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  • 28 Nov 2013

    Creating a wild flower garden – part 1

    Lazy, nature-loving gardeners take note! Turning part of your garden over to wild flowers is one of the best things you can do for wildlife, looks amazing and, best of all, requires little or no maintenance. I am an all or nothing kind of gardener; one day I’m leaping about in green-fingered glee tending to all my little seedlings, the next I’m looking gloomily out the window at beds overrun with weeds. As I have been told umpteen times, the kind of gardens I pore over in pictures and gaze at in envy over garden walls, require attention – and not just a monthly frenzy of activity. […] more

  • 25 Nov 2013

    Celebrate tree week

    So you're a green parent and want to preserve the environment for generations to come? National Tree Week, running from 23rd November to 1st December, is the perfect chance to express your love of nature and children by planting trees. Each year, the Tree Council invites people to get involved with the UK's biggest tree-planting event, launching the start of the winter tree planting season. Schools, community groups, volunteer organisation and local authorities all get involved in National Tree Week, and there are plenty of events to attend. […] more

  • 19 Oct 2013

    Celebrate Apple Day

    Perhaps the most well-loved fruit from our isles, apples deserve a day of celebration. What makes Apple Day, which falls annually around the 21st October, such an important occasion is just how much our native apples and the orchards they come from need our support. Apple Day was founded by Common Ground in 1990, with the hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wildlife they support. Events take place across the UK: expect fairs, cookery demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and many hundreds of apple varieties to sample. […] more

  • 7 Oct 2013

    Ten things to do with conkers

    Nothing reminds me of childhood autumns like conkers! Every year we would go out, scour the local park and collect the strongest looking bunch we could fine, steal a shoelace from an old shoe and get stuck in to elaborate contests that could last from days to weeks. As you can imagine, I’ve been excited to revive this much loved tradition for my own children. But, I’m either a lot softer now that I’m older or I’ve been crafting with my littles for a bit too long… I just can’t seem to leave the weaklings of the bunch. Their misshapen little bodies are just bursting with potential and I’ve been determined to put them to good use. […] more

  • 28 Sep 2013

    Preparing for winter on a budget

    Summer is officially over and Autumn is upon us. Though the colder months bring excitement and festivities, their charms certainly don’t extend to the heating bill. With energy bills soaring, year upon year, many are struggling to heat their homes for a reasonable price and are either freezing or going without other essentials, such as wholesome food, in order to simply survive. The elderly, understandably, are particularly vulnerable at this time of year. If you’re feeling the financial pressure or are looking to save some money this year, take a look at our top tips for keeping warm and preparing for the winter months on a budget. […] more

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