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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

3. September 2015

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How to have a beautiful garden all summer

Will Giles from the Exotic Garden in Norwich suggests ways to maximise your garden.  http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/about-the-garden/ Traditional gardens with herbaceous borders come to a crescendo in June and early July and then gently wither and fade into their autumn colours. Many years ago I also used the more traditional border planting that goes with this style […]

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Hottest July day ever in UK

1. July 2015

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The UK has experienced its hottest July day since records began  after a temperature of 36.7c was recorded at Heathrow today. London was even hotter than Athens, Miami and Rio.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/11711602/Britain-swelters-in-hottest-July-day-for-160-years.html The intense heatwave could be a taste of things to come as climate change increases and extreme weather takes hold. Check out how the UK […]

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show greening grey Britain

30. June 2015

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  The heat at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has highlighted that when it comes to the weather, nature is always in control. With temperatures reaching 34c today, the Show Gardens are sizzling but need plenty of watering to keep them looking beautiful. One of the most popular gardens has been the Community […]

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What is sustainable gardening?

20. June 2015

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Gardeners are the custodians of the UK’s 27 million parks and gardens and have a responsibility to make sure that we look after them in a responsible and environmental way – hence the phrase sustainable gardening. Sustainable gardening is the concept of using garden practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources (such as […]

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Greening Grey Britain – new RHS gardening campaign

31. May 2015

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The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity and it was established to share the best in gardening. The RHS is driven by a simple love of plants and the belief that gardeners make the world a better place. The RHS latest campaign launched at Easter 2015 with a three-year target to transform 6,000 unloved […]

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How climate change might affect our bees

1. May 2015

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Climate change has serious implications for bees.An article by Mark Patterson, Forage Officer at the London Beekeepers Association explains how extreme weather can affect their survival. What is climate change and what are the issues around it? To understand how climate change will potentially affect our pollinators we first must ask ‘what is climate change?’  Simply put […]

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How London could become a national park

13. November 2014

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47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for the capital to become a national park?   Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a man on a mission. Working with students at Queen Mary University, Daniel inspires engagement with the world around them  and creates opportunities to […]

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Climate Change in my back garden

1. November 2014

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Summer has lasted forever in the UK and extended into Autumn with beautiful mild temperatures lasting to the end of October. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29851285 Long days of glorious sunshine have without doubt extended the growing season  in my garden. Still enjoying a beautiful floral display with blue plumbago mixed with one of my favourite plants this summer  – […]

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Three weeks rain in one hour

28. July 2014

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After the heatwave came huge thunderstorms delivering record breaking rainfall over Southern England today. Around three weeks of rain arrived in one hour in parts of East Sussex bringing chaos and flash flooding that affected the morning rush hour.  http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11369589.Storms_causing_delays__disruption_and_damage_as_heavy_rain_and_lightning_hits/?ref=var_0 Here is my East Sussex garden at 9.30am today. A very different scene to the […]

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Trees tackle climate change

5. June 2014

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Trees tackle climate change

The UK needs to plant 20 million trees a year for the next half century to tackle climate change, protect wildlife and provide benefits for people, according to the Woodland Trust. The charity’s president, TV personality Clive Anderson, wants to see the UK’s tree cover double – bringing the amount of woodlands up to the […]

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