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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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Exposure to neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops has been linked to long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published today in Nature Communications. The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology using data provided by Fera Science Ltd and the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Scheme, examined changes in the occurrence of 62 wild bee species with oilseed rape cropping patterns across England between 1994 and 2011 - the time period spanning the introduction of wide-scale commercial use of neonicotinoids. The scientists found evidence suggesting that neonicotinoid use is linked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Landscape Juice
A data breach at large UK software company Sage may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses, it is understood. Police are investigating the breach and Sage is probing the "unauthorised access" of data by someone using an "internal" company computer login. The information was accessed at some point over the past few weeks. It is unclear whether it was stolen from the FTSE-listed firm, or merely viewed. The company, which provides business software for accounting and payroll services to firms across 23 countries, says it is taking the breach extremely seriously. The police are investigating and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Landscape Juice
Natural England issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent damage to young pheasants. In a statement on its website, Natural England says: "The licence is time-limited with stringent conditions and is based on the law, policy and best available evidence. It follows rigorous assessment after other methods had been tried unsuccessfully over a 5-year period. It is stipulated that the licence must be used in combination with non-lethal measures and only on buzzards in and immediately around the animal pens - not on passing birds. These conditions are designed to make the licensed activity... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Landscape Juice
Britain's construction industry suffered its sharpest downturn in seven years last month, according to another business survey on Tuesday which suggests the economy is at risk of recession after June's Brexit vote. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) inched down to 45.9 in July from 46.0 in June -- the lowest reading since June 2009 and some way below the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction. While better than all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists that pointed to a reading of 43.8, the PMI -- collated entirely after the June 23 referendum -- showed commercial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Landscape Juice
The world's largest passenger liner has just docked in Southampton after sailing in from France in advance of its inaugural voyage to Rotterdam. It is a vast ship boasting a crew of 2,100 crew. It can host 6,780 guests. From a plant lover's perspective, the Harmony of the Seas takes parks and gardens to a new level. On board there is an impressive 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants, and 52 trees. I'm supposing that there are also huge beds and borders with soil and compost deep enough to support the roots of these plants? What a great initiative. Imagine sitting... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Landscape Juice
Are you dying for a new patio this summer? Maybe you're not but literally thousands of Indian quarry workers are due to silicosis in the production of natural stone products. Adults and children, some as young as twelve, are working in unsafe conditions. Rina Chandran reports that in the Indian state of Rajasthan there are up to one million workers suffering from "silicosis or other respiratory diseases". "Although there is no comprehensive data, hundreds, possibly thousands, have died of silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by long-term exposure to silica dust given off in the mining and processing of sandstone... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Landscape Juice
About 15 years ago I bought shares in a British technology company. This company was developing software that is actually part of today's digital world. The problem is the company in question was ahead of its time and was poorly run. As a listed company there was an easy route at the time to raise funds through share placings. I built up a modest holding. The shares went up and I could have paid off my mortgage. I was 35 years of age. I didn't sell. I bought more as I was (wrongly) believing that the share price would go... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Landscape Juice
Alicia What plants do you have in your hedge?
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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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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