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Over one in ten native species of plant and wildlife in Britain are facing extinction

Over one in ten native species of plant and wildlife in Britain are facing extinction, and about half are in decline according to the latest analysis of the state of wildlife in our country today.

Is Britain's Wildlife facing Extinction?

Over 50 plant conservation and wildlife organisations pooled resources to create the State of Nature report, monitoring almost 10,000 species from plants and lichens to birds and butterflies.

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Green walls and roof gardens play a far greater part in improving city living

Green walls and roof gardens play a far greater part in improving city living than previously thought, according to a new research study.

Improving City Living

Researchers looked at five cities – Berlin, Hong Kong, Melbourne, London and Los Angeles – and measured the impact on noise, pollution and heat of green infrastructure such as vertical planting and green roofs.

They found greenery on buildings can reduce air polluti...

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Food & Drink Fair This Weekend

Join us for our annual Food & Drink Fair this weekend.

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Sow winter lettuce

Sow winter lettuce while the weather is still mild to give them plenty of time to establish into young plants for growing outside under cloches in the garden or in borders or grow bags in the greenhouse.

Sow your Lettuce Now

Winter lettuces are bred to tolerate the vagaries of a British winter, allowing you to produce a generous supply of lettuces from your garden every month of the year if you switch to hardier varieties now. They are every bit as d...

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The ultimate harvest festival gets under way next weekend

The ultimate harvest festival gets under way this weekend as the RHS Malvern Autumn Show opens its doors for a two-day celebration of all things grow-your- own.

RHS Malvern Autumn Show

A highlight is the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, where the country’s top vegetable growers vie for honours in growing the longest parsnip, fattest onion or heaviest pumpkin. Last year three world records were broken at the show. The longest beetroot, gro...

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Spending just half an hour a day gardening could reduce your risk of heart attack by over 50%

Spending just half an hour a day gardening could reduce your risk of heart attack by over 50% according to new research.

Researchers studied 2,456 men and women aged between 65 and 74 over 12 years between 1997 and 2007. First they divided them into three groups according to the amount of physical activity they took part in.

Gardening can Improve your Health

The first group had ‘low’ levels of activity of less than four hours a week. The s...

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Get ready to refill the greenhouse

Get ready to refill the greenhouse the moment your summer crops are spent and you can coax an extra crop of leafy veg and salads to see you right through the winter.

Refill your greenhouse 

As you pick the last of your tomatoes and the aubergines and green peppers begin running out of steam, sow hardier varieties of lettuce from seed into pots or modules in the cold frame. You can also start winter baby-leaf salad mixes including oriental vegeta...

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The accounts book used by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is going on display for the first time

The accounts book used by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is going on display for the first time at the Lindley Library in London – and it reveals he was among the 18th century’s richest businessmen, worth over £508 million in today’s money.

Capability Brown

Capability Brown changed the face of British landscape with his sweeping designs remodelling the countryside to include picturesque vistas, lakes and natural-looking serpentine streams. Th...

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What to do in the garden in September

As the sun dips lower, things get busy in the garden again. The autumn harvest needs gathering in, and late summer flowers are at their best - so gear up and get stuck in to this month’s jobs around the garden.

General tasks:

Clean the greenhouse after clearing spent tomato and cucumber plants, washing the glass thoroughly and disinfecting benches and pots.

Feed established lawns with low-nitrogen feed to en...

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A gardener from Stockport, near Manchester, has grown ripe bananas

A gardener from Stockport, near Manchester, has grown ripe bananas in her back yard. Kate Burke, 53, said she couldn’t believe her eyes when the 10-year- old tree began flowering and then producing fruit earlier this summer.

Growing Bananas in the UK

The fruits are about 5cm long - much smaller than they would be in their native countries like the Caribbean, where temperatures average 27°C – considerably warmer than the 9.4°C a...

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