Within the garden we have recently been busy making the best use of some old carpet that has not seen the light of day for many years. It is being cut into mats that are placed around young trees and shrubs before being covered in leaf mould. This not only prevents weed growth around the plant but conserves moisture which is critical through a plant’s first few years. As the leaf mould decomposes it will leach nutrients through the carpet feeding the tree and indeed the carpet will eventually rot away itself.

Steve Porter

Assistant Head of Gardens and Domain

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