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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New Edible Garden Planned

At RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford, Essex, work has started on a Global Growth Vegetable Garden. The garden, set to open in summer 2017, will challenge perceptions of conventional kitchen gardens and showcase an extraordinarily diverse range of edible plants. From the everyday to the exotic, including edible ornamentals, from yams and chickpeas to […]

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Plant Disease Alert – High Risk

A new strain of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterial disease, could have a wide and damaging impact on our urban landscapes and countryside. The EU is on high alert for this disease and we must be especially vigilant in the UK. We do not want this disease in the UK, so please make sure you are […]

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Artscape win 2015 APL Awards

We are really pleased to let you know that Artscape were winners at the Association of Professional Landscaper Awards 2015 on Friday at The Brewery, London. We won in the Project Value under £25,000 – Riverside Garden Other projects we entered were highly commended: Project Value under £25,000 –  Executive Apartment Garden Project Value £25,000-£75,000 […]

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Cookham Festival – Open Gardens and Exhibitions

The Sculpture Garden at Odney, Cookham – Odney owned by the John Lewis Partnership, is opening its beautiful gardens to the public on the 2nd May to 17th May. Visitors are welcome between 10am and 5pm where you can enjoy new sculpture and maybe find a piece for your garden. If you would like to […]

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EU Law stopping trade of non-registered Plants

The European Commission are have created a new bureaucracy called the “EU Plant Variety Agency” which sets a new law for home gardeners making it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted”. The reason behind this is to abandon the old slate of existing EU laws […]

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Live longer with Silver Birch Trees

January 14th, 2014 An experiment was conducted in a BBC Two article where 24 silver young birch trees where placed in front of four terrace houses and there was another 4 terraces without the birch trees. The experiment was simple – to measure Particulate Matter (PM) which is gathered from traffic next to houses for […]

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Super-Hydrophobic Material – the latest in waterproof technology

January 7th, 2014 Over the course of December and early January, England endured heavy rain falls and drenching floods in parks and fields. Even though we still struggle in times of floods, we may be able to stay more protected and drier when popping out to the store. In a recent discovery, US scientists have […]

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EU Law stopping trade of non-registered Plants

October 9th, 2013 The European Commission are have created a new bureaucracy called the “EU Plant Variety Agency” which sets a new law for home gardeners making it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted”. The reason behind this is to abandon the old slate of […]

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