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'New York made me feel that anything was possible'

Supermodel Lily Cole launches rainforest rescue

Model Lily Cole launched a campaign yesterday to save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.

Stonehenge lays out the welcome mat

Tortuous battle to agree design for visitor centre is finally resolved

Legends of the fall: The golden, dying sunlight of autumn makes even drying seedheads look spectacular

Dylan Thomas said we should rage against the dying of the light. Though I can imagine many of us feel like stomping at the very least while the autumn nights get shorter, the dying of the light does have some advantages. As winter draws in, the sun moves through a lower arc in the sky, and light angles in the garden become much longer and more golden, lighting up leaves and drying seedheads as dusk approaches. And as we move closer to the winter solstice, the sun doesn't just travel a lower ' path across the sky, it also rises and sets further to the south every day, narrowing the angle from which sunlight appears.

Who's Frank?: An east London community project is making a horticultural hullabaloo of unsung heroes

Seemingly arbitrary names have been springing up in flowerbeds across east London. Except there's nothing random at all about artist Joshua Sofaer's dazzling community project, says Emma Townshend

The good life beckons for more Midlands gardeners

Here's a chance to invest in thrift – more than 100,000 people are on waiting lists for allotments so a group of Midlands businessmen have come up with a plan to raise money, buy up local gardening plots and let them out to those seeking the good life.

Stunning images of the Amazon rainforest from award-winning photographer

Award winning photographer Daniel Beltrá has released new images of his trip to the Amazon Rainforest.

Butterfly spotting with <i>The Independent</i>

Go down to Kew in lilac time, wrote the poet Alfred Noyes in a ditty called The Barrel Organ, singing the praises of the blossoms and the birds in the Royal Botanic Gardens at the height of the spring. Shame he didn’t mention the butterflies.

If you go down to the woods today ... you're sure to see butterflies

Environment editor Michael McCarthy did &ndash; and spotted eight species at the start of our butterfly hunt

Michael McCarthy: Kew basks in the return of winter

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Britons see in 2009 by land, sea &ndash; and air

Nation braves freezing temperatures to welcome new year in the great outdoors

Britain will get a guaranteed Indian Summer

Treasures leave Rajasthan for first time in British Museum show

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/a-nice-green--3.html">A Nice Green Leaf: Honey, I Gave the Garden a Fungus</a>

Whilst other bloggers seem to have been having wonderful mycological adventures, I am stuck with rubbish news.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/today_in_politics/index.html" target="_blank">Today in Politics: What's new?</a>

After three weeks away from the Westminster hothouse on my summer break, what has changed?

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