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EARTH DAY – WE CELEBRATE THE UK’S TOP NATURE PROJECTS

George Maguire

April 20th marks the annual Earth Day. An event planned across the globe, there is no better time than now to think deeper about how we use the incredible natural resources on planet Earth. As such, we’ve found some of the most innovative and transformative projects to inspire you. From beer giants and local charities to nation-wide booksellers; here are some projects we can get behind for Earth Day. 

More information on Earth Day here

1 Brewdog’s Lost Forest – link here


Brewdog’s Lost Forest. Image via Brewdog.

Scottish beer giant Brewdog is joining the rewilding party. Having met their goals to be carbon neutral in 2020, the company’s co-founders agreed that more needed to be done. The plan is to afforest a recently purchased and enormous (2,000+ acres) chunk of land in Aviemore Scotland. With the goal of capturing carbon, protecting precious peatland habitat, the site will also house an eco-hotel, camping, cycling and much more. What’s next Heineken?

Learn more here
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2 Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Community Orchards and Courses – link here


One of Brighton Permaculture Trust’s apple orchards. Image via BPT. 

Earth Day is all about aligning and working with nature. Our food, materials and resources all stem from our connection with the earth and there are some outstanding charities that are working to find modern solutions. Brighton Permaculture Trust is a one such charity, hosting remote and in-person courses and events based on the guiding principles of permaculture. Check out the Introduction to Permaculture to get started.

Where? Stanmer Park Local Nature Reserve, Brighton, BN1 9PY

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3 Bookshop.org - Plan to Offset all book retailers – link here


Carbon neutral for a day; Bookshop.org

Bookshop.org is a great ally to independent bookshops and publishers. Operating under a business model that gives away 75% of profit margins to stores, publications and authors the bolsters our creative economy. Going further, Bookshop.org is planning to offset all book retailers’ delivery emissions on Earth Day (including the likes of Amazon!). If you have a book in mind why not purchase your next book on Earth Day! 

Learn more here
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4 Eden Project’s new Geothermal Plans – link here


The Eden Project Image via Visit Cornwall website. Link here

The Eden Project continues to innovate when it comes to large scale green projects. Current initiatives that have been capturing headlines include the Eden Geothermal Energy Project and Eden Project North. The former is set to be built on the Eden Project Site in Cornwall and will utilise heat from the granite underground – powering the attractions, offices and growing spaces! Drilling for the 4.5km deep well begins this Spring.  

Learn more here
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5 The Wildlife Trust’s 2030 Plans – link here


Grow Wild Heroes Project. Image via Wildlife Trust. Link here

After an £8 million fundraising round and spanning 10 projects that are live and active in 2021, The Wildlife Trust is set upon the monumental goal of securing 30% of the UK’s land and sea for recovery. Key projects include expanding heathland and saving Ice Age ‘ghost’ ponds in Norfolk and rewilding a village. Supported by activists such as David Attenborough, this is a worthy cause if you would like to donate this Earth Day.
Learn more here
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6 The Grow Back Greener Fund – London – link here


The Major of London’s Grow Back Greener Fund. Image here.


With the goal of supporting London’s green recovery post Covid-19 the Major of London’s Grow Back Greener Fund has provided £700,000 to 30+ projects in the nation’s capital. Projects include new community gardens, improving existing green spaces in the city and improving access to nature for those living in particularly deprived areas. From grey to green is the future!

Check here to see if there is a new project popping up near you!
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