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The Oak Processionary Moth

No Comments 13 April 2014

By Helen Elks-Smith. Oak processionary moth (OPM) was first found in south-west London in the summer of 2006 and was probably brought in on infected oak trees from Europe. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves and can strip the tree bare, leaving it vulnerable to other pests and diseases and less able to withstand extreme […]

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Front Gardens – Let’s hear it for the Victorians!

No Comments 16 February 2014

By garden designer Helen Elks Smith. Our front gardens have a tricky time fulfilling everything that we ask of them and often the easiest solution to satisfying the parking, dustbin and access needs is to pave the whole thing over. But it doesn’t need to be this way and there are many good reasons to […]

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Notes of pathways

No Comments 04 September 2013

By garden designer Helen Elks Smith. There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of nature, greenery and the effect that simply being outside has on our everyday lives. It has been shown that we react at a deeply subconscious level to our surroundings. There is evidence that it takes just 3 minutes […]

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Garden designing downunder

No Comments 15 May 2013

By Garden Designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Just back from a quick week trip to New South Wales where the inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney was launched. I’m honoured to be one of three Ambassadors for the show and, together with Tom Harfleet, have been commissioned to create the main show feature from 5th to 7th […]

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Field of Dreams

3 Comments 02 April 2013

By Helen Elks-Smith MSGD One of my strongest child hood memories was of walking to the Post Office with my mother through the village playing field. The field buzzed with life. Grassy stalks and flowers gently swayed before me, stretching out in all directions on one of those glorious summer days that at times only […]

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Beat the hosepipe ban!

No Comments 05 April 2012

Since last autumn we have had little or no rain. Apart from the occasional downpour that does little to revitalise the soil we’ve all been relying on regular watering in the garden since early Spring. And from today April 5th we’re getting a hosepipe ban in the South East of England. All the evidence from […]

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