Austrian Naturefriends open school in Nepal!

15th April, 2018

Congratulations to Naturfreunde Austria who took the lead role in funding a new school for some 30 children in rural Nepal. It is great to see such positive action, especially with much of Nepal still recovering from the earthquake of 2015.

To see lots more pictures, find out more about the project and donate see their web page:…/vere…/erdbebenhilfe-fuer-nepal/ and fb post:

The project will need ongoing funds in the years ahead...




UK Houses feature in German magazine 'Naturfreundin'

30th March, 2018

German Naturefriends have published an article on the UK houses in the March edition of their magazine 'Naturfreundin'.  Entitled 'How to visit Britain before Brexit' the article describes all 9 houses, their locations on many of the Long Distance Paths, the areas of scenic beauty and nature conservation.

Read the full article on page 20 and rest of the magazine at: or download as pdf:

Big thanks to Samuel and our Friends in Naturfreunde

New UK house: Puttenham Eco Barn

13th February, 2018

Big welcome to Puttenham Eco Camping Barn which has successfully joined the Friends of Nature Network.

Beautifully sited on the edge of picturesque Puttenham village, this eco conversion of an 18th Century barn is located some 35 miles (56km) to the south west of London in the Surrey Hills area of the North Downs.

The term 'Small is Beautiful' perhaps describes the accommodation offered: simple but cosy kitchen, sleeping and shower facilities and yes, small... only beds for 11 people!  Ideally suited to walkers, cyclists and those touring the area.  Being totally reliant on volunteers and with a very 'green' ethos, Puttenham will sit well in the FoN family.

Celebrating Friends of Nature!

16th November, 2017

Our house in Kirk Yetholm has been welcoming walkers, cyclists and outdoor lovers for 75 years and happily shares a birthday this year with the international organisation Oxfam.

To mark the anniversary, our house is to support the international work of NFI and IYNF to the tune of 1000 euros and 500 euros respectively, each year for the next 5 years.  We hope this will help both organisations to plan strategies and gain match funding in the years ahead.

More details: and

We can only continue to stand up for nature by working together globally in a spirit of solidarity...

ECOmaps: Your chance to share that favourite place...

1st August, 2017

The IYNF (young naturefriends) launched ECOmaps last year as an 'open source' mapping project to enable anyone to both share their favourite green place and to find such places when visiting a new area.

Whether it's your local health food store, bicycle hire shop, favourite Friends of Nature house, wildlife reserve or open green space... they can all be easily added by you to the ever growing map of green places.  Similarly a 'search' of any area can be made either by the categories selected or by just showing all that is on offer!

A Great initiative - but to succeed it needs people to both input places and to spread the word.  So have a play and see if there is anything you can add... hopefully the site will grow organically from the users in the months and years ahead.

Web link:


P.S.  Anyone wanting to get more involved with the project contact: or via IYNF site