DO SOMETHING, SO SOMETHING GETS DONE
Dec29

DO SOMETHING, SO SOMETHING GETS DONE

So we’ve reached the end of another year. I hope you all had a joyous Christmas and made sure you kept your waste to a minimum!  It’s hard, I know, but remember, every small action has a consequence and as a friend of mine always says, “Whenever you do something, something gets done”.  So in light of this I thought it would be a good time to write about a few things that make our global community shine; about those people who ‘do...

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Deadline Day for Steward Wood Community
Dec01

Deadline Day for Steward Wood Community

Today, Saturday 2nd December is the deadline day for the Steward Wood Community who live on their own land in the woods near Moretonhampstead. The enforcement notice to evict the community issued by the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DPNA) now comes into action. Daniel Thomas-Mills, one of the founders of the community said: “We have been down-sizing, a number of people have left and some others are planning to leave.” The...

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Awash with plastic
Dec01

Awash with plastic

For those of you who watched last week’s Blue Planet, you would have seen the awful footage of all the plastic in our seas. At least 8 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the Earth’s oceans every year, with some studies saying it could be as much as 12.7 million tonnes. Sea creatures are being poisoned by the chemicals as well as choked by the particles and humans are therefore ingesting this nasty stuff too – the fish we eat...

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Winter Wildlife Wonders
Nov02

Winter Wildlife Wonders

The nights are drawing in and it’s dark in the mornings when the alarm clock goes off. As a person who really struggles to drive in the dark, this is one part of winter that I hate. But to make myself feel better I have been thinking of all the things that winter brings that inspire happiness and in doing this I dredged up a wonderful memory. I grew up in Farnham, Surrey, which is a town on the train line to London but surrounded by...

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Green Issues: What a spooky time of the year!
Oct19

Green Issues: What a spooky time of the year!

It’s autumn! This time of year excites me just as much as spring with the beautiful colours, crisp mornings and cosy evenings in. One of my favourite childhood memories is of walking through the woodland, crunching through the leaves, looking for chestnuts and mushrooms. Autumn also means Hallowe’en – my favourite festival. My daughter asks me every day if it’s Hallowe’en yet and we’re counting down the days on the calendar....

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Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets
Oct05

Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets

Beekeepers across the West Country have been alerted after an Asian hornet has been found in Devon. The hornet has spread across mainland Europe devastating bee colonies. The Asian hornet feeds off the honeybees and wild bees which pollinate the plants that provide us with food. Professor Juliet Osborne of Exeter University has said that the Asian hornet can fly long distances and has caused severe problems for French beekeepers: “The...

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