For the past 7 years, Plantlife have been campaigning for local councils to adopt their guidelines for better management of road verges in an effort to help protect and preserve the wild flowers and wildlife that flourish alongside thousands of miles of roads all over the UK.
They recently re-launched their campaign for 2018, and in the past 2 months, nearly 9,000 more have joined their campaign with total signatures on their petition for better management of our road verges reaching well over 30,000.
This is really starting to make a difference, as Plantlife explains:
“The good news is, this is all starting to make a difference and we are together changing hearts and minds.
In Gloucester there is now cross-party support for improving biodiversity on road verges and Dorset County Council has reported that orchids and other rarer flowers are now more abundant on their verges. Plantlife’s work with Highways England has resulted in them allocating money for improvement along 75 miles of road verge with work starting this year.
It’s really encouraging to know that road verge campaigners have spotted some beautiful flowers along our roads, including bee orchids on an urban roundabout and on rural verges.”
More than 100 million animals die for their fur each year, the majority suffering in small battery cages. The UK banned fur farming as ‘unethical’ in 2000, recognising that keeping wild animals in tiny cages can never be humane. But the UK is now outsourcing fur cruelty overseas, causing suffering to millions of animals. More than two-thirds of the British public reject this double-standard and support a fur import and sales ban.
We’ve been working with Humane Society International (HSI) over the past few months to create a range of materials for the Fur Free Britain campaign including banners, campaign reports and a microsite. HSI is one of the only global animal protection organisations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and their record of achievement demonstrates their dedication and effectiveness. We’re very proud to work with them!
If you would like to get involved in helping to make the fur trade a thing of the past, please visit #FurFreeBritain
Having worked with our client Octavia Healthcare for more than 10 years, we were recently asked to design and build a brand new responsive, mobile-friendly website to make it easier for prospective patients to find out about their services…
We also took the opportunity to offer them a slight tweak to their existing logo/branding with a more modern look and feel and we’re pleased to report that our client was delighted with the results:
After 10 successful years working as a freelance video producer, Chris (the owner of Videolandscaping) decided the time was right to give his brand a makeover and launch a new responsive website to showcase his latest work and attract more leads and referrals.
Chris approached Lumous and asked us to design a fresh, contemporary logo and website with a professional look and feel to match the quality of the work he now produces for some very prestigious clients such as Nationwide Building Society, Heineken and Worldpay amongst others.
Since the launch last month, he has received some great feedback from existing clients and it has helped him to win new business, acting as a portfolio of work to accompany proposals to new clients.
It’s estimated that every minute, a truck load of plastic ends up in our beautiful oceans – that’s a total of 12.7 million tonnes every year! Big pieces of plastic are choking beautiful wildlife, and small pieces are being mistaken for food, entering the food chain and ending up in the seafood on our plates.
Despite the cold & rain and an unusually busy January for us, work wise, we’re pleased to report that we’ve still been able to find plenty of time and brave the weather to continue our beloved pokémon hunting. It also happens to have been a particularly fruitful few weeks too…
As usual, we’ve been attending raids for the legendary pokémon Groudon and Kyogre and have managed to capture 98% and 96% IVs respectively. We also collected enough Wailmer candy (400!) to evolve our first Wailord, which has been proudly placed on top of gyms all across Swindon. We have two new perfect (100% IV) pokémon to add to team perfection; a Dratini caught outside New College (which has now been fully evolved into a maxed out Dragonite) and a Corphish which was hatched from an egg we picked up in December.
We’ve also acquired 4 new gold gym badges, completed our 100th raid, captured a shiny Mawile and Magikarp, defeated the new raid boss Aggron, evolved our Feebas into Milotic, found a Chansey in bed with us, and a Weedle in a toilet! We’ve even found time to squeeze in the odd game of Pokémon Monopoly… phew!
But perhaps most importantly of all, we finally had the opportunity to battle and capture the legendary Mewtwo in an exclusive raid with 18 other trainers, in the pouring rain, at the Link Centre in West Swindon.
First thing’s first – a very Happy New Year to all our lovely clients and a massive thank you to you all for your continued support and business throughout 2017. This was an exceptionally busy and exciting year for Lumous, but we were lucky enough to enjoy some downtime over the Christmas break…
We spent Christmas at the fantastic Center Parcs in Longleat forest and witnessed their magical winter wonderland first hand – we are pleased to say it didn’t disappoint!
We got to meet Santa in his grotto, make our own Christmas crafts, watch the panto, attend ‘Elf Academy’ and even feed the reindeer! Here’s just a few of our favourite photos from our stay – we were even lucky enough to wake up to real snow on our final day!! 🙂
With the end of 2017 in sight, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our lovely clients and suppliers a wonderful Christmas and New Year for what we’re sure will be a much needed break!
So where did the past twelve months go? For us, 2017 has been an extremely busy year and for that, we only have our clients to thank – we simply wouldn’t be here without you and very much look forward to working with you for many years to come.
The office is now closed for the festive break, but we will be back before you know it, ready to spring into action on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
In the countdown to Christmas, our Lumous office has had a little visitor. A cheeky elf has been up to mischief, disrupting the peaceful working environment and leading the Pokémon astray! Our members of staff have been somewhat distracted by the cheeky elf’s pranks, whilst making sure they are on their best behaviour, to ensure a good report to Santa.
Julian our MD, opened up the office last Friday to start a busy day of work. He was somewhat delayed in starting…
On Wednesday 15th November, MPs in the House of Commons voted against preserving the recognition of animals as sentient beings (i.e. lifeforms that are able to perceive or feel things) in British law after we leave the EU.
This comes, despite an earlier promise from Michael Gove, (the Environment Secretary) to protect the legal recognition of sentience in animals that currently resides under EU law.
If, like us, you are appalled by this u-turn and you’re a UK resident, please take action by clicking on the link below and sending a message to your local MP to demand that Michael Gove follows through on his earlier promise: