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Get Ready For Spring

British Springtime starts next week and it’s time to get out of the winter slump which I’m sure you have all been encountering.   We certainly have a spring in our step at ecodek® towers! The first thing I did last weekend was clean my ecodek® which has given me a head start.

It is a time for embracing the longer days. It certainly has its benefits, as coming home in the dark can have a huge effect on your mind and on your happiness.   Check out this article on – How does winter actually make us sad? – How to deal with long dark winters?

We give you some useful tips on how you can you shake off those winter blues and prepare for the spring:-

Get Outside

Nothing makes me feel more motivated than getting away from technology and stepping outside in the fresh air. Now is the perfect time of year to plan ahead, spring cleaning your garden and home ready for the summer months.

From raking dead leaves and twigs to pruning overgrown bushes and hedges there’s always something to do. Also, remember that last year’s leaves will also make great compost.   If you are unsure of where to start, The Spruce provide you with a checklist on spring cleaning your garden – getting your garden ready to grow.

Look out for wildlife

It’s definitely the month of new beginnings as the days become warmer and longer.

Spring is a time when everything is growing and bursting into life. The birds are singing, butterflies are starting to be seen and mammals are beginning to wake from their winter sleep.

Why not visit your local nature reserve, spot various bird species at this time of the year and see how many different birds are starting to build nests. Use this map and find a Wildlife Trust reserve near to you.

At home, keep an eye out in early spring for hedgehogs. Research by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species shows that hedgehogs have declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK.

Why not provide a home in your garden for our little prickly friends? If you are stuck on how to make a hedgehog house – Gardeners World have all the advice you need.

So what’s been happening at ecodek® towers? – Well last autumn seeds were sown for our wildflower meadow which will hopefully start to flower even more this year.   We also hope to see the rare pyramidal orchid which we discovered last year grow again this year.

This week’s feature photo was taken at the front of our factory this week of some bloomin fantastic daffodils!

ecodek® works alongside the North Wales Wildlife Trust and their Living Landscapes Project and a couple of months ago we increased our support to them and ran a previous blog post on this.  As well as helping threatened species in the Wrexham area, they have also recently installed nest boxes for swifts at Theatre Clwyd in Mold and have mentioned this in a recent tweet.

Our Technical Director Alex Collins has even got the wildlife bug, at his new property he is in the process of opening up the area around the pond to encourage birds, herons, canadian geese and wildlife. This has already a great effect and he has now a family of moorhens living there, ducks are regular visitors as well as finches including the super-rare hawfinch.

Alex has been busy installing bat boxes and also has made a bug hotel from pallets. Choose a good spot for your insect home – for further ideas the RSPB shares good great tips.

Why not install a bat box at your property?

Alex also has future plans to include wild flowers & grasses to improve biodiversity and the management of the hedgerows.

Head off to your nearest beach

Why not visit your local beach this spring? Imagine a gentle stroll on the beach or a fun day out with family and friends.

We share with you 20 of the best beaches which the Telegraph recommend or if you are looking at coastal walking, check out these walks to enjoy on the National Trust’s website.

We think this is quite fitting as next week our blog piece will be on Big Spring Beach Clean 2017 which takes place on 3rd – 9th April 2017.

We would love to hear how you are preparing for spring? Leave us a comment in the comments field below.

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