We've got a brand new look magazine and a new team of eco writers in this issue. Ten years ago this autumn, in a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast, the idea for The Green Parent magazine was born. With two small beans under the age of three and a desire to work doing something meaningful, we planned and mapped out the first few issues of the magazine on scrap paper in front of the fire.
Our family holiday, exploring the North Cornish coast, became a turning point in our lives. Now, ten years down the line, the magazine is growing year by year – readers still write to us and describe reading it as like “coming home” and each issue we get a sense of real joy and pleasure in putting it together. Our writers and contributors are an incredible force for good, spilling their beautiful, thought-provoking stories, illustrations and photographs into the magazine. And of course, thanks go out to you, our wonderful readers who continue to support what we are doing in producing this alternative to the mainstream. We thank you for your excitement and pleasure in reading The Green Parent and hope that its appeal continues long after your babies have grown.
We love a challenge here at The Green Parent and a chance to work with something new so we decided to ask a team of eco gurus to take us into our tenth year. In this issue, you’ll be able to read enlightening and insightful journalistic comment from many of the key eco spokespeople (find out a bit more about them below).
We hope that you like the new look and we would love to hear your thoughts on the articles, your ideas and experiences for our new letters page in the next issue, so drop us a line to email@example.com or using good old pen and paper to: The Green Parent, PO Box 104, East Hoathly, Lewes, BN7 9AX. Blessings for 2011, Melissa & Jez
JANEY LEE GRACE co-hosts BBC Radio 2’s most successful daytime programme; Steve Wright in the Afternoon – currently enjoyed by over 6 million listeners daily and writes the Wellbeing pages for The Green Parent magazine. Her first book, Imperfectly Natural Woman went very quickly to the no 1 spot on Amazon’s bestsellers list, the publishers ran out of books, and were into their 3rd reprint in six months. Janey continues the imperfectly natural theme with her latest book Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler, highlighting her passion for natural pregnancy and birth, attachment, and green parenting. She is also a passionate supporter of home education and has four children.
BRIGIT STRAWBRIDGE starred in TV show It’s Not Easy Being Green with her family focusing on how to live an environmentally friendly, low impact life. Most recently she set up charity, The Big Green Idea showing people how sustainable living can be easy, healthy, inexpensive and fun. Now writing our Natural Living page, Brigit cares very deeply about biodiversity and the planet and runs courses on wildlife gardening for bees and more at various locations around the UK.
JOHN-PAUL FLINTOFF is an author, broadcaster and journalist based in London. In 2009 he published his book Through The Eye Of A Needle: The true story of a man who went searching for meaning and ended up making his Y-fronts. It argues that the way we look at clothing influences the way we look at the environment, the economy and life itself. It was republished in 2010 by Profile under a new title, Sew Your Own. He now pens the Slow Fashion pages for The Green Parent magazine interspersing his informative writing with a wry sense of humour.
CATHERINE MACK is a freelance travel writer specialising in responsible travel. In June 2008, Catherine published her first guidebook, Ecoescape:Ireland. Today, she is co-editor of Greentraveller.co.uk, with the highly regarded green travel writer, Richard Hammond and is about to launch a new iphone app called Ireland Green Travel. Her travels have enabled her to explore many extraordinary places, which she will write about in our regular Green Travel page. The most exciting aspect of travelling, and what she likes to write about most of all, is the people she meets.
TRACEY SMITH is a specialist writer and broadcaster on sustainable living and also creator of the awareness campaign, InterNational Downshifting Week. On the broad topic of living more sustainably, Tracey believes the power of the individual should never be underestimated and says it’s time for us all to ditch the guilt for what we are ‘not’ doing and to start feeling good about what we ‘are’ doing. In 2011 Tracey will be presenting TV’s The Great Downshift as well as writing the inspiring and informative Seasonal Food pages for The Green Parent magazine.
GILL KILNER is a blogging mother of five home-educated children. A long-term columnist for The Green Parent magazine she is well respected in the home schooling community for her insightful comment and opinionated stance on issues that affect our children’s education. Read her views in our regular Learning section.