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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.

Charity promises biggest ever Mother’s Day bunch of flowers

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 08:32

Devon Wildlife Trust is offering a very special Mother’s Day treat – and the good news is it’s free!

The charity cares for 50 of Devon’s top places for nature and at one of these – Dunsford, near Exeter – this year’s Mother’s Day is set to coincide with the peak of its famous display of wild daffodils.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey said:

Top 10 Plant Diseases of 2014

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 08:20

The Royal Horticultural Society Announces the Top 10 Plant Diseases of 2014 with Honey Fungus and Box Blight leading the list of gardeners’ concerns.

One of the wettest and warmest years on record created ideal conditions for traditionally problematic plant diseases to thrive, but it is the emergence of new diseases into the top 10 that has attracted the attention of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) scientists.

Save time, money and mess with a garden waste collection

Post date: Sun, 15/03/2015 - 07:52

Love gardening but dislike the time, mess and cost of putting garden waste in your car and driving to the recycling site?

The fast, clean and cheap alternative is a subscription to your district council’s efficient garden waste collection service.

Time is running out to get the best value from the service, as most subscriptions start on 1 April. You can join the service during the year, but the full fee will apply.

Westonbirt springs into action

Post date: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:56

As the spring season approaches, The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt prepares for a stunning international spring display.

Westonbirt’s famous autumn display is led by its Japanese maples, in spring however, it is a more varied affair. The seasonal show is a testament to the diversity of the collection with trees from around the world producing a spectacular display of colour and smells.

Winter sculptures at RHS Rosemoor

Post date: Wed, 10/12/2014 - 13:51

Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition is now an established part of their events programme and continues through into 2015 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the garden.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 22nd November and runs until Sunday 22nd February 2015 every day from 10am until 5pm.

An outdoors Christmas at Dyrham Park

Post date: Mon, 08/12/2014 - 13:55

Dyrham Park is embracing the outdoors this Christmas with a family-friendly offering during the first three weekends in December (6-7, 13-14, 20-21 Dec).

As well as having the chance to spot real deer, from Dyrham Park’s herd of fallow deer, there will be a reindeer trail across the park with rustic model deer hiding in all sorts of places. Father Christmas will be riding across the park too and visitors can meet him at Old Lodge natural play area at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


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