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Rewild Your Life, 52 Ways to reconnect to nature

A New Year’s resolution to see more sunrises has led to a charming book full of ideas to incorporate the natural world into your day.

Spending time in nature always has a positive impact, and when we saw Sarah Stirling’s book offering ideas to engage with the natural world, we couldn’t wait to take a look. Following the course of a year, it is divided into weekly inspiration. Attempt to follow it throughout the year or dip in and out of it as required.

Ideas are large and small, quick as well as longer term. Some topics, such as bread making are from the perspective of a beginner. Others are from the author’s extensive knowledge. A few of our favourite topics include basket weaving, keeping chickens and creating a wildlife garden. Another is five easy vegetables to grow (courgettes, tomatoes, salad leaves, radishes and potatoes if you are interested).

'Reconnecting to nature makes us more likely to want to live more sustainably, because the more you love nature, the stronger your desire to take care of it.' Sarah Stirling

Handy tips are included alongside activities. We now know why we should use red beam mode on a torch if walking near wildlife in the dark. There are also some simple recipes including making Sloe Gin and s’mores.

If you’re looking for ideas for the school holidays or want to make the most of nature on your doorstep, you’ll discover some invaluable suggestions. This hardback book also makes a pretty addition to a book collection. Beautiful illustrations from Amy Grimes encapsulate the mood of each activity and make it a joy to peruse.

Rewild Your Life by Sarah Stirling (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Illustrations ©Amy Grimes

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