Spring 2019 arrived in November 2018

The Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project has received over 64 records of early spring activity that started in November 2018 – including insects that have been spotted active up to 5 months earlier than normal. Mild weather seems to have temporarily disturbed insects from hibernation. A small tortoiseshell butterfly appeared flying outdoors on Christmas Day […]

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Award Winning Rose Breeder dies

David Charles Henshaw Austin OBE was a rose breeder and writer who lived in Shropshire, England. His emphasis was on breeding roses with the character and fragrance of old garden roses but with the repeat-flowering ability and wide colour range of modern roses such as hybrid teas and floribundas. His family issued an announcement: It […]

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Industry joins together to help against Xylella threat

Following growing concern about the potential impact of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa on the UK environment, earlier this week the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), together with several garden retailers and growers, have coordinated an embargo on imported stock from infected areas. The move, which is joined by a 5-point health management plan, has arisen from […]

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A chair from your lawn

Fancy having a grass armchair in your garden? Now it may become a simple reality following the the relaunch of a project to make it easy for anyone to create using a kit, to which you just need to add soil and grass. However the mowing won’t be too easy! The grass armchair made by […]

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Growth of city trees can cut air pollution

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities. A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%. Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs […]

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How will the climate have changed by 2050?

Talking at the HTA Garden Futures conference, Dr Ross Cameron from the University of Sheffield explained how climate change would affect gardens between now and 2050. According to Dr Cameron  here are the predictions for changes in the weather between now and 2050: Warmer winters (+3 degrees C) and summers (+1 to +4 degrees C) […]

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Australians mourn tree that ‘failed’ university students

Is it the end of an era, or a new chapter in a beloved mythology? The sudden collapse of the University of Sydney’s famed jacaranda tree has triggered a wave of grief in Australia, with staff and alumni mourning a key piece of campus folklore. The 18m-wide tree had been at the centre of university […]

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A 1,075-year-old tree

A 1,075-year-old tree located in northern Greece is said to be Europe’s oldest living thing, say scientists. The Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) was dated by counting the rings, which are formed each year as the tree grows.  Paul J Krusic, the leader of the expedition that found the tree, described the its survival as “remarkable”. […]

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What has happened to our seasons?

A recent BBC programme on Radio 4, discusses the issue around the changing seasons and the changes in climate. Do you feel like you’re mowing your grass more these days? There’s a reason why. The Met Office recently issued a report which states that the growing season in the UK is now one month longer […]

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Hedgecutting ban in August

Defra’s decision to extend the hedgecutting ban to August was based on analysis of bird nesting records provided by volunteers to the British Ornithology Trust, Farmers Weekly can reveal. Farm leaders and farm contractors have reacted angrily to Defra’s decision to extend the ban to cover the whole of August, questioning the “evidence” used to […]

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