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

Street Life: Samotechny Lane - Moscow axeman proves method in his madness

SAMOTECHNY LANE is in a network of backstreets behind the Garden Ring Road, a green area you might have thought, judging from the name. But the Garden Ring is, in fact, an eight-lane highway and there is precious little green here apart from the scum on the pond called Andropov's Puddle.


Each week in The Information, your essential entertainment guide to the next seven days, we will be inviting an expert panel to share with us the fruits of their knowledge. This week, our panellists reveal their favourite unspoilt beaches, waterside pubs, overlooked resorts and ideas for days out with kids. Rachelle Thackray takes notes

Free days out at the zoo if Livingstone is mayor

KEN LIVINGSTONE unveiled his personal manifesto for the job of Mayor of London yesterday with a call for greater tax-raising powers, more conductors on buses and free entry to Kew Gardens and London Zoo.

A park-and-ride-scheme that's one of London's wonders

The Joys Of Modern Life; 2. Comedy Bicycles

Indoor: Flowers good enough to eat

The stuff of ... cakes. Sally Staples discovers the delicate art of sugar craft

Good things come... eventually


Plant of the moment: FALLOPIA


Greenhouse heaters often unsafe


Green and pleasant again

Winner: Once parched and drought-hit, our gardens have sprung to life again

This England: Gardeners' world

Bodgers, scrapers and whittlers are among the 19th- century tools which shaped Lutyens's famous gardens at Great Dixter, the Sussex country home of gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. And, as Nicholas Roe reports, they're still used. Photographs by Steve Pyke

Twit two woo over the garden fence

For more than a year Neil Simmons went out into his garden every evening and mimicked the calls of the owls but they never replied. Until one evening last year they began to hoot back at him.

Orchid goes public after 50 years

The Lady's Slipper Orchid, Britain's rarest wild flower has gone on public display for the first time in more than half a century after being saved from extinction.

The Intelligent Consumer: The root of 3

Growing together, one among the other, against a house or garden wall, this combination will be attractive every day of the year, with the added bonus that all the plants will grow on walls that get no sun at all.

Beware of hidden plant danger

It may look like a beautiful ornamental plant, but gardeners are being warned not to fall for a "wolf in sheep's clothing" - a plant that could be nothing but a ruinous weed. Gardening Which? says that some of the most destructive weeds are on sale in garden centres, masquerading as fancy plants.

Green thoughts in a green shade

Foliage is the architecture of a garden. From giant fennel to parsley fronds, Anna Pavord suggests some striking leaf combinations
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam