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London needs green therapy

12. August 2011

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After the riots in London over the past week it is time for communities to rebuild trust and create harmony with one another. Creating a garden and growing food can bring a common sense of achievment and value to individuals feeling isolated and challenged by inner city living. I stumbled across an example of this just around the […]

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Global urban bee-keeping

8. August 2011

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Cities such as Melbourne, New York, Berlin and London are reporting a huge increase in the number of bee hives.  All over our cities, on office rooftops, in parks and allotments, and in school grounds and urban backyards, bees are buzzing. In just three years, membership of the British Beekeeping Association has doubled to 20,000, as […]

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Rainwater is gold for gardeners

4. August 2011

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Rainwater is gold for gardeners

The rain has arrvied in buckets loads today with most parts of the UK receiving heavy downpours consistent with the humid sunny weather of the past few days. Summer gardening in the UK is increasingly becoming a battleground.Long periods of drought makes the ground very hard which means that when the rain does finally arrive, this precious “gold” liquid often runs off […]

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UK tropical heatwave

3. August 2011

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The UK is experiencing a mini heatwave at last this summer! Temperatures have been hotter over the past few days than Turkey or India with the mercury reaching 28c – 83f – at Heathrow yesterday and temperatures in inner London up to 30c. It is also very humid which is great news for tropical plants like my […]

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Americans dig deeper

1. August 2011

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Whilst politicians in Washington debate the future of the American deficit, it appears that across the country, citizens are discovering inventive ways to support themselves by growing more and more of their own food. Urban Farming is the new American craze being driven by people’s craving for a connection to their food source and for […]

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Global Pick Your Own

29. July 2011

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If you just don’t have the time or inclination to grow your own fruit and veg, do visit this amazing site which lists hundreds of Pick your Own sites in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is a great way to know where your food is coming from with out […]

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Kew Australian walkabout at British Museum

28. July 2011

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Kew Australian walkabout at British Museum

Australian plants are enjoying a UK summer in a spectacular display outside the British Museum in London as part of the Australian Walkabout Season organised with Kew Gardens from April to October. This wonderful display showcases the rich biodiversity of Australia, and how these fragile systems are under threat from land usage and climate change.This […]

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

26. July 2011

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RHS and Alys Fowler Grow Your Own

RHS facebook The RHS is increasingly using technology to connect with gardeners. They have an excellent facebook event this week with Alys Fowler, one of my favourite gardeners, answering your questions on their Grow Your Own Facebook page via drop-in Q&A sessions. This takes place on Friday 29 July from 3pm – 4pm and is […]

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Toronto food production and allotments

22. July 2011

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Toronto food production and allotments

The city of Toronto has looked at the carbon and environmental impact of food and food systems and finds that 30-40% of its carbon footprint comes in one way or another from food related activities: transportation, energy growing, retailing. Growing 10% of the vegetables in the city would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37.9 kilotonnes […]

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Oxfam Tatton Park climate change garden

21. July 2011

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Oxfam helps farmers all over the world to deal with the effects of climate change whether it be drought in Africa or flooding in Bangladesh. To highlight their work, Oxfam have designed and created a garden called “When the waters rise”at the RHS Tatton Park Show this week. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Show-Tatton-Park/2011/Gardens/Garden-A-to-Z/When-the-Waters-Rise This beautiful garden won Gold yesterday […]

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