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Scampston Walled Garden

Scampston Walled Garden

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In September, a week away in Yorkshire allowed me to visit the walled garden at Scampston. The current walled garden was designed in 1999 by Piet Oudolf, one of the leading figures of the New Perennial style of planting, a naturalistic and ecological... Read More

Landscapes of Western Scotland

Landscapes of Western Scotland

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A recent visit to the west of Scotland has made me realise how beautiful both wild and man-made landscapes can be. I walked through a couple of woodland areas where trees had been left as they had fallen and nature had taken its course. The first was an... Read More

Hosepipe ban - allowances for newly planted areas

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks to a campaign by the Society of Garden Designers and other landscape organisations, there has been an amendment to the hosepipe ban to allow people to water newly planted areas of their garden using a hosepipe. It means that if an area of your garden... Read More

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

During the Easter holidays I paid a visit to Snowshill Manor, near Broadway in the Cotswolds. The house and garden had belonged to Charles Wade who had spent his life amassing a collection of objects from around the world. He had a passion for the Arts and... Read More

The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

If you love trees, then this is a fantastic book for your Christmas list. Colin Tudge brings to life the extraordinary, magical, and complex lives of trees, from tropical trees to our British favourites. He discusses how they live, their structure,... Read More

Natural Environment White Paper

Natural Environment White Paper

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It is good news to hear that the government has produced a white paper outlining their vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years. At last some recognition that the environment is fundamental to our wellbeing, health and economy, providing us... Read More

Visit to Great Dixter

Visit to Great Dixter

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Whilst on a long weekend to Kent I took a drive over to East Sussex to visit Great Dixter, the home of the late Christopher Lloyd. It is a garden I have read much about as Christopher’s style was very individual and is much reported. The house itself... Read More

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