Signs of the times help natural enjoyment

The National Trust's new family-friendly signs aimed to encourage people to enjoy the nature around

The National Trust's new family-friendly signs aimed to encourage people to enjoy the nature around them at the charity's properties. Picture: PHILIP MYNOTT/NATIONAL TRUST - Credit: Archant

Signs with a difference are appearing at National Trust properties, as the conservation charity seeks to get people to enjoy the natural world around them.

The signs, which at first look like warnings or instructions not to do something, actually say Keep on the Grass, Please Do Touch and Reserved -for fun and games.

They will be seen at Blakeney Point, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Sheringham Park, Oxburgh Hall and the Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre.

The Trust is seeking to challenge out-dated misconceptions that it is all about rules or is a bit stuffy.

Regional director Ben Cowell said: 'Some people still view us as being very formal with lots of rules and regulations. I would encourage those people to come along and see how we have changed over the years.

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'The National Trust cares for some truly special natural places, such as woodlands, heaths, parks, beaches, gardens, fields and nature reserves.

'All of these places come to life in May and June, with bluebells, buttercups, rhododendrons and roses in bloom, while some of our most colourful wildlife, such as songbirds and butterflies, start to make an appearance,' he added.

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Other signs say:

? Attention! You will need this to spot the abundance of wildlife in this area

? QUIET PLEASE – and take time to hear the birdsong

? PHOTOGRAPHS taken from this spot look fantastic

? PLEASE DO SIT HERE – it's such a lovely spot

Mr Cowell said: 'We think these new signs are a fun, tongue-in-cheek way to help people reconnect with nature and enjoy our outdoor places to the full.'

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