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National Trust approaches to environmental gardens aspects. Gardens Environmental Standard; case studies.

National Trust Bodnant Garden and its electric robot. Natural next step? Ask Ernie!

Its been a busy few weeks hence the lack of blogs. On Monday I was over in Bodnant Garden with Adam Salvin the assistant Head Gardner meeting Ernie. Ernie is the electric robot mower (iMow) being trailed at the world-famous … Continue reading

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Dyffryn Gardens – A holistic Approach

There are times when I stop myself mid-coffee and think how lucky I am to be able to do what I do. Those of you who know me know I have spent years cultivating this cynical northern exterior; but just … Continue reading

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Bodnant Garden – growing our own energy

So I have been quiet on the blog front recently (Mr Jones keeps telling me), so thought time to give an update on what I have been up to over the last month. Whilst I was away working on the … Continue reading

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The more you look the more you see. Powis Castle. Perfect wild garden. Not what you think!

I’ve spent most of the day recording a radio program with Iolo Williams and the team at Powis castle for the BBC. The program is exploring various facets of wild gardening for nature. So why chose one of the best gardens … Continue reading

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National Trust Bodnant Garden will be growing energy this autumn.

One of the top Gardens in the UK is going lower carbon.  The largest energy budget at the internationally significant gardens at National Trust Bodnant is the use of electricity. As we have explained in previous blogs. When we have a lot of … Continue reading

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Electric chainsaws and brush cutters are they grown up enough..? Lets see. Big trial of electric ‘kit’ in National Trust Wales Gardens and forests

‘All things electric’ has now focused in on another area. We have hundreds of petrol powered hand tools from chainsaws, hedge trimmers and brush cutters. We go though an awful lot of two stoke oil, chain oil and petrol. If we are … Continue reading

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Powis Castle Nursery – Case study update (How’s our PV doing?)

I was over at Powis Castle last Friday for a catch up meeting on all things environmental with Shane the property manager. Thought that I would take the opportunity to see how the nursery photovoltaic system was doing whilst I … Continue reading

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