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Bees' Needs Week

This week (8-14 July) is Bees' Needs Week, which asks everyone to take five simple steps to help our bees and other pollinators. We are sharing a blog written by Sian Watts, of Defra's Pollinators and Biodiversity Pressures Team.

Get mobile…get cycling

If you think you’re too old to get on a bike, think again! Back in 2017 and after a 35 year gap, Rose Drew (then aged 57) took to two wheels and has never looked back. Rose is a writer and a passionate advocate of bicycles as mobility aids for disabled people. Here she describes her return to cycling.

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! (mostly!)

Have you been to the Fixit Café yet? Whether it’s a toaster that’s not toasting, a kettle that’s not boiling or a cherished family heirloom ornament that’s broken in two, there’s very little the repair team at Darlington Fixit Café won’t have a try at mending. Cat McConnachie, Darlington Fixit Café volunteer, explains in the latest Blog post:

Lions Club Charity Book Shop *updated*

Local charity group, Darlington Lions, has been helping Darlington residents live more sustainably for more than 40 years by recycling books and spectacles…read on to find out more about this not so hidden gem in the town centre.

Darlington Beekeepers Association: looking after the Pollinators

Around 75% of crop plants require pollination, including many of our everyday fruit and vegetables. Of all the different animals and insects that serve as pollinators, the most important are bees. The Darlington Beekeepers Association explain how they're doing their bit.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2024

Lauren Gibson, the Council’s Ecologist, will be taking part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Here she explains why it is important to understand what is happening to our common (and rare) birds.

Treat the planet this Christmas

Our Sustainability and Climate Change Lead Officer loves a sustainable Christmas. Here, she gives some ideas on how to make yours great for the planet as well as you and your loved ones.

Second Hand September

Read our latest blog from Rachel, the manager of the Darlington Oxfam shop, who wants to tell you all about Secondhand September - and hopefully encourage you to join in!

National Allotments Week

This week it’s National Allotments Week and the theme for 2023 is recognizing the importance of gardening with nature in mind.

Great Big Green Week

Following on fast from World Environment Day comes a whole week of celebrating UK community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.

World Environment Day 2023

As we reach the 50th World Environment Day, Margaret Enstone looks at what we can all do to help fight plastic pollution

Going Green Together update

Going Green Together is a pilot scheme from VONNE, funded by the National Lottery Community Find and County Durham Community Foundation, to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector across the region towards Net Zero.

Earth Day birthday

Earth Day is an annual global event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Corporate Training Officer, Eleanor Walker, will be celebrating her birthday on this year's Earth Day.

Something Old, Something New

Emma Atkinson, Jess Knowles and Debbie Atkinson run Something Old, Something New Sustainable Bridal Wear Ltd at 7/8 Houndgate Mews. Here they discuss how they can help you make your wedding more sustainable.

The importance of trees

In National Tree Week, Darlington Forest Project shares how their passion for trees is helping Darlington's air quality, biodiversity and carbon emissions.

Plastic Free July

Joseph Baggaley owns and runs Earth Warriors on Skinnergate. Here he explains what Plastic Free July is and why he thinks reducing the amount of plastic we use is so important.

Going Green Together

Georgia Goncalves explains the support available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations as they develop their climate change plans.

School Uniform Exchange

On Global Recycling Day, Chelsea Johnson of Darlington Cares explains how the School Uniform Exchange works.

For the love of gardening

Emma Moore, Climate Change Officer shares her love of gardening and the impacts of climate change.

The joy of reading

Margaret Enstone, Sustainability and Climate Change Lead Officer talks about what books mean to her.

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