If gardening is good for the body, mind and planet how can we do more of it and get others to value it too? At the end of National Gardening... read more →
Can local governments change the world?
As most of the UK goes to the polls to elect their local politicians many are asking whether it matters? In our deeply centralised system what difference does it make... read more →
What does a ‘healthy’ economy for people and planet look like?
Here at Centre for Thriving Places, we were delighted to see that the theme of the recent World Health Day was Our Planet, Our Health. It resonated because the annual... read more →
A natural break for the planet
Every March we are encouraged to act for two important days of action: International Day of Forests (IDOF) and the annual Earth Hour which this year falls on 26th March.... read more →
HERE’S OUR SPRING STATEMENT RISHI: WE NEED A NEW ECONOMY
Rishi Sunak will present his Spring budget statement tomorrow. It would be great to think recent hardships caused by pandemic, inflation, fiscal drag, high energy prices and national insurance increases... read more →
When will enough be enough?
The year has not started well. ‘Enough already’ has been a refrain from many of us watching the endless doom-laden headlines rolling in. War, climate change, economic meltdown – and... read more →
Levelling Up – is it possible and will it happen?
There has been much noise around the much touted launch of the Government’s white paper on Levelling Up recently. It feels like something most right-thinking people should be welcoming, with... read more →
Measuring the local conditions for wellbeing
Guest blog by Nancy Hey, What Works Centre for Wellbeing The places where we live, work and spend our time have an impact on our wellbeing. We know, for example,... read more →
Future pathways for rural wellbeing
Centre for Thriving Places delivers major new report and framework for Defra. Wellbeing has been rising up the agenda across public, private and voluntary sectors in recent years. Understanding the... read more →
COP26 – Time to call out THE climate culprit
Many of us grew up reading cautionary tales – dark fairy stories designed to teach children fundamental lessons about right and wrong. One of the classics was The Emperor’s New... read more →