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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.

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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.

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Indoor: Flowers good enough to eat

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

Good things come... eventually

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Plant of the moment: FALLOPIA

FALLOPIA

Greenhouse heaters often unsafe

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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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The Sumatran tiger, endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is an endangered species
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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