Vibrant verges are an oasis of colour in an increasingly grey landscape and they can contribute to our health and wellbeing. For many of the 23 million people who commute to work by road the verge is their only daily contact with nature. The procession of colour from bluebells to betony through the year brightens our days, keep us in touch with the changing seasons and provide us with a real sense of place.
With beautiful year-round climates and incredible landscapes, The Palm Beaches lends itself to outdoor adventure. Add to this an array of fascinating underwater marine life, impressive waves, stunning cycle paths and scenic hiking routes, and you'll understand exactly why this US hot-spot is fast becoming a highlight for adventure-aficionados.
This January I visited Yosemite for the first time, and it just so happened that my stay coincided with the worst snowstorm in recent years. I wanted to see snow in Yosemite, and I certainly got it. With the cold spell expected to last for a while, here's how to get the best out of Yosemite during winter.
If you're bored with the gym, lacking motivation to exercise, or simply finding exercise too much like hard work, then the great outdoors may be the perfect antidote. You don't need a national park on your doorstep to enjoy the great outdoors: countryside; forests; seaside; parks; and even gardens offer the same positive benefits to your exercise programme.
Of course it isn't always easy to find the motivation, and sometimes I feel guilty dragging Sonny away from the warmth of the house and the comfort of his bouncy chair, but this little dude absolutely loves being outside and I can't deny him that pleasure just because it's got a bit chillier and I'm feeling lazy.
You've set yourself a challenge. You have taken advice and chosen a goal personal to you, something you have always wanted to achieve, and made sure it is challenging but achievable. Now it is time to deliver but, you have a history of letting your training demons take over and wreck your chances of success.
Even the most hardened naturalists will have deprived themselves of nature in all this driech, but March is on its way. Spring will begin properly with risky plant predictions - primroses and wild daffodils, then bluebells and finally Welsh poppies. In a pond near you, tiny frogs will emerge from the water.
The summer is here! Long, summer nights following beautiful, sunny days (at the time of writing, we'd just had a mini heatwave!). What better time to seek adventure in the great outdoors! We thought we'd share with you a plethora of reasons why you should get yourselves and kids down to a campsite soon...
The heat is on! Whether you have a terrace, balcony or patio - it's that time of year when you want to make this space look as amazing as your interiors. In this fantastic weather, it's only natural that you'll want to spend more time in the sun, so here are my top tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for enjoying and entertaining!