Leicestershire is situated in the heart of the Midlands, right in the centre of England. There is often debate between people here and Derbyshire, on who has the village with the exact point, that is furthest from the sea. Some years back, the tiny county of Rutland also used to be part of Leicestershire, but today it’s independent.
Surrounded by many counties, this is totally landlocked, with the only big stretches of water being the old canals. It’s of course known for being the home of Red Leicester cheese (vegans can now enjoy a plant-based version). And it is also the original home of the pork pie (again, there is a vegan Vork Pie on sale!) Don’t think that buying plant-based you are not supporting farmers. Many farmers are as appalled as others, that most pork pies sold in England are from factory-farmed animals.
Local Food in Leicestershire
- Raw n Pure offers organic delivery of fresh produce on a mix and match basis. You can add fruits, veg and salad items, with free delivery over a minimum order of just £7.
- Wonky Vegetables offers home delivery of the 40% of crops that go to waste. They rescue this surplus and deliver it to your door, then donate 10% of produce to charities and food banks around Leicester.
Local Money in Leicestershire
- Credit unions are locally owned banks, run by and for the people. Clockwise is the main one. See the post on how to join a credit union.
Animal Rescue in Leicestershire
- There are so many animal shelters in England, it’s not possible to list them all on this little site. So many innocent animals need loving homes. Some local shelters are Leicester Animal Rescue, Leicester Animal Aid, East Midlands Dog Rescue, Leicestershire Dogs, Roxies Rescue, Leicester & Rutland Stray Dog Sanctuary, Animal Saver and Three Counties Dog Rescue.
- If you find injured wildlife, most vets can help. But you are likely to find more expertise from a local wildlife rescue. Ones in Lancashire include Leicester Widllife Hospital. Animals are also rescued at Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary. You can search by location (and species) for a more extensive list at Help Wildlife.