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Was it really 4 years ago?

As Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2021 is coming towards an end, we wanted to share this interview which Matt Dawson gave to Channel 5 News in 2017. The former England Rugby Captain contracted Lyme disease after a trip to Richmond Park in London and had to undergo several heart operations.

The points he makes about Lyme disease and tick prevention in this interview are as relevant today, as they were 4 years ago and it’s well worth a watch.

You can view the full interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZJzVEKf3qQ

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Teaming up with walkers!

We are very excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with WALX, the nationwide walking club, and Nordic Walking UK to make Botanic Protect tick repellent available to their members this summer!

WALX and Nordic Walking UK are doing their bit for Lyme Disease Awareness Month and have both published the blog, ‘Time is ticking’ highlighting the importance of walkers being ‘tick aware’ whilst enjoying time outdoors. You can read the full blogs here and here.

It smells utterly delicious so won’t make other humans avoid you as well as ticks!

Time is ticking, WALX

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What Everyone Should Know

This is an amazing video titled ‘What everyone should know about Lyme disease’ which was released this Bank Holiday weekend to coincide with Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

The video was made with the help of the Caudwell Lyme Co Charity and features Bunny Guinness, who is an award winning landscape and garden designer, and columnist at The Telegraph. She contracted Lyme disease a few years ago.

In the video, Bunny summarises all the key information which you need to know about Lyme disease and tick prevention and is a must view!

The video has already had over 7k views and counting..!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLxFoTtvPuw05vZmTsowadQ

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Lyme disease symptoms similar to COVID

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month (to coincide with the start of high tick season) and this article featured in the Daily Record last week serves as a timely reminder as to why being ‘tick aware’ is so important.

This young tree surgeon describes his “traumatic ordeal” after contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite while working in 2018.

He is urging people to be on their guard this summer whilst enjoying post-lockdown ‘staycations’ and not to confuse Lyme disease symptoms for COVID.

As his Mother describes, “until you’ve seen what Lyme disease can do you can’t appreciate how bad it can be”

Sadly, we are gong to be seeing more stories like this. Read the full article here.

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Staycation trends for 2021!

We are so excited to feature in this month’s edition of Families Chiltern!

Families Chiltern has been looking after families in the Chiltern Hills for over 16 years and always offers great information and tips to local parents. To read the full article, click here!

With many families looking forward to another year of staycations, it’s important to remember to be tick aware while spending time outdoors. Many popular staycation destinations around the country have been designated as high tick risk areas by the Big Tick Project (a national awareness and research campaign), including Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Public Health England recommends using a repellent while enjoying time outdoors to guard against tick bites so order your bottle of Botanic Protect today ready for those outdoor activities..!

For more information about Botanic Protect plant based tick repellent, visit our online shop today!

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Let’s get proactive about tick prevention!

The latest research to come out of the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool confirms that ticks are equally happy in open, treeless habitats as they are in woodlands.

This supports our long-held view that infected ticks are a problem which affects the whole country and we need to be more proactive about tick prevention. Read the full article here.

Forest School Fun!

Earlier this month, we caught up with Sunita Thakur from ‘Out to the Woods’ Community Interest Company in Kent to find out about her Forest School journey.

Sunita shares her passion for the benefits of Forest School and explains the joy she gets when she sees children having ‘light bulb moments’!

Read the full interview here