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Sugar and Trees and all things Mulch

Sugar and Trees and all things Mulch

Despite two of the speakers dropping out at the last minute, the Palmstead team manged to pull off another great day for our industry at their annual workshop. With interesting stall holders including Vectorworks, The Association of Professional Landscapers, Melcourt and The Society of Garden Designers to name a few there was not a moment … Continue reading

GM Trees – What’s the fuss?

GM Trees – What’s the fuss?

I have recently been perturbed by the advances in biotechnology, especially in relation to genetically engineered/modified trees. I was blissfully (and rather naively) unaware that this particular field of study had made such scientific advances. Since the USDA approved genetically modified trees for planting back in 2010, The Global Justice Ecology Project have been monitoring … Continue reading

Advice from a Tree

Advice from a Tree

Sometimes, a picture paints a thousand words… especially if it’s got some words in it! I think this illustration perfectly sums up why I’m a landscape architect and occasionally lucky enough to work with such majestic creatures. Illustration by artist Joanne Raptis

Green Occupation in Beirut

Green Occupation in Beirut

The World Health Organisation recommends 12 square metres of green space per capita. Beirut has less than one, which prompted locals to spend Saturday in whatever little bit of green they can find (or create) in protest to the continued closure of their local park, Horsh Beirut. Closed over twenty years ago, they were promised … Continue reading

Treehugging in Kashmir

Treehugging in Kashmir

Some 20 years ago when I was a bright eyed student, I spent a couple of weeks holed up in a house boat in Srinigar, the Indian capital of Kashmir before trekking in the Himalyan foothills and despite the gunshots heard regularly,  it is truly one of my happiest memories and surely one of the … Continue reading

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

Finnish artist, Jaakko Pernu has been working in willow for some years, creating the most amazing sculptures. A childhood spent helping his father build boats put him in good stead for his future bending wood for more creative purposes.   He says of his evocative pieces, “My theme is the influence of humans on nature … Continue reading