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  • 5 May 2014

    Make the most of asparagus

    May is officially asparagus season in Britain. Crunchy and fresh, asparagus is one of our most delicious vegetables, well worth the wait until spring. It’s also a vegetable that dehydrates quite quickly – hence those stringy, bitter asparagus tips in the supermarkets all year round, flown in from South America and Spain. British asparagus is surprisingly juicy and the flavour unique. From the lily family, alongside onions and leeks, asparagus has a bud-like head and a long stalk, both of which are edible. […] more

  • 2 May 2014

    10 places to see beautiful bluebells in the UK

    There’s something so wonderful about a bluebell wood, as if you have stepped into a magical kingdom. All is calm and peaceful, the only sound is the trill of birds and the air is infused with the sweet scent of the flowers. The colour is a radiant blue that seems to shimmer and hover under the trees, leaving a feeling of deep tranquillity. Every year I send a picture of my favourite bluebell woods to my British friend now living in Australia – I feel that if there were one thing I would miss more than anything if I emigrated it would be British woodland and bluebells. […] more

  • 17 Apr 2014

    10 ways to take action on Earth Day

    Launched on 22nd April 1970, Earth Day is an annual global call to arms to save our planet. With a focus on education, the day aims to raise awareness of the problems facing our world and what we can do about them. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, it was a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement. Before that, there was a distinct lack of interest and engagement with the reality of pollution and how it was harming our planet, as massive industry enjoyed the spoils of success. […] more

  • 16 Apr 2014

    Guerilla gardening

    You walk past the same patch of wasteland every morning. Your kids always comment on it, how empty and barren it looks. Broken supermarket trolleys, carrier bags, scratchy bare earth and rubble can all be glimpsed through a wire fence. Several rows of houses back onto the wasteland and many people see this barren landscape from their windows, not to mention all of the people who walk and drive past it every day. Rumours indicate that the area is to be the site of a new block of flats, or a mini supermarket, but years have gone by and nothing has happened. […] more

  • 14 Apr 2014

    5 Ideas for Family Easter Fun

    Whether you’re a Christian who celebrates the resurrection of Christ, a Pagan who celebrates the goddess Eostre and her hare, or simply someone who loves nature, there’s plenty to get excited about at this time of year. Kids are off school and a lot of adults get the Easter weekend off so there’s an opportunity for quality family time. All of the symbolism connected with Easter celebrates new life: eggs, baby bunnies, and lambs to name but a few. Hedgerows are bursting with life, birdsong is in the air, the fields and woods are full of young animals and it feels as if anything is possible. […] more

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