News Erena Wilson was struck by a cedar branch in wet and windy weather

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

Video: How to protect those green fingers

Over a quarter of gardeners suffer from plant-related dermatitus, so if you're a keen horticulturist you could be putting those green fingers at risk of serious skin disease.



The 50 best garden gear

From secateurs to sheds, Kate Watson-Smyth weeds out horticultural essentials

A feast of culture: The best arts events over the Easter break

Fed up with egg hunts? Then put a bounce in your break with Pina Bausch on film, Ghost on stage, acrobatics on the South Bank and much more. Elizabeth Davis selects the holiday's cultural highlights

Gardener fell from ladder and drowned in water butt

A gardener drowned after he fell from a step-ladder and landed head first in a barrel full of water, an inquest heard yesterday.

Travel Agenda: Enjoy England Awards; 64th Flower Parade; Laugharne Weekend; Hotel Indigo in Glasgow; Larkin Trail; British Museum; The Four Seasons Marrakech

Today: Some of England's best hotels, restaurants and attractions will be waking up in the knowledge that they are the victors in the annual Enjoy England Awards for Excellence ( enjoyengland.com/excellence). As well as No. 43 in Arnside, Cumbria, the winners, which were announced last night, included the Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire ( cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk), The Langham in London ( langhamlondon.com), Cornwall's Porthminster Beach Café ( porthminstercafe.co.uk), Bedruthan Steps Hotel ( bedruthan.com) and the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire ( chatsworth.org). Cumbrian Heavy Horses ( cumbrianheavyhorses.com) picked up the prize for best tourism experience.

Weekend Work: Time to split snowdrops

Kew scientists lead fight to save orchids from extinction

Global team to freeze seeds from 2,000 species

Dylan Jones: 'The best meal you’ll eat this week will be in a museum'

The best meal you'll eat this week won't be in a bistro, a brasserie or a grill room, it will be in a museum. The Restaurant at the Royal Academy finally opened last month, and it's a hit. It was opened by Oliver Peyton, who also looks after the restaurants in the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection and Kew Gardens, as well as running Inn the Park (in St James's Park) and the Peyton and Byrne bakery.

November: Break the ice, on an Antarctic adventure cruise

Where to go, what to do in 2011

Monty Don returns to host BBC 'Gardeners' World'

Monty don, the gardener, designer and broadcaster, is to return as the main presenter of the BBC TV gardening programme, Gardeners' World. He retired from the programme in 2008 after suffering a stroke.

Caught on camera: 150 years of life in Britain

Like flicking through a family album, perusing a photographic archive of people and events throws up forgotten gems and moments of affectionate nostalgia. And the occasional embarrassment.

Celia Birtwell: How soft furnishings differ from fashion

The difference between designing for the home and for fashion is enormous,’ Celia Birtwell told me in an exclusive interview. ‘Fashion moves so fast and is so demanding that there is little time to rest and take stock. 'Home' has longevity.’ Five decades on, textile designer Birtwell is back at the forefront of both the fashion and the interior industries. This autumn, she launches an online shop, and a home collection including readymade curtains, bed linen and a retro oilcloth for John Lewis.

Fall rushes in: Are autumnal colours a feast for the senses, or a depressing reminder of winter?

Small garden shrubs and trees are often described as having "autumn colour", as if it was unquestionably a positive boon. Unlike David Randall (see pages 16-21) I'm not sure. This is going to sound grumpy, but autumn colour in a tree can go one of two ways for me. I mean, it's delightful to see those bright reds and oranges. But it can be a depressing reminder that we're only going one way: towards winter.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee