Urban gardening celebrated

The importance of urban gardening is being celebrated at an exposition in Manchester.

Located in Urbis, the citys exhibition centre, the showcase aims to highlight the value of inner-city gardening, no matter how large or small the space, writes sector commentator Helen Carter in the online pages of the Guardian.

A section of the exposition is dedicated to eco-gardening, with wormeries and beehives demonstrating the benefits of attracting such animals into green space, she notes.

Meanwhile, a number of installations have been used to highlight the ways in which gardening can be introduced to an urban environment, with a planter being used as a bike stand and a bus shelter having had a grass planted on its roof.

Guerrilla gardening tours are also due to be arranged, which will see tours of the city take place where people will be able drop seed bombs, the publication notes.

Meanwhile, Janet Reynolds, the mother of guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds, recently told the Daily Mirror that she told him to be "a little bit more naughty" when he was a child.