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Posts Tagged ‘Alys Fowler’


Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

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Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don has slammed an EU decision not to ban garden sprays that campaigners have linked with bee decline.
“I am incandescent about the government’s shameful decision not to ban neonicotinoid insecticides,” Monty wrote on his blog.
“The fact that there is any doubt at all about their safety to the bee population should give them long pause for thought until…

BBC’s abandoned Greenacre garden rises from the ashes

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A television garden abandoned by the BBC after just two-and-a-half years on-screen has been given a new lease of life – as an urban veg-growing project.
Greenacre at Edgbaston in Birmingham was home to BBC2’s Gardeners’ World from 2008 to 2010, when AG’s Toby Buckland was at the helm.
The plot, created at huge cost to the Licence Fee-payer, was left to rot…

The Grow Your Own Show is cancelled for 2012

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One of the UK’s newest grow-your-own events has fallen victim to the economic gloom.
The Grow Your Own Show, which was due to take place at Loseley Park in Surrey on
6-7 May, has been cancelled.
Top gardening celebrities had been booked for the fruit and veg extravaganza, including Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift and The Edible Garden star Alys Fowler.
The first Grow…

Celebrity gardeners stoke peat debate

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WELL OVER half of the UK’s most influential celebrity gardeners have failed to stop using peat in their own gardens, a shock survey revealed last week.
The poll, for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, follows ‘green’ gardener Alan Titchmarsh’s admission that he still relies on peat (AG, 30 April).
RSPB researchers quizzed 27 star gardeners including Bob Flowerdew (GQT),…

Horticultural vandalism: Gardeners’ World garden Greenacre goes to seed

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Amateur Gardening has exposed a shocking waste of BBC Licence Fee-payers’ money by revealing exclusive pictures of Greenacre, the abandoned BBC Gardeners’ World Garden.
Corporation chiefs pulled the plug on the two-and-a-half year-old TV garden just before Christmas when they moved Gardeners’ World to Monty Don’s estate in Herefordshire in a bid to revive viewing figures.
Greenacre was created in 2008 on…

Green groups call for peat compost tax

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Green groups have urged the Government to slap a £1-per bag tax on peat-based compost in the Budget on 23 March.
Wildlife and conservation groups say peat bogs dug up for compost are responsible for 630,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Buglife and Vital Earth are calling on chancellor…

30 Oct 2010: Falkland wins RHS Britain in Bloom

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Falkland in Fife has been crowned Britain in Bloom’s Champion of Champions for the second year running.
The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony in Birmingham last month, hosted by Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler. Over 450 community gardening enthusiasts attended.
Alys told AG: “This year’s entries have been of an incredibly high standard, and there’s a diverse array – from large cities…