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!

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022