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
This week we look at a plant that provides a feast for the eyes and the stomach ~ Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris flavescens)
This week we take a look at the enchanting 'Lady of the Wood' ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
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!
This week we take a look at one of my all time favourite plants ~ Passiflora (Passionflower). This beautiful, evergreen vine climbs using tendrils to secure itself to other plants or supporting structures such as trellises, bamboo canes, and pergolas. With its' exquisite blooms opening from summer to early autumn, who wouldn't want to grow … Continue reading Plant of the week ~ Passiflora (Passionflower)
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
This week we are looking at the delightful Chamomile. Great for insects and has many uses for humans too.
This week we have a pretty but prickly plant in the spotlight - Berberis (barberry)!
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
It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are looking at the herb Melissa officinalis (lemon balm).