Published Press articles

Garden Answers - Design Solutions: Shady Garden (July 2016)

"Shady gardens don't have a great reputation. All too often they come across as dark, dank and uninviting – not exactly three words to set your horticultural pulse racing. The good news is a shady space can quite easily be turned into a welcoming oasis with some careful design choices and a bit of smart planting."

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Garden Answers - Design Solutions: Triangular Plot (Oct 2016)

"No disrespect to Pythagoras or Toblerone, but I'm not enamoured by triangles - or at least the ones that show up in garden form. They naturally drag the eye to the narrow end of the plot where everything seems to get small and tight. It can feel as though you are Alice in Wonderland swigging from that pesky 'Drink Me' bottle. But it is possible to deal with triangles - and indeed most awkward shapes - with the triple-d tactics of denial, disguise and distraction. You can pretend the triangle never existed by designing using any shape but this one, then disguise the tell tale signs at the boundary and finally distract the eye along the way as much as possible. Before you know it the question will be, 'Triangle? What triangle?'"

Telegraph - Burst the boredom bubble (17th June 2014)

Article on 101 Things for Kids to do Outside in the Telegraph.

"'I’m booo-oored. There’s nothing to do.” How often have we heard that plaintive cry, echoing through the house on the second day of the school holidays?

In my recent book 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside, I address the problem head on. I could tell you that my family begins every day with a trek through the woods and ends it by singing songs round a campfire. I could tell you that but it would be a Big Fat Lie.
Read: Great outdoor furniture - whatever the weather

Much more down to earth, this book is for the vast majority of couch potato children (and parents) who need an incentive to venture outside and breathe in huge lungfuls of healthy fresh air."

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Guardian - How does your garden grow (22nd September 2012)

A look at the RHS Campaign for School Gardening through the experience of three, very different, schools.

"Head gardener Bo Stills has a lot on his mind. Slugs have been a problem this year, there are prize vegetables to be chosen for show and he's wondering if there's space for the soft fruits he wants to plant. Nothing unusual there, until you realise that Bo is eight and the garden he tends is on a school roof in Tower Hamlets.

"Bo and his fellow gardeners attend Chisenhale primary school, one of nearly 16,000 that have registered for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month.

"The benefits of school gardening range from improved behaviour to healthier eating habits, but the RHS had a more specific aim. "The charity was worried about the loss of gardening skills," says Claire Custance, RHS strategic development manager, "and we wanted to ensure these were transferred to the younger generation. What's more, most young people don't see gardening as a career to be proud of.""

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Telegraph - Kids Heaven article (28th June 2012)

A preview of Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 specifically with children and families in mind.

"'A flower show? What do you mean you’re taking us to a flower show?” If this is the stock response of your children to your weekend plans, it may be time to re-educate them. And if you’re looking to move garden shows away from the “meeting with dull relatives” end of the fun spectrum and nearer to the Disney World side, you could do worse than visit the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show which opens on Tuesday. Under-16s are admitted free, and next weekend, July 7&8, there is a special Children’s Zone in the Palace area offering family-friendly activities.

"Unlike its Chelsea counterpart, which bans the under-5’s, Hampton Court has always embraced families. After all, where else will your average 10 year-old get the chance to see Olympic-themed scarecrows, tropical butterflies, human dancing flowers and even a bumblearium?"

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