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28 August 2011

Update - Green Spaces


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A Single FlowerA Single Flower

Nearly a month has flown by since I wrote my first blog post. Looking over our first month’s blog posts we have unearthed a fantastic array of places ready for you to discover. We have taken up the mission to discover woodlands, forests, trees, 3 sided squares, village greens, local parks and species we share our green spaces with and ended up in the garden.

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Kidney VetchKidney Vetch

I’ve been on a quest to find plausible habitats for the most interesting Box Hill species along the route to help inform the Box Hill Flickers project i’m working on.

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Daisy, Daisy © Anna GodsiffDaisy, Daisy © Anna Godsiff

Are you a rebel with a rake? A menace with a seed bomb? Then join the troops at Guerrilla Gardening, and unlock the growing potential of unloved and abandoned spaces in your local area.

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Forgotten ForestsForgotten Forests

Thinking of a tree or woodland that we remember fondly is not difficult for most of us. Often these memories will be from childhood. I grew up in London and was fortunate to have Wandsworth Common on my doorstep and regularly visited other woods that excited my imagination in all sorts of ways. Collecting conkers, acorns and sweet chestnuts in Richmond Park is still a vivid memory. Spotting the shiny brown nuts was like finding treasure.

A new campaign by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – forgotten forests – is tapping these memories and encouraging people to share their personal favourite forests via images, videos and thoughts using popular social media channels: Flickr, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

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The Meet the Species TeamThe Meet the Species Team

Having travelled the length and breadth of the country, the Meet the Species team brought their summer of adventure to a close with a trip to Wales for the Green Man Festival, where we were part of Einstein’s Garden, a fusion and celebration of art, science and nature. Setting up the Meet the Species HQ deep within the beautiful Glanusk valley, in sight of the main stage and with the peaks of the Brecon Beacons looming in the background, the site promised a perfect finale to the festival summer.

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Helping handsHelping hands

How can you help the community gardens on your doorstep that need a helping hand to grow and develop into well-loved and well-used gardens? We know that by giving children and young people their first contact with natural habitats at an early age we can open their eyes to exciting and diverse urban landscapes and encourage the very beginnings of a lifelong interest in wildlife.

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24 August 2011

Power Tools for Hedgehogs


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Old Teasel's gardenOld Teasel's garden

Our garden is the length of a dozen pairs of underwear plus socks and bras. Though it’s obviously the same length whatever’s on the line. Across, it’s the width of one turn-of-the-century terrace house.

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Ordnance Survey Image copyright Shutterstock (400x300)

London is one of those cities where many people navigate around it using a tube map. Now I’ve nothing against a tube map, if you need to work out where you are going on the London Underground network – but it isn’t the map to use to navigate London as it’s not in proportion to what is on the ground.

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Oasis Nature Garden, Stockwell, London SW8Oasis Nature Garden, Stockwell, London SW8

“We’re going to be the fox” said the boy with an elephant trunk and leopard skin cowboy hat before sprinting off through the woods … the bread we made is pink and blue and the courgettes and herbs freshly picked… the children we return are muddy and nattering excitedly about snail races and the frog that was sitting at the top of the tomato plants…

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Bobbie's BloomsBobbie's Blooms

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