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2022 Garden & Outdoor Awareness Days and Key Dates







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

10th January - House Plant Appreciation Day

17th January - Blue Monday

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

28th to 30th January - Big Garden Bird Watch (RSPB)

29th January to 4th February - National Story Telling Week


February

1st February - Chinese New Year

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 David's Day

1st March - Shrove Tuesday

3rd March - World Wildlife Day

3rd March - World Book Day

8th March - International Women's Day

14th March - International Day of Action for Rivers

14th to 20th - National Compost Week

17th March - St Patrick's Day

18th to 27th March - English Tourism Week (Visit Britain)

18th March - Comic Relief

20th March - Spring Equinox

20th March - International Day of Happiness

20th March - 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)

23rd March - World Meteorological Day

27th March - Earth Hour

27th March - Mother's Day

27th March - British Summertime begins


April

1st April - April Fools Day

1st to 31st April - Stress Awareness Month, Pet Month, National Garden Month

4th April - International Carrot Day

15th April - Easter Friday

17th April - Easter Sunday

22nd April - Earth Day (United Nations)

23rd April - St Georges Day

25th April to 1st May - National Gardening Week (RHS)


TBC - National Parks Fortnight

TBC - International Dark Sky Week


May

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

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

1st May - International Dawn Chorus Day

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

7th May - World Naked Gardening Day

8th May - Garden Day

9th to 15th May - Mental Health Awareness Week

16th to 22nd May - Vegetarian Week

19th May - Outdoor Classroom Day

20th May - World Bee Day

24th to 28th May - Chelsea Flower Show

28th May to 5th June - National Children's Gardening Week (Greenfingers charity)

29th May - Learn about Composting Day

30th May to 5th June - National BBQ Week


TBC - Great British Bee Count (Friends of the Earth)

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

TBC - British Tomato Fortnight (British Tomato Growers Association)


June

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

1st to 31st June - National Camping Month

3rd June - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

5th June - World Environment Day (United Nations)

5th to 11th June - National Gardening Week

8th June - World Oceans Day (United Nations)

12th June - Open Farm Sunday

16th to 19th June - BBC Gardeners' World Live Show at the NEC

18th June - International Picnic Day

19th June - Father's Day

20th to 26th June - National Insect Week

21st June - Summer Solstice

24th June - Bring your Dog to Work Day

27th June to 10th July - Wimbledon

28th to 29th June - Glee event at NEC

29th June - International Mud Day

30th June - Social Media Day


TBC - National Growing for Wellbeing Week (Life at no 37)


July

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

2nd July - Meadows Day ( Magnificent Meadows)

4th July - Independent Retailer Day

4th to 10th July - Great British Pea Week ( Yes Peas)

4th to 9th July - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

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

16th July - World Snake Day

16th July to 8th August - Big Butterfly Count (Butterfly Conservation Society)

21st July - Beginning of school summer holidays

23rd to 31st July- Moth Week (British Conservation & Aptropos)

27th July - Take your Houseplant for a Walk Day


TBC - National Marine Week (The Wildlife Trusts)

TBC - Love Parks Week (Keep Britain Tidy)

TBC - Garden Wildlife Week

TBC - Dragonfly Week (British Dragonfly Society)


August

4th August - International Owl Awareness Day

8th August - International Cat Day

8th to 15th August - National Allotments Week (National Allotment Society)

19th August - World Photography Day

26th August - International Dog Day

27th August - International Bat Night (Bat Conservation Trust)


TBC- PlayDay (Play England)


September

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

6th September - Children return to school

5th to 9th September - Zero Waste Week

9th to 18th September - Heritage Open Days

15th to 17th - The Glamping Show

17th September to 2nd October - British Food Fortnight

22nd September - Car Free Day (Living Streets)

22nd September - Autumn Equinox

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

25th September - World Rivers Day


TBC - Forest Stewardship Council Friday

TBC - Bike to School Week (Sustrans)

TBC - National Red Squirrel Week (Red Squirrel Survival Trust)


October

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

4th October - World Animal Day & World Habitat Day

6th October - National Badger Day (Badger Trust)

10th October - World Mental Health Day

21st October - World Earthworm Day (Earthworm Society)

23rd October - National Mole Day

21st October - Apple Day

30th October - British Summertime ends

31st October - Halloween


TBC - Forest School Day

TBC - Conker championships

TBC - World Mammal Week (National Mammal Society)

TBC - World Puddle Jumping Championships


November

1st to 31st November - World Vegan month

5th November - Outdoor Classroom Day

5th November - Guy Fawkes Night

13th November - World Kindness Day

14th November - Remembrance Sunday

21st November - Stir Up Sunday

25th November - Black Friday

26th November - Small Business Saturday

29th November - Giving Tuesday

30th November - St Andrew's Day


TBC - National Tree Week (Tree Council)


December

3rd December - Tree Dressing Day

5th December - Soil Day

8th December - Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)

12th December - Poinsettia Day

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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