From the land

Preparing Juncus effussus for making cordage I am just back from a 4 day workshop with Tim Johnson, artist and basket maker. We went out into the landscape to harvest raw materials then prepared and made them into finished (or experimental) products. Juncus effussus is commonly known as ‘soft rush’ and grows in damp meadows…

Box tree moth

Working in a garden in Alton (Hampshire) last week I discovered Box tree caterpillar (Cydalima perspectalis ), it was merrily spinning silk and munching on the leaves, secure in the fact that most gardeners would not notice its presence for some while yet. If it hadn’t been for two sick looking plants, it would have…