For the second year running, Pickering Environment Group, Pickering Town CIC, Beck Isle Museum and many others are organising a community project to celebrate Earth Day. This year the aim is to inspire people to allow a little more space for nature to thrive in their gardens.  We are planning our very own Blue Heart Campaign to stake out more places for nature. Look out for blue hearts appearing all over Pickering!

Help us promote the events using these posters

Download PDF Pickering Earth Day Poster here

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Programme of Events

  • Wildlife and Nature Fair at The Memorial Hall, 20th April, 10am-3pm
  • “Go Wild” at The Beck Isle Museum, 20th April, 10am-3pm
  • “Waste Not, Want Not” at The Hungate Centre, 20th April, 11am-3pm   
  • Local Wildlife Photography Exhibition at The Library, 12th-26th April 

Details of each Event:

Wildlife and Nature Fair
The Memorial Hall
Saturday 20th April 10am-3pm

Visitors will have chance to talk to a wide range of experts on how they can encourage more wildlife into their garden. Anyone who makes a pledge to take action, however large or small, will receive a free blue heart as a signpost for their new space for nature. Lots of other freebies too, including wildflower seeds and bookmarks. There will be a heart “decoration station” on the lawn outside The Beck Isle Museum. Experts will also be on hand to advise where to see wildlife in the local area.


  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (with a “Whose Poo?” quiz)!
  • Yorkshire Butterfly Conservation (learn about amazing local butterflies and sign up for a butterfly walk)
  • Yorkshire Dragonfly Society (with real live dragonfly larvae!) Make a pipe-cleaner dragonfly!
  • Pickering Swifts (sign up for a swift box. They’ll be dissecting owl pellets too! Plus a moth trap display, weather permitting)
  • Pickering Hedgehog Rescue
  • Cropton Beavers (come and hear about our local beavers! Sign up to go and visit the enclosure)
  • Ryedale Naturalists Society
  • Pickering and Ryedale Environment Groups (collecting your pledges and info on rewilding)
  • Forest of Flowers (wild flower seeds)
  • RV Roger (wildlife-friendly plants)
  • Next Steps (making blue hearts and selling bird boxes)
  • Green Rhapsody Sustainable Garden Management & Planting Design
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway (showcasing local conservation projects)
  • Forestry England (Dalby Forest)
  • Pickering Town Council (wildflower verges and local wildlife quiz)
  • Lizzie Pepper (children’s environmental author, bird bingo and art display)
  • Pickering Open Gardens
  • Allerston Wildlife Enthusiasts

Refreshments Available

“Go Wild”
The Beck Isle Museum
Saturday 20
th April, 10am-3pm

Beck Isle Museum will be focusing on providing creative family activities and in formative talks for local people. Families will be able to explore the museum whilst learning about the amazing insects they can find in their gardens and wild spaces. They will have the opportunity to work together to create wonderful, recycled caterpillars, folded frogs and beautiful butterflies. To fit with our theme all visitors will have the chance to plant a sunflower to take home with them. All these activities will be created and led by our team of volunteers.

There will be short talks, including Author Lizzie Pepper offering two interactive story telling sessions. The museum’s blacksmith will be demonstrating how to make dragonflies and their printer will be creating unique prints with a wildlife theme.

Refreshments Available

Stall outside:

  • RSPB (make a bird feeder!)
  • North York Moors National Park (including a work river catchment demo)
  • Blue Heart Decoration Station
  • Talks schedule:
  • 11am Lizzie Pepper story-telling (40 mins)
  • 1pm   Alex Farmer, talking about the work of Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 2pm   Lizzie Pepper story-telling (40 mins)

“Waste Not, Want Not”
The Hungate Centre,
Saturday 20th April, 11am-3pm   

Get hands on with fun activities and showcases from organisations which are helping people become more environmentally friendly and self-sufficient.


  • Ryedale Remakes (upcycling)
  • Pickering Food Share (saving food from going to waste)
  • Pickering Environment Group (Repair Cafes and recycling in Pickering
  • Environmental Art (Blacksmith – Activity Blacksmithing)
  • Scarborough GROW (Gardening. Activity – Sunflower Challenge)
  • Sew n Sews (Sewing and Morsbags)
  • North Yorkshire Rotters (Composting. Activity Mini Wormery Making)
  • York Guild of Spinners, Weavers (Spinning and weaving – Activity Spinning wheel and weaving)
  • Ryedale Clothing Bank (Pre-loved Clothing/upcycled Clothing)

Refreshments available

Local Wildlife Photography Exhibition at The Library
Friday 12th – Friday 26th April

Stunning photographs of local wildlife taken by local photographers will be on display at the
library for a week either side of Earth Day.

This video from Bookham Blue Hearts illustrates perfectly what we are aiming for:
Bookham Blue Heart Wildflower Verges 2023 (