Archive | November, 2011

Allotment adventures

30. November 2011

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If you have just taken on an allotment you will love this new blog series in the Guardian.It guides new plot holders through the process of taking on a new plot, points out the potential pitfalls, and looks forward to the growing year ahead.http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2011/nov/25/new-allotment

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High Impact Low Carbon gardening

29. November 2011

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Another great Xmas present idea for gardeners, High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening goes beyond organics and compost and gives serious gardeners all the information they need to make their garden truly green http://www.timberpress.co.uk/books/high-impact-low-carbon-gardening

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UK faces water rationing in 2012

26. November 2011

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Firms providing water to around half the population said that some of the driest weather on record over the last year has left stocks seriously depleted.With temperatures still unseasonably mild, families are being urged to save water over the coming months as Britain faces the first winter drought in nearly a decade. Thames Water and […]

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Xmas buzz for your garden

24. November 2011

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Looking for the perfect green Xmas present?   The Bumblebee Lodge is great for pollination in your garden . The ultimate wildlife feature, providing a fascinating permanent place of residence for your very own Bumblebee colony every summer. http://www.dragonfli.co.uk/beepol_bumblebee_lodge.html If you need  reminding of the beauty of pollination watch this divine video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHkq1edcbk4&feature=share

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Most unusual year for UK weather

24. November 2011

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This year has seen one of the warmest autumns on record, particularly in the south and east of England.The mild weather has led to many crops such as raspberries and strawberries ripening out of season. Let me know if you have had similar experiences to this farmer who is still picking his raspberries .To date there […]

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Google Earth 3D trees and climate change

24. November 2011

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The sun is back in London and I am heading off  to Kew Gardens to soak up the horticultural delights and hopefully take some photos – especially of the beautiful trees that are at Kew. Speaking of trees, did you know that Google Earth now has an amazing 3D tree facility that lets you look at how trees compliment […]

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USA blurs Climate Change

23. November 2011

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USA blurs Climate Change

America’s Discovery Channel has decided not to purchase  the last episode of the BBC Frozen Planet series because it deals with the effects of climate change and many Americans simply do not believe in this concept. Obviously America is such an enormous country that the climate varies from one coast to the other by huge amounts.  Could this  make national awareness of what is happening to our climate […]

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Weather getting weirder

22. November 2011

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 According to a recent study by Princeton University researchers published in the Journal of Climate, extreme sunny or extremely cloudy days are more common now than they were in the early 1980s, and the swing from heavy storms to dry days is also more intense than it was in the late 1990s. Altogether, a third of the […]

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Climate views in november

20. November 2011

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 The UK is enjoying some wonderful sunshine despite it being the middle of November – long may it continue as this makes the UK winter seem so much more bearable.  I have been taking photos of the many beautiful flowers still gracing our gardens and public spaces to illustrate the effects of our rapidly changing seasons.      In Bristol the […]

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Kew Gardens, plants and climate change

18. November 2011

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More than one in five of the world’s plants are threatened with extinction and in fact  plants are more threatened than birds. This is because birds and humans rely on plants for food, clean air and water . What is threatening plants? The loss of the planet’s forests and other precious wild places is due […]

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