Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans? About half of all plastic produced is for single-use or disposable items such as packaging. This month is ‘Plastic Free July’, a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. It began with a handful of participants in Australia in 2011 and has since grown to millions of participants across the world today, one
World Environment Day, an initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme, is a worldwide movement for encouraging awareness and this year the theme is combating plastic pollution... around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute! The initiative is taking place on Tuesday 5th June and we are all encouraged to come together to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, whether you are an indiv
Richard Powell OBE, Chair of Wild Anglia, was delighted to be invited to return for the second year and to this time host the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2017-18 ceremony, held at The Halls in Norwich. The awards, hosted jointly by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, celebrate projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos, or groups and organisations which can show they adopt a sound eco approach to thei...
If you were to make a map of the trees in your area, what would it look like? Are there particular avenues, copses, clumps, and woods that stand out? What memories do you and your neighbours have of any local trees? Are there any associated with particular birds, seasons, flowers or fruit? Where are your conker trees, apple trees and chestnut trees? Do any have names or local histories: Gospel Oaks, Boundary Oaks, Kissing Trees or Wishing Trees? You might ...
We here at Wild Anglia have had the great pleasure of working with the Norwich City Council on a number of environmental outreach initiatives so far this year, and with all the whirl-wind of these activities now quietening we would like to take a quick look back! The One Planet Norwich weekend was a great initiative put together by Norwich City Council to engage the public in the environment and sustainable living - showcasing that we should treat the w
Norfolk and Suffolk are counties of diverse wildlife and landscape interest with large areas owned and managed by conservation groups. Much emphasis is put on the value of nature to our health and wellbeing, on the ecosystem services it provides and of its economic importance for tourism and business location. Activities on many reserves are geared up to encourage children and young people to be biodiversity aware, and provision is made for boardwalk acces
We are now ramping up to the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2017 to showcase all the excellent environmental work that is happening across Norfolk! If you are or know a group or organisation that have outstanding projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos or which can show they adopt a sound eco approach to all their business then get entering the awards right here for free until Tuesday 14th February! Winners re
We live in a small highly developed island and so the built environment has a huge impact not only on where we live and work but also in how we travel around, how we communicate and even how our country’s economy is shaped. Buildings have evolved over centuries, indeed millennia, and in themselves use a large amount of our natural resources both when they are built and when they are occupied or used. They also tend to be around for a long time and so, unl
A certain credit card has had an advertising campaign which has used the notion that there are certain things in life which we hold so dear that we cannot put a price on them. Currently there are areas of natural capital which fall into the same category: priceless. So how, then, can we begin to find a price tag which reflects accurately what the value is? In the UK, the Environment Agency’s National Environmental Assessment Services has the difficult t
Viridor is proud of its sustainability partner Plantlife, a conservation organisation looking after Britain’s wild flowers, plants and fungi. Plantlife have been speaking up for Britain’s wild flowers, plants and fungi for over 25 years. From the open space of their nature reserves to the corridors of government, Plantlife is there to raise the profile, to celebrate the beauty, and to protect the future of Britain’s countryside. “Nature can exist wit