Ruth Hayes

Ruth Hayes

The release today (July 30, 2020) of the UK’s first official ‘red list’ cataloguing native species at ‘imminent risk’ of extinction is a serious cause for alarm. The document by…

Containers are an easy and manageable way of extending colour beyond summer and into the autumn, right up to the first frosts if you’re lucky. I’ve planted up a late…

Here come the summer holidays, and with the uncertainty of foreign travel meaning more families will be staycaytioning at home, here are some great ideas for keeping children entertained outside.…

I know we are in the full glory of summer and all our attentions are directed towards the garden, but that’s no excuse for neglecting our houseplants. Like their outside…

Our gardens and the wildlife they contain have been a lifesaver for many during lockdown and now it’s our turn to help nature. This year’s Big Butterfly Count, which was…

Garry Coward-Williams, editor My fiancée Gill and I have lived at our house four years and we have worked hard to develop our garden from an overgrown disaster area into…

The June drop has largely finished dropping by now so if your fruit trees are still overladen with fruitlets you can start thinning them by hand. This is also peak…

Garry Coward-Williams, editor I love old black and white films. Without modern special effects they utilised dramatic lighting, specially written film scores and characterful acting to tell their stories and…

I wouldn’t exactly say I’m secateur-happy, but when I see something that needs a good trim I generally can’t wait to get out there and get at it. A couple…

Garry Coward-Williams, editor The lockdown has taught me to appreciate things oft taken for granted: free movement, socialising and being able to physically be with family and friends. Had it…