You can meet more Langdyke people here

Project to help wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Langdyke members are being urged to  consider taking part in a citizen science project that supports the fact that engagement in nature is good for your wellbeing.

Trustee David Alvey is urging you to bring the project to the attention of others. with the aim of discovering the importance of nature-based activities on our wellbeing.

There is more about the  project – called Nature up close and personal: a wellbeing experiment – here  www.ceh.ac.uk/natureupclose

https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/new-experiment-tests-link-between-nature-and-wellbeing

During this period of lockdown, many of us have learned (or re-discovered)  the importance of engaging with  nature to our happiness and  wellbeing.

But how do different types of nature activities affect us? To help answer this question, join in with hundreds across Britain to take part in the research project.

You’ll learn about some simple nature-based activities, get to experience nature up close and personal, and answer a few questions about your experiences. So, whether you’re a nature nerd or nature usually passes you by – this one’s for you!

Together we can discover how our wellbeing is affected by noticing and connecting with nature. Take part today: www.ceh.ac.uk/natureupclose#CloseToNature.

All the activities are suitable for adults or for families to do together, but the organisers are asking only adults to take part in the wellbeing survey.

The project is open for the next 6 weeks, so anyone can join in at any time. People taking part will be asked to do a simple nature-based activity five times over the week they take part, and let organisers know how it impacted them.

Please pass on the link to anyone you know who would be interested in participating and let David know if you do join in at david.alvey@langdyke.org.uk.

Note the deadline is 25th August

Our wellbeing page is here