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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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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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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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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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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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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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Valentine’s Day the Eco Way

Valentine’s Day regularly gets criticism for being commercialised, but there are a number of steps you can take to enjoy the 14th February without having a negative effect on your carbon footprint.

Whether you prefer to plan a romantic date or find a gift to treat the special person in your life, we have a few ideas to help make your Valentine’s Day an eco one this year.

You may prefer to buy a token of your love that you can be remembered by, or you may prefer to create memories of special time spent together. Whatever you decide to arrange for your loved one, why not think green rather than red this Valentine’s Day?

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Charity Shop Finds That Might Surprise You

Heading down to your local charity shop may spring to mind when you’re clearing out your wardrobe or when giving the garage a spring clean. Charity shops however are not just somewhere to take your unwanted clothes, books and bric-a-brac. You can find some gems you might not even realise are waiting for you, whilst helping charities to raise funds and reducing the strain on your wallet at the same time.

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5 Reasons to Get On Your Bike

The thought of climbing on a bike may strike fear into the hearts of some, but it ignites a childlike desire to escape into the great outdoors in others.

You may think that bikes are just for getting fit, but they’re not just for those who love lycra; anybody can learn to love cycling, and there are many reasons to embrace the bicycle rather than choosing the four wheeled alternative.

Whether you need one reason or five to give cycling a chance, we hope to inspire you to dust off your bike, invest in one or become a familiar face at a local hire shop and reap the rewards it can offer, maybe even becoming a cycling convert.

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Beyond the Bush – The Story Behind a Luxury Yurt on the Welsh Border

When we heard about Tim and Bryony’s yurt on the Welsh Border we just had to get in touch to bring you a Q and A about their inspiration for creating their beautiful place to stay.

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Enjoy an Eco Christmas Dinner

Food is an area where we can take lots of steps to reduce our Christmas carbon footprint. Whether we’re looking at the food miles the ingredients in our meals have travelled or if sustainable growing practices have been used to produce our food, there are many elements to consider this yuletide.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for an Eco Mum

Whether she’s 25 or 75, your mum is a special person in your life, and if she’s an eco-conscious mum, what better than a green gift to make her Yuletide extra special this year?

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Enjoying The Outdoors in Autumn

Finding new ways to spend your free time and entertain the kids isn’t always easy, but what better way than to let nature do the work for you.

In Autumn there is a wealth of colour and abundance of fruits and nuts, plus wildlife preparing for the winter giving you plenty to spot on a woodland walk or a trip through the countryside, and around the UK there are certainly plenty of places and open countryside to visit and enjoy.

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Foraging for Fruit

Many people have memories of going foraging as a child, approaching a bramble patch loaded with glinting purple jewels and pulling them from their spiky stems to drop into a tupperware box or recycled ice cream tub. The purple stained fingers and tell tale purple tongue betraying a few sneaked berries that didn’t make it into the box. There’s little more satisfying than hunting for free food and enjoying making a few jars of preserves or a delicious autumnal pudding with the fruits of a day’s labour collecting a bounty and trekking home with it.

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5 Tips For Eco-Friendly Gardening

While gardening is an activity that connects and engages us with nature in what seems like a constructive and healthy way, there are aspects of maintaining your garden that can have harmful effects on the environment. From water wastage that results from keeping plants watered, to the pollution that enters the atmosphere from petrol-fueled lawn mowers and chemical fertilisers, there are a number of potentially harmful practices that many of us conduct on a regular basis while gardening. Fortunately, however, this is a common concern among many gardeners, and the shared concern has led to a number of gardening tools, products and methods that can make your garden greener. Here are five general tips for becoming a more eco-friendly gardener.

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