Interviews, Events and News
Earlier this month, we spoke to our friends at The National Allotment Society about National Allotment Week, the benefits of keeping allotments, and how The National Allotment Society works to provide, promote and preserve allotments.
Find out all about their work, as well as how and why you should get involved in National Allotment Week this year in our interview below.
Interview with The National Allotment Society
1. The National Allotment Society – can you tell our readers a bit about yourselves?
The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation uph
This year, Pro Gardens Ltd have reached the finals of the Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World. We caught up with them to find out what is going to happen on the day, what we can expect to see from them, and a bit more about their gardening style. Check out our interview:
Our Interview with Pro Gardens Ltd
1. You’re in the finals of the Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this year. Can you give us an insight into what we might expect to see from you on the day?
We wanted to create something that both adults and children could enjoy separately and together, in both a physical sense and whilst creating a shared deep connection.
Everyone has a memory of playing in a garden as a child, the adventures and stories you created
Posted: April 26, 2017|Categories: Interviews, Events and News|
With this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival fast approaching, we spoke to Festival Director, Tim Richardson, to find out a bit more about what we can expect at this year’s festival.
What to Expect at The 2017 Chelsea Fringe Festival
1. This year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival is only a month away, can you give any inside information about what to expect?
The great thing about The Fringe is that we genuinely don’t know quite what to expect. Every year I am surprised and delighted by what turns up, and every year events come in a form which I was not quite expecting. At The Fringe, we see this as a good thing! So take your pick and dive in….
2. Do you have any high-profile attendees this year?
We don’t really bother with the whole celebrity roundabout at The Fringe. We make a virtue of community events and projects based on imagination and fun as opposed t
Earlier this month, we caught up with Silviu from Froglife, to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their 'Toads on the Road' project. Check out the great interview below:
Our Interview with Frog Life
1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK?
Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups, such as mammals, birds or reptiles.
In the UK, there are fewer species compared to warmer climates but, even so, the UK has very important populations at a European level for some species, such as great crested newts.
Also, our recent data shows that once very abundant species, such as the common toad, have been affected by very serious declines in the UK over the last 30 years.
Earlier this month, we caught up with Marnie Rose, CEO of The Garden Classroom, to find out more about their work and how they help educate young people about the natural environment and the importance of getting outside. Check out our interview below.
Our Interview with The Garden Classroom
1. What is the overall aim of the work that you do with young people?
The Garden Classroom delivers high-quality outdoor education and recreation in natural environments to inner-city people, focusing mainly on children, young people and families.
2. You’ve recently become a charity. How has that changed things for you at The Garden Classroom?
Since becoming a charity, funding opportunities have risen for us as an organisation. The charity s
Earlier this month, we caught up with Phil Hesmondhalgh, Head of Communications at the Country Trust, to find out more about what they do and how important it is for children to get into the countryside and learn about food production and where their food comes from.
Check out our interview below and be sure to visit their website for more information.
Our Interview with the Country Trust
1. You currently work in 11 areas of England and Wales. Are you looking to expand your operations over the coming years?
The Country Trust is a small but dynamic education charity, which works with around 25,000 children every year, from primary schools in deprived urban areas, to bring food, farming and the countryside alive f
Posted: November 07, 2016|Categories: Interviews, Events and News|
We managed to catch up with Tim Richardson, Festival Director of the spectacular Chelsea Fringe Festival, to find out how the festival came about, the planning and preparation that goes into each one, and what to expect from next year’s event. Check out our interview below:
Our Interview with the Chelsea Fringe Festival
1. The Chelsea Fringe Festival has been running for 5 years now. How did the festival start?
I thought it up in bed one morning during Chelsea Flower Show week. I imagined an ‘alternative’ gardens festival, where people could explore links with art, literature, cooking and so on, as well as a celebration of all the amazing work community gardeners do all-year-round.
2. How much planning and preparation goes into setting the festival up each year?
A small volunteer team runs the Fringe – about half
We caught up with Leanne over at The Wildlife Trusts earlier this month to take a look at the work they are doing, starting a wildlife garden, and educating children about the importance of wildlife. Check out our interview below.
Our Interview with The Wildlife Trusts
1. How can someone find out if an area is under the management of The Wildlife Trusts?
The Wildlife Trusts is a federated organisation, which means that there are 47 individual wildlife trusts across the UK working to protect wildlife in their area. The best way to enquire about an area is to get in touch with your Wildlife Trust. You can find their contact details here.
2. What advice would you give to those who want to start a wildlife garden
Earlier this month, we caught up with George Riley, from Primrose, to talk about garden enhancements and how you can make a difference to your garden by using screens and adding water features. Check out our interview below:
Our Interview with Primrose
1. What is the simplest way to enhance your garden?
The simplest way to enhance your garden is by adding a focal point that will get your guests talking. Let your tastes lead you to what this might be, but go for something striking and a bit unusual.
If you love entertaining company during the summer, a brightly coloured sail shade adds both visual flair and practical protection from the sun. If you want to impress the neighbours, then a flashy water feature will do the job.
Don’t be afraid to get creative and expe
Recently we caught up with Geoff, the man behind The Guide to Gay Gardening. From keeping hens to making the most out of a smaller, urban garden – we talk about it all and everything in between. Take a look at our interview below.
Our Interview with The Guide to Gay Gardening
1) What would you say drew you away from the bustling city of London back to your gardening roots?
To be honest, I’m a country bumpkin at heart! I originally moved to London for university, and had a few great years being a social butterfly and loving everything the city had to offer. However, gardening and farming roots have been worming their way back into my heart for several years, and I’m now gradually heading back to rural isolation.
My husband is a complete townie though, so we’re