Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2018-19 are open for entries!

Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2018-19 are open for entries!
Entries are now open for the eleventh Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards! The award scheme, hosted jointly by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, recognises unsung environmental individuals, projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos, and groups and organisations which can show they adopt a sound eco approach to their business. There are six categories: Eco hero - The People’s Vote Eco food produc...

Connecting Wild Words and Actions

Connecting Wild Words and Actions
The sober assessment of Britain’s battered wildlife, as reported in the State of Nature Report of 2016, prompts a resuscitated call for new approaches to acting on wild words. There is an irony here. We are facing possibly the most serious disruption of long standing wildlife habitat in a generation, bearing in mind that throughout history humans have always altered wildlife viability. Yet we are also contemplating the scope for an exciting ecological rena...

‘Choose to Refuse’ during Plastic Free July – Claire’s Journey

‘Choose to Refuse’ during Plastic Free July – Claire’s Journey
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

Strange Neighbours: Mapping Your Tree Tales

Strange Neighbours: Mapping Your Tree Tales
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 ...

Sensing Nature – Celebrating the Sounds of the Woodland

Sensing Nature – Celebrating the Sounds of the Woodland
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

What the Circular Economy Might Mean for the Construction Industry

What the Circular Economy Might Mean for the Construction Industry
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

Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations

Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations
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 and Plantlife – Looking to the Future

Viridor and Plantlife – Looking to the Future
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

The Naturalness of Being

The Naturalness of Being
  “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life”          Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte   German born Swiss poet and Edwardian novelist Hermann Hesse wrote of nature with contemplative meditation, recognising its’ innate connection and timeless bon

Garden Cities and climate change

Garden Cities and climate change
Across the UK there is a shortage of housing, and it is increasingly understood that we need to plan and build new, large-scale developments, as well as renewing existing towns and villages. At the same time, many people worry that any new places built will be no more than soulless, unattractive dormitory suburbs. How can we prevent such outcomes? How can we ensure that new large-scale developments become socially and economically successful places – place