Here at Sofology we don’t believe in sales. Instead, we offer our best prices all year round. So, instead of taking part in Black Friday, we thought we’d do something good for the whole planet.
We’re turning Black Friday Green. We’ll be working in partnership with the Woodland Trust to bring you the best deal for the whole planet. Officially, this will start on Friday 29th November so, in the meantime, we’ve asked the Woodland Trust to share some tips about how we can all be a little more environmentally friendly at home.
Start growing your own
Creating a little patch in your garden to grow some fruits and vegetables is not only going to save you money, it’s great for the environment too. Something the whole family can get involved with, growing your own is an activity that will get you all outdoors, reaping the benefits of fresh air and time spent in nature.
Start with some simple herbs and root vegetables that are hardy and easy to care for. If you have the space, why not try a native fruit tree like cherry or crab apple?
Compost and save waste
Eco-friendly gardening actually takes less effort than you might think. In fact, the less you do, the more environmentally friendly your outdoor space could be. Instead of clearing the garden up too much, why not try sweeping all those fallen leaves into a big pile in a quiet corner? This provides a nice warm, cosy spot for small animals to hide away when the weather turns chilly. And, as a bonus, when the leaves decompose you’ll be left with natural leaf mould which makes a great fertiliser for your plants or veg garden.
Let your garden stay wild in some areas
The more natural you can leave it, the more attractive it’ll be for wildlife. To tempt them even further, try your hand at composting. Creatures from earthworms and frogs to hedgehogs can be attracted to your garden compost heap.
Want to make native wildlife feel even more at home? Give nature a helping hand and make homes for your local creatures. Bird boxes and butterfly houses are handy projects that the kids can help with, or why not try make a bug hotel or a little house for a hedgehog?
Feeling Green Fingered?
If your garden is big enough, consider planting native trees that encourage and preserve natural UK wildlife. There are certain species of trees that are ideal for attracting bees and butterflies who need our help to thrive as their numbers are declining.
You could plant an Alder Tree which grows yellow catkins in spring – these provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees. Try adding some wild cherry trees – the cherries are bitter and inedible for humans but are a great food source for birds. The spring blossoms also provide nectar and pollen that attracts a whole range of insects.
Hawthorn can support more than 300 species of insect, as well as providing food for dormice and many migrating birds such as redwings. For more guidance on what native trees to plant in your garden, find advice from the Woodland Trust here.
Trees could save the planet
Did you know that scientists believe that planting trees has the potential to reverse the effects of global warming? Trees not only absorb pollution from the air, they also store carbon. In fact, more than four billion tonnes of carbon are currently stored in the UK’s forest – but we need to plant a lot more trees if we want to begin to reverse the effects of climate change.
There are lots of ways you can help to make a difference over on the Woodland Trust’s website. Why not donate or get involved with their Big Climate Fightback and pledge to plant a tree on November 30th?PLEDGE TO PLANT