The Nature Garden: gardening, wildlife & nature notes

The Nature Garden: gardening, wildlife & nature notes

A trip down the garden and country lane with nature enthusiasts and gardeners chatting about the flowers and trees, and birds and bees and more.

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January 14, 2024 35 mins

In this episode… 

A little bit of wintertime reflection and a chance to look ahead as January begins… bringing time, hopefully, after the festive celebrations to think about adventures, plans and dreams…. 


We bring you some thoughts on the year ahead and the one gone from the two Toms: Tom Cadwallender and Tom Pattinson…


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It’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, to dress the tree and to celebrate... 

And in this December edition, our correspondents are here to spread some cheer so stand by for the two Toms on Christmas trees and some alternative Christmas birds... 

Steve Lowe on the giving gifts that can really help people across the world…

 And John and Dean return with mistletoe and ivy… something a little different from ...

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November 16, 2023 35 mins

Autumn’s well and truly arrived and Tom Pattinson’s enjoying the botanical fireworks and nature’s planting time…

 

During these stormy times… Tom Cadwallender’s keeping track of the amazing arrivals of seasonal birds and there are some wonderful surprises to watch out for…


Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

 

All coming up… on the Nature Garden Podcast….


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October 12, 2023 44 mins

Autumn’s arrived and Tom Pattinson’s got heap lie on in the garden… and he’s enjoying the seasonal blooms and foliage. 

Leaves are falling and so are feathers… Tom Cadwallender’s here to tell us more about the great moult… and he’s keeping an eye on urban skies.

 And we’re going back in time on an archaeological dig with Steve Lowe and the Anglo-Saxons… Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P.

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August 24, 2023 42 mins

The Lindisfarne Gospels  were created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne around 1300 years ago. Professor Michelle Brown takes us on an amazing journey to the place where Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne, designed and produced this incredible book.

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August 4, 2023 46 mins

Hurrah for the flower shows… Tom Pattinson’s prepping his clipboard and getting ready for the competitions…

Tom Cadwallender’s here with good news about the bird that’s the RSPB’s emblem… and he’s enjoying the wonders and diversity of our seabirds...

The laburnum’s a beautiful tree but why did it have to be removed from schoolgrounds? John and Dean from the Alnwick  Poison Garden will tell us more… and some tips o...

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July 17, 2023 37 mins

Summer’s here and Tom Pattinson’s out smelling the roses and revelling in their colours, scents and fragrances… 

Tom Cadwallender’s off in search of the nocturnal Nightjar and migrating birds on the Aln Estuary… 

And Steve Lowe is out on in the hay fields around Allendale surrounded by the charismatic calls of curlews…


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June 29, 2023 41 mins

Enjoying your gardening is the name of the game but Tom Pattinson’s got some wise advice that could really make a difference... 

Eiders are one of Northumberland’s joys and Tom Cawallender is down on the waterline checking out the ducks…

We’re also joining a celebration of cherries with John and Dean from the Alnwick  Garden.

And we have an amazing story about a pied flycatcher. 

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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June 4, 2023 40 mins

Everything’s looking peachy in the garden with the promise of fragrance to come… and Tom Pattinson’s on a tomato flavoured journey of discovery…

Oh…Tiptoe from the garden, by the garden of the willow tree and tip toe  through the tulips… with care… really you should tiptoe and take care… join  John and Dean for more cautionary tales from the Alnwick Poison Garden.

Tom Cadwallender’s ‘fettling up’ on Coquet Island in rather cold weath...

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April 22, 2023 43 mins

Spring has sprung and we’re celebrating the change of seasons…

New shoots and the colours and scents of bulbs in the garden…Tom Pattinson’s here to tell us more…

Our resident adventurer… Tom Cadwallender’s watching the early spring birds coming in and we’re joining him on his travels in Costa Rica. 

And we welcome two new guests to the Nature Garden… John Knox and Dean Smith from the Alnwick Poison Garden in a series of botanical feat...

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December 12, 2022 39 mins

In this episode… 

Colouring the winter months and creating shelter with hedging…Tom Pattinson’s here to tell us more…

The rising of the sun and the running of the deer… and our Steve Lowe who’s saving trees from deer with lambswool…

And Tom Cadwallender’s enjoying a performance of the seedcracker… a winter visitor to his garden with a mighty seed cracking beak, and did you know that the turkey isn’t from turkey? Tom’s tracking this fe...

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November 9, 2022 36 mins

In this episode… 

We’re enjoying Nature’s planting time and chi energy…with Tom Pattinson…

Tall tales, gunge and fox poo remedies and history brought to life at the Cresswell Pele Tower…

And Tom Cadwallender looks into the names of geese and their wonderful wanderlust…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

All coming up on Nature Garden Podcast….  


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October 19, 2022 32 mins

Hello and welcome to the Nature Garden Podcast, with me, Carl Stiansen, and the Weekending Show Team from Lionheart Radio. 

It’s a chance to take a wander down the garden path and country lane… with the birds and the bees and the flowers and trees…  and an opportunity to hear stories from the past and present…

In this episode… 

Autumn fruitfulness with Tom Pattinson… strawberry and raspberry stock taking and it’s jam time!

We’re out an...

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August 18, 2022 47 mins

It’s the height of summer for some crops in the garden and Tom Pattinson is as busy as a bee…

Steve Lowe is out and about looking for aliens as he goes in search of close encounters of the vegetative kind…

We’re out and about with Tom Cadwallender’s who has another episode in his ‘great places to see birds’ series…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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July 13, 2022 41 mins

Sunny sunshine vibes with Tom Pattinson who is exploring the summertime garden and our living history…

We’re out and about with Tom Cadwallender’s who has a sad update on avian flu… and another exciting episode in his ‘great places to see birds’ series…

Tom Heap from BBC Countryfile’s reflecting on ways to save the planet and why what we do really matters…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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June 17, 2022 38 mins

Planetary awareness with Tom Pattinson who is focused on being kind to mother earth…. And ways in which we can all help to make this a wonderful world.

We’re out and about with Tom Cadwallender’s who’s keeping a canny count of our winged wonders, dropping macaroni in nests (!)… and reveals another great place for watching birds…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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May 20, 2022 38 mins
We’re filled with all the delights that May brings…plants and shrubs and trees are growing fast and late spring/summer birds are arriving...

Tom Pattinson is looking at the darling buds of May… and being safe in the garden.

Tom Cadwallender’s enjoying the wonderful space of Druridge Bay, Northumberland, and the amazing array of birds that flock there…

And Steve Lowe’s...
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April 14, 2022 37 mins

In this episode… 

We’re full of positive vibes for the return of spring and the joy of being back in the garden… 

Tom Pattinson is contemplating the lawn, first cuts, salads and vegetables

Tom Cadwallender’s welcoming back puffins and has news of how a blacksmith has helped kittiwakes to nest…

And Steve Lowe’s venturing out on Long Nanny with some young adventurers…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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January 9, 2022 35 mins

We’re reflecting on a year where so much has happened… 

Tom Pattinson is looking back through the seasons and successes in the garden…

Tom Cadwallender’s looking back and forwards to some amazing birding highlights.

And Steve Lowe’s thinking about gifts we can give at any time to help ourselves and the planet in 2022…

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P…

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December 30, 2021 33 mins

Festive delights from the Nature Garden: The holly and the ivy… and folklore and mistletoe with Tom Pattinson … 

Tom Cadwallender’s charting the rise in popularity at Christmas of robins and turkeys.

And  Steve Lowe’s on a nature stroll in North Northumberland 

Plus some top tips for the garden from Tom P… 

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