Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
Beginning in 2008, the Million Ponds Project is a scheme to create a large network of clean water ponds throughout the United Kingdom. Helping endangered freshwater animals and plants.
Unfortunately over the past century ponds have begun to disappear in the UK and this has led to habitat loss for many species of wildlife too. This project hopes to reverse the current situation.
It is a collaboration of partners, that includes landowners and land managers, led by Pond Conservation. Aiming to expand to Northern Ireland and Scotland by 2015.
Anyone can join in, you just build a pond yourself and register it on their website, they have even set up a pond creation toolkit which is completely free to download.
The toolkit will give you all the information you need on pond design, location and implementation. There are also habitat factsheets that will give you information on different types of environments like woodland or grassland and a species dossier showing you how to create ponds specifically for over 40 pond associated species.
You can also make a donation, the funds raised will be used to match fund practical pond creation projects.
To find out more simply visit the Pond Conservation's Million Pond Project page for more details. Or if you are too excited to wait and just want to get started on building your pond now then you can visit our pond products page for all your needs, we have plenty of pond construction and maintenance products available.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.