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The Exotic Seed Company

As part of my upcoming exhibition at Scottish Natural Heritage, BattIeby, I had the idea of creating “fake”seed packets of highly invasive and prohibited plants, which was based on the fact that in the past these seeds and plants were distributed in the US and Europe, long before it was realised what a devastating effect these aliens could have on our environment.   638 more words

Scratching The Surface

The Exotic Seed Company

I discussed my idea of creating “fake”seed packets with Caroline, and she encouraged me to pursue this further.  I wanted to create packets of seeds of highly invasive and prohibited plants, which was based on the fact that in the past these seeds and plants were distributed in the US and Europe, long before it was realised what a devastating effect these aliens could have on our environment. 582 more words

Testing Boundaries

Weed biocontrol projects update

Defra is funding CABI to investigate the biological control of invasive, non-native aquatic and riverside weeds. This could help protect habitats where chemical and mechanical control are impractical or prohibitively expensive; and to help meet requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive. 7 more words

Himalayan Balsam

A Keen Gardener in Want of a Plot

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a keen gardener, living in a city, must be in want of an allotment plot. And so after several years transplanted from rural Ireland to Newcastle upon Tyne, and planting in pots in the backyard, we decided to finally put our name on the allotment waiting list. 313 more words

Allotment