Encouraging wildlife into gardens and the wider environment is something close to our hearts. From pollination of plants to the fruit in British orchards and vegetables in allotments and veg plots around the UK, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects have a key role to play. Wild flowers can be a simple and beautiful way to encourage more wildlife to flourish, and with SEEDBALL, a fantastic product launched by Project Maya, it couldn’t be easier.
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The government has been warned by conservationists that environmental measures in the countryside could be damaged by budget cuts.
The fifth year of The Observer Ethical Awards launches today and will give recognition to green projects and people for their involvement in ethical initiatives throughout the past 12 months.
Jordans cereals have been committed to using conservation grade cereals in their products for over twenty years now, thanks to the initiative of Bill Jordan in 1985. Now they’re bringing the wildlife promoting aspect of their farming practices to the rest of Britain in ‘The Big Buzz’.
The farms that produce the conservation grade crops for Jordans are encouraged to plant wildflower meadows, trees and hedgerows and to install farms to encourage wildlife across the board, but with emphasis on helping bee populations grow. Bees are an extremely important part of food production, not just for the honey they produce, but also for the essential role they play in pollination.
Sir Martin Doughty died on Wednesday following a 3 year battle against cancer, at the age of 59. Sir Martin has been known for his work campaigning for public access to the countryside and Britain’s coasts, conservation work and his leadership of Derbyshire County Council. Secretary of Defra, Hilary Benn, and Poul Christensen, Deputy Chair at Natural England, paid tribute to Sir Martin and the work he has done throughout his career.
In January 2006, the University of Derby awarded Sir Martin an honorary degree for his contributions to the environment. At the time, he was due to begin his role as chairman of Natural England, the amalgamation of the Rural Development Service, English Nature, and some sections of the Countryside Agency, and advised that Natural England would be responsible for protecting the landscape and promoting rural tourism, and commented that the environment had not tended to be a priority for the government, stating that ‘Governments and local authorities focus on the economy and may ignore the fact there are huge numbers of jobs created by looking after a healthy environment’. It is interesting perhaps, that now three years on these words could be echoed to the government, especially in a period of economic slow down and recession.
Sir Martin commented before taking up the seat as leader of Natural England that, “With regard to climate change, we may not yet be at the point of no return, but we are not many years off it. It will be decades, rather than centuries.” Now that green issues and agendas are at the forefront of many a discussion, let’s hope the advice of Sir Martin is never forgotten.