January '23 in the Garden

There’s plenty to chat about in the garden this January as Dig It’s Peter Brown and Chris Day look at the gardening stories making the headlines, the Dig It Top 5 as well as tackling those gardening tasks.

What’s on

Snowdrop gardens and snowdrop days https://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/seasonal/snowdrops.html

Monday 16th January: Small is Beautiful, a talk by Alys Fowler www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on

27-29th January RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch www.rspb.org.uk

Until 31st January: Winter Sculpture Exhibition at RHS Rosemoor www.rhs.org.uk

In the news

Welsh announce peat ban

Wentworth House in Yorkshire wins Historic Houses Association competition.

Plant Heritage, the conservation charity, has approached the Government in a bid to become part of the UKs commitment to conserving the country’s genetic diversity.

Charity Greenfingers opens its new children’s garden at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.

The 500-year-old ancient Waverley Abbey yew has been named tree of the year by the Woodland Trust.

Vertical farmed trees grown under lights could help solve shortfalls in UK tree-planting targets.

Restaurant fire hits Alton Garden Centre

The Garden Centre Association Christmas Display Winners announced

Clover lawns on TikTok become a massive hit with over 62 million views!

Defra letting down country over ‘plastic grass’ debate, claims The Lawn Association.

The National Allotment Society has unveiled a new service encouraging housing developers and local government to include space for allotments in new developments.

The Garden Media Guild awards for 2022 have been announced, including the Lifetime achievement award to rosarian Michael Marriott.

The Pantone colour of the year for 2023 is Viva Magenta!

Dig It Top 5 - bird food

No 1 spot Wild bird, followed by bird peanuts at no 2, Henry Bell Fat Balls at no 3 with Wild Bird Mix (3kg bags) at no 4 and 20kg large sacks of Wild Bird Mix in 5th position.

Plant mentions: Alfalfa, Apples, Brussel sprouts, Clover, Chamomile, Pears, Potatoes, micro greens, Hellebores, Rosa rugosa and Yew

Product mentions: Secateurs, garden gloves, rhubarb forcer, large dustbin or trug.

Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.

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