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According to Dixon...A shining example of a sustainable city

According to Dixon...A shining example of a sustainable city

Sustainability is a vitally important concept but it has been bandied about for so long that it is now clichéd.

Pay move will improve appeal

Pay move will improve appeal

In 1826 an architect writing in The Gardener's Magazine bemoaned the fact that a journeyman gardener who has "gone through a course of practical geometry and land surveying, has a scientific knowledge of botany and spent his days and his nights in reading books connected with his profession gets no more than two shillings or two and sixpence a day". Meanwhile, he noted, a bricklayer who has "not the least knowledge of figures or geometry" received from five to seven shillings a day.

Seabrook On ... Suitable settings for paying our respects

Seabrook On ... Suitable settings for paying our respects

One of the disadvantages of growing old is the frequency of funerals, two on consecutive days this month. The late Eileen Sexton was a true lady - wife of Jack and mother to John and Val - who built backdrops, overhead walkways and some of the gardens for Sun Flower Street displays, not to mention building the David Stevens-designed best-in-show Chelsea gardens for B&Q. Eileen and friends raised thousands of pounds for charity staffing the Chelsea show walkways.

According to Barrell...Urban trees let down by policy failures

According to Barrell...Urban trees let down by policy failures

From biosecurity to planning guidance to climate change resilience, Government policy on urban trees is in disarray.

A step forward for parks

A step forward for parks

While it is disappointing not to have seen an inquiry begun into the funding crisis facing public parks before the end of the current Government's term of office, the decision of the outgoing members of the communities and local government committee to recommend a parks inquiry to their successors is, nevertheless, a very significant step forward.

According To Edwards ... The benefits of lower VAT on plant sales

According To Edwards ... The benefits of lower VAT on plant sales

VAT is fairly straight forward - it's 20 per cent. Well, there's no VAT on books or food, but it's 20 per cent on plants. Only, if you're selling a hazelnut plant, which is never going to produce much food, you can sell it without VAT. I guess that goes for herbs too and anything else edible. Is lavender a herb? Perhaps VAT on plants is not so clear-cut.

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