There is a very large and glamorous flower show in full swing at the moment…
but this year I think I prefer the one happening in the garden and on the streets.
On to flower shows of a different but not unrelated kind. Do listen to Sir David Attenborough talking to James Naughtie on BBC Radio 4 this morning about the high number of declining plant and animal species in England outlined in the recently published State of Nature report.
‘It confirms your worst thoughts, really,’ Attenborough says. ‘We’ve got this extraordinary expertise in destroying, poisoning and knocking down things.’
You’ll find the clip here.
Before that leaves you too depressed, have a look at the website of Plantlife, a charity dedicated to saving wild plants and their habitats, which I find consistently inspiring and motivating – two very good things. Plantlife, along with the RSPB and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, is one of the 25 wildlife charities that contributed to the report.