Be full of beans

The Oxford Times:

11:05am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Val Bourne says some vegetables from Italy thrive in England because our winters are, surprisingly, warmer

Let the kids all go wild in half term

The Oxford Times:

11:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

There are so many outdoor adventures for children, says Ben Vanheems of BBOWT

Plum growing conditions for 'Pacino' fruits

The Oxford Times:

12:44pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Val Bourne on how produce depends on the climate

Woodland's a Thames Valley gem

The Oxford Times:

12:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Wendy Tobitt of BBOWT on how adding Yoesden to the Trust's Chiltern reserves will benefit orchids, butterflies and other wildlife

Go native for best balance of wildlife

The Oxford Times:

12:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Val Bourne shares her advice on how to manage a garden organically with ‘the full Monty’ of creatures

Dormice are disappearing from woods

The Oxford Times:

12:43pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Hazel dormice need help for numbers to rise, says Wendy Tobitt of BBOWT

We need to box clever

The Oxford Times:

12:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Val Bourne on worries over fungal disease box blight

It's a berry bonanza this autumn

The Oxford Times:

12:22pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Experts say this year’s favourable weather is producing an unprecedented harvest of wild berries, reports Liam Creedon

Crocus goblet that serves hocus pocus

The Oxford Times:

12:46pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Val Bourne on the colchicum family emerging early

Badger cull as solution is not black and white

The Oxford Times:

12:44pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Wendy Tobitt of BBOWT looks at the vaccination plans for the county’s badgers

Gardens can be a haven for wildlife

The Oxford Times:

12:23pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Ben Vanheems of BBOWT explains how back gardens can become valuable refuges as habitats come under pressure elsewhere

True blues that climb or recline

The Oxford Times:

12:28pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Val Bourne on the autumnal-flourishing clematis

We mustn't take nature for granted

12:24pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Remembering the Trust in your will can reap benefits for local wildlife long after you’ve departed, says Ben Vanheems of BBOWT

Wasps earn their stripes killing pests

The Oxford Times:

12:53pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Val Bourne on why this insect is a friend, not a foe

When flowerbeds are picture perfect

The Oxford Times:

12:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Val Bourne on carpet beds with real beauty, such as at Waddesdon

Help count the critters in the wild

The Oxford Times:

12:27pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Bug Safaris and Go Wild events will keep track of minibeasts and other wildlife in a fun way, writes BBOWT’s Wendy Tobitt

Fuchsia favourite deserves reviving

The Oxford Times:

11:51am Thursday 21st August 2014

Val Bourne explains why the plant of her childhood is well worth growing

A mammal moment is a true thrill

The Oxford Times:

11:48am Thursday 21st August 2014

Keep an eye out says Judith Hartley of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group

Bloom of the phlox clan of bed beauties

The Oxford Times:

11:54am Thursday 14th August 2014

Val Bourne explores the origins of the border phlox

Let children go wild over the summer

The Oxford Times:

11:52am Thursday 14th August 2014

That’s the suggestion of Ben Vanheems of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Creeping beauty of clematis stars

The Oxford Times:

12:13pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Val Bourne is dazzled by a garden with some small-flowered scramblers

From dump to a world of wonder

The Oxford Times:

11:55am Thursday 7th August 2014

Anthony Cheke takes us on a visit to one of the city’s best-kept secret places

English beauties of the lily world

The Oxford Times:

11:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

Val Bourne picks out some favourite types of hemerocallis

Toddlers can dip into joy of hunting for rock stars

The Oxford Times:

11:44am Thursday 31st July 2014

Erin Murton of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust finds herself star-struck at the seaside

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


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