Calke Abbey Orchard
Directors chairs in the orchard encourage a cheeky rest.

22nd Sep 20

Days out gone by

In the third article about how Covid 19 has impacted the gardeners of Waltham Forest, Local garden designer and gardener Mark Cummings reminisces about a garden visited before we had to book well in advance and leave a number for contact tracing...

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Lawn left to become a meadow
This lawn 'meadow' is allowed to grow unchecked.

30th Jul 20

Urban Rewild

We all Know that our wildlife is in trouble. It is all too easy to feel a little overwhelmed by the environmental doom and gloom that bombards us daily. Mark from Forest Flora advocates an alternative view by reformed garden designer Mary Reynolds that shows us how to (mis)manage our gardens with nature in mind.

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Garden on a grave

21st Jul 20

Burials in Bloom

There is no doubt that Covid 19 had drastically altered how we engage with the world about us. While we have had an enforced disconnect from many of our friends family and neighbours, many of us have reconnected with nature in a big way. In the first of a series of articles looking at how Lockdown has changed the way we interact with the great outdoors, Tim Hewitt gives us insight into how graves in a local churchyard have offered a life line to many would-be gardeners...

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Mark Cummings planting flowers
Mark Cummings

23rd May 20

Pollinators' Forum

Concluding our celebration of World Bee Day, Mark Cummings from Forest Flora pays homage to many of our other pollinators.

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Salma with frame
Salma Attan in a protective suit.

21st May 20

The (Bushwood) Bees Knees

In out third article inspired by World Bee DayWaltham Forest Bee Keeper Salma Attan explains her reasons for taking up beekeeping.

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Clive Meredeen holding seedlings
Clive Meredeen

20th May 20

Low Allergy Planting

In our continuing series of articles celebrating World Bee Day garden designer clive Merideen identifies plants that are easier on the eyes and nose for those of us with allergies. But that still support our pollinators. Bless you Clive!

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Susanna Grant
Suzanna Grant looking bodacious in Linda

19th May 20

Dark and Swarmy

May 20th is international Bee Day and we start a series of articles dedicated to all of our pollinators with Susanna Grant. Susanna is co founder of Linda, the shady courtyard nursery in Hackney, and sheds some light on the best plants for a shady spot that provide a feast for our pollinators.

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Land Girl in uniform
Thelma 'Barbara' Hutson in her Land Girl's uniform. There was a very strict dress code despite working conditions.

11th May 20

Let There Be Light

On May 7th 1945 the war with Germany ended. On May 8th at 3pm it was official and that nightblack out curtains were torn down and turned into skirts and dresses. Bonfires were lit across the nation. That night, for the first time in years there was light.

Street parties, despite rationing were held but rationing continued and our population needed to be fed. We had to continue to dig despite victory and while the men had waged war abroad, the battle on the land here was by womankind. Forest Flora Pays tribute to the heroes of the Women’s Land Army

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verbena bonariensis at Calke Abbey
Verbena bonariensis

28th Apr 20

In Praise of Gardening

It is National Gardening Week here in the Uk and though these are unusual times Tim Hewitt from Forest Flora argues don't throw in the towel but pick up the trowel!

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Narcissus Pueblo
Narcissus pueblo (Jonquilla) Flowers April

15th Apr 20

Ode to Joy

Garden designer and gardener Mark Cummings talks daffs

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6th Mar 20

Waltham Forest Heroes of Horticulture Karen Esson and Tony Lane

Tim Hewitt went to visit the community gardens Shangri-La that is Greenway Avenue and meet two of the committee members Tony and Karen (pronounced care un). Greenway Avenue is a community garden and play space available to local residents charging a modest £12 a year or £20 for two years. It is part allotment, part wildlife haven, part herbal garden, part flower garden, part upcycling hub and all for the local community. It is also used as a venue for Forest School classes, with two nursery and one Reception class using the space.

Visit their website here:

or Facebook page

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30th Jan 20

Waltham Forest Heroes Of Horticulture: Rasheeqa Ahmad

Forest Flora is getting to know the local people in Waltham Forest who are carving a career in horticulture or striving to create wonderful outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy. Rasheeqa Ahmad is a qualified medical herbalist who trained at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow and at Middlesex University in London gaining a 1st class Honours degree and the Ellis Snitcher Memorial Prize for Integrative Medicine. We recently had chance to catch up and wax lyrical.

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Andrew Fisher Tomlin Portrait

14th Jan 20

Horticulture as a skilled career: Andrew Fisher Tomlin

This is our first interview with an individual who has carved a (very) successful career out of horticulture. Andrew Fisher Tomlin is a Chartered Horticulturalist with the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, as well as being registered member, former chair and Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers.He has also served as an ambassador to Streetscape, Bowel Disease UK, The Landscape Show and the Australian Garden Show, Sydney and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Andrew is also Director of the London College of Garden Design and takes a moment to chew the fat with Forest Flora.

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seed packet

17th Oct 19

And Sow On

A few weeks ago Forest Flora launched a small range of fresh seeds, all locally harvested in collaboration with And-Sow-On. The seeds are suitable for sowing directly where you wish them to flower- easy peasy! But they are also suitable for starting life in pots if your ideal space isn’t quite ready yet.

Tim Hewitt one of the Forest Florals and gardener extraordinaire has some advice on how to sprinkle a little bit of magic into your garden…

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pistachio cake with edible flowers

6th Aug 19

Henrietta Inman and her taste for edible flowers

In our first article we read how Ready Steady Grow encouraged planting the seeds for the garden. Here, Culinary Wizard Henrietta Inman takes this a step further and tells us how flowers can be taken from plot to plate. Yum!

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Get ready steady grow

22nd May 19

Get to know Get Ready, Steady, Grow

For its inaugural journal entry Forest Flora caught up with Tim Hewitt, one half of a dynamic duo of horticultural heroes, to bring us up to speed on their latest project. Get Ready, Steady, Grow!

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