April 2016

Trompe l'oeil images are proving very popular

If you not familiar with outdoor art and don't think pictures belong in the garden, well Yorkshire's Insideout Garden Art begs to differ

Mango wood Zarna bowls, from £34.95 from Nkuku

We all love Fairtrade Fortnight, but keep on the look out for fair trade products year round

Lambretta poster

The online expert has moved into bricks and mortar - poster company AntikBar has opened its first showroom in London, on the Kings Road

Bramble, a new 100 per cent linen fabric from Morris & Co

With beautiful prints on organic cotton so hard to find, turn to linen for upholstery fabric that's gorgeous and eco friendly. And for fans of the Arts & Crafts movement, and nature lovers, look to William Morris prints

Ecosia say they've already planted 4 million trees

Fed up of being in thrall to Google? Then you can switch to using Berlin-based search engine Ecosia which donates 80 per cent of profits to environmental good causes

Willow sculptures by Trevor Leat

One of Scotland's top visual arts and craft open-studio events takes place at the end of May. See work by some 100 talented designer-makers, who include textile designers, glassblowers, metalworkers, ceramicists and painters

Elan Vital wallpaper from New York's Flavor Paper

Wallpaper is cucumber cool again. But it can be a pain to hang so well done to Flavour Paper for addressing the issue with the stunning EZ Papes collection

The recent floods in northern England devastated communities

A survey by ethical bank Triodos suggests Britons want government to do more to tackle climate change; and it's urging people to put their money into green/ethical funds that work to tackle CO2 emissions

Spare a thought for the earth

Keep Earth Day top of mind and so do something green, however small

Vessels by ceramicist Jack Doherty

Potty about pots? don't miss this show, which is heaven on earth for ceramics enthusiasts. Find a wealth of exquisite work both practical and decorative, with prices from just £30.

Acer palmatums are easy to grow

Small garden or terrace? think trees are too big for the space? well, think again because Acers are the perfect tree for the bijou garden

White rhino are facing extinction

Put away your box sets for an evening and watch Racing Extinction, an extraordinary film that should stop all of us from being complacent about the environment