Earth Day began in 1970 when a protest against the negative impacts of industrial development was carried out. Since then it has grown to become a global event that is believed to have 1 billion people from 192 countries taking part every year – and now we, at Boundary Way, are going to be part of the action too.
On 22nd April we will be holding a Sharing Nature Open Day to mark Earth Day and celebrate the nature and heritage of Boundary Way. It will be a day of talks, workshops, learning and sharing, and we can’t wait to see you there. For more information and how you can book onto the workshops we’d love for you to visit our Events Page.
This year the focus of Earth Day is to ‘End Plastic Pollution’ and here’s what their team have to say about it…
“From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.” – Earth Day Network
In light of this mission, today we thought we would share our own bit of inspiration with you in preparation for the big day. Let’s learn some simple ways that we can all cut down plastic use in our daily lives and generally be kinder to the environment…
Top-Tips for Avoiding Plastic:
Carry a re-usable water bottle, so there is no need to buy throwaway plastic ones
Say no to disposable cutlery and straws
Swap cling film for beeswax wrap – click here to find out more
Always have a tote bag to hand, keep them in your car, handbag, by the door etc.
Learn to bake your own bread and cut out the packaging
Know what you can compost and what you can’t, then compost as much as possible. Learn what you can put in your compost bin here.
Reuse your plastic to create art or useful projects, such as this plastic bottle garden
Make a return to the milkman, with their re-usable glass bottles they make a great alternative to buying plastic milk cartons.
Know what you can recycle and what you can’t, then recycle, recycle, recycle. Learn more here.
- Discover how we can avoid plastic in teabags and sample herbal and other concoctions with herbalist, Maria Billington in a drop in workshop.
- Come along to the poly tunnel to see a display of historical images surrounding the themes of gardening, allotments and growing. And why not bring along your historic photographs too? We’d love to hear your stories and in collaboration with Living Memory will be scanning them to create an online archive of local garden memories. For more information, see our blog post and our Facebook event.
- There will be a ‘Growing Memories‘ talk from Maria Billington, Geoff Broadway and Moya Lloyd about Boundary Way’s heritage research, from 11:30-12:30
- A land art workshop with be taking place, starting at 2:00, with environmental artist Richard Shilling, see our Facebook event for more information & to book.
- And there will also be a creative session with artist Hannah Boyd on Toolmaking with Natural and Found Materials, starting at 1:00– again see our Facebook event for more information & to book.
Remember for more information on everything that will be going on at Boundary Way on 22nd April, and how to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the workshops visit our Events Page. We are so excited for the opportunity to celebrate a day of nature and heritage, and can’t wait to see you all then.