by Rhiannon James
Raymond Blanc was an obvious candidate for creating a new potager at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – a year-long adventure that will be on BBC2 this month as a four-part series with an accompanying book.
Work has begun on the UK’s first ever public natural swimming pond, as part of an art project within the King’s Cross Development. The outdoor, chemical-free pool will be completed by the end of the year, when it will be given time to develop naturally, before its scheduled opening in spring 2015.
A project led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has won £800,000 of Big Lottery funding to help community growers become successful and proactive money-raisers to compensate for falling grants and declining local authority financial support.