BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

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BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236829 southeast-isher
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:47 pm

The Wonder of Weeds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01224kv/The_Wonder_of_Weeds/

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins celebrates the humble and sometimes hated plants we call weeds. He discovers that there is no such thing as a weed, botanically speaking, and that in fact what we call a weed has changed again and again over the last three hundred years. Chris uncovers the story of our changing relationship with weeds - in reality, the story of the battle between wilderness and civilisation. He finds out how weeds have been seen as beautiful and useful in the past, and sees how their secrets are being unlocked today in order to transform our crops.

Finally, Chris asks whether, in our quest to eliminate Japanese Knotweed or Rhododendron Ponticum, we are really engaged in an arms race we can never win. We remove weeds from our fields and gardens at our peril.

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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236838 Green Aura
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:19 am

I saw the first episode last week - quite enjoyed it.
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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236841 southeast-isher
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:03 am

I thought this was a one-off not a series.

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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236855 niknik
Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:43 am

think it was a one-off......
enjoyable, but also disappointing. only touched very briefly on alternative uses for weeds :iconbiggrin:

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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236872 kit-e-kate
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:42 pm

I watched this too, and i thought it was just a one off. I was a bit disappointed by it. It was quite badly edited, so we just kept hearing the same points over and over! The introduction was repeated verbatim within the first five minutes! It seems a shame because it could have been a really interesting subject, and the presenter seemed genuinely enthusiastic.

Did anyone else see the BBC 4 documentary about apples? That was a really good documentary. Well written and researched and very very interesting viewing!

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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:31 pm

kit-e-kate wrote:Did anyone else see the BBC 4 documentary about apples? That was a really good documentary. Well written and researched and very very interesting viewing!

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No but i will check it out and post a link up, thanks.

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Re: BBC: The Wonder of Weeds

Post: #236887 Green Aura
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:40 pm

Sorry folks I just assumed, as it covered so little, that it was a series! Hey ho :lol:
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