Over 500 private gardens to open their gates for charity across Scotland during 2019 Mental and physical health benefits of gardening being highlighted Community and therapeutic gardens; allotments; contemporary, traditional, grand, rural, coastal and cottage 64 gardens opening for the first time 256 local and national charities to benefit Number of garden openings by region […]
BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and Kent garden designer Mark Lane will be fielding tricky questions from John Humphrys when he appears on Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One on Friday 21 December at 8.30pm. Joining him on the pre-Christmas edition will be broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles, BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan and Celebrity Big Brother winner […]
An award-winning Oxfordshire touring and camping park has seen an increase in sales thanks to a new contemporary reception building from Reading-based Norwegian Log Buildings. Swiss Farm Touring & Camping Park in Henley-on-Thames now boasts a 21st century reception building and shop built from solid log, guaranteeing visitors a warm and efficient welcome. The site […]
Modern meets classic in your outdoor space! A range of contemporary screens for your garden boasting an elegant 17th century design has been launched in a new collaboration between Stark & Greensmith and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The Parterre range includes four laser-cut panels, which can add instant ‘show garden’ impact and privacy to […]
Visitors to one of the UK’s most famous flower borders, at Newby Hall in Yorkshire, can sit back and get a new perspective on the floral landmark, thanks to a GIANT hand-crafted replica of a priceless Chippendale chair. Newby has one of the best Chippendale collections in the country and, to mark the 300th anniversary […]
BBC TV cast members help designer officially open her RHS Hampton show garden ‘Rias de Galicia: A Garden at the End of the Earth’
Designer Rose McMonigall was helped by members of BBC’s Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago cast, Neil Morrissey, Raphael Rowe and Reverend Kate Bottley to officially open her silver medal-winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Following the success of the recent BBC TV series, which saw a cast of seven including actor Morrissey, TV reporter Rowe and Radio 2/Gogglebox […]
Rías de Galicia: A Garden at the End of the Earth from the Spanish Tourist Office The breathtakingly beautiful Atlantic coast of north west Spain will be brought to life in a show garden collaboration between the Spanish Tourist Office, Turismo de Galicia and designer Rose McMonigall at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 […]
Fragrant ‘moth orchids’ new houseplant trend for 2018 Great news for orchid lovers. The most popular indoor plant in the UK is set to become even more of a ‘must have’ as three varieties of delicately scented moth orchid hit the high street for the first time. Until recently, Phalaenopsis orchids – pronounced Fal-en-op-sis and […]
Is the nation being gripped again by a passion for orchids like their Victorian counterparts? They are Britain’s favourite indoor plant with millions being sold every year. Victorians were obsessed with these beautiful blooms too and in a nod to their so-called ‘orchidelirium’, over 5,000 British-grown moth orchids will take centre stage at RHS Chatsworth […]
Modern-day plant explorers Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones from Crûg Farm Plants will be taking inspiration from the incredible Edwardian plantswoman Miss Ellen Willmott and her renowned Mediterranean garden for an exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ellen Willmott’s love for her garden at Villa Boccanegra on the Italian Riviera, and her passion for supporting plant […]
– Sustainable compost made from wild bracken that feeds bulbs for two years – A new peat free Bulb Compost, made from wild bracken harvested from the Lake District fells, has been launched by Dalefoot Composts. Dalefoot has developed this premium, carbon-neutral compost with award-winning lily growers HW Hyde & Son who have used it […]
New year, new hue! The dull weather may be dampening the nation’s spirits but not its front doors, according to leading composite door company Truedor. Together with architect and property expert, George Clarke, ambassador for Truedor, it’s released its Top 10 New Year’s Colour List based on recent sales and, driven by Pantone’s ultra violet colour of the year, the […]
Beautiful leather gardening gloves with symbolic floral designs – remembrance, friendship, and hope & wisdom An award-winning range of gardening gloves, inspired by original botanical artwork from the world-famous RHS Lindley Library1, has been launched by Gold Leaf, makers of the World’s Finest Gardening Gloves. Perfect as a gift, or for your own use in the […]
THE DUKE and Duchess of Rothesay helped residents and school children from an ex-mining town in Ayrshire celebrate the grass roots success of their popular, local community garden, during a very special open day for charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Their Royal Highnesses visited Netherthird Community Garden near Cumnock in East Ayrshire, meeting the volunteers, local […]
The Spanish Tourist Office is showcasing the mystery and romance of Galicia’s ‘Pazo’ gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this July. Show garden designer, Rose McMonigall, shares her tips on recreating the look in your own garden. The historic Galician Pazos are magnificent palaces famous for their exquisite architecture and extensive gardens, where […]
‘Brownfield – Metamorphosis’ by designer Martyn Wilson, sponsored by St. Modwen A CONCEPTUAL garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will highlight the surprising beauty of Britain’s brownfield, urban sites and the important role they have to play in creating the communities of tomorrow. ‘Brownfield – Metamorphosis’ by designer Martyn Wilson will […]
(and we’re far from a grey nation) What colour should you choose for your front door? From vivid and traditional, pared-down pastel to tailored shades expressing an inner craving for colour, getting it right can lift the front of your home, put a personal stamp on it and even make or break a sale. Now […]
Over 1,000 Yellow Maps available in shops across the UK Yellow Maps, the handy, water resistant, local map range is now on sale in stores across the country. Perfectly sized to fold in your pocket, laminated against wind and rain, and larger scale for all to read, Yellow Maps are ideal for walk, drive, hike […]
AN ENTERPRISING Cumbrian family firm that makes peat free compost from sheep’s wool, and restores damaged peat bogs across the UK, has featured in a new BBC TV series championing rural entrepreneurs. Dalefoot Composts, based on a 120-acre family farm in the hills of the Lake District, was highlighted on ‘Back to the Land’ presented […]
– Programme of residential garden photography retreats also announced – Encouraging readers to observe and appreciate the full beauty of nature, plants and landscape is the common theme in three very different books this spring by leading garden photographer Andrea Jones. Andrea wrote and illustrated ‘The Garden Photography Workshop’, to be published by Timber Press […]
Hedgehog-friendly, perfect for privacy & instant impact An award-winning range of architectural metal fence panels and garden screens is now on sale from Stark & Greensmith – ideal for homeowners wanting an instant contemporary design statement for their outdoor space. Made either from recycled steel or powder-coated aluminium, the long-lasting panels are laser cut with […]
-500 gardens opening in total across Scotland during 2017 – THE IMPORTANT role gardens play in Scotland’s historic landscape will be highlighted in 2017 by the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens. Of the 500 gardens throwing open their gates to the public during the year under the Scotland’s Gardens banner, over 80 have been recognised […]
A contemporary range of transportable, solid log homes is being launched by Norwegian Log Buildings – made in the UK and ideal for farm or smallholding. The new concept transportable homes have an on-trend, modern look with all the quality construction benefits of a solid log building. Designs include angled elevations and space saving internal walls […]
The peat free compost products made by Dalefoot Composts are ewe-nique. Sustainable composts made from sheep’s wool and bracken produced on a family farm in the stunning Lake District. Packed with natural nutrients they feed plants right through the season and as the wool retains moisture, you can water up to 50% less. Genius!
Simon and Jane, who run the company, also help restore the UK’s protected peat bogs. Their environmental work, coupled with their compost making, gives the pair a unique 360° view of the peat (free) gardening debate and the importance of these precious landscapes.
Media and social
Emma Mason PR has been working with their team since 2007, telling the gardening, home and national media how good their compost products are and assisting them at garden and trade shows. Here’s just a taster of the reviews & press coverage achieved recently.
When the Dalefoot gang are busy making compost, saving peat bogs and farming sheep, we also help run the company’s social media channels. Follow them for news on their sustainable products, updates on peat free gardening and their work restoring peat bogs.
The peat free compost products made by Dalefoot Composts are ewe-nique. Sustainable composts made from sheep’s wool and bracken produced on a family farm in the stunning Lake District. Packed with natural nutrients they feed plants right through the season and as the wool retains moisture, you can water up to 50% less. Genius! Simon […]
Gardening PR client Arthur Jack & Co produces a range of stylish garden planters, window boxes and water butts. Crafted by artisan metal workers in Hertfordshire, its products are made from galvanised steel and are built to last.
Having scooped a nomination for RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year, the team at Arthur Jack wanted to raise its profile in the gardening and home media. It also wanted to promote its gorgeous products to new customers, designers and the gardening trade.
PR and social campaign
Emma Mason PR has been working with the Arthur Jack team to create an integrated PR and social media campaign. The company now has two new social channels and has been talking to key journalists about its products. Press coverage includes The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Express, Homes & Gardens, Period Living, Period Homes & Interiors, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden to name a few, as well as gardening bloggers. Arthur Jack’s following is growing on its new Twitter and Instagram feeds, allowing it to engage directly with designers and customers. Give them a follow!
Gardening PR client Arthur Jack & Co produces a range of stylish garden planters, window boxes and water butts. Crafted by artisan metal workers in Hertfordshire, its products are made from galvanised steel and are built to last. Having scooped a nomination for RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year, the team at Arthur Jack wanted to raise […]
-Her Royal Highness meets charity volunteers & garden openers at tea party- The Duchess of Rothesay helped Scotland’s Gardens mark its 85th anniversary today at a special birthday tea party held in the grounds of the charity’s longest standing open garden, Winton House in East Lothian. Her Royal Highness met volunteers and staff who help […]
Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE has officially opened Norwegian Log Buildings and Fowler Swimming Pools’ latest joint project – a stunning 25m, six lane indoor heated pool at Bethany School in Kent. Britain’s most successful swimmer officially unveiled the new fully-tiled, deck level pool at co-educational Bethany School set in the Kent Weald […]
Norwegian Log Buildings will be helping a charity promote its vital health awareness work at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next month. Landscape architect Emma Bannister is working with the charity National Association of Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS) to build a show garden to raise awareness of the very common women’s health condition, Premenstrual Syndrome […]
Home-grown healthy eating made easy with NEW peat free ‘Wool Compost for Vegetables & Salads’ A NEW peat free compost with power-packed nutrients, to help the UK’s growing flock of kitchen gardeners get the best results from cultivating their vegetables and salads, is being launched by Dalefoot Composts at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. […]
PUPILS at Kington St Michael CE Primary School near Chippenham have become the first in the country to take their seats in a new style of modern classroom made by UK firm Norwegian Log Buildings. The brand new contemporary log building was made and built off site at Norwegian Log’s Berkshire manufacturing base in four […]
-Perfect for those wanting to maximise their outdoor flower power – A classic range of window boxes, made from high quality galvanised steel, is being launched by traditional Hertfordshire garden planter firm Arthur Jack & Co. Ideal for homeowners wanting to make the most of their outdoor garden space, no matter how limited, the window […]
– 440 gardens in total opening during 2016 across Scotland – Snowdrops and star gazing, stunning views of the Highlands, inner city allotment veg patches, scenic Scottish burns and sensory flower borders are some of the horticultural highlights in 66 new gardens opening to the public for Scotland’s Gardens in 2016. In the charity’s 85th […]
An artisan bakery, set up by mum Melissa O’Dwyer just three years ago, is now supplying John Lewis stores across the UK with a range of handmade Halloween biscuits. Little Bee Bakery won the contract earlier this year to supply the retailer with a selection of iced spooky biscuits for all its 46 UK stores and Johnlewis.com. […]
– Sheep’s wool has natural water retention – Worried about parched patio pots, limp hanging baskets and sun-baked veggie beds? Dalefoot Composts’ Wool Compost is made from sheep’s wool and bracken and so an ideal summer solution for eco-conscious gardeners who want to water less. The peat free Wool Compost range ingeniously harnesses the natural […]
One of the UK’s leading lily growers has scooped a gold medal at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with blooms grown solely in Dalefoot Compost’s Wool Compost range. This is the second year running that renowned grower HW Hyde & Son’s has won the top award for lilies grown in the eco-friendly peat free compost at […]
A northerly coastal plantsman’s retreat, impressive gardens at one of Scotland’s most famous castles, a bee-friendly horticultural haven and an enchanting glenside water garden are all opening for the first time to visitors in 2015 for the Scotland’s Gardens programme. They are joined by 58 other new gardens*, of all different shapes, sizes and horticultural interest, opening […]
Event celebrating 10 sticky years & ‘renaissance in marmalade making’ with new trends & ingredients A QUIRKY British festival celebrating the glories of good marmalade will be marking its 10th anniversary year in 2015 – and the country’s preserves makers are being urged to jar up their marmalade to take part. Over the last decade, organisers […]
Crûg Farm Plants – Grand Pavilion An intriguing glimpse into the mysterious world of modern-day plant hunting will be offered by Crûg Farm Plants at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with an exhibit of rare and exotic specimens being shown in public for the first time. Unusually most of the plants, collected by Welsh […]
A retired micro-biologist from Brighton and an artisan preserves maker from a rural corner of the Czech Republic have been crowned the world’s best marmalade makers at this weekend’s World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival. Dr Yen-Chung Chong won Best in Show with his ‘Bloody Merry Marmalade’, a heady mixture of blood orange and vodka, to […]
Thousands of residents around Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh will benefit after power workers with a head for heights completed a high voltage cable project to help keep the lights on. The engineers, from Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD), were strapped into special trolleys suspended from power lines so they could refurbish parts of the electricity […]
Beth Chatto has undoubtedly been the most influential British gardener of the last half-century. It seems obvious now, but back in 1960 when she started her garden at Elmstead Market in Essex, the idea that garden plants thrive best in situations similar to their original natural environment was a novel one. Beth’s earliest books for […]