UK Gardening

Volunteering: Fairy Godparents of the World Unite - You Have Nothing to Lose but Boredom

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

Volunteers are mystical. I am not sure we truly know their whys and wherefores, why some do and some don't, why sometimes it ends in tears and other times it's all smiles. Indeed whole books are dedicated to the subject of managing and understanding volunteers.

Children Suffer Burns From Giant Hogweed Plant In UK Parks

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Five children have suffered severe burns and one has been scarred for life, all because they brushed against a plant. The toxic plant, known as gia...

Greening Grey Britain

Sue Biggs | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Biggs

At the RHS we believe a balance can be struck between the needs of motorists to pave and park, and the benefits front gardens bring, that's why we're providing advice, guidance and tips on the plants and paving that can be used in conjunction with the needs of motorists.

Win A 4-in-1 Lawnmower Worth £300

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Gardener's rejoice, because HuffPost UK Lifestyle has teamed up with Lawnmowers Direct to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a 4-in-1 petrol law...

Man Left With Agonising Burns After Touching Giant Hogweed

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man has described the horrifying moment he brushed against a weed which burned him so badly he was left hospitalised. Dean Simmons was out fishin...

The Sweetest Man On TV Just Swore Live On BBC Breakfast...

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

The nation's favourite TV gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, is trending on Twitter for swearing live on BBC Breakfast. The sweet and unassuming Titchmarsh...

Post Traumatic Stress and UK Veterans - A Question for All of Us

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

We see every day that a starting point for recovery is contact with other veterans. This rarely quiet and often laughing band of brothers is the key to initial success. Later must come the move to a civilian identity, but the key is to find a civilian identity that is larger than, but includes, a veteran identity.

1000 Days: Building the London Garden Bridge

David Saddington | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
David Saddington

The garden spanning the Thames in central London will act as a unique pedestrian pathway which places nature at the heart of the city. The bridge, clad with copper-nickel, is designed to look as if growing out of the river in two fluted piers which support the planted promenade.

Gardening - Mind and Matter?

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Heather Budge-Reid

Horticultural therapy is a proven way of helping people with a range of mental health problems and it uses gardening to meet specific therapeutic or rehabilitative goals. In Gardening Leave's case, we help the men and women who serve our country, specifically the 20% of Armed Forces veterans who face a mental health issue.

How To Grow Fresh Tomatoes At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no better way to celebrate British Tomato Week than to try your hand at growing some tomatoes of your own. And the good news is that you do...

Lifehack: The Zero Maintenance Garden for Gardening Haters

Darcey Garland | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Darcey Garland

I need low maintenance, NO maintenance that will not drag mud inside and will only need half an hour per year of tending. And hey presto, if you're really keen on labour-saving gardens; I found just the thing.

How to Choose the Right Hedge for an Urban Garden

Gareth James | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Hedges are an attractive addition to an urban garden, providing privacy, shelter and an environmentally-friendly home for local wildlife. But what happens when a hedge outgrows its welcome?

Find, Forage and Feast With an Edible Hedge

Gareth James | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Whether you prefer foraging, cooking or the simple pleasure of 'growing your own', an edible hedge is the perfect way to enjoy fresh food for free. Edible hedges can provide a wide variety of fruits, nuts and herbs, and all it takes is a quick trip to the back garden to top up your supplies.

King Henry VIII Owned World's First Gardening Manual

PA | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

He is known as one of history's most ruthless rulers but an item from his library poses the question of whether Henry VIII enjoyed a spot of gardening...

Don't Hedge Your Bets: Plant Now for Summer

Gareth James | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Hedges aren't just wildlife-friendly, they're the cement that holds a garden together, that define areas, boundaries and spaces. They're the foundation onto which everything else - flowers, bushes and shrubs - are built.

The Big Allotment Challenge: Is It Starting to Grow on You?

Paul Marshall | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Back for another series, this peculiarly British gardening show wouldn't really work anywhere else in the world. Truth be told, it scarcely works here. Which makes it all the odder why it has returned to our screens.

How To Pick The Right Office Plant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your desk looks as dreary as the current weather, it might be time to invest in a potted plant. A new study of European offices has found that p...

So You Want to be a Parent?

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Thus, my mother had always told me that I had to learn to love cooking before becoming a mum. Not merely to learn to cook, but to learn to love cooking. Her rationale is learning to love cooking is not merely about putting food on the table, but cultivating a mindset where there is a genuine desire to nurture and care for another human being.

How To Grow A Garden Packed With Superfoods

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Green-fingered foodies take note: if your fridge is stocked with the best superfoods that money can buy, then the following advice should certainly be...

This App Can Recognise Any Plant

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Tech

You're walking through the countryside and you see an incredible flower, maybe you're just curious or maybe you're thinking it'd look good in your own...

Rachel Moss

Grow Veg And Sell it To Your Neighbours With This Fantastic Initiative | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you know any avid gardener, at some point you’ll likely be invited round for dinner and leave with a bundle of excess vegetables. But while g...

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.

A Multi-Sensory Experience: Creating a Level Playing Field for Disabled People

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Alexander

The term 'multi-sensory' is thrown around a lot these days, especially by over-enthusiastic marketers who seem keen to convince us that their latest range of crisps or ice cream bars offer more than a calorific treat.

A Gardener's Work Is Never Done...

Kate Gould | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Gould

The bronze Fennel has clearly loved the winter wet and will soon dwarf the Rosa 'Skylark' it is planted with but at the moment the tight buds and blousy flowers of the rose look very pretty against the warm tones and ferny foliage of the Fennel.

Snail Wars

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe it's not just about snails. Maybe it's about those things we don't like, and how to deal with them. The bad weather. Ill health. That person nearby who smells or has no manners. Are we meant just to push them well away from us, imposing their toxicity on someone else?