Keele University is proud of its environmental credentials, offering a range of quality courses in sustainability and natural sciences, and having accreditation as a Fair Trade university to boot. Tonight though, we headed over to the Sustainability Hub for a talk about sustainability in construction.
This weekend is set to bring fairer weather, so with all the rain and dreary cloud we've had lately, why not head out into the great outdoors with the family this weekend for some fresh air.
Before Christmas I started having fond memories of raising our own two pigs for meat around 5 years ago.
One of the largest areas to consider if you’re looking at ways to be greener and to reduce your carbon footprint is by looking at the resources that you and your family consume.
So many of my friends and family seem to be getting married at the moment that linking the subject with being environmentally friendly was bound to happen sooner or later.
I'm always looking for new ways to increase my eco credentials and that, coupled with a need to save some cash this month, led to the decision to staycation for the time we had booked off from work.
Living in Newcastle-under-Lyme makes recycling easy in many ways, because we are known to have the largest number of recycling containers for waste out of the whole UK, despite some people thinking this may make things trickier due to separating out waste and storing said containers.
Although the daffodils have been out for a couple of weeks now and we've been blessed with some early sunshine (despite the rather heavy rain around lunch time today!
After the chill of December snow and frost on the ground and the busy bustle of the Christmas period, getting through the January blues and starting to see evenings grow longer with more daylight hours to enjoy, I'm beginning to look to making plans for the year ahead.
This weekend has seen me create the first attempt at my eco wrapping gift ideas.
Well I'm happy to report (belatedly) that the bean tunnel is up and the flowers are beginning to appear on my french beans and runner beans so can't wait to start seeing little beans forming.
May has to be one of my favourite months of the year, not just because it often has more reliable weather than August, or because two bank holidays give the luxury of a couple of long weekends (although the reliable weather thing doesn't usually extend to cover the British Bank Holidays as we are often made only too aware!
Months of preparation are beginning to pay off as the first real crops are maturing at the allotment.
So after months of wondering, waiting, trekking up and down to the farm where the troublesome trio spend their days frolicking in the field, it turns out that our lovely four year old pygmy crossed with toggenburg goat Lily was just kidding all along.
The efforts to bake yummy cakes and encourage my work colleagues to join in, crack open some free range eggs and do some free range baking with compassion themselves were a success in the end.