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Walking in the footsteps of Gilbert White

Post date: Fri, 24/04/2015 - 10:33

A special walk in the footsteps of the great pioneering eighteenth century naturalist, gardener and writer, Gilbert White, takes place at the end of April. Over 80 people have so far signed up to take part in the walk. Between 27th April and 5th May, Rosemary Irwin, from the Gilbert White’s and the Oates Collections in Selborne, will be fulfilling an ambition by taking the 74-mile journey from White’s former home in Selborne to Oriel College, Oxford, a regular journey during his days as fellow of the college.

Plans for Europe’s largest walled garden

Post date: Tue, 21/04/2015 - 07:20

Plans for Europe’s largest walled garden    

An ambitious plan is under way to transform an 18th century walled garden in Worcestershire.

The owners of the Walled Gardens, at Croome Court, have revealed the next phase of its development – which will include a visitor centre.

Husband and wife, Chris and Karen Cronin, bought the walled garden in 2000, when it was an overgrown wilderness with dilapidated buildings.

Fiona’s British flowers brighten up Exeter

Post date: Tue, 21/04/2015 - 06:39

Fiona Arnold is meeting the demand for locally grown cut flowers. Her Good Flower Company is selling 100 per cent British flowers at Exeter St David’s station every Friday. More and more consumers are aware of the environmental impact that is created by importing 90 per cent of the cut flowers bought in the UK today.  In response to this, Fiona aims to provide locally grown cut flowers to the local community of Exeter, offering beautiful, seasonal, freshly picked and fragrant flowers.

National Gardening Week 2015

Post date: Wed, 15/04/2015 - 07:55

13th to the 19th April

It's National Gardening Week!  Launched four years ago by the RHS, National Gardening Week has since grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved and you can too. Here are a few things you can start thinking about if you’d like to get involved in 2015.

Greener grass

Post date: Fri, 20/03/2015 - 10:05

March to early May is the perfect time to prepare your lawn ready for a glorious summer of lush, green turf. 

Reseeding helps to thicken your lawn and crowd out undesirable weeds.  Though it can be time-consuming if you have a large lawn, it’s not difficult and the results will dramatically improve the health and appearance of your lawn. 

It will also reduce weed invasion minimising the use of chemicals, which is both cost effective and environmentally friendly.

The Green Velvet Lawn School guide to overseeding your lawn

Gardeners waste up to £250m a year to inexpert plant care

Post date: Tue, 17/03/2015 - 19:30


With Easter around the corner, it’s the time of year when the cash tills are once again ringing in garden centres and plant nurseries around the country.

 Figures from the Horticultural Trades Association estimate around £1bn is spent each year on plants alone, and as much as £5bn when other gardening products are included.

More trees for Somerset!

Post date: Mon, 16/03/2015 - 23:58

Communities are about to spruce up 33 sites across county thanks to charity’s free trees scheme.

Somerset falls below the national average when it comes to tree cover with just 8.4% compared to the national average of 13%, so local youngsters and community groups are taking action by getting their hands dirty and planting thousands of trees.

This week 3,500 tree packs will delivered to schools and community groups throughout the UK as part of the Woodland Trust’s FREE TREES scheme, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, IKEA, Yorkshire Tea and People’s Postcode Lottery.

Help with a prickly situation

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 11:47

This spring, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) will be raising awareness of the decline of hedgehogs, one of the UK’s best-loved garden visitors, with a campaign leaflet that will reach over 120,000 homes in Dorset.

Working with local illustrator, David Burton, the story of ‘Horatio’ the hedgehog is hoped to inspire Dorset locals to get out in their garden, and help support the declining population of hedgehogs by making small changes, such as providing compost heaps to create shelter and food.

Yew can help with cancer research

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 11:31

Cleeve Nursery owners Alan and Felicity Down handed over a cheque for £300 to Cancer Research UK recently. Marion Clements and Pam Hale- joint chairs of Yatton branch of the Cancer Research UK- accepted the cheque. This magnificent sum was raised from the sale of local gardeners donating yew tree, yew hedge and topiary tree clippings.


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