Wriggly Reassurance

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We often find or see leeches in gardens, particularly in ponds but Carl Peters, Manager of Biopharm Leeches, reassured me they are nothing to worry about. “The small leeches found in ponds, water filters and […]

Life’s a Leech!

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Marian Gower is the Manageress of one of the more unusual businesses based in Wales. Biopharm Leeches is one of the largest commercial leech farms in the World and was set up in Swansea in […]

WI Calendar Girl Talks about Gardening

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Yorkshire based Pilates teacher, Tricia Stewart is better known as the woman responsible for creating the world famous Alternative WI Calendar which has raised over 2 million pounds for Leukaemia Research.   As Miss October, Tricia […]

Little Green Fingers

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As most schools break up this week, it’s a great time to encourage little green fingers to help out in the garden. Teenagers may be a bit tricky to persuade as they associate apples, orange […]

Garden Centre Growth

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Garden centres are enjoying a busy time in the warm sunny weather.  Until 1960’s plants could only be bought from nurseries and often only by mail order.  In 1967 the Williamson family opened one of […]

Animal Aromatics

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Caroline Ingraham is renowned in the animal World for pioneering the study of domestic animals self medicating with herbs and plants. Known as Zoopharmacognosy, Caroline explains, “It’s is the oldest therapy on the planet; its […]

The Cute Carrot Excavator

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During this wonderful weather, everyone wants my job.  Well, I don’t think it’s the work they want, just the opportunity to be outdoors.   Nobody’s quite so keen in the winter! As predicted earlier in the […]

Wonderful Willow

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• The bark of the Willow tree contains salicylic acid, used to make Asprin; it also has other medicinal uses from anti-inflammatory properties to relieving heartburn and stomach ailments. • The Willow has great literature gravitas; taking […]

Helen Helps Hay Fever Sufferers

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Allergy therapist and reflexologist Helen Sheppard left a career in communication for one in complimentary therapy over ten years ago. During that time she has noticed a marked increase in environmental allergies and food intolerances. […]

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