Why not have a homemade Christmas this year and make your own festive presents, decorations and food?
Greeniversity teachers run special Christmas-themed classes so you can find a cheaper, more personal way to celebrate the festive period, explains local participant Jodie Denton. Try anything from making a Christmas table centre piece through to learning how to make your own pickled and preserved foods at home.
Greeniversity is a community skills network that’s all about living better in a way that values the environment. It allows people to try new skills or learn about alternative methods of doing things. It also gives you the opportunity to teach others your skills and hobbies. Throughout it all, you can meet other like-minded people in your own area.
The thing I enjoy most about Greeniversity is the variety of classes I been involved with. Having registered in September, I’ve already been involved with numerous sessions including making cards from recycled materials, how to make my own healthy chocolates and learning how to identify moths and trees in my local woods. Not only have I increased my skill set by attending these sessions, but I have also met some fantastic people in my area that I may not have met otherwise.
Classes run all year round. It’s easy to get involved with Greeniversity, just register for an account on www.greeniversity.org.uk to see a list of free classes run by Greeniversity teachers and other environmental organisations in your area, and then click on a session to book your space on the course. Sessions are available for all abilities unless specifically stated.
With Christmas on the way there has never been a better time to join the Greeniversity network. Having already made some Christmas chocolates and a decorative willow star I can guarantee that a home-made Christmas is the cheapest and most fun way to celebrate the festive season.