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Five stars for Stewarts coffee shops

Post date: Thu, 25/09/2014 - 10:24

The coffee shops at Stewarts garden centres have been awarded five stars for their environmental health check. This is their second consecutive five star award in 18 months.

Linda Couzens, catering manager at Stewarts Christchurch was delighted.

Linda has just completed her advanced level 3 in food hygiene along with their head chef Doug Cameron and Sharon Ford who is catering manager at Stewarts Broomhill near Wimborne.

Your yew cuttings can help cancer

Post date: Thu, 18/09/2014 - 09:56

Local gardeners are being encouraged to save their yew hedge clippings to turn into a cancer beating drug. English yew is used as hedges, topiary and in churchyards and, although most parts are toxic to man and animals, an extract from the shoots can be used to treat cancers.

Cleeve Nursery is a collection centre again for yew clippings. These yew clippings are used to make drugs to treat breast and other cancers.

The clippings are taken from Cleeve Nursery by Friendship Estates of Doncaster and the revenue generated will be given by Cleeve to Cancer Research UK.

Saving Somerset’s magnificent meadows

Post date: Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:06

The fortunes of Somerset’s stunning wildflower meadows are set to be transformed with a new project on the Mendip Hills from Somerset Wildlife Trust in its 50th anniversary year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a unique partnership of conservation organisations and local councils a significant sum for a national project to save the UK’s remaining fragments of meadow. There were once natural wild flower meadows in every parish – today only two per cent of the meadows that existed in the 1930s remain.

Recycling centre changes

Post date: Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:32

Somerset Waste Partnership is extending the opening hours of five of the county’s busiest Recycling Centres – including Sundays to 4pm. Two of the least used sites are to close.

From the beginning of April, Coleford and Middlezoy Community Recycling Sites will close and the centres at Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil will open from 8am to 4pm every day, including Sundays.

Laurel Herb Farm arrives in Devon

Post date: Wed, 26/03/2014 - 13:43

One of the country’s leading herb and edible plant nurseries, Laurel Farm Herbs and Edibles, has relocated to Devon. The nursery was established in Suffolk in 1985 by Chris Seagan. Now having relocated to Whiddon Down on the edge of Dartmoor at the end of last year, Chris and Jenny Seagan are producing and selling quality plants to the retail trade through mail order, at farmers markets, food fairs and plant fairs around the country.

Plenty of fun for everyone at Thorngrove’s special day

Post date: Tue, 25/03/2014 - 14:00

There’ll be great activities and things to see at Thorngrove Garden Centre’s Open Day on Saturday 12th April.

The garden centre in Gillingham will be officially opening their new carpentry workshop and there will be a demonstration of carpentry as well as a hanging basket demonstration, orchid display and advice for anyone interested in the art of bonsai gardening.


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