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Dwarf apple tree
Patrick Whitefield |
Friday, 8th August 2014

Almost all fruit trees are grafted onto a rootstock. This means that the tree is actually two genetically distinct individuals, united by the skilful hand of the grafter.

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Mick Collins |
Thursday, 7th August 2014

Humanity is gradually waking up to the reality that we are facing a global crisis. We are now witnessing the consequences of our unchecked exploitation of the natural world, including disadvantaged communities and other species.

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Guy Dauncey |
Tuesday, 5th August 2014

They're doing it in Germany: 140 regions of the country have set a goal to become 100% renewable energy regions, covering 30% of Germany's land and 26% of her people, as we learnt in the...

Kidd's Orange Red, Patrick's favourite apple variety
Patrick Whitefield |
Monday, 4th August 2014

There’s a bewildering range of varieties available. It may seem best just to go for something you’ve heard of, like Cox apple and Victoria plum, or just accept the meagre offering of the local garden centre. But these trees will last you a lifetime. Why not get...

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Patrick Whitefield |
Friday, 1st August 2014

It’s still high summer: the garden is brimming with bountiful vegetables and soft fruit, and the apples are still swelling on the trees. Isn’t it a bit early for me to be writing about planting fruit trees? The planting season is the winter so surely...

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Leila Dregger |
Wednesday, 30th July 2014

As peaceworkers from Israel, Palestine and various other parts of the world, we have been holding a peace vigil in the middle of a war in the West Bank over the last several days. We are gathering here under very simple conditions, creating community life, sharing...

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Donnachadh McCarthy |
Tuesday, 29th July 2014

While over 26,000 people have been killed in UK traffic collisions over the last decade, the actual death toll from our motorised traffic culture is far higher.

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Robert Alcock |
Monday, 28th July 2014

Over the last decade, the increased construction in Spain has left empty housing developments, unused airports and debt.

But nearly all that concrete has been poured into a few places: around the main cities, the Mediterranean coast and islands. There's...