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We Just Can’t Contain Ourselves: Container planting project coming alive at the community gardens

Gardening in Containers: A Quick Guide

It is widely agreed that gardening brings many benefits, both physical and emotional. One simple but highly effective way in which more people can get these benefits is by growing plants in containers. As part of their container planting project, SAUWS Environment have available a number of windowsill troughs. They are available free of charge to interested staff and students- so why not consider applying for one (details below). All you need to do is come along to one of our sessions in the community garden on your campus, make up your container with our help and take it away, for FREE!

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There are many reasons why you might want to consider starting a container garden. For example, it enables:

  • Plants to be brought indoors- such as workplaces and residencies.
  • People who do not have a garden to enjoy gardening.
  • People with restricted mobility to participate in gardening.
  • People who are housebound (through mental or physical ill health) can benefit from looking at and tending to plants.

You can grow a range of plants in containers- including vegetables for use the kitchen. Many types of containers can be used to grow plants in. Containers can be placed anywhere- but will thrive on bright, warm window ledges.

Here are some tips to help you get started with a container garden:

  • Choose a roomy container.
  • Don’t use containers made from treated wood.
  • Make sure the container has drainage holes in it.
  • Be careful with watering. Make sure water reaches all of the soil in the container (allow the water to run through the container and out of the drainage holes at the bottom).
  • Keep an eye on the water content of the soil in the container and don’t let them get too much rain. Top Tip: soil should be moist (test this using your finger).
  • Cover containers (and the plants) in the winter months.
  • Add your preferred fertiliser to the soil. Follow with more liquid fertiliser as growing continues.
  • Make sure tall plants are well supported in the pot.
  • Carry out planting at the same time you would for plants growing in the ground.
  • Remember to weed the plants as required- and look out for insects or other types of pests.

For information on the best types of plants (including vegetables) to grow in containers:

You can find general information on growing plants in containers at:

If you would like to find out more about obtaining a free window-still trough, contact Natalie.McCall@SAUWS.org.uk with the heading CONTAINER PROJECT

Garden sessions run:

Sessions will run:

Hamilton Campus – Tues 12-3pm

Ayr Campus – Thurs 11-4pm

Paisley Campus – Wed & Fri 12-2

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Celebrating the Old, Anticipating the New: A reflection upon SAUWS Environment’s highlights over the last 18 months

As we approach the final week of the project 2013/15, we here at SAUWS Environment feel it is a fitting time to do a little reflection over the past 18 months and celebrate just how far we have come. This is by no means the end but only the beginning for something new here at the University as we enter the new chapter of the project on April 1st.

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It is with a sense of joy and pride we have culminated our top 10 highlights of the project this far into a list. Where possible, we have provided some pictures, videos and a little information surrounding these landmarks.

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Freshers Fair 2013 & 2014

Freshers 2013 was where it all really began for SAUWS Environment. It was at this stage we were still young, innocent and finding our feet. This offered the team its first chance to engage with the students of UWS and spread the word of what the project was going to offer over the next 18 months. On the day we were lucky enough to be joined by Peachy Keen, who provided fantastic entertainment with their bicycle powered scalectrix challenge. I think we actually lost count of the number of students taking part that day but one that sticks in mind was the Universities very own Principal.

Freshers 2014 was our second opportunity to make new friends and make new friends we did. This time around St Andrews University were kind enough to let us borrow their bicycle powered scalectrix equipment. Other features on this day included the SAUWS Free Shop and Home Energy Scotland’s Fuel Good Driving simulator. One of the main highlights was without doubt the SAUWS Environment Guess the Cress competition. Our lucky winner Tasha picked up some handy shopping vouchers for Morrisons after the team had undertaken the painstaking task of counting that cress.

Go Green Week 2014 & 2015

For the team, Go Green Week stands out as our annual biggie. With Go Green Week being a national weeklong event focused on combating climate change, this is always the event where we want to pull out all the stops. Over the past two years we enjoyed great success taking Go Green Week across three of the UWS campuses, connecting with a massive amount of students.

Both years involved an action packed line up which included activities such as the Rags to Riches Up-cycle workshops, Glasgow Bike Station’s Dr Bike, SAUWS very own Free Shop, Home Energy Scotland’s Fuel Good Driving simulator, Love Food Hate Waste Workshops and project themed film nights. Having all these great activities is only half the success of the event though, the most important part of all was the engagement of the staff and students at UWS. Without doubt it was this that made these events so special each year.

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SRUC Students Designing Ayr Garden

Way back in the early days of the project, the UWS community garden teamed up with a group of SRUC students to run a competition for designing the Ayr community garden. This engagement between the project and the students has always been the true essence of what the Community Gardens are all about. A selection of carefully crafted designs were submitted and even though competition was tough, the combined efforts of Kathryn Trinder and Louise Wakeling eventually went on to be developed as what is today, the Riverside Community garden on Ayr Campus.

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UWS Community Gardens and launch parties

The past 18 months have seen the three UWS Community gardens grow from seedlings to thriving harvest. Thanks to student and staff engagement, these plots have taken shape and are without doubt heading towards the self sustaining legacy we had always hoped for. While we have enjoyed the harvests of delicious vegetables our three garden launch parties in 2014 stick in the mind as glorious occasions.

On April 22nd we brought the party to the Ayr Garden, with Transitions staff member Chris Forster creating a wonderful spread that included handmade bread and cakes and a fantastic homemade soup. On a beautiful spring day students and staff joined together and enjoyed lunch while taking part in a garden session.

May 1st saw the garden party move to the Paisley Campus, this time we threw the event within the Students’ Union, with live music from Losing Ground and Danny Neo. This event also celebrated and said goodbye to what was a successful Transitions project and enjoyed a fantastic buffet provided by local ethical supplier Locavore.

The final party took place May 16th on the Hamilton Campus in a similar fashion to that of the Ayr celebration previous. Again students and staff joined together to take part in garden activities and enjoyed another fine spread of food provided by Locavore.

While the garden continues to grow we hope to continue to hold similar events in the near future, it is these get togethers that make the project feel even more worthwhile.

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Our Relationship with the Glasgow Bike Station

Over the past 18 months we have had an ever increasing relationship with the Glasgow Bike Station. Without these guys we would have had no chance of running events and activities anywhere near the standard we have up until now. With active travel as one of the main elements of our project we have run a series of events in connection with the Glasgow bike station. These have included Dr Bike, an open bike maintenance session where students and staff can bring along their bike for a tune up or repair. Dr Bike workshops, where students and staff get the opportunity to learn the skills required to fix their own bikes. We also organised the SAUWS bike run in October 2014 using bikes from the Glasgow Bike Station, this event proved a success amongst the student community and is something that will certainly be taking place again in the new project.

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Bicycle Powered Film Nights

Over the course of the project we ran a selection of film nights across the campuses, showing movies that ran with the theme of the project. When the opportunity came to provide something that bit more special we jumped at the chance to organise the bicycle powered film nights. At these events we would provide the movie and the snacks, but in return the students took their turn to provide the power by pedalling the specially designed bikes that run the projector. While a lot of sweat was shed in the process, the novelty of the bicycle powered cinema was a real success and just another one of the great memories of the project this past year.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 was certainly one to remember. SAUWS Environment ran the “Stick with Foncho” campaign on Paisley Campus collecting a multitude of signatures for the worldwide petition supporting the sale of Fairtrade bananas in our supermarkets. Highlights were members of staff dressed as giant bananas and the stall set up in the D Block concourse providing participating staff and students with free Fairtrade tea, coffee, bananas and homemade bakery items. A blog post detailing the events of this event can be found here…..

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SAUWS Free Shop

Without doubt one of the biggest successes of the project over the past 18 months has been the SAUWS Free Shop. This pop us shop has takenplace on each of the UWS campuses on a regular basis. The idea behind this venture is based on the principle that students donate their unwanted items to us, and then in turn we run a pop up shop offering these same items to fellow students for FREE. Two successfully organised collections at the halls of residence provided a massive amount of items including kitchenware, clothing, stationary, books and much more which has since been re-circulated amongst the students’ community. This has been such a success that over the course of the new project we aim to develop an online version of the Free Shop, making items more readily available in an online space.

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Green Impact

SAUWS has run the Green Impact programme with university staff during the academic years 2011-12, 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme where university departments compete to complete the highest number of environmentally-friendly actions in their workplace. During this project, 16 departmental teams signed up with a departmental reach of 246 staff members. It is this engagement between staff, students and the Green Impact project that creates a real shift towards change, reducing CO2e within the university. It is a team effort and every contributor is equally as important as the last.

In June 2014 the team celebrated at the annual Green Impact awards on Paisley campus. We look forward to presenting the same ceremony this year, rewarding those involved for their hard work.

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The Conformation of New Funding!!

While so much was achieved throughout the project, the conformation of funding to run SAUWS Environment for another year was by far one of the best moments for the project as a whole. This allowed us to plan for the future, developing new ideas for events, activities and campaigns. So much hard work went into this process from now departed team member Melanie Hall and UWS staff member Claire Roxburgh. It is from here we want to fulfil the faith placed upon us and deliver the best possible work over the coming year and we want all at UWS to be involved.

We hope that you have enjoyed our whistle stop tour of the past 18 months with us within this blog post. While the team members have changed over the duration, the same positive ethos remains. The current team would like to thank the hard work of Elizabeth Dirth, Melanie Hall and Kristina Nitsolova who set the foundations and ground work for the past and future success of the project.

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Sustainable Solutions for Resolutions: SAUWS Environment’s 10 ideas for sustainable New Year’s resolutions

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January resolutions become everyone’s mantra after spending the whole previous year making goals and to some extent failing to stick with these goals, this is pretty normal because we as humans learn more when we try more – even failure shows at least we are trying. Talking about new resolutions, have we ever thought of doing something different this year? In other words rather than planning to buy a new car, house and expensive holidays do we think about simple things in our life such as helping the environment, cutting down energy uses and adopting sustainability!
Our environment is changing rapidly and so are our lives. Ever increasing health issues, stress and most importantly changes in weather affecting our lives every day. We need to join hands to protect ourselves and this beautiful earth from these dramatically rising issues because we humans gave birth to these issues, therefore we need to rise up to guard against these damaging problems.

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This quote explains reality “A resolution is only truly sustainable (successful) if it serves a bigger purpose”. However many times we feel ourselves deviating from those bigger purposes , we give up too quick without thinking that consistency is an essential ingredient of success. In addition, we see our motivation fading away gradually (in some cases dramatically) to face big challenges because we only think that those problems are too big. So here comes the question, how can we really change when we find our self with a lack of motivation and energy to make change?

Here I argue that to be able to focus on our resolutions we need to begin focus on ourselves. It is enormously important that we start thinking, to be among those people that can make real change at personal and bigger level. It’s not possible to make change while we feel stressed, exhausted and unhealthy already.
In the majority of cases, New Year’s resolutions are likely to be big and we promise our self to stay on it longer than we did last year. To a great extent and realistically we repeat this process every year! We find our self adhering to these promises for a short period, but have we ever thought about having small but effective goals? In other words rather than trying to make extreme changes which last within days or weeks, we should make tiny and effective goals which last longer.

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So here are some different but effective New Year’s resolutions that can help us to gain healthy life and can stop degradation of environment.

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(1) Take your bicycle out of the shed. People who re-start cycling to work and/or the supermarket often say that it’s lovely to rediscover their area that way. This could be the most relaxing resolution you take! It also helps you to stay fit and saves money and time of going into the gym (only if you are too busy)

 

 

public transport(2) Use public transport more. Exception! When there is snow or bad weather cycling sounds less tempting. If that’s the case where you live, start using public transport to go to work and the supermarket. The more people in public transport, less the chances of congestion and emissions!

 

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(3) Make your home efficient. Replace the heavy voltage bulbs with energy efficient ones. Use washing machine at lower temperature. Don’t fill your kettle to the top while boiling water, it takes longer to boil and uses more electricity. The ideal temperature to sleep is around 16 degrees Celsius. If that’s too cold for you, do it in steps – half a degree less each month. You might realise you even sleep better – and you will see it on your heating bill!

 

ELECTRONICS(4) Keep your electronics for the year. New cell-phone? Must absolutely have the latest iPad? How about the newly released gaming console? Our consumption of electronics is reaching records. Make a break, and promise not to buy new electronics this year, unless the one you already have breaks down (and when it does, ensure it is recycled properly!).

 

outdoors(5) Spend more time outdoors. Learn to enjoy nature again. Make a habit of taking a weekly walk outside. We have become so used to living in our houses and in our cars, many people have no idea what nature looks like anymore.

 

 

sustainability_studies(6) Convince and spread awareness to other people about sustainability. Try to spread the message of sustainability to other people, start with your family, then friends and those people who you see on and off and of course neighbours. It may sound a boring topic to some people but it’s always good to convince them with evidence you will achieve from your resolutions. We will be able to grow a movement capable of protecting our planet.

 

health(7) Improve Your Health: In most cases, personal and environmental health are interlinked. When you think about improving your health this year, consider things like eating fresh, local foods to help you lose weight and support organic farming. Promise yourself to stop smoking and stick to it, you will see the difference in your health and bank balance. Start exercising consistently; even 10 minutes physical training in your room will make a difference. Walk more, cut back on things like using the car to the supermarket when you don’t need much. Try doing the garden, it will refresh your mind and keep you healthy as well.

 

Freecycle Swap Shop poster November Collection(8) Organizing Your Home and Life: We all know how the chaos in our homes affects our sense of well-being. It creates stress and fills our free time with more chores and the accumulation of all that “stuff” does harm to our natural resources. Donating our excess to a good cause keeps it out of a landfill and by decreasing our consumption of new “stuff” we keep our environmental footprint small. SAUWS Environment collect student and staff donations ranging from kitchenware to clothing and books throughout term time. These are then made available for free via our SAUWS Free shop which runs on a monthly basis on each campus. If you would like to donate or come along to our Free Shop contact Sustainability@SAUWS.org.uk for further information.

 

health(9) Improving Your Lifestyle: Give more time to loved ones, getting involved with a charity, or reconnect to your spiritual beliefs all depends on a healthy, happy life. Create that purpose by getting involved with the things that matter most to you.

 

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(10) Join organisations that promote sustainability: I am sure there are many organisations in your area that spread the message of sustainability. Look then up and get in touch with them. At UWS, SAUWS Environment is an active organisation running workshops, activities and events promoting sustainable change for the environment. If you are interested and want to get involved visit our website, Facebook or contact sustainability@SAUWS.org.uk.

We have to do something in order to create a change in our lives and protect our environment. This story doesn’t end on these ten steps; I would rather say it’s the beginning of a more sustainable lifestyle and a chance to prosper in our lives. We only live once and we only have one planet. Let’s embrace it.

Chill out : 5 great tips to de-stress as University heats up this winter

Winter can often be a stressful time for students. With the ever looming shadow of exams and the onslaught of the Christmas season with its shopping and onslaught of horrific novelty songs, students cannot be blamed if they start to become stressed out. We are here to help!!! This week celebrates de-stress week at UWS with events and activities across each campus. Check out what is going down here.

We hope you can join us but if you can’t, fear not, here is 5 great tips that will stop you from tearing your hair out and allow you to enjoy  the winter season stress free.

 

  1. Go for a Merry Stroll

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If life is getting you down and everything seems to be just piling up and you just want to tell the world to shut and leave you be, there’s no better way of clearing your head than going for a nice quiet walk.  It’s a great stress reliever giving you a chance to get some great exercise and allow you to just lose yourself in the peacefulness of it all. I recommend going somewhere that is quiet like a park early in the morning or mid afternoon if you enjoy a lie in, so that you can better enjoy the tranquillity.

 

  1. Pick up a Book

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If you’re feeling stressed I’ve always found that a great way of taking your mind of is to take heed of that old saying ‘lose yourself in a good book’. It as simple as that. Find a book that fits your fancy and just clear yourself some time and just let the reading take over. You don’t have to read War and Peace or anything that could prop up a table, just pick something to take your mind off anything that troubles you.

 

  1. Try Gardeningclx-gift-guide-gardening-de

We touched upon this in a previous piece on this blog entitled 5 reasons to get into gardening where we talked of the positives of well gardening of course. In case you haven’t read it here is the basic gist of why it’s a great stress reliever, it’s peaceful and allows you to have an intense physical workout. But it is not merely a physical exercise as it has been found that by focusing your efforts on such a task, it allows your mind to critically assess issues that are affecting your life. Perhaps toiling away in the gardening may help you reach a solution on a problem that giving you grief. Most importantly however, gardening is just a good way to calm you down and mellow out.

 

  1. See Your FriendsFriendsSoccer

The Beatles sang a whole song about getting through life with the help of your friends, and I sincerely take that to heart. If things are piling up and it feels like the world is about to just fall on top of you I’ve always found that just meeting up with your friends and spending time away from the problem will allow you relax and clear your mind. Plus hanging out with your friends is a lot of fun, so if not to deal with a problem use it to let of some steam.

 

  1. Practice Mindfulnessminfullness

More and more people are setting time aside to practice mindful meditation every day. All it takes it 10 to 15 minute out of your day to shut out everything else and focus on what’s inside. It is proven to relieve stress, help depression, enhance mood and focus for everyday life. It is commonly practiced first thing in the morning but people can fit it in anywhere they have time in their schedule. There are many techniques but most focus on breathing, leading to a relaxed state of mind shutting out the outside world. For further information and tips follow this link.

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Why not just try all of these! Yes it’s really that simple, can’t decide which one to use to distress, do them all I say. Winter can be stressful all of us what with work, exams and the holidays, it can feel like everything is just coming all at once and there’s no shame in admitting that it can be too much for one person to handle, but I feel that by taking heed of one or all of the methods described above I feel that it could help you relax, think about how to deal with the issues facing you and perhaps help you enjoy a stress free winter. Although we will still have to endure the terrible Christmas songs.

We Thank Tree: 10 reasons we all need trees in our lives

We Thank Tree, for all that you bring us! 🙂

What would we do without trees? Trees are those silent giants, gazing down on us from the background in our everyday lives, littering our pavements in the autumn by providing crunchy leaves to step on. Few things compare eating an ice cream on a hot summer day with the breeze softly rustling leaves in the background. Trees have been part of human mythology and history since the beginning of the times: the Vikings believed all the inhabited worlds revolved around Yggdrasil, a tree; the Bible and the Qu’ran talk about the Tree of Life or Immortality; Mesoamerican cultures revered trees. Trees are so important. I have listed a few reasons why, and I hope you can come up with many more and leave us a comment.

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Clean air

As obvious as it might seem, we can’t ignore one of the main benefits of trees. They absorb CO2 and release oxygen, thus cleaning the atmosphere of pollution and giving back clean air. They help reduce the greenhouse effect – in one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles or enough oxygen for 18 people. In fact, some of that effort in reforestation and tree conservation seems to be paying off since for the first time since it was spotted in the late 1970s, it has been reported the ozone layer hole hovering over Antarctica has stopped growing and might begin to shrink. This is incredible news that should encourage and spur us all to continue fighting for a cleaner environment, protecting our forest mass.

 

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We have all heard the saying; give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, give him a rod and teach him he will eat for a lifetime. Similar principle for planting trees; buy fruit from the shop, eat it till it’s done, plant a tree in your garden, supply for a lifetime. We do not all have the luxury of space to grow our own trees for fruits like delicious apples and pears but more and more community gardens are cropping up in cities all over Great Britain. UWS has one on each campus with SAUWS Environment charged with running and maintain these. Community gardens are a great opportunity to learn to grow your own food and offer space for sustainable planting such as amazing apple trees. If it interests you have a look online for your local area. See the bottom of the page for more information on the UWS Community Gardens.

 

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Medicine

When I was a child, I used to love, love, love Disney’s Pocahontas. I found the character strong, was endlessly fascinated by the colours (in the wind), and admired Pocahonta’s brave decision to stay with her family instead of going to England with her new-found love. I remember watching it for possibly the sixth time and asking my mum why was Pocahontas giving John Smith’s willow bark to cure his wounds. Turns out willow bark has been used for thousands of years! Since it contains high concentrations of salicylic acid, it has similar effects to aspirin and helps mitigate pain caused by menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Recently, scientists found a berry in Australia that destroys cancerous cells, while the tender insides of aloe vera are a common remedy for mild skin burns. The bark of cinchona tree contains quinine, which is widely prescribed to treat malaria in countries that can’t afford the expensive treatments provided by the pharmaceutical industry. Humankind has been using medicinal plants for at least 5,000 years, and they are the reason many of our ancestors survived.

 

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Energy

Burning wood to create heat is an outdated, extremely polluting method. However, other methods use leftover wood to create energy. Biomass is the most prominent, using plant-based waste to create energy through burning. The main component is forest residue: dead trees, branches and tree stumps, garden clippings, wood chips, straw coming from crop harvest, and even municipal solid waste can all be processed and burned to create energy. Biomass can be processed to turn into biofuel, another form of renewable energy.

 

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Temperature regulation

In hot countries, trees are used as a way to bring down temperatures in the city, which tends to trap heat in concrete. Romans and Arabs already knew this, creating urban oasis where the population could take refuge during scorching hot days. According to a study by the University of Manchester, tree shade reduces temperatures by around 5 to 7C. This reduction in temperature will also reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings, improve the air quality, and the quality of life, since it offers a beautiful sight and acts as a sound barrier of sorts. There are even some urban bus prototypes in Spain and the US that have a patch of grass installed at the top, thus counteracting the bus’ CO2emissions. Some bus stops in Sheffield have also installed patches of grass on top.

 

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Beauty

Intimately linked to the medicinal uses of trees, the beauty industry also sources some of its best-selling products from our forests. A good example is tea tree oil, which not only is disinfectant, but will also help with acne, dandruff, or dull hair. Tea tree oil products are everywhere and with good reason. Another star product sourced from trees is sandalwood – its very expensive oil is used in perfumes to add a deep, enveloping scent that lingers for hours. Rosehip oil helps with scarring, lavender oil helps with burns and sleep, and eucalyptus oil is used in perfumes and medicine alike.

Henna paste, extracted from the henna plant, is also used by many cultures in Asia and Africa to dye hair or draw beautiful, intricate designs on skin, leaving a dark red tint that fades away naturally after a few weeks.

 

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Stopping desertification

Desertification is a real threat, not so much in the UK but definitely in warmer areas of our planet. Desertification is land degradation, when an arid area becomes a desert. It is a very severe problem in several countries, which are seeing how their natural bodies of water and wildlife are disappearing and giving way to unliveable, dry, arid land. One of the biggest projects to stop desertification is the pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW), an 11-country effort that seeks to stop the advance of the Sahara and Sahel deserts. The project has an international funding of up to three billions dollars, which will create jobs and boost the regions’ economy.The Sahel zone is the transition between the Sahara in the north and the African savannas in the south, and includes parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. These countries, in collaboration with local farmers and inhabitants of the lands affected by the Sahel desert’s advances, are planting indigenous trees from drought-resistant species, mostly acacias, to form a 15-km wide band across the continent. During the rainy season, the trees go dormant and then when the dry season begins, they grow their leaves again. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on. This grows better, more abundant crops which increase food security for the farmers and their families. So, people using their ancestral knowledge of trees stops desertification and ensures food for all the family.

 

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Sand dune preservation

Sand dunes are a common sight in our beaches and national parks, but they are endangered, threatened by human activity. Sand dunes are very important, because they’re a natural barrier to the destructive forces of wind and waves, our first line of defence against coastal storms and beach erosion. They are also home to unique wildlife.One of the best ways to protect our sand dunes is to plant trees and shrubs that will help the sand stay in place and move naturally. The trees and shrubs take roots and offer a solid base for the sand and the animals. Scotland has the most of the sand dune beaches in the UK and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Scottish sand dunes are threatened by for-profit, non-native tree growing that has overtaken dune areas, and by non-native shrubs that were planted originally to protect dunes but are now spreading, killing off native species. There are several privately and publicly funded initiatives in Scotland which seek preservation of Scottish sand dunes.

 

Economic benefits

Trees bring countless economic benefits. A property near a park or on a leafy street will see its value multiply, as trees are beautiful and something buyers consider desirable. A community with a forest nearby can benefit from tourists who seek to get in touch with nature or sightsee.  Someone with a few apple trees can sell the leftover apples and earn some extra money. The clean energy and forestry industries are some with the most future prospects, since our dependence on cheap, fossil fuel is coming to an end.

 

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They are beautiful!

It is important to recognise their beauty, because not only are trees extremely useful, they are also gorgeous. There is no other way to put it. Trees are beautiful. They are the cure to all eyesores. There are few sights in the natural world more beautiful than a big forest full of lush trees, more majestic than an ancient olive tree, more colourful than an autumn forest, and few sights sadder than land recently ravaged by a forest fire. Their beauty is linked with reducing stress and depression in long-term hospital patients, and people have been decorating their houses with trees and plants for thousands of years. Botanical Gardens not only are educational, but also make for a beautiful stroll on a sunny day, and, like forests, fields, or jungles, are a source of inspiration to artists.

 

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We hope that our extensive coverage of the importance of trees in our everyday life was enjoyable for you. SAUWS Environment is pleased to announce the confirmation of UWS Community Garden Tree week commencing Monday 10th November. The team have received a selection of trees to be planted on the Riverside Community Garden on Ayr Campus and we need your help!

Would you like to provide a habitat for wildlife? Provide food for the future? Make a positive impact on the environment?

Come along and join us, make your mark on campus… these will hopefully be around for future generations of students to enjoy!

No prior experience is necessary, all are welcome.

For further information contact: Melanie.hall@sustainability.org.uk 

So, tell us – what other reasons can you think of why we need trees in our lives? Let us know in the comments!

 

By Mireia and Liam