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
Brinsley Animal Rescue is always busy looking after sick/injured animals, re-homing rabbits, ponies, goats and all manor of animals. So keeping on top of maintenance tasks can be tricky. So we possible we like to find little projects which Wildlife & Eco Gardens can do for free, to this end we look to reclaimed wood and upcycled materials, and … Continue reading New gates made from upcycled materials at Brinsley Animal Rescue
One should never give up the opportunity to learn and even experts still have much to learn. This weekend we got the chance to attend a stone fruit pruning workshop at the Windmill community gardens in Nottingham. Lead by Marc Richmond, an RHS expert in pruning who works on over 900 apple trees per year, and hosted … Continue reading Stone fruit pruning at Windmill community gardens on a warm spring day
How safe is newspaper to use in your garden, especially when growing edible crops? This has been an ongoing debate for many years, with many arguments both for and against using newspaper in your garden. Inks used in newspaper used to contain large quantities of heavy metals such as lead along with other toxic chemicals such … Continue reading Is newspaper safe to use in gardens and how to make newspaper seedling pots!
Worldwide children are spending an increasingly small amount of time outside, and an alarmingly small amount of time in natural surroundings. Some experts place the average time children spend outside per day at 4-7 minutes! Many factors are contributing to this alarming trend and disconnect between people and the natural world. One of the largest … Continue reading #100HoursUnplugged This Summer
Helianthus annuus, better known as the common sunflower, is a truly spectacular plant that cannot fail to lift your mood and bring a smile to your face. Simply growing them in you garden/allotment makes the area a happier place for you, your neighbours and bees! Yes, we are not the only ones to love these bright sunny … Continue reading The Big Sunflower Project