How to make the most of a sunny British summer
With another hotter-than-average summer predicted by the Met Office, is it too soon to think about how we'll enjoy the rare pleasure of a sunny Blighty? We've pulled together a whole raft of ways we can live greener during the anticipated warm weather, so let's hope we haven't jinxed it...
Holiday at home (or close to it!)
Significantly reduce your carbon footprint with one easy decision – don't fly away on holiday this year. With sun on the menu for our shores, why not take the opportunity to relax, revel and recuperate under British blue skies?
>> Take a staycation – yes, spending your summer's break at home is no hardship. Follow our ground rules to maximise the fun and ease of the no-travel holiday.
>> Explore the British Isles – how much of our country have you visited? From spectacular lakes and white sand beaches to magical steam railways and world-class museums, contemporary culture at revived resorts and banging music festivals to pure tranquillity and indulgent wellness centres, there's so much that demands our attention!
Try a little grow your own
While it's a little late in the season to start growing fruit and veg, if you have a spare spot on the patio or on a south-facing windowsill, why not start a fragrant herb collection? Start with a few perennials and your plants will add flavour and aroma to your food for years to come!
>> Mint plants are the very definition of easy to grow, since with adequate water the leaves will shoot up like wildfire. Keep yours confined to a pot to stop this enthusiastic herb taking over your garden.
>> Oregano, rosemary and thyme thrive on lots of sun, quick draining soils and a bit of healthy neglect. Perfect for those of us who are more inclined to lounge and eat than work in the garden!
Extra sun over July and August promises bumper British crops in fields, polytunnels and greenhouses across the land. The faster produce comes to the plate, the more delicious, so make dinner more local whilst the sun shines and savour the taste of fewer food miles.
A good excuse to spend more time outdoors
Who wants to be stuck at a desk on a bright and beautiful day? No one. Fortunately, we have a handy guide to help you minimise the indoor and maximise the outdoor this summer. Proven good for you...
Use the summer wisely for in a blink of an eye we'll be back in our coats and heading into the damp and misty days of autumn. Until then, happy sunning from all of us at Greenredeem!