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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July 29, 2013

Plant winners for me at Tatton

  There were so many different plants that I loved at RHS Tatton Flower show this year,  I am afraid that I was a little bit ‘child in a sweetshop’!  However, within the main show gardens, there were a few plants or plant combinations that stood out for me, either for particular characteristics or for their…

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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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May 28, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-my impressions mark 3: Favourite plants

I have to confess that I spent so much time looking around the show gardens at Chelsea (check out my favourites here) that by the time I was able to get to the Grand Pavillion in the late afternoon and some of the nursery plants, I was a little bit exhausted (I suppose that I…

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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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April 30, 2013

Bee Cool or Buzz off….

I have never been actively drawn to our crawling and buzzing friends but, as an organic allotmenter & gardener with hives but a stone’s throw from our plot, an avid watcher of the likes of Countryfile, and a ‘Greenie’ at heart, I have been following with sadness, the story related to the plight of our…

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April 26, 2013

Outside-Inside – Judge a book by its cover!

Why is it that stunning properties may often be surrounded by gardens that are mediocre at best and completely uninspired at worst?   It can’t be that we aren’t interested in gardens, because we are a nation of gardeners; we have the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the National Gardens Scheme and the Chelsea flower show is…

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