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.

My Life In Travel: Kerry Fox, actress

'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

Nature Notebook

The 50 Best Garden Centres

From Cheshire to Devon, Kate Watson-Smyth unearths the perfect places to buy terracotta pots, chic gardening gifts and ravishing roses

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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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

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Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence