Thanks to Green Volunteers by Sarah Burgess

I was puzzling about what to write this week and then realised the newsletter would be going out during Volunteers’ Week and that solved my problem, in two ways.  Firstly I want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who in normal times (whatever they are) would be outside, no doubt enjoying the lovely weather we’ve been having, and contributing to our environment in so many ways and secondly, well, you can see what I’ve been up to from the picture. 

First the thank yous! 

  • To the volunteers who keep our community gardens, orchards and parks growing.
  • To the volunteers who help keep our cycle paths tidy and safe – as well as those who mend our bikes and keep us cycling – and who right now are helping our key workers get to work
  • To the volunteers who support people to get out and walk and those who keep the footpaths in our towns and villages clean and free from rubbish.  That includes those of you who are tidying up in front of where you live, or picking up the odd piece of rubbish when you’re out on your daily walk.
  • To the volunteers who support our environment and help our wildlife thrive.
  • And to the volunteers who help us to continue to connect to nature – especially those who are doing that right now.

Check out all the groups in your local area on the green health portal here, including information about any that are offering online activities right now.

On that note I’d like to point you to 30 Days Wild by The Wildlife Trusts running throughout June which this year includes some ideas for home schooling as well as handy hints to help us enjoy nature while we are working from home.

I don’t suppose by now you thought you’d get away with a whole article without me linking it back to 19 ways to stay connected with nature during COVID-19 – and so here we are.  This week I have been doing some very low key environmental art!  Although we are being encouraged to Get Creative for Volunteers’ Week, right now we’re rather limited by what we have around us, and so, I got out in the garden and attempted to say thank you in as many appropriate “green and healthy” ways as possible.  So, if you’d indulge me, please take a look at our Lanarkshire Green Health Partnership Volunteers’ Week 2020 video.

Then maybe you could get outside and make some art of your own.  Send your results to me sarah.burgess@vaslan.org.uk if you wouldn’t mind me featuring it on instagram or on our Volunteers’ Week gallery.

All of us who are part of the LGHP  look forward to when we can volunteer together again.  Happy Volunteers’ Week.  Thank you.  Don’t forget to find us on instagram!