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  1. The 1st of March is St David's Day.

    St David is the Patron Saint of the beautiful country of Wales. He’s also the Patron Saint of Doves.   He was known as Dewi Sant in Welsh and he was born in Pembrokeshire. 

    He was known for performing miracles.  For example, apparently he was preaching to a big crowd and he raised the ground beneath him into a hill, so that everyone could hear his sermon!

    There are events to celebrate St David’s Day all over the country.  People wear a daffodil or a leek, and children wear Welsh costumes.  They take part in traditional Welsh dancing, take part in school concerts, recite poetry and sing folk songs.  They might eat Welsh cakes, Welsh rarebit or some Bara brith tea loaf. 

    So I thought I’d raise awareness of the work being done to keep Wales and her wildlife beautiful, to preserve her wonderful places.

    Introducing the Welsh Wildlife Trusts!

    Joining your local Wildlife Trust can help you find out more about nature and what you can do to help.  Membership gives you access to events – and it’s a great way to meet people with like-minded interests!

    Visit the Welsh Wildlife Trusts website

    There are 5 Wildlife Trusts around Wales and they all have membership schemes.    

    North Wales




    South and West Wales

    Help the Wildlife Trusts look after wildlife in the sea and on land

    Crucially, memberships help the Wildlife Trusts do a number of things:

    • It supports their work to create a Living Landscape, reconnecting natural habitats across Wales
    • It helps secure Living Seas where marine wildlife can thrive, from the ocean depths to coastlines
    • It connects people of all ages with nature and wildlife
    • It helps protect species which are threatened such as otters, water voles and butterflies
    • It enables the Wildlife Trusts to stand up for wildlife on sea and land, to make sure that politicians and decision-makers give nature a chance

    Help the Wildlife Trust look after wildlife such as butterflies, otters and water voles

    Visit the Welsh Wildlife Trusts’ website to find out more
     and give a nature lover a gift membership.

    All images copyright to the Welsh Wildlife Trusts


  2. Great news!

    English Heritage (who look after some amazing properties such as Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle) have announced a 15% off special offer on their Gift Memberships!

    Give them some great days out with a Gift Membership to English Heritage

    Buying a gift membership to English Heritage will not only give your loved ones some fantastic days out and help them create memories of days out of their own, but you'll also be helping to keep the story of England's history alive for future generations!

    And with the February half term approaching, this is a great opportunity to treat them to an English Herigage membership so that they can get out and about, and discover more about England's heritage!

    At English Heritage, just use code 'EH2020' at checkout and you can get 15% off Gift Memberships :-)  The code expires 31 March 2020.

    Members benefit from...

    • Unlimited access to over 400 historic places
    • Free entry for up to six children - Membership includes six accompanying children per adult Member, under 18 and within the family group.
    • Free or reduced price entry to 100s of exciting events
    • Free parking where the car park is owned by English Heritage

    All you need to do is to use the code 'EH2020' at check-out to get your 15% off !   This code is valid until 31 March 2020.

    Gift a gift membership to English Heritage today


  3. On 29th February, the National Trust have a Leap for Nature day (as it's a leap year).

    The idea is that as many of us as possible make a promise to help nature, whether we build a bug hotel in the garden or reduce our food packaging, whether we help clean up a beach or the countryside, or plant wildlife friendly flowers to encourage bees and butterflies.  We could choose to watch what energy we're using extra carefully or 

    Nature has never needed help so badly, so please take a look at the National Trust's website and find out more about making a promise to nature.

    I'm revamping my garden this year;  it's not very big but I want to give it over to nature and wildlife.  That's one of the things I want to do.  I figure that the human race has taken over enough of nature's places for its own ends, so it's time to start giving it back to nature and wildlife where we can.

    Everyone can do something for nature

    Make a promise for nature 

    Visit the National Trust's website.

  4. How do you fancy a delightful Afternoon Tea Cruise along the River Thames on Willow Room?

    Sail along the River Thames and enjoy the wonderful Berkshire countryside.

    Enjoy Afternoon Tea as you take in the sights

    Tuck into a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, sip tea, and just relax as you sail up the Thames and journey through the heart of Windsor.

    Find out ore about river dining experiences

    Windsor is just about 20 miles from central London but it feels a world away!  The world-famous Windsor Castle is here; it’s the longest occupied castle in Europe!

    Use the code BW10 and enjoy 10% off!

    Or, if you prefer, you could enjoy Lunch, or Dinner or Sunday Lunch.  Imagine just sitting back and enjoying the food and the view, and experience of making your way down the Thames….

    A great afternoon outing - sightseeing and Afternoon Tea!

    Anyway, sail away to Bateaux London, and find out about the Willow Room experiences.