'An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.'

North Carolina State University.

grow your own

It's a wonderful thing to be self sufficient; to know the exact journey your food made from seed to plate. There are many benefits to having your own veggie patch, including;

  • It gets kids (and maybe yourself) more interested vegetables.

  • The guarantee that  you can enjoy your meal knowing that there are no nasty pesticides on your food, or going into the soil and water supply. 

  • Mindful gardening can be really therapeutic, and being outside in the fresh air means more sunshine and more of that all important Vitamin D intake.

  • It reduces your carbon footprint because you're not using fuel to get to the shops for groceries as often. 

1. 'Salad leaves: A supermarket favourite that's easy to grow yourself An 85p packet of lettuce seed could produce 16 bags of salad - saving you around £24 at the supermarket! The good news is that salad leaves are easy to grow from seed in the ground or in a container.'

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/grow-your-own/article/growing-vegetables/the-five-easiest-vegetables-to-grow - Which?


2. 'Courgettes You should be able to get up to 30 fruits off a single plant Courgettes are perfect for patio containers - keep them well watered and pick the fruit regularly. The flowers can also be eaten and taste great when stuffed and fried.'

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/grow-your-own/article/growing-vegetables/the-five-easiest-vegetables-to-grow - Which?


3. 'Beans Supermarket beans are expensive and are often imported Runner beans are easy to grow from seed and should crop for months if you pick the beans every few days.'
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/grow-your-own/article/growing-vegetables/the-five-easiest-vegetables-to-grow - Which?


Easy to grow vegetables


An adventurous way to introduce yourself to organic gardening, farming and permaculture is to organise a working holiday with woof. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms.


Through the process of photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as carbon. A study by North Carolina State University found than an acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.​Planting trees, therefore, is an inexpensive means of offsetting your carbon footprint, though it must be pointed out that when trees die, CO2 is released.


The Woodland Trust are donating free trees for schools and communities and discounted packs for individuals and companies. Fill out an application by going to https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/ or by following the respective links above. 

Take part in a voluntary conservation week with Trees For Life 'an award-winning Scottish charity working to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest to a spectacular wilderness region of the Scottish Highlands'. Volunteers have already planted over one million trees and a million more will be planted.

Swap your current search engine for www.ecosia.org which plants trees with its ad revenue.

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Submerged UK

A climate campaign

By Lauren Darn