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Pukka Herbs and the Natural History Museum have teamed up to deliver Tune in to Nature, a digital biodiversity-themed family festival which aims to provide inspiration and education around plants and pollinators.

The two-week Tune in to Nature virtual festival starts on Monday 27 July and features a programme of free digital activities including:

  • Plant club – a series of downloadable resources to help identify local plants and report sightings as a citizen scientist with the aim of encouraging families to look for different plant species and learn about the life cycle of plants
  • Pukka Herbs ‘how to’ series of expert-led videos focusing on three pollinator-friendly herbs used in Pukka’s organic teas – mint, lavender and chamomile – and giving families a chance to get creative with a variety of makes and bakes
  • Noisy Nature – a fun activity to encourage families to use their sense of hearing to connect with local wildlife and take a moment to enjoy and relax in nature
  • Live Natural History quiz –a live YouTube quiz on Friday 31 July to test competitors’ knowledge of natural history.

Throughout the festival families are encouraged to share images of the nature around them which brings them happiness on social media as part of the Feel-Good gallery that will be created across the festival.

As 2020 is the Museum’s Year of Biodiversity, we want to inspire people to think about the natural world and their role in protecting it. Through our digital activities we want to engage families with the nature around them and work towards a future where both people and planet thrive

“This year’s festival comes at an important time as families across the globe continue to look for engaging and educational resources to use within their own homes,” says Pukka’s head of herbal education, Jo Webber. “Our purpose at Pukka is to nurture healthier, happier lives through powerful organic plants and we hope to share our passion for the planet with others. All Pukka teas are made with pollinator friendly, organic ingredients so this is the perfect celebration of that.

“The amazing line up of workshops and activities link to areas of the KS1, 2 and 3 curriculum and we hope by working with the Natural History Museum, we can encourage all generations to champion nature whilst having fun and learning at the same time. The past few months have been difficult for many but there has never been a better time to appreciate the natural world that’s right on our doorsteps.”

Adds Alex Burch, head of public programmes, Natural History Museum: “We’re thrilled once again to be working alongside Pukka Herbs for this year’s summer Family Festival: Tune in to Nature. Together we’ve put together a fantastic line up of digital content and educational activities for all of the family to enjoy from their homes.

“As 2020 is the Museum’s Year of Biodiversity, we want to inspire people to think about the natural world and their role in protecting it. Through our digital activities we want to engage families with the nature around them and work towards a future where both people and planet thrive.”

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