RHS Rosemoor: What to expect at Britain’s finest Rose Festival

Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

RHS Rosemoor: What to expect at Britain’s finest Rose Festival

Rose Festival The Rose Festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of this favourite flower from Saturday 16 June until Sunday 22 July 2018 Rosemoor’s five-week-long Rose Festival offers a breath-taking showcase of colours and scents of the nation’s favourite flower. Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, RHS Garden Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together more than 2,000 roses across more than 200 different varieties and a wealth of hues and perfumes. From cottage garden climbers, to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens. As well as the stunning gardens, visitors can enjoy guided tours, expert advice from RHS horticulturists, a floral themed craft market, a rose trail, and much, much more. Country Life June 14, 2018 The RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival begins on Saturday June 16, a five-week celebration of Britain’s favourite flower that’s without peer.   The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden in Summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Every year, some eight billion roses are grown and sold in the UK – it’s the nation’s favourite flower. As such, the start, this Saturday, of the five-week Rose Festival at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon (which runs until July 22) is most welcome; the collection there is the largest in the country and includes 2,000 roses across 200 varieties, hues and scents. To celebrate the start of the festival, we’ve collected some superb pictures of previous year – to entice you along if you can, and to give you a flavour of what you’re missing if you can’t make it. There will be tours, expert advice and a floral-themed craft market; new this year is a planting of Rosa pax, a hybrid musk rose launched in 1918 to commemorate the end of the First World War. For more details visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor Red Rosa ‘Dortmund’, Rosa ‘Comtesse de Murinais’, Rosa ‘Open Arm’ in the Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor Devon   The Shrub Rose Garden in June, RHS Rosemoor The Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor Cottage Garden at RHS Rosemoor Rosa ‘Erfurt’ pink roses in the Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor The Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor in June Another view of the Shrub Rose Garden in June, RHS Rosemoor The thatched-roof summerhouse in the Cottage Gardenat RHS Rosemoor   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Remembering the 7th June, 2017.

Posted by on June 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Remembering the 7th June, 2017.

“Scores of people were evacuated from their homes in Knysna as a fire threatens property in the Garden Route town. A section of the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay was closed to traffic as the fire is burning on both sides of the road. The first fire, which broke out near Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday night, was contained but there is another fire burning in a vast area close to Rheenendal. Strong winds are pushing the flames towards homes in Belvidere, Breonton-on-Sea and Rheenendal. Knysna Fire Chief Clint Manuel says crews are trying to get as many people away from danger. “We have evacuated the entire Belvidere and some people have come out, but we are getting reports of some people still on the inside. We are still trying to get them out and we are also trying to get them to the jetty where the NSRI can also pick them up.” Resident Richard Wallis says the situation is really bad. “Knysna is in perpetual darkness. It’s a disaster here. It’s crazy. Some people are fire-locked. They have water on the one side and the fire on the mountains on the other side. It’s really bad.” At the same time, three people have been reported dead in an incident emergency services are linking to the strong winds brought in by the storm which continues to sweep through the Peninsula. A farm worker and his wife and son are reported to have died in the area were fires fanned by Berg winds.” These were some of the reports, but it is the pictures that tells the story. A story that will be etched in the memory of all who have been affected.  A story of trauma, a story of compassion, a story of communities getting together helping one another, a story of rebuilding and  of new hope. On the 7th June, we were watching the fires encircling Knysna, but they seem to be a safe distance away … how wrong we were and how unprepared. We were totally unaware of the fire racing up the hill from  Salt river and Eastford,   the smoke was so dense that you could hardly see anything.  Only when the neighbours screamed that their house was on fire, the reality of the situation came home.  At that moment  the only thing on one’s mind was to find a safe place, away from the raging fire,  the stifling smoke and the incredible strong wind that was  whipping up fireballs. We evacuated at about 5.30 pm, not knowing what will happen. All we had with us were our phones, tablets and  a file which contained documents, and passports.  At that moment everything seemed to  trivial, all possessions become meaningless, only safety was a priority.  A kind of numbness enveloped one, a feeling of having an awful nightmare, that you will wake up and all will be well ….. We made our way down the hill with houses ablaze on both sides, fireballs were igniting tall palm trees that went up like  flaming torches.  Driving  was a nightmare as all the exit roads from Knysna were blocked.  Thesen Islands, Leisure Isle, The Quays and the Angling Club were safe havens for some folk to sleep the night, people also found safe places were they could parked along...

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World Environment Day, 5th June

Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

World Environment Day, 5th June

World Environment Day Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. (WED) is rearing its green head this Tuesday, 5 June, and here’s what you can do  in honour of the day. Visit one of Knysna’s nature reserves and pay it some much warranted love and appreciation. Avoid the use of plastic. Pledge Nature Reserve, Knysna CBD:  Help to restore this reserve to its formal glory were fynbos and forest species once thrived. The reserve was totally destroyed in the fire of 7th June 2017.  Masses of wattle and other invasive aliens have colonised the reserve, now it is up to dedicated volunteers to remove  the unwanted plant growth. Volunteer your services for 1 hour every Wednesday morning from 9.30.  The aim is to eradicate  all invasive species from the reserve.   Log on to: http://www.pledgenaturereserve.org/ Steenbok Nature Reserve, Leisure Isle: This lovely reserve is a haven for dog walkers, runners, and small children. The indigenous garden offers seasonal colour with magical backdrops of the Lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains.  Make a meaning contribution by joining Friends of Steenbok.  Log on to:  http://www.steenboknaturereserve.org.za/ READ: Endangered Species Day: What you need to know to help save SA’s natural heritage     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Pearlfisher plastic awareness garden designer urges RHS to lead from the front

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Pearlfisher plastic awareness garden designer urges RHS to lead from the front

This garden was awarded a Gold medal. 21 May 2018, by Matthew Appleby John Warland, designer of the Space to Grow garden, which is in partnership with NGO Plastic Oceans, says the RHS should lead from the front and ban plastic drink bottles from the show. Pearlfisher Warland said: “I think this garden should be a wake up call, drawing a line in the sand. Hopefully the RHS will now lead from the front with the demographic they have.” The show has banned plastic straws but there were no restrictions on plastic bottles, cutlery, plates, coffee cups, packaging, and plant pots. “Having a garden is generally a luxury and as is to come to Chelsea Flower Show. “The people who can come and have a garden have the money in their pocket to make a practical choice. “There is free water refills with Thames Water and no plastic straws but it would be good to lead from the front and take a little bit further. It would be nice if they couldn’t buy plastic drink bottles and in the next 12 months make every one a returnable bottle.” “There is 100% of waste recycled at the recycler but I think is a feel good to make that choice at this point and not at the waste depot. “People at the show would buy into that and be proud of it. It’s marginal gains but no plastic bottles you can buy in at the showground 2019 would be a win. It would be an easy win for RHS. He said having seen Kew Temperate House re-open last month, he believes a plant polymer from Kew could win a Nobel prize for beinga  plastic substitute. “I’m sure it will be some naturally-based material.” Prime Minster Theresa May visited the garden on 21 May. May has proposed plastic-free supermarket aisles, plus a ban on plastic straws, cotton buds and drinks stirrers. May also saw the Action Oak APHA garden and the Wuhan Water Garden at Chelsea. The RHS will visit Guangzho this year and is aiming for a Chelsea garden a year from 10 Chinese provinces, while a Chinese Chelsea remains a possibility. UK participation at the Beijing International Horticultural Expo 2019 is being led by the RHS and has received the backing of the Prime Minister.  Warland said when he entered the garden into Chelsea 12 months ago, plastic was not high on the agenda in horticulture. But since then Blue Planet 2 on BBC had highlighted plastic pollution in oceans. The garden, made of aquatic tanks plus cacti, succulents and Tillandsia imitating underwater coral and algae, highlights “the irrevocable impact of plastic waste on our precious ecosystems and is a call to action to brands, businesses and designers to create sustainable lifecycles for products and packaging.” Warland added that the garden industry is aware of the issue but in what is “often a business of narrow margins” only certain plants will be sold in non-plastic pots “not to say there shouldnt be that choice”. The RHS has banned plastic straws at Chelsea and made moves to replace plastic with biodegradable materials at Wisley. “The RHS supports the government’s intentions to drive down plastic waste and is committed to helping the UK’s 27million gardeners to reduce their environmental impact. “In 2018, we made the decision to ban...

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8 Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends you can try at home

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

8 Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends you can try at home

We’ve scoured Chelsea for the best new trends you can try in your own garden this summer PAULA MCWATERS BY PAULA MCWATERS MAY 22, 2018 Want to know all the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends? This year’s show is underway and we were lucky enough to join the VIPs and royalty on Monday’s press day. CL Gardening Editor Paula McWaters has scoured the Chelsea Show Gardens and Artisan Gardens the displays to pick up on some of the best new trends you can try at home in your own garden this summer… 1Bring water centre stage PAULA MCWATERS At the end of a long tiring day, water is one of the most relaxing elements to come home to – both cooling and soothing to the nerves. Instead of confining it to one small area of the garden, David Neale has made it the central feature, wrapping paths of Portland stone and English oak around it so that the pool can be enjoyed from all sides. His planting scheme centres on rich blue Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’ with pops of amber and copper from bearded Iris ‘Carnival Time’, echoed in the rusted planters and citrus peel sculpture. Garden: The Silent Pool Gin Garden Designer: David Neale 2A romantic gesture PAULA MCWATERS There’s a return to old-fashioned romance in several of the gardens on Chelsea’s Main Avenue this year, with cottage favourites such as lupins and delphiniums making a welcome comeback. In the Artisan gardens, Janine Crimmins has gone for a country house feel, complementing immaculate drystone walling with old-fashioned roses such as ‘Tuscany Superb’ and ‘Cardinal de Richelieu’ amongst hardy geraniums, salvias and Delphinium ‘Summer Skies’. Rosa ‘Rose de Rescht’, which she has used as a hedge alongside ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint, is perfect for a small garden as it is neat and compact. Garden: A Very English Garden Designer: Janine Crimmins 3Natural ingredients PAULA MCWATERS Herbal and medicinal plants are not only perfect in cooking, they are attractive in the garden and great for attracting and encouraging pollinators. In Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge’s delightful evocation of a Northamptonshire hillside garden, they have used a host of bee-friendly plants and have even thought to incorporate a shallow bowl of water for bees to drink from. Angelica archangelica is a real statement plant at two metres tall, while at its feet, wild strawberries mingle with aromatic thyme, lemon balm, coriander and sweet cicely. For pops of edible colour choose borage and calendula – you can drop their flowers into salads. Garden: The Warner Edwards Garden Designer: Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge PAULA MCWATERS Spire-like flowers provide instant height and vertical interest if you are looking for strong impact and they have been used everywhere at Chelsea this year, never more so than in Mark Gregory’s contemporary take on a cottage garden. White delphiniums make the boldest of statements and these are echoed with white and purple lupins including ‘Noble Maiden’ and ‘Masterpiece’ and the much narrower flowers of Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ which will keep coming all summer long. Popping up between these you can dot aquilegias – Mark has used an old favourite ‘Ruby Port’ – with Euphorbia x martini for strong contrast. Garden: Welcome To Yorkshire – Gold Medal & Best Construction Winner Designer: Mark Gregory 5Keep it simple PAULA MCWATERS The simplest planting schemes of all stick to a limited palette of plants, repeating them several times around the garden to give a sense of cohesion and relying more on...

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Kirstenbosch Exhibit at Chelsea wins GOLD!

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

Kirstenbosch Exhibit at Chelsea wins GOLD!

Congratulations to Leon Kluge and his team – you have done South Africa proud once again! Leon Kluge: the new designer of the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea flower Show exhibit From an early age, Leon Kluge has nurtured a great affinity for plants; his grandfather was the curator of the Betty’s Bay Botanical Garden and his father was the curator of the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, while his mother owns and runs a renowned wholesale nursery in Nelspruit. On completing his Degree in landscape technology in 2002 he worked on the main display garden at Marvadesh Givatt Brenner Nursery in Israel. From there he progressed to become the head landscape designer for Societe Nel Import and Export Company in Mayotte, Comores Islands. After his return from the Comores, Leon started the award-winning Fever Tree Nursery in Nelspruit. Leon, now based in Cape Town, shines in the competitive arena. His love of utilizing unusual plants in his designs led to his inclusion in the South African team that worked their magic at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea flower show in London. He also worked as the main designer for the COP 17 Legacy Garden on the main display in the Durban Botanical Gardens in 2011. Leon has been involved in the international show gardening arena for the last 12 years and has been invited to showcase his work at most of the world’s most prestigious flower shows. A great moment for Leon was when he won the Gardening world cup for Africa at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan 2014. Leon also went on to be the first designer from Africa to win gold ,the ‘best on show’ and the governors design award at the world’s biggest and oldest flower show, ‘The Philadelphia flower show’ in the USA, where he was invited to design a garden for Disney. He also won the Gold award and Best lighting award at the Singapore garden festival. Gold award and best design at the New Zealand international flower show. Leon has installed many permanent gardens and floral installations throughout the world and his work can be seen in the Sacheon Botanical Gardens in South-Korea, Chaumont in France, and in Eden, Sydney Australia. His designs have been published in various coffee table books by BRAUN publishing company. Leon’s floral and garden designs reflect his absolute passion, knowledge and love of plants and pushes garden design boundaries to the limit when it comes to showcasing plants. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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South Africa in Bloom – 42 years at the Chelsea Flower Show

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

South Africa in Bloom – 42 years at the Chelsea Flower Show

Mar 16, 2018 In the 42 years that SANBI-Kirstenbosch has been exhibiting – and winning medals – at the Chelsea Flower Show, the range of flora that has been showcased is a testament to the incredible floral wealth of our country. With its theme Windows on Biodiversity, our circular exhibit with its stunning backdrop of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is a rich and varied voyage of discovery. On display are plants from all ten of South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens: Free State, Hantam, Harold Porter, Karoo Desert, Kirstenbosch, Kwelera, Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Walter Sisulu. “The richness of our biodiversity is one of South Africa’s greatest natural assets,” said Dr Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO. “South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the world’s plants and contains three regions that have been declared global biodiversity hotspots, so it is fitting that we celebrate this heritage this year at Chelsea.” Designed by the award-winning team David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, the exhibit will provide a glimpse of all nine of South Africa’s biomes to the over 150 000 people who are expected to visit the Chelsea Flower Show. As always, the success of the stand depends on the enthusiastic team of volunteers who join the designers and SANBI representatives in ensuring that our display is perfect in every way. This year the SANBI team will include Lihle Dlamini, Lufuno Nenungwi, Mashudu Nndanduleni and Felicity Poole New team keeps Kirstenbosch blooming NEWS / 19 APRIL 2018, 10:09AM / DOMINIC ADRIAANSE The exhibit for the 2018 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is on display at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. 
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place in London this month. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA) The end of an era was celebrated at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, as its multiple award-winning design team of David Davidson and Ray Hudson handed over the baton to a new team of creatives.The duo had an unprecedented 24-year run creating the annual Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show. Leon Kluge and his incoming team will exhibit their design at the flower show this month. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Upcoming events in the Western Cape.

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Upcoming events in the Western Cape.

Businesses, services, vacancies, events, Open Gardens, workshops, specialists, products, training. Welcome to the Autumn edition of our newsletter. As always, there are some special events coming up – for more information please go to the EVENTS section on our website. You can choose to see what’s going on in your specific area or everything country-wide. Here are only a few of the interesting events – not be missed! Autumn events (Western Cape). The National Chrysanthemum Show will be held at Pniel, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek this year. Date and details online.And the lovely Keurbos Nursery (Elgin) will have their Autumn Open Dayon 12th May. There will be plants for sale with some special offers – and also stalls from Fresh Woods, Toos van den Berg and Jim Holmes. Vineyard Walks and Talks. The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town has again started its popular (and regular) Walks and Talks for the year. The next one will take place on the 16th of May – a guided tour around their gardens with horticulturalist Bruce Nutman.See here for more information – and dates for the walks for the rest of the year. Orchid Open Day On the 26 of May 2018 there will be a beautiful Orchid open day at Plantae Orchids.  Come & enjoy the peace & quiet of the bushveld. Plantea is a nursery that is dedicated to growing orchid & other rare, unusual plants. Click here to view the event and more details. (North West)Zululand Orchid Society is also holding their annual show on 19th and 20th May. (Richards Bay, KZN). Rare Plant Fair. Many people have been asking – but the popular Rare Plant Fair will now be a spring highlight for plant lovers. It will take place at the Tokara Estate on the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch on 20th October 2018. Tour to visit the Wildflowers of the Northern Cape 1st – 5th September 2018.A guided Spring flower tour, with transport, from Cape Town, visiting the Postberg Flower Reserve, Langebaan, Clanwilliam, and on to Nieuwoudtville. This tour is led by a experienced travel company and you’ll get to gather some Rooibos Tea, hopefully see plenty of incredible wildflowers and stay on the De Lande Farm – part of the well-known Papkuilsfontein farm. Click here to view the event and more details. Vacancies There are some interesting positions in the Western Cape open for people who have horticultural experience.Brushcutter operator – Trees SA is looking for a Brushcutter Operator. Experience and qualifications are needed. If you also have vacancies at your company please let us know. If you are horticulturally qualified and are looking for a job, please add your details to our website. Follow this link here. It’s free! The rescue and relocation of the ‘elephant tree’. Six years ago in 2012, Trees-SA rescued a huge stinkwood tree from almost certain death from a housing development – it was lifted and brought back to their nursery for care and attention. Then, recently it was finally moved (with a 75 tonner crane truck!) and replanted in its new home. The giant planting hole prepared, bag was cut, and the root ball securely planted and the tree staked to protect against the winter winds.  The rescued ‘elephant’ is still a patient and will receive continued care and attention from the staff at Trees-SA until it established itself and becomes independent. Go to their contact details or to read the full story click here. Advertising special. Does your company sell specialist plants? We’d love to...

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Knysna Rose Show

Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Knysna Rose Show

    The Knysna Rose show is holding their 11th Rose Show on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at Woodmill Lane Mall. We invite anyone who has a rose or roses to join in our show and bring the blooms to Woodmill Lane on Friday 13th from 7am to 9am where they can enter. There is no charge and they could, as has happened in the past, win the overall prize, with just one rose bloom. In any case come along and ‘ smell the roses’. Many of our members lost everything in the fire so entries will be far less than in previous years but we are trying to encourage gardeners to try their hand at growing a rose or roses particularly the new breeds which are disease resistant and require less water than in the past.   If anyone is interested in entering I will e mail the schedule onto them.   It is only available by e mail as the cost of printing schedules is exorbitant. Many thanks for your support always, Best wishes, Carol Kennedy  (acting chair Knysna Rose Society) cjkennedy@telkomsa.net 044 3841354     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Problems with plastic – Our May meeting’s topic.

Posted by on March 21, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Problems with plastic – Our May meeting’s topic.

Sue Swain from Biowise will be our speaker on the 4th May.  This talk will highlight the problem of waste, how to make recycling a part of life. Sue has some prerequisites that she has  now introduced. She would like to use the presentation to introduce her Business Unusual Mission Zero Waste concept (all based on biomimicry, so that element is still part of the talk, but the idea is that people will leave empowered to become active participants of Mission Zero Waste). The presentation would be a combination of theory followed by a practical session.  So, this is what she request now for all talks. There is a charge of R75 per person, but this gets reduced to R25 for general public and R15 for senior citizens,  provided that each person brings one x empty 2 liter plastic bottle, plus a black bag filled with their dry waste that they collect for 5 days before the talk (by dry waste she literally means everything except food waste – so any and all soft plastic, bottles, cans, paper, foil, clingwrap, chocolate wrappers, polystyrene etc) (as club members we will not be charged for anything, however you will have to bring your black bag filled with dry waste collected 5 days before the talk – NO FOOD OR CONTAMINATED PACKAGING. Failing to bring your black bag and bottle, entry will be denied or a charge of R75 will be levied.) She also  requests that someone from the Club please help with the takings at the door, helping to check if the person has brought their bag of waste with them and a 2 liter bottle, and then taking  R75 if they have not. She also requests that folks sign an attendance register, for their records and for their reports to funders.  OCEAN PLASTIC COULD TREBLE IN DECADE Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 09:24 Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. INTERNATIONAL NEWS – The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there are also opportunities to cash in on the “ocean economy”. They say this is predicted to double to $3 trillion (£2 trillion) by 2030. The report says much more knowledge is needed about the ocean. The authors say the world needs a Mission to “Planet Ocean” to mirror the excitement of voyaging to the moon and Mars. The Foresight reports are written by experts to brief ministers on medium and long-term issues of significance. This one has been signed off by ministers from four different departments as the authors emphasise the need for a joined-up oceans policy. Read more on BBC. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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