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Philip Voice
Piis, near Monflanquin France
Interests: gardening, outdoors, wine, history, golf, photography, walking, football, landscape structures and architecture
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This post was prompted by the news that the topiary at Avebury Manor is being pulled out because a savage attack of box blight which has destroyed much of the historic hedging. Two years ago - almost to the day - I purchased 8 box balls and 35 box hedging plants and duly planted them as a border around a newly created border. (Image right: an infected box ball shortly after planting - click to enlarge) It was a very dry spring so I watered copiously to make sure the plants established themselves. Even though I had very good air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that plant gasses possibly dampen the temperature rise in Greenland. Plants emit compounds to deter pests or attract pollinators, and as a side effect particles are formed when the compounds interact in the air. These particles can contribute to the formation of clouds, which reflect incoming solar radiation, and thus prevent solar heat from reaching the ground and warming it additionally. Researchers studied the effect of the imminent climate changes on the release of so-called “biogenic volatiles” to the atmosphere above Greenland. The study of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) is in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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Landscape designer Phillip Johnson has teamed up with the creators of the 5000 Poppies Project to showcase a vast tribute of almost 300,000 handcrafted poppies at 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 24-28 May 2016. The display will honour all servicemen and women who have fought across all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the last 100 years. Phillip Johnson’s design for Chelsea will incorporate a selection of poppies from 50,000 contributors from across the globe. The design features a simple central geometric installation, complemented by more than 25,000 stemmed poppies extending into the lawns of the Chelsea Hospital. Overall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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A captive breeding programme that has tripled numbers of lynx in Spain over the last 15 years may now be followed by the reintroduction of the lynx to the UK after an absence of more than 1,000 years. While the return of a major predator worries farmers, the tufty-eared cat is proving a major hit with others in both Spain and Germany, writes Fergal MacErlean. In 2002, things were looking bad for the Iberian lynx. Once widespread in Portugal, Spain and southern France there were fewer than 100 adults left - all in southern Spain - and only 25 breeding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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There appears to be something brewing at Marshalls. That is if the company share chart is to be believed. On the 9th September 2015 Marshalls stock price peaked at 370.80p. As of yesterday, albeit with some minor rallies along the way, the value of Marshalls' shares has plummeted by a £1.00. That's a drop of over 27% in just under 5 months. This is odd if you take into consideration the rake of recent broker recommendations rating Marshalls as a buy. Only yesterday. Peel Hunt reiterated its positive stance calling Marshalls a buy, with a target of £3.55 (that's 28%... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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(image: flooding at Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens) Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden Creator, Anthony Tavernor said: "The garden sits down in the valley so a huge amount of water came down from the fields like a tidal wave, devastating everything in its path,". "I'm just devastated. This has been my life's project - my purpose in life - for the last 20 years and I live and dream it, "It's everything. I'm so emotionally involved with the garden. We've had so much support from people since we put the pictures on our Facebook page. It's almost like a bereavement." From the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Landscape Juice
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How to chop, stack and dry wood...doesn't sound interesting, does it? Well you'll be surprised because a book on this very subject - Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way - is selling like hotcakes. In fact, it's doing so well that Radio Four is featuring is as 4's Book of the Week over Christmas. In Norway it is on the best-seller list (selling 300,000 copies a year. It's been translated into 10 different languages. A review on Amazon: "First things first, I really enjoyed this book and I would thoroughly recommend getting a copy. I found... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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London's visionary Garden Bridge has been saved in an 11th-hour deal that slashed £20 million from the cost to the capital’s taxpayers. Talks between Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan, Lambeth council leader Lib Peck, Transport for London and the Garden Bridge Trust reached a dramatic breakthrough that will allow work to start on schedule next year. The key was a cut in funding provided by TfL, from £30 million to £10 million. The other £20 million will be loaned by TfL if needed, and ultimately funded by the private sector or future revenues. It lifts a shadow from the £175... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls’ school in Wandsworth, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the UK’s best new building. Now in its 20th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Almacantar, is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. AHMM’s transformation of Burntwood School reimagines a 1950’s modernist secondary school campus for 2000 girls and 200 staff. The architects created six new faculty buildings and two large cultural buildings linking original buildings by renowned 1950s/1960s architect Sir Leslie Martin. Every building is full of light and air with double height... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Landscape Juice
A French TV weatherman has been taken off air after writing a book in which he questions climate change. Philippe Verdier, a familiar face on the state-run France 2 channel, said he had been told not to return to work for the foreseeable future. “I received a letter asking me not to come,” Verdier told RTL radio this week. “I don’t know any more than that, I don’t know how long it will last. It’s all to do with my book.” Read the full article: French weatherman taken off air after questioning climate change Comment: I think there are so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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This week the Garden Bridge planting team visited nurseries in the UK and northern Europe to select some of the plants and trees that will feature on the Bridge, set to open in 2018. The Bridge will link the tree lined South Bank to the Victoria Embankment Gardens and Temple Gardens on the North Bank providing an ecological corridor which connects green spaces on either sides of the river. The garden will provide an ever-changing seasonal landscape incorporating a 2500m2 planting area for wildlife-friendly tree and plant species fostering biodiversity in the heart of the capital. The Garden Bridge’s landscape... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Thames Central Open Spaces TCOS is "fighting the wasteful and unnecessary £175m Garden Bridge construction across the River Thames in central London: one of the busiest and richest part of the city if not the UK. It's part funded by the taxpayer and will be privately owned and managed with no public right of way." TCSO has set up a fund raiser to mount a legal challenge in order to stop the construction of the Garden Bridge. They have so far raised £17,210.23 (75%) of the proposed £24,000 target. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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New research from Business Debtline reveals that tens of thousands of small business owners are paying a high personal cost as they take risks to support the economic recovery. As the numbers in self-employment grow, it is vital that we understand SMEs challenges, as well as celebrating their successes. This report, based on the experiences of 104 of Business Debtline clients and their expert advisers, summarises the challenges facing small-business owners who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Read the full report - The cost of doing business Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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UK scientists have successfully germinated seeds from the critically endangered Japanese Birch, a species that has just 21 known trees remaining. The seeds were collected last year during an expedition to a remote location in mountains near Tokyo. Experts suggest that the remaining wild population of Betula chichibuensis is too small to sustain itself unaided. The young trees will be shared with other arboretums in an effort to help conserve the threatened species. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) forecasts a bleak outlook for the tree species in the wild. Read article in full BBC Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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The Bank of England has warned that buy-to-let lending poses a risk to Britain's financial stability. In line with rising house prices investors are in line taking on ever larger loans, which leaves them vulnerable if house prices are to fall, said the Financial Policy Committee in a report. The Bank said that if the housing market were to enter a downturn, landlords could find themselves under pressure. BRITAIN's outstanding buy-to-let loans have now topped £200billion - equivalent to the entire GDP of Hong Kong - according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. In July buy-to-let loans jumped a huge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Here is an extract from a post by Andrew Porterfield on Genetic Literacy Project site. Full IARC glyphosate report released; Anti-GMO target may have health benefits It’s either the darling of GMO-loving Big Ag or the demon imperiling small-farmers and organic growers worldwide (or both!). It’s glyphosate (formerly patented and branded as Roundup), and it’s the most widely used pesticide in the world. Although it was introduced in 1974, more than 20 years before the introduction of GMOs, much of its increased use is because it can kill weeds without killing crops that have been genetically modified to resist glyphosate.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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I love this concept, having worked on protoype ideas of my own way back in 1990. The thought of making use of every bit of scrap and waste that mankind generates is an exciting prospect. Never, in my view, should any form of organic waste find its way into a landfill site. US company Impact Bioenergy is looking for funding to get its HORSE project off the ground. The HORSE converts food waste into fertiliser & fuel. What they say: 61% of what we throw away is biodegradable (food, landscape waste, paper, wood) and the solution is within our reach... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Come this Friday, fans of Apple technology will be able to buy the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones. The Guardian has collated these iPhone 6S and 6S Plus reviews ahead of the new release. Have a read for yourself but I've picked this summary as it stands out and for those wanting better battery life, it looks like you're in for a disappointment. "The 4.7-inch 6s will get you through the day, but you’ll struggle to make it til bedtime with moderate to heavy use. And it seemed to drain even faster than my 6 when I used... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Landscape Juice
Twitter is a great way to view landscaping projects without having to visit loads of separate websites. I thought I'd post a couple of projects I've seen go through this morning. We used Olives to frame this pond & they are doing great in our #Dublin #garden #design pic.twitter.com/HzUru24fS8— Damien Keane (@DamienKeane) September 22, 2015 Transformation Tuesday! pic.twitter.com/Gn8p59zVPR— Mike Warman (@AuraLandscapes) September 22, 2015 Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Syria's civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of crop seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies. The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers in the Middle East to replace a collection in the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war. "Protecting the world's biodiversity in this manner is precisely the purpose of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault," said Brian Lainoff, spokesman for the Crop Trust which runs the underground store on a Norwegian island 1300 kilometres... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Topmix Permeable concrete is a a super-absorbent surface covering that allows water to seep through it rather than sitting on top in an attempt to combat flooding. The video below shows 4,000 litres of water (880 gallons) being poured onto the surface of a car park only to disappear into the sub-layers, almost instantly. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Yorkshire Water is calling on local farmers based on catchment land near the River Hull to carefully manage the use of slug control pesticides in a bid to reduce the impact they have on drinking water. River Hull at Hempholme LockThe pellets’ active ingredient, metaldehyde, commonly seeps from farmland into water courses. It cannot be removed from water by conventional treatment processes, meaning the chemical is finding its way into drinking water. Water companies fear that UK waters could fail to meet EU water safety thresholds as a result of this contamination. The River Hull is one of the region’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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You could be forgiven for thinking that horticulturists are the good guys in a world of bad. Working the soil and producing plants for consumption is a rewarding art that fills the tummies of the world, provides the ingredients for medicine or raw materials for industry. But the demand for Opium in China reminds of the darker side of horticulture. Whilst opium has its positive medical benefits and growing the opium poppy is a lucrative business for Myanmar (previously Burma) The BBC reports the downsides are often addiction for the communities living around the growers. Right up until the end... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Landscape Juice
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Situated in the LOT, in a small quiet hamlet close to the popular Bastide village of Cazals, between Gourdon and Prayssac. This delightful barn conversion offers about 130m2 of habitable accommodation on two levels with an easily maintained garden and storage shed. The property has original features such as exposed stone walls, beams and wood flooring. Summary: Traditional stone built 3-bedroomed converted barn with manageable front and back gardens and above ground swimming pool, that could make an ideal permanent family residence or second home. More detail: Stone property near Cazals Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at French smallholding for sale
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El Niño continues to build in the tropical pacific but the Met Office is saying that it is still too early to speculate whether the winter of 2015/2016 will be 'bitterly cold'. The Met Office does concede, however, that there's a slightly higher risk of colder temperature toward the end of the winter during El Niño years. Writing on their blog, the Met Office say: Other factors also have an influence, such as sea surface temperature in the North Atlantic, the Sun’s output, and changes in winds high in the atmosphere above the Equator known as the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Landscape Juice