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The Sound of Silence

Vicky Manthorpe turns up the silence with The Quiet Garden Movement

Who can resist an invitation to visit a garden? Whether it’s a country flower meadow or an urban oasis of greenery, a garden is like a homecoming – a safe place where nature has been adapted to human needs. The appeal is simple – refreshment for the senses and a rest from daily cares. Add another ingredient – quietness – and there is the possibility of restoring or maintaining our health and wellbeing.

Quietness is not just a matter of the absence of noise, low decibels or remoteness from traffic. It’s about the outer quietness seeping inside you, encouraging a response of inner stillness. And The Quiet Garden Movement is about intentional quietness – gardens for the specific purpose of being silent.

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Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor