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 Nature Friendly Schools gives children from some of the poorest communities in the country opportunities to learn outside the classroom

‘Nature Friendly Schools’ launches new phase to boost children’s learning at a critical time

Almost 30,000 school children from disadvantaged areas are set to enjoy classes in nature this spring in a ground-breaking outdoor learning project spearheaded by The Wildlife Trusts. Nature Friendly Schools gives children from some of the poorest communities in the country opportunities to learn outside the classroom, while supporting their well-being, mental health, and engagement with...

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Give your garden back to nature

If you’re stuck for garden ideas, one way to spruce up your outdoor space while giving back to nature is by attracting wildlife. Not only will it help the plants and animals, but it will also give you a garden full of interesting species.

Don’t worry - you don’t need Noah’s ark or a Pied Piper to attract wildlife – here are some easy ways to nurture the natural world with your...

Hedgehogs were recently listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’

Tips to make your garden hedgehog-friendly

2021 marks the 10th birthday of Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign launched by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).

Hedgehog Street aims to encourage people to become ‘Hedgehog Champions’ (volunteers who pledge to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly) in order to help stop the ongoing decline of...

Lockdown saw an increase in seed sales

The UK gets a Taste for a Self-Sustained Lifestyle in Lockdown

When the first lockdown limited our ability to leave home and increased shortages in the supermarkets, the UK public had their eyes opened to nature and its abundance.

Between March 23rd and July 4th 2020 Suttons, the long-established supplier of seeds, bulbs, and other horticultural products, saw record numbers of customers purchasing seeds; the top performing being beans, with a...

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle says he saw lockdown as a sort of reverse expedition

There can’t be many people whose travel plans have changed more in recent months than Ben Fogle. Normally found yo-yoing from one end of the Earth to the other on various intrepid enterprises, the environmentalist, documentary maker and travel writer has had an unusual amount of time to reflect, given the circumstances of the pandemic.

He’s now backing a new farming initiative in...

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Eight ways your garden can make you feel better during lockdown

There’s never been a better time to have a garden, as outdoor space means you can at least enjoy some fresh air and greenery while staying at home during lockdown.

And the benefits don’t just apply to avid gardeners – new research shows spending time in the garden may be beneficial for overall health and psychological wellbeing, whether you’re gardening or just relaxing.

The...