According to research by the University of Maryland, published in Nature, scientists have developed a new “super wood”, which is 10 times stronger than normal wood, making it a potential substitute for steel and other materials.
Blue Monday, the most miserable day of year is behind us, and the daylight hours are getting longer but there is still plenty cold weather to come so now is the time to restock on firewood and logs – and do as the Danish do – by practising the art of Hygge.
Winter is the time we most need to look after our precious indigenous and visiting bird populations – so stock up on bird feed and bird care products at your nearest Centre, to help them through the coming cold snap! The 14th of February is also the start of the 21st annual National Nest Box Week, when people across Britain are encouraged to put up a nest box and provide a family home for our birds.
The Northern Forest Project, which will be created along the M62 corridor, is naturally something we are delighted to hear about. Caring for woodlands and respecting natural habitats is one of the reasons we created our own Nature Trail at our Midgley Centre.
Now we are in the depths of winter, the welcoming glow and crackle of logs burning in the hearth seem very appealing indeed. If you are thinking of buying your own wood-burning stove we have some handy tips and advice for you.
When you head out to buy your Christmas tree this December, you’ll likely encounter two different species of Christmas tree – the Norway Spruce & the Nordmann Fir. The two species have quite different characteristics that suit different environments & personal tastes. Being the centrepiece of Christmas, it’s important to make sure you take the right tree home, so familiarise yourself with the two species by reading our handy guide.
Wildlife gardening can be very rewarding and it involves using a corner of your garden to make an inviting environment for wildlife. Britain’s 16 million gardens cover approximately 2 million acres which is potentially a lot of space to create these vital refuges and breeding grounds.