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Steamin’ Along

Steamin’ Along

The whistle came first, then steam clouds above the trees, and finally the little train clickety-clacked into the rural station at Beddgelert in Snowdonia, North Wales. I felt like a child again, enjoying old-fashioned fun on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (F&WHR).

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Eamonn had an exercise programme he hated. His Occupational Therapist (OT) referred him for a Summer School horse-riding pilot. Not only did Eamonn (who has Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)), get to enjoy riding in the warm summer months, he retained interest throughout the six-week pilot, experienced improved coordination, and came out of it with an …

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Positive Learning

Positive Learning

Investing in our children’s positive future, in a flexible, nurturing and teacher-endorsed equestrian environment The impact is fantastic! The looks of awe and wonder, and that sense of discovery… you just see the children’s faces light up when they interact with the horses. They want to do it, they ask for more; it’s the first …

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Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle’s power?

Communities on the Isle of Islay are moving forward with plans for tidal energy and renewable fuels while maintaining age old methods of agriculture and whisky distilling. Everything seems to slow down on Islay – this southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides – also known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. Drivers wave as you …

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Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Climate change, energy security, biodiversity losses, growing urbanisation… people are increasingly aware, especially in our densely packed island, of their own relationship with the environment. Multiple ‘green’ initiatives and developments abound, which can be confusing and difficult to identify. Is the landscape industry doing enough to promote effective, practical and environmentally aware landscaping protocol and …

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Day of the Knotweed

Day of the Knotweed

Once desirable, it is now seen as aggressive, virulent and definitely not a plant to be trifled with – Japanese knotweed, that is. Japanese knotweed, a native of eastern Asia, was welcomed to Britain’s shores as an ornamental ‘architectural’ garden plant in the early 1800s. Its popularity was short-lived; less than a century later, it …

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