Poems, short stories, activities, festivals and customs

Spring Seed Swap, Sow, Grow & Food Fair

garden peasTransition Worthing’s (5th) Spring Seed Swap, Sow, Grow & Food fair at Oak Grove College, Worthing.

Date: 8th February    Time: 12.00 – 16.00 hrs.

Sussex Green Living’s 100% recycled stand, Pedro and his recycled robots will be there, playing green games and giving ideas as to how people can lead a greener life. Read more

Alternative ways to stay warm this winter

As we bid farewell to the warming comforts of mulled wine and mince pies, we move into what is turning out to be the wettest and windiest New Year’s months. With the weather looking to stay as dreary and cold for the foreseeable weeks and months ahead, we are still faced with the burden of keeping our homes heated.

Learn how to stay warm and save money…..

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Money saving green home new year resolutions

Simple livingAdopting one of these green new year resolutions or as many of them as possible, will help the environment and your wallet. Just making these changes could save you £1167 a year, read on.

 

 

 

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Fake v real Christmas Trees. Which is greener?

Christmas trees

Our trees, our planet, our future.

In recent years the overall sale of real trees has declined in both the UK and US suggesting that perhaps, as environmental awareness increases, people are opting for the more eco-friendly tree. The producers of both will argue a strong case for their businesses but there are a lot of factors to take in to account when comparing them.  Which one is greener …..

 

 

 

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Christmas Waste – 6 Obscene Facts You Didn’t Know

Pedro ChristmasLove Christmas Hate Waste

Christmas is just around the corner and you can be forgiven for wondering where the time has gone. It seems like it was September just the other day. With all this happening around, your recycling might not come to the forefront of your Christmas plans.

According to a study by WRAP, we throw away 230,000 tonnes of food worth £275 million during the festive period, Read more

Buy your recycled Christmas cards

100% recycled pop-up Christmas cards

Would you like to buy some unusual pop-up Christmas cards made from 100% recycled material?  These unique and innovative pop-up cards are designed and manufactured entirely in the UK.

Greetings Direct have been fast to take advantage of the new opportunities we have just introduced for green, ethical and local businesses to connect with the people of Sussex.

With a growing number of page views per month and regular exposure in the press and media, we have lots of advertising and P.R. options available for businesses who wish to gain exposure on this, our multi award-winning website.  Learn more here.

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Gardeners: Leave Your Leaves

leaf recyclingDo not rake up the leaves in your garden, let the best recyclers do their job!  This is a busy time of year for earthworms. And resisting the temptation to tidy away Autumn leaves not only feeds these subterranean creatures but fertilizes the soil, making them one of the gardener’s best friends. Read more

Junior Navigation Course

Children exploring natureA great opportunity this half term to get the children outside, exploring and learning essential navigation skills. Pied A Terre Adventures are running one of their popular Junior Navigation Course for 8 to 12 year olds on Monday 28th October 2013 at Devils Dyke.   Read more

What is an Arboricultural Survey?

Tree surveyIf you’ve tried searching for ‘what is an arboricultural survey’ before the release of this article then you’ll have noticed there is quite literally nothing on the internet about it. Despite there being lots of environmental organisations that advertise their abilities to perform arboricultural surveys around the UK not a single one explains what one is on their website. Read more

Grass-Fed Meat Revolution talk in Chichester

grassland management

An unmissable evening of talks and presentations by
leading authors and permaculture pioneers explaining how pasture can
Save Farming * Solve Global Warming * Feed the World
Increase Biodiversity * Re-Green the Deserts * Improve your Health! Read more

Fracking in Sussex

We received this email from Greenpeace tonight.  Read this page and then follow the link below, their online template letter is a very easy way to express your disapproval at the increased fracking activity in Sussex, it takes minutes.

We are based near Billingshurst, currently our home is surrounded by test drilling in Balcombe, Broadford Bridge (near West Chiltington) and Wisborough Green, read on.  Read more

Families free bus tickets in the South Downs this summer

Greener travelThis summer, Sussex families who dread car journeys with kids can try the bliss of the Breeze Bus for free or half price, thanks to the South Downs National Park Authority, Brighton and Hove City Buses and Brighton and Hove City Council. The offer comes as new research shows that a fifth of Sussex parents travelling by car have felt their blood pressure rise and one in ten has been reduced to tears . A third of drivers have pulled over suddenly because of fighting and 38% have had their plans ruined by traffic. Read more

Forthcoming green events

Summer holiday fun

 

Looking for things to do this summer?  Here are three events which are free of charge and will get everyone into the great outdoors running around, letting off steam and having fun! Read more

Benefits Of Solar Energy

solar power

It seems as if just about every day environmental practices are gaining ground in the news. As our planet’s environmental challenges become clearer, and receive more coverage, more and more people are inclined to make personal efforts toward helping to clean up and preserve the environment. And much of these individual efforts deal directly with the concept of solar power.

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Green Living Tips for Today’s Busy Families

Green HomeModern day families live a hustle and bustle lifestyle. Between driving kids to activities, working, shopping and maintaining a household, there is little time to think about the environment. Many decisions are made hastily and in the name of convenience because there is simply not enough time to plan for the long term and the big picture. Read more

National Playday outdoor free fun in Haywards Heath

Recycled masks

Wednesday 7th August 12 – 4pm

Entry free of charge

Come and join us for National Playday event in Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The event aims to encourage young people and families to use the park and its facilities, the theme of the event being ‘Nature and the environment’.

The Sussex Green Living mascot Pedro and his recycled robots will be playing green games, to include:

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Biscuit wrapper recycling competition

PRESS RELEASE

SUSSEX GREEN LIVING ASKS THE PEOPLE OF SUSSEX TO HELP THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS TO WIN THE BISCUIT WRAPPER ROUNDUP AND A SHARE OF £1,000 IN CHARITY PRIZES

Sussex Green Living is competing in the UK wide Biscuit Wrapper Roundup – a recycling fundraising competition to see who can save the most used biscuit wrappers from landfill…….. Read more

Happy Easter Green World!

 

Recycled easter bonnet

 

Easter Bonnet competition……Children learn about recycling and reusing in this Easter bonnet competition. This bonnet was made out of two plastic food bowls, dragonflies made out of Quality Street wrappers, egg boxes made into flowers and bugs and a recycled grass skirt – every girl should have one!

Oh and not forgetting the upcycled milk carton as a watering can!

 

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Half term outdoor play

Aldingbourne Trust

 

The Aldingbourne Trust is one of the magical hidden treasures of Sussex. Take your children this half term, have fun and support this fantastic charity.

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Driftwood art

Not only are they beautiful but they are using what Mother Nature has left behind to create another form of art. These ladies build horses out of the driftwood they find…..

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A beautiful poem for the planet

field of rapeseed
Here’s to the sun that will light up the day
Here’s to the joy that will replace the grey
Here’s to the trees that will dance without care
Here’s to the forests that will always be there
Here’s to the fox that recovers from fear
Here’s to the species to never disappear
Here’s to our race, it is human and kind
Here’s to the awakening of all that are blind
Here’s to the self that we all must embrace
Here’s to the healing that will then take place
Here’s to us feeling the pain of the world
Here’s to the joy that will then be unfurled
Here’s to the role that we all can play
Here’s to us bringing forth a better day
Here’s to the new year, hopeful and free
Here is to us, to you and to me.
Happy New Year.
 
Poem by Oliver Dudok van Heel a Be The Change presenter
 
 
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Come and buy some Green Christmas Presents

William Penn Xmas fayreXmas Fayre – Thursday 8th November 7 – 9pm

  • Would you like to raise money for a local school?
  • Would you like to raise money for a fantastic charity who support deprived families in the Philippines?
  • Would you like to get ahead of yourself with some Christmas presents, rather than have a last minute rush?
  • Would you like to buy some green/environmentally friendly Christmas presents?
  • Then come to the William Penn Primary School Xmas Fayre!

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Autumnfest – sustainable living event

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 10AM-3PM

DOWNLANDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL, DALE AVENUE, HASSOCKS, SUSSEX. Free admission

Children and natureSussex Green Living will be participating at this Autumnfest event, so come along and meet us.  HKD are the organisers of this great family event.

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Poem – Spell of Creation

Beautiful Poppy fields
Within the flower there lies a seed,
In the seed there springs a tree,
In the tree there spreads a wood.
In the wood there burns a fire,

Apples galore!

If you’re lucky enough to have your own apple tree(s) don’t let theMaking use of Apples fruit fall and rot on the ground.  Pick carefully, store in a frost free place or be creative and get cooking. When Mother Nature supplies such abundance for the birds and we humans, let us enjoy and make the most of such a harvest. Read more