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Hottest UK October day ever

1. October 2011

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              Today was the hottest October day ever recorded with temperatures reaching  29.9C (85.8F) at 14:42 BST in Gravesend, Kent, beating the previous record of 29.4C (84.9F) recorded on 1 October 1985, in March, Cambridgeshire.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15137832 The UK and the rest of Europe has been basking in unseasonly high temperatures for almost a week now with clear blue […]

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London loves its trees

27. September 2011

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London loves its trees

. London is very protective of its trees. There are a number of very special specimens that are highlighted in this interesting article. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8256000/8256682.stm Maintaining the balance between a city that is expanding its population and buildings with providing a healthy environment for trees to survive is  a priority for London. It has led to […]

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Homemade pesticides

25. September 2011

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Homemade pesticides

Keep your garden looking this good with some easy to make homemade and green pesticides. http://www.lawncareservice.net/blog/2010/10-homemade-pesticides-for-your-yard-and-garden/

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Less Growing Days highlight hardiness issues

22. September 2011

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Has anyone noticed the decidedly Autumnal feel in the morning and evening now that the days are getting shorter? This is a sure sign that growing days for many plants are starting to reduce. Sad to think that very soon I will be starting to protect some of my exotic and tropical plants in the […]

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Google Earth Engine monitors climate change

14. September 2011

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 Google Earth Engine  allows worldwide, daily monitoring of changes to the planet’s environment and  global-scale monitoring which could also usher in a new era in forest protection. http://change.nature.org/2010/12/02/%E2%80%9Ccoolest%E2%80%9D-google-product-may-bring-new-era-in-forest-protection/ Google Earth Engine can be used for a wide range of applications—from mapping water resources to ecosystem services to deforestation. It’s part of a broader effort at […]

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13. September 2011

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 As the Garden Grows, so grows the Gardener  

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Exotic autumn garden

12. September 2011

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Exotic autumn garden

Exotic gardens look at their best at this time of year jut when traditional english herbaceous borders start to look sad and messy.To buy exotic plants explore these nurseries: http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/ http://www.urbanjungle.uk.com/ http://www.hardyexotics.co.uk/ Or visit Will Giles website to indulge in more exotic delights:http://www.exoticgarden.com/

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What is green investment?

9. September 2011

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  More money is said to be flowing in to green technology than ever before: a new global record of $243 billion was reported for 2010.  To go about making sense of these figures, the term “green investment” has to first be defined: Is it capital invested in protecting and restoring the environment at large, […]

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UK weather challenges

7. September 2011

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After the coldest summer since 1993 , it looks like September weather is going to prove challenging for many late flowering plants in the garden. Parts of the UK are to be hit by gusts of more than 65mph, while persistent rain will sweep down over the country for most of the month. Britain will also be […]

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ebay catches the rain

6. September 2011

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Even ebay has woken up to the importance of rainwater harvesting: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=rainwater+harvesting

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