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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.

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The Millennium Commission has withdrawn funding from two projects - the first to be refused in such a way - because they have failed to meet the necessary conditions, it emerged yesterday.

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

Six held after Irish arms raid

Cattle cull doubled to clear backlog

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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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

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Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

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