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Wild flowers

Where have all the flowers gone?

Although woodland flowers currently dominate the scene later the focus is on grasslands, and there lie many problems.

Wonderful or whimsical? A Black Country garden city

The country park side of Walsall Arboretum.
The Black Country's innovative garden city proposal has been entered for a £250k prize for new garden city designs put up by the Wolfson Foundation.

GALLERY: Monochrome fashion - it's all there in black and white

Isla dogtooth cardigan, £18, Amelia geometric top, £14, skirt, £18, hat, £12, all Boohoo, boohoo.com
Cool, clean and classic, the fashion pack love monochrome. Emma Johnson picks out easy pieces

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Wild flowers

Where have all the flowers gone?

Although woodland flowers currently dominate the scene later the focus is on grasslands, and there lie many problems.

The country park side of Walsall Arboretum.

Wonderful or whimsical? A Black Country garden city

The Black Country's innovative garden city proposal has been entered for a £250k prize for new garden city designs put up by the Wolfson Foundation.

Isla dogtooth cardigan, £18, Amelia geometric top, £14, skirt, £18, hat, £12, all Boohoo, boohoo.com

GALLERY: Monochrome fashion - it's all there in black and white

Cool, clean and classic, the fashion pack love monochrome. Emma Johnson picks out easy pieces

A Great Tit takes food from a ball of fat hanging at the bird table

Enjoy a free concert with International Dawn Chorus Day

Suddenly blossoms are filling our waysides, parks and gardens instead of incessant rain and floods.

Flooding

Taming the Tame

The much-maligned Environment Agency, local authorities, civil engineers and conservation bodies have had enormous success in alleviating flooding in many parts of the country.

A bench

Ironic approach to managing open spaces

A bench on a stretch of disused canal in the Black Country has been removed, apparently because people have been using it too much!

Woodland

Off with Offsetting

Would you like to drive for up to an hour to enjoy a stroll in your 'local' green space or wildlife site?

Call time on duty

Call Time On Duty!

The amount of tax we pay on our wines and spirits in this country is one of those things that I'm always subconsciously aware of but never really took the time to look into.

Consumer advice: Call to Apple to be fair to UK parents

Inadequate security measures causing children to run up huge bills

Flooding

Wildlife and wild weather

Rain, wind and flooding are part of the natural order and plants and animals have been coping with them for millions of years.

A Great Tit takes food from a ball of fat hanging at the bird table

New Year, old problems for nature

The natural world seems to contain a strange combination of resilience and fragility.

As ever we don’t have to look far to see who is driving this trend. It is of course old Goldenballs himself, David Beckham

Beckham sets the Goldenballs standard in male grooming

The 'metrosexual male' means that that men's grooming market is nearly as lucrative as that of the women's

Woodland

Woodlands in the Midlands to be transformed this winter

Woodlands in Birmingham and the Black Country will be transformed from dark, overgrown places into beautiful flower- and bird-filled copses and spinneys by the Wildlife Trust.

Much of the artwork at nature areas is excellent, and arises from community involvement

No nurture for nature

The Nation's wildlife organisations have looked at how well the Government is performing according to its own nature conservation policies.

Payday loans are used in attempt to keep up appearances

Payday loans don't solve financial problems - they create them

Payday loans are not a quick-fix solution if you’re going to be stretched to cover your costs again the following month.

Much of the artwork at nature areas is excellent, and arises from community involvement

Funding cuts to nature conservation

Why is money so hard to come by to address loss of habitats, but apparently available to give us images of wildlife which may or may not still be living in the places concerned?

Denise Welch: Christmas comes far too early for me...

In the run-up to the big day I want to go into the supermarket and shout “we are not at war”; you're making a Sunday dinner most mums make weekly

Denise Welch: Family trip to the USA was just what the doctor ordered

Dad and I came out to Los Angeles to see my son Matt play with The 1975,  it was amazing to see the band’s American fans screaming and going crazy...

A murmuration of starlings

Declining bird numbers lead to missing murmurations

Are there still starling roosts near to you, and do you enjoy their autumn and winter murmurations?

Denise Welch: 'Black dog’s' return doesn’t scare me as much as it did

I've suffered depression for 25 years now. It's such a cruel, isolating condition. No one can see it. I look the same, but those who love me can see what they call deadness in my eyes

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