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01/03/2021

March Gardening Advice 2021

We are hopeful and excited for a summer full of socialising in the garden! Now let’s get our gardens ready… Late March is a good time to move your evergreen trees and shrubs, providing the weather has warmed up slightly and the risk of frost is low. If the soil is waterlogged or frozen, it’s better to wait until next month. After moving, ensure you give your hedges and shrubs extra attention as careful watering is essential to their success in the first summer after moving. There is still time... Read More

24/02/2021
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beauty from hedging

Using hedging in beauty and healthcare products is incredibly popular. Plant ingredients have been studied and tested for hundreds of years with researchers finding cures for skin problems, headaches and heaps more! Find out how some of our hedging plants can be used in beauty products! Beauty Rosemary Oil is a key ingredient in many skin product that are focused on acne and oily skin conditions. It successfully hydrates the skin whilst controlling oil production, leaving your pores unclogged. Rosemary Oil also provides an antibacterial surface for the skin which... Read More

17/02/2021

Creating a Pet Friendly Garden

We all love and adore our pets, they hold a special place in our hearts, our homes and our gardens. So, let’s make sure our gardens are safe and the plants we are choosing aren’t putting our pets in any potential danger. Some plants can be toxic to pets; eating large amounts of some flowers, bulbs, berries and leaves can cause them to fall ill. The risk of severe poisoning however is very low, so there is no need to make this a priority caution when designing your garden. Our... Read More

11/02/2021

DIY Valentines craft ideas for green fingered romantics

Heart-shaped, hanging bird feeders This is the perfect gift for the wildlife fanatic. If your partner loves spending time watching birds visiting your garden, they’ll love these heart-shaped bird feeders, as they’re sure to attract plenty more birds. Garden pond – in a pot If your partner is desperate for a garden pond, but space just won’t allow – this is a great way to give them exactly what they want, and it costs a lot less than moving to a new house with a garden big enough for a real... Read More

11/02/2021
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A hedge is a home

It is well known that modern agricultural methods have been a major cause of bird and other wildlife decline in the 20th century, as hedges have been removed for efficiency and pesticides have killed small insects that make up their diet. we have the power As we may be adding to the decline of local wildlife around our nation, we have the power to help with its restoration! Our gardens collectively make up more space than all the national parks combined, and there are lots of things we can do... Read More

04/02/2021

Fantastic Foliage

Often during spring, flowers take centre stage in a garden and your other plants have to wait until autumn to showcase the fiery colours that cloak their leaves and steal the show, but we’ve found a selection of hedging plants that have spring foliage fantastic enough to steal the limelight from the flowers and blossoms that decorate your beds and borders: Elder The slim, serrated leaves of this edible hedging plant appear early (sometimes even in January) and display a vibrant green colour complemented by a faint red edging throughout... Read More

01/02/2021

February Gardening Advice 2021

As spring approaches, planting conditions are starting to improve so now is the perfect time to plant bare root and root ball hedging plants, shrubs and trees- take a look at our video for advice on how to plant a bare root hedge. There is still plenty of time to plant roses, but ensure you choose an alternative area in which roses have not previously been grown to avoid new plants being exposed to replant diseases. If you want to cut back your deciduous hedges, this can be done now to... Read More

22/01/2021
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Ginspiration

In light of Ginuary, we’ve decided that it’s about time we celebrated making it through January (and another lockdown) with gin! We may not be able to head out to our favourite gin bars just yet, so lets bring the cocktails home. Ever wondered how gin is made? You start with a neutral grain alcohol and then add a variety of natural, distilled botanicals to reach the desired taste. The more skilled the gin distiller, the higher quality the product. Here are some examples of the botanicals added to give... Read More

05/01/2021
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RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2021

Take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey on 29-31st January and do something great for nature.  How can I take part? Watch the birds for one hourChoose an hour over the weekend (between 29th and 31st January) to watch the birds in your garden or local park. Count the most birds that land at onceOnly count the birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. The same birds may land more than once, so you can avoid double counting by recording the highest number of... Read More

27/12/2020

January Gardening Advice 2021

It’s a new year and we can only hope that things will start looking up for our nation soon. In the meantime, there is plenty of opportunity for us to keep busy in the garden! Although January is often the coldest month, it’s also a great month to garden in preparation for a beautiful spring display. We should also be looking out for wildlife through this month, leaving appropriate food and shelter options and also making sure any water bowls haven’t frozen over. Find out how you can help wildlife... Read More