Visitwoods and Walking for Health
Woods are the lungs of our planet – they breathe new life into our world. Why not breathe fresh air into your world and find a health walk in a wood near you by putting your postcode into the Woodland WalkFinder?
VisitWoods and Walking for Health jointly launched the Woodland Walks website in 2011 and there are now hundreds of regular woodland health walks online. The wellbeing benefits of accessing greenspace coupled with the health benefits of regular walking makes this a great opportunity for people across the country to make a healthy start to 2012. Also, our volunteer-led health walks are free, helping people access regular exercise during what we all know is a difficult financial time for many.
ITF gets creative!
Take a picture or write a story to enter the International Tree Foundation free Christmas competitions.
The International Tree Foundation has decided to give the general public the chance to express how they feel about trees through our two great competitions. Not only are the competitions free to enter, all the details are available online and it is easy to submit your entry. Our photo competition has the theme ‘Trees & Shapes’ and is open until 9am on 22nd December.
The writing competition is open right through until the 14th February to give entrants a chance to write their short story which can be up to 1,500 words on the subject of ‘Simply Trees and Forests’.
Interested to find out more or want to take part? Simply visit our website: www.internationaltreefoundation.org/competitions
Adopt a tree in TreeWatch
Volunteers are needed to help keep a watchful eye on the health and vitality of trees across Europe by adopting a tree in TreeWatch. TreeWatch is a citizen science project run by the Sylva Foundation with partners, including The Tree Council. It aims to monitor the health of trees, while also engaging people with trees and the environment. Our trees and woodlands are increasingly under threat from pests & diseases. Climate change is helping new tree pests & diseases to survive and thrive, while the global trade in plants is spreading new pests & diseases. Keeping track of existing and new threats to trees is expensive; our scientists are often overworked and underfunded. The public can make a real difference - so volunteers are now wanted. Getting involved is simple:
Choose a tree – anywhere: Choose any species of tree to adopt. It can be in your garden, in the street, your local park or in the countryside. You may adopt as many trees as you wish.
Add your tree to TreeWatch: Go to www.TreeWatch.com to add your tree to the map, and if you can, provide some basic information about it.
Take part in surveys: You will be invited to take part in an annual survey of all adopted trees. Specific surveys will also be run from time to time. For example the 2011 surveys are studying horse chestnut leaf miner and European pear rust.
RHS Britain in Bloom
Roll your sleeves up for some community gardening!
Volunteers are invited to get involved in community gardening activities in their area. There are more than 2,100 community groups taking part in the RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaigns – and they’re always looking for extra support.
Groups get involved in everything from renovating run-down areas, starting up community gardens, organising litter sweeps, caring for local parks and green spaces, and some even support their local school gardening clubs, helping to educate the next generation of gardeners.
Most groups are volunteer-led and they are always looking for extra help. There are a huge variety of different opportunities available, including:
- planting/ maintaining trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs
- fundraising & generating local publicity
- maintaining street furniture, litter picking & environmental clean-ups
- creating posters for events, designing and planting floral displays
- creating wildlife gardens, wildflower meadows
- event organising, coordinating local gardening competitions
- caring for conservation areas
- helping to run a committee.
BTCV 'Get Growing' app
BTCV is today launching ‘Get Growing’ - a free mobile food growing app to get the world growing.
- The Get Growing app features a unique roll barrel calculator which allows users to enter their garden, balcony or plot size to find out exactly how much food they could grow.
- The illustrated app populates itself to show potential growers how much food they could grow and how much money they could save on supermarket fruit and veg. The i grow i save function shows how many food miles – the distance food travels from source – eco conscious users could avoid.
- The Get Growing app, which is available free through App Store, is part of BTCV’s award-winning Carbon Army campaign to encourage more food growing as a response to climate change.
- As well as the one touch calculator which draws data from Which?, the app features home-grown recipes from celebrity supporters Julia Bradbury, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Linda Barker.