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We all know the natural world is in trouble and the time for action is now. That’s why on 22 June we are joining tens of thousands of people to unite at the Restore Nature Now march in London and call for urgent action by governments.

Join us at this family-friendly, peaceful march to make a difference. Together with fellow nature and climate charities, we want to celebrate nature and call for all political parties and all governments across the UK to take immediate action to protect and restore our wonderful wildlife.

Why are we marching?

With more than half of UK plant species in decline and 1 in 6 wildlife species at risk of extinction, our wildlife needs emergency action.

We’re joining environmental campaigners in a united call for future leaders to prioritise nature and biodiversity.

Coming together with dozens of organisations and thousands of people from across the country ahead of the general election, the march will show future politicians that national and global nature restoration needs to be a priority. We need immediate political action to bring endangered plants and fungi back from the brink of extinction and restore species-rich habitats such as grasslands and temperate rainforests.

A protestor holding a banner reading 'our species need us now'

March with us to show support for these asks: 

  • Providing more funding to ensure a nature-friendly farming approach
  • Making polluters pay for the damage they do to the environment
  • Creating more space for nature by expanding and improving protected areas and public land
  • Putting a legal right to a healthy environment in law – clean air and water and access to nature for all communities
  • Delivering fair and effective climate action that means we at least halve UK emissions by 2030.

This general election (4 July 2024) will be crucial to determine if the UK’s nature recovery targets will be met and our future policy-makers need to recognise and act on the unity of concerns that communities, climate and wildlife are currently facing.

Join our marching meadow

Bring the meadow to the march and celebrate our wild plants and fungi by dressing up in any floral, fungal or foliose ensemble you have!

As leaders of the land section, help us create a moving meadow of floral and mushrooms heads to rise above the crowds. Follow along with our own Sarah Shuttleworth to learn how to make a flower or fungi crown – just from things in your recycling box

How to make your own placards

If you’re coming along or joining in from home, why not make some colourful placards to help us shine a light on the importance of wild plants and fungi.

Tips to make the best placards:

  • Big and strong – reuse old cardboard or cereal boxes as the base and attach a solid branch or pole to hold your banner above the crowds
  • Make it catchy – add a short, bold slogan in large letters to really stand out
  • The more colourful the better – use bright and contrasting colours on your own designs or our templates. Or even add some real leaves or flowers!

After your flowers or fungi have completed the march, why not pop them in your front window to show your support for nature in the run up to the general election.

And if you’re still feeling creative, why not check out these ideas from our fellow marchers.

The logistics

We will assemble on Park Lane at 12.00 to be ready to march at 13.00 at the latest. Using the Restore Nature Now interactive map, Plantlife staff and supporters will be gathering at the G19 location, outside Londis, as part of the land section of the march. Please also listen out for Plantlife speakers at 12:25.

We would love for you to join us – look out for our flower and fungi-shaped placards and blue Plantlife tshirts. The rally of speakers in Parliament Square will commence at 14:25 and the event should be finished by 16:30.

For more details please visit here.

This inclusive demonstration will be a colourful spectacle for nature enthusiasts of all ages and all communities to shout, drum and cheer for our wildlife. We will be attending the march and co-leading fellow land–themed organisations.

The march will be fully stewarded, wheelchair accessible and speeches will be BSL interpreted. Arriving via public transport is encouraged, if possible.

Remember to bring water, comfortable clothes and your voices!

And if you’re eager to help on the day, the Restore Nature Now team are recruiting volunteers to help with stewarding and safety (must be over 21).

Sign up to the march on the Restore Nature Now website.

If you can’t join us

No need to worry, you can still help us shout about the importance of wild plants and fungi from home.

  • If you have a go at our flower and fungi-themed crafts – pop them in your front window and share them on social media (tagging us and @RestoreNatureNow)
  • Email your local MP, MSP or MS with a personal message about why they must act to restore nature now (and mention the 5 asks of the Nature 2030 campaign)
  • Follow the march online through this livestream on Instagram

Resources

UK National Meadows Day 2024

Take part in Plantlife’s National Meadows Day on Saturday 6 July 2024 by visiting your nearby meadows at their midsummer best.

three people walking in a meadow with a hill in front of them

This year we celebrate the value of our local biodiverse grasslands, including meadows.
#NationalMeadowsDay

Wildflower meadows look their best in summer, as flowers bloom and seed heads pop under the sun. They are hugely important resources which provide a sanctuary for wildlife, lock up carbon and are vital to our wellbeing.

However, our meadows are in trouble. The majority of our ancient species-rich grasslands have been lost, and now our meadows need us more than ever.

Get involved

Join Plantlife as we shout out about how important our wild plant-filled meadows are this National Meadows Day.

Here’s just a few ways you can discover your local meadows this National Meadows Day – either out and about or enjoying a virtual experience from your home.

  • Visit one of our 23 nature reserves across the UK, and see if you can find some of the different grassland habitats and rare species that they support. Find out more here.
  • Meadows aren’t just for the countryside! Follow our expert guide here, to turn your garden lawn into next year’s mini meadow.
  • Keep us updated on your meadow adventures by tagging us on social media.
Plantlife ID guide and Spotter sheet for finding meadow species

Learn how to ID meadow plants

Discover what plants are in your nearby meadows, whether it’s a wild area in your local park or church yard, or even your own lawn! See what you can find on your doorstep by using our helpful ID guide below. Why not also print off one of our spotter sheets, and see how many species you can check off.

Don’t forget to follow the countryside code when visiting green spaces to protect the delicate and rare species that call our meadows home.

Share your favourite meadows and the wild plants that live there with us on social media with #NationalMeadowsDay.

Found a wildflower in a meadow but not sure what it is? Use our ID guide to find out it’s name!

No Mow May – Instagram Live – Collaboration with Lucy Willcox

Garden with two hammock and strips of unmown lawn

Join Award Winning Garden Designer, Lucy Willcox  and our Senior Ecological Advisor, Sarah Shuttleworth on Instagram Live to discuss No Mow May, your lawn and how it can help biodiversity.

Follow us on Instagram .

 

Speakers

Fragile Nature Exhibition

a person in a meadow looking at yellow and purple flowers with painting materials

Extended dates, now open until Friday 2 February 2024

The exhibition highlights wild plants that are at risk of extinction and explores the relationship between art and nature conservation.

Born out of Lisa Gardner’s time as Plantlife’s first artist in Residence, where she explored the rugged coast of the Highlands to the road verges of Kent, visiting some of the rarest plants in the UK. At the exhibition you can see paintings, film, sketchbooks, and postcards of Lisa’s life-changing magical artistic journey.

Tuesday – Thursday : 9:30 – 18:00
Friday: 9:30 – 12:00

Artist

A Botanical Art Journey

Read more about Lisa’s Journey in this blog

Restore Nature Now: Take Action for Wild Plants and Climate

On 28 September, join Plantlife as we stand united alongside communities, world-leading experts and charities to ask our elected representatives, current and aspiring, to restore nature now.

Twinflower on the woodland floor with sunshine behind

Humans have put the planet on a path to a warmer world and now face urgent and interlinked climate and biodiversity crisis.

It is critical that world leaders strengthen not weaken green pledges and display meaningful climate leadership.

Healthy wild plants, fungi & other wildlife species and habitats provide essential solutions to the climate crisis and increasing resilience.

With 2/5 of the world’s wild plants at risk of extinction and only 3% of UK wildflower meadows surviving compared to 100 years ago, Plantlife are calling for ambitious action now.

Join us in speaking up for wild plants and climate

On 28 September, join Plantlife as we ask our elected representatives, current and aspiring, to restore nature now.

We come together united alongside nature lovers, environmental groups, No Mow May-ers, young people, change-makers and world-leading experts to push for ambitious action for climate and nature.

MEET : Defra Seacole Building, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF (entrance Great Peter Street)

TIME : 28 September 8am-2pm

NEED TO KNOW : We will be celebrating the wild places and species we love; people, placards, flags, colour, costumes, speeches and music at the place where our united voice needs to be heard.

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Exhibition: Sand Dunes at the Ucheldre

Join us at The Ucheldre to discover sand dunes through a new exhibition.

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In 2023 the Dynamic Dunescapes Project, the Ucheldre and Wild Elements CIC joined forces. The goal? To help Anglesey visitors and residents discover the sand dunes of Rhosneigr, through art. Working together, a programme of activity days has taken place throughout the year, and two films have been produced.

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Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Additional event information

All are welcome and you can drop into the exhibit anytime during opening hours, but why not pair your visit with one (or more!) of the following:

  • 16/09 Dune-inspired Children’s art club sessions (book via Ucheldre website ‘classes’ page – £2 fee)
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A waxcap mushroom growing in the grass, with mountains in the background

We will be introducing the work Plantlife are doing in the Cairngorms and the fungi we’ll be looking for during the day.

On the walk you will be practicing ID, learning about waxcap fungi conservation and habitat preferences, as well as surveying to gather information about these understudied species.

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Please bring appropriate outdoors clothing and equipment and remember to bring along water and lunch.

Meet at Glen Tanar visitors centre, across bridge from visitors car park: https://goo.gl/maps/cn7Vn5LzsY3d6V4L7

NO 48064 96509

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NO 18826 91284

Plantlife may be in touch after the event for evaluation purposes, please let us know if you would like to opt out of this on the day.

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Past events

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white flower

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Online | free

Join us and find out how plants can help solve crime in this fascinating online talk with Forensic Botanist, Dr Mark Spencer.

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