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The importance of Weeding

By Dan Lazarou-West The importance of weeding around newly planted trees cannot be understated. Weeds compete for light, nutrients and, most importantly, available water in the soil. In addition, weeds provide cover for bark-gnawing rodents and taller or climbing weeds. Bramble, for example, can smother and topple small transplants. Without an adequate weeding regime Read more »

2019-06-28T13:22:34+00:00

Biosecurity Blog 1: Notifiable Plants, Pests and Diseases

Notifiable Pests & Diseases Quarantine organisms which are subject to statutory control have to be reported if you suspect they, or host materials are present. These have to be reported if being imported/exported. If you suspect a notifiable you should quarantine suspicious item(s) immediately, and immediately contact the Animal & Plant Health Agency or Read more »

2019-05-07T10:01:35+00:00

Rose Thoughts

By Jonathan Diaper As I write, this mild weather and sudden spring lends urgency to those winter and early spring jobs that are yet to be done. Case in point, roses are beginning to shoot presumptuously. I like to have any rose pruning completed before they shoot into life, feeling that the plant’s energy Read more »

2019-05-07T10:44:35+00:00

Harvest Time in Rural Oxfordshire: 5 local things to do

Harvest is in full-swing. The corn fields are full of golden stubble, forest paths are brimming with bright and fiery colours and crisp, crunchy apples are bursting from our trees. We want to help you make the most of it all, so, here are some ideas of how you can fill Read more »

2019-02-08T10:39:15+00:00
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