The National Arboretum celebrates a project to engage new groups with botanic gardens

Members of the Macular Disease Society, Awaz Utaoh and the Forestry Commission looking at photographs of the Hidden Voices workshops. Credit Paul Groom/ Forestry Commission

A celebration has taken place at the Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt to celebrate a project that engaged new audiences with botanic gardens.

The Macular Disease Society, Bristol Drugs Project and Asian women's group Awaz Utaoh took part in the Hidden Voices project led by the Forestry Commission's learning and participation team at Westonbirt Arboretum. Read more »

The Last Fishermen: catching local & eating local will help preserve our oceans and fish

This is a beautiful film from Greenpeace UK - worth watching in its own right. But it also carries a powerful message: we need to support our small-scale fishermen in the UK. Read more »

Plant a kiss on FoE & help create 60 bee-friendly space

Friends of the Earth is asking the public to plant a kiss on its website and thereby help in the drive to create 60 new green spaces in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Read more »

Thames Water donates riverside property worth up to £10million in backing crowdfunders' bid to rescue Olympic dock

Visualisation of the new bridge, footpath and community gardens

Thames Water has donated 2.5 acres of property in a bid to help raise thousands of pounds to transform a neglected London dock ahead of the Olympics.

East London charity the Gasworks Dock Partnership is aiming to open Cody Dock on the River Lea, located between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, before the Games start this summer. Read more »

FoE report shows why we need a National Action Plan to save British bees

Friend of the Earth has published new research into the decline of bees in England. The project, carried out the University of Reading, shows that the use of pesticides increased by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010. Pesticides are a factor in the recent decline in British bee populations. Read more »

WWF launches Earth Book to celebrate publication of Living Planet Report 2012

WWF’s Earth Book was launched from the International Space Centre by WWF Ambassador and Dutch Astronaut, André Kuipers

WWF is asking people to share their experiences of the natural world and collaborate in Earth Book 2012, an online storybook which has been created to coincide with the publication of the Living Planet Report 2012 Read more »

Ben Fogle soars above the Eden Project Biome with the Olympic Flame

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Ben Fogle holds the Olympic Torch aloft with the Eden Biomes in the background (pic by Tom Griffiths)

As the Olympic Flame began its 70-day journey throughout the UK, Ben Fogle held it aloft when he soared above the the world’s biggest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project on Saturday. Read more »

Win the chance to work in conservation in South Australia

The South Australian Tourism Commission, working in association with STA Travel and Tourism Australia, is offering travellers the chance to win a job as a conservation assistant on Kangaroo Island. This job offer is part of a wider campaign designed to boost awareness of the opportunities for young people in Australia. Read more »

Four prominent botanical institutions announce plans to create first online World Flora

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Kew’s iconic Palm House, built between 1844 and 1848. Photo courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) have announced plans to develop the World Flora—the first modern, online catalog of the world’s plants—by the year 2020. Read more »

In 'Shadowlands' haunting photographs depict the profound sense of loss after Fukushima

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More than 150,000 people have been displaced, leaving their homes and livelihoods behind ©Robert Knoth/Greenpeace

Marking the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Greenpeace has launched a global exhibition highlighting the consequences of mass evacuation and the fear of deadly fa Read more »

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