National Forest Way long distance trail opens in May 2014

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Launched as part of the 2014 National Forest Walking Festival, the National Forest Way is a new 75-mile trail through the evolving Midlands landscape. The route, along public and permissive paths, crosses the length and breadth of The National Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

The trail leads through young and ancient woodlands, hidden valleys, along canal towpaths, visits the market town of Ashby de la Zouch and celebrates the industrial heritage of this changing landscape at the heart of the Midlands. Read more »

Skyros launches small group adventures to Morocco

Skyros has added small group adventures in Morocco to its 2014 holiday destinations. Described by The Guardian as 'the first and still the best' alternative holiday, Skyros also offers holistic holidays in Greece, Thailand, Cuba, Cambodia, Nepal and the Isle of Wight. Read more »

New fashion brand combines style with British workmanship

Stone Union is a newly established British fashion brand born from a desire to create a modern and chic clothing brand with a strong sense of style coupled with quality British workmanship.

The intention is to take traditional manufacturing techniques and combine them with a modern design influence to create a highly desirable range of seasonally crafted products.

The deisgn philosophy is based around four key principles:

  • Keep things simple yet fashionable
  • Use quality materials
  • Hand finish every garment
  • Manufacture everything in the UK.
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Hands Up Holidays releases 2014 brochure offering luxury holidays that give something back

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Award-winning responsible tour operator Hands Up Holidays has released its 2014 brochure for families wishing to make a difference in a hands-on way as part of their holiday, whilst staying in sustainable and environmentally-friendly luxury accommodation, and enjoying amazing sights along the way.

The trips are all tailor-made, and are ideal for families:

  • to provide meaningful interaction with another culture in a safe context;
  • to instil the values of service and giving back in children;
  • to bond together as a family;
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BMW i and Good Energy partner to supply green electricity in the UK

BMW has formed a new partnership with Good Energy Ltd to supply 100 per cent green electricity to owners of its electric cars in the UK*. The arrangement allows purchasers of the recently launched BMW i3 and BMW i8 to charge their new vehicle using renewably sourced electricity whilst at home. Read more »

Volkswagen and Ecotricity team up to provide the complete eco-electric driving package

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Volkswagen e-up! city car

Volkswagen Group in the UK and Ecotricity have signed a partnership deal to provide 100 per cent green energy to all customers purchasing an electric-powered vehicle from one of VW's brands.

Ecotricity became VW Group's preferred supplier for the partnership after discussions with several other energy companies in January earlier this year. The scheme means that any customer purchasing an electric vehicle from one of the Group’s brands will be offered, at the point of sale, the option to adopt Ecotricity’s 100 per cent green tariff for their home and vehicle energy supplies. Read more »

Keeping Britain Buzzing with free cups of organic coffee at Le Pain Quotidien

To celebrate the last day of summer and in support of the Soil Association’s Keep Britain Buzzing campaign, Le Pain Quotidien will be giving away free cups of organic coffee on the morning of 23 September, the last day of summer.

The free coffee will be available at five different Le Pain Quotidien outlets across London:

Le Pain Quotidien St Paul’s
2 St. Paul's Churchyard
London EC4M 8AP

Le Pain Quotidien Soho
68-70 Wardour Street

Le Pain Quotidien Highgate
86 Highgate High Street
N6 5HX Read more »

People Tree launches the Atelier Collection for Spring/Summer 2014

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Launched at London Fashion Week in September, People Tree’s Atelier Collection is a selection of contemporary silhouettes with a timeless, elegant look, designed by Tracy Mulligan.

The collection includes a variety of styles, ranging from the strapless cuff pant suit to the statement evening dress. This is a new direction for People Tree: bold, sophisticated and fresh. The intricate designs are married with classic colours, hand-dyed, hand-woven cotton, organic cotton and hand-woven silk. The embroideries are hand-stitched with glass pearls, glass diamantes and clear glass cubes. Read more »

This year choose a fair trade Christmas tree from Fairwind

Have you ever wondered where real Christmas trees come from? No doubt at that hectic time of year you don’t have time to give it a second thought.

But if you knew that the most popular kind of tree, the Nordmann Fir tree, started life in a remote area of Georgia (formerly part of USSR) and that people are injured or even die so that we can decorate a tree for a few days, maybe you would start thinking? Read more »

Christmas is coming so it's time for a Divine Advent Calendar

Every year we get a Divine advent calendar - just for a bit fun and as a nostalgic nod to our childhood. This year we have little one to share it with. But as she is only five months-old, Mum and Dad will be starting alternate days in December with a little chunk of chocolate for a while yet.

The current calendar has a lovely festive Christmas market scene on the front, illustrated by Stephen Waterhouse, and a milk chocolate heart sits behind each door. Read more »

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