How to eliminate or control Japanese Knotweed

In this post we discuss Japanese Knotweed and the issues that this plant can have on land and property decisions.  Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a plant hailing from East Asia, where it does not cause any major problems. However, the situation is different in the UK. Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the Europe in


The Garden City Movement

The Garden City Movement was founded by Mr Ebenezer Howard in 1898, after the publication of his book ‘Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Social Reform’ (reissued in 1902 as Garden Cities of To-morrow) (1). In his work, Howard described his idealistic city where people were able to live in harmony with urban development and nature.


HS2 and the Environment

In 2009 the UK Government proposed a Y-shaped rail line named High Speed 2 (HS2). HS2 is proposed to connect London to Manchester and Leeds, via Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Crewe. The project will be realised in 2 phases, the first includes the section from London to Birmingham, and the second phase will


Phytoremediation: plants are (always) good to us


Since the beginning of industrialisation, humans have used the soil as a contaminant sink. Over time, the amount of pollutants disposed into soil has increased – landfills being a primary example of this1. Soil is not a renewable resource and is teeming with ecosystems of micro-organisms that are vital to life on earth. Unfortunately, the


Urban Botany and Vertical Gardens

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Nowadays, every human activity involves energy consumption. Consequently, it is becoming increasingly important to consider the short and long term effects of our activities on nature. Today urbanisation is rampant1; nevertheless there are many empty dwellings, and cities are still growing in size. The architectural sector (especially dwellings) is thought to be responsible for up


Alien plants: Do they come from space?

It seems there is some confusion on alien species and their invasion. Species of either vegetables or animals discovered in a place they do not belong are defined as alien (or exotic).1 Not all of them have a negative impact on the hosting environment; however, the effects should never be underestimated.1 A considerable number of