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Nature triumphs in the city

How Văcărești turned from a Communist failure into a nature reserve.  “The wild wetland of Văcărești is a symbol of nature’s resilience. Without human interference, wildlife has reconquered this abandoned lake and transformed it into a green oasis in the middle of one of Europe’s densest cities.”  

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GetGrowing Gets Going in the UK

This May the very first GetGrowing course was run in the UK. For those not aware this is a hugely successful short course to teach complete novices how to start growing some of their own food, something that Amma’s is urging us to do and is one of the six InDeed pledges. The course has … Continue reading »

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‘Neonics’ – more bad news

The Soil Association has reported further dangers from neonicotinoids, the chemical pesticides which are known to be dangerous to bees:- Now, disturbing new research, part-funded by the Soil Association and thanks to the Roddick Foundation, reveals that neonicotinoids don’t just stop at the crop. They seep into soils and dust and into hedgerows and flowers … Continue reading »

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2016 Grow Wild seed kits

Free 2016 Grow Wild seed kits Join almost one million people taking part in the UK’s biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing Grow Wild seed kits with groups where you live. All you need to do is register for seed kits on behalf of your group – or lots of groups. How about for … Continue reading »

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Green Gold – regreening the desert

“It’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems.” Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.

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How to make aloe vera gel

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Kusha grass

The Ecology Centre at Amritapuri sells many special products, among them Kusa (or Kusha) grass mats, which are said to be conducive to meditation.  Kusha may be the origin of the English ‘cushion’! The sanctity of dharba, also known as kusha (or kusa) grass, is as old as the Indian gods…   after accepting a dish of … Continue reading »

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Seeds for free!

“Grow Wild has thousands of free seed kits to share so people can transform their local spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wild flower havens. Join one of the UK’s biggest-ever seed sowing campaigns and help to create over one million square metres of wild flowers in spring 2015. Register today to receive wild flower … Continue reading »

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Emergency appeal for Zimbabwe

Practical Action write:- “Broken pipes in Zimbabwe irrigation systems mean that farmers are unable to grow crops to feed and support their families. Farmers like Reginald Tawanda, he’s farmed in Manicaland, Zimbabwe for over 50 years. He has always supported his family but since 2000 the erratic rainfall coupled with the broken pipes means he … Continue reading »

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Bee friendly pest control

From a  Soil Association article by Ben Raskin:- “If you, or anyone you know, is currently using bug sprays with neonicotinoids, here are our top five tips for controlling pests while staying on the good side of our furry flying friends. Don’t panic! Chances are, if you have a low level of pests in your garden … Continue reading »

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