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Grow Wild. Please vote for Plymouth!

21 Oct



Some of you may have heard about the Grow Wild Project already. There is £120,000 up for grabs in a round of funding made available to transform our local spaces into wildlife havens. The funding has been made available by The Big Lottery Fund and Plymouth has been shortlisted to the final five. With its ‘City to Sea’ proposal, the plans are to transform Plymouth from Armada Way to the Hoe.

If Plymouth wins the money it will really transform our local spaces. Watch the video on the Grow Wild Website to see the plans. The idea is to involve the whole community in this project, from start to finish.

  • 1000 pupils will be invited to help sow native wild flower seeds and bring the plans to life.
  • An orchard will be planted on Armada Way and passers-by will be encouraged to stop and enjoy the fruit
  • The site will play host to events that will inspire young people to enjoy nature.
  • A scarlet sea of poppies is planned for the Naval Memorial on the Hoe


Please, please, vote for Plymouth so that this vision can become a reality! Voting ends on 4th November and you can vote here


Braving beautiful Plymouth in the storms of 2014

9 Mar

This post is a little late, especially now that spring seems to have finally arrived (yippee!)

I just wanted to share a few pics of us braving the storms to get some wild and windy fresh air in February. I must admit I don’t really like being out in the wind, it always makes me nervous and I can’t stand being cold. Thank goodness for my coat with a decent hood!


Plymouth took quite a battering in the storms this year with 40ft waves smashing into the coast and destroying local restaurants. Hundreds of trees have come down in and around the city, rivers have flooded and walls have come crashing down. Also of course our rail line was cut off at Dawlish during one of the storms and this has caused mayhem for commuters.  Hopefully we have now seen the last of it until next winter.

There’s no doubt the storm has been exciting in its own way and we couldn’t resist taking the children out to see some big waves (always staying safe of course). People will always talk about the storms of 2014 so here are some of our memories.




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Looking a little windswept!

Looking a little windswept!

We finished our walk off with a well-deserved cream tea in the Duttons Cafe on the Hoe. This is a lovely little cafe, the owners are so helpful and friendly. They offer lots of gluten-free options including these gorgeous scones. Definitely the best I have ever tasted!

cream tea

Open Day at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth

21 Oct

Yesterday we had the exciting opportunity of exploring the newly refurbished Theatre Royal in Plymouth. The Theatre is opening its doors for FREE open days over the next couple of weeks and they have an extensive programme of events for all the family.

We love the theatre and go to shows when we can but yesterday’s visit was a chance to visit back stage and view behind the scenes of Swan Lake! We saw some beautiful costumes, props and scenery and had a chance to chat to staff about how things work ‘behind the curtains’. The children were wide-eyed as we went onto the stage and looked out at the auditorium. I wonder if they will ever be up on this stage again? Who knows…..


We took part in a treasure hunt which took us all over the theatre hunting for stamps that needed collecting. Our completed sheets were handed in and will be entered into a draw to win panto tickets. We are keeping our fingers crossed for this as Robin Hood looks like it has a great cast this year.

Other activities we took part in were making masks and crowns. This was a big hit with all the children. I have never seen so many sequins and feathers, we were in our element!


There was the opportunity to visit the make-up artists and have a gruesome scar to scare unsuspecting members of the public. We didn’t manage to do this as there was a big queue and we were all needing our lunch by this point. We did see lots of children with them though and they were scarily realistic.

I think the dressing up was Lily’s favourite. She was thrilled to try on a Japanese costume that had been worn during the Aladdin panto!


We made shadow puppets which was an activity that all the children were getting stuck into.  We brought ours home with us and already have plans to make more so that we can put on a ‘Room on the Broom’ shadow puppet show.


There were various talks throughout the day including sessions explaining how the sound and lighting worked, a Q & A session with the Theatre’s Chief Executive and also a Q & A session from the Director of Creative Learning.

Also running throughout the day were drama and dance taster sessions. We couldn’t persuade our children to join in with this but most of the children taking part were quite a bit older than our two.

All in all it was a fantastic day, we had a lovely cup of coffee in the new cafe on the ground floor. I did think it was a shame they didn’t open the restaurant as I’m sure they missed out on a lot of income from this, had it been open.

Thanks to everyone at the Theatre Royal for arranging these open days. If you would like to visit I would highly recommend it and there is another one on Saturday 2nd November.

Armed Forces Day, Plymouth in pictures

2 Jul

Like any naval town or city, Plymouth sometimes gets a bad press. Recession, unemployment and job losses have made a dent in the city’s reputation.  But the real story is this: Plymouth is a modern, thriving waterside resort. We have recently played host to the Americas Cup and are becoming a true gourmet hotspot. We have some amazing restaurants including the River Cottage Canteen at the Royal William Yard and the Tanner Brothers’ eateries and soon we’ll be welcoming Gary Rhode’s new restaurant at The Dome! The Hoe forms a spectacular amphitheatre above Plymouth Sound and together with the Barbican is a great place to walk, eat and enjoy our great city.

Another thing I love about Plymouth is the sense of community that we have here.  Saturday’s event for Armed Forces Day really put things into perspective for me.  People flocked to Plymouth in their thousands to show their appreciation for our service men and women.  I have NEVER seen so many people in one place, with over 30,000 people it was like being at a big festival.  We had such a good day and it reminded me of why I love living here.

Watching the Parade

First time in a helicopter!

As much as I hate children playing with guns, there was no getting away from it on Saturday!

Thousands of people enjoyed a performance by the Military Wives Choir

The Red Arrows over Plymouth sound

As the sun went down, two sleepy children were very ready for bed!

Say Poo to Poverty with our Real Nappy Week event!

4 Apr

Real Nappy Week 2012 is from 16th – 20th April.  We’ve got lots of nappy events scheduled for the Plymouth area but we are also planning something which anyone can take part in.

We are holding an event called ‘Real Nappies are great, pass it on and make a change!’ You can view our event page on Facebook here.  Basically, we are asking lovers of real nappies to have a look through their nappy stash and see if they have any nappies they no longer want.  If you find you have some you no longer need, why not pass one on to a friend and see if you can convert them to cloth?

If you don’t know someone who can use them then we know of a fantastic charity who can! Operation Sunshine South West are based very near to us in Tavistock and they send practical aid to people in East Africa who are living in desperate poverty. They also supervise the distribution of all donated items so they KNOW that their work makes a difference.

One of the items they are always desperate for is cloth nappies.  They work with orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps and cloth nappies are always in short supply.  At the moment they are fashioning nappies out of bits of cut up towelling and they have told us they would be very grateful for ANY cloth nappies.  This includes pre-folds, terry squares, pocket nappies, two-part nappies and wraps – basically, whatever you can spare.

We are asking people to bring any unwanted nappies along to our Plymouth events during Real Nappy Week but if you are not local you can still help out.  We will be arranging a delivery to Operation Sunshine at the end of April so up until the end of the month you can send these nappies directly to us and we’ll do the rest. You can find our address here. We understand that the container will be leaving for Africa in May. We’ll keep you up to date with how your nappies have helped, so look out for more blogs later in the year.

You can find out more about Operation Sunshine here

Please say Poo to Poverty and help make children’s lives better in Africa.

Win a professional photoshoot and print!

22 Aug

We recently met the lovely Mel from Melanie Barnfield Photography when she came to collect one of our free cloth nappy trial kits.  I knew that she ran a professional photography company and I instantly thought how at ease I would feel during a photo shoot with her, she has a way about her that puts you at ease and I know from experience how important this is when taking your family to a photography session.

Mel has kindly donated a competition for us this month.  It includes a free photography session with her, and a 10 x 8 print. The photo shoot can take place at your own home, or at a special location of your choice.  You can include the whole family, or maybe you would prefer just an individual photo shoot of your baby or child? A professional family photograph would make a fantastic Christmas present for Grandparents or other family.

To be in with a chance of winning this competition just send us an email to tracy@greenmums.co.uk, along with your contact telephone number.  Please put the title ‘Photography Competition’ for your email.  The closing date is 1st October and the winner will be drawn at random. By entering our competition you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

The photo shoot will be free provided the location is within 10 miles of Plymouth.  Outside of this area, mileage will be charged at 40p per mile.

The prize consists of a professional photo shoot and a free 10 x 8 print

Images from the shoot may be used by Melanie Barnfield Photography for Marketing purposes

By entering this competition you agree to Melanie Barnfield and Green Mums using your email address for occasional email newsletters.  We DO NOT pass your details onto any third parties

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