The coming age of hyperintelligence

I’ve been reading James Lovelock’s Novacene – The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence, which argues that a new age is beginning in which new beings will emerge from artificial intelligence. The 102-year-old author and scientist has previously spoken out around climate change and argues passionately for the changes we should be making, such as to stop relying on fossil fuels. He previously wrote Gaia, which tells us how earth functions as one self-regulating organism. What an influential and inspirational person – never mind still writing into his 100th year – as he was the first scientist to detect CFCS in the atmosphere. James also

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carbon landscape

What is a carbon landscape?

I have been researching this brilliant project, which protects a unique landscape which is based on carbon, stretching across Wigan, Salford and Warrington. The Carbon Landscape Partnership is a £3.2 million project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project connects the landscape across the three different boroughs, including reclaimed mining land. These landscapes include the wetlands of Wigan, the mosslands in Salford and Warrington and the Mersey Wetlands corridor. This project covers an amazingly diverse landscape of waterways, fen lands, wet grasslands, wet woodlands and lowland raised bogs. By protecting these amazingly diverse parts of the North West, we have the chance to save

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cornus in the winter

Planting for winter

Winter is the best time for adding new plants to your garden, especially for planting trees. This is because they are not actively growing at this time, giving them plenty of time to bed in and get settled before spring arrives. When planning a garden design, we must think about what it will look like all year round. During winter, there are plenty of trees and large shrubs that have interest for homeowners and wildlife too. Here are just a couple of ideas for stunning winter planting. Cornus sanguinea (common dogwood)Cornus is one of the most-loved winter plants due to its flame-coloured stems.

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Garden trends 2022

The trend for creating luxury useable outdoor living space looks like it’s set to continue into next year.Gardens are no longer just a lawn that needs to be mowed every week in the summer. Every part of our outdoor areas can be turned into well-designed space that can be used for living, socialising or relaxing. Outdoor kitchens are still hugely popular and can be extended to include bar areas, cinema screens or high spec wood-fired pizza ovens. The other trend that’s going to continue into next year is thinking about ecology and wildlife. We all acknowledge that we need to share our land with the

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Can you enjoy your garden in the winter - WM Design Ltd

How do you enjoy your garden in the winter?

This week’s rainy, windy weather has inspired me to think about how people can enjoy their gardens all year round. It’s easy to think that in the UK, we should all put away our garden furniture at the end of September, give the lawn one last mow and wait for spring to emerge. But with the right garden and landscape design, you can extend your enjoyment of your outside space through our darker months. Lighting By installing high-spec lighting throughout the garden, you can enjoy your outdoor space even when you’re not outside. With strategically placed lights, under statement trees and garden features, you

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Michael John McGarr being interviewed for BBC Gardeners World

The future of landscape design

In November, I will be speaking at Futurescape, the two day show in London by the British Association of Landscape Architects. This is where the industry comes together to discuss new trends, the future of landscaping and new products. I am on a panel with four other prominent landscape and garden designers, discussing the future of landscape design. Since the Covid pandemic, many of us have really been embracing outdoor living, socialising and cooking, and this trend is not slowing down! More hedges? After last week’s ode to hedge planting, I spotted this offer from the Woodland Trust, who can subsidise costs if

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