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Organic News

Here are a few recent updates from the Soil Association: 1. In his new book, Everyday Superfood, Jamie Oliver has championed organic food.  He says that rather than being an unaffordable luxury, organic is just another word for natural.  See: Jamie Oliver  2. On November 5th the Soil Association will hold its 7th annual Soil Symposium. This…

Awards for outstanding contributions to LOtC

The Awards for outstanding contributions to learning outside the classroom recognise some of those committed to ensuring that young people benefit from engaging and motivating learning outside the classroom. The Awards celebrate the richness of experience which LOtC offers young people, and the some of the many fantastic people involved.  The shortlists for each award are here.  Voting…

Greening the locality

Do you live in West Yorkshire or Greater Manchester? If so, you can apply for two £10,000 grants to help green your neighbourhood.  The grants could be used for any ‘urban forestry’ initiative such as planting street trees or creating an urban orchard. The grant is part of the TD Green Streets initiative – a partnership between Leeds’ based TD Direct Investing and…

OUP’s missing words

Did you read recently that the Oxford University Press has been steadily removing (over the last few years) nature-related words from its Junior Dictionary?  Examples include: acorn   blackberry   buttercup   fern   heather   minnow   moss   sycamore   willow An OUP spokesperson said the dictionaries are “designed to reflect language as it is used,…

3,000,000,000,000 trees on Earth

Climate Action reports a Yale University global survey of trees. This says that there are just over three trillion trees on Earth which is eight times more than previous estimates. Yale combined ground survey data with satellite imagery giving the new total that is equivalent to about 420 trees for every person.  About 43% (1.39 trillion trees), are…

National Poetry Day

Today in National Poetry Day in the UK, and here is NAEE’s offering by Thomas Hardy … Proud Songsters The thrushes sing as the sun is going, And the finches whistle in ones and pairs, And as it gets dark loud nightingales      In bushes Pipe, as they can when April wears, As if…