Debunking Myths Of Tree Planting

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…

At home we have used the green energy supplier Bulb for the last few years. You can get a quote from them here – Green Energy For You!

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.

Visit the Modern Mint Grove now to make a difference.



Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot In the above …



Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …



Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.