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.

The life and times of a reluctant ambassador

Savage: the life and times of Jemmy Button by Nick Hazlewood (Hodder & Stoughton, £12.99)

The biggest mistake of my life

When his new son came home, DAVID BOWKER moved into the spare bedroom and sank into a deep depression. So what changed?

Tropical parrot could drive out native British birds

A TROPICAL parrot that has naturalised itself in southern England could become as big a pest in Britain as the grey squirrel, driving out native bird species and damaging crops, ornithologists fear.

Staying In: Growing pains

Kew Gardens is the latest venerable institution to be `rationalised' - and, once again, the cameras are on hand to record the fun

Six-foot flower in new record blossoming

THE WORLD'S largest and most awful smelling flower is about to bloom for the first time in outdoor captivity.

Architecture: Welcome to the new Kew Gardens

In its vast crater in Cornwall the Eden Project site is ready for Nicholas Grimshaw's hi-tech greenhouses.

Gardening: Make time to tend the roses

Forget Wimbledon. You must act now to provoke another crop of blooms.

Letter: Hanging basket case

Sir: May I suggest that it is now time for us to acknowledge that the era of hanging baskets is coming to an end ("A hanging offence", 12 June)?

Gardening: Shangri-La in SE1

The Tibetan Peace Garden which opened this week in south London is home to a rich variety of unusual plants from the East.

The lichen are coming - thanks to Britain's cleaner air

RARE SPECIES of lichen which have disappeared from much of Britain are making a dramatic comeback thanks to cleaner air.

Design Lines

THIS IS the story of how some old hand-blown glass jars became this season's hottest design accessory.

Letter: Delicate blooms

Delicate blooms

This Student Life: Week 4 at the Manchester student house: Stay out of the kitchen

At last, the landlord is cooperating - but the mould in the sink is as virulent as ever.

Gardening: A rose by any other name

A specially bred variety of garden plant can become a living memorial.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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