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Enabling green development

Enabling green development

With housebuilding running at about half that required to meet the housing shortage, it is no surprise to see politicians of every hue embrace the garden city concept in the hope it can kick-start larger-scale development with a green vision that will counter local fears of characterless urban sprawl.

Seabrook On ... Talk to one another to stay well informed

Seabrook On ... Talk to one another to stay well informed

We live in the age of communication yet most of us appear to be less well informed than ever. When I started work we had no electricity at home and no telephone, we wrote letters and to make a call meant riding your bike to the village telephone box.

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.

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