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

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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