At Shaw Landscape Group, there’s no denying that we love trees. So this month, we’re putting nature on a pedestal and celebrating National Tree Day 2021. Yes, we’re in lockdown, but that won’t restrict us from raising awareness and highlighting the importance of this very special annual calendar event. Here are some creative and ‘safe’ activities you and your family can do at home to connect with nature in honour of National Tree Day 2021.

So what is National Tree Day all about?

Co-founded by Planet Ark and celebrity heavyweight Olivia Newton-John, National Tree Day began in 1996 and has since become Australia’s largest community tree planting event. National Tree Day is a call to action for Aussies to get their hands dirty and connect with nature, albeit a little differently this year. Over 300,000 volunteers typically donate their time to engage in a range of local community environmental activities, such as the planting of seedlings, native trees and shrubs. The last Friday in July is dedicated to schools celebrating Tree Day, while the official date to mark in your calendar for this year’s event is Sunday 1st August 2021.

Hug a tree for National Tree Day

hugging a tree in a forest

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When you can’t hug your friends and family…hug a tree instead! Following the global pandemic and the cancellation of many community events, National Tree Day are encouraging everyone to connect with nature by hugging a tree and jumping onboard the social media hashtag #HugaTreeforNTD. Studies indicate that being surrounded by trees (and nature in general) can help to lower your blood pressure and in turn reduce stress.

Do a puzzle or play a game with the kids

Check out the National Tree Day website’s toolkit. It’s filled with a bunch of colourful crosswords, puzzles and activity sheets that the kids can get involved with at home. Who wants to get outdoors and be a ‘leaf’ detective this National Tree Day?

Strike a yoga ‘tree pose’

Lady doing a yoga tree pose in garden

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The ever so popular yoga ‘tree pose’ could be your newest fitness friend this National Tree Day! A balancing pose, perfect for beginners to represent focus, concentration, grounding and stability. Go and practice your best yoga move in the garden to help calm the mind and connect with nature.

Immerse yourself in nature online with Window Swap

Open a new window somewhere in the world via the window swap portal. It’s the latest quarantine project created by a Singapore based couple, where you can log on and watch people’s window views from all around the world. If you’re needing a cabin fever cure, it is one way to get the feeling of being in a new place and connecting with nature (online of course) all from the safety of your own home. Give it a go, it’s actually quite calming!

Create your very own bush bunting

leaf bunting hanging on wall

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Get crafty in the garden. This idea has also come from the National tree Day website and it is too good not to share. Grab some string and go hunting in your backyard. Threading leaves, sticks or flowers onto a long string to create a unique ‘bush bunting’ decoration for your home, is one fun and creative way that you and the kids can celebrate National Tree Day this year.

Get your hands dirty

Tend to a veggie patch, create a little herb garden or get composting. It’s good for the environment and also good for our physical and psychological well being. Why not plant some seedlings or propagate an existing plant cutting to give your garden a new lease on life.

Bring nature indoors

Collection of indoor plants

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Succulents and indoor plants are growing in popularity. Not only does adding greenery to your home enhance its appearance, it can also lift your mood and help with productivity (great for those working from home).  Try low maintenance varieties that don’t require much sunlight such as Monsteras, Peace Lilies, Ponytail Palms, Orchids or Aloe Veras.

Watch a movie or documentary about nature

Who said learning about nature had to be boring? Netflix and chill this National Tree day and take an educational deep dive experience with nature by watching a movie or informative documentary. It’s easy to get sucked in and spend hours watching National Geographic episodes and transporting yourself around the world in the very comfort of your living area.

Have a picnic in your backyard

kids sitting on picnic rug in backyard

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Who doesn’t love a romantic picnic outdoors? Grab some champagne, crackers, berries and get cosy in your favourite spot in your garden. Spend this time outdoors to bask in nature, breathe in the fresh air and take in the surrounding views.. Sometimes it’s nice just to take the time to stop, think and appreciate nature in all its glory.

So there you have it. National Tree Day looks a little different this year, but don’t let that stop you from getting involved. Share this blog post and let’s all raise awareness and celebrate National tree Day 2021 together.