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A Swift Arrival

A Swift Arrival

A Swift Arrival One of the signals of summer that nature affords me every year is the arrival of Swifts after their admirable migration efforts from their winter holidays in Africa. They arrive in late Spring, exhausted and in need of a little recovery before they...

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No Mow May

No Mow May

No Mow May If you’re a gardener you’ve probably seen or heard of No Mow May. The organisation Plantlife promotes the scheme, which encourages gardeners or any lawn-custodians such as local councils, to put the mower in the shed for the whole month. This is to help the...

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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch It’s the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch from the 28th-30th January. With over 38 million birds lost since 1970, it’s vitally important that everybody plays a part in helping bird life to thrive in our gardens.    Most people love to watch...

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Fake Grass – why it’s #TimeForTurf.

Fake Grass – why it’s #TimeForTurf.

Fake Grass – why it’s #TimeForTurf.  Since the creation of AstroTurf in the early 60’s for purely sports purposes, fake grass has unfortunately crept its way into many urban gardens. Offering apparent convenience and low maintenance, it’s purported by its...

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Seed Gathering Season

Seed Gathering Season

Week 41 - 11-15 October - Seed Gathering Season Lathyrus Seed Pods This month it’s Seed Gathering Season. Who knows what these seeds are? A clue - they are highly scented, pea-like annual flowers with a climbing habit, and no cottage garden is complete without them....

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