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Without a doubt trees add something a little special to a home. A nice tree provides an impressive focal point that only gets better as the years pass. Plus, of course they are also good for the environment, your health and the value of your home.

If you have enough space, it really makes sense to turn to a firm like The Tree Center to find one to plant. But, before you do so, it is important to do a little research. If you do not do so, it is all too easy to make the wrong choice. You do not want to end up with a tree that becomes a problem a decade or so down the line.

Here is an overview of the main things you need to consider when buying a tree for your property.

Local rules and regulations

In some parts of the country, the planting of certain types or sizes of trees is prohibited or restricted. So you need to find out what the rules are where you live and comply with them. The last thing you need is the expense of taking down and removing a large tree when your local council suddenly starts applying the law.

Your neighbours

It is also wise to think about how the trees are going to affect neighbouring properties. Just because you can plant trees that will grow to 50ft or more at the end of your garden does not mean that you should just do so. If they block your neighbours light you could still end up in court. Having a protracted argument with your neighbour is never pleasant. So, it is best to think things through and be considerate when choosing which trees you will plant.

The look of the trees at maturity

You also need to understand how big the tree will grow to and how it will look once mature. This will ensure that you do not choose a tree that becomes too big for your garden. If you do not do this the tree trunk could end up partially blocking your driveway or pressing up against your shed.

The tree’s root system

It is also important to take account of what is happening beneath the ground. Most trees have massive root systems that reach out far beyond the canopy. You need to take account of this. If you do not do so, you can easily end up planting a tree whose roots spread into the foundations of outbuildings, even your home.

The cost of maintaining your trees

All trees need some form of maintenance, some more than others. You need to understand what work has to be done, how often it needs doing and how much it is likely to cost. If a mature tree needs cutting you will have little choice but to hire a professional tree surgeon to do the work for you. Doing it yourself could be dangerous. If something were to go wrong the chances are your insurance would not cover you for any injuries or damage caused.


Our recently crowned, current favourite London Bar, Mr Foggs has extended it's excellent, Victorian inspired bar into a garden, adding some much needed outdoor space ready for the sunshine in central London.

This summer Victorian-inspired Mayfair bar Mr Fogg’s will unveil a quintessentially British garden overflowing with beautiful blooms, botanicals and bric-a-brac. The Hendrick’s Botanical Garden will be the perfect place for ladies and gentlemen to take the air and while away the long summer evenings beneath the stars.

Mr Fogg’s is a recreation of the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, and the new outside area will reflect Mr Fogg’s passion for gardening, a truly Victorian pastime. The Hendrick’s Botanical Garden will be a secret oasis, tucked away down a secluded side street in Mayfair, where guests will encounter all the wonders of the world without setting foot outside London. Avid botanists will marvel at the plants, artifacts and oddities collected by the eccentric explorer on his travels in Around the World in 80 Days.

A bijou space, the new garden will feature lush foliage, herbs and classical Italian terracotta, so popular with Victorians returning from their ‘Grand Tours’. Dainty ratan-aged and marble-topped garden furniture, colonial blinds and ceiling fans will transport guests back to the days when plant enthusiasts such as Mr Fogg scoured the British Empire for new and exotic flora and fauna to send home.

Guests will enjoy an elegant al fresco drinking adventure on each occasion with an enticing array of Hendrick’s Gin cocktails. This marvellous spirit is infused with the twin essences of rose and cucumber to create a delightfully floral aroma, the perfect tipple for a summer garden. Teapot sharers will include: A Symphony of Peculiar Deliciousness made with Hendrick’s Gin, rose-infused jasmine tea syrup, Briottet bergamot liqueur, lychee juice and lime juice; and We Have Them By The Junipers! A zingy concoction of Hendrick’s Gin, Isake Classic sake, St Germain elderflower liqueur, apple juice, lime juice and fresh cucumber.

Constant gardeners will be able to unwind with single cocktails including; A Tale of Two Stills which takes its inspiration from the two rare copperhead stills used to create Hendrick’s, and includes matcha green tea, infused with Dolin Dry vermouth, Hendrick’s Gin and peach bitters, and Berried Alive Since 1873, created with Reyka vodka, Briottet crème de mure, cranberry conserve, lemon juice, Monin butterscotch syrup and cherry brine. Whisky lovers such as Mr Fogg himself, can also enjoy cocktails such as; She Was Only A Whisky Maker... But He Loved Her Still, a heady blend of The Balvenie 12 Year Old Double Wood single malt Scotch whisky, Evangelista Ratafia liqueur, Mr Fogg’s sweet vermouth blend & Cynar liqueur.

Mr Fogg’s Hendrick’s Botanical Garden
15 Bruton Lane
Tel: 020 7 036 0608


James WongIf you are lucky enough to have a little piece of land to call your own in the capital then you'll want to check out this show all about growing your own food stuffs at Ally Pally.

The  grow your own event – The Edible Garden Show will return to London’s iconic Alexandra Palace next spring alongside a fantastic new lifestyle event ‘Good Life Live’.

Visitors will get two great shows for the price of one with The Edible Garden Show introducing exciting new features and attractions to its popular ‘plot to plate’ format while Good Life Live will extend the concept ‘beyond the plot’ and showcase a broader range of outdoor living experiences and adventures.

There's a little while to wait but make sure you get it in your diary from 20-22 March. It's perfectly timed for the start of the growing season with advice and must-see exhibits for everyone from novices to dedicated gardeners. Good Life Live will be crammed full of innovative ideas and creations to inspire an even wider audience of grow your own and good life enthusiasts.

With a host of new attractions and partners as well as a bold eye-catching new look, the shows’ new event team, who together have over 40 years’ experience of organising lifestyle events in London, are expecting 2015 to be ‘the best yet’.

“We will be ringing the changes at next year’s three-day event to continue to grow the appeal and entice an even larger audience,” says Event Director, Geraldine Reeve, who was previously Group Show Director at the Telegraph Media Group.

“The Edible Garden Show will continue to inspire, enthuse and educate serious grow your own enthusiasts with popular features such as the Experts Theatre and hands on demonstrations while also incorporating plenty of family-friendly activities making it an even greater value day out for the entire family.”

The Edible Garden Show was launched in response to the ‘grow your own revolution’ sweeping the country as more and more people are digging for the dinner plate. TV presenter James Wong, who has been a celebrity speaker at The Edible Garden Show since its launch at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire in 2011 and admired gardening guru Paul Peacock will be back by popular demand next year. Other celebrities, partners and features will be announced shortly.

Feeling Fruity event go ahead

Pleasure-seeker? Then you'll like go ahead!’s Fruity Feel-Good Extravaganza on the 29th July 2014.

Kicking off at 7pm at Cannon Bridge Roof Gardens, based right by Bank and Cannon Street tube stations, the event will play host to the ultimate collection of 100 feel good moments, with unique installation pieces created by renowned food artist Miss Cakehead.

Expect everything from edible art displays to Mariachi bands, sandcastle-making to a melon bowling alley. Plus drinks, canapés, a live DJ and more. The event is free, but spaces are limited; attendees can secure their spot via the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/go-ahead-fruity-feel-good-extravaganza-tickets-12350567881

Pot FoodleIn an ingenious idea from Crunchd, the social network for vegetable growers it has been made possible to really utilise your windowsill if you are not fortunate enough to have a garden without being overly green fingered or having a window box.

Crunchd has launched a range of new window-sill grow pots called ‘Potfoodles’ (get it??). These great pots meen you can grow fresh herbs, chillies, and edible flowers and the only instruction on the pack? ‘Just add water’,

The Potfoodle plants can be grown and ripe for the picking within only a few weeks and if you don't use them straight away they'll just carry on growing! No more bags of off herbs in your fridge!

  • There are 5 different varieties of herbs, chillies and edible flowers specifically selected to be grown easily on a sunny windowsill.
  • Within a few weeks the Crunchd Potfoodle’s can expect to produce up to 6 months of fresh veg and flowers.
  • Herbs - This includes all the favourites: Basil, Chives, Coriander, Parsely and Thyme, all promising to yield up to 6 months of fresh herbs
  • Chillies - How hot can you handle? Included is a variety from mild to inferno: Anaheim, Serrano, Jalapeño, Cayenne, Habanero. These will be hotter and tastier than those in the supermarkets.
  • Edible Flowers - For the Fashionista’s or budding Master chefs out there. These edible flowers are very on trend and add a splash of Colour to any dish. The pot includes Borage, Chamomile, Lavender, Nasturtium and Pot Marigold Price.
  • Crunchd Potfoodles are £19.99 for 5, and have free shipping on all UK orders.