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In a word – carefully. In two words – with help. In three words – do it well. A greenhouse extends the gardening year at both ends. It brings spring forward and puts winter back. It also allows you to grow a whole manner of plants you would only ever dream of – aubergines, melons, orchids and cacti. All within your reach with a greenhouse. Building your greenhouse Once your greenhouse arrives you will, of course, have already created a firm and level surface. Think of slabs or a concrete

Featured Image: Crispin Swayne & Paula Webb – Father Nature’s Co Directors Earlier this month we caught up with Crispin Swayne and Paula Webb, Co-Directors of Father Nature, to find out more about their community projects and how they connect people living in cities with nature. Check out our interview below. Our interview with Father Nature 1. You run a variety of community projects to help connect people in the inner city with nature. What are some of the key benefits you have seen from these projects? One of the

Earlier this month we caught up with Marnie Rose, CEO The Garden Classroom, to find out more about their work and how they help educate young people about natural environments and the importance of getting people outside. Check out our interview below. Our interview with The Garden Classroom 1. What is the overall aim of the work that you do with young people? The Garden Classroom delivers high-quality outdoor education and recreation in natural environments to inner city people focussing mainly on children, young people and families. 2. You’ve recently

We managed to catch up with Tim Richardson, festival director of the spectacular Chelsea Fringe Festival, to find out how the festival came about, the planning and preparation that goes into each one, and what to expect for next year’s event. Check out our interview below: Our interview with Chelsea Fringe Festival 1. The Chelsea Fringe festival has been running for 5 years now. How did the festival start? I thought it up in bed one morning during Chelsea Flower Show week. I imagined an ‘alternative’ gardens festival where people could

The Utopian vision of working from home, relaxed by birdsong and the flutter of butterfly wings,  totally immersed in nature yet still producing results even the most ferocious of employers would reward is achievable – if you’ve got somewhere to work. That’s where your shed comes in. Adapting an existing shed to become a fully functioning workspace is relatively easy. First up you have to have a shed that is capable of taking the few adjustments. Be honest – if one side of your shed looks like Edam cheese thanks

Earlier this month we caught up with Phil Hesmondhalgh, Head of Communications at The Country Trust, to find out more about what they do and how important it is for children to get into the countryside and learn about food production and where their food comes from. Check out our interview below and be sure to take a look at The Country Trust’s latest video for more information: Our interview with The Country Trust 1. You currently work in 11 areas of England and Wales, are you looking to expand your

Autumn Garden Guide: October tasks With autumn well and truly upon us, gardens and outdoor buildings/structures need a bit of TLC this month to make sure they are ready to withstand the colder weather and the leaves falling from trees. We look at all of the crucial October tasks to make sure your garden is fully prepared. Download our Autumn Garden Guide, print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month. Download the October edition Download Week 1 Save

Featured image credit: Chris Lawrence We caught up with Leanne over at Wildlife Trusts earlier this month to take a look at the work they are doing, starting a wildlife garden, and educating children about the importance of wildlife. Check out our interview below. Our interview with Wildlife Trusts 1. How can someone find out if an area is under the management of The Wildlife Trusts? The Wildlife Trusts is a federated organisation, which means that there are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to protect wildlife in their

Earlier this month, we caught up with George Riley from Primrose about garden enhancements and how you can make a difference to your garden by using screens to adding water features. Check out our interview below! Our interview with Primrose 1. What is the simplest way to enhance your garden? The simplest way to enhance your garden is by adding a focal point that will get your guests talking. Let your tastes lead you to what this might be but go for something striking and a bit unusual. If you

Earlier this month we caught up with Silviu from Frog Life to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their Toads on the Road project. Check out the great interview below! Our interview with Frog Life 1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK? Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups such as mammals, bird or reptiles. In the UK there are few species compared to warmer climates but even so, the UK has very important populations

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