New Home For D-Day Garden
The 'D-Day 75 Garden' is being relocated from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to Arromanches, France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Designed by RHS Gold Medal Winner John Everiss, the garden is a celebration of the lives of our Normandy veterans.
Tomorrow, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 'D-Day 75 Garden' will be officially opened in the presence of 50 veterans overlooking where the soldiers landed, and the famous Mulberry Harbour.
The garden features two life-sized sculptures - a veteran carved from a single block of Millstone Grit looking on an image of himself at 22 years old, constructed from thousands of individually welded metal washers. Behind him, his comrades struggle to get to shore.
RHS / Suzanne Plunkett
Several companies have donated to the relocation, including free compost from Bord na Mona, free transport lorries from FreshLinc and free passage across the channel from Brittany Ferries.
The Mayor of Arromanches-les-Bains, Patrick Jardin, said: 'We are pleased and proud to give the D-Day 75 Garden a permanent home in our town of Arromanches. Thousands of people come here every year from all over the world to learn about the story of D-Day. This Garden epitomises that story and will inspire younger generations on the 75th anniversary and in years to come.'
Hedges for Bats
Hedges should be left untrimmed to benefit bats of conservation concern, a new study suggests.
The greater horseshoe bat benefitted from delayed hedgerow trimming
Researchers from the Bat Conservation Society and the University of Bristol looked at whether delayed hedgerow trimming affected the activity and diversity of bats and their insect prey. Current laws state that hedgerows should be trimmed only once every three years unless special permission is granted from the council.
The research found that bats of major conservation concern; the greater horseshoe bat, the lesser horseshoe bat and long-eared bat, benefited from delayed trimming. Insect prey abundance also increased and is likely to benefit bats indirectly.
Researcher Jérémy Froidevaux said: 'Our study largely supports the longer term benefits of non‐trimming on bats and their insect prey. Keeping some hedgerows untrimmed for up to 10 years would enhance bat species richness and insect family diversity.'