Land stewardship allows the development of personal connections with nature and landscapes, and can be a strong driver to promote citizen involvement in conservation. Through social involvement, land stewardship organisations have the opportunity to help people understand and appreciate the importance of natural and cultural resources, and enjoy them accordingly. A strong land stewardship movement also needs broad support from citizens.
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Ways for the general public to get involved with land stewardship
- Get to know land stewardship - By interacting with land stewardship organisations in your area, through social networks, newsletters, websites, books, etc.
- Visit sites - Visit nature reserves and properties with land stewardship agreements. People can be in contact with nature and know organisations' projects through guided tours. By contributing to and participating in these guided tours (or other paid activities), people are also supporting nature conservation.
- Support activities - Participate in activities offered by organisations. Stewardship organisations are very active and offer a lot of activities for the general public or local communities: dinners with products from land under stewardship agreements, talks, fairs, photo contests, polls, etc.
- Buy land stewardship products - Shop responsibly and buy products (food, drinks, clothes, crafts…) made with raw materials from sites with stewardship agreements. Other types of products can be merchandised (books, posters, caps, T-shirts, toys, etc.). A good gift can also be a membership to a land stewardship organisation for a friend or relative.
- Volunteering - Organisations offer different ways to recruit volunteers. People can participate in a specific activity as a volunteer or become a permanent volunteer (and carry out management activities or bird counts or become a tour/excursion guide).
- Fundraising activities - Offer donations, social investment & crowd funding. People can donate money for specific actions or campaigns launched by stewardship organisations. Projects generating a margin of benefit can attract social investment and stakeholder participation. Individuals can also leave a legacy to the organisation in their will.
- Memberships - Becoming members of a land stewardship organisation. Through subscriptions, individuals support the activity of the organisation and receive services –and a lot of intangible benefits.
- Engage friends & relatives - Inviting contacts and friends to engage with land stewardship and nature conservation.