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Posted by in Advice, General News on Nov 26, 2018 .

Get outside to beat the winter malaise

It’s no secret that as winter arrives we’re more likely to hit the sofa than the hillsides. With the festive season nearly upon us, the combination of stodgy treats, gloomy days and cold weather means we’re likely to feel tired and unmotivated to get outside. 

But the key to keeping your energy lies in spending time outdoors all through the year. Read on to find out how you can stay feeling happy and healthy through the winter months with these practical tips. 

Make the most of natural daylight
As the days grow shorter, our bodies respond to the lower light levels. The lack of...

Posted by in General News on Nov 13, 2018 .
13 Ways to Be Kind Outside This World Kindness Day
 
 
13 November is World Kindness Day. The movement was started in 1988 by a collection of non-political organisations to promote acts of good deeds and wellbeing. 
 
The great outdoors is a perfect place to demonstrate kindness, in big ways and small, so we’ve gathered a few of our favourites here to get you inspired:
 
1. Walk a neighbour’s dog
Give your neighbour some time off and offer to walk the dog for them – a great way to fit outdoors into your day without the commitment of looking after a dog full time! 
 
2. Pick up litter
This is a really...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Oct 24, 2018 .

Five Crafty Autumn Leaf Ideas For Half Term

‘Listen, the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves
We’ve had our summer evenings, now it’s time for October eves’

Humbert Wolfe

As autumn sets in and the leaves fall, it’s a treasure trove for walks with the children. If you’re short of (free) activities over half term, it’s time to head outside, gather up armfuls of leaves and get crafting. 

We’ve taken inspiration from the best crafty sites out there to give you some cheap and easy ideas for beautiful autumn crafts.

Make leafy hedgehogs
This simple idea just requires paper, glue and pens. Stick your...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Oct 10, 2018 .

Leave The Leaves! Five Ways to Help Garden Wildlife This Autumn

As autumn takes hold in the UK the winds are getting up and temperatures cooling down. Many gardeners use this time of year to clear up the garden, sort the shed and settle down for the more dormant period over winter.

But there are lots of ways you can support wildlife at this time of year, helping creatures prepare for the colder months and be fit for spring. 

Here are some tips for making your autumn gardening as wildlife-friendly as possible. 

Leave the leaves
It’s tempting to clear away fallen leaves, but they provide shelter for insects and mammals during...

Get Walking For International Walk To School Month.

 

October is International Walk To School Month and all over the world communities are being encouraged to make it easier for children to walk to school.

 

Walking to school is a great choice for all sorts of reasons. It’s a simple way of having more exercise and outdoor time, without having to fit another outing, club or activity into busy weeks. Research has shown that getting our bodies moving gets our brains moving too – so children who have walked to school are likely to feel more ready to learn and less sleepy than those who have travelled by car.

 

And it can...

Posted by in Advice, General News on Sep 24, 2018 .

Don’t retreat indoors this Autumn!

 According to a 2017 survey of 1000 adults in the UK, on average we spend over 90% of our time indoors on a weekday.  And in the winter months, the situation is even worse, with us spending 90 minutes less per day outside.

 

 Why does it matter? Research suggests that as a species, we’re evolved to be outside far more than modern lifestyles allow. Everything from our sleep patterns to our air quality is affected by access to the outdoors. Our bodies are designed to be more alert in daylight, and to rest at evening times. The combination of staying inside more and using artificial light...

Posted by in General News on Sep 12, 2018 .

All about snails!

The wetter weather means we’re seeing more slugs and snails out and about. While these gastrpods are mostly detested by gardeners for their crop-munching ways, they are a great way for children to get up close to wildlife and learn more about our natural world.

Here are some fun snail facts to share with children, plus some snail-based activities you can enjoy in the damp weather! 

They’ve been around for a long time
Snails’ ancestors were one of the earliest types of animals on earth. They have been around for 500 million years – that’s 250 million years before the first dinosaurs!

There are lots...

Posted by in General News on Sep 12, 2018 .
Have your children developed their sixth (and seventh!) sense?
 
Most of us learn about the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch from an early age. And children are masters at using them – splashing in puddles, getting muddy fingernails, picking up (and tasting?!) unfortunate worms and bugs. 
 
But have you heard of the two other senses? They’re both linked to movement and are critical for child development.
 
The vestibular and proprioceptive senses
 
The vestibular sense is like your body’s GPS. This system enables you to process where your head is in relation to your body, and move both...