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  • 1 Mar 2014

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    Now you can get a monthly fix of The Green Parent. Our exciting newsletter includes events, competitions and articles about everything from family life to birth, alternative education to nutrition. Published every month, it's free to receive. All you have to do is sign up below. […] more

  • 22 Jan 2014

    A First Book of Nature

    Enabling a special relationship with nature from a young age is one of the very best gifts we can bestow on our children, and on the planet. Children who love the natural world grow into adults determined to preserve it. The next generation face some serious challenges in caring for our planet, and there’s no better way to tackle a problem than to gather as much knowledge as possible. Getting outside as often as possible, recording the seasons, exploring different landscapes and creating a nature table are all ways to help our children engage with the world around them. […] more

  • 16 Dec 2013

    Make pomanders as gifts

    Orange pomanders are not only beautiful decorations, they also act as natural room and cupboard and drawer fresheners. Smaller fruits like kumquats can be used to create simple tree decorations. Making a pomander is a fun activity for children, and they make lovely gifts to share with friends and family. Hang them up around the house to enjoy that fresh citrus and clove scent, and after Christmas hang them in your wardrobe to keep your clothes smelling fresh and moths at bay. […] more

  • 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

  • 26 Nov 2013

    A natural advent calendar

    Advent calendars are such a delight for children. Opening the little windows to discover a new picture inside is always exciting, and the prospect of doing so each day until Christmas builds up to the big event in a magical way. However, so many advent calendars now feature children's television characters that it can feel like a big advertising ploy. Or you might resent the prevalence of chocolate calendars, with children scoffing cheap sugary rubbish before breakfast! […] more

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