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

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.