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Monty don new series

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:11
SFord wrote (see)

I agree Gardenmaiden, hope its not a one-off.  Would be also good to see a re-visit to the gardens a year or so later to see if they have made any changes, if so, why, what worked, what didnt, have they become keener gardeners, have they 'let things go'.

I frequently think a re-visit to most garden make-overs, 3 years on, would be interesting.  So often gardens are 'given' to people who've shown little previous interest in gardening, and if they don't take part in the design and planting of the new garden how on earth are they to be expected to maintain it?


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 09:21

Clari, that sounds like a really good idea!  (helping the school cope with the trauma that is, not going commando! )

Bekkie, I think you're not alone in not knowing what your council tax is spent on - here's a list of some of it:

  • Youth services 
  • Libraries
  • Parks, open spaces and galleries 
  • Leisure facilities, including swimming pools and recreation centres 
  • Social care for the elderly, children and other vulnerable members of the community 
  • Support for the voluntary sector  (that means the charities that provide services for the elderly and vulnerable etc)
  • Planning and building control 
  • Refuse collection, street cleaning and other environmental issues 
  • Maintenance of roads and bridges 
  • Traffic management and road safety 
  • Parking services and control 
  • Elections, registrars of births, marriages and deaths 
  • Cemeteries, crematoria and mortuary services 
  • Consumer protection 
  • Economic development and regeneration 
  • Community development services 
  • Housing, including the provision of social housing, housing strategy and advice and services for the homeless 
  • Housing Benefits and Council Tax administration.

The Council is also responsible for schools and other educational services for children but these are paid for through the Dedicated Schools Grant. This is a grant from the Government and does not fall on the Council Tax.



Posted: 24/10/2014 at 08:02

Morning KEF, Chicky and everyone

Wet and miserable here

Monty don new series

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 08:01

They seemed to have little concept of gardens or plants as living things - just as ways of decorating the space around the house.  That miniature village set up would not survive very long I'm sure.  But as long as they were happy with what they created.  It's horses for courses - we're all different. 

YOUR view of music over the years.

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:52

Interesting how things change - many years ago when working for a legal firm, I was instructed that when addressing envelopes 'Mr' should only be used when writing to people who owed the firm money.  Otherwise we used their title or Esq.


ash from wood burner

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:43
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I read / heard once that,ash from  young twiggy wood is higher then logs. D Damsel you say the reverse. So maybe I've got it the wrong way round. Either way, I use my ash from our woodburner, as others do, added to compost bin.

I'm sure I heard that on GQT some years ago - the example of the traditional allotment bonfire was used and it was said that this sort of ash, consisting of burnt prunings, pea sticks etc contained more potash that burnt heart wood which is what you'd get from burning logs. 


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:36

We renovated our garden around a hibernating hedgehog and didn't know it was there until we nearly stepped on it.  After that we made sure we didn't disturb that patch but new fences (with hedgehog gates of course) were erected and other stuff was done around there - that was 3 winters ago and the hedgehogs are still around. 

Each winter, as well as having several hedgehog houses we have piles of logs, leaves, twigs, runner bean haulms etc stacked up in corners of the garden - we don't know if they're used until late spring when hibernation is over and we clean them out  - it's not a good idea to disturb them so we treat each area as if there's a hedgehog in it - at the moment they're visiting regularly and feeding every evening - even waking us up at 4am pushing a dish around on the terrace!


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:16
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Dove, good points, id nit considered the children in need aspect.
Lesley and dove, a lot of what came out at the meetings was the same fights, concerns and problems as 20+ yearsago. One case was a wheelchair funded for school but not allowed at home or in the community. ,,,,,,,

Something I've come across so many times - totally insane and all about money rather than need

Back to gardening ..........

Stilhaus Kitchens Reviews

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:05

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 06:55

Good morning all

Glad you think it's changing for the better Mrs G.  One thing does annoy me - people are quite happy to donate to Children in Need - all those programmes with pictures and stories tugging at their heartstrings - and they'll happily dip into their purses to provide holidays/outings/equipment etc for children with additional needs.  But when it comes to paying Council Tax everyone complains and councils have to try to keep it down.  But it's our Council Tax that pays for the education, support, respite and equipment that those very same children should be having. If society was honest with itself about the real cost of paying for what children need, families wouldn't have to go to charities for essentials. 

When I first started working for the Children with Disabilities team I was appalled to find out that essential equipment (e.g. a powered wheelchair that gives a child a degree of independence) wouldn't be funded by NHS or the local authority, but parents had to go to charities to fund it. I could go on ......... but it's early in the morning ........ second coffee needed ........



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