Japanese knotweed is an invasive species of plant that has plagued the UK for several decades. The pernicious weed is bamboo like in its structure with thick walled, but hollow stems. In the winter, it dies back into the ground but it rapidly grows up to 2.1m in height in peak summer creating a dense, but admittedly aesthetically pleasing foliage. It can be self spreading, but it's rhizomes can also be carried on trains, along canals and even in garden waste. It has been claimed that a root weighing just 0.7g can produce a new plant and its not easy to get rid of. Now, you could have more than just the problem of how to get rid of it...
OK! OK! So technically CHOCOLATE doesn't grow on trees, but one of its ingredients, Cacao (pronounced Ka-Cow) does. The Cacao tree (Scientific name: Theobroma cacao) is traditionally grown in South America, but can be found in West Africa. It requires a shady, humid climate with lots of rain and moist soils.
The Cacao tree grows up to a height of 8m and the pods can grow to 30cm long and can contain between 20 and 60 beans. Pods are usually harvested at the end of the wet, or rainy, season.
The rainforest alliance highlight just how long our relationship with this lovely bean has been going on for:
"Cocoa has been a food for humans since as far back as 600 to 200 B.C. when the first...
A school is a place where parents expect their child to be safe, so every part of the school’s safety must be assessed. From DBS checks for staff to fire safety, gas checks and Legionella risk assessments, these tests are in place to keep children and staff safe, so why should a school’s outdoor space be any different?
If a school has trees on the site, then it is their responsibility to make sure they are safe, as to comply with the legal aspects under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 & 1984, Chapter 3. This ensures that anyone entering the school site does so under a safe condition. Often schools are aware of this, but seldom relate it to trees.