The Green Scene

Our children really want to save the planet! New research from Explore Learning has found that pollution is our children’s biggest worry for the future, followed by the extinction of animals and rising sea levels.

In the UK-wide survey of 1,000 children aged four to 14, eighty seven per cent said they believe that ‘saving the environment’ should be taught in schools, and over one third (38%) said they were very concerned about the future of the environment revealing a strong urge amongst our children to educate themselves fully about the damage we are causing, and a desire to change our habits in order to put things right for their future.

So as parents how can we help and do better for Mother Earth? Leading by example and making a few simple changes to our lifestyle, such as changing how we shop, thinking more about the products we do buy, and how we dispose of the waste (recycle more) are small steps which can make a huge difference and will show our kids we really care too…


Fresh From The Farm


We love spring! This bright and uplifting season gives us longer days, warmer weather and blooming trees, not to mention a fresh range of produce to enjoy. Behind us are the days of heavy winter

stews and hearty pies. Spring greens, sweet berries and seasonal meat and fish make way for renewed inspiration in the kitchen.

With an abundance of seasonal ingredients to behold, there’s no better place than the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market to discover the best food that Scotland has to offer! Market-goers can take full advantage of opportunities for fresh flavours and new recipes. Not only can you rest easy knowing that your food hasn’t travelled far and will taste fantastic, but you’re also supporting Scottish farmers – the champions of fresh and local produce. Does it get any better than that?

Knowing what to buy doesn’t have to be difficult. There are some great resources available like Greener Scotland and Love Food Hate Waste that offer a wealth of advice as well as plenty of

inspiring and seasonal recipes. Perhaps the best resource of all is the farmers themselves. So don’t be shy and come along to the market for a friendly chat.

 “There’s no better place than the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market to discover the best food that Scotland has to offer!”


One World Shop

If you haven’t yet discovered the extensive new shop at Nicolson Square make sure you drop in this summer and enjoy the exciting new ranges of fairly-traded, sustainably sourced products. Rugs, homeware, fashion accessories, bamboo socks, jewellery, foods, toys and unusual handmade gifts in a beautiful setting.

One World Shop sell fantastic gifts for kids such as this high quality Fairtrade football (£15 and also available in pink) which is made to professional standards in Fairtrade factories in the Sialkot area of Pakistan. By choosing one of these balls, you can be sure the people who made them are getting a fair deal and not being exploited. Fairtrade products for school tuckshops, stalls and special events are also provided. After browsing, enjoy a coffee at the Well Café upstairs and take a break on the sunny patio. Visit or call in to:  One World Shop, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX. Get in touch Tel: 0131 667 8323 or email:

Ethical, sustainable foods, gifts, toys & homeware.


S4K loves

This bright and jolly clock (£16) with moveable hands is not only a fun way to teach younger children how tell the time, it’s also a jigsaw and the chunky wooden pieces are a treat for small hands to play with.


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