Parents have expressed pure joy at Sir David Attenborough’s special Hey Duggee episode, applauding him for sparking their children’s interest in the natural world.
The national treasure, 95, appeared on the latest chapter of the children’s show titled The Green Planet Badge, which debuted on the Hey Duggee YouTube channel ahead of the launch of the five-part natural history series The Green Planet.
In the instalment, Sir David shared the wonder of plants while helping Duggee to understand why trees are some of the most important living things on earth.
‘It’s important we look after our trees,’ he explained in a voiceover. ‘The sun shines onto the trees’ leaves.
‘Leaves catch the sunlight which helps them make food to grow and they make air for everyone to breathe.’
Sir David continued: ‘Trees are home to spiders, bats and all sorts of birds, who might stay in the same tree all their lives.
‘In fact, trees and plants are the basis for all life on earth, and that includes all the plants in our gardens, and all the fruits and vegetables we grow.
‘You see, we depend on plants for every mouthful of food we eat and every lungful of air we breathe. So, we must take care of our plants and our planet.’
Parents heaped praise on the episode and revealed how it has already spared conversations with their children about the importance of mother nature.
‘We loved this,’ one wrote. ‘We’re going to pick a tree to plant in our garden.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘So cute! We have already watched it many times and talked about planting and hugging trees.’
A third added: ‘It feels so special being able to introduce my tiny human to Attenborough’s wonderful narration.’
Hey Duggee is a fun, inclusive, and educational series devised by Grant Orchard, senior director of Studio AKA, and narrated by comedian Alexander Armstrong.
Each episode features members of the Squirrel Club exploring, learning and overcoming challenges to earn a new badge from Duggee – making new friends along the way.
The Green Planet Badge is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.