Jan 2015: Notes from the Garden

Jan 2015: Notes from the Garden

We were honoured recently when the Skip garden was chosen by Alan Titchmarsh to appear as a special mention in his TV programme ‘Britain’s Best Back Gardens’.

Click here to watch the clip!

Which got me thinking ‘what are my favourite gardens?’

Paul's Top Ten Gardens (some cheating)

1.  I don't think I've ever met a botanic garden I didn't like - a heady mix of science and art. These are some of my favourites – I’ve cheated by lumping them all together.

Kew, Wakehurst, Logan (Scotland), Caernarvon (Wales), Brooklyn & Bronx NY, Berkeley (USA) and Tenerife.

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Sept 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Sept 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Nature knows it and plants are starting to show it - the tide has turned on summer tipping us towards autumn. Hedgerow Hawthorns are heavy with berries and the first few leaves of the Spindle trees are glowing red, writes Paul Richens.

In the Skip Garden the Corncockles planted for our project on wildflowers of the wheat field are full to bursting with ripe seed. Pristine Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies glide about our flowers feeding and preparing for their long hibernation ahead.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

The next phase of Global Generation’s journey took us from Rooftops to Skips on Developers Land. How did we end up as an integral part of one of the biggest regeneration sites in Europe, all 67 acres of it? Writes Jane Riddiford.

In large part it is thanks to the fact that Roger Madelin (pictured below), CEO of Argent, developers of the site, and those who work with him, like Anna Strongman, were willing to give us a chance.

Roger visited us at The Office Group roof back in 2006. Arriving in his trademark cycling outfit, he liked the fact that GG was, as he put it, demonstrating that Business and Activism didn’t have to be either end of the spectrum.

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August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

“The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers”  The line from the poem ‘Naming of Parts’ by Henry Reed came to mind recently while watching our Skip Garden Honey Bees feeding on the flowers of our Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla) bush in the Orchard Skip, writes Paul Richens.

They’ve found a way of getting to the nectar sacks of these deep, slimline and rather beautiful cerise flowers. They do this by biting a hole near the base of the flower then poking their heads in and drinking the nectar.

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