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    The State of Nature report

    The State of Nature report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK, and its seas, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.  

    David Attenborough state of nature report

      This is the foreword in the State of Nature report 2016 from Sir David Attenborough.   The first State of Nature report that I helped to launch in 2013 revealed the severe loss of nature that has occurred in the UK since the 1960s. Three years on, I am pleased to see that the partnership of organisations behind that important report has grown. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of many thousands of volunteers working closely with the professionals, we are now able to document even more about the changing state of nature across our land and in our seas. The news, however, is mixed. Escalating pressures, such as climate change and modern land management, mean that we continue to lose the precious wildlife that enriches our lives and is essential to the health and well-being of those who live in the UK, and also in its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. Our wonderful nature is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before. But the State of Nature 2016 report gives us cause for hope too. The rallying call issued in 2013 has been met with a myriad of exciting and innovative conservation projects. Landscapes are being restored, special places defended, and struggling species are being saved and brought back. Such successes demonstrate that if conservationists, governments, businesses and individuals all pull together, we can provide a brighter future for nature and for people.  

    david attenborough state of nature report

    Read the full report here

    Read more about solitary bees here

    Read more about what you can do in your own back garden here.

    Wildlife Guardians - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

      In 2016 we became proud supporters of the Cornwall Wildlife trust. We took on the role of Wildlife Guardians which means we are supporting the charities vital work in Cornwall protecting nature and habitat.   green and blue cornwall wildlife trust   As we grow as a company it is really important to us that we continue to give something back, we are passionate about being true to our word and making a difference to wildlife, nature and our planet. So we see this partnership as a starting point and a beginning on our journey. Thank you all for your support in making it possible.   From all the team at Green&Blue.   You can find out more about the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust here.   cornwall-wildlife-trusts-log

    Meet Green&Blue Co-founder Gavin Christman

    Thanks for your time Gavin, what should you be doing now if we hadn't interrupted you?

    It's a busy time at the workshop with Spring just around the corner. We've just returned from Top drawer in London where we launched beepot to our trade customers, their response has been fantastic so we're working through our first production run at the moment.   beepot-white-background

    How does a typical day look for you?

    My days starts early with two young children and a labrador to walk. Drop offs done and Tarka walked its a quick drive over to the workshop in Perranporth, with a surf check en route! Whoever's first in lights the stove in the studio and gets the kettle on! I make bee bricks and beepots daily so de-moulding and recasting in the workshop takes priority. As a company we spend a lot of time developing and testing new ideas and a lot of time refining their manufacturing process to make Green&Blue products stand out, not only for their design but for their quality. Lunchtime is all about running. We head out as a team for 20 minutes along the river that flows out to the beach. It's sometimes tough to pull yourself away from the task in hand but the benefits are worthwhile, we firmly believe in the importance of a healthy body for a healthy mind and everyone at Green&Blue likes to get involved. Afternoons are about making orders and packing ready for dispatch. I work well at night, free from phones and other have to do's, design has never been a nine to five job and evenings suit me if I'm working on something that needs a clear head.  


    Your designs are both beautiful and functional, does one matter more than the other to you?

    Our products are designed to function above all, we look at problems with existing products on the market and see how we can solve them. The way our range looks is crucial though, we like a clean line and a very simple aesthetic but this perfectly complements our design process. So possibly function just has the edge but the two are pretty tied up together.  

    What inspired you to start Green&Blue? Green&Blue marked a new chapter for my wife and I. Moving to Cornwall 11 years ago and starting our business set the foundation for doing things a little differently. We have always had a passion for wildlife and the outdoors, creating products inspired by nature in the beautiful surroundings of the north Cornish coast makes us feel very lucky.  


    Who inspires you in the world of design?

    I formerly worked as a designer for James Dyson in Wiltshire, as a fresh faced graduate Dyson was a fantastic place to cut my design teeth. I'd read James' autobiography just after graduating and thought it sounded a brilliant place to work so badgered the creative director, Jim Turner, into seeing me. He liked my work and created a role for me. Within a week I was setting up a Dyson exhibition at the British ambassadors' house in Madrid for Spanish Press and trade customers! I was at the company at a great time when its was expanding into new markets with new products. Seeing how a large design and manufacturing business works was valuable experience which I draw on often. Weekly meeting with James were a real insight into what it takes to create market leading products.  

    Where do you see Green&Blue five years from now?

    The future for Green&Blue is very exciting. We have pioneered a method for creating habitats that will become integral parts of our built environment, expanding our research to include other species under threat is paramount.

    With the range growing and our customer base increasing we'll be growing our team of like-minded individuals, passionate about design and the natural world around us. I don't know exactly where we'll be in five years time but I'm really looking forward to the journey!    

    Thanks for your time Gavin. You can find out more about us on the 'Our Story' page on the website.


    We just wanted to share a little of our Beside the Seaside project... a couple of years in the making, we have been sifting through and sorting before the nights draw in...