Children in the Garden
Carbon Footprint = Your Supply, Use and Waste of Energy
  • Where does your energy come from?  Is it clean energy?  If not, can you change it?

Green Power

  • The energy supplier recommended by climate change writers such as Mark Lucas is Green Energy UK. Their energy is 100% renewable, using solar and wind power and biofuel gas. They have no fixed contracts, as they believe you choose them and will stay with them if you choose to. They are also very competitively priced and were very helpful on the phone, picking up our call almost immediately.    


  • Green Energy UK also have solar panel Feed In Tariffs (FIT), which means you can save back the cost of installation by giving energy to the National Grid, and generate your own free energy.​


  • Give Power?  Nappies and Food Waste can be turned into biofuel.  


  • Conserve power!  Take a quick audit and cut back where you can.  Maybe use less fridges (but don’t throw food away of course), unplug things like chargers and always use LED lightbulbs.  In hot weather, try to leave off air conditioners and fans, open windows wide, keep blinds down and the curtains closed;  keep a calm atmosphere in the room and give children and staff access to plenty of water.    Make sure staff as well as children are not over-clothed.  Water play for both is great inside too!  In cold weather, close doors, keep rooms at a constant temperature and boilers well-serviced.


 Foolish Food?

  • How much energy has been wasted in getting your food to you? How is it wrapped? Does it need to be? Where does it come from? How far has it travelled? 


  • Go local!  Buy from a local grocer and use as many local producers and farmers as possible. Buy wholesale if you can and make one journey only to get your supplies as close to your Nursery’s doorstep as possible. If you use local producers, you are supporting your local economy so that continues to exist. Their existence locally means you waste less energy to acquire food.

  • Bring back glass bottles!  Buy your milk in bottles from local suppliers. Your current supplier can change to bottles easily enough. Search for help.  We asked them and changed from plastic to glass!  

  • Carbon Footprint = Your Supply of Energy and Food 🦶🏿🦶🦶🏻




          Trees and the Amazon...Trees are essential for life on Earth! 


  • Plant Trees - counter Nurseries’ huge shared carbon footprint ... plant trees if you can in or around your nursery, or elsewhere. To obtain free trees for nurseries and schools, click on “Plant trees” at


  • BBC News reported in June 2019 that an “area of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football pitch is now being cleared every single minute, according to satellite data.”   


  • Deforestation explains: “As the world seeks to slow the pace of climate change, preserve wildlife, and support billions of people, trees inevitably hold a major part of the answer. Yet the mass destruction of trees –deforestation – continues, sacrificing the long-term benefits of standing trees for short-term gain. 


Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production, such as soy. And producing meat creates vastly more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains and can implement change to your early years menus - having meat free days is much easier than we think.  See our Home Economics for how to!