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It was “a fluke” that only one person was killed by a falling tree branch in Kew Gardens last year, an inquest heard today.

A green scheme is stalled

Customer complaints have prompted Bank of Scotland to drop the promotion of a free prize draw for a car to people taking out its environmentally friendly GreenCard credit card.

Visual Arts: Heat and dust

Stephen Cox has been creating sculpture in India for 10 years. Once criticised for neo-colonialism, and attacked by Muslims, he is now feted in New Delhi. By David Cohen

Dear Mrs Moreland

Lesley Moreland was an ordinary woman from Potter's Bar until the night her daughter Ruth was murdered. For her, the only way to come to terms with her loss was to face the guilty man. But her eventual peace of mind came from a most unlikely source: the letters of a condemned killer in Huntsville Penitentiary, Texas. Report by Rebecca Fowler. Portrait by Kalpesh Lathigra

The great and green back 'megaphone of good news'

Geoffrey Lean reports on an environmental body with backers ranging from celebrities to Tesco

No daring, no imagination, just cycle paths

The Millennium Commission has made a big mistake in rejecting the Cardiff Opera House, says Peter Popham

Six of the best: fungal forays

Stanton Park car park at Postern Hill, Glos (01793 764649) Organised by the Cotswold Fungus group, this is one of a regular round of mushroom hunts throughout the autumn. The foray is followed by a pub lunch at the Jolly Huntsman at Kington St Michael

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Heatwave steams towards the record books

It really is a scorcher, all over the world. According to Meteorological Office climate experts, 1995 has an excellent chance of being the world's hottest year since global temperature records began more than 100 years ago.

Who was who in Alice's Wonderland

A new book identifies eminent Victorians such as Darwin and Ruskin as the inspiration for some of Lewis Carroll's exotic characters. Marianne Macdonald reports on the decoding of a classic

Dorrell lines up contenders for millennium cash

Plans to mark the millennium were unveiled yesterday by Stephen Dorrell, the Secretary of State for National Heritage. He announced that 83 applications had been selected by the Millennium Commission for "detailed appraisal" to decide which will be worthy of grants.

City of churches searches for its soul

THE GOOD CITY CENTRE GUIDE 4: NORWICH; East Anglia's capital has carved out a modern role for itself without resorting to simplistic historical packaging. Peter Dormer explains

Out with the petal patrol

Apart from the odd plant thief and fainting pensioner a Kew policeman's lot is a happy one, says Paul George

YOU AND YOUR GARDEN - JANE'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

1 Choose plants to suit your soil and climate; eg, don't make polythene-lined pockets in chalk gardens so you can grow azaleas. The specific conditions in your garden are what give it its unique character - otherwise all gardens would look the same.

A lifelong quest to save man's closest relative

Jim White talks to Birute Galdikas about her work to save the orang-utan, an animal the public knows mainly as a co-star in Clint Eastwood movies
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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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