Lush Mughal gardens in Agra, India restored to their former glory

The World Monuments Fund has completed a four-year conservation project at two historic Mughal gardens in Agra, India, that had been threatened by pollution, traffic congestion and other urban ills. The sites – Mehtab Bagh and the Garden of the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah – along the Yamuna riverfront in Agra, were newly inaugurated by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Archaeological Survey of India in … Continue reading Lush Mughal gardens in Agra, India restored to their former glory

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK

Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet. 12. The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the UK, and if you desire to experience some of the best coastal views within the comfort of an eco-friendly … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK

Hi Fly takes to the skies with the world’s first ever “plastics-free” flight

Portuguese carrier Hi Fly has become the first airline to operate a “plastics-free” flight, in the run up to a total ban of single-use plastic from all of its flights this year. Hi Fly replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material. Among the single-use plastic items that have been replaced are cups, spoons, salt and pepper shakers, packaging for … Continue reading Hi Fly takes to the skies with the world’s first ever “plastics-free” flight

St Dunstan in the East: Nature reclaims the City of London at this secluded public garden

Bank and the surrounding area of Monument is at the heart of London’s financial district. Hardly the area where one would expect to find peace, harmony and tranquility, but this is London and being one of the greenest cities in the world and quite possibly, one of the oldest cities in the world, even amidst the chaos within the City of London and its attempts … Continue reading St Dunstan in the East: Nature reclaims the City of London at this secluded public garden

Osterley Park: A jewel of nature and country-like retreat in a West London suburb

Osterley may “ring bells” given that it’s en route to Heathrow Airport and many journeys on the Piccadilly Line have likely been spent eagerly looking at the tube map counting down the last few stops to the gateway to hotter and sunnier climes. Aforementioned, my dalliance with Osterley had always been in passing. Osterley Park itself has been on my list of places to visit … Continue reading Osterley Park: A jewel of nature and country-like retreat in a West London suburb

Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Everyone loves a beach vacation. Some of the downsides of increased tourism include resort development, boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing, cruise ship presence, litter, coral reef damage, and even the creation of artificial beaches. These activities introduce toxins and other harmful substances, cause physical damage and sedimentation, and exploit local fish populations. Find out more about how serious the problems caused by coastal tourism have … Continue reading Environmental Impact of Tourism on Coastlines [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Tarot decks come in all shapes, sizes, and artistic interpretations. Traditionally a deck of cards, one such artist took the art of tarot a step towards new heights by creating the Tarot Garden – featuring huge, colourful steel sculptures representing the major arcana. French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle realised her passion for the tarot by creating beautiful sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the … Continue reading The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

CopenHill: Waste plant to become a Copenhagen tourist spot with rooftop entertainment park

An artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area built on top of a new waste management centre is due to open this Autumn in Copenhagen. With a 278-foot-high artificial climbing wall, a 600-meter ski slope full-service restaurant, and an après-ski bar surrounded by tree-lined hiking trails, Amager Bakke, otherwise known as CopenHill, is set to be both an entertainment space as well as a waste-to-energy plant. The new power … Continue reading CopenHill: Waste plant to become a Copenhagen tourist spot with rooftop entertainment park

Winkworth Arboretum: Walks, wilderness, wetlands and tree magic in Godalming, Surrey

The importance of trees to the planet and one’s life can not be underestimated – they reduce CO2, can reduce flooding, offer homes and spaces some much needed protection, clean the air for everyone, and can reduce stress. One man who passionately valued trees and honoured their presence was Dr Wilfrid Fox, a physician turned horticulturalist, who not only pioneered a movement, Roads Beautifying Association, to … Continue reading Winkworth Arboretum: Walks, wilderness, wetlands and tree magic in Godalming, Surrey

Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate

London’s longest nature reserve, Parkland Walk, follows the route of the railway line from another era that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. What stands today is a tranquil path featuring urban nature in its wildest, unadulterated and intriguing form. Many people walk the four-and-a-half mile stretch that is Parkland Walk – including both northside and southside – as a whole. I however decided to break it … Continue reading Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate