THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Sep25

Planting Trees At Modern Mint

Planting Trees At Modern Mint

Through the charity Trees For Life, Modern Mint are planting trees.

I spend my days working with trees and shrubs, shaping and pruning them into odd shapes. Like this abstract duck, for example…

topiary tree

But it is not just clipping trees – I love planting trees too.

Planting Trees To Save The Planet

Modern Mint should be doing more to encourage the planting of trees.

When I see articles like this one about the melting glaciers in Iceland, read the words of warning about climate catastrophe by Greta Thunberg or note the denials that humanity has done anything wrong to the planet by men in privileged positions, it makes me want to do everything I can to green up the landscape.

It may seem futile or silly, when you look at the uncaring way some people treat the natural environment, but each step will help.

glacier climate

Trees For Life – Plant A Tree Today

Trees For Life are a charity I came across when I first read about rewilding the UK in the book Feral.

Since 1993 Trees For Life have been trying to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish landscape, in the process not just bringing back trees like Scots Pine, Willows, Aspen and Birches but enhancing life all the way across the land.

Growing trees means the impact of climate change can be reduced by storing carbon, preventing flooding and erosion through the tree roots slowing down water and allowing wildlife to thrive – such as the red squirrel returning to the North West Highlands.

Planting trees creates life. Something we love about gardening and try to encourage all of our clients to do, whether we are making topiary in their garden or giving a talk at their group.

We Support Trees for Life

This is the easiest way we can make a difference.

Support the Trees For Life project by visiting the grove of trees Modern Mint has donated, and adding your tree to the grove. It costs £6 per tree and I hope that, over the next few years, we can make a massive difference to the world.

Plant a tree now and enhance life for everyone.

Oct09

Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Talk Notes

On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …

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Sep27

Photos Of Some Recent Topiary I’ve Clipped

Some recent work over the last year or so, clipping boxwood and holly hedges, yew topiary on top and fun, organic shapes. Contact me if you need some topiary clipping and we can chat about the possibilities. Darren