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Kit Peel

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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About Kit
Kit Peel is an award-winning garden designer and journalist, based in Harrogate. Kit writes about gardens for publications including The Sunday TImes and Country and Town House magazine. 

Before retraining as a garden designer, Kit worked in foreign news as a journalist and editor. He worked for national newspapers in Africa, at Reuters, then as managing editor at Global Radio News (the precursor to PayDesk). 

Kit also is a published author and runs the NiddFest festival of nature, the leading literary festival of nature writing in the UK. 

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With the right mix, you can counter air pollution even in urban settings

04 Apr 2024  |  thetimes.co.uk
The article discusses the heightened awareness of air pollution in urban areas during summer when the presence of dust, soot, and exhaust fumes becomes more apparent. It highlights the health risks associated with air pollution, including heart and lung diseases, cancer, asthma, bronchitis, and potential links to Alzheimer’s and depression. The piece anticipates the government's plan to improve air quality, set to be published on July 31. It also suggests that plants, particularly those with hairy leaves like whitebeam, can be an effective defense against air pollution by trapping pollutants. The article encourages readers to take action by utilizing greenery in their own gardens to combat air pollution.

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Small May Become Beautiful

25 May 2017  |  euronews
The Chelsea Flower Show, a prestigious UK event, has opened with the presence of British royalty and celebrities. The 2017 show features international-themed gardens, including James Basson's Maltese quarry garden for M&G Investments, which won Best in Show. Despite some criticism, the garden has been well-received, especially in Malta. Designer Kate Gould's 'City Living' garden, which encourages wildlife in urban spaces, won a gold medal and first prize in its category. However, the event has seen a decline in sponsorship, leading to fewer large show gardens and an increase in smaller, more affordable gardens supported by charities and businesses. The Royal Horticultural Society filled gaps with gardens inspired by the five senses. The article questions whether this trend will continue in future shows.

The Chelsea Flower Show 2017: A Pared Down Affair with Magic to Spare

23 May 2017  |  Country and Town House
The article provides an overview of the Chelsea Flower Show 2017, highlighting the immense effort and expense that goes into creating the gardens for the event. It discusses the importance of the show for garden designers as a business opportunity, with gold medals significantly boosting their careers. The article describes the atmosphere on Press Day, celebrity sightings, and interviews with designers like Kate Gould and Fiona Cadwallader who self-funded their gardens. Sponsorship challenges are noted, with fewer large show gardens compared to previous years. The piece also mentions the sensory gardens created in collaboration with BBC Radio 2 presenters and the potential impact of James Basson's Maltese quarry garden. The author reflects on the magic of the show and the trend towards smaller, more intimate garden spaces.



Luciano Giubbilei: the man behind the most beautiful gardens An interview with leading garden designer and 2014 Chelsea Flower Show winner, Luciano Giubbilei on his life, his gardens and how he overcame his fear of flowers in design.


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