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The caterpillars are coming…

Environment Matters - Sun, 21/08/2016 - 10:29am
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Oak processionary moth caterpilars wrapped around a twig

Helen Jones from the Woodland Trusts Observatree programme explained how oak processionary moth caterpillars cause severe skin irritation and rashes and have now been found as close as Watford. You can find out everything you need to know about them on the Forestry Commission Website. Note that you should never, ever go anywhere hear the caterpillars but should report them on the Forestry Commission Tree Alert Website.

Sirococcus tsugae

Helen went on to explain that the Woodland Trust had just launched a new Tree Disease Tool Kit which she hoped will help everyone spot important tree diseases in their locality. Round here in St.Albans we are being asked to look out for Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp which is found on Sweet Chestnuts and Sirococcus Shoot Blight which is found on Atlantic Cedar. The online toolkit gives you everything you need to know about the disease plus a link to report anything suspicious.

Listen in at 7pm Wednesday next week to find out why Symondshyde is in danger.

 


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Confidence and your child - 12th May 2016

The Parents' Show - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 1:56pm
Do children and teens struggle with confidence issues and resilience more than we did as children? Is the world more complicated than it was and do we need to understand and support our children better when it comes to self esteem and confidence? We will be speaking to local mum Tara Hawes about her experience of raising two girls and how she perceives the issues of confidence and self-esteem today. Caroline Walker, Founder of Confident Teens will be joining us to tell us about how she is helping teen grow in confidence and improve self-esteem. We will also speak to Lucy Atherton from Standing Tall an organisation that uses a unique combination of stage skills, psychology, music and personal interaction to encourage self development in a fun and involving way in children and teens. Finally we will speak to Kellie Ahl from Relax Kids, she will be talking about she boosts confidence and self-esteem in children.
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Pulses to the rescue: the versatile superfoods

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 1:06pm
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Logo from the International Year of the Pulse

In the second part of our look at why the UN is making such a fuss about pulses we hear from University of Hertfordshire nutrition and diet expert Dr.Angela Madden about the many health benefits of eating more pulses and Becky Alexander, the Local Foodie, about some delicious ideas to get you started.

Do you have any tasty pulse recipes? Share them! Tweet @RV_environment or email environmentonrv@gmail.com

caution change ahead

From next week you’ll find Environment Matters at the new time of 7pm on Wednesday – but if this isn’t good for you then the podcast can still be heard at your leisure.
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Pulses to the rescue: a key to sustainable food

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 12:57pm
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Logo from the International Year of the Pulse

If your knowledge of pulses begins and ends somewhere around a can of baked beans you’ll be surprised that the UN has made 2016 the International Year of Pulses.

In the first of 2 shows in which we investigate what pulses have to offer we hear from Rothamsted experts Professor Penny Hirsch and Dr Ian Shield about how pulses are great for the soil and provide a low water, low carbon source of protein.

Do get in touch with your comments and ideas at environmentonrv@gmail.com or tweet @RV_environment


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Take part in a new St.Albans

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 12:46pm
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This week we heard from Vanessa Gregory of Look! St.Albans about how you can take part in the planning of a new city centre for St.Albans. The planning event will be intense but exciting and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve played a part in the future of our city. Take a look at the Look! St.Albans website for more information and to book your place at the planning event.


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Chris' Film Club: Rush

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 6:30pm
Our final film from the IMDB top 250 is 'Rush', Number 174 in the list.

In the mid-1970s, charismatic English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) share an intense rivalry in Formula 1 racing. Meanwhile, the women (Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara) in their lives can only watch as both drivers risk death with every lap.

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Herts Belles Women's Institute w/ Penny Carr and Rebecca London @hertsbelleswi

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 6:28pm
Today in the studio Danny was joined by two of the local Herts Belles Women's institute members; local blogger Penny Carr and Vice President of  Herts Belles Rebecca London (with a brief interview with their kids too!)

The two have just returned from Tea and Tents, an event hosted by the National Women's Institute to bring together the local groups, which saw over 560 women camp together in a field in Nottingham, while learning new and varied skills such as axe throwing!


Herts Belles is one of the newer local groups, formed in 2013, it hosts a huge variety of intriguing events to bring together creative women, which has ranged from beer nights to burlesque evenings.


If you want to join in with the Herts Belles, details on how to join and their upcoming events are available on their official blog here: http://hertsbellesstalbanswi.blogspot.co.uk/

And for other updates you can visit their Facebook page

For anyone who missed out on the interview you can go to http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/
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Chris' Film Club: Amores Perros

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 27/07/2016 - 6:30pm
Today's Film is 'Amores Perros' Number 193 in the IMDB top 250.

The 2000 Mexican drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu is told as a triptych - three separate stories connected by a car crash.

Stars Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo and Álvaro Guerrero

 
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