We spoke with Kelly from Botanical PaperWorks about what they do, the importance of eco-friendly products and practices, and some great tips for saving water while you garden. Check out the interview below!
Our interview with Botanical PaperWorks
1. You are a world-leading producer of eco-friendly seed paper. How did your interest in this area begin?
It actually all began with a mother-daughter duo, Mary Reimer, a teacher and Heidi Reimer-Epp, a marketing and business professional. Before the time of recycling, Mary was looking for ways to reuse leftover paper from her students and discovered eco-friendly papermaking. The two were excited to try new ideas and it eventually became a full-time passion. After creating Heidi’s wedding stationery and receiving much praise over the creativity of the seed paper, a business was born.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner, and we wanted to catch up with Guy Barter, Chief Hortifulturist at the RHS, about what is going on this year, how the community is getting involved, and the importance of community gardening. Take a look at our interview with him below:
Our interview with Guy Barter on RHS Chelsea
1. You are involved with the RHS Chelsea show this May, what sort of things are you going to be doing?
I will be particularly involved with the RHS greening Grey Britain Garden which is scheduled to be reused after the show in a park in Brixton, a deprived area of south London. I will be supporting the residents in helping plant the Chelsea garden before the show and their attendance a press event on the Monday and after the show will help them replant the garden in Brixton. Then a launch event in Brixton with the Evening Standard who have sponsored the garden.
2. Being part of such
Following on from our showcase last year on community gardening projects across the UK, we have conducted an interview with Jeanne from Stanmer Community Gardening Group on the current projects they are running. They are a fantastic group of people and their project is extremely valuable to the community, so we are delighted to have been able to speak to Jeanne about it.
How would you describe your project and what you do?
Stanmer Community Garden Group is a gardening group for vulnerable adults. It is run by volunteers for volunteers, in a mutually supportive group. Growing food for ourselves and to sell to a local veg box scheme; A Share of the Crop, we fund ourselves and buy everything we need. We invite our volunteers to give us ideas to improve and promote the group, so by these means, we now have a website, a Facebook page, days out and treats in.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Bradley Wiggins won gold in cycling for the men's time trial.
Wiggins beat German, Tony Martin, by being 42 seconds faster. He has now beaten Sir Steve Redgrave for having the most Olympic medals, seven in all four of which are gold.
It turns out that in the run up to the Tour de France, Wiggins put his bike on rollers and spent weeks in his garden shed, training. This followed a painful end to 2011 following a crash which resulted in a broken collar bone.
He admits that this was no substitute for his time training in Mallorca:
“It's good to have the chance to train in real heat on the climbs as opposed to being sat in my garden shed with the heaters on full trying to replicate it.”
After winning Gold, Wiggins waded into the debate about cycling helmets, saying:
“Ultimately, if you get knocked off and you don't have a helmet on, then you can't argue. You can get