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A watercolour drawing of Red Valerian

The Weeds of St Leonards: Number 1 – Red Valerian

At this time of year it is hard to ignore the giant pink clouds of Valerian which fringe the seven streets area of St Leonards. The seeds of this sun and sea-loving plant nestle into the cracks in walls and thrive in the limey mortar, producing numerous raspberry pink plumed flowers.

Posted 11:50 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Centranthus ruber pink plant Red seaside St Leonards Valerian weeds

Twinning with a difference

The long bank holiday weekend of May 4-7 was the occasion for a visit to Hastings from one its twin towns, Dordrecht in The Netherlands. But this was twinning with a difference and with a distinctly bicycle feel as 15 members of the Dordrecht Touring Club De Mol were hosted by Hastings Urban Bikes. The newest recruit to HOT’s all-volunteer staff, Dutch correspondent Theo Rutten, reports on the weekend

Posted 17:25 Thursday, May 10, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Dordrecht Hastings Urban Bikes HUB

Bees threatened by pesticides

Posted 13:19 Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Bees pesticides

While many of us loudly celebrated Preservation Sunday on 19 February, over 5,000 residents of Hastings & St Leonards quietly marked the seventh anniversary of their remarkable group, Hastings Freecycle. Using simple email messages they recycle stuff among their members, for free, saving many truckloads of waste or trips to the tip. These unsung heroes and heroines of recycling redistribute anything from egg-cups to wardrobes and with over 10,000 transactions per year they are keeping significant volumes of material going to landfill or the processing companies. To find out more about the group Richard Hull spoke to seven of its members and its two hard-working and unpaid administrators Sara Lee and Gayle Valentine.

Posted 20:10 Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Freecycle Richard Hull

Posted 10:05 Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 In: Green Times

Tidy Tom’s been too busy on the allotment to write about it

Posted 23:33 Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 In: Green Times

Tidy Tom says Spring is round the corner down the allotment

Posted 16:10 Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 In: Green Times Tags: gardening

TIDY TOM starts an allotment diary

Posted 16:07 In: Green Times Tags: gardening
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