Archive | May, 2012

Jubilee Garden Parties

31. May 2012

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Jubilee Fever has hit the UK and over the long Bank Holiday weekend thousands of  garden parties will be taking place  all over the country. Gardeners will be putting on their best displays so if you are planning a party in your garden check out this website for some more ideas on how to make […]

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Create a wild flower meadow

28. May 2012

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Create a wild flower meadow

                          98% of Britain’s flower rich grasslands such as hay meadows and chalk downland have been lost in last 60 years. Try creating your own  – whether you have acres of just a few metres as they thrive in drought and will bring […]

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UK Green Economy Growing

27. May 2012

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Government figures show that the UK Green Economy grew £5.4bn in 2011. The Green goods and services sector is now valued at £122bn and employs almost one million people. The UK is expanding its green economy to secure a safer and more environmentally friendly future. This is also a great way to generate employment in […]

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Chelsea Flower Show v local gardens

25. May 2012

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The Chelsea Flower Show is enjoying an absolutely glorious week of weather to show off its horticultural delights to the world . Every evening I watch Mr Titchmarsh and his team on the BBC offer an insight into this elitist world of gardening and think how far removed this search for Chelsea perfection is from […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2012 – how green?

24. May 2012

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The carbon footprint of the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show is being challenged by its members according to this article on the Guardian Environmental Pages. “RHS member and visitor Tania Thorne said: “Having seen the level of environmental waste, I would not have guessed the RHS had even heard of climate change“. So is it an […]

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Chelsea Flower Show nature for the 1%?

23. May 2012

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The  Chelsea Flower Show usually lightens even the hardest of hearts. Not so with John Vidal writing in the Guardian today: “The Chelsea flower show is nature for the 1% A new breed of pest is swarming over London SW3, trying to grow not plants but wealth. It’s time to reclaim the natural world“. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/22/chelsea-flower-show?newsfeed=true […]

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Chelsea Flower Show adapts to weird weather

21. May 2012

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The 2012 Chelsea Extravaganza is under way despite the very challenging weather in recent weeks which meant many exhibitors changed their planting due to the lack of flowers available. Jo Thompson, garden designer for A Celebration of Caravanning show garden, said: “It’s been a funny spring, the plants have been late. We’ve had the drought […]

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Chelsea Flower Show sun shines

20. May 2012

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The sun and warmer weather have arrived just in time for the 99th Chelsea Flower Show which opens tomorrow. Forecast is for temperatures as high as 23c.http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012 Alan Titchmarsh will be offering his usual daily coverage on BBC TV.If like me you did not get tickets its a great way to view the delights of […]

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Parts of England no longer in drought

11. May 2012

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Large parts of England are no longer in drought, after the wettest April since records began in 1910 and continuing rain this month. The Environment Agency has removed drought status in 19 counties in the south-west, Midlands and Yorkshire, meaning hosepipe bans are unlikely in those areas this summer. Hosepipe bans, imposed by seven water […]

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Coldest May in 100 years – summer on hold

10. May 2012

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After one of the wettest Aprils on record we are now experiencing  one of the coldest months of May. What is happening to our weather? Climate change sceptics might want to take note of these records or have an alternative explanation for this ongoing weird weather? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9213226/Coldest-May-in-100-years-forecasters-predict.html

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