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2021 Garden & Outdoor Awareness Days and Key Dates

Updated: Apr 30



If you are struggling for content for your social media activity and looking for inspiration, awareness days can be a great starting place. Every day is dedicated to something. You only have to log into Twitter to see a ‘hashtag holiday’ trending! You might feel they are rather silly but with careful selection, they can be fruitful.


Awareness days were created to draw attention to an issue, to unify people to support a cause or celebrate achievements of society. However, as businesses realised the potential to exploit this as a marketing opportunity, thousands of new awareness days have sprung up.

Unless you are the biggest fan of Nutella and you can find a relevant link to your business, I would stay clear of World Nutella day (5th February if this is you!) So be conscious of not just jumping on the bandwagon with awareness days and ensuring the days you choose are a good fit and the content you share is of value to your audience. They are however a fantastic marketing tool and allow you to show your creative side, have fun and share your passions with your audience. The most popular awareness days on social media will generally involve a hashtag, which means they often start trending. If you can get involved in timely conversations, you’ll be able to reach and engage with a large audience, quickly.


Looking for awareness days and be like disappearing down a rabbit hole, so I have done the hard work for you and created a list of days and important dates to inspire you. You could use these awareness days for your social media content, maybe an Instagram post or a few Tweets to a blog article, perhaps you could run a competition, or you could even use an awareness day as a reason to run your own event. If you discover any I have missed, message me and I'll add them to the list!



January

11th to 17th Jan - House Plant week

20th January - Blue Monday

21st January - Squirrel Appreciation Day (Squirrel Accord UK)

29th to 31st January - Big Garden Bird Watch (RSPB)

30th Jan to 5th Feb - National Story Telling Week


February

2nd February - Hedgehog Day (British Hedgehog Preservation Society)

2nd February - World Wetlands Day

14th February - Valentines Day

14th to 21st February - National Nest Box Week

16th February - Shrove Tuesday

17th February - Random Acts of Kindness



March

1st March - St Davids Day

3rd March - World Wildlife Day

4th March - World Book Day

8th March - International Women's Day

12th March - Association of Professional Landscapers Awards

14th March - Mother's Day

15th to 21st March - National Compost Week

17th March - St Patrick's Day

20th March - Spring Equinox

20th March - International Day of Happiness, World Sparrow Day

21st March - Garden ReLeaf Day (Greenfingers charity)

21st March - International Day of Forests (United Nations)

22nd March - World Water Day (United Nations)

27th March - Earth Hour

28th March - British Summertime begins


April

1st April - April Fools Day

1st to 31st April - Stress Awareness and Pet Month

2nd April - Good Friday

4th April - International Carrot Day and Easter Sunday

4th to 19th April - Discover National Parks Fortnight

5th to 12th April - International Dark Sky Week

22nd April - Mother Earth Day (United Nations)

23rd April - St Georges Day

26th April to 2nd May - National Gardening Week (RHS)


May

1st to 31st May - National Walking Month (Living Streets)

1st to 31st May - No Mow May (Plantlife)

1st May - World Naked Gardening Day

2nd May - International Dawn Chorus Day

2nd to 8th May - Hedgehog Awareness Week (British Hedgehog Preservation Society)

9th May - Garden Day

10th to 16th May - Mental Health Awareness Week

11th May TBC - RHS Bridgewater opens

17th May to 30th June - Great British Bee Count (Friends of the Earth)

20th May - World Bee Day and Outdoor Classroom Day

22nd to 31st May - English Tourism Week (Visit Britain)

25th May to 7th June - British Tomato Fortnight (British Tomato Growers Association)

29th May to 6th June - National Children's Gardening Week (Greenfingers charity)

TBC - National Camping & Caravanning Week (Camping and Caravanning Club)

31st May - Garden Wildlife Week


June

1st to 31st June - 30 days wild (Wildlife Trust)

1st to 7th June - National Growing for Wellbeing Week (Life at no 37)

5th June - World Environment Day (United Nations)

8th June - World Oceans Day (United Nations)

14th to 29th June - National BBQ Week

17th June - BBC Gardeners' World Live Show at the NEC

18th June - International Picnic Day

20th June - Summer Solstice

20th June - Father's Day

22nd June - HRA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

25th June - Bring your Dog to Work Day

29th June - International Mud Day


July

1st to 31st July - Plastic Free Month, National Picnic Month, National Fishing month

4th July - Meadows Day ( Magnificent Meadows)

4th July - Independent Retailer Day

5th to 11th July - Great British Pea Week ( Yes Peas)

6th to 11th July - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

8th to 10th July -- Moth Week (British Conservation & Aptropos)

10th July - Don't Step on a Bee Day

12th July - Love Parks Week (Keep Britain Tidy)

16th July - World Snake Day

19th July - Big Butterfly Count (Butterfly Conservation Society)

18th to 25th July TBC - Dragonfly Week (British Dragonfly Society)

21st July - Beginning of school summer holidays

TBC - National Marine Week (The Wildlife Trusts)

27th July - Take your Houseplant for a Walk Day


August

4th August - International Owl Awareness Day

5th August - PlayDay (Play England)

8th August - International Cat Day

9th to 15th August - National Allotments Week (National Allotment Society)

19th August - World Photography Day

26th August - International Dog Day

28th August - International Bat Night (Bat Conservation Trust)


September

1st to 31st September - Organic month (Soil Association)

3rd Sept to 5th Sept - Gardeners' World Autumn Fair

6th Sept - Children return to school

6th to 10th September - Zero Waste Week

11th to 20th September - Heritage Open Days

11th to 26th September - Great British September Clean (Keep Britain Tidy)

14th Sept - Glee at the NEC

21st to 26th September - RHS Chelsea Flower Show

21st to 26th Sept - National Red Squirrel Week (Red Squirrel Survival Trust)

22nd September - Car Free Day (Living Streets)

22nd September - Autumn Equinox

23rd September to 22nd October - Seed Gathering Season (Tree Council)

27th September - Forest Stewardship Council Friday

TBC - Bike to School Week (Sustrans)



October

2nd October - UK Fungus Day (British Mycological Society)

4th October - World Animal Day

6th October - National Badger Day (Badger Trust)

8th October - Forest School Day

10th October - World Mental Health Day

15th October - Awards for the Society of Garden Designers

TBC - Conker championships

21st October - World Earthworm Day (Earthworm Society)

TBC - World Mammal Week (National Mammal Society)

21st October - Apple Day

TBC - World Puddle Jumping Championships

31st October - Halloween and British Summertime ends



November

5th November - Guy Fawkes Night

5th November - Outdoor Classroom Day

13th November - World Kindness Day

14th November - Remembrance Sunday

26th November - Black Friday

27th November to 5th December - National Tree Week (Tree Council)

30th November - St Andrew's Day


December

3rd December - BALI National Landscape Awards

4th December - Tree Dressing Day

12th December - Poinsettia Day

13th December - Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)

21st December - Winter Solstice and Robin Day

24th December - Christmas Eve

25th December - Christmas Day

31st December - New Year's Eve

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