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About Bethany Day

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Plant-based Extract gives Disease Hope

by Bethany Day on March 4, 2014

A chemical found in several plants could help babies who are born with a rare and debilitating muscle disease, a study suggests.

Quercetin, a naturally occurring extract which is present in some herbs, grains, fruits and vegetables, could help prevent damage to nerves linked to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), scientists believe.

SMA is often known as floppy baby syndrome because it leaves children with little or no control of their movements.

The disease, a leading genetic cause of death among infants and toddlers, affects one in 6,000 babies and around 50% of those with the severest form will die before they are two.

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Yorkshire Dales celebrated in Festival

by Bethany Day on March 3, 2014

An annual festival based around the floral features of the Yorkshire Dales will run from March to October.

The Flower of the Dales Festival boasts more than 100 events including guided walks, art shows, “grow wild” activities supervised by experts, and children’s craft activities.

It celebrates aspects of the region such as its famous hay meadows and pastures, moorland and limestone pavements and wildlife including rare wildflowers, insects, birds, small mammals and grasses.

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New Festival replaces Flower Parade

by Bethany Day on February 28, 2014

Spalding Flower FestivalA new festival of flowers has been announced to replace an annual flower parade which lasted for 50 years.

Springfields Horticultural Society in Lincolnshire has announced the new Springfields Festival and Tulipmania, which is due to take place in May at Springfields Festival Garden – also featuring a craft fair, classic car show, children’s fun fair, music and dance.

The society said the festival is being established to keep up Spalding and South Holland’s tulip-growing heritage and other produce, as well as its engagement with the community.

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BBC Commissions New Gardening Show

by Bethany Day on February 27, 2014

A new four-part gardening show is set to hit TV screens across Britain this spring, with a focus on heritage gardens, bees, soil and mushrooms.

British Gardens in Time will be presented by Chris Beardshaw, Andrea Wulf and National Trust head gardener Alan Power and will feature Great Dixter, Stowe, Biddulph, Grange and Nyman’s heritage gardens as part of series which will be shown on BBC4.

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Most Women ‘Have Already Planned Wedding’

by Bethany Day on February 26, 2014

Couple-with-flowersMany women choose their wedding dress and the flowers they’ll carry on the big day before they have even met their husbands, new research suggests.

Our poll found that six in 10 single women have already planned parts of their wedding, such as churches, reception venues and bridesmaids’ dresses.

Two thirds said they had been planning some aspects of their weddings since they were children – with some starting to think about getting married from the age of just 13.

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Get involved in Saving Rare Plants

by Bethany Day on February 25, 2014

LavenderTV gardening expert Christine Walkden is encouraging more people to become garden plant conservationists through the Plant Guardian project.

Christine, the BBC One Show’s resident gardening guru, wants anyone who has a rare or endangered plant in their garden to become a Plant Guardian and make sure its existence is recorded. Steps can then be taken to ensure it thrives.

Through the project, Plant Heritage has found some extremely rare plants it feared had been lost but have been conserved and added to the National Plant Collection.

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Hot Summer Prompts Butterfly Boom

by Bethany Day on February 19, 2014

butterflyButterfly numbers have boomed in the UK thanks to a hot summer in 2013, experts have revealed.

Species such as the brimstone, common blue and small tortoiseshell all bounced back on farmland after their numbers nosedived the previous year, according to Butterfly Conservation, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Their joint “wider countryside butterfly survey” showed there was also a resurgence in the small copper, small skipper and large skipper varieties – as last year’s bright and sunny weather triggered a colourful outbreak of butterflies across the countryside.

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Jason Derulo says it with Roses

by Bethany Day on February 18, 2014

Jason Derulo surprised his girlfriend Jordin Sparks with an incredible 10,000 pink roses this Valentine’s Day.

After Kanye West appeared to have managed the ultimate big romantic gesture by treating Kim Kardashian to 1,000 flowers, the Talk Dirty star shared a loved-up Instagram shot showing the couple in their flower-filled hotel suite.

“10,000 roses fill this suite! I only wish I could’ve fit 10,000 more in here! Valentines everyday! Thank you to #passionroses for helping to make this special,” the singer said.

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Spring Flowers Battling the Elements

by Bethany Day on February 14, 2014

flowers-in-snowThe wet and windy weather blighting much of Britain is proving good news for spring flowers, gardeners claim.

Despite the lack of light and heavily sodden ground some flowers have begun to bloom, helped by the milder temperatures and fewer ground frosts over the winter months.

The most surprising appearance perhaps comes from the extremely rare rhododendron magnificum, which has reemerged in Cornwall – marked as only the second time the plant has flowered in 30 years.

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Scots celebrate Snowdrop Festival

by Bethany Day on February 11, 2014

SnowdropsScotland is optimistically looking ahead to the start of spring as the country celebrates its annual Snowdrop Festival.

The distinctive white flowers are one of the year’s earliest blooms as they start to appear in woodlands, parks and gardens. Tourists are being given the chance to see hundreds of varieties on display at the festival, which runs through February until March 16.

Attractions taking part include Logan Botanic Gardens in Galloway, where other flowers such as miniature daffodils are also beginning to blossom.

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