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The Natural History Museum has reunited with Pukka Herbs, the UK’s largest organic tea company, to deliver a free digital nature themed family festival – ‘Tune in to Nature’ – to inspire and educate all ages on plants and pollinators.
Taking place from Monday 27 July – Sunday 9 August, the virtual festival aims to connect people with nature. Across the two-week period, the Natural History Museum and Pukka Herbs hope to inspire people of all ages to tune in and embrace the nature that is on their doorstep.
The jam-packed programme of free digital activities will be hosted on the Museum's website with content to engage all ages such as wildlife arts and crafts, and a live quiz.
Our highlights include:
· Live Natural History quiz – join in with a live YouTube quiz on Friday 31 July and test your knowledge of natural history.
· 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.
· Plant club – a series of downloadable resources to help identify local plants and report sightings as a citizen scientist. The activities will encourage families to look for different plant species and learn about the life cycle of plants.
· Pukka Herbs ‘how to’ series – focusing on three pollinator-friendly herbs used in Pukka Herbs organic teas – mint, lavender and chamomile – these expert-led videos will give families the chance to get creative with a variety of makes and bakes.
Throughout the festival, families are encouraged to share images on social media of nature around them that makes them feel happy as part of the Feel Good gallery that will be collated across the two-weeks.
Alex Burch, Head of Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum says:
'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.'
Vicky Murray, Sustainability Manager at Pukka Herbs says:
'We are delighted to once again be joining forces with the Natural History Museum, who are global experts in the natural world. This year, more than ever, we want to connect as many people as possible with the beauty of nature, and in doing so create advocates for our planet. The aim of this festival is to educate on biodiversity and the importance of pollinators. All living things exist within their own communities and we are intertwined in a natural system which enables all of us to thrive.'
Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs says:
'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. 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.'
Dates and times: 27 July – 9 August
For further information please contact Natural History Museum UK press office:
Natural History Museum
Charlotte Newell, PR Officer
T: 07799 690 151
About the Natural History Museum:
The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.
It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.
The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.
The Museum uses its enormous global reach and influence to meet its mission to create advocates for the planet - to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome over five million visitors each year; our digital output reaches hundreds of thousands of people in over 200 countries each month and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 30 million people in the last 10 years.
About Pukka Herbs
Pukka Herbs was established in 2001 by ethical entrepreneur Tim Westwell and practicing herbalist Sebastian Pole.
Every organic Pukka tea, latte and supplement is expertly blended by Sebastian Pole, using practitioner-grade herbs and spices – with the highest level of essential oils and active ingredients available - fairly and sustainably sourced from around the world. Pukka combines these ingredients with its world-leading herbal research to produce each one of its certified organic products.
All Pukka products are made using renewable energy and to further its commitment to carbon reduction, Pukka had its ambitious climate goal – to be carbon zero by 2030 – validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in 2018. Pukka is a founding B Corp in the UK and a passionate member of 1% for the Planet, giving 1% of annual turnover to environmental causes.