Gardening

Plastic Gardens

What impact is the trend for fake turf and artificial plants having on the environment?
The last decade has seen a huge rise in the number of people opting for artificial turf in their gardens. Meanwhile businesses and corporations are making more use of plastic plants in both indoor and outdoor spaces. What effect does choosing fake over real plants have on the environment? Peter Gibbs investigates.

Producer: Emma Campbell

Verity's Wild Garden

Verity Sharp wants to turn her small Wiltshire garden into a haven for wildlife.
Verity Sharp wants to turn her small garden into a haven for wildlife. She's inspired by the Rewilding movement, but her neighbours aren't too keen on wolves in Wiltshire.

Inspired by the work being done at Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex, Verity loves the idea of abandoning the lawn mower and letting nature take control. But will her abandoned garden turn into a natural paradise or an embarrassing mess that lowers the tone of the neighbourhood?

Verity calls on the author of 'Wilding', Isabella Tree and rewilding pioneer, Germaine Greer for sage advice.

Producer: Alasdair Cross

How To Rewild Your Garden

Nature knows best- advice from 'Wilding' author Isabella Tree

Gardeners' Questions in Otterbourne

The team head to Otterbourne near Winchester to record Gardeners' Questions.
Cumbrian farm charity helps mental health
A woman who developed depression after losing her son says growing plants helps her mental health.

Teenagers tackle anti-social behavior in Stockton

Louise Hobson

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A group of teenagers have spent their summer renovating a garden at a community centre in Stockton.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) project aims to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

The 15 teens, from across Stockton and Billingham, started renovating the garden area at Primrose Hill Community Centre last month.

Mural Primrose Hill Community Cent
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Amrit Muirhead, 16, said: “We heard that since the community centre reopened last summer anti-social behaviour in the local area has reduced.

"With this in mind we came up with the idea of renovating the centre’s gardens to ensure that local young people have more to keep them occupied and out of trouble.

"The garden can now be used for BBQs, a meeting place, a working garden and for other events for years to come. The staff have been really chuffed with the work we’ve completed.”