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Author: Claire Fleetneedle

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Growing up North: Pond Life and Digby Frogington

June 22, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: Pond Life and Digby Frogington

Last year I noticed we had a frog in the front garden. I would often see it at night while I was watering and would say ‘hello’ as it sat looking up at me.

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Growing up North: Digging for Sanity

April 30, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: Digging for Sanity

I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful to have a garden. Since lockdown I’ve spent almost every day working outside.

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Growing up North: The Bee Hotel a street built

April 2, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: The Bee Hotel a street built

In her Growing up North series for Northern Soul, our Gardening Correspondent Claire Fleetneedle looks at the unique challenges faced by gardeners up North and shares tips, ideas and horticultural happenings across the region. 

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“What’s a carnation unless it whiffs?” Gardener Christine Walkden talks about growing up north

January 29, 2020 Comments Off on “What’s a carnation unless it whiffs?” Gardener Christine Walkden talks about growing up north

I’ll not lie, Christine Walkden is my favourite TV gardener.

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Growing Up North: a new series from our Gardening Correspondent

January 12, 2020 Comments Off on Growing Up North: a new series from our Gardening Correspondent

In a new series for Northern Soul, our Gardening Correspondent Claire Fleetneedle looks at the unique challenges faced by gardeners up North and shares tips, ideas and horticultural happenings across the region. 

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Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

Not many directors have spent their careers highlighting the need for social reform in the same way as Ken Loach.

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“I’m just Kris the plumber from Salford.” Kris Hitchen, star of the new Ken Loach film, talks to Northern Soul

November 2, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m just Kris the plumber from Salford.” Kris Hitchen, star of the new Ken Loach film, talks to Northern Soul

I first met Kris Hitchen when he fitted my shower.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

I prefer Halloween to Christmas.

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Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

Embellish with Relish, written by the co-founder of the Hawkshead Relish Company Marie Whitehead, is a treat.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

Since cultivating my bee garden, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the life cycle of bees. I’ve fancied doing a beekeeping course for ages so I was over the moon to be able to visit the hives at Manchester Cathedral.

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