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Category: Back to Basics

Back To Basics – How to Recycle

The key factor to bear in mind when sorting your waste is to check locally what you are able to put into your recycling bin. Many people assume the system is obvious, or the same as their previous address. Sometimes what you can recycle at the kerbside does change, hopefully your local authority will inform […]

Posted 25 June 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: contamination, directory, instructions, principles, recycling, Reduce, reuse, upcycle, waste

River Health Surveys – a quick guide

While many of our community based natural habitats projects are on hold, we have been able to restart some ecological survey work such as the plant monitoring Maria has been doing on the nature reserve. Thanks to funding from City of York Council we have also been conducting surveys on Osbaldwick Beck to gather as much baseline information as possible before proposed engineering projects take place […]

Posted 4 June 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics | Tags: fauna, flora, invertebrates, kick sampling, river health, river survey

Ecotherapy – Connecting to Nature

This is the first in a series of blogs about Ecotherapy – a method of promoting good mental health and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in the natural environment. With the current situation in the world, many people have been seeing and feeling the benefits of being in nature and rediscovering or fully appreciating their […]

Posted 13 May 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: appreciate, Bearing Fruit, breathe, bring nature in, connect to nature, ecotherapy, fauna, flora, lockdown, mental health, nature, outdoors, senses, sunset, take time, walk, York

Back to Basics: The Waste Hierarchy

You may have heard people discuss the 3 Rs or the 5 Rs. The 3 Rs are typically Reduce, Reuse, Recycle whilst the 5 Rs are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and Rot. Each of these things refers to the waste hierarchy. The waste hierarchy is a list of processes to tackle waste, starting with the […]

Posted 28 February 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: recycle, recycling, Reduce, reuse, rot, waste, waste hierarchy, york recycles, zero waste

How can I help wildlife thrive in my garden over winter?

Many of us would like to find ways to support our local wildlife, especially when the weather is cold. Here are some of our top tips. Shelter Let (some of) your garden grow wild and leave piles of leaves or long grass to provide shelter for animals and nesting spots for birds. Think about building […]

Posted 20 December 2019 | Categories: Back to Basics | Tags: bird feeders, birds, hedgehog, hedgehog homes, wildlife, wildlife gardening, winter