THE MODERN MINT BLOG
I love working with Trees For Life , a charity in Scotland who plants trees.
So far Modern Mint has planted 195 trees – including pines, rowans and oaks – to do as much as we can to make the business as green as possible. You can help too – just visit the Modern Mint Grove at Trees For Life and for £6 per tree you can get some planted.
I’m writing this today because of a report I saw on the BBC this morning about Tottenham being top of the sustainability table. Spurs top of the table huh? Something for their fans to enjoy….!
Points were awarded to each Premiership club for things like:
- Clean energy
- Transport links
- Water efficiency
- Plant-based food options
- Removal of single use plastics
- Waste management
It is a great way of making a statement about what you are doing to make your club carbon zero. I know that, due to the pandemic, I have significantly reduced the travel I do to give talks around the country. Talks by Zoom means my mileage is now 20% of what it was in 2019.
Long may that continue…
Tree Planting Golden Rules
The BBC also did this report debunking myths over tree planting. Their golden rules include:
- Protect existing forests (old forests soak up carbon best… well, if you want to nit-pick the ocean and the soil hold the most carbon, so make sure you treat the ground you grow your plants in well. But trees are beautiful and provide food and habitat for so much wildlife that not to plant them seems ridiculous. Surely life is better with a grove of trees in the landscape? Or a leafy boulevard?)
- Select the right tree species (a eucalyptus that soaks up all the groundwater is no good for a site that needs to grow food. It will take more than it gives! But a tree that provides leaf fodder for animals, as well as timber as material for housing, or soft shade for growing a wider range of plants, or a tree that has roots that can break up the ground and improve drainage… native species are probably most suitable, but the right tree in the right place is what we are after…)
- Learn by doing (get your hands dirty before you go big, to make sure the trees will be right for the location.)
Plant A Tree Today
How green are you? Your business?
These questions are worth trying to answer. They are simple to start doing as well – you can visit Bulb right now and get a quote for green energy to use at home, or for a few quid you can plant a tree today.
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. …
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.
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 …