Storytelling Festival at Martineau Gardens

There will be storywalks in the woods, campfire tales and family storytelling all day on the programme for the fifth Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival. Community Garden Martineau Gardens and the Traditional Arts Team have joined forces to create the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival, a family friendly day of storytelling plus arts, music, crafts and dance.…

More on Outdoor Learning

The Institute for Outdoor Learning reports that the English Outdoor Council has re-written its previous guide to ‘High Quality Outdoor Education’ to reflect significant changes over the past 10 years. The new guide is a tool for training teachers and youth workers and promotes the use of outdoor learning. You can order copies from: institute@outdoor-learning.org

A guide to fair chocolate

Think Global has published a Fair Chocolate Guide.  TG says: “In the lead up to Easter this year, Think Global took part in a Europe-wide study (developed through our collaborative Supply Chainge project) investigating the ethics of supermarket chocolate bars and Easter bunnies.  So how ‘fair and green’ are these sweet treats? Overall, the report found there are major…

More from the USA

Following our recent focus on what’s happening in the USA, there are 5 more stories from across the water: Ecowatch – kids in court Postalmuseum – trailblazing ideas EPA  – eight new climate change and health fact sheets NEEF – Citizen Science Website Ecowatch – rewilding national parks

Dirt’s June Update

Here are some forthcoming events in London c/o Project Dirt: Thursday 16th June Edible Ecosystem Design Course – Outside UK… (8:37am – 9:37am) Learn How to Grow Food & Flowers: Training & Development – Brixton, Lambeth (10am – 1pm) Friday 17th June Economic Exchange Event -Unpacking Social Impact Bonds – Meet the Investors – Shoreditch…

Citizen science update

Citizen science monitoring projects Thanks to LEEF for alerting us to this article on the utility of citizen science reporting in monitoring the spread of invasive species.  It warns that an absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence. Here’s a LEEF’s forthcoming event Wetland habitats: id skills training, Monday 20 June, 10am-4pm, WWT London…

Wildlife and Brexit

The UK Wildlife Trusts think that staying in the EU is good for wildlife, and by implication, good for the rest of us as well. For an extensive coverage of their views, click here. Their comments begin: “The risks faced by wildlife are growing every day. Our wildlife is under real pressure from insensitive built…

Is botany at bay?

The Economist has a feature article on the pressures that plants are under across the world.  It is based on Kew’s new report: The State of the World’s Plants 2016 which was recently published. You can see the Economist feature here, and the report (with its great pictures and graphics) is here.