Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces

Community groups in the UK wanting to create “pocket parks” in their area for use as children’s play areas, vegetable patches or community events can now bid for funding for green spaces under the government’s “pocket parks” programme. The £1.35 million fund was announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick as part of the UK Government’s plans “to improve the mental and physical health of local … Continue reading Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces

Gardening Trends around the World [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

This infographic looks at the different gardens and gardening trends of countries around the world. Through images, facts and statistics, we hope to provide insight into the lives of other people and different cultures, as well as giving some unique garden design inspiration! Read on to find out more. via Gardening Trends around the World [Infographic] — ecogreenlove Continue reading Gardening Trends around the World [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Composting at Home [Visual] — ecogreenlove

There’s a reason seasoned gardeners refer to compost as black gold. Rich and dark, this earth-like substance composed of decayed organic material is a powerhouse of nutrients. When incorporated into the soil, plants are healthier, flowers bloom brighter, and pests don’t stand a chance. The best part? Compost can be made at home from ingredients you were planning to throw away, which means it’s not … Continue reading Composting at Home [Visual] — ecogreenlove

Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Depave, a Portland-based non-profit, is helping local schools and businesses to transform over-paved areas into lush landscapes to soak up rainwater and help prevent flooding. By tearing up concrete and asphalt in local neighbourhoods, with the help of community groups and volunteers, Depave is replacing areas of concrete jungle with community gardens that bring people together, provide play and learning spaces, provide places to grow food, … Continue reading Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Pop-up gardens greet commuters in a London Bridge tunnel

Daily commutes via London Bridge have got that much greener and that much better thanks to four temporary public gardens, created using materials recycled from the recent RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The Stainer Street walkway has been transformed into a temporary urban oasis with four garden installations designed by Ula Maria, Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson. Each designer was allocated a … Continue reading Pop-up gardens greet commuters in a London Bridge tunnel

Gardening for Climate Change [Visual] — ecogreenlove

Have you noticed that spring is coming earlier, that plants are blooming at odd times, or that rains are more intense? If so, it’s likely you’re witnessing the first stages of climate change – and how we plan and manage our gardens will have to change. More and more scientists agree that we’re locked into a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius, which is … Continue reading Gardening for Climate Change [Visual] — ecogreenlove

“Novice gardener” rips up grass lawn to create wildflower meadow

Self-proclaimed “novice gardener” Peter Thain has made his garden dreams a reality by transforming his front lawn into a beautiful meadow. Peter Thain, otherwise known as The Evening Gardener, was insistent on turning his front lawn into a haven for bees and wildlife, ripping up the grass lawn and sowing wildflower seeds in the process. The physiotherapist and lecturer, based in Cheltenham, has been posting … Continue reading “Novice gardener” rips up grass lawn to create wildflower meadow

Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Used coffee grounds offer many benefits to plants, flowers, and vegetables—improving water retention, drainage, and soil aeration are at the top of that list. Coffee grounds also allow certain beneficial microorganisms to thrive and attract earthworms, which are a garden’s best friend. via Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove Continue reading Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

National Garden Scheme: Step into a secret garden by heading to a private garden near you

For a “secret garden” trip this summer, head to one of the National Garden Scheme’s private gardens in England and Wales. The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. The private gardens are open to the public on select days, and there’s also … Continue reading National Garden Scheme: Step into a secret garden by heading to a private garden near you

Rehouse a plant from Hampton Court Flower Show through House of Wayward Plants’ adoption scheme

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show may be over but it leaves with it a legacy of plants which are fortunately now up for adoption thanks to an initiative by Wayward Plants. House of Wayward Plants, which facilitates large-scale community plant exchanges and adoption events for unwanted plants, have teamed up with the National Trust to allow several thousands of plants and materials from … Continue reading Rehouse a plant from Hampton Court Flower Show through House of Wayward Plants’ adoption scheme