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 back, and we are delighted they have banned single use plastic water bottles! Latitude in Suffolk and Bestival in Dorset  have great line ups. Whereve...
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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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british wildflowers

Wild Flowers

Trees are lovely, and we believe have been the key to the transformation of Sylvan Nature Reserve, however they take a while to reach their full potential. But British Wildflowers gave us a much quicker result, and we hope to use them again. They are import...
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Having planted 18000 trees, at Sylvan Nature Reserve, the next thing we wanted to do to enhance the biodiversity was to dig some ponds. These ponds would be too big to dig by hand, which meant they needed planning permission. That was something of a challen...
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sponsor a tree


There is a Chinese proverb "the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the second best time is now." In 2011 we bought the land for our first nature reserve, now called Sylvan Nature Reserve, on the edge of the village of Kirk Hammerton, near Yor...
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