Archive | February, 2011

The uncertain future for UK gardens

28. February 2011

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   In 1992, Tom Clarke became an apprentice gardener with the National Trust. He was a bright student, but he didn’t want to be stuck in an office job:he wanted to use his hands, and he lived the outdoors.He didn’t know exactly what he woudl be doing at the age of 35, some 17 years […]

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Urban Food Growing

25. February 2011

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Capital Growth have launched a number of urban food growing training sessions across London to encourage Londoners to “Grow their Own”  this summer:  (North)The Regents Park  http://dmtrk.net/8UC-DHD0-13QQWM-54SJY-0/c.aspx ) (West) Hammersmith Community Gardens Association  http://dmtrk.net/8UC-DHD0-13QQWM-54SJX-0/c.aspx  (East) Growing Communities, Allens Gardens  http://dmtrk.net/8UC-DHD0-13QQWM-54SJZ-0/c.aspx )) (South) The London Wildlife Trust  (full list coming soon)

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The Edible Garden Show

24. February 2011

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The Edible Garden Show

The ultimate Grow your Own event is taking place at Stoneleigh Park  in Warwickshire from 18th to 20th March. http://www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk/

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Sustainable Sedum mats

22. February 2011

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SedumPlus is a UK grown vegetation mat specifically designed for green roofs. It comprises a blend of sixteen stunning varieties of sedum plants to provide extended interest and colour throughout the growing season. Ideal for green roofs, sedums are drought tolerant and well suited to the often harsh growing conditions of a roof. They need […]

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Winter ends in a month – hurray!

20. February 2011

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Winter ends in a month – hurray!

Anyone feel like the dark days and miserable weather is going on forever in the UK? What we need now is a burst of bright sun instead of rain and cloud to inspire creativity and action in the garden. Officially, there is still another month to go before winter ends: “Astronomically, the winter solstice, being […]

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Treehugger catches US rainwater story

18. February 2011

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One of the best green blogs  is produced by Treehugger which  is the leading US media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. You can always  find  find an interesting story. Like this one about how California is trying to use all the water it has to cope with a growing population and water sources maxed […]

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How green is Jamie Oliver?

16. February 2011

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Great to know that celebrities like Jamie Oliver are doing their bit to encourage us Brits to reduce food miles by growing our own food. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/8303479/Jamie-Oliver-to-sprinkle-his-magic-on-Homebase.html Such a pity that Mr Oliver did not check where his range of gardening products are being sourced from .The low carbon benefits of grow your own are maybe […]

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Visit Woods.org.uk

15. February 2011

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Visit Woods.org.uk

VisitWoods.org.uk has just been launched to bring together all of the UK’s known publicly accessible woods –  14,000 woodlands in all. The £2.1 million project enables people to find their nearest accessible wood and directions to it. Visitors keen to share their experience can attribute various features and facilities to the woods they have visited, […]

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Valentines Roses threaten Kenya

14. February 2011

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Valentines Roses threaten Kenya

Consumer appetite for cut-price Kenyan roses for Valentine’s Day is “bleeding the country dry” by threatening the region’s precarious ecology. Seventy per cent of roses sold in European supermarkets come from Kenya, most from Naivasha. UK supermarkets are being asked to show more concern about the health of the environment that the flowers come from. […]

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Will spring be early or late in 2011?

10. February 2011

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Will spring be early or late in 2011?

After the freezing temperatures of recent months there is much speculation about when spring will arrive and the first blooms appear in our gardens. Will it be early or late ? If spring is early why is this happening? http://www.skepticalscience.com/advancing-spring-global-warming.htm

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