Category Archives: Biodiversity

Children’s ‘environmentally friendly’ birthday parties

Children's eco party

This guide has been put together for anyone wanting to throw an eco-friendly party for a child (or even an adult). It can seem like a lot of pressure and expectation to put on the ‘perfect’ party for our kids and their friends, but who says it has to impact on our planet (or our wallets!)? And why have we …

Pesticide Free Essex

Who are we?

We are a coalition of organisations, community groups, political parties and individuals that are committed to help support Essex County Council and the district, Town and Parish councils in Essex to go Pesticide free. We include the following groups:

Why we need to protect our existing Hedges and plant more

Rural scene including hedgerows
Image by Franck Barske from Pixabay

Hedges in the UK are protected under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997, removal can be granted by local authorities. But how aware are we and our council about the importance of hedgerows? 

Scientists have reported that in just seven days a 1-metre length of well-managed dense hedge will mop up the same amount of pollution that …

Tree Preservation Orders

Colchester residents, we need your HELP.

We are looking for people who can help and spare some time to protect trees.

Trees are important, Oak trees for example can live hundreds of years, supporting more life (over 300 species) than any other native tree species in the UK; even its fallen leaves support biodiversity. When the tree dies, it can …

Greening Colchester – A Green Action Plan

A Peoples Assembly was held by Colchester Extinction Rebellion (XR) on 4th August 2019.

A further ‘Greening Colchester’ meeting was held by North Essex Eco on 28th September 2019 inviting individuals and groups to develop a plan for Greening Colchester.

Colchester Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency and set up a climate emergency task and finish group; existing group request …

An Insight Into Organic Farming in the UK

Guest Post by John Hannen*

Despite the growth rate of organic farming, this type of agriculture only accounts for 1% of crops on Earth. With so much land available, would it be beneficial to take the necessary steps to become an organic farmer?

What is organic farming?

Organic farming is simply a type of crop and livestock production which can …

How To Encourage Wildlife Into A Suburban Garden

Guest post by Ruth Bradshaw*

Encouraging wildlife into a suburban garden can be tricky, especially when space is at a premium. Here’s are some simple things you can do to make your garden more appealing to wildlife.

Keep out the toxins!

Harmful ingredients can be found in weed killers, pesticides and slug pellets as well other shop bought ‘garden remedies’ …