Christmas markets across the country are in full swing. But as we hit the stalls over the next few weeks, many of us will have trouble finding gifts which are suitable for those who are passionate about saving the planet. Read on as we take a look at how best to shop for the eco-warrior in your life this Christmas…
The world is producing an estimated 2.12 billion tonnes of waste each year, with future estimated expected to hit 4 billion by 2100. Legislation and government action can only get us so far, and so, there are pockets of people all around the world who are looking to take matters into their own, creative hands.
We’re joined by Reconomy, a leading skip hire company who can aid businesses with responsible waste disposal, to take a look at the talented minds behind some of the most unique recycling initiatives around the globe.
Fairmont St Andrews has welcomed over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees to the five-star resort as part of their ongoing commitment to green tourism.
Over the past year, John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews and Johnny Mitchell, head gardener at the resort, have been training to be beekeepers with The Fife Beekeepers Association. The day finally arrived this month when two bee nucleus’ arrived onto the resort.
Sally Thompson is the England Tour Development Specialist at self-guided walking holiday provider Macs Adventure. She spends her days scouring the length and breadth of the country to find the best routes and trails. Here are four of her top picks for an unforgettable walking holiday.
Planning your next staycation and want to get off the beaten track? We’re lucky enough to have over 140,000 miles of public footpaths in our green and pleasant land, so there’s no better way to see the best of England’s charming landscapes than on foot. Here, I’ve shared four of the most spectacular destinations for a walking holiday. Read on to start planning your dream staycation.
For those seeking myth and legend, the spectacular landscape of Scotland is a great place to start. The wild and wonderful Cairngorms and Scottish Highlands are atmospheric to say the least, setting the tone for this majestic country. Lochs and glens nestle between imposing peaks and largely inaccessible terrain, creating truly breathtaking views.
Zero Waste Scotland has launched a nationwide initiative calling on businesses, local authorities and other organisations to help cut the cost of litter clean-up and join forces to prevent it from happening in their communities.
The call was launched today at the Engine Shed, Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre and an important visitor attraction, newly-opened by the River Forth in Stirling, where regular litter picks take place. Historic Environment Scotland, which manages the Engine Shed, is supporting the initiative.
Leading wildlife product and habitat designers, Wildlife World, have created a new premium range of high quality multi-purpose bird food for garden birds.
The product comes in three varieties, one for bird tables and seed feeders, one for free flowing bird feeders and one for ground feeding species.
Food Mix 1 contains all kibbled peanuts, sunflower hearts and hemp, and no wheat or cheap filler is used to bulk out the food.
Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.
In a welcome piece of good news, it recently emerged that the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6% in 2016. In the fight to protect the planet for future generations, such a drop is clearly cause for celebration. But, how has the UK managed to reduce its pollution, and what part have businesses played in helping to move towards a greener future?
Energy sector plays an important role
One of the key ways in which the UK has cut its emissions is in the changes seen in the energy sector. Businesses here are driving the transition away from a carbon-hungry past, weaning the nation off coal and onto alternative sources of energy.
There’s so much to learn and enjoy for all the family – including your dog!
Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum. Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many rides as you wish during the day.
New for this season is the Arms to Armistice exhibition, which reflects the challenges women faced to be treated as equals on the tramways during the First World War, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from War.
Close your eyes and imagine a romantic break for two surrounded by green fields, towering fells, and glittering lakes.
Oak Tree Studio is a beautifully modern, self-catering cottage set in the beautiful Eden Valley, just outside of the Lake District. This charming cottage has eco friendly features, including underfloor heating provided by a biomass boiler.
The lounge of the property is a bright and airy space, surrounded as it is by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, offering lovely views over the countryside and towards the fells of the Lake District. In warmer weather, step outside onto the patio and enjoy a bottle of champagne in the pretty garden.
With the festive season drawing to a close, Great Britain is looking for a virtuous start to 2017 and what better way to begin the year than with a revitalising country or coastal winter walk. Visit Plymouth (www.visitplymouth.co.uk) has highlighted its top walking trails with accompanying cosy pubs, cafes and hotels – as no ramble would be complete without a hot chocolate, refreshing pint or comfortable bed on the horizon!
St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf, has received a top award for its commitment to developing sustainable practices across its world famous living landscape.
The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind Green Tourism, whose mission is to encourage and enable people to make sustainable choices that reduce their impact on the planet, awarded St Andrews Links the GOLD award for the wide and diverse range of sustainable practices.