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Candide Cuttings: West Dean Gardens, The Northern Forest and Healthy Snacking

Published on 8th March 2019

Tom Brown Joins West Dean Gardens

Tom Brown will take the lead at the West Dean Gardens, in West Sussex, as their new head gardener.

Brown has been working at Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Before that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for ten years.

He is an RHS ‘Show Judge’ and has been holding events and courses at the West Dean Gardens for the last few years.

‘I'm incredibly excited about taking up the post of Head Gardener at West Dean. I have long admired the Gardens, and I'm enthusiastic about being part of its next chapter. I'm keen to develop and continue the unique artistic and horticultural collaboration - harmonising the Gardens with the College and the wider West Dean landscape’ he said.

West Dean Gardens is open to the public from February to December. Visitors can listen to Jim Buckland, the current gardens manager, tell them about the intricacies of one of the most celebrated restored gardens in the UK.

Help Wanted to Create a New Forest

The Woodland Trust, a charitable organisation taking care of England’s forests, has launched one of their most ambitious plans to date.

The organisation wants to plant 50 million trees in the north of England, creating ‘The Northern Forest’.

Stretching from Liverpool and Chester to Hull, through Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, it will benefit not only the environment but also local communities. Although almost 13 million people live in the region, it only has 7.6% woodland cover, which is much lower than the English average.

The Trust estimates that the project will cost £500 million over the next 25 years. It will generate around £2.5 billion worth of social, economic and environmental benefits, making the investment beneficial for many.

The government will boost the project with an initial £5.7 million investment. Individuals living in the area can get in contact with their local community forest group to find out how to help.

Watch Woodland Trust's video on YouTube

An Apple A Day

English Apples and Pears (EAP) has unveiled their new campaign for 2019. The announcement comes after research from the organisation suggests that people consume over a thousand calories from unhealthy snacks per day.

‘Experts warn that this is fuelling Britain’s obesity epidemic and in turn costing the NHS nearly £10 billion by 2050. We know that healthy eating is critically important, and that’s why this year we will be encouraging everyone to swap their unhealthy snacks and choose instead to eat an apple a day. Apples are the ultimate healthy on-the-go snack,’ said Ali Capper, Executive Chair of EAP.

They want to remind people that British apples are healthy snacks, providing fibre which helps to maintain a feeling of fullness for longer.

The 2019 EAP campaign, urging consumers to eat ‘an apple a day’, is designed to support the organisation’s ambitious vision for growth that is aiming for 60% of all apples on the shelf in UK supermarkets to be British by 2030.

The Kew Trailblazers

In 1896, the trailblazing women of Kew were employed on exactly the same terms as their male counterparts.

Dressed in the same clothes as male gardeners as to not distract their colleagues, the women made headlines at the time.

According to the records, female gardeners also went on to become head gardeners or accept other positions with better pay.

To mark international women’s day, the BBC has shared their story.

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