Eco Garden Design Part 2

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In part one I gave some stylish ideas that I will be using in my garden to save, better use and collect water … 

In this post I wanted to shed some light on here how easy it is to use recycled, eco and chemical-free building products to build the hard landscaping, i.e. fences, steps, flowerbeds, pathways and garden structures.

STONE  is unique and highly prized for the patina it gathers over time…

Reclaimed Yorkstone Paving
Reclaimed Yorkstone Paving

Get to know where your local builder’s salvage yards are (see Resources on the top menu bar for some ideas) and look online at eBay/craigslist/gumtree sites.  All types of stone, gravel, rocks taken from old churches, schools, factories etc… can be found – there is a  multitude of fabulous product out there and not only will you have a unique look but the satisfaction of seeing it in a new home (together with a quirky backstory) is not to be underestimated! 

Reclaimed Brick Driveway
Reclaimed Brick Driveway

I am often asked why is using new stone bad for the environment it’s natural?  The problem is that to produce use new stone it must be cut from quarries. This requires huge amounts of water in the cutting and extraction process, together with general the manufacturing and transportation causing air pollution all adds up to an un-eco product.  Especially when there is so much beautiful stone around just waiting for someone with a bit of imagination to come along and reuse it! Perhaps we could also start to think of natural resources as finite, i.e. once they are gone that is it … and surely we need to consider to leave some for future generations. The other big advantage of using reclaimed stone is that it has a patina which gives your garden instant gravitas and blends better with nature….

Small courtyard garden by isabellalopezquesada.com
Small courtyard garden in Madrid by isabellalopezquesada.com

Concrete is a highly debated subject in the eco world.  However it can tick a lot of eco boxes; be locally produced, needs no maintenance,  is highly functional, lasts a very long time and can be recycled again.

http://wallakra.com/?santavswediya=F%C3%B6r-Cialis-20-mg-p%C3%A5-n%C3%A4tet&82d=78  As with many eco decisions it is about weighing up the pros and cons!

The most damaging component in concrete is the use of rencontre entre artistes peintre portland cement in the mix which causes vast amounts of CO2 emissions when produced.  The good news is that this component is source no longer necessary (unless you are building skyscrapers) and can be replaced by other things including fly ash from steel production waste instead. So investigate that you are getting a greener concrete and you should not feel un-eco to use it. 

Swiss concrete production
Swiss concrete production
Recycled broken concrete pavers source: greenposting.org
Recycled broken concrete pavers source: greenposting.org

It is fair to say that here in Switzerland they do like the modern look. The terrain is quite hilly and they love concrete. I managed to find some concrete walls that I don’t find hideous!  

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If you do decide that you will go with an ‘eco’ concrete (as outlined above) there is a big variety and concrete can be customised by colour, moulding and texture…… e.g.the wood profile below is quite a good way of having a maintenance free decking/path and I like the ‘trunks’ to sit on or make stepping stones with…

Wood effect concrete
Wood effect concrete
Concrete tree trunks
Concrete tree trunks

Concrete can be coloured and textured to look like stone..

concrete steps look like stone
concrete steps look like stone

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Wood is versatile, and sits in nature without even trying. Here in Switzerland it is no longer allowed to use railway sleepers in your gardens because of the diesel/ chemicals which leach into the soil even after many years.  As a removal incentive the local council even allows you to deduct the replacement of these with something non-toxic from your tax return!

fsc-certified-wood-teaserboxThe best rule of thumb is to use FSC registered wood products (now widely available at your local DIY depot) or repurposed wood (from salvage) which is untreated and free from toxic paints/stains.

Reclaimed rocks/wood planks make a modern entrance
Reclaimed rocks/wood planks make a modern entrance

When painting/staining garden structures use zero VOC products. Look at see resources above and check out Sansin Wood stain.

You can also choose to leave wood untreated, allowing it to weather to a lovely silver grey

Weathered wood fence and gate Source: Gardenista
Weathered wood fence and gate Source: Gardenista

The versatility of wood means that you can create just about anything you want, from fencing, pergolas, glass houses etc to suit modern or natural gardens and the colour can blend with your interior or disappear into nature….

Painted wood cladding gives a sense of indoors/out to a small garden by Leopoldina Hayes
Painted wood cladding gives a sense of indoors/out to a small garden by Leopoldina Hayes
Black vertical timber wall source: deavita.fr
Black vertical timber wall gives a contemporary twist source: deavita.fr
Recycled Timber Fence
Recycled Timber Fence

I will be making a shady corner in my garden and am very inspired by this…..

Eco Pergola Idea source: Elle Decor
Eco Pergola Idea
source: Elle Decor

… and I would love one of these to help my non hardy plants in pots survive a Swiss winter – FSC of course! 

Forest Garden FSC Glass House
Forest Garden FSC Glass House
Forest Garden FSC Glass House from greenfingers.com
Forest Garden FSC Glass House from greenfingers.com

Willow and wicker is a great natural and sustainable option (grows quickly and locally found) and gives a lovely texture to your garden, it also allows the light to filter casting interesting shadows. It is hardwearing and requires no maintenance. 

Willow Fence by flechtart.ch
Willow Fence by flechtart.ch
Willow support structure for climbers
Willow support structure for climbers
Terra Willow Panels from greenfingers.com
Terra Willow Panels from greenfingers.com
Wicker raised vegetable beds by Daylesford Organics/The Chelsea Flower Show 2009
Wicker raised vegetable beds by Daylesford Organics/The Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Containers of all sorts can be repurposed, the trick is to keep it simple and not mix too much otherwise you might end up feeling like you are sitting in a junk yard! 

Old zinc tub used as large planter at Petersham Nurseries in Surrey, England
Old zinc tub used as large planter at Petersham Nurseries in Surrey, England
Recycled crate source: petershamnurseries.com
Recycled crate source: petershamnurseries.com
vintage french mushroom baskets from petershamnurseries.com
vintage french mushroom baskets from petershamnurseries.com
Old birdcage used as planter for flowers. source:decorating mamma.com
Old birdcage used as planter for flowers. source:decorating mamma.com

Garden furniture is widely available in FSC woods and can also be reclaimed. Once you start looking you can find…… the wood is likely to be better quality also and last a lot longer so justifies a slight premium on price….

FSC Arbour from greenfingers.com
FSC Arbour from greenfingers.com
FSC Acacia Garden Bench from greenfingers.com
FSC Acacia Garden Bench from greenfingers.com
Reclaimed Garden Furniture from rikstorms.com
Reclaimed Garden Furniture from rikstorms.com

Gates and railings can be found in salvage yards.

Reclaimed Garden Fencing/Gates from burbri.nl
Reclaimed Garden Fencing/Gates from burbri.nl

You might find some interesting ways to recycle – just use your imagination! 

Old Iron Headboard used as garden gate
Old Iron Headboard used as garden gate

Antique terracotta chimney pots look wonderful as plant pots, bird baths or just sculptures in their own right! 

Antique chimney pot
Antique chimney pot

I hope I might have inspired you to look for some interesting ways to make your outside space beautiful and tap into the wonderful eco resources all around us!

Thanks for reading and feel free to share!

Amanda x 

Eco Garden Design Part 1

Hello all, sorry for the delay in this post, I have been busy on new projects  I look forward to sharing with you soon…. in the meantime all of a sudden it seems like spring has sprung and thoughts are turning towards our outside spaces…….. now, how can we make those eco?

Creating a garden is like creating a room, where we use plants and trees and shrubs to create the form, balance, texture and colour that we would achieve using space planning, furniture, fabrics and accessories with interior design. The garden is a natural extension of the house and there are many eco ideas we can implement to ensure that we can do our bit for the environment on the outside as well as the inside of our homes.

I would say that Eco garden design is when we use techniques and products that improve the environment and the overall look of the garden.

Creating such an outside space is easy when you know how.  Between now and summer I will share with you this source link  5 part series Eco Garden Design.  I have tips for you to design your own eco garden including how to preserve water, use clever design tricks and recycled and/or natural building materials and plant maintenance without harmful chemicals, how to select the correct plants for your actual garden, use the best plants to attract the insects and birds we need to maintain things and support the local eco system and lastly all of this of course will be stunningly beautiful to look at!!

Part one is all about preserving and managing H2O

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Without water we would not have life on earth never mind gardens.  In a world where there can be drought at one end of the spectrum and catastrophic flooding at the other, we can no longer deny our planet is changing so by acting now we become part of the solution and not part of the problem … right??

Gardens for pleasure first originated in the Middle East, the biblical Garden of Eden represented a lush green oasis in a time when water was a precious resource.  Fast forward a few millennia and we have come full circle with water once again viewed as a finite resource. One day it will be worth more than gold… I have this from a very respected source! 😉

Shady urban garden source Pinterest
Shady small urban garden
source Pinterest

When planning an Eco garden we should think how to capture rainwater and slow down the rate at which it is lost to the public drainage system.  We need to do this because not only is rainwater is far better for our gardens that treated drinking water but also we need to reduce the amount of flash flooding that is happening because there is too much hard landscaping in our towns and cities.  Rainwater is also free!!

 

In the garden above the pea gravel allows water to seep into the garden instead of running off into drains and the variety of trees and plants provide a shady cool spot in the summer plus great diversity for the local wildlife.

Rainwater can be easily collected from your drainpipes leading down from the roof in a wide variety of butts….

Rain water collection butt source waterbuttsdirect.co.uk
Rain water collection butt
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recycled barrel water butt source periodliving.co.uk
recycled barrel water butt
source periodliving.co.uk

more practical when follow url hidden from view could be …

Slimline water butt 235 L source freeflush.co.uk
Slimline water butt 235 L
source freeflush.co.uk

If you are very handy or know someone who likes a challenge….. you could build your own and hide it behind some wicker panels….

 

DIY Rainwater Butt source The Family Handyman
DIY Rainwater Butt
source The Family Handyman

You could even consider to make an underground tank if you have a lot of garden to water, however chemicals may be required to keep the water pure so perhaps it is a false economy?

For assessing the size of water butt you require depends on the size of roof you have and the average rainfall in your area.  Consult your local environment agency for guidelines on Rain Water Harvesting (RWH)  for the UK Govt.  RWH source here

Collecting rainwater is a great way to have a free source to water your garden, however, if you get a lot or rain that can also be a problem…  flash flooding can occur because there is too much hard landscaping with many people choosing to concrete over of front gardens for parking and inadequate drains on roads etc.. a good way to control the rainwater if you have some space is to build a swale.  This also keeps the boggy part of your garden in one place allowing the other areas to remain dry.

swale allows run off rainwater to collect and enjoyed by water loving plants source houzz.com
swale allows run off rainwater to collect and enjoyed by water loving plants
source houzz.com
plant selection for swale source pinterest
plant selection for swale source pinterest
swale build to use run off rainwater
swale build to use run off rainwater source pinterest

when considering a parking area for your car these are a good option…

parking pavers photo houzz.com
parking pavers photo houzz.com

 

Hard landscaping is really a no-no these days as there are so many ways to provide drainage for rainwater…. In fact many local councils are bringing in planning conditions that stipulates drainage between pavers.

Using gravel and pavers with gaps and permeable membranes beneath to prevent weeds you can make lovely pathways through your garden whether you opt for traditional or modern styling.  It can also prove to be cost effective especially if you use recycled materials.  Always ensure there are gaps and this will prevent flooding and aid the melting to snow/ice in winter.  You can create gorgeous bespoke original designs for your garden!

gravel and pavers photos courtesy Giardina
gravel and pavers
photo courtesy Giardina
broken paver pathway with gravel photo courtesy Giardina
broken paver pathway with gravel photo courtesy Giardina
photo houzz.com
photo houzz.com
photo houzz.com
photo houzz.com

I hope this has sparked your interest in how you can save/use rainwater in your garden this summer, and perhaps pull up some of the grass which is a mud maker in the winter and needs constant watering in the summer and replace with some lovely pea gravel and pavers!

Thanks for reading.

Amanda x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN is the new black!

logo the interioristaWell what a breath of fresh air it was to open the latest edition of Elle Decoration and find 18 pages devoted to eco interiors!!!!

Hats off to Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin for taking the plunge to reveal her genuine interest in eco design.  She is going to integrate green design into future issues as mainstream,  with this edition having a separate section to start. Showing her conviction,  she has commissioned it to be written by the very talented (legend in her own lifetime) Lucy Siegle.  I look forward to seeing this integration of eco interiors, not isolation, as the norm going forward for Elle Decoration.  Green should not be something different, strange, or novelty – if we want our planet to be healthy for future generations we must act now and become custodians of our resources rather than abusers.

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March 2016
Lucy Siegle
Lucy Siegle

I really enjoyed Lucy’s article where she mentions that 15 years ago she was branded a bit of a flake for championing green issues, having ridden the storm she now stands as an eminent expert on the subject and speaks all over the world. I was quite in awe when I googled her! She compares fast fashion to fast interior design and quotes the Royal Society of Art’s recent report – Rearranging the Furniture  that estimates every year in the UK  1.6 million tonnes of furniture is thrown into landfill.

Of course, she is right, how can we become attached to cheap furniture that leads to the indoor pollution of homes similar to that of living next to a motorway; perhaps no coincidence that allergic reactions and respiratory problems are rising.  As well as the ethical treatment of animals in the process of producing cheap leather, Lucy asks WHY do we want to fill our homes with such products? The key, she suggests, is that we should think less about accumulating stuff and more about collecting with care, products we are passionate about, that are built to last and easier to love. I couldn’t agree more!

What can we say to those who mock ‘well you can’t stop climate change by changing your light bulb?’ Maybe not but wouldn’t you rather be part of the solution rather than part of the problem?  In a world where a growing number of institutions are choosing to take their investments out of fossil fuels and place them into renewable energy; clean technology is on the rise, and there has never been a better time to join together and make eco mainstream!

The Elle article gave three great examples of Passive Houses i.e. those built using sustainable sources and producing renewable energy which I will write about in more detail in a future blog… They are:

Stockyard by Mole Architects, Cambridge Photo by David Butler
Stockyard by Mole Architects, Cambridge
Photo by David Butler
Pavillion Eco House by E2 Architects, London
Pavillion Eco House by E2 Architects, London
Passivehaus by Bere Architects, London
Passivehaus by Bere Architects, London

All three houses have stunning interior design…. later post!

Whilst the three double page spreads on furniture and accessories was quite simple – it just goes to show that if Elle Decoration finds limitations in this department I feel no shame at finding alternatives myself!! There is a lot more out there and I aim to find it! All items are listed on the Resources page on the top menu under relevant categories…. or will be soon!

Elle Decoration March 2016
Elle Decoration March 2016

I liked the pendant lights above from muutto.com and £99 each.

Elle Decoration March 2016 Eco Interiors
Elle Decoration March 2016 Eco Interiors

I liked the renewable English ash coffee table and two nesting tables is £775 at John Lewis

Elle Decoration March 2016 Eco Interiors
Elle Decoration March 2016 Eco Interiors

I liked the black rattan and wooden chair which will be available soon from Ikea

The Elle article also detailed some companies which I have added to the Resouce Page on the top menu and Lucy has explained some jargon which is also listed under Logos on the menu bar….

A great start from Elle Decoration, I hope others will follow and start to put eco into their features….

In the fashion world they are already streets ahead of the interiors world….

Livia Firth founder of Eco Age
Livia Firth founder of Eco Age

Livia Firth’s Eco Age company with the Green Carpet Challenge which has encouraged the brands below to produce eco collections.OVHckrRB_400x400

Green Carpet Challenge Collaborations
Green Carpet Challenge Collaborations

My modest little self has written to them suggesting they encourage interior brands to follow suit –  if I have any response you will be the first to know via a post here so watch this space……

Although not on the list above it was lovely to see at the recent Chanel show, Operazione di trading Iq option نصابه Gmt options Abbrustolendomi cercato bisogneranno https www bdswiss com it pareri martoriava Karl Lagerfeld  (as he did with wind turbines in 2013) used http://poloclubmiddennederland.nl/lidmaatschap/feed/ eco as the theme to launch his couture spring collection for 2016.  Yes you could argue that building a big set for one day is not exactly sustainable, but it is justified in my opinion because 1) getting such a high profile for green issues is priceless  2) the materials used were compostable including the real grass, and 3) the house will be retained and reused by Chanel.

Set of Chanel Spring Couture Show 2016
Set of Chanel Spring Couture Show 2016

With the theme serenity,  and a zen like atmosphere created and with minimal fuss the au naturale show started.  The ethos was that high quality fashion can be worn and reworn over time, it is not a throw-away consumable.  Indeed coming from a fashion background myself, the true genius of design is something that does not follow a trend but is just great design. Herr Lagerfeld stunned the audience with his variation on the iconic suit in a wide array of natural fabrics echoing nature with bees (our endangered little heroes), wooden embroidery, cork-wedged shoes.

Photo Credit: Giovanni Giannini - little bee embroidery on the iPhone 6 bag...
Photo Credit: Giovanni Giannini – little bee embroidery on the iPhone 6 bag…

An innocent lightness in lace seen against roughly hewn fabrics shows how the juxtaposition is do-able… eco can mean stylish and delicate….

Photo credit: Giovanni Giannoni
Photo credit: Giovanni Giannoni – Chanel Couture Spring 2016

Natural fibres of silk with wood show an eco idea that is not new but nevertheless never goes out of fashion….

Photo credit: Giovanni Giannoni
Photo credit: Giovanni Giannoni- Chanel Couture Spring 2016

Of course glamour was never far behind…..

embroidery flower petals and bees Chanel Spring Couture 2016
embroidery flower petals and bees Chanel Spring Couture 2016

With sparkles to reflect the night sky……

Photo credit: Giovanni Giannini - Chanel Couture Spring 2016
Photo credit: Giovanni Giannini – Chanel Couture Spring 2016
Chanel Spring Couture 2016
Chanel Spring Couture 2016 Photo credit: unknown

View all outfits from the show here

warning: be prepared for high dissatisfaction with any clothing you have ever worn!

Off to blow the budget on an iPhone 6 bag!! even though I still have the 5!

Well,  whether we are buying Chanel or shopping at Ikea (or buying the new range by Livia Firth at M&S) visit store here the onus is on us to part of the solution… I hope that you have enjoyed reading and are ready for the weekend!

We are all off skiing here in Switzerland see you in 2 weeks!!

Amanda x

 

6 amazing garden retreats

As more of us are working from home, finding your perfect garden retreat or office/studio is becoming a route many are taking.  JK Rowling has an office at the bottom of her garden….  Sometimes just some extra space for the kids – or a guest house for the in-laws when they visit!! Maybe we all have that inner-child who just wants to play?

Whether you want to go the self-build route or something from a specialist company, then its important to look for inspiration and find out what will be right for you.  It could be ultra minimal and sit in a garden with lots of long wavy grass to give some texture and contrast, or you could go for something whimsical and enchanting to fit a forest style setting, or something neat and conservative in an urban setting.  Consider how it looks from your house and how it looks with your house or other garden structures in the garden.  Depending on the purpose you might want it close to the house if e.g. you want it to be a sitting or dining area (you don’t want to be carting food/tableware etc too far) or further away if it is a workspace where you need peace and quiet away from the house. If you just need electrics then distance is not usually a problem and some companies provide solar panels or small heat pumps so you could be quite low energy or even off the grid. However as soon as you factor in drainage for plumbing then the further from the house could add to the cost.

Using good quality products will cost more in the beginning but quality will pay for itself over the long term, and you will have something for many years to come.   A good solid base is important and think if you want to have something low maintenance (in natural wood which will weather) or something that requires upkeep in repainting every few years.  Either way get the best quality you can afford its a false economy to cut corners here.  Always check with your local planning office before you start planning and find out what restrictions there are on your property if any.  It is also worth noting that when a structure is movable and non permanent it sometimes can bypass tricky planning rules… (shh….you did not hear that from me!!)

Size can also be difficult to visualise, and it is easy to get carried away and go for something too big.  Use a ball of white string with some small sticks to mark out the area and make sure it doesn’t dwarf your garden. I say this because when we lived in London and my kids were little, we put in a treehouse on stilts – the whole shebang…. lets just say it dominated our garden and everyone laughed when we said it looked smaller in the catalogue!! It was lovely though so not a complete disaster – and with young kids you tend to compromise – big time!!

I found some interesting eco ideas I’d like to share…..

 

Denmark & International – click add a room 

I have admired this company for many years and it was good to see they have just won an award as Best of Design 2016 on houzz.  The company was founded in 2006 by a couple who renovated Swedish summer houses.   They combine  sustainability, simplicity and flexibility.  They offer various sizes with the ability to add extensions so you can configure different layouts.  You could even build a whole house! I love the natural minimal elements, Swedish spruce specially treated to be low maintenance using eco friendly techniques, quality insulation and windows.  Comes fully complete. The limited colour palette is timeless and would suit many different spaces.

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addaroom.dk

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England, Halifax – http://captainaugust.com/?koooas=affidamento-opzioni-digitali&a82=54 Eco Pod by Pod Space

Eco pods built to FSC specs with thermal glass, low voltage lighting, low energy Scandinavian underfloor heating, offers a modern clean look with impressive eco credentials.  This would be an ideal office/art studio/playroom….

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This design would suit most urban gardens and has a modern look but still a traditional shape.

Pod Space Details here

England, Slough – In.it.studios 

In.it’s modern flat-roofed prefab garden rooms are made from sustainable timber and have a sedum roof.  They have a one bedroom version which looks solid enough and could act as a home extension also….

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In.it.studios details here

England, East Sussex   follow link EcoPerch from Blue Forest 

This prefabricated hideaway works with nature and can be placed on the ground or in a tree.  It is highly insulated with a variety or renewable energy options including photovoltaic solar systems and rainwater harvesting systems so it could be off-grid.

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This style is slightly more radical and would suit someone wanting to make a bold statement in their garden …….. with the added benefit of bathroom facilities it is more independent.

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EcoPerch by Blue Forest details here

Canada, British Columbia – Esk’et Tiny House 

A first-nation aboriginal community called Shuswap whose language is called Esk’et is the inspiration for this more than cute, artistic little abode.  The company is founded and run by Robert Johnson an Aboriginal Canadian and his wife Bettina from Switzerland.

The exterior features aboriginal carvings and the roof is shaped like a salmon. The siding is in local pine which has been treated with Shou Sugi Ban a natural Japanese method of preserving and fire-proofing the wood by scorching it.  (This method is stunning and will do a whole post about it soon!) 

The Tiny House is built on a trailer base incase you want to move it. 
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This look is more whimsical, I could see it in a forest setting looking quite enchanting.  I do love the backstory as well………

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Details here

 

UK, Germany, Switzerland & Worldwide – c prednisolone 5mg Loftcube

A modern holistic eco approach with major science behind the concept.  Based in Germany with franchises in EU and N. America. For city dwellers with no gardens there is even the possibility to put this on a flat roof.

Loftcube luxurious garden house
Loftcube luxurious garden house

This option is more expensive and certain offers more luxury, with floor to celling panoramic windows and full construction is done off site and lifted in. It would also be a very upmarket office suite or hotel rooftop bar.

Loftcube
Loftcube
Luxury roof extension
Luxury roof extension

or as a super extravagant modern pool/summer houseLoftcube-Aisslinger-Bracht-4 Loftcube-Aisslinger-Bracht-3

Loftcube details here

So, as you can see there is an eco option for garden rooms whatever your style and budget….. offering sustainability and energy efficiency…….. which one would you choose?

Thanks for reading, please feel free to share if you know anyone looking for inspiration to plan their very own garden retreat!

Amanda x

 

 

Eco Holidays

 

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Well Christmas is done and dusted, and as we are mid-way through winter here in the northern hemisphere,  thoughts are turning to what are we doing in the summer???  All of us with children at school are in the same situation,  if we haven’t already booked (i.e. us) then we’ll be lucky to get our first choice of destination.

I have started my search and thought I’d share a few places that offer a more eco approach to family holidays for those of us with an eco spirit but no wish whatsoever to rough it! 

Growing up in Scotland that nearly always meant going abroad to “the continent” (seriously, that is what Scottish people call it!) if you had the means or a bucket and spade at a rain-soaked caravan park if not!  Fast forward 100 years and I am living in Switzerland by the beautiful lake Zurich, and quite frankly being here in summer is on “the continent”! In the last six years of living here we have stayed local a lot of the time, esp with young children it was just too much of an ordeal to travel far and wide. 

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