Green Issues: Farming for the future
Mar22

Green Issues: Farming for the future

We’ve had some pretty extreme weather recently. For just a couple of days, before the Beast from the East hit, I would look out of my kitchen window at the primroses, stand in the sunshine and feel an irresistible urge to eat salad. That’s what happens in spring, you see. Our bodies come out of hibernation and we stop craving hearty, heavy soups and stews and head towards the cucumbers and raw carrots instead. Then it snowed. It’s...

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Green Issues: Power of Passions
Mar08

Green Issues: Power of Passions

I receive a large number of emails asking me to sign this petition, share that petition, email my MP about this or that…and it got me thinking about the wide range of people’s passions. We are all aware of the huge push to reduce plastic right now and that has come from one person’s lifelong passion for the environment and the natural world. Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to generations and his programmes have no...

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That’s not my badger!
Feb23

That’s not my badger!

My background is in environmental education and this is a subject that I think is more important than ever right now. As a race we have become so bogged down in the daily running of our lives that we form a bubble around ourselves that appears to limit our vision of the wider world. I am guilty of this too, sometimes. You can forget that there is so much beauty and wonder in the world if you only stop to take a moment. As children,...

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Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover
Feb08

Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover

Trees are being cut down at Stover Country Park to help improve the water quality at the Nature Reserve. Over the years, water run-off from the A38 and Drumbridges roundabout has carried pollution from traffic, such as oil and metal residue from vehicle brakes, into the lake at the Country Park. This, along with other factors, has contributed to the poor water quality of the lake and reduced the diversity of wildlife in the park, says...

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Future of bioluminescence
Feb08

Future of bioluminescence

The mighty power of plants is incredible and awe-inspiring. Saplings force their way up through stones and tree roots cause pavements to erupt. Some seeds can remain dormant for years before magically coming to life and producing wonderous flowers and leaves. The snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils brave the still freezing temperatures to remind us that there is new life to be found in the dark grey winter months. Plants have been...

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It’s expensive to shop green
Jan26

It’s expensive to shop green

Since the airing of Blue Planet II there has been much talk and debate about the extent of our use of plastic. Theresa May has given the token politician’s speech about abolishing all ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042, a move that has drawn criticism from environmental groups for lacking detail and having too long a timescale. She has spoken about supermarkets having ‘plastic free’ aisles which, if was brought into reality, would be a...

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