Yesterday, TV gardener Charlie Dimmock returned to give a makeover to the entrance of the garden as part of a road-show to celebrate the giving away of £25 million in funding to good causes.
On her visit to the garden, Charlie Dimmock said: “Having an open space like a garden to enjoy brings so many benefits to people’s health and wellbeing and gives people a real reason to get out and embrace life - it’s something many people take for granted but it’s not always possible to have access to a garden at home.”
Have you ever heard the phrase 'the trend is your friend'? - With the emphasis turning to the sanctity of family life and, as the importance of improving one's immediate environment gathers pace, I get the feeling that a film or TV series that features gardening at the heart of the story might just go down well at the box office.
Help me think back over recent years. I can recall a few screenplays that have brought the 'feel good factor' into our lives. One in particular, Down to Earth , with Pauline Quirke and Warren Clarke, was part of the stimulus for my change or life.
At 176 years of age, Jonathan is thought to be the oldest known tortoise in the world and lives on the tiny island called St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean having been imported to the island in 1882 at the age of fifty - although there is a theory that Jonathan is a fake and the Seychelles tortoise in the photo was in fact another tortoise named Jonathan which died in 1910.
The previously recorded oldest tortoise was a Giant Galapagos tortoise named Harriet who died at the Australia Zoo in 2006 and was thought to have sailed out on the Beagle with Charles Darwin, after his expedition to the Galapagos Islands.
I was stimulated into researching the oldest living tortoise because I think I have found a picture of the oldest know fossilised tortoise in the world.
I am a very firm believer that kids could benefit greatly from getting their hands dirty in the garden rather than playing on a computer. I also passionately believe that gardening should be taught at school.
In many cases there just isn't an enthusiastic parent or helper but if you are reading this, and your are keen to get involved and help start a school gardening group, then why not go to your local school (it doesn't even have to be your own kids school) and make a suggestion to the head teacher?
I have followed the Marshalls story very closely in the last year or more as the market for hard landscaping materials deteriorated, leading to Marshalls closing down its point of sales areas at their heavyside yards.
I very much considered Marshalls as reacting to the market rather than anticipating trends and sticking to a well founded plan.
There are many ingredients one needs to create a great garden. The design and build skills are essential but often overlooked, especially by amateurs, is the hardware that will compliment their creation.
It is worth spending time discovering what is on the market but I have a little short cut up my sleeve by the way of Claudia de Yong to help you with the process.
Claudia is going to share some of her knowledge and help you source materials - Metalwork and especially arbours and gazebos gets us started.
Claudia says: I am often asked as a designer to look for something ‘different’ for clients to put in their garden. I also like to try and find local craftsmen so that I can support their work but also have something truly hand made .
Do you possess a degree in ecology and have at least ten years experience?
I have just picked up on a job being advertised at Adlerjobs.com who are looking for a Senior Ecologist.
As Ecologist you will be expected to provide ecological surveys and assessments and assistance in the every day running of the Ecology Team, business development, bid preparation, and supervision and mentoring of junior staff.