Nature Misses You – National Trust 50 Things Project

You might remember that last year we got involved with the National Trust 50 Things project & played a few games of Pooh Sticks to tick it off our list.  This year the National Trust have launched a new campaign: ‘Nature Misses You’ – the main focus of which is quite simply to get children to reconnect with nature by working their way through the “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’

Looking through the list we’ve already ticked off plenty:

1. Climb a tree – Ben loves climbing trees and Daddy is keen to encourage him!

2. Roll down a really big hill – This is something that Ben and Chloe will do whenever they get chance but I particularly remember them doing it when we went for a walk in Heaton Park last Autumn.

4. Build a den – Ben and Finley had a good go at doing this in Delamere Forest when we went Gruffalo hunting earlier in the summer

5. Skim a stone – Although Ben has yet to succesfully do this himself he does enjoy trying!

6. Run around in the rain – We live in Manchester – what more do I need to say?

19. Play pooh sticks – You know we’ve already done that one!

20. Jump over waves – Ben and Chloe discovered the joy of this one in Bridlington this summer!

21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild – Ben and Chloe did this last Autumn with Ange & I know they’ll be keen to repeat the experience this year!

23. Visit a farm – This is a firm favourite of mine and something we’ve ticked off many times over!

32. Find some frogspawn – This was an easy one this year as Granny and Grandad’s pond was absolutely full of it.  Ben and Chloe enjoyed bringing some tadpoles into the house to investigate.

But we still have work to do!  Of course lots of the things on the list are seasonal – conkers, star gazing, snow – these are not things I can just decide to do on a random Sunday afternoon in August.

In order to help us to tick some more activities off the list The National Trust gave us a “Touring Pass” which allowed us a week of free entry to National Trust sites.  We set off to Tatton Park with a picnic in our bag and the list in the back of our minds.

22. Explore inside a tree – We found the perfect tree for exploring in the picnic area of Tatton Park.  Ben was straight up and inside it without a moment’s hesitation, we hadn’t even suggested it to him – which just proves how appealing the list is!  Ben was ticking things off without even knowing the list existed.

explore inside a tree
We had a lovely afternoon in the sun – find pine cones, climbing fallen trees and collecting sticks . . .
Nature Misses You - child carrying stick
What’s the appeal of a big stick?
Nature Misses You - climbing fallen tree
Who needs a climbing frame when you have a fallen tree?
Nature Misses You - baby climbing tree
Even Amy had a go at ticking “tree climbing” off her list!
 Now we just need to decide what we’re going to tick off next . . .  I’m thinking perhaps fly a kite or a bit of star gazing could make for a lovely adventure.  We could invest in a tent from Planet Camping and really make a night of it!
If you’re starting to feel that perhaps “Nature Misses You”, there’s now a new 50 things app which was launched earlier this year, it’s available on IOS and Android and is a really handy way of keeping track of your achievements!

*We were provided with a National Trust Touring Pass free of charge in order to support the writing of this post about the Nature Misses You campaign however all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. September 12, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Aww this is lovely. We love outdoors-y stuff but sometimes the weather prevents you doing what you want – but when it is sunny we are usually in the park chasing after the kids and wrestling them to the ground to eat their picnic 🙂

    • September 12, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      We've definitely found it harder with having Amy – we would normally get out more and just risk the weather but it's not fair when you've got a tiny one is it!

  2. September 12, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    You guys are so outdoorsy!! Love reading about all the things you get up to x

    • September 12, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      Haha I don't think I've ever been described as outdoorsy in my life 🙂 x

  3. September 13, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    I love the National Trust 50 things, it is exactly what I am setting out to promote with country Kids. Looks like Tatton Park provided a great base to carry out more of your 50 things activities. Thank you for sharing your day out with me on country Kids.

  4. Brenda BusyBee
    September 14, 2014 / 8:11 am

    I discovered the 50 things to do list recently and think it is such a fab idea! We are definitely going to start trying to tick things off. Love the National Trust and all they have on offer for families and children xx

  5. September 15, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    I really need to get my 3 doing 50 things.I'm pretty sure they've done lots already but I think it's nice to do it ll again.

    • September 15, 2014 / 7:28 pm

      I think it's nice for them to have the list to focus in too isn't it – bit of a challenge 🙂 x

  6. Rachel @ The Daisy Pages
    June 27, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Great post. I love getting the kids outdoors and doing all the things we used to do as kids. I’ve driven past a Tatton Park sign so many times on the motorway, but I didn’t know it was a National Trust property….I might need to pop in and take a look 🙂

    • Colette
      June 27, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Oh it’s lovely, we’ve not been in ages actually. Hopefully will pop across in the summer x

  7. July 21, 2017 / 5:54 am

    Always love doing something within the nature. These days all people want is paid and expensive things to show on social media, but I think doing something free, such as hiking or visiting a farm is an interesting activity.

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