How to make the most of limited time outdoors


Alde Garden campsite has always been a place where people can appreciate the joys of being outside in nature.  As the UK finds its way through the 6th week of lockdown, it seems even more important to make the most of Mother Nature. Whether you’re lucky enough to have access to a garden, or you’re using your daily exercise time; we’re sharing our best ideas for giving yourself a little green boost until you can get back to our tranquil garden campsite.


Dig for Victory

Growing your own veg is a great idea to maximise your time in the garden.  It’s good exercise, has a range of physical & mental health benefits & (this is the best bit) provides delicious fresh food! Whatever the size of your garden there are ways to flex your green fingers: Whether you’ve got space for a full-blown veg-patch or a few pots there’s never been a better time to try your hand at gardening. The RHS website is a great resource for finding out what you can grow & how.  It’s always worth finding out if your local garden centre is still trading too as lots are now offering deliveries.

Grow Indoors

You may not have access to your own, or even a shared garden but that’s no reason to think you can’t be a gardener too!  Plants in your living or working space have lots of known benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving wellbeing & increasing attentiveness & productivity.  So while we may be spending limited time outside in nature, why note bring nature inside to reap the benefits?  Herbs and even some vegetables can be grown on a windowsill or why not choose an easy-to-care-for house plant?  Here are some that will survive in a range of light conditions & are known to improve air-quality too:

Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Snake Plant (Sansivera)

Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)

Dragon Treee (Dracaena Draco)

Give Back to Nature

At the moment the environment is benefiting greatly from our lack of pollutive activity. Why not enhance this and make this a time we can look back on with some cheer? Have a look in your shed and see if you have some scrap wood so you can make a bird nest box or hedgehog house. There are plans for bird houses on the net, and a lovely hedgehog house plan can be found here. These are great activities to do with kids too.

Improve the View

If you only get to go out of the house once a day why not do some good along the way?  Take out a bag and litter-pick your local area while you walk.

Take a Virtual Tour

Lots of public gardens, and even Chelsea Flower show are now offering virtual tours so you can enjoy some greenery from the comfort of your own armchair.  Our favourites are listed below.

Kew Gardens

Monet’s Garden – Giverny

United States Botanic Garden

Hawaii Tropical Garden

Or if that’s not your thing why not try a virtual train ride? Virtual train rides offer viewers the chance to zone out and calm the mind, while seeing new landscapes, some of which many people will never experience in real life, quarantine or not. Plus, you don’t have to worry about train fare or if the onboard amenities are up to par — just pour yourself a hot cup of tea (or a cocktail to fit the destination) and hop aboard. CLICK HERE to start your journey.