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We caught up with John to talk about our favourite, and underrated, fungal friend – the mushroom! Take a look at our interview below. Our interview with The Mushroom Diary 1. What was the driving force behind your passion for all things mushroom? It’s all about the ‘quiet hunt’ – apart from being enjoyable and (I have to confess) addictive, it can be very rewarding and enlightening. It’s not just the enjoyment of foraging for wild food, but also the opportunity to discover species I’ve never found before, followed by

We spoke to the great people at Capital Growth, London’s food growing network with over 2,000 members, about what they do and how to get involved. They strive to get everyone growing, no matter where they work, what they do or their age. Take a look at our interview with them below. Looking at gardening projects with Capital Growth 1. As London’s largest food growing network, you work with over 2,000 gardens across the city. Where are most of your gardens concentrated? Our member gardens can be found in all

Research has proved what many gardeners have known for generations – that gardening is good for your health! There are a lot of positive reasons to start gardening. Whether you’re struggling with stress and mental health or trying to be more active, look to gardening to help improve your health. If you’re a keen gardener or just like to potter in the garden each summer you will most likely already know that gardening is a great form of moderate exercise. After just 30 minutes of pulling weeds, planting new seeds,

The hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild animals. Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ for their love of feasting on those pesky worms and slugs, hedgehogs can be spotted roaming our gardens at night but sadly the number of them in the UK is rapidly decreasing. So what’s happening to the hedgehog population? Why hedgehogs need help; Hedgehogs once thrived in the UK – in the 1950’s there were over 30 million of our spikey friends – but now this figure has dropped to less than a

With so much emphasis on environmental issues, now is the perfect time to take control and start making the change towards an environmentally friendly garden. Our gardens are often missed out when we think about becoming environmentally friendly and while many of us are starting to realise the importance of eco-living, making your garden eco-friendly is one huge step towards reducing your carbon footprint. What is Eco gardening? Eco-friendly gardening is the forward thinking methods which responds to the threats of climate change and focuses on reducing emissions which occur during

We caught up with Catherine Hughes, owner of the Growing Family blog about spending time on allotments and fitting gardening in around a hectic family lifestyle. Catherine is a firm believer in getting children interested in gardening from a young age and works with them in the garden to help encourage them to get more involved. Check out our interview below. Our interview with Growing Family 1. When did you first form an interest in gardening? When I was about 7 years old; my dad gave me my own little

Wild flowers are crucial for helping wildlife across the UK survive, so we caught up with the guys over at Grow Wild to find out how much of an impact their work has. Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest wild flower campaign and brings communities together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants.  Check out our interview with them below. Out interview with Grow Wild 1. Grow Wild is all about repopulating the UK’s wildflower population, having lost 97% of wild flower meadows since 1930. How much

Shedstore is pleased to announce that we are proud sponsors of Shedfest @ Car Fest 2016 More and more people have realised they can create an entirely new living space in their garden and with the addition of a shed the possibilities are endless. For many years, sheds have been a male dominated area but in recent years, we have seen the rise of the ‘She-shed’ – the woman’s answer to the ‘man-cave’. Whilst most men may be content with an old rusty shed, women are looking for a “home away

Following on from our showcase of Outdoor Learning projects and funds throughout the UK, we recently spoke with the guys over at Buglife about outdoor learning and how attitudes towards it have changed over recent years.  We looked at the different aspects of outdoor learning, including the environment, wildlife, and conservation to get more of an idea about the work being carried out. Our interview with Buglife 1. How do you think attitudes towards outdoor learning have changed over recent years? After a long period of risk adverse avoidance of

We recently spoke with Alexandra over at The Middle-Sized Garden about growing techniques, gardening tips, and effective seasonal gardening. Check out what Alexandra has to say below! Our middle-sized garden interview 1. What challenges have you faced owning a middle-sized garden? The biggest challenge is that the garden is big enough to be quite a lot of work, but not quite big enough to have everything you want in it. For example, we’d love to have a greenhouse, but would have to re-design a part of the garden to get

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