If You Want To Meet Some Brilliant People…

If you want to meet some brilliant people, we recommend you get stuck into reading this list below. It outlines five of the people Modern Mint have interviewed in the last year and a half about what they do, why they do it and what we can learn from them. They are brilliant. 1) Rosy Bee – Plants for Bees “There is a lot written – particularly by the wildlife trusts – about native plants being best. This never made any sense to me as many of the bees are not really native.” 2) Essex Bees “My brother, Dan, used …



Who Can Help With My Garden?

Garden Design, Upminster

This is an odd question, but we get the impression it is one a lot of people ask. They must do, judging by the enormous amount of media coverage gardening gets – the books, the tv series, the radio programmes, the magazines, the blogs, the designers, the available courses and the websites… We are pleased about this. We love being out in the garden, for the health benefits as much as the testing of our ideas and understanding of the world – does this plant go with that one? Why does a robin sit on the fence watching us? Has …



Gardening for Bats

Gardening with bats in mind is something we knew very little about, so we took a course run by RHS Hyde Hall in Essex to begin to understand better what we can do to help the bat population of the UK survive and thrive. We spoke about what bats needed for their habitat, what food they eat, and then got to watch the bats leaving their roosts – some leaving from their prepared bat box at Wildlife Trust Essex’s Hanningfield Reservoir and some leaving from the eaves of the roof of the Wildlife Trusts visitor centre. We had detectors that …