Bat boxes, 'greened' streets and bug hotels: Barcelona embraces its wild side
The spring lockdown brought butterflies and biodiversity to the Spanish city, and inspired a reimagining of its relationship with nature
Why hawthorn is the perfect tree for small gardens, and five varieties to plant
A mystery tree spotted in a Suffolk hedgerow turns out to be the ideal all-rounder for small plots
How a 'tree mortgage' scheme could turn an Indian town carbon neutral
Kerala villagers are reaping the benefits of a scheme that pays them to leave their trees rooted, reducing risk of deforestation
How to Make Hugelkultur Beds for Growing Vegetables
I confess to being a long-term sceptic of the permaculture bed-building technique called hugelkultur, in which waste wood is used as the base layer in compost-filled mounds. But change is good, and I find myself on the verge of hugelling...
How to Build a Rain Garden to Capture Runoff
Learn how to build a rain garden that captures rainwater runoff from hard surfaces, such as a roof or pavement, for irrigation or to reduce water pollution.
Using Dogwoods (Cornus) In The Garden
Using stems of beautiful, flexible shrubby dogwood (cornus) in the garden. This is the ultimate eco tool, it can be used to weave raised beds, obalisks, baskets and more. It looks fantastic with winter flowers in Christmas displays but it is a great free source of edging and pliable enough keep straw in place when bent over tender plants to winterize them.
A Simple Guide To A Pollinators Paradise
How to choose the best flowers for pollinators, why flat flowers like Yarrow and Sedum are so useful for them, the fragrances that they love, the colours that they can see and the native plants that encourage them most.