Scalpel to Spade

How this surgeon ended up planting trees   I always wanted to be a surgeon! After a long training, I was appointed Consultant ENT Surgeon at a large teaching hospital. Alongside my work with patients, I was actively involved in teaching. I stud...
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Make it wild markets

Make it Wild Markets – Autumn and Winter 2018

Make it Wild Markets At Make it Wild we have thoroughly enjoyed getting out and meeting people at markets and pop-up events over the last few months. It has been great fun talking to people about our Nature Reserves, Tree Dedications, and our range of eco-...
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biodiversity

Biodiversity

What is Biodiversity? Biodiversity is the existence of a wide variety of plant and animal species living in their natural environment. When is International Biodiversity Day? International Biodiversity Day is on 22nd May each year. It was set up by the U...
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dedicate a tree

Why Dedicate a Tree?

We are very happy to offer 'Dedicate a Tree' gifts. We call them 'Buy a Piece of Nature'. Even before we set up Make it Wild, we had already given and exchanged gifts of dedications of trees in our family. We think it's a great idea! A Dedication gift is...
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fathers day special

Father’s Day – things you might not know

When is Father's Day? In the UK and USA  we celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday in June, and in 2018 that's 17th June. In European Roman Catholic culture 'fatherhood' was traditionally celebrated on St Joseph's day, 19th March, and this date is stil...
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what is world environment day

What is World Environment Day?

What is World Environment Day? The United Nations General Assembly founded World Environment Day in 1974. It takes place every year in June 5th. It is the UN's main annual event to encourage awareness all around the world, about the importance of protecting...
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festival essentials

Eco Friendly Festivals

Festival season is just around the corner! Make sure you’re an eco friendly festival goer! Glastonbury is having its six-yearly ‘fallow year’ this year, but hopefully if you’re a festival goer you’ve found somewhere else to go instead. Latitude in Suffol...
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wild watch

Wild Watch at Bank Woods

We are very pleased to be hosting a survey route as part of the Nidderdale AONB’s Wild Watch. As a new nature reserve we are very interested to learn what species we already have on our site at Bank Woods. The site has a number of different habitats, inclu...
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Archaeology, Flowers and Birds

I spent a wonderful few hours at Bank Woods on Monday 30th April 2018, in the company of Nigel Heptinstall. He is a local man and an enthusiast for nature and the environment. He kept denying that he is an expert, but he is certainly very knowledgeable abou...
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what is earth day

What is Earth Day?

What is earth day? Earth Day takes place each year in April. In 2018 it was on 22nd of April, with the theme ‘End Plastic Pollution’. David Attenborough’s chilling warning still rings in our ears; by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocea...
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The tree tube problem

In 2012 we planted 18000 saplings at our Sylvan Nature Reserve near Kirk Hammerton. It has been shown through testing that young trees are much more likely to survive and show stronger growth if they are protected in a tree tube. These tubes are specially d...
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reduce reuse recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

At Make it Wild, we reduce, reuse, recycle whenever we can! We are very concerned about sustainability, and so we care very much about what we use for our business. It is our intention that our business activities have the minimum impact on the earth and it...
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what is ancient woodland

Ancient Woodland

We are very fortunate to have several pieces of Ancient Woodland at Bank Woods. Ancient Woodland has many special features, and can teach us a lot about both natural history and human history. What is Ancient Woodland? Ancient woodland is defined as woodl...
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