According to the Agroforestry Research Trust, a Forest Garden is ” a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.” It is the way that Nature herself works in many settings, with trees providing cover and protection for an array of bushes and smaller plants that flourish in harmony closer to the earth. They take a lot of careful planning to set up, to get the balance right, but once established they can provide a very good return for the space. They don’t have to be huge, either – you don’t have to own a whole forest to have one – when done well, they can be scaled down to domestic garden size. With growing pressure on land, and with increasing numbers of people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, if only to ensure quality and freshness, this could be the way forward. A simple forest garden will have three layers – trees, shrubs and ground plants – but why stop there? There can be up to seven...
Category: Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing
This is taken from the mid-month Indigo Update for January 2021: So, that’s it. We are now officially, finally, out of the EU. The deal is done – and, as always, the devil is in the detail. While much noise was made about imports & exports; about travel restrictions and reciprocal health agreements, much more is only now coming to light, thanks to eagle-eyed watchers. The Guardian newspaper reported on 9th January that the UK Government had broken its promise to maintain the ban on bee-harming pesticides and – quite rightly – those who care about such things are buzzing with anger. Back in 2018 the UK, along with other EU members, banned the use of a particular type of pesticides called neonicontinoids. Its own advisory board had stated, “scientific evidence now suggests the environmental risks posed by neonictinoids – particularly to our bees and pollinators – are greater than previously understood, supporting the case for further restrictions.” It took a lot of work by those who care about the environment to achieve that particular victory, and so it is especially disappointing (to put it mildly) that the UK Government has reneged on the agreement so quickly. So keen was...
I have only recently been introduced to Pam Gregory’s website and her videos. In this one, which is about 30 minutes long, she very simply and clearly explains what is going on “out there” with the planets, and how their movement is going to impact on our lovely planet and on us in the coming year or two. Well worth a watch.
Indigo Umbrella was founded back in October 2014, with the strapline “where Science meets Spirituality”. It is long overdue that Sustainability is officially added to the mix and the programme is actively being expanded to embrace this. There are various aspects to this, including hemp as a sustainable crop; medicinal use of cannabis; forest gardens; ecology in action. Now, more than ever, we can see all around us that it is vital to bring these elements – Science, Spirituality and Sustainability – closer together. The energy shifts are moving us into the Age of Aquarius, an age of sharing and caring, community and co-operation, and respect for our beautiful planet. A permanent home for the Indigos will allow us to practice what we preach, and we are working on that – but in the meantime, let’s just all do what we can to look after ourselves, to stay positive, to help others at this time. In the words of the Indigo mantra: Stand your Ground. Speak your Truth. Shine your Light.
Pick your man and your number before you check the definitions. Pick a man before you read!! Which number of the 21 little people in the tree do you resonate with? Look at the picture before reading below….[translated] This simple psycho-emotional test inspired by Pip Willson’s method can reveal interesting points about you. Pip Willson is a psychologist and trainer known worldwide for the very simple method in which he manages to help people find their maximum potential and balance in life. Pip Wilson also invented the Blob Tree method. If you chose the little man 2 or 3, then you are an ambitious and confident person. You know that you will succeed all the time and that convenient situations will always come up to help you in your progress. Little man number 1 is a self-assured person, content with his life and optimistic. He is an intelligent person, the capabia should see in perspective. Little man number 21 is a person who tries, but does not know how to find the best solutions for his life. He is a little man who must learn to ask for help from those around him and to give up his suspicious nature....
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A hemp house made from hemp bricks – very practical, very environmentally friendly.
He was in Berlin on the anniversary of JFK’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech talking about children, health – and freedom of speech. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Holds a Press Conference in Berlin After Launching CHD’s Europe Chapter
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