From the sprouting of seeds to the blooming of flowers or the falling of leaves, many of us are in such a rush through life that we seldom stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes.
Our blog is springing back to life. Stay tuned for more posts in the coming weeks.
August has already been a busy month for us at Wildlife & Eco gardens, attending numerous events such as the Northern Green Gathering (You can read more about the talk we gave, or watch the full talk on our blog post "Day out at Northern green gathering"). We have more events coming up in September … Continue reading August/September at Wildlife & Eco Gardens – talks, events and stalls!
On a rather windy day with sporadic rain we set out into the Derby countryside looking for Bradley Nook farm, the home of Jay, a delightfully friendly farmer who was recently in the news and on Country file for rescuing his herd of "beef" cows by giving them away to Hillside animal sanctuary. This year … Continue reading Day out at Northern green gathering
Many seeds are just as endangered as the most endangered animals on this planet, and in the last one hundred years over 94% of our vegetable seed varieties have been lost, replaced with mass marketed "resistant" varieties controlled by large seed companies such as Monsanto and Bayer seeds. This loss of genetic diversity is a … Continue reading Seed: The Untold Story
Over the spring and summer of 2017 we have had the chance to work with Eastwood's Priory voluntary academy, teaching and learning at the wonderful Eco club which is run by two members of very dedicated staff, Laura Evans and Katherine Mucha. This has been a wonderful experience for us, as it has allowed us … Continue reading Forging bonds with nature – Children’s Eco club summer forest walk
Forging a bond with nature and learning just how wonderfully complicated, beautiful and mesmerising nature, wildlife and our natural world can be is a key aspect in a child's development. Without this understanding, love and respect of our natural world we will raise a generation of children who do not care about the health and … Continue reading Eco clubs? Nature, environment and education!
Odo Tortolla is today's guest speaker, here to talk about a very serious problem which pollutes our waterways, litters our countryside and kills wildlife. Its plastic! Without further delay let's hear from the wise rescue tortoise from Brinsley Animal Rescue. You may see me as a tyrant boss demanding my dandelions and the occasional apple … Continue reading Plastic, an environmental disaster
Trees are not solitary plants, instead they are part of a vast and complex network, which is capable of sharing nutrients, water and warning surrounding trees about dangers such as damaging insects or changes in atmospheric conditions. This fun little video is a great demonstration of the interconnected nature of trees, and how they actually … Continue reading Trees can talk, we just can’t hear it – Project Earth
Slugs! Every year we hear about gardeners waging war with slugs complaining about losing half their garden to the slimy "pests". But when was the last time you walked around a forest to find it destroyed by slugs or any other pest? So maybe we need to rethink our eternal struggle to control pests such as … Continue reading Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?