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Promoting Resource Efficient Design. There's no easy way. Care for the more than human world, it helps! Urbanism, architecture & Earth-care: looking for a truly ecological world view. . .

RHS reinvigorates its front garden Campaign

Laburnum TreeThe latest edition of the RHS magazine ‘The Garden” carries an article entitled “Towards a new urban front garden”. It’s all a part of the ‘Greening grey Britain’ campaign. The RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign has a focus on front gardens and greening up grey spaces. To learn more, get involved in the campaign, or see more ideas for garden greening, visit the Greening Grey Britain home page at the RHS website (www.rhs.org.uk/ggb) and click on the links. These include:

•Why greening grey Britain is important, for background on the subject;

•Why we all need Greening Grey Britain, for a PDF of the 2015 RHS report setting out the benefits of greenery in urban areas;

• Choosing tough plants, and with advice
on creating beautiful, low-maintenance
designs ideal for front gardens.

Front Garden Survey
An on line survey on attitudes to front gardens, part of a study by RHS PhD candidate Lauriane Chalmin-Pui, runs until April. For more, and to take part, visit: http://www.rhs.org.uk/front-garden-survey

Read the article here rhs_frontgardens02017-02

Bring Fronts Back inspires the Street Poet

Here are two poems that have been inspired by the sentiments of the Bring Fronts Back campaign. Many thanks to Philip Shamplina for sharing them with us. It’s great to see our ethos expressed in verse:

CAR LOT

Front garden, no more, its not

Looks just like a car lot

Cars, one, two or three

Doesn’t look like austerity

Some are new and some are older

All belong to the householder

Some are taxed, no M.O.T.

All insured, that will surprise me

Hard standing where there used to be flower beds

Now dark oil patches here instead

Tyres, wheels all over the place

Unkempt, dirty, what a disgrace

Philip Shamplina aka “The Street Poet” 19/2/2013

 

BRING FRONTS BACK

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Visitors to your garden

One of the appeals of gardens is that they look neat and intentional. It is very unusual for a completely wild garden to look right in front of a house. We have an idea in our minds that a garden is managed and maintained. However, ecologists would question some of the fundamental ideas behind gardening and garden maintenance. In particular the traditional monoculture of the lawn is something quite artificial. But then gardens as a whole are artificial.

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