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Online Talk: Let it Bloom June

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So maybe you didn’t mow in May – but what now?

Our green space and road verge team will share how #NoMowMay can open up a world of different habitats and ways to manage your garden, green space or road verge through the rest of summer.

They will be joined by a representative of a local authority who will share their #NoMowMay experiences.

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At the end of the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

We really hope you can join us for this talk. The talk will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all those who register to attend the event.

No Mow May – Instagram Live – Collaboration with Lucy Willcox

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Join Award Winning Garden Designer, Lucy Willcox  and our Senior Ecological Advisor, Sarah Shuttleworth on Instagram Live to discuss No Mow May, your lawn and how it can help biodiversity.

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Online Talk: Wildflowers in your Lawn – No Mow May

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It’s No Mow May! Join Reserves Manager Andy on a lawn bioblitz to find out what is growing in between the grasses on our lawns and in local green spaces.

Andy is joined by wildlife gardener Ellie Mitchell to explore how you can introduce more wildlife-friendly native species into your garden.

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Online Talk: Plant Paparazzi – Botanical Photography for Beginners

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Have you ever eagerly taken pictures of an exciting plant, only to get home, check your phone and find all your photos are out of focus? This session will help you focus on your forget-me-nots and frame those foxgloves.

Botanist and author Leif Bersweden promotes plants by sharing his photos on social media. He will talk about the dos and don’ts of amateur botanical photography, what parts of the plant are useful to photograph for identification and much more.

Leif will be joined by Plantlife’s Cassie Crocker who will share how your botanical photos can support our conservation goals.

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Online Talk: Becoming ‘Familiar’ with Botany: Exploring 5 Plant Families

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If you’ve learned the parts of a plant, the next step in your wildflower identification journey is to explore some common plant families. Join Sarah and Sam in looking at the features of 5 plant families; Apiaceae (Carrot family), Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle family), Fabiaceae (Pea family), Rosaceae (Rose family) and Rubiaceae (Bedstraw family).
To recap the parts of a plant in advance, watch the Parts of a Plant webinar.

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Online Talk: Digging the Dirt on Peat-free Gardening

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About two-thirds of bagged composts sold to gardeners contain at least some peat, and almost all plants you buy are grown in it, too. Yet digging up this precious resource destroys one of our most important carbon stores and ruins a unique habitat.

Find out why organisations like Plantlife are campaigning to keep peat in the ground where it belongs, and discover how you can still have a beautiful, productive garden without it. Sally Nex, garden writer and campaign advocate for the Peat-free Partnership, and Alison Murphy, our Peat-free Intern, are joined by special guest, garden writer and former BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler to dig deep into the dirtiest issue in gardening.

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Online Talk: Juniper and Gin

Purple and dark juniper berries.

Gin just isn’t gin without juniper- but how exactly do the berries of this native conifer become gin, and what do botanicals add to its quality?

Darren from Maidstone Distillery will give you the answers, while Plantlife’s Matt and Ben will share what Plantlife has been doing to restore juniper to our countryside, and why Ranscombe Farm is the perfect place to forage for the botanicals that are added to Maidstone Distillery’s Ranscombe Wild Gin.

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Online Talk: Postcards from Nature

Nature has been a source of inspiration for artists for centuries, find out how nature influences Plantlife’s first artist in residence, Iris Hill in this online talk.

Iris Hill will share tales from her travels around the UK spending time in important places for wild plants and fungi.

How the experience has helped develop her practise as an artist will be at the heart of her storytelling, including her discoveries on the potential for the arts in nature conservation. Lisa will be joined in conversation by CEO Ian Dunn, who will weave in Plantlife’s successes and challenges from 2023 and what we can look forward to in 2024.

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Online Talk: Stories Lichens Tell us

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Plantlife Members, discover the wonders of lichens with experts Dr Oliver Moore and Dave Lamacraft.

Lichens are literally everywhere. Growing on every continent and in some of the most extreme environments on earth, imagine the stories they could tell us if they could talk.

Having spent decades getting to know lichens, Plantlife specialists Dave and Oliver are going to speak for them, sharing the fascinating and surprising stories some common, and more rare species tell us about the places they are growing.

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Online Talk: Micro to Macro – a Fungi Expedition

Plantlife Members, join us in an engaging virtual journey through some fascinating British fungi species.

Fungi come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes, from microscopic fungi you need a hand lens or microscope to see, to puffballs as big as your head and even larger.

As a Plantlife member you can join Rachel and Sarah in an engaging virtual journey through some fascinating British Fungi species. Find out what Plantlife is doing for fungi conservation and how you can get involved.

At the end of the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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If you are already a member and have not received your email invitation, please email us at enquiries@plantlife.org.uk

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