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Gardening show aims to revive interest in allotments

A new gardening show hosted by Fern Britton will air on BBC in early 2014. ‘Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge’ will be a gardening show with a difference; a contest for 9 pairs of amateur gardeners...

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Old clothes for new

Do your gardening clothes look like this?

We're fascinated by what people wear when they're gardening.

Email us your images and tell us what you like/hate about your clothes.

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A gardening revival for all ages

A new BBC series could see thousands of people who have lost their passion for gardening take an interest once again. ‘Great British Garden Revival’ is a 10-part series which will offer ideas and tips to people who...

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Gardening for SAD relief

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is often also referred to as winter blues or winter depression, and affects up to 20% of the population annually. It’s a type of depression which occurs seasonally, with symptoms including sleeping more, a...

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Grow vegetables for a healthy body and mind

Gardening has been proven to have health benefits for everyone, particularly the over 60s, and helps to de-stress your body and mind. So why not use your garden to grow vegetables which you can use to create hearty, healthy...

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Gardening significantly reduces heart attack risk in over 60s

A study of over 4,000 people in Stockholm, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has showed that regular daily gardening can prolong life by up to 30 per cent for those over 60, whilst cutting the...

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100 years of sustainable gardening

Sustainable gardening is nothing new: the concept actually came about during the First World War (1914-1918) with the invention of so-called ‘Victory Gardens' in which vegetables, fruit and herbs were grown in public parks as well as private...

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Monty Don says compulsory gardens would develop young people

Monty Don, presenter of the BBC programme Gardeners' World, has put forward his views that everyone in the UK should have access to a garden or allotment, especially young people between the crucial ages of 10 and...

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Five fantastic examples of urban gardening

Sometimes, the best things are those which are unexpected, such as a garden on the roof of a tower block!  Urban gardening is a movement sweeping the nation – here are just five of the most stunning examples...

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Horticultural therapy for veterans

The charity Thrive has recently launched a new project, ‘Down to Earth’ in Gateshead and the West Midlands, aimed at helping ex-service personnel living with mental ill health or physical disability to  develop horticultural skills and possibly even launch a...

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Great blogs for growing vegetables

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to ensure you know exactly where your five a day is coming from, so with that in mind, here are a few of the web’s best blogs for growing vegetables...

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University gets students gardening

It seems gardening hasn’t just come to schools – it’s making its way to universities as well, starting with the University of Newcastle which has announced a number of innovative projects to get its students gardening.

‘Grow your own’...

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Gardening comes to the classroom

Hidden among the more contentious educational reforms put forward by the government is a proposal to include gardening on the National Curriculum for students aged 7 to 14. The idea is to teach children and young people the...

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Buckingham Palace Gardens to host special football match

More normally associated with exclusive garden parties, Buckingham Palace is set to host a one-off football match to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association’s formation. The game has been arranged by Prince William, in recognition...

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Rare beetle discovered in UK garden

Gardener and amateur moth hunter Angie Hill got something of a surprise earlier this week when stumbled across a giant beetle. The creature, later identified as a European rhinoceros beetle had been caught as part of a moth...

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Defensive gardening

Gardening is an enjoyable activity that yields beautiful results, but did you know that gardening can also help secure your home? Here are some ideas for keeping your home safe and your garden looking lovely.

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Nettles: the new must-have garden feature?

Traditionally thought of as weeds, nettles are apparently receiving a warm welcome in some gardens. One online nursery is now selling nettles for £7.99, claiming that all of their initial stocks have been exhausted by eager shoppers.

It...

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The extraordinary courtship of a celebrity gardener

Celebrity gardener Monty Don has spoken of the unusual way in which he once tried to impress his girlfriend by cutting her lawn with a pair of scissors. Unable to find the keys to the garden shed or...

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Gardening fanatic mows lawn six times weekly

We loved the story we read the other day about 70 year-old Stuart Grindle, a retired joiner from Tickhill near Doncaster, who mows his lawn twice a day because he wants the perfect garden.

The self-confessed “gardening geek” claims...

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The largest flower garden in the world

Flower gardens are popular all over the world, providing a tranquil and pleasant escape from the rush of the modern world. But where is the largest flower garden in the world?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is in Keukenhof,...

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Breaking the gardening stereotypes

If you thought that gardening was the hobby of choice for older people, new research suggests that you could be wrong. Research by Stewart Garden has found that people aged between 25 and 34 are not only more...

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