Category Environment

20 May

The Benefits of Garden Hedges

It's well known that plants and trees, including hedges, reduce co2 in the atmosphere. However, it's less known that they reduce noise pollution and even lesser-known how plants are mitigating against flooding, which is an increasing issue in the UK.


12 May

How to Reduce Flooding with Your Garden

Most Wiganers will have seen a flood or 2... at least! I know where I am by Saddle Junction in Wigan Town centre, it floods quite severely at least once or twice a year, cutting off roads and damaging houses. So how can we help to tackle flooding at home?


29 Apr

Reasons to Grow an Apple Tree (or 2)

Ever thought of having your own apple tree? Here are some reasons why it's a great idea, and easier than you might think! You might be thinking that sounds great growing a tree.... but you don't have the space for apple trees! Well, fear not


31 Mar

An Ode to Dandelions

Today I hope to inspire you into living within a more connected way with nature. I hope to open your eyes to the potential already here in abundance, in a friendly way. When February turns to spring, out bursts our famous early pollinating butterflies, bumblebees, honey bees, beetles and a whole variety of other helpful insects. They are hungry and weak after winter, so for them, the bold and ready sunshine dandelion is the first stop.


25 Mar

The Danger of Pesticides

Pesticides are created in labs solely to kill off the undesirables, such as; slugs, snails, fungi, ants, some plant diseases, and aphids to protect crops and gardens.


16 Mar

All About Bees

I knew it was Spring a little before the calendar did. It was the moment the wind blew a fat-bottomed bumble bee towards me. It made me chuckle and feel fuzzy inside, that the Winter is over and warm light is coming.


12 Mar

Going Peat-Free with your Compost – Why It Matters

Peat is commonly found in standard garden compost that you buy, and you may not have considered it at all before, but it's very damaging to the environment. It comes from ancient Peatlands. They built up over thousands of years and used to cover large areas of the UK.


10 Mar

Reducing Single-Use Plastic

Waste and litter is a big problem in the borough and nationally, but you can reduce the amount of plastic you use, particularly single-use. The more consumers make these kinds of choices, the more brands and supermarkets respond by removing plastic.


26 Feb

What’s the big deal with Grass lawns?

Lawns may appear ‘nice and neat’, but manicured lawns like we see all over the UK are not that beneficial environmentally, due to the sheer upkeep of mowing, fertiliser, herbicide and pesticides etc needed to keep them looking pristine.