Adopt a Hampton Court plant

Adopt a Hampton Court plant

Image credit: Rosemary Despres One of the complaints levelled at the big garden shows is that they create a lot of waste. Gardeners particularly don’t like the idea of perfectly good plants being treated as disposable, and ending up in a skip at the end of the...
The grass beneath our feet

The grass beneath our feet

The English obsession with grass came into being in the 17th century, when the close cut lawn was a status symbol of the rich. Only they could afford to take land out of production for purely aesthetic purposes, and maintaining a lawn before the invention of the mower...
A taste of paradise

A taste of paradise

Most of the time, I feel like a misfit. Once I developed an interest in the environment, I stepped away from mainstream culture – the culture that’s constantly trying to sell us something, with businesses that don’t care who or what they destroy in...
Stand up for Ancient Trees #CelebrateSpring

Stand up for Ancient Trees #CelebrateSpring

The ancient ash tree near Park Wood, image courtesy of the Woodland Trust One of the great joys of spring is seeing trees leaf out and bloom. They bring so much joy, and do so much for us, and yet are rarely valued as they should be. In particular, ancient trees are...
Things are a bit rubbish today

Things are a bit rubbish today

My morning/evening walks take me onto Harwell Campus, which is a place with an interesting history. It was an RAF base (some of the gliders launched from here for the D-Day assault in WW2), and since then has been home to various scientific endeavours. These days...

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