Gwynt y Môr

Climate Action reports that the world’s second largest wind farm has been opened eight miles in Liverpool Bay, off North Wales, and will boost the UK’s offshore wind power capacity by 14%.  The Gwynt y Môr site has 160 turbines and will generate 576MW of electricity.  This is enough to power around 400,000 average UK homes.  More…

Are Antiques Green?

Is your Victorian chest of drawers ‘greener’ than the one you’ve just bought in a flat pack from that well-known retailer?  How do their carbon footprints compare?  What makes the difference? There’s new information that may help you understand what’s involved.  You can download it here.  Of course, for a balanced view, you should also see…

Recycling Week

Last week was recycling week with an ‘around the home‘ feature. Although it’s over now, in one sense, every week should be recycling week so that we can recycle as much as possible, and reduce the flow of material to landfill.  In another sense, less recycling might, if we focus our minds, come to mean we…

Woodland Days

  Circle of Life says … The summer holidays will soon be upon us, keep your children entertained with our inspiring Woodland Days. Our experts will weave together games, crafts and activities including fire making, cooking, perfect for your children to get back to nature and embrace the outdoors!  Leave your laptops and phones at…

When two Presidents meet …

What do they talk about?  Well, climate change, conservation, wildlife on TV, …  Did you miss it?  For many it was the TV event of June; others we know were disappointed.  The Guardian has a short clip here, and the full 30 minute programme is available on BBC iPlayer.  See what you think. NB, Barack…

Keep Britain Buzzing

  The Soil Association reports that scientists at the University of Reading have found that 80% of crop pollination is done by just 2% of common bee species.  Professor Simon Potts, director of Reading’s Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, warns that all species of pollinators need protection, as we may need to call on others in…

Do you need some trees?

Apply now to the Woodland Trust for a free tree pack to be delivered in November 2015. They come in three different sizes – small (30 saplings), medium (105 saplings) and large (420 saplings).  Schools and community groups are eligible to apply for free trees for delivery every March and November until your project is complete.…

Learning outside the classroom awards – nominations are open

Nominations are now open for the 8th annual learning outside the classroom awards presented by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).  The Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom recognise individuals and teams of people who are committed to ensuring that young people benefit from engaging and motivating learning opportunities outside…