September 30, 2015

Helping us manage water and heat in towns and cities: A vital role for Green Space

Water shortages and floods as well as heat build up are becoming more common; partly because of climate change that is resulting in more extreme weather patterns but also, because of the way we use and manage the land. As hedges, woodlands and natural wetlands have been removed the countryside has become far less absorbent.…

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February 27, 2015

In memory of trees

This last week I have been fortunate enough to pay a visit to an established UK tree nursery: Hilliers in Hampshire.  Hilliers are about much more than trees with a portfolio of garden centres, cash and carry and shrub and perennials supply. Here, I am focusing upon tree supply as this was the purpose of…

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January 31, 2015

The legacy of Beth Chatto: Ecology and Aesthetics: a powerful association

At a Society of Garden Designers ceremony in London to celebrate the best of garden design and garden designers last night, the well known plants woman Beth Chatto was awarded the John Brookes Lifetime achievement award!- Hip hip hurrah for such a fitting tribute to a lady that has given so much to the profession and our approach…

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July 15, 2013

Employing the services of a garden/landscape designer: Why use us?

Everyone has seen those garden makeovers on the TV, which claim to turn your garden around in half an hour, and with little money.  However,  to get something of quality, that will grow and develop effectively, isn’t quite as simple, or as cheap as that, although it doesn’t have to break the bank.  But would…

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July 11, 2013

Wildlife needs your help! -Create a home for nature in your garden

The recent news that our wildlife is struggling, revealed following a study of UK wildlife which suggested that 60% of all species are in decline is worrying.  This comes at a time when the EU have recently voted to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops that are pollinated by bees following concerns over the decline…

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June 24, 2013

Why the grass isn’t always greener- Alternatives to lawn

Perfect green lawns are an English obsession and have been so for centuries- the sweeping green lawns of Capability Brown in the 17th Century are iconic statements and without the lawnmower, cricket, football, ruby & tennis would not have become the games they are today.  But are traditional lawns always appropriate in our gardens? Will…

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June 17, 2013

Our Boutique Allotment-Support and protection

Its that time of year when many of our crops, or even our ornamental planting, need stakes and supports if they are to stay upright or climb & clamber.  It is also that time where our crops need protection from a variety of garden pests if they are to survive birds; slugs; insects etc. and…

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May 24, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 1: Favourite gardens

  This week I was fortunate enough to attend the 100th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea flower show and not surprisingly, much has changed in that 100 years.  Moreover, I have not visited the show for 10 years and in that time I have seen a marked shift in focus; whilst good…

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May 18, 2013

Our boutique allotment: Sustainable approaches to growing food

“We have not inherited the land from our ancestors; we have borrowed it from our children …”
   by Dennis J. Hall
 Office of Land Use   To me, this statement helps to define the very essence of why we need to ensure that we preserve and effectively manage the environment in which we live.…

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May 8, 2013

Up the garden path-why visiting other people’s gardens rocks

What is it about garden visiting that is so engaging, so fascinating and so inspiring?  Is it that we just want to have a nose at what others are doing on their plots so that we can ‘keep up with the Joneses’?  Engage with aspects of art, design & gardening? Get a bit of exercise?…

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