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5 Late Summer Crops to Boost Your Veg Plot

We’re halfway through August and the berries are bursting with juice, the beans are abundant and you could be forgiven for thinking that the focus is now on harvesting rather than planting. But you’d be wrong. There are still plenty of opportunities to refill the veg beds and get more seedlings growing in succession.

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How to Make Your Summer Holiday Greener

After a cold, dull winter, most people look forward to a family holiday where the sun is reliable and the temperature’s just right for lounging on the beach and relaxing.

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Ideas for a Green Bank Holiday

Bank holidays are that time of year when you get an extra day off giving you time to catch up on jobs you’ve been putting off and enjoy some leisure time with the family.

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Glass ramekin dishes

One Woman’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure

Well when I say ‘trash’ I’m perhaps not being 100% accurate because I was never going to throw this ‘trash’ in the bin. Even adding it to my recycling was out of the question, even though the items could be recycled along with glass jars and bottles. No, the subject of this post was not complete ‘trash’, but was something I wasn’t getting use of right now and I felt enough is enough. I needed to find this treasure a new home.

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lisa-johnson of LJ's Natural Solutions

Lisa’s Beauty Products are the Natural Solution

We believe strongly in beauty and skin care products made with natural ingredients. Lisa Johnson started her own business making beauty products from her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire so we wanted to share the story of her venture, LJ’s Natural Solutions.

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Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

Liz Earle, advocates for naturally active skincare, have developed this 2-step facial cleanser to promote cleaner skin. By applying the product to dry skin, this creates an exfoliating effect, which is then removed in a polishing motion using a muslin cloth.
This particular product is renowned throughout the beauty industry as being a go-to skincare essential, so I decided to put it to the test.

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Earth Hour 2014 Superhero Ambassador Spider-Man

Join In With WWF’s Earth Hour

Every year, WWF organises Earth Hour. The idea behind it is to bring together as many people as possible to collaborate and commit to looking after our planet.

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Daffodils around tree trunks

Spring has Sprung!

Yesterday was the first official day of spring, so what better excuse to get out exploring the great outdoors this weekend?

We’ve put together a checklist of things to keep an eye out for, whether you’re out on a countryside walk with the kids, or are heading out with a camera and want some springtime photo inspiration.

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Entrance to Lambing Live at Reaseheath College, Nantwich

Lambing Live at Reaseheath College

Lambs in the Nursery PolytunnelThis weekend, spring has most definitely sprung, and what better proof than newborn lambs? Each year around the UK, lambing events take place and we headed along to a local one to see some baby lambs taking their first tentative steps in the world.

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Cheshire Ladders Logo

Shop Smart, Shop Local – The Cheshire Ladders Mantra

Shopping locally is a great way to keep variety on the high street and support independent businesses trying to make a living. There are small business owners providing a vast array of services from baked goods to home improvements, gift ware to coffee shops throughout the towns, villages and cities of the UK.

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SEEDBALL delivery with Butterfly Mix Seedballs

Having a SEED-ball

We first heard about SEEDBALL through Twitter and were so excited when we received a little package through the post with a tin of butterfly mix seedballs to scatter at Green Village HQ.

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Chocolatier Suzanne and son Euan from Rainbow Organic Chocolates

Find Suzanne’s Organic Chocolates at the End of the Rainbow

We love chocolate (who doesn’t?!) So when we heard about Rainbow Organic Chocolates, handmade by Suzanne with assistance from her 13 year old son Euan, we had to find out more.

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Keele Sustainability Hub Big Green Swish

A Swishing Good Time

As part of Go Green Week, Keele University held The Big Green Swish. Now if you’ve never been swishing before (which I hadn’t) then you’re in for a treat.

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James Campbell - Chief Executive of Garden Organic

Ryton Gardens – A Place to ‘Garden Organic’

Ryton Gardens near Coventry is not only an inspiring place to visit with the family; it is also home to Garden Organic, a charity at the forefront of organic growing in the UK. James Campbell is the Chief Executive of Garden Organic, and we spoke to him about organic growing and why he thinks it is so important for gardeners to know more about the subject.

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