If you go down to the woods

...the big surprise could be concerts featuring McFly, Status Quo, violinist Vanessa-Mae or Katherine Jenkins

The Forestry Commission has just announced dates for its 2009 summer music programme

McFly, Status Quo, violinist Vanessa-Mae and Katherine Jenkins will feature in concerts in woodland locations around the country to attract people into woodland areas. The Forestry Commission's live music is self-funding and provides valuable revenue, which is put back into woodland through a variety of social and environmental projects. For tickets and information, call 01842 814612 or visit the Forestry commission website


UK just wild about wildlife


The RSPB's Homes for Wildlife campaign has been a great success, encouraging more than 25,000 gardeners to take action. Says Richard Bashford from the RSPB, 'By taking simple wildlife-friendly steps in our gardens, collectively we will make a real difference for many of our birds and other wildlife.'

For more information on creating a wildlife garden see our Big blue horizons article.

Green vision from Tesco

Tesco in Cheetham Hill, Manchester

Tesco has opened a new store in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the first to be built using its new low-carbon blueprint. The store's environmentally friendly architecture – complete with roof lights, natural ventilation, timber frame and much more – is the culmination of years of research and experimentation. Planning permitting, this blueprint will form the basis of every new store Tesco builds in the UK from now on. Cheetham Hill is also a partnership store where Tesco has worked with the local council to create over 200 jobs in an area in need of regeneration.


Are there any 'endangered destinations' I should visit now before it's too late?
Sally Tremor, Cardiff

A new guidebook, Frommer's 500 Places To See Before They Disappear by Holly Hughes (Wiley-Blackwell), has just been published. The book shows how much of the world we take for granted, explains why natural habitats are disappearing and, in some cases, what we can do to prevent it. The list of destinations, such as Iceland, the Tower of London and the Taj Mahal, includes a variety of natural, historical, and cultural sites for travellers to enjoy. The book also reveals some of the places where rare species are managing to survive. Now available on www.tesco.com.

Grow your own

The RHS aims to encourage us to grow our own fruit and veg when it kicks off its Grow Your Own 2009 campaign on 7 March. To celebrate, all four RHS gardens, Wisley, Surrey; Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire; Hyde Hall, Essex and Rosemoor, Devon, are opening for free. Visitors can get starter or advanced advice; details on www.rhs.org.uk.


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