March marks the month we should be getting out to start our gardening jobs for 2021. (Well, there’s not a lot else we can do!)
Research regularly demonstrates that outdoor activities (including exercise and gardening), the presence of plants and trees and seeing natural views from a window can all lower stress hormone levels and improve adults’ and children’s mental health, well-being and productivity. Being absorbed in gardening can distract your attention away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
It also gives us the opportunity to do our little bit for Planet Suffolk! As individuals we may not be able to make much difference on a global scale, but we certainly can on a local level. We all know that Mother Nature is currently struggling and needs a helping hand.
We can all do a little bit in our own back gardens. It could be putting up bird tables, nest boxes, putting out food and water for birds and wildlife, planting wildflowers etc. In this issue, we feature tips on what we can do to help hedgehog numbers (Pages 6 & 7).
At the time of writing, we can’t go anywhere or barely meet anyone, but we can walk locally, which is essential for our mental and physical well-being. This month we detail in our centre pages a walk around Thornham Magna via Wickham Skeith. Next month we will suggest another local walk.
Another thing we are still allowed to do, is care for our local environment. 7-year-old, Alice Collier, has been walking everyday around Gislingham with her family and has been disappointed by the amount the amount of rubbish she has been seeing left on the ground. She and her family have been clearing up the rubbish left by others, as part of their daily exercise walk. So, Alice has provided a poster appealing for everyone to follow her 8-point “Please Clean Up” campaign, which we have published on Page 30. So, here’s your chance to do a little bit for the both the village and the environment. In addition, we highlight the dangers of discarded face masks. – “Snip the straps” on page 31.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this issue.