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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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'