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Our recommendations for things you may find helpful during lockdown
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Wotton Area Mutual Aid

Wotton Area Mutual Aid is a network of local volunteers helping to organise mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the Wotton area. If you need support: If you want to volunteer:

Local businesses still operating

Download Wotton Area Mutual Aid's latest list of local businesses who are still able to fulfil orders during lockdown.

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Book recommendations

There is no Planet B, by Tim Berners-lee

"This book makes the ramifications of climate change understandable in an entertaining manner." - Nick

A Sting in the tale, by Dave Goulson

"For anyone watching bumblebees at the moment, this book is a brilliant read. Dave has a witty, dry sense of humour and is an excellent storyteller." - Sam

How bad are bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee

"Not sure how to reduce your carbon footprint? Not sure where to start? Subtitled "the carbon footprint of everything" this book is a very engaging and enjoyable read and helps put into perspective the relative global warming impact of many of the goods and services we consume. It is also a practical book, giving the data to enable you to lower your carbon footprint through the choices you make." - Alex

The Switch, by Chris Goodall

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Favourite films and documentaries

Tomorrow -

"Inspiring and uplifting" - Sam

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘An Inconvenient Truth: Truth to Power’ -

"hard-hitting when released in 2006 and the sequel in 2017 updated some of the facts" - Alex

Watch the trailer (Truth to Power) on YouTube

Climate Change - The Facts with Sir David Attenborough


Seasonal recipes

  • 5 things you can make with dandelions - The Spruce

  • Wild Garlic Pesto - Delicious Magazine

  • Nettle Soup - BBC Good Food

If you have access to a garden…

Making compost

Creating your own compost heap is an easy way to make the most of your garden clippings at a time when the recycling centre is closed.


Butterfly identification chart

Happily, the warm weather means now is a good time to spot butterflies visiting the garden. Isles - Identification Guide.htm


Bumblebee identification

Friends of the Earth's Bee identification guide and Bee Saver kit are a lovely way to engage children and adults in spotting bees visiting the garden.

'No dig' gardening

The least-effort-required way to prepare and maintain beds, ridding them of weeds and using up any corrugated cardboard you might have lying around.


Inspiration for families

Our pick of the best lockdown ideas for those with children


Family activities - Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
CAT have put together a collection of family activities, which they are adding to over time. We particularly loved their guidance on how to build a tiny pond


Random acts of Wildness
Over 3600 people have already signed up for The Wildlife Trust's 'Random Acts of Wildness' app. Once signed up, you can download a free pack of goodies that will help inspire your 30 Days Wild. The packs are designed for different ages. Ours contained a brilliant nature-themed Bingo!


WWF's Things to do at home
From YouTube quizzes to a recycled polar bear lantern, WWF have a wonderful list of inspiring things to do at home during lockdown:


Fun activity ideas from Penny Squire
Penny is a talented composer, gardener and environmentalist who uses her music to raise awareness of global warming. She's created a page full of activities for families based on her inspiring videos:



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