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There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

2020 219

Ivy in the woods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A great many of – often rather uneducated – people believe that ivy, climbing up trees harms the trees and strangles them but this is not the case.

2019 219

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Jetting around the world to save the climate

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings?

2020 145

Gardening myths most people believe but that are not true

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly.

2020 145

Contiguous cover forestry

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people will immediately think, and that is what the promoters want everyone to think, of nice woodlands with great biodiversity but, alas, the story often is very much a different one.

2020 149

Everyone talks about climate, too few about pollution and general environmental destruction

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) All we are hearing is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and occasionally the issue with plastic, especially the kind that is plastic bottles of all sorts.

2020 174

Belu becomes first UK water company to make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles

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GREENWASH ALERT The 100% recycled material used by the British water brand generates 75% less carbon emissions than aluminium and is easily recycled unlike a carton.

2019 181

Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products, and we also have, quite seriously, to learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Often our wants masquerade as needs when they are not needs at all.

2019 191

Reuse and Repair

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple.

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The possibilities of pallets and pallet wood

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2019 189

London College of Garden Design to sponsor planting design competition

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The London College of Garden Design has announced their sponsorship of a Planting Design Competition at the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020.

2019 187

The hidden cost of your 2019 choccie-filled advent calendar

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Here's why your Christmas countdown is a single-use plastic nightmare In the next few days, millions of children – and quite a few adults – will open the first window on their advent calendars without a second thought of the mountain of waste to which they're contributing.

2019 178

Late winter gardening tasks

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spring is just around the corner here in the UK Mid February 2020 and the way the flowers and trees are slowly – and some quite a bit earlier than usual – are beginning to come to life it is not going to be far off.

2020 140

London College of Garden Design to sponsor new design series for leading podcast

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Supporting podcasts are an integral part of our marketing strategy now.

2019 175

Holidaymakers encouraged to save their lilos from landfill by turning them into designer bags

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Holidaymakers can see their unwanted lilos transformed into designer bags and pouches thanks to a holiday company that’s pledging to reduce the number of inflatables sent to landfill.

2019 207

Used Electric Vehicles batteries could be used for rickshaws in Bangladesh

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2020 149

Stirring Paddle

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Eastern European Gypsy pot stirrer by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one, relatively inexpensive, hand-carved, wooden tool will replace more or less all your other kitchen utensils that are used for stirring. Its versatility is second to none.

2020 141

Frozen in time

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Your freezer is your friend by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Your freezer can be your greatest friend in the prevention of food waste, whether you have a large family or you a single parent or, simply, single. Save food, money and the planet and move food that’s nearing its ‘use by’ date to your freezer.

2020 130

England is too lazy to hit recycling targets – Time to get tough

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PRESS RELEASE – Republished as received The UK's waste management agency says it's time to start fining companies that don't recycle their waste Britain could quite easily hit its 50% waste recycling target overnight if only people, companies and organisations up and down the country could be bothered.

2019 160

Become a wildlife guardian this autumn

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2019 151

Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy. One that our ancestors, and many not even that far removed, definitely had. It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?”

2019 156

The pencil; a most reliable writing tool

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The question as to how “green” it is as far as manufacture and such is concerned is one thing but as far as reliability goes it trumps all.

2019 172

Three in ten children can't tie their shoelaces when leaving primary school

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And 62% of parents admit they have no time to teach them by Michael Smith (Veshengro) 3 in 10 children are still unable to tie their shoe laces on leaving primary school according to findings from a survey commissioned by OSGO* to coincide with National Feet Week (13th – 20th May).

2019 178

No Plot? No Problem

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Grow your own salads, fruit and vegetables, even if you don't have a garden I know that I am in danger of repeating myself again with this article but it would appear that still far too many people seem to think that in order to grow fruit and vegetables they need a large garden plot or an allotment or two.

2019 178

Sprout Lands – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan Published by W W Norton, April 2019 Hardcover 165 x 244 mm / 384 pages ISBN 9780393609417 Price: £19.99 Arborist William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

2019 162

Chemicals from sunscreen products do seep into bloodstream

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Sunscreen chemicals seep into bloodstream a new study by the FDA confirms by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Summer is on the way (well, at least according to the seasons) and soon everyone will be lathering on sunscreen and more of it onto their children to protect them from the possible impact of the light of the sun.

2019 159

Futurekind – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5 x 21.0 cm ISBN: 978 0 500 519790 Price: 39.95

2019 165

Dumping garden waste in woods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people believe that dumping their garden waste in woods, parks and the countryside is a good idea as it goes back into soil but far from it. This practice actually spreads diseases as well as invasive species.

2019 159

In the past – not that long ago – people were happy with less

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the past – not so long ago – people were happy and content with less. Today people are not even happy if they have everything; they still want more. And then? Well, they are still not happy and need more, and then more still. But happiness never comes.

2019 156

Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

Plastic recycling

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste.

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam, perpetrated by big business on the citizens and municipalities to make us all feel good about single use packaging. It won't save the planet.

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Biodegradable and compostable plastic

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First of all it is still plastic by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Biodegradable is often understood by the general public almost like that is composts, and that is also the intention of the word being used, but it does no such thing.

Off the boil: Mayor’s cashback scheme fails

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The Mayor has pulled the plug on a £10 million boiler cashback scheme as only two projects ever got off the ground – Caroline Russell AM discovered the money has been ‘diverted’ to business projects instead.

2019 144

Paper is a near-perfect barrier to hackers, ransomware and other exploits

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The most “futuristic” data security is a pen and pad, and also the old-fashioned typewriter.

2019 152

Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife - RHS-Endorsed RHS Container Gardening £16.99

2019 145

Open Source and Open Design

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It all started, I guess, with computers, or better with software, from general programs, such as Open Office, The Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc., to entire operating systems such as Linux, and others.

2019 145

Urine as compost agitator

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Yes, it works, and it works extremely well. OK, it all sounds rather strange, and maybe even icky, collecting urine in a container and then putting it onto the compost heap or into the compost bin but that is what was done not so long ago in rural households anyway.

2019 152

Sharing bar soap cannot make you sick

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sharing a bar soap cannot make you sick and it is way better for the environment than is liquid soap.

2019 154

CORONA TOOLS: AMERICA’S LEADING NAME IN GARDEN TOOLS LAUNCHES IN THE UK

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– Press Release – There will soon be exciting new options for gardeners, as Corona Tools, America’s leading tool innovator, launches its premium gardening tools in the UK.

2019 145

Recyclables vs. Secondary Raw Materials

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2019 145

ARS-UVR-32PRO – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ARS-UVR-32PRO from Sorbus International Pro pruning saw with sheath, curved blade 4mm pitch, rubber grip. Blade high-Carbon Steel with hard-chrome plating. Curvature ground teeth (SUPER TURBOCUT®) and impulse hardened. 4mm tooth pitch with 1.5 mm tooth thickness. Blade length 320 mm and overall length 480 mm with a weight of 430 grams.

2019 130

ARS-300L Needle Nose Fruit Snip – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The 300L is a Japanese manufactured fruit pruner which has become an instant industry favorite due to its lightweight design and extremely impressive cutting power.

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