The future's bright, orange and pretty

The Oxford Times:

10:26am Thursday 24th July 2014

Val Bourne admires the best plants in this least popular hue

Grasses are greener for haymakers

The Oxford Times:

10:23am Thursday 24th July 2014

Wendy Tobitt of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust explores the summer task which makes extra use of meadow plants

Waterperry still in bloom decades on

The Oxford Times:

10:32am Thursday 17th July 2014

Val Bourne joins the head gardeners near Wheatley

No price tag on benefits of outdoors

The Oxford Times:

10:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

Ben Vanheems of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust on the free and easy effects of spending more time under an open sky

Romance in spades with garden gem

The Oxford Times:

10:21am Thursday 10th July 2014

Val Bourne on county highlights chosen by George Plumptre

Our native ladybirds are in big danger

The Oxford Times:

10:17am Thursday 10th July 2014

They may be a national treasure, but the UK’s ladybird species are being gradually gobbled up, reports Liam Creedon

A botanical trail-blazer

The Oxford Times:

10:29am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Val Bourne bids fond farewell to Timothy Walker

There's good reason for cutting reeds

The Oxford Times:

10:23am Thursday 3rd July 2014

BBOWT volunteer Rick Saunders on how selective clearing and felling is essential to prevent the spread of shrub then woodland

Sweet aromas of summer shrubs

The Oxford Times: Sweet aromas of summer shrubs

11:51am Thursday 26th June 2014

Val Bourne examines the beauty and fragrance of the best varieties

Cajoling the water voles to multiply

The Oxford Times: Decline: The water vole is in need of help

11:45am Thursday 26th June 2014

Wendy Tobitt of BBOWT reports on how numbers of the rodents are looking more healthy thanks to the work of volunteers

How everything's coming up roses

The Oxford Times: A repeat-flowering rose: Olivia Rose Austin

10:47am Thursday 19th June 2014

Val Bourne reveals how healthy hybrid musks always produce a wonderful crop of flowers in late-September

Midsummer flights and daydreams

The Oxford Times: Multi-coloured: The peacock butterfly

10:42am Thursday 19th June 2014

Ben Vanheems of BBOWT recommends you take a trip to the tranquil meadows for some magical butterfly and moth spotting

Slugs and snails wreaking havoc

The Oxford Times: Slugs and snails wreaking havoc

10:39am Thursday 12th June 2014

Val Bourne is hoping precious plants can be saved by the sun after pests ravage her garden

Sprinkles of hedgerow's white magic

The Oxford Times: Snow show: Hawthorn is in a steady decline in the British countryside

10:34am Thursday 12th June 2014

Hawthorn, that unassuming countryside star, has a fascinating story and needs your help to survive says Liam Creedon

Luping rising again with rocket power

The Oxford Times: Luping rising again with rocket power

11:03am Thursday 5th June 2014

Val Bourne on a pepper-scented floral favourite back in vogue

Exploring a wilder side of park life

The Oxford Times: Space invader: Ewelme cress beds warden Des Dix with an American signal crayfish

11:01am Thursday 5th June 2014

Oxford Festival of Nature is a free weekend of activities for citizen scientists in north of the city, says BBOWT's Wendy Tobitt

Stoke breaks the mould at Chelsea

The Oxford Times: Sultry foliage: Stoke-on-Trent's pink-red 'Kansas' peony

12:53pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Public complain that many gardens are too similar, reports Val Bourne

A free hive of activity at festival

12:49pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Learn how rubbish can be a wildlife haven and why hedgehogs might just save the world this weekend, says Wendy Tobitt

Prune twice a year for lovely wisteria

The Oxford Times: Spectacular: A wisteria in the gardens at Barton-on-the-Heath Manor, near Moreton-in-Marsh, which is open for the National Gardens Scheme this Sunday (2pm-6pm)

11:36am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Val Bourne on the best examples of mauve-lavender flowering plant

Do your bit for wildlife of the area

The Oxford Times: Pond life: A pair of make and female large red damselflies mating at the Chimney Meadows nature reserve in West Oxfordshire

11:33am Thursday 22nd May 2014

There are always projects for volunteers to get involved with in and around the city of Oxford, says BBOWT's Wendy Tobitt

Herbs taste great and boost health

The Oxford Times: Herbs taste great and boost health

1:03pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Helen Peacocke on the delights of wild garlic and nature's many other gifts to the cook

Garden a-changin' for Dylan's friends

The Oxford Times: Famous five: James, Indie, Jess and Ellie with Dylan the donkey

12:01pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Val Bourne's roses get a pruning from the neighbour's donkey while she searches for the best nurseries

Standing up for wildlife on the HS2 path

The Oxford Times: Approaching: A Eurostar train on the HS1 Channel link

11:50am Thursday 8th May 2014

Matt Jackson, of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, believes an effective nature restoration project should be implemented

Packet that will please those bees

The Oxford Times: Buzz: A red-tailed bumble bee on a blue cornflower

12:39pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Val Bourne on the seeds to create a hive of activity

Grasslands are crucial for cuckoos

The Oxford Times: Distinctive sound: Cuckoo on a fence post

12:29pm Thursday 1st May 2014

If we want to hear this iconic bird's special song, we must take care of our meadows, stresses the BBOWT's Colin Williams

The auricula spectacular

The Oxford Times: The auricula spectacular

11:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

Val Bourne on three centuries of colourful hybrids

Purple haze nods to rise for fritillary

The Oxford Times: Rare: A double-headed snake's head fritillary

11:27am Thursday 24th April 2014

Ben Vanheems of Berks, Bucks and Oxon wildlife trust welcomes the county flower

Exhibition tells how gardener coped

The Oxford Times: Focus: The gardening staff at Waddesdon early last century

12:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Val Bourne discovers the toll that the Great War took on Waddesdon

Adders are creatures of such beauty

The Oxford Times: Brown etchings: A female adder's markings

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

UK’s poisonous snake is a misunderstood gem of countryside, says Liam Creedon

Layer upon layer of Dutch delight

The Oxford Times: Beautiful bulbs at Keukenhof

4:50pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Jon Murray and his wife Maria take a ferry to Holland, where cyclists are king of the road, on a multisensory journey

I've had a lifelong passion for peonies

The Oxford Times: Good breeding: The Paeonia Cambessedesii in bud this spring

11:41am Thursday 10th April 2014

Val Bourne takes us through the most colourful and appealing varieties of this decorative garden stalwart

Make this a golden year for our bees

The Oxford Times: Make this a golden year for our bees

11:37am Thursday 10th April 2014

Wendy Tobitt on how the council aims to attracted more winged wildlife into the city

Why the woodland border might be the best bit of garden

The Oxford Times: Why the woodland border might be the best bit of garden

10:35am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Val Bourne lets us know why the woodland border is her favourite bit of the garden

Why badger culling is not right

The Oxford Times: Visible: A badger out and about

10:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Matt Jackson says it is imprecise and the wildlife trust will not allow culls on its land

First and foremost rose for the spring

The Oxford Times: First and foremost rose for the spring

11:41am Thursday 27th March 2014

A primrose is not just a pretty plant, it’s clever too. Val Bourne explains

Stay on the pulses to be full of beans

The Oxford Times: Stay on the pulses to be full of beans

10:47am Thursday 20th March 2014

Val Bourne offers her tips for a good bean crop for the ultimate nutritious – and frugal – kitchen staple

Rivers could be rescued by beavers

The Oxford Times: Cotswolds comeback: A beaver making its way to a home in an enclosed site at the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire

10:40am Thursday 20th March 2014

Liam Creedon says one animal could be part of the solution to cut flood problems

Get busy to enjoy veggie salad days

11:13am Thursday 13th March 2014

Val Bourne is ready to start sowing her crop for tomatoes, sweet peppers and aubergines

Stretching out wings for spring

The Oxford Times: A small tortoiseshell butterfly

11:02am Thursday 13th March 2014

Colin Williams of the wildlife trust gets set to welcome insects and other species

Perfect strawberry patch for puddings

The Oxford Times: Perfect strawberry patch for puddings

10:36am Thursday 6th March 2014

Val Bourne on how to cultivate sweet summer fruit

Wildlife can adapt well to change

The Oxford Times: Incredible noise: The sound of Roesel's bush cricket can be heard in dry grassland just about anywhere in the country

10:27am Thursday 6th March 2014

Matt Jackson of the wildlife trust on how crickets and birds respond to altering world

Berries are brimful with blue nutrition

The Oxford Times: Berries are brimful with blue nutrition

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Val Bourne offers her top tips for growing blueberries

Be a nature detective in the woods

The Oxford Times: Alice Greenwood, six, and brother George, eight, discover a peacock butterfly hibernating at Warburg Nature Reserve

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Elaine Ingram of the wildlife trust says she is still fascinated by the natural world

Peas that please with floral scents

The Oxford Times: Peas that please with floral scents

10:46am Thursday 20th February 2014

Val Bourne reckons her garden simply wouldn't be complete without the charming sweet pea

Taking to it like a duck to water

The Oxford Times: Whistling call: Thousands of wigeon descend on the Slimbridge wetland sit in Gloucestershire every winter

10:43am Thursday 20th February 2014

While floods bring misery Liam Creedon says wet weather is wonderful for ducks

Time to see nature and Narnia too

The Oxford Times: CS Lewis, who lived at The Kilns, Risinghurst

10:47am Thursday 6th February 2014

Mark Bradfield discovers the reserve once owned by a famous fantasy writer

Free range to show peonies and lilacs too

The Oxford Times: Free range to show peonies and lilacs too

11:17am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Val Bourne gathers some cut-flower display advice

Try to make it count for bird survey

The Oxford Times: Feeding: Blue tits and a great tit eating suet-coated raisin pellets

11:15am Thursday 23rd January 2014

David Duffy looks ahead to the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

Time to make the kindest cut of all

The Oxford Times: Time to make the kindest cut of all

10:22am Thursday 16th January 2014

Val Bourne advises on sage fruit pruning techniques

Take a walk to unearth moss magic

The Oxford Times: Brigtly coloured: Fruiting capsules of capillary thread-moss

10:18am Thursday 16th January 2014

Peter Creed of the wildlife trust looks at some intricate tiny green gems of winter


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