The UK’s Most Instagrammed Eco-Attractions

Many of us have felt closer to nature during these months of lockdown, working in the garden or wandering round the park. Lockdown has also shown how fast the natural world can recover when traffic and pollution are reduced.

With an extra bank holiday in October being seriously considered by the Government, many Brits are looking forward to some extra time off and the chance to explore different parts of the UK.

Eco-attraction are some of the hidden gems of the UK tourism industry. To give them the spotlight they deserve, Clear It Waste sought to discover the most Instagrammed eco-attractions in the UK. Now we can all enjoy a gloriously green day out…

1 The Eden Project

Location: Bodelva, Cornwall
189,049 Hashtags

Series of glass domes in countryside, gardens in foreground

Pic: Kev Williams/Shutterstock

This popular eco-attraction has two gigantic biomes which contain plants from many diverse climates and environments.

The Eden Project is the perfect day out for families, awe-inspiring and educational too. More Edens are planned, including one in Dundee, Scotland, over the next few years.

2 Loch Leven

Location: Kinross, Scotland
31,276 Hashtags

View across still water to mountains and bright but cloudy sky

Pic: Andy Morehouse/Shutterstock

This freshwater loch  is home to one of Europe’s biggest inland gatherings of breeding ducks. Loch Leven’s rich ecosystem supports many different species of plants, insects, birds and fishes.

3 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richmond, London
6,318 Hashtags

Beds of yellow flowers and bushes with orange blooms. ornate Victorian glasshouse behind

Pic: Domenico Nardozza/Shutterstock

This eco-attraction harnesses the power of science and the vast diversity of their gardens to help visitors understand why different plants and fungi are important to our ecosystem.

4 Findhorn Foundation

Forres, Moray, Scotland
3,132 Hashtags

Gravel path leading to 3 circular wooden houses, trees behind

Re-purposed whisky barrels. Pic: Photofusion/ Shutterstock

This marvellous eco-village has its own bakery, pottery and arts centre. It also boasts all-green infrastructure in its wind turbines, natural reed bed sewage system and some houses made out of old whisky barrels!

The Findhorn Foundation, founded in the 1960s, also offers spiritual and environmental courses on-site as well as opportunities to see films and gigs in its universal hall.

5 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland
2,922 Hashtags

Row of cold frames, lids open, with Victorian glasshouse behind

Pic: Shutterstock

This is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world, offering visitors a chance to view and better understand its wide depth of plants.

Additionally, The Royal Botanic Gardens offers a fantastic skyline view of Scotland’s capital.

6 Pensthorpe Natural Park

Fakenham, Norfolk
2,832 Hashtags

Swan on rippling water, trees and hazy sun behind

Pic: Shutterstock

This eco-attraction is a 700-acre nature reserve and woodland conservation park. Scattered around the woods, marshes and wildflower meadows are sculptures by renowned artists that intensify the natural shapes and colours of the wildlife-rich landscape. Try out the interactive trails and eco-play areas.

7 The Living Rainforest

Blue and black poison dart frog on a red leaf

Pic: Shutterstock

Thatcham, Berkshire
2,054 Hashtags

This eco-attraction is an indoor greenhouse tropical rainforest consisting of three glasshouses which contain an array of birds, butterflies and lizards.

8 GreenWood Family Park

Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Wales
1,641 Hashtags

Image from website advertising Dragon Maze - photo in rough oval of family walking along boardwalk amongst vegetation

GreenWood Family Park contains tunnels, mazes, slides, longbow shooting, and the world’s first people-powered roller coaster. They also host magic shows and crafting sessions, which are sure-fire ways to keep the kids entertained.

The attraction constantly strives to reduce its environmental impact with initiatives such as solar power.

9 Knepp Wildland

Horsham, West Sussex
1,458 Hashtags

Rare Purple Emperor butterfly, deep purple-blue and black wings with white patterns and orange lower tips, on an oak leaf

Pic: imageBROKER/ Shutterstock

This eco attraction is a pioneering rewilding project – extremely rare turtle doves, falcons and butterflies including the Purple Emperor can be found at Knepp Wildland. Camp in a treehouse or a wildflower meadow and take a safari to the wildlife hotspots.

10 Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Powys, Wales
1,275 Hashtags

5 people laughing as they turn handles on a red drum shaped gadget, woodland and willow panels behind

People using the flywheel demonstrator at CAT. Pic: Photofusion/Shutterstock

This eco-attraction provides public information on all aspects of sustainable living and development. Renewable energy, organic farming and gardening are just some of the sustainability opportunities/issues on which they provide guidance and education.

Have you visited any of these attractions or another you think deserves to be on the list? Email a photo to the address in My Weekly magazine and you could win £25! Or share on My Weekly’s Instagram page

Sarah Proctor

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