City dwellers are more stressed then those who live in the country, according to a paper in a recent issue of the journal Nature. Perhaps that explains the appeal of research showing  suburbia, at least, as being more hospitable to wild life than much of the intensively farmed countryside. Perhaps we are after all more in touch with nature than the sticks-dwellers. Bringing the good news is Ken Thompson, the plant ecologist from the University of Sheffield, who helped run projects on the Biodiversity of Urban Gardens. The main conclusions were that there’s no special advantage for biodiversity in growing plants native to Britain, and that small gardens are as good for biodiversity as big ones. We’ll try to work out soon how far that project’s conclusions apply to to the fringes of London ..

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