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.

Warning on garden tool injuries

LEISURE

Tunnels of love

Rush hour on the Jubilee line, northbound. In a city full of singles, love blossoms in the strangest places. Howard Byrom hears tales of love on the tube

Millennium plans lose pounds 3m funding

The Millennium Commission has withdrawn funding from two projects - the first to be refused in such a way - because they have failed to meet the necessary conditions, it emerged yesterday.

Six held after Irish arms raid

Cattle cull doubled to clear backlog

Cattle cull doubled to clear backlog

More than 55,000 cattle are now being culled each week in order to eradicate BSE from the national herd, the Government announced yesterday. The backlog of 400,000 cattle should be completed by Christmas

Rare puff ball back on Earth

A 10-year-old girl has amazed mushroom experts by finding a puff ball believed to be extinct in Britain for more than 70 years.

Junk shop chic

Junk shop chic is the creed, and After Noah the name that husband and wife team Matthew Crawford and Zoe Candlin chose for their shop - they liked its suggestion that they would sell absolutely anything post- diluvian. Upper Street, Islington - the King's Road of north London - was where they decided to found their business. Success came swiftly, and earlier this year they opened a second shop on the real King's Road in Chelsea.

Sunny outlook for Oxfordshire's groves of academe and ... olives

What future for the olive tree in Oxfordshire? Can the silver- green symbol of the Mediterranean flourish in a landscape of oakwoods and bluebells? Can we sip chianti under its leaves without leaving Britain?

Smut-worm, mildew and chuckle-rot: how to cultivate comedy weeds

The press have it in for me! I'm convinced of it. Folks, I have a stonking great show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, and it's not my fault if the audience doesn't get it! The reviews have been scathing, but what do they know? This is what I get for trying to do something different, for trying to knock down a few walls.

Threat of extinction looms large for world's flowering giants

Paul Simons on the monster blooms whose plight has failed to reach the public eye

Memories of a smelly floral giant: Letter

Sir: News that Amorphophallus titanum was about to bloom at Kew Gardens (report, 30 July) reminded me of when I first heard of the world's largest flower, from a man who assisted at a similar flowering in the late 1930s.

So, this is what's behind the wrinkled nose epidemic

Like all greatest entrances it was behind schedule, but the appearance of the world's largest (and smelliest) flower, for the first time in 33 years was no less spectacular for that.

A pregnant pause as titan fails to bloom

In a scene reminiscent of the maternity ward of a busy hospital, a crowd of tourists, botanists and journalists paced up and down with worried expressions. The largest flower on earth, graced with one of the most nauseating smells on earth, was due to open at Kew Gardens for the first time in 33 years yesterday.

Beware: Chinese herbs that can do you harm

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The star turns of rockery 'n' roll

Britons spend pounds 2bn a year on their gardens. Next week the faithfu l will make their pilgrimage to the Chelsea Flower Show, but for those who cannot attend there is row upon row of willing experts to advise - and entice them to spend even more. By Louise Levene
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee