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National Trust’s director general is urging members of the public to ‘enjoy the Easter break at home’

National Trust’s director general is urging members of the public to ‘enjoy the Easter break at home’

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE National Trust’s director general is urging members of the public to ‘enjoy the Easter break at home’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hilary McGrady, has called for people to stay in as part of the national collective effort to halt the spread of the virus – and revealed that the Trust is launching at-home activities including their inter-generational Great Scavenger Hunt with its members to help families enjoy the holiday together.

In a specially recorded Easter video, which can be seen at nationaltrust.org.uk, she encourages people not to travel, but instead to find ‘moments of joy’ in their own Easter celebrations at home, and to ‘take reassurance from the spring beauty unfolding around us.’ She also thanks all those frontline workers who are fighting coronavirus and caring for its victims.

The charity also urges public to ‘hold onto the NHS rainbow signs, the messages to one another, the pictures of daily life’, so they and the nation will have a record of how they are living through an extraordinary period in history.

The Trust recently launched a year of action to tackle ‘nature deficiency’, building on research in collaboration with Derby University which showed that children and adults who mark natural events and observe the daily and seasonal rhythms of nature, are more likely to take action to protect nature as well as reporting higher levels of wellbeing.

Hilary McGrady said: “We know how sad our members and visitors are that they can’t travel to their favourite places to mark Easter and celebrate the arrival of spring this year, but our biggest priority has to be staying at home to help our NHS and keep ourselves and one another safe.

“During the closure we are still looking after the places people love, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming them back when it’s time. In the meantime, we’ve put together a new Easter experience with our members on our website so that people can stay connected to their favourite places and each other and create Easter memories in their own homes and gardens.”

Beginning before Easter and while social distancing measures continue, the Trust’s website will each week feature free-to-access articles, podcasts, videos, tips and activities for all age groups. These will include:

- showcases of historic treasures in the Trust’s vast collection, from papier-mâché Easter eggs to 18th-century porcelain shepherds and shepherdesses;

- exploring Easter traditions of the past and present such as egg rolling;

- ideas for families – craft and activities to do in the garden;

- expert garden Q&A articles on topics including spring flowers and house plants; and

- a weekend challenge bringing elements of a weekend National Trust visit into family homes, including the chance to ‘turn your hallway into a World Heritage Site!’

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