Not all mums are created equal. Some love a pampering session or a meal with family, whilst others crave a hike up a mountain or a trip to the rugby. But no matter what type of mum you have (or are!), Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spend time together, get outdoors and share a celebration of Mother Nature. Check out our top ideas to get you inspired!
Become a Strawkler
How many times have you spotted bits of plastic or other ocean debris when you’re at the beach or lake? “Strawkling” is a new conservation effort originating in Sydney, Australia, which combines snorkelling with the collection of plastic waste, including straws, bags and discarded fishing lines from the ocean floor. So grab your mum, dig out your wetsuits and net bags, and get collecting!
Find a four legged friend
Dog walking is well known for its relaxing, therapeutic properties, especially if your dog is well behaved! But if you or your mum don’t have a dog, all is not lost – there are organisations like Borrow My Doggy that encourage you to walk dogs for people who can’t give them the exercise they need. Alternatively, you could sign up as a volunteer at a local rescue centre. It could be the start of a regular feel-good thing for you and your mum or friends to do together.
At one with the elements
It doesn’t matter if you’ve mastered the scorpion pose with your eyes shut or have never heard of a downward dog; sharing a yoga class with your mum is a great way to relax together. Many yoga centres offer outdoor workshops which are a beautiful way of practicing yoga and bonding with Mother Nature – and if you live close enough, get to a beach – there’s no better focus than the sound of the ocean and feeling the sand between your toes.
Doing a beach clean doesn’t have to be a hard task, but you’ll find that once you’ve starting clearing the plastic, nets and debris and have seen the difference just a few minutes makes, you’ll want to carry on cleaning! Check Facebook for your nearest beach clean event, or arm yourselves with gloves and bags and get down to your local beach or river. The knowledge that you are protecting marine life from getting caught up in plastic is incentive enough but reward yourselves with a picnic and hot chocolate (or chips and a pint!) once the beach clean is done.
Reap the benefits
It’s fresh, it’s free, you can do it all year round and it’s celebrating Mother Nature to the extreme! Foraging will inspire you to learn more about what is growing wild around you – make a day of it and cook what you find over a BBQ (if the weather is forgiving). There are some great websites to help you (and tell you the legal stuff too) and many organisations like The National Trust run foraging days. Oh, and a word to the wise – be careful of your mushrooms and only collect what you need – leave some for the wildlife!
If the weather really has got the better of you and the idea of spending Mother’s Day wetter than a drowned rat doesn’t exactly appeal, you can still find activities to share with your mum that celebrate Mother Nature. Check out the Going Zero Waste website and give your mum’s home a bit of an overhaul, or make yourselves some natural eco-friendly face scrub and get pampering.
Photo credit: Going Zero Waste
KEEP ANIMALS SAFE
Visit the World Animal Protection website and make a donation or sign a pledge to help save animals from cruelty and harm. You can contribute toward their many wildlife protection programmes, including those supporting the welfare of marine mammals living in our oceans. World Animal Protection has been at the forefront of campaigning and lobbying against ghost gear (lost or abandoned fishing nets) since 2015.
And don’t forget to end the day by honouring Mother Nature with some fermented “gifts-of-the-vine” in a glass… Cheers!