COVID-19 support

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: https://buff.ly/394Hzl8 If you want to volunteer: https://buff.ly/2WBZPA7



Local businesses still operating

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

https://www.wottonareamutualaid.co.uk/shopping-for

'Open' sign on shop window

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

https://www.tomorrow-documentary.com/preorder-on-vod/


‘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

https://youtu.be/EOctIuyVfnA


Virunga

https://youtu.be/wxXf2Vxj_EU


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.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=444


 

Butterfly identification chart

Happily, the warm weather means now is a good time to spot butterflies visiting the garden. 

http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/British 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. 

https://www.friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/bee-identification-guide


'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.

https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/no-dig-gardening-create-new-beds-the-easy-way/


 


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
https://www.cat.org.uk/cat_at_home-families/

 

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!
https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/57739/petition/1

 

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: 
https://www.wwf.org.uk/things-to-do-home

 

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:
https://pennysquire.com/fun-activities/

 

 

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