THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar11

The ‘Modern Mint Grove’ At Trees For Life

Modern Mint has planted a grove of trees at Trees For Life!

Trees for Life are a charity in Scotland, planting trees in order to rewild the Highlands.

Trees For Life Modern Mint

What Trees Are They Planting In The Grove?

  • Alder
  • Aspen
  • Birch
  • Cherry
  • Elder
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Oak
  • Rowan
  • Scots Pine
  • Willow
  • Yew

What Wildlife Will Tree Planting Encourage In the Grove?

Just a few of the wonderful and most resonant of the animals tree planting will encourage include:

  • Red squirrel
  • Otter
  • Scottish wildcat
  • Pine Martens
  • Beaver
  • Capercaillie
  • Golden Eagle
  • Osprey

eagle at trees for life

 

Does Tree Planting Have Other Benefits?

Of course!

What the trees do best of all is create a habitat, an ecology, for all of these animals to exist and thrive.

But it is not just these large apex predators like the Golden Eagle in the picture above that will enjoy the tree-filled home, there is a whole cascade of wildlife and plants that will benefit.

This means fungus, slow worms, spiders, mosses, ferns, ticks, butterflies and fritillary amongst others.

(Ticks? Really?

I’m suggesting ‘ticks’ are to be thankful for?

Yes.

Yes I am….)

But it is not just the animals that benefit from trees. Trees also capture carbon, helping to keep our planet cool, so good for the planet. And for us, being amongst trees and outside in nature reduces stress levels.

Plus what else will you spend your money on that is as interesting and important as this? Once you have a decent, long-lasting pair of secateurs to use in the garden then not much else is going to make such a difference to the world you live in.

Many benefits are to be had just by planting a grove of trees.

How Many Trees Have We Planted?

So far? 135 trees in the Modern Mint Grove.

Plus we have been given £100 in donations from clients who want to support what we are doing.

I add one tree to the grove for every garden talk or workshop I give, and have been doing this since last year when we started working with Trees For Life. Alongside this, I encourage gardener’s and people who come to the talks I give to donate £6 to the cause in order to plant a tree too.

Together, we have quickly managed to go from ZERO trees planted to 135.

I find this one of the most exciting parts of running Modern Mint, that we can change a landscape and capture carbon so easily, whilst establishing a home for some of the most brilliant of wildlife.

Long live the Modern Minters!

Can I Plant Trees In The Modern Mint Grove?

I would love you to plant trees in the Modern Mint Grove.

Go Here Now To Add A Tree

Help our planet, our soils and you wildlife in the simplest way possible. Support Trees For Life!

Jun14

The Telegraph Wrote About My Topiary Work Yesterday

If you have a subscription, you can check out an article about bespoke ideas for your garden in the Telegraph. There are some great crafts people there, so check it out. Click Here To See The Article About my Topiary Work In The Telegraph

Jun06

Lockdown Thinking, Changes A-Coming…

Topiary Modern Mint

Lockdown has given me a chance to look through old notebooks and begin, gently, to piece together some sort of narrative about Modern Mint and how it has grown over the last six years. And it has changed massively in that time! Modern Mint Now, June Lockdown 2020 I currently make and maintain topiary all over the UK for clients who love well-pruned hedges and sculptures. I love this job – it is a beautiful art. In the winter I prune wisteria, roses and fruit trees in orchards. Much colder, shorter work days… but equally satisfying work. I give talks …

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Jun06

The Garden In Motion

During lockdown I went through a number of old notebooks. I found a note about Gilles Clement and The Garden In Motion – Le Jardin En Mouvement. Underneath my note I had written: “To be researched more! Something to definitely think over!” Now, five years later I have looked again… and am thrilled by this idea. The Garden In Motion is about taking a piece of unused land, and then as the gardener you make choices to do ‘as much as possible for the land and as little as possible against’ it. You are talking about limited input – watering, …

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