Tottenham Trees celebrate Wangari Maathai and the Tree Charter with EER

National Tree Week 2020: Celebrating Wangari Maathai

It's the little things people do that will make the difference; my little thing is planting treesWangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate 2004 Wangari Maathai, credit: Martin Rowe Kenyan activist, environmentalist, and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai, would have been eighty years old this year. Although she lived many thousands of miles away, her legacy …

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Our journey towards financial independence

It's time I let you in on a secret. For the last five years or so, Mr Rixon and I have been followers of a growing movement across the world known as financial independence (FI) or FIRE (financial independence, retire early). Our goal is to save up enough money so that we can quit the …

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Our crafty, green and batty Halloween

Credit: Peter Neumann, Unsplash I've always had mixed feelings about Halloween. On the one hand, I love the celebration of autumn and the feeling of liminality that the date conjures up. On the other hand, I could really do without all the plastic rubbish. A report by The Fairyland Trust (a charity that gets children …

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The trouble with beekeeping

I have always dreamt of keeping bees. On my good life wish list, it has ranked somewhere alongside tending an orchard, building a treehouse and creating a wildflower meadow for many years. Lately, I have been reading bedtime stories to my children from a book called Tales from the End Cottage, which has rekindled that …

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Six crafty recycling ideas for kids (no.5 is a bit bonkers)

In our house, we’re always keen to find quirky, new uses for worn out things and reduce the amount we put in the bin. And if recycling something involves a fun activity for a rainy day then so much the better. However, I'm not the most arty of mums, so I like to keep it …

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