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  • 13 Mar 2014

    Support your local library

    I’m sitting typing this in the warm peace of our local library. It’s a place that has a special place in my heart, as all libraries do. Every time I enter a library I still feel the thrill of the fact these amazing places are gloriously, deliciously free. That these great bastions of learning are available to all, regardless of age, economic background or religious leaning. Libraries have something for everyone. […] more

  • 21 Feb 2014

    Six Gorgeous Fairtrade Toys

    With Fairtrade Fortnight running from 24th Feb to 4th March, we’ve rounded up some delightful Fairtrade toys. With the notion of Fairtrade becoming more understood and respected, there is gradually a change towards ethical trading. Still a long way to go, of course, but these companies show that it is possible to source unique products that last whilst adhering to principles of a fair deal for everyone. There is often the impression that Fairtrade gifts are too expensive but buying cheap toys is a false economy – not only are they often produced in sweat-shop conditions, they also rarely last from one child to the next. […] more

  • 13 Feb 2014

    Make a home for your garden birds

    The fact National Nest Box Week begins on 14th February is rather lovely. Birds need our love and respect especially at this time of year, so treating them to a cosy home is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Building a nest box is also a fun activity for older children and watching little feathered visitors make themselves at home is entertaining and educational for any age-group. There’s huge satisfaction to be gained from spotting a bird with a beak full of twigs dart into a home-made nest box. The week is part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) devotion to all our beloved native birds, and is a way to help this fantastic charity do their important work. […] more

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Get involved this National Story-telling Week

    Thought storytelling was just for kids? Think again. National Storytelling Week, taking place from 1st-8th February is a celebration of all that is wonderful about this ancient art. Founded and organised by the Society for Storytelling, this annual event is now in its 14th year with an estimated audience of 17,000 people. National Storytelling Week is a chance for communities to come together to enjoy this communicative art in schools, libraries, community centres, cafes, museums and homes. It celebrates the imagination and cultures all over the world, bringing people together through sharing tantalising tales and stimulating stories. […] 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

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