Interviews

  1. All things allotments with The National Allotment Society

    All things allotments with The National Allotment Society

    Earlier this month, we spoke to the people 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 and how and why you should get involved in allotment week this year in our interview below!

    Our interview with The National Allotment Society

    1. The National Allotment Society – can you describe what it is you focus on, do and work on?

    The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. We are governed by volunteers from our regional bodies in England and Wales and our membership is made up of allotments associations, societies and federations, schools, councils, landlords and individuals. We work with the government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlo

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  2. Reaching the finals of Show Garden with Pro Gardens Ltd

    Reaching the finals of Show Garden with Pro Gardens Ltd

    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 any 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 whilst creating a shared deep connection. Everyone has a memory of playing in a garden as a child, the adventures and stories you created within your imagination. When you see, children doing the same thing, you are transported back to that time in your childhood whi

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  3. Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Earlier this month we caught up with Silviu from Frog Life 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, bird or reptiles. In the UK there are few species compared to warmer climates but even so, the UK has very important populations at 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 past 30 years in the UK.

    2. Where are you most likely to find amphibians in the UK in terms of habitat?

    Typically in wet areas

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  4. Connecting people and the environment with Father Nature

    Connecting people and the environment with Father Nature
    Featured Image: Crispin Swayne & Paula Webb - Father Nature's Co-Directors

    Earlier this month we caught up with Crispin Swayne and Paula Webb, Co-Directors of Father Nature, to find out more about their community projects and how they connect people living in cities with nature. Check out our interview below.

    Our interview with Father Nature

    1. You run a variety of community projects to help connect people in the inner city with nature. What are some of the key benefits you have seen from these projects?

    One of the reasons we started Father Nature was because we saw time and again how magical nature is as a platform to improve communication between people, whether it’s isolated pensioners, out of work youths or struggling young families. We see such joy from the people we work with when they discover how accessible nat

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  5. Outdoor education with The Garden Classroom

    Outdoor education with The Garden Classroom

    Earlier this month we caught up with Marnie Rose, CEO The Garden Classroom, to find out more about their work and how they help educate young people about natural environments and the importance of getting people 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 status also affirms what we do – that our service is essentially charitable and essential to health a

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  6. Getting outside with The Country Trust

    Getting outside with The Country Trust

    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 take a look at The Country Trust’s latest video 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 in the coming years?

    The Country Trust is a small but dynamic education charity that works with around 25,000 children every year, from primary schools in deprived urban areas, to bring food, farming and the countryside alive for disadvantaged children, sharing knowledge, igniting curiosity and broadening

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  7. Gardening events with Chelsea Fringe Festival

    Gardening events with Chelsea Fringe Festival

    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 for next year’s event. Check out our interview below:

    Our interview with 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 and cooking and so on, as well as a celebration of all the amazing work community gardeners do year-round.

    Chelsea Fringe 1

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  8. Catching up with Wildlife Trusts

    Catching up with Wildlife Trusts
    Featured image credit: Chris Lawrence

    We caught up with Leanne over at 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 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: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/your-local-trust

    2. What advice would you give to those who want to start a w

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  9. Talking garden enhancements with Primrose

    Talking garden enhancements with Primrose

    Earlier this month, we caught up with George Riley from Primrose about garden enhancements and how you can make a difference to your garden by using screens to 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 experiment.

    2. What advice would you giv

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  10. Chatting with The Guide to Gay Gardening

    Chatting with The Guide to Gay Gardening

    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 quickly 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 moving slow and steady so he doesn’t go into shoc

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