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The growing global shift from dairy to plant based milks is showing no sign of abating, though until recently there were two options, neither offering a perfect solution.

Shop – bought nut milk usually arrives in non-recyclable containers and has additives that some purists find less than ideal and the actual nut content can be quite low.

DIY nut milk has been a “thing” for years producing beautiful quality plant-based milks but it’s  a labour of love, involving soaking, blending and straining……. time-consuming and a tad messy.

Nutramilk’s global launch is causing quite a stir…… the counter-top machine produces up to 2 litres of pure, fresh nut milk in just 12 minutes. Also produces beautiful creamy butters and dips.

The Nutramilk was developed in colaboration with the Industrial Design department of Metropolitan State University of Denver over three years.

The result is a truly game-changing machine that alt-milk devotees are welcoming with open arms.

The Nutramilk processor comes with a bound recipe book with no less than 200 recipes; milks, butters, dips, smoothies and bowls are all produced simply, in minutes.

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Over 400 individuals raise an impressive £2.8m in just two weeks to refinance the Mean Moor community wind farm in Cumbria. It’s thought to be the first wind farm in the country to be transferred to community ownership from a commercial developer.

Thanks to support from Energy4All, and financing from ethical investment company, Thrive Renewables, three renewable Energy Co-operatives – Energy Prospects, High Winds and Baywind were able to purchase Mean Moor wind farm. The wind farm is now 100% community owned.

The three-turbines at Mean Moor are adjacent to the original Baywind project, an historic site, and the first community owned wind farm established in 1996.

Rod Blunden, Chairman of Energy Prospects Co-operative said: “We are overwhelmed with the response we have received from both Energy Prospects members and the wider Renewable Energy community. It is fantastic that we have been able to bring a commercially owned wind farm into the community owned sector”. 

The purchase demonstrates the ability of the community sector to operate in the commercial world and reflects the appetite for greater community ownership of renewable energy as an end in itself, especially important as the challenges for developing new onshore renewable electricity projects continue to grow.

Matthew Clayton, MD of Thrive Renewables said: “We co-invested with Baywind over 20 years ago and are delighted to continue this legacy by facilitating the next generation of community owners.  We are thrilled to have helped plug a funding gap and to have contributed to the local ownership of Mean Moor wind farm.

“Thrive Renewables exists to provide individuals with a rewarding relationship with renewable energy. Our 6,300 investors are motivated by changing the UK’s energy system, both in terms of cleaning it up, and how it is owned, providing direct access to the value of renewable energy.” Said Matthew Clayton.

Over 400 individuals invested in the scheme, the minimum investment was £500 with the maximum investment capped at £50,000.

Image: The three community owned wind farms at Mean Moor, Cumbria. 

Financing from Thrive Renewables enables communities to purchase a renewables project from a developer giving them time to raise the funds themselves and then pay back the company over an agreed period. It also provides the speed and funding certainty for the seller of a project. If you are a local group or community interested in owning a renewable energy project, visit www.thriverenewables.co.uk/bridge for more information.

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Bring urban loft living to your home office with this beautiful laptop desk. The Urban Chic desk has lift up lid for hidden storage and two drawers which are finished with a metal cup handles. The desk has a steel outer frame and is hand finished to accentuate the individual colour and character of the wood, making it a truly unique piece of furniture.

The Urban Chic home office range includes co-ordinating bookcases.

Product details

  • Part of the Urban Chic furniture range
  • H74cm x W150cm x D65.5cm
  • Each piece in the range is made using reclaimed wood from Southern India and assembled by skilled craftsmen to create a colourful and unique piece of furniture
  • The environmentally friendly wood is finished with a hardwearing satin lacquer
  • The outer frame of the sideboard is made from steel for structural rigidity
  • The desk has a lift up lid providing hidden storage space the internal dimensions are H5cm x W137cm x D63cm
  • The desk has a metal bracket to hold the top firmly in place
  • The internal dimensions of the two drawers are H13.5cm x W32cm x D33cm
  • The laptop desk requires some minor assembly – all necessary tools, instructions and parts are included.
  • The desk is delivered in heavy duty packaging

Available to buy from the Wooden Furtniture Store for £399.

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People keen to quench their thirst without compromising on taste or goodness are in for a treat as organic brand Secret Gardens will now be serving up a brand-new drink bursting with delicious organic pomegranate. Made in Turkey, the juice will allow anyone who is conscious of their health the chance to sample some of the finish pomegranates that nature has to offer. Filled with gorgeous fruit handpicked from the Antakya region, these cold-pressed juices are an ideal accompaniment to a well-balanced lunch or dinner or can be used to refuel throughout the day.

The Antakya region is known for its warm climate which is why it can support in the cultivation of some of the sweetest pomegranates ever. Packed full of fresh flavour, these stunning jewel-like fruits are bottled to create Organic Pomegranate Crush, an organic drink that includes the juice of five of these delectable fruits, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to sip on something tasty and benefit from optimised health.

Taner Ozsumer & Tuncay Yildiztas – Joint founding Directors of Secret Gardens says, “Anyone who wants to increase their fruit intake, feel better and still enjoy a delicious beverage need look no further than our Organic Pomegranate Crush. Pomegranate is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet because of its well-known health benefits. We are now combining gorgeous flavour with an all-organic recipe to provide UK customers with a drink they can enjoy at any time of the day and still know they are consuming something that is beneficial to their health.”

Not only is the drink an ideal refresher for foodies and health advocates at any time of the day, it’s all-natural formula means you can get the full benefits of eating tasty fruit in its purest form. With no added sugars or preservatives in the juice, you will be able to sip on this, calm in the knowledge that you are enhancing your health with a nutrient-dense, natural beverage. Promising to quench more than just thirst, the Pomegranate Crush drink will also provide you with 26% of your daily potassium requirements.

As well as being 100% organic, something that many health brands do not offer with their product range, this delightful drink is also not from concentrate and is Halal, Kosher and Fairtrade certified.

The pomegranate fruit is known for being a powerful antioxidant and is making a splash in the health world for the abundance of benefits you can receive by factoring it into your diet. According to Medical News Today, the vitamin c packed fruit has a number of disease preventing qualities and can assist with cancer and heart disease prevention, two of the biggest killers at present.

For more information about this delicious juice drink, visit Secret Garden’s website at: www.discoversecretgardens.com

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So as many regular readers of TGF will know I have a passion for chocolate…..yes it is true I love a bit of chocolate.  So if anyone wants to get in my good books, buying me a giftbox of chocolate is a great way to do it.

Delicious delights await within the Favourites Gift Box. All their chocolate is made in England in small scale batches. They can be quite daring with our ingredients and offer many flavours rarely tried. This hamper contains 10 chocolate bars within a lovely wicker basket perfect for keeping in a cool dark (secret) place for all your favourite chocolates.

A great treat for yourself, a loved one, colleague or corporate gift.

If you would like a personalised note or any special requests please detail on the order and they will do our best!

CONTENTS

Chilli & Lime

Coconut & Raspberry

Coffee Espresso

Cornish Sea Salt

Hazelnut

Hazelnut & Almond

Lemon & Cardamom

Lemon & Poppy

Mandarin & Ginger

Sea Salt & Lime

You can get all these fab bars for only £34.50 from the Seed & Bean website.

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An organic calming and relaxing sleep aid with a wonderfuly relaxing aroma.

Sleep Tight Pillow Spray contains the relaxing and calming aromatherapy scents of lavender and ylang ylang which create a relaxing and sleep inducing aroma. It has a base of lavender floral water for longevity of scent. Spray directly onto the pillow and bedding before sleep it can be used as a room fragrancer.

Sleep Tight Pillow Spray is the perfect gift for any new or expectant parent. Can be purchased as part of a gift set containing four Lala & Bea products from the organic family skincare range.

Lala & Bea Sleep Tight Pillow Spray is made using 100% organic and natural ingredients, which are UK grown where possible.

Ingredients: filtered water, lavender (lavandula angustifolia) floral water, lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil, ylang ylang (cananga odorata) essential oil, ethanol.

Use whenever needed to aid a good night’s sleep. Suitable to use during pregnancy and by all the family.

Available to buy from Not on the High Street for £19.

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The seventh Colourfest returns to Gaunts House in the beautiful Dorset countryside from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June, bringing a unique opportunity for celebration and connection through yoga, dance, music, ceremony, theatre and arts.

Set amid open landscapes, stunning vistas and ancient trees, the alcohol and drug-free event offers a restorative alternative to the many hedonistic music festivals in the UK summer calendar. With yoga at the festival’s heart, the many workshops, performances and fun-filled activities are infused with its spirit and ethos, bringing the chance for deep connection and nourishment, and generating a calm and uplifting ambience.

Robbie Newman, co-organiser of Colourfest says: “Colourfest blends inner rest with more active expressions and promises to be playful, enriching and insightful, celebrating the many colours of life. The delicious blend of yoga, movement, music, creativity and spirited celebration leaves you feeling connected, in the flow, and full of the joy of being alive.”

For lovers of movement, the festival offers collaborative dance jams and a variety of workshops covering yoga, dance, and the psychology of movement. Dance highlights include ceremonial dance with African dance superstar Denise Rowe; the UK’s first ecstatic dance band, The Urubu Collective; and silent ‘5 Rhythms’ dancing in the woods with disco headsets.

This year’s yoga programme features many high calibre teachers including internationally-renowned hatha yogi, Swami Ashokananda, Director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Catering for a diverse range of styles, and including acro yoga and partner yoga, many classes will be accompanied by live music, from DJ sets to kirtan chanting. The wider wellbeing programme also includes gong baths, sound healing, meditation, and other personal development workshops.

On the music front, the eclectic line up of bands and musicians in the Colourfest Café are selected to soothe, inspire and uplift. Confirmed 2018 highlights include Glowglobes with their French-lilted mix of acoustic gypsy-jazz, folk and vocal harmonies, and “good time jazz-band” Skedaddle blending jazz, klezmer and Balkan gypsy songs and dances.

The festival’s kids’ area is a safe and creative space for children to learn and grow. Complete with an outdoor pool, the area also includes a woodland fairy walk and tents for crafts, storytelling, children’s yoga, hooping and theatre.

The venue, Gaunts House, provides clean on-site toilets and showers and the option of indoor accommodation for over 100 people, while cafes and vendors across the site proffer a delicious range of vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Rowan Cobelli, co-organiser of Colourfest says:

“Upbeat, nurturing and family friendly, Colourfest is a constantly evolving gem of a gathering created for people looking for a connecting and restorative festival experience. Our programme caters for those just starting to explore themselves and life in a deeper way, as well as offering more intensive opportunities for those more experienced in transformative work.

“Alongside the uplifting workshops, keeping the event alcohol and drug free really charges the atmosphere in beautiful ways. We encourage you to come for the full four days as it takes time to drop into a slower pace and build sufficient resources to really open up to and benefit from the wellspring of natural treasures this festival offers.”

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My friends daughters birthday is coming up and so I have been looking around to find a lovely top for her.  I know she will love this!

This longer length Sophie Applique Top from Frugi is perfect for little girls to wear in Spring.

  • Made from 100% Organic Cotton Jersey with a fuzzy peached finish
  • All over spot design
  • Colourful and fun Frugi character applique on the front
  • Beautiful A-line shape
  • Short-sleeved
  • Round neckline
  • Pretty rolled sleeve detail
  • SIZES 2 TO 4 YEARS: Popper fastenings at the back of the neck

Price is £21.

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Whilst in hibernation, hedgehogs lose around 30% of their body fat. So, when they emerge from their super long slumber in March, they are very hungry! So why not help your resident hog off to the best start this spring with the Ultimate Hedgehog Gift Box from Boxwild.

This gift box contains everything you need to feed our prickly friends, plus Harry, Boxwild’s beautiful hedgehog garden ornament!

The Hedgehog Box contains three packs of food designed with these little foragers optimum nutrition in mind, including Boxwild’s hedgehog food blend, a pack mealworms, hedgehog biscuits, a seed scoop and a stylish feeding bowl that will look adorable out in the garden next to Harry.

The Ultimate Hedgehog Gift Box would make an ideal present for the nature lover in your life or for those who want to welcome wildlife into their gardens.

Price: 
Ultimate Hedgehog Gift Box – £40.00

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I have a little penchant for buying wooden toys as gifts for the little ones in my life. I just ove the look of this jumbo elephant xylophone.

Super cute musical toy for Petit Collage

A great way to introduce your little ones to harmony and rhythm through play. Five bright bars produce five sweet notes. Compact and easy to carry: the elephant trunk doubles as a handle. Includes an elastic hoop to safely store the wooden mallet.

Brand – Petit Collage

Suitable – 18 months+

Good to know – Made from FSC-Certified wood & non-toxic paint

Available to buy from Andshine for £20.

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