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Seed banks in soil

Chris at woodlands.co.uk tells us about ‘soil seed banks’. Growers and farmers know very well how seeds can live in soil, ready to germinate when conditions change. This can be wonderful, terrible or both. Chris’s article stirs an old seedbank … Continue reading

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Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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Exotic trees

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk tells us about the exotic (alien) trees which are familiar in our British landscapes. Lewis tells us how many of these trees arrived during colonial times when great houses and gardens were built. He doesn’t mention how … Continue reading

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Concreting over our National Parks

Originally posted on thinkingcountry :
Mr Owen Paterson, UK Environment Secretary I admit that the title to this post is somewhat over the top but it is the vision that springs to the minds of many people I have spoken to…

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Paving the Way For Invasive Species

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Horticulturalists help bring beauty to our gardens and landscapes by introducing plants from other parts of the world and breeding them for aesthetic characteristics. In the past, not enough attention was paid to…

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Bracken

If you’re in the British uplands, you’ll be very familiar with bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). It’s part of our landscapes here, beautiful but not always good news. Robin J Pakeman at Animal Briefs tells us about bracken. It’s a native species … Continue reading

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It’s agricultural, but is it art?

Jeremy Cherfas at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog shows us two art projects about grains. I love the one about high fructose corn syrup. The one about printed landscapes is harder to understand, but as Jeremy says, art is supposed to make … Continue reading

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