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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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Saving Seeds for next Green Revolution

10. February 2011

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“Suddenly plant breeding is sexy. In recent months, soaring prices of food, coupled with fears of runaway climate change, have brought calls for a renaissance in agricultural research — to boost crop yields and deliver new varieties that can stand the heat and drought of a greenhouse world. The world needs a repeat of the […]

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Spinach shows its true colours

8. February 2011

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Spinach shows its true colours

If you are pondering the delights of growing spinach in your garden this year than you might be interested to  know about  an exciting development concerning this popular plant. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have confirmed a system for converting visible light into hydrogen fuel based on using sunlight and spinach. […]

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My Seedy Sunday

6. February 2011

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My Seedy Sunday

Saving and swapping seeds took on a whole new meaning for me today after spending a couple of hours at Seedy Sunday which took place in Hove Town Hall, East Sussex. This is where the campaign to  protect our seed varieties originally began in the UK some 10 years ago and which I can report […]

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Channel 4 on climate change gardening

5. February 2011

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The face of Channel 4 News, RHS member Jon Snow, has reported on the changing climate many times, so  is in a good position to make his own judgement on the issue. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Sustainable-gardening/Gardening-in-a-changing-climate/Current-Situation I am sure there would be great interest in a TV programme about how the changing climate  is affecting our gardens .Maybe  […]

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UKs first climate week 21-27 March 2011

3. February 2011

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Climate Week is a new national event that aims to showcase the many positive steps being taken to combat climate change and inspire more. http://www.climateweek.com/about-us/faqs/

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Climate change belief weathers storms

1. February 2011

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The public’s belief in global warming as a man-made danger has weathered the storm of climate controversies and cold weather intact, according to a survey published in the Guardian yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/31/public-belief-climate-change

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RHS modernisation tackles climate change

24. January 2011

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The RHS has stated that one of  its prime objectives in the future  is to help gardeners become more environmentally sustainable. This welcome new direction is being promoted by its new Director General Sue Biggs: “Whether or not you accept climate change is man made there is lots of evidence that we have a more […]

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Food from the Sky

21. January 2011

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Food from the Sky

Food from the Sky  is  a pioneering food growing and educational project in Crouch End, North London on the roof top of Thornton’s Budgens supermarket ” A new template for the future” They have just launched seed2seed – a year foundation course for individuals wanting to “Grow Life and Food in our most cemented places!” […]

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