Tag Name: environment

…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

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November 26th, 2015 by

All good things must come to an end. It is with a heavy heart that I have to reveal that today, Thursday 26th November, is my last day at Oakleigh Manor. I am moving onto pastures new and I am very excited about the next stage of my career. Having said that, the decision to […]

32,000 Reasons to Save a Wildlife Garden

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October 19th, 2015 by

The image to your left is a photograph, courtesy of foter.com, of the stunning Natural History Museum in London. If you haven’t been before, I personally strongly recommend it; I went once on a school trip and I loved it, but not as much on my second visit in my twenties! It’s great fun for all […]

3 Steps to Prune Correctly

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September 18th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #6: Prune with Effect You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading! Much like the hair on your head, plants grow. When your hair gets too long, you get a […]

Solar Panels: Courageous or Audacious?

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September 14th, 2015 by

Even in my fledgling experience, solar panels polarise. There are always two sides of the coin: on one side, you have those who believe they are a step in the right direction for the environment and in attempts to solve the world’s energy crisis. On the other, you have those, despite the fact they may […]

Three Steps Towards Your Organic Garden

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August 24th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #5: Go Organic. It can be due to a number of potential reasons, but the view and perception of organic gardening being being a ‘fad’ could not be further from the truth. It could be down to the exposure we as gardeners have had to the – some might say ‘questionable’ – […]

Mine Kiruna (My Sharona?)

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August 14th, 2015 by

Pardon the horrendous attempt of a pun out of the hit single from The Knacks! Kiruna is a city in Sweden; it also happens to be the northernmost city in the Scandinavian country, deep into Arctic territory. What initially makes this city stand out is the one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits beneath the […]

5 Pointers to Keep Yourself Safe in the Garden

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August 10th, 2015 by

‘How to…’ Series #4: Keep Safe. Safety is a key concept that is and should be championed in all walks of life. No matter what you enjoy doing, you should always do it safely to ensure you and/or others around you do not come to harm. The same principle is the same for gardening. It […]

‘How to…’ Series #3: Attract Bees

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July 27th, 2015 by

There perhaps may be a misconception about the bee, potentially due to the well-documented aggressive nature of wasps, their close relation and lookalike. Of course, bees aren’t the favourite of organisms to those who are unfortunate enough to suffer an allergy to their stings, but purely from a gardening perspective, they are an incredible ally. […]

Saharan Sustainability, Seriously?

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July 23rd, 2015 by

Any of you recall a recent blog post from us here at Oakleigh Manor about the possibility of London becoming a National Park? If not, you can click here jog the brain. Whether you do this or you do in fact remember, either way I do not think the thoughts of ‘audacious yet plausible’ you […]

Project Update 3: OMHS at the Thames Barrier

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July 21st, 2015 by

It’s been a while since we brought you a project update relating to the grounds maintenance works Oakleigh Manor Horticultural Services are carrying out at the Thames Barrier Complex in conjunction with the Environment Agency. In fact, this is the first one since the middle of May! So for that, we do apologise! As you […]