As an island nation we all feel a strong connection to the coast – it’s a place that refreshes and inspires us, creates lasting memories and where the power of nature is never far away. Thanks to the supporters of our 50-year Neptune appeal, we look after 775 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 2015 is our year of the coast and we’re celebrating everything that makes the seaside special. Get involved and share your love of the coast with us using #lovethecoast - you could be helping our poet Dr John Cooper Clarke complete a coastal poem for the nation: http://bit.ly/coastpoem
You can also give today and help to preserve the rugged beauty of the coast, so it can be accessed, enjoyed and cherished by future generations: http://bit.ly/CoastCampaign
2015 also sees the National Trust announce a new coastal vision for the future, helping to continue to grow and protect our shorelines for ever, for everyone: http://bit.ly/CoastVision
Here's a little secret: the Great Outdoors really is great! It's full of crazy creatures and fantastic adventures. So we've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾. Let our virtual Outdoors Explorer help motivate your kids to get outdoors See an interactive list of the best 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 Children earn rewards to help them personalise their own virtual explorer by completing each of the 50 adventures We'll give you tips on how to get better at these adventures and there's even a few games and a special explorer medal (and secret reward) for the best explorers https://www.50things.org.uk/
We're celebrating all things beautiful and useful, and we'd like you to join in for a chance to WIN a year's supply of renewable electricity and a home energy audit from our partner Good Energy. Watch our stop motion films for inspiration, and find out how to enter our #beautifulanduseful competition!