On Monday, the City Council of Plymouth (Devon, SW England) published a video on Twitter with the following message: "We're declaring a War on Weeds". The video shows an "army" of men dressed in herbicide spraying equipment, holding big machinery in manly poses, with the aim to fight an "old enemy". It also includes shots … Continue reading Plymouth’s “War on Weeds” and the debate on urban nature
I gave a talk on the flora of London's pavements on Thursday, October 15, as part of London Natural History Society's series of Virtual Natural History Talks. The pavements and tree pits of London are home to hundreds of plant species. Often dismissed as “weeds”, these plants form a key part of urban biodiversity, supporting … Continue reading The flora of London’s pavements, a talk on October 15
On June 16, I'll be giving a virtual talk on my favourite topic...of course, that's pavement plants! Hundreds of plant species are thought to be growing on the pavements of London. These plants are often dismissed as “weeds”, yet they form a key part of our urban biodiversity. I will introduce some of the common … Continue reading “Nature beneath our feet” – a virtual talk on June 16
Last week, I was invited to the launch of Parks for London Integrated Weed Management guidance in Brixton, South London. Parks for London is an independent charity that aims to help the managers of London parks and green spaces to share knowledge, and manage resources in the best way possible. The launch was a great … Continue reading Changing times…a guidance on “weed” management
Tree pits are often sprayed with glyphosate in the UK to remove plants. But do these "weeds" have to be removed? Does glyphosate harm trees?