The Shared Earth Learning co-operative is based in Frome, with Forest school leaders Alex and Alyson and Charly working together to share their passion for outdoor learning.
"We are experienced Forest School leaders, and our aim is to nurture a love of the natural environment in all children."
They offer Forest School and Playranging, and activities for anyone who'd like to spend some time outdoors and de-stress. Shared Earth Learning work with Frome Tree Group to plant more trees, and provide playrangers at the Mount on Fridays, offering free outdoor games and activities to local children.
They have allotments and a polytunnel at Vallis Veg, a beautiful eco-friendly farm and natural campsite just outside Frome. At this space they offer a club for young adults, and forest school for younger children and homeschooled children.
SELco run free forest school for all during Mayhem in the Meadow and at Frome Children's festival.. Look out for their banner at local green events. And try whittling and weeding, and sowing and growing with Shared Earth Learning to nurture your nature.
Flowers by the Gate is based in Beckingham, near Frome, and sells home grown posies from their garden to local customers and shops. They offer these beautiful bunches of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinth, which make perfect gifts for Mother's day.
We got in touch with the flower farmer to find out more about these spring blooms.
"‘Flowers by the Gate’ started by me growing flowers in my garden and selling them on a small table at the front of my house" said Ellie, the flower farmer.
"I grow seasonal flowers in my garden. I have a couple of greenhouses but the majority of my produce is grown outside to minimise the need for heating and watering them as mother nature does that for me.
I provide flowers for all occasions and budgets and arrange them in a way that preserves the integral beauty of the plant used. People can buy from me by contacting me via my Facebook or Instagram page.
We love the range of natural skincare in non-plastic packaging from Purple Pollen, an independent skin care producer based in Frome.
These little pots and tins of loveliness are effective, everyday, selfcare that you can buy with a clear conscience. We love the geranium scrubs, the rose scented face cream and that cute little tin of peppermint lipbalm. The scents are delicious and the ingredients are impeccably sourced.
" Purple Pollen’s botanically active skin and body care awareness range is proudly made in Somerset, Great Britain. We are passionate about the products we make, ensuring our high grade raw materials are sourced from fair-trade co-operatives whilst being conscious of animal habitats and using organic wherever we can.
We use glass containers to reduce as much as possible, our plastic impact on an already overwhelmed planet, and have reduced our packaging as we feel this isn’t a necessary part of the final product. We don’t believe in Parabens, SLES, artificial fragrances or colours in our products and with all these ethics crammed into jars and bottles, our exclusive range works beautifully on every skin type. Our products are also suitable for vegans."
These products are a joy to use and made with loving care.
(Full disclosure: Frome Blooms got a free sample from Purple Pollen, but we bought the rose cream for ourselves)
Go to the Purple Pollen website to find out more about their range.
They are proudly vegan, cruelty free, plant based and natural, and committed to reducing plastic packaging.
Sinceris is latin for pure and clear, and this little coconut shampoo bar is my new favourite thing.
I want to go plastic free in the bathroom, and so since new year I've replaced plastic bottles of chemical shampoo with these cute little paper-wrapped soap bars. And I love it!
BE WARNED that moving from chemical products to natural hair care is a big change, and 'detoxing' for the first time might make your hair go weird. I had a greasy barnet for a couple of days, until my scalp became accustomed to more natural products.
"Sinceris is a very small manufacturer, based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, that supplies a range of natural soaps, cosmetics and candles. We strive to make every product as simple and natural as possible "