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More on lawns. The lawnmower manufacturers Atco-Qualcast, together with British Seed Houses, recently completed a survey of attitudes among 500 gardeners. They found, rather surprisingly, that even fewer gardeners (36 per cent) now compost their grass cuttings than did three years ago. We are not as green as we think. One statistic from the survey intrigues me. Forty-two per cent of West Midlanders own more than one lawnmower. What can they be doing with them?

The North of England Horticultural Society is holding its spring flower show in the Valley Gardens, Harrogate, North Yorkshire from Thursday to Sunday this week. The show is home to the largest display of modern daffodils in the North and features 260 exhibitors. Open Thurs-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Admission pounds 8.50 on the first day, decreasing to pounds 6 on Sunday.