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Saving our beautiful bluebells

Posted on May 13th, 2017 by Aoife Glass

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Did you know that the UK has 50% of the world population of common bluebells?

Those beautiful flowers that carpet our woods and forests at this time of …

Spotting the animal signs of spring

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Aoife Glass

Spotting the animal signs of spring. Images via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

The days are getting longer, the mornings and evenings are lighter, the temperature is warming up. Everywhere, life is beginning …

Give your time to help wildlife

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by Aoife Glass

Keen to help keep things wild in your local environment, or help ensure that wildlife has a safe home in the UK? Then why not get involved in some of the organisations around the country that look after our national parks and wild paces by volunteering your time?

Wildlife volunteering

Some of …

Reasons for hope

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by Aoife Glass

The start of a new year is always a hopeful time. It represents a fresh start, the chance to wipe the slate clean and begin again, to make those changes you always think about doing. It’s a …

Eco-friendly New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 31st, 2016 by Aoife Glass

“Team Singapore fireworks display from Singapore Fireworks Festival 2006” by Sehsuan

2017 is here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to make a few changes in your life that could help people, animals and the planet itself. So …

How to help wildlife over winter

Posted on December 8th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

What can you do to help wildlife cope with the cold temperatures and short, dark days of winter when food is scarce? Plenty!

A robin, or Erithacus …

Top tips for a sustainable Christmas

Posted on December 4th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

We love Christmas! Cold weather, mince pies, winter walks and lots of time spent with family and friends. It’s a happy season, with presents and decorated trees and lots of tasty food. It can also be a season that produces an awful lot of waste and uses a lot of …

5 great ideas for Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 24th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

At this time of year, it’s hard to ignore all the offers, emails, posters and signs about the face that Christmas is coming, it’s time to get shopping, and of course the avalanche of  Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and bargains. Now, while we won’t argue with the fact …

What is hibernation?

Posted on November 20th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

The temperature is low, the trees are bare, not much is growing and there’s not much to eat. Winter is a hard time of year for many animals, and they’ve evolved different ways of dealing with it. One way to get through the cold dark months is to sleep all …

Roots & Shoots at the GEMS Modern Academy, Abu Dhabi

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Aoife Glass

‘Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.’

— Dr. Jane Goodall


The Roots & Shoots Team often travel the world, and we love meeting the inspiring, determined and talented young people who are working to make the world a better place. In a recent visit …

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