Are you looking for a challenge or just an excuse to get outside on your own more? I would like to invite you to take part in our new fundraising campaign ‘Challenge 27’! Get outside in nature, relax the mind and help us raise vital funds. You can walk, jog, run, skip, swim or cycle … Continue reading CHALLENGE 27!
Hi! Writing a blog on here feels weird now and I don't know why, perhaps it is because what I would usually be putting on here is now going on social media, in my email newsletter and/or in Kitchen Garden magazine, so it means I don't want to duplicate things in case of annoying you. … Continue reading Hi in July!
I loved recently writing this special blog for Collins4Parents, the education publishers, within HarperCollins. So much so that I thought, I would share it here too, especially as it's Mental Health Awareness Week. Helping kids find mindfulness at home through gardening Finding mindfulness can be tricky right now, even more so when the term ‘mindfulness’ … Continue reading Five ways that gardening can be good for children’s mental wellbeing.
I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite gardening and nature books, plus a podcast I adore, in case you are looking for some inspiration. I have so many books, that I could include in this list, but I want to keep it simple for you. In no particular order, let's begin... No-Dig … Continue reading TOP GARDENING BOOKS AND PODCAST!
Fancy some foraging and cooking right now? How about making delicious sweetcorn and wild garlic mustard fritters?! There is so much wild garlic mustard growing right now, especially in shady woodlands and along hedgerows. As you can see below, it grows along the hedgerow of the canal towpath alongside two other delicious edibles, nettles and … Continue reading Forage and cook: Wild Garlic Mustard and Sweetcorn Fritters
Nearly everyone I know loves cherry tomatoes, especially when they are homegrown and eaten straight off the vine midway through a morning on the plot or in the garden. Are you the same? The first cherry tomatoes of the season always feel and taste particularly special to me, so I need to get sowing asap. … Continue reading Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Sow, Grow and Eat
The Tête-á-Tête's are flowering and the tulip bulbs are popping up through the soil... it can only mean one thing. Spring is here...finally! During winter I worry that the towpath container garden doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing to passers by and more like just a mass collection of totally random pots in some kind of … Continue reading Spring is HERE!!!
Give me two seconds to let that blog title sink in. Nope...2, 5, or 100 seconds isn't enough! I still can't believe it even after all the writing, editing, sending it off to print and now seeing it available to pre-order pretty much every where online. But yes, I have written a children's interactive grow … Continue reading I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!
Asking for help has always been a weakness of mine, but I'm finally learning and what a difference it has made! I have accepted business support, advertised volunteer roles, asked brilliant brands for help and held a few working parties at the therapy site now. Every time I'm always nervous whether people will connect with … Continue reading Volunteers change lives!
Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health struggle. This statistic then increases in secondary school. This week (3 - 9th Feb) is Place2Be's #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek, a time to build understanding and help raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health. 1 in 8 children and young people have a … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week – Thoughts, Facts and Tips!
As 2019 comes to a close and planning for 2020 is fully underway, I wanted to have a little look back at the first amazing year of support from industry. In particular, from the wonderful team at Empathy who chose to fully commit to Life at No.27 and help make a difference. I can't thank … Continue reading EMPATHY – A YEAR IN REVIEW
I said that there would be more gift ideas and giveaways before Christmas, and here is the next one that might take your fancy! Thank you so much to DK books who have very kindly agreed for me to offer you the chance of winning TWO great books. One for children and one or you, … Continue reading WIN GARDENING BOOKS!
At this time of giving, I wanted to make sure that I give back to you for all your support and kindness over the last year. I can't give you a hug and thank you in person, so please accept a virtual one! As well as enter the first of many, very exciting Christmas giveaways! … Continue reading CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY with Empathy
Who needs some gardening gift ideas to pop on a letter to Santa? I want to bring you a few of my favourites between now and the big day, just in case you are unaware of what's new in the market or are struggling for ideas. As someone with minimal space both at home on … Continue reading Christmas Gift Idea: Combi system tools!
What is your essential gardening tool after a spade and fork? Hoe, hand trowel or you thinking the same as me...secateurs? Don't get me wrong, I think all of these are essential really, but if you had to pick just one. I think I actually use secateurs more than any other tool, especially at this … Continue reading What is your must have gardening tool?