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  • 2 Oct 2013

    National Poetry Day

    Most of us have a poem we remember from childhood. A simple rhythm that we could pick up easily, funny or poignant, a sense of a world conjured up in a few words: that’s the lifelong magic of a poem. Whilst paying for a plant in a garden centre recently, I got into a conversation with the cashier about Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat, and soon several people in the queue behind me were adding the few lines they recalled. It was a special moment and reminded me why poetry is worth celebrating. […] more

  • 30 Sep 2013

    Volunteer for health

    In his internationally bestselling book, Healing without Freud or Prozac, Dr David Servan-Shreiber put forward to idea that volunteering is one of the best tools we have of healing ourselves from depression and anxiety. In fact, he lists it as one of his seven key ways to heal from depression and anxiety without drugs or talking therapies. He cites several pieces of research on volunteering and health, most notably that written about in the scientific journal Science: “This study concludes that volunteer activities are one of the best guarantees of a longer life. […] more

  • 21 Sep 2013

    Seed Gathering Season

    We are blessed to live in a country with many beautiful trees, and The Tree Council are keen to teach us about them and help us grow many more for our grandchildren to enjoy. Seed Gathering Season is their annual autumn festival, running from the autumn equinox on 23rd September through to 23rd October. The aim is to get as many people as possible gathering seeds, fruits and nuts to grow the trees of the future. Seed Gathering Season is a great opportunity for children to find out about their local trees, and The Three Council actively encourage schools to take part. […] more

  • 20 Sep 2013

    10 ways to celebrate peace

    What a wonderful idea the International Day of Peace is. Taking place on 21st September, it’s an opportunity for individuals, organisations, and nations to come together to create practical acts of peace. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense, and does make a difference. […] more

  • 19 Sep 2013

    Beachwatch Big Weekend

    Beachwatch Big Weekend is the Marine Conservation Society’s annual call to everyone to clean up our beaches! Running from 20th to 23rd September, Beachwatch Big Weekend supports individuals, groups and communities who care about the coast to get active in saving their shorelines. The weekend also sees the UK’s biggest survey on the health of our beaches. Last year nearly 240 beaches were cleaned and 3,500 volunteers took part. In total, 181,978 items of litter were picked up and 1,800 bin bags filled. Plastic was the biggest culprit. […] more

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