Gardens

Recycling is great, walking more/driving less is fantastic and taking the train not the plane is excellent. And you can earn extra green Brownie points by changing the way you garden

Cleo Blue in/outdoor rug by Dash & Albert made from recycled PET. From £136

Outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic are great for impromptu picnics or sprucing up your deck or terrace for those Indian summer gatherings

Tibbo teak collection by Barber Osgerby for Germany's Dedon

Sunny days shift our focus outside. But to enjoy our gardens, balconies, terraces and patios, we need at the very least something to sit on. Kay Hill seeks outdoor furniture that looks great, is comfortable and has green credentials

The shed is on show at the V&A in London until 25 October

The thing about sheds is when you see one, you want one..and you starting thinking about how yours could be really really nice. Well be inspired by this hardwood shed on castors

Peony Red Charm

Nurseryman Alec White of Befordshire’s Primrose Hall Nursery urges us to fill our gardens with peonies, that most lushly petalled beauty

If you don't have a sunny south-facing garden, it can be hard to know what plants will grow in part-shade and complete shade. Well help is at hand

Count the butterflies in your garden

Chris Packham, vice president of Butterfly Conservation, is urging us to do our bit for that most exquisite of garden insects, the butterfly. Give them flowers, give them nectar, give them colour..

We're waking up to the urgent need to halt climate change and lobbying governments and industries is crucial. But don't think of yourself as a powerless tiny cog in the machine because behavioural change x millions does help the planet

British birds are struggling it would seem

This year's Big Garden Birdwatch recorded a reduction in sightings of many species of birds that call Britain home. But the hardy house sparrow seems to be doing ok

garden rooms are fab

We needed an extra room that could be an office, a telly space for teens and even a spare bedroom. The garden was the obvious place but it is a pocket handkerchief space. Joiner and builder Tim Mansfield wasn't fazed.

Stop Digging ground screws are great for small building projects

For small projects such as garden rooms, is it time to embrace the ground screw over concrete for the all important foundations?

Lavender smells divine and is adored by bees

If you have some outside space, make 2019 the year to make it absolutely fabulous

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