Archive | October, 2010

Join the Big Climate Connection

28. October 2010

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In less than two weeks, thousands of people in hundreds of constituencies across the UK will tell their MP they care about climate change and ask them to take action to tackle it. Early November is a really crucial time – it‘s just before the start of the global climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, and […]

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Save UK forests

27. October 2010

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The government is preparing plans to sell off more than half of our national forests to private firms. This could mean ancient woodlands are chopped down and ruined. Woodland wildlife would have to make way for Centre Parcs style holiday villages, golf courses and commercial logging. Ancient forests like The Forest of Dean and Sherwood […]

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London Gardens offer temple of calm

25. October 2010

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London Gardens offer temple of calm

The sun shone on London today, bringing people out of their office at lunchtime to enjoy the city’s many open spaces. One of my favourite gardens is Inner Temple which is still looking quite beautiful, even in late October. This three-acre garden has wide lawns, populated with a rare and unusual collection of trees, sweeping […]

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Fruit delights

24. October 2010

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Fruit delights

Yet another beautiful sunny day in the garden  –  perfect for picking the last of the autumn fruit .These enormous quince will make a wonderful fruit jelly. Easy to grow and very decorative, they can be found in many traditional gardens but they are not so fashionable in modern design.This is a shame as they […]

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India values its natural wealth

21. October 2010

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India is expected to become the first country in the world to commit to publishing a new set of accounts which track the nation’s plants, animals, water and other “natural wealth” as well as financial measurements such as GDP. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/20/india-natural-wealth-accounts Nature’s goods and services are equally if not far more central to the wealth of nations […]

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California water issues

21. October 2010

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In just 10 days time I wil be landing in LA for a 3 hour stop on the way to NZ. Sadly no time to visit on this trip but I am fascinated by the water issues facing this part of the world and found this interesting article that explains the concerns and scenarios for the […]

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Sunshine on an Autumn Day

19. October 2010

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Sunshine on an Autumn Day

It may be the middle of October but in SE England many plants are still offering delightful flowers to delight the senses. I took these shots today on The Village Allotment where the summer veg is long past its best but the grapes are looking exceptionally ripe and juicy. We’ve had some lovely days of […]

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Growing food building communities

15. October 2010

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Growing food building communities

Check out some excellent events happening in London this Autumn organised by Capital Growth who have pledged to support 2012 new community food growing spaces for the capital by end of 2012. With 585 to date they are busy finding new ways to inspire Londoners to use their outdoor space: Growing food building communities Tuesday […]

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Gardening TV gets new horticultural channel

13. October 2010

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At long last someone has seen the media potential for gardening programmes – can’t believe that at the moment we are limited to BBC Gardeners World /Gardeners Question Time. Really hoping hope more will follow once this programme launches next Spring. I have tons of ideas for interesting programmes that could engage and encourage many more people […]

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Yorkshire gardens

11. October 2010

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It is not only gardens in Southern England that are changing as a result of the climate shifting  –  local nurserymen in Yorkshire are now growing lemons and oranges in unheated greenhouses all year  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8012465.stm

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