I AM SURE that we will see that television image again on the last day of the RHS Chelsea Flower this year, when last day visitors take home huge plants that they have bought for bargain prices from gardens and stands.
However, Take Chelsea Home, a new book, written by Chris Young, with a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh, is intended to give us all inspiration to improve our gardens, using ideas and designs from past Chelsea gardens.
It is a worthy contender for a place on your book shelves, with some superb photography and design ideas to support them.
The book is divided into different garden features, including entrances and paths, outdoor living and sustainability. It is published by Mitchell Beazley and priced at £16.99. ISBN 978-1-84533-538-0. For information about the Chelsea Flower Show from May 25–29 visit www.rhs.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 209 0357.
` FOLLOWING the hard work done by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to get spare, unused land back into cultivation with the help of local community groups, the Government now intends to set up a Community Land Bank to allow people and local authorities to make use of waste ground and other surplus pieces of land for the purpose of food production.
Statistics show that in 1996 there were four people on waiting lists for every 100 allotment plots.
Now there are 49 people waiting for every 100 plots. Visit the following websites for more details – www.farmgarden.org.uk , www.landshare.channel4.com, www.communities.gov.uk .