We’ve always tried to encourage a willingness to look after the environment. To be honest I think it’s easy to do because children are very amenable to the idea of looking after wildlife or the future of our world. After all our children have a really big stake in the future as they will be living it. The key thing I think is to make doing your bit a part of their every day lives, so that you create habits that stick.
We feed the birds each winter and through the spring breeding season too. In fact, all year round the crumbs from the bread board go out. We do buy bird feeding products too, but a lot of our food scraps go out for them. They are particularly fond of the crumbs left behind at the bottom of the cats’ dry food bowl – isn’t that ironic? We try to plan ahead and reduce food waste, but any offcuts and leftovers that get missed go in our Green Johanna, which is a special composter which can cope with pretty much all our kitchen and garden waste, including cooked food that usually has to be excluded.
We’ve had either an allotment or a garden veg patch through most of H’s childhood and certainly since he can remember. We get him involved with the digging, the seed sowing, the harvesting, everything really. He always enjoys eating the produce too. This year we have done well with our squash, our cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes.
H enjoys walking home through the park on the way from school each day. He and his friends enjoy collecting sticks along the way as a contribution towards his friend’s wood burning stove. There always seem to be plenty of sticks around and some of the fun comes from trying to carry the bigger ones.
Woods and trees are close to our heart and we like to spend a lot of time amongst them. We live near a community run wood and are Forestry Commission bloggers. I’m also a member of the Woodland Trust. Around the world trees and forests are important for so many reasons: as a resource, as a place to live, as a habitat for animals, to provide us with oxygen, the list goes on. So we were glad to hear that Unilever’s tree protection programme is part of their commitment to sustainable living and will help fund the protection of one million trees in Brazil and Indonesia.