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Top 10 Green Tips for Christmas

Nicky for webTrustee Nicky Saunter suggests her top ten tips to make your White Christmas  green.

1. Buy each other woolly jumpers, socks and long johns, and turn the heating down a bit!

2. Think about where your Christmas feast food comes from - try a local goose or duck if you can't get turkey, local organic veg, or even local game?

3. Make sure all your chocolate is Fair Trade - then while you indulge, you can feel good about it!

4. Feed the birds - a bird feeder is a good present at any time, but a great one for Christmas.  For our advice on appropriate nuts and seeds for birds in winter, click here.

5. Buy a membership of the Somerset Wildlife Trust for a friend or neighbour as a special gift - perhaps for someone who isn't nearby, but loves Somerset. For this and similar presents, click here.

6. Look on our website here for our special gifts that help the environment - sponsor a cuddly dormouse or inspire a new flower meadow.

7. Make your own decorations and crackers - see if you can make them all local, homemade or made of natural materials.

8. Revive those old Christmas games instead of watching TV - collect a lot of leaves, nuts and berries now, dry them and make a "name that tree!" quiz for the family.

9. Go our for a long walk over the holiday period to appreciate the beautiful countryside that surrounds us - and see how much wildlife you can spot.

10. Make your own Christmas wreath 100% biodegradable, using twigs to make the frame. Then compost it in the New Year ready for 2012's Wildlife Gardening!

Photograph © Chris Sperring

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