Alys Fowler writes beautifully in this memoir as she embarks on a series of microadventures in an inflatable pack-raft around the Birmingham canal network, unknowingly unraveling her very existence with every paddle. What I appreciated most about this book is that Fowler's adventures were something she fit in and around her current life. She grasped … Continue reading Book Review – Hidden Nature
Does your mind ever stop and take a break? Some days I wish I had a switch. Just like a radio. Where I could turn off the incessant ramblings of world news, current affairs, fretting about unfinished work, of meetings and endless to-do lists, of friends, family and loved ones, of inadequacies and inner demons... … Continue reading Is it time we all started to look up?
There's something about a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that got me thinking. Thinking big. Their research suggests that cooking skills developed as a young adult are likely to have long-term benefits for their future health, nutrition and wellbeing. But what if it isn't just their own health that learning how … Continue reading Could food education save the world?
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
Public space is so important for the health and well-being of our communities, our wildlife and for the environmental sustainability of our cities. This TEDx Talk highlights fantastically what can be achieved to meet the needs of everyone, as well as economic prosperity. Adrian Benep, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for … Continue reading The Power of Sustainable Design in Public Green Space
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
On the 14th September, we saw David Attenborough release the second State of Nature report. Sadly, just like the first report back in 2013, it depicts the harrowing truths behind the ongoing declines to our biodiversity across the UK with intensive farming surging to the top of the list of reasons for the severe loss of species. This devastating … Continue reading The State of Nature – How you can help
Research from the University of Essex determined that a simple five-minute dose of nature can have a significantly positive effect on self-esteem and mental health. The study looked into over 1250 people, analysing their activities, such as fishing, cycling, horse-riding, walking and gardening. Stress and Mental Health With the increasing pressures on modern-day lifestyles, mental … Continue reading Boost your health in 5 minutes