THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Sep18

The Big Tree Plant

Big Tree Plant

Funding has been secured from DEFRA through the Big Tree Plant programme to plant 17,000 trees in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk over a period of two years.

Over 8000 trees were pplanted last season and there are another 9000 to go from this October 2014 to February 2015.

What do you need to do?

Provide a site which will take a minimum of 200 whips at 1m spacing.

Provide a site that is publicly accessible.

Encourage the local community to get involved in the planting and (ideally) the upkeep too.

What will Groundworks Essex (who secured the funding) do?

Help organise the communities involvement.

Provide protection for the trees from rabbits, strimmers etc…

Help design the scheme with their Landscape architect.

Provide additional trees and shrubs that are larger than whips if this is deemed necessary.

Tailor the design to suit your needs and site.

And most importantly…?

Fund up to 75% of the whole cost of the project, or even more than that if there is match funding or donations of time from another source.

How do you find out more?

To find out more about the Big Tree Plant scheme please get in touch with Kim Howell on 01268 752368; kim.howell@groundwork.org.uk

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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