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Friends With the Earth?

To cut carbon emissions and help stabilise our climate, gardeners must see gardening as a force for environmental good. We should start by turning lawns into food gardens. By John Walker. Published in The Garden, November 2008. When it comes to … Continue reading

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Hearts and Trowels

Is mismatched leadership and a lack of joined-up campaigning hindering attempts to rouse the nation’s gardeners to grow ultra-local, organic and truly sustainable food? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, November 2008. Despite my lousy maths, I’ve been doing … Continue reading

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Celebrities… Get Them Out of Here

It’s time for programme-makers to ditch celebrities, and instead start creating TV shows around folk who garden in the real world. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, September 2008. Eavesdropping can be a depressing business – as I found … Continue reading

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Time For Climate Questions?

I join the audience for a Gardeners’ Question Time recording to pop questions to our top gardening ‘experts’ about carbon footprints, but did I get any answers? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, July 2008. Inspiration is a powerful … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mirrors

Earth-friendly organic gardening has had a drubbing recently in other gardening magazines. What drives the ‘organic bashers’ – a lack of understanding, or the need to keep the chemical companies sweet? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, June 2008. … Continue reading

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A Royal Shade of Green?

In an exclusive interview for Organic Gardening, I talk recycling, renewable energy and carbon footprints with Bob Sweet, the key decision-maker behind the Royal Horticultural Society flower shows, including the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show. By John Walker. Published in Organic … Continue reading

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Intensive Care

As weather patterns shift and water supplies dwindle, can we sustain the container gardening craze in its present form? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, August 2007. Love them or loathe them, there’s something mesmerising about those TV dramas … Continue reading

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Make Pesticides History

Increasing attempts to discredit organic growing by chemical-happy spin-doctors point to only one thing: the pesticide manufacturers are well and truly on the back foot. By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening, March 2007. It’s a safe bet that a … Continue reading

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Green Resolutions

I review my campaigning year and suggest some resolutions for the year ahead: for us, for our energy-guzzling gardening industry, and for a certain celebrity gardener who is still in a muddle over global warming. By John Walker. Published in … Continue reading

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Climate of Denial

Climate change is natural… according, that is, to Britain’s best-known celebrity gardener. So there’s nothing we gardeners need to worry about then, is there? By John Walker. Published in Organic Gardening magazine, April 2006. Back in December my garden experienced … Continue reading

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