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The beautiful landscape of Cuckmere Haven between Seaford and Alfriston

The beautiful landscape of Cuckmere Haven between Seaford and Alfriston

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There’s still time during the last two weeks of the holidays to take part in the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 and three-quarters’ campaign. But the list also includes plenty of exciting activities for later in the year including playing in the snow, picking blackberries or catching a falling leaf.

The Trust has properties and open spaces at Bateman’s (Burwash,) Sheffield Park, The Clergy House, (Alfriston,) Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Bodiam Castle, Ditchling Beacon, Cuckmere Valley and Blackcap (Sussex Downs.)

But youngsters can carry out any of the activities anywhere - in their back gardens, on the beach or in local woods and fields.

The National Trust has produced a booklet and factsheets helping youngsters find ways to grow plants, create a hedgehog’s nest or even their own bee hotel.

Now in its third year, the campaign is the Trust’s response to the Natural Childhood report which highlighted evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children’s relationship with the outdoors.

Children can sign up for free at: thingstodo or collect an illustrated booklet at any Trust shop or house. There are circles on each page for stickers that people can pick up once the activity has been completed. Ideas include wild camping, skimming a stone, flying a kite, fishing, making a trail or a daisy chain.