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Climate changes UK fruit farms

15. August 2010

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Dr Chris Atkinson, head of science at East Malling Research Centre in Kent, which has been collecting climate data since 1913, said the climate was a big determinate when growing fruit because temperature and rainfall had a big impact on crops. The climate data shows that the seasons have been getting longer and the winters […]

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RHS highlights garden renaissance

5. August 2010

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Increasing numbers of people are joining their local garden and allotment clubs, says the Royal Horticultural Society in the lead up to its annual Dig Together Day on 4th and 5th September.http://www.rhs.org.uk/digtogetherday The gardening ‘renaissance’ was revealed by a recent survey of 100 of the Society’s affiliated gardening clubs – 73% of clubs saw their […]

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

10. July 2010

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NW England endures hosepipe ban

After the driest start to the year since 1929, the North West of England has a temporary hosepipe ban imposed since 6.00 am Friday, 9 July. Only half the average amount of rain has fallen in the North West in the last six months, so even though the area was flooded last year, reservoir levels […]

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Capital Growth inspires Edible Estates

1. July 2010

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This week Capital Growth announced an incentive for housing estates in London to get involved with growing their own food via community gardens: “We want every housing estate in London to have a community food growing project, we want to see communities coming together to celebrate good food and we want Londoners to go to […]

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London Gardeners at work

22. June 2010

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London Gardeners at work

Bringing green spaces to London’s offices Lunch at the desk has never been healthier as more and more offices in the capital embrace the grow your own revolution.Creating work spaces that are healthy, relaxing and green, yet also conducive to increasing productivity are becoming paramount to many employers. Research has shown that plants reduce carbon […]

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Chelsea Barracks gets green make-over

14. June 2010

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Chelsea Barracks in London is to evolve into a sustainable “market garden” complete with beehives, orchards, vegetable plots and a nuttery, under plans outlined by landscape architect Kim Wilkie. Mr Wilkie’s ideas, which also include a hedgerow to provide a city home for birds, insects and small animals, reflect many of the concepts that Prince […]

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Green your London Life

13. June 2010

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Green your London Life

Green roofs, veg plots, community gardens and re-cycling wasted food are the buzz words on the streets as London strives to create a reputation as one of the world’s leading eco-cities in time for the 2012 Olympics. If you live in London and want to tap into some of this excellent green energy, here are […]

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Free seeds from RHS and Cafe Direct

10. June 2010

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The RHS are celebrating Biodiversity by offering free seeds if you join the Variety for Life campaign and if you’re one of the first 1,000 each day for 10 days (from 8 June) http://www.rhs.org.uk/biodiversity Cafe Direct have been inspired by the care and pride their smallholder farmers put into growing tea, coffee and cocoa. They […]

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Mini heatwave on the way to UK

18. May 2010

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The bad news is that the wind changed direction over the UK bringing back the ash cloud again yesterday to affect various airports around the country. The good news is that apparently we are about to experience a mini heatwave with temperatures of 21c predicted towards the end of the week http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-app/reports?MENU=Week-ahead Does this finally […]

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London Food Link Big Spring Event

15. May 2010

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I love the way London grabs an idea and just makes it happen. There are so many exciting green initiatives happening in the city at the moment. One example is London Food Link which is an active membership network of growers, local busnesses charities,community organisations and local government departments working to improve the sustainability of […]

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