The Friends of Nature

Celebrating 125 years

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Friends of Nature UK is part of the global Naturefriends movement, one of the oldest environmental groups in the world and stemming from the struggles for outdoors access in the Austria of 1895. As a "grassroots" organisation our core activities include:  encouraging outdoor activities and respect for nature; environmental campaigning and promotion of sustainable tourism.  Centre stage to much of our work is the part played by local groups and the provision of some 800 Friends of Nature houses world wide. Our UK group, although small by European standards, strives to provide inexpensive hostel accommodation in beautiful countryside, with a strong green tourism and nature-friendly ethos. For details of Friends of Nature here in the UK go to: friendsofnature.org.uk The Friends of Nature is the UK arm of Naturefriends International (NFI) with some 350,000 members. Details: friendsofnature.org We also offer over 800 eco-friendly places to stay in Europe, particularly suited to the walker, cyclist and country lover. Details: friendsofnaturehouses.net Click here for printer friendly pdf fact sheet
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60 years of inspiring our youngsters achieve 'the best they can be' through the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, of actively supporting connection and respect for nature through organisations such as WWF, are legacies to give thanks. We all have our part to play and given the right opportunity and encouragement can shine. Our challenge through life is to nurture, inspire, challenge injustice, promote humanity, respect our living world... A Tree Planted for the future with this hope.
Donated by The Young of the World
09/04/2021
Happy Mother's Day Julie!! Have a lovely time and we hope family and Nigel are spoiling you as they should, all well deserved 🙂
Donated by Those two from Yetholm. xxx
14/03/2021
Happy Birthday Eileen. Keep safe and think of all those travel plans to come. :) We're looking forward to seeing you in better times.
Donated by Simon and Maureen
21/02/2021
Signs of Life 2021... One year today since we planted trees at Kirk Yetholm for the 125th Anniversary of Friends of Nature. Both seem to have become established, the Mountain Ash growing by circa 15cm and the Bird Cherry by 40 cm. Great to see the snowdrops beginning to emerge, nature is waiting patiently to bring us new growth. Last year was not totally without hope. We managed to get our 125 trees funded in the Highlands (well actually the total stands at 138 at time of writing) and a further 125 more locally in the Scottish Borders via Borders Forest Trust at Gameshope (near Selkirk). As Spring is on the horizon... we hope Covid-19 vaccines will roll-out TO ALL across the globe with an end to physical distancing and once again be able to see smiles instead of face coverings. Hang in there everyone!! 🙂
Donated by Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House
03/02/2021
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in”. Happy New Year 2021. Quote is by John Muir, born Dunbar in Scotland and one of the 'fathers' of the conservation movement (Sierra Club in USA + National Parks).
Donated by John Muir (1838-1914).
01/01/2021
Trees bought in memory of Barney, the assistant warden at Earby and KIrk Yetholm FofN Houses for many years. He always greeted me with a friendly bark, a wag of the tail and a lick of the ears. He is greatly missed.
Donated by Walker John
18/12/2020
Donated by Andrew
18/12/2020
We support tree planting. A bird cherry (black dogwood/Prunus padus) was planted at Kirk Yetholm on Tuesday 4th February 2020 to celebrate the years of joy, fun and unconditional loyalty offered by Barney, the resident hostel cocker spaniel. We lost Barney in November 2019 aged 151/2, he was active until the last weeks and will be sorely missed by us all, not least the many visitors to the Friends of Nature house. We hope the bird cherry will grow into a show stopper of a tree with nectar-loving animals attracted to the almond scented blossom. A fitting memory to a beautiful dog.
Donated by Simon, Maureen and all friends and visitors at Kirk Yetholm FoN House
17/12/2020
Yey!! 125 trees in the ground. 🙂
Donated by Borders Friends of Nature
14/12/2020
Walked the last 5 miles of the SUW to Cockburnspath today. It was lovely weather as it was 2yrs ago to the day. This time without the hound. A favourite biscuit bone was left by that seat above Cove Bay. 3 dolphins were swimming south along the coast.
Donated by Barney Neal
14/12/2020
Trees represent a positive sign of life and the hope for future generations to take care of the planet perhaps better than we have so far... Best wishes and good health and here's hoping for some good travels in 2021!!
Donated by Hilary H from Knighton
14/12/2020
Celebrating Barney's Long Walk: Across Scotland on the SUW. We lost our much loved cocker spaniel Barney in November 2019. Today we celebrate 2 years since we completed the final 32 miles (53km) of the Southern Upland Way from Lauder to Cockburnspath on the east coast of Scotland. We had to split the section into bite size legs of 7 miles as this was his daily limit aged 14!! Started walking the route in stages in September 2014, but Barney then broke his rear leg ligament in December 2015 and spent 9 months getting back to health. On home territory the last few days made wonderful walking - lots of sunny weather and miles of quiet countryside, a shear delight! We made the coast at noon on Friday 14th December 2018 in brilliant sunshine, similar weather to when we departed the west coast at Portpatrick 6 years ago and 214 miles (344km) behind us. Walking with a dog was great fun: we camped, bothied, visited numerous pubs and cafes, shared taxis/buses/trains to access the route, and met so many wonderful people along the route. Long distance paths are in many ways a personal pilgrimage - 'a walk to feed the soul'. Why not try it sometime...? this certainly is not my last. Thank You Barney for accompanying me on this trip, my faithful friend and shadow. 🙂 Photo's and account of last 3 walk stages for 2016/17/18: https://www.facebook.com/BordersFriendsofNature/posts/2151267488521780 SUW Details: www.southernuplandway.gov.uk
Donated by Simon and Maureen
14/12/2020
Donated by Robert Abel & Helen Horner
11/12/2020
Happy Birthday Bill!! Have a lovely day and here's looking forward to many more adventures on the bike in the not too distant future. See you both soon. Lots of love. M & S. xxx
Donated by Maureen and Simon
07/12/2020
Thinking of you at this time and looking forward to meeting up in 2021. Happy X-mas!!
Donated by Eileen Rowland
06/12/2020
Some trees to plant as an investment for the future. Thanks both for your support and moral boost during this difficult year, we had many a good blether and laughter is so often the best thing for well being!! Have a good time with the family over the Festive Season and keep positive for better times to come, which they surely will. Look forward to walkies and catching up in the New Year. S & M. xxx
Donated by Nigel and Julie S
05/12/2020
Instead of a calendar this year we plant a tree... so much greener, we hope you agree?!! For a man who loves nature and the outdoors... a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures will most surely come!
Donated by Trevor from Malvern
04/12/2020
Who want to be Friends for Nature in the Future Generations.
Donated by The Watts Family
03/12/2020
Here are a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures are allowed
Donated by Sherri and Peter (Bedford)
03/12/2020
We support tree planting. A Mountain Ash (Rowan/Sorbus aucuparia) was planted at Kirk Yetholm on Monday 3rd February 2020 to mark the 125 years of Friends of Nature. We hope the leaves and berries will be a favourite for wildlife in the years to come. Trees can last up to 200 years and will be a permanent reminder of the Naturefriends movement. With luck it will certainly outlive us!!
Donated by Kirk Yetholm FoN House
02/12/2020
NFI 24th Annual Congress - 125 years young! Congratulations everyone on a successful Congress held on Saturday 28th November via Zoom. With over 50 participants from 3+ continents it went without a hitch 🙂 Thanks to those who have served on the committee these last 3 years and our best wishes to the newly elected for the future. Exciting times. Finally, special congratulations to all the countries/groups who celebrated the 125th Birthday on Naturefriends Day - including the winners Italy, Czechia and France. There is a wonderful little 2 min video which visually shows the high points from many countries over the years since 1895... look out at the beginning for the Naturefriends abseiling off Tower Bridge when UK hosted the 1987 Congress in Brighton!! See video bottom of the fb post dated 28th Nov 2020: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofNatureUK We look forward with inspiration to the next years...
Donated by Friends of Nature UK
01/12/2020
Hello ! Pour moi, les "Amis de la nature ", c'est une association laïque, de tourisme social et de défense de l'environnement qui prône les valeurs de partage et de solidarité, tout ce dont nous avons le plus besoin aujourd'hui ! Les maisons AN sont toujours bien situées, dans des endroits naturels superbes; on y rencontre des gens très intéressants générallement, ouverts sur le monde et qui ont les mêmes valeurs ; chaque séjour dans une maison AN est unique, plein de bonnes surprises et de rencontres mémorables ! Un vrai plaisir d'y séjourner et de s'y retrouver dans une ambiance tout autre que celle de la société de consommation...un retour aux sources qui nous ressource !!!
Donated by Brigitte Boullot (France)
30/11/2020
Instead of a calendar this year we plant a tree... so much greener, we hope you agree?!! For 2 people who love nature and the outdoors... a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures will most surely come!
Donated by Joe and Anne (Carlisle)
30/11/2020
A tree planted to celebrate the life and work of Alan Gentle, much missed friend and tireless volunteer for the cause of Friends of Nature. IT "guru" Alan was always willing to help and was well ahead of the curve in terms of the benefits of computing, the web and spreading of information which knows no boundaries. Perhaps best remembered for making Naturefriends GB (as we were known then) one of the first/the first(?) groups to have a dedicated website and also in his tireless design, printing and mailing out of the International Friends of Nature Houses Guide. The latter I recall Alan saying were sent to all corners of the globe and represent a meticulous attention to detail to get the updated information for circa 900 houses!! Instrumental also in bringing the NFI Congress to Brighton in the 1980's. We wish Myra and the family Season's Greetings and to let them know fond memories remain always.
Donated by Friends of Nature UK
30/11/2020
What could be better than planting a few trees at this time? A little sign of life and hope for the future generations to take care of the planet perhaps better than we have so far... Best wishes and good health to you both - lets hope for some good travels in 2021!!
Donated by Sheila and Bill G
29/11/2020
For a long time friend who loves the outdoors and wild spaces... a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! See you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures will most surely come!
Donated by Walker John
29/11/2020
Happy Birthday Maureen. A tree for each decade to celebrate being 60 years young! Looking forward so much to the adventures and times ahead together. xxx S.
Donated by Simon
29/11/2020
The Naturefriends community is unconditionally inclusive. There are no social borders. Only with this open mindedness can we connect and inspire each other to take the responsible paths in our lives regarding a consciously happy future together within a healthy environment.
Donated by Lisa K (IYNF/Czech Republic)
29/11/2020
A lady who truly loves Scotland and comes at least twice every year...Season's Greetings! 😊 Best wishes and good health to you and the boys - lets hope for some good travels in 2021
Donated by Madelon S (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
29/11/2020
For 2 people who love the outdoors and wild spaces... a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures will most surely come!
Donated by Justine and Eddie
29/11/2020
For me, it indeed means meeting people who have similar principles and ideals as me and who do believe in a better world and want to help building this better world together. Being a Naturefriend means solidarity. And it means getting closer to nature in between my daily city life!
Donated by Hannah F (Netherlands)
29/11/2020
I share all the aspects raised by other friends but would like to add an important point: we are an international organization from the beginning of its foundation. We are friends everywhere and we do not distinguish between people with regard to rights and appreciation. I‘m pretty convinced that many Naturefriends like to meet people from other countries and respect their cultures and way of living. Within the international organization I‘m happy to work at eye level with people from Europe and Africa and we enjoy our work. So we are environmentally conscious, socially responsible, sustainable but this all on international level.
Donated by Manfred Pils (NFI/Austria)
28/11/2020
Here are a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 when new travels and adventures are allowed
Donated by Rod and Linda
28/11/2020
To me, Friends of Nature is more an 'outlook on life' - being part of something bigger but also offering a framework for personal living. Standing up for nature on a local and global scale, meeting like minded people, the opportunity to stay in the global network of houses, are just some of the reasons I think Friends of Nature is both a unique and inspiring organisation!
Donated by Simon Neal
28/11/2020
What does Friends of Nature/Naturefriends mean to you...? As we move to the close of our 125th year - it is maybe a good time to reflect and also think of the future. Herman, originally from the Netherlands but now resident in Missouri, USA, summed it up rather eloquently: “...my Netherlands trip and visits to Hunehuis and Eikhold houses were perfect. Lots of good hikes and even more great conversations with a large variety of people who still believe in a better world!!! That is, why I like being a member and always will stay one.” Perfectly said!
Donated by Herman T
28/11/2020
Season's Greetings! 😊 Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021.
Donated by Keith M
28/11/2020
Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊 Lets hope for some good travels in the year(s) to come...
Donated by Sue Splash
28/11/2020
Thought you might like a couple of trees in Scotland to raise the spirits...😊 Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021
Donated by Helen and Tony H
28/11/2020
Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Tony C
28/11/2020
Good Health and Happiness Clare for the festive season and new year! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Clare from Exeter
27/11/2020
Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Victor and Linda M
27/11/2020
Season's Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Joe and Susan R
27/11/2020
Seasons Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Newcastle Ian
26/11/2020
Seasons Greetings! Thanks for volunteering and see you hopefully in better times during 2021 😊
Donated by Richard P
25/11/2020
2020 is the 125th Anniversary of Friends of Nature. Lets make up to 125 trees before the year end...
Donated by Borders Friends of Nature
25/11/2020
Donated by Simon
24/11/2020
Prof. David Bellamy OBE planted an Oak tree earlier this year at the wonderful Earby FoN House - so here are a couple more trees for north of the border. John
Donated by John
24/06/2010
MIGHTY OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW. FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN - HANNAH ROSE WALKER AND JAMES DAVID WALKER
Donated by Judith walker, stephen walker, wemdy flower
14/06/2010
We walked across Morecambe Bay in brilliant sunshine and planted trees to help secure the planets future
Donated by Neil McDonald
06/06/2010
Donated by Mrs H Horner
04/06/2010
I would like to think I have left something worthwhile behind. What could be better than trees! Pat Lee Secretary Northern Nature Friends
Donated by Patricia L Lee
03/06/2010
In memory of Dennis Husband, Dad and Grandad. Miss you everyday xx
Donated by Mrs D Lowther
31/05/2010
Planting a tree is planting hope. For Lottie, Dan & Hugh.
Donated by Miss K A L White
29/05/2010
To walk the Bay we intend to do. With Friends of Nature and the Lakeland view. Lauren, Janet,David, Jim and John
Donated by John Michael Watts
25/05/2010
Good luck with the walk.
Donated by J Stoakes
25/05/2010
Happy Birthday, Janine with love from Bill and Sheila.
Donated by Mrs S M Goodman
24/05/2010
To celebrate those special times together and as a living legacy for the future. Doug and June
Donated by Doug
23/05/2010
In memory of Laslie and Rita Abel
Donated by Robert Abel
23/05/2010
Happy 60th Birthday Christine !! Wishing you both many more happy years ahead
Donated by Andy
21/05/2010
"Even if I knew the world was going to wrack and ruin I would still plant my apple trees." Martin Luther King. From Chris and Sue, Trefin Friends of Nature House.
Donated by Mr C Clements
12/05/2010
For all Friends of Nature... Für alle Naturfreunde... Pour tous les Amis de la Nature : "Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money." - Cree Proverb
Donated by FoN uk
06/05/2010
A tree each for dear friends Liz, Margaret and Nia. Good luck with the exams Nia and enjoy University in the autumn
Donated by Anne
06/05/2010
Great idea. Here are a couple of trees for the Grove. Do not get too wet walking across Morecambe Bay !! GBY
Donated by Gby
05/05/2010
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". Lets make this world a better place. Tim N
Donated by Tim N
04/05/2010
Hope the walk goes well. Sorry not to be with you all... but here is a tree for the Friends of Nature Grove !! Eileen
Donated by Eileen
04/05/2010
The Friends of Nature... working towards a sustainable future for environment and community since 1895
Donated by Simon Neal
03/05/2010
Donated by S a neal
03/05/2010