Plants, like humans like to pick and choose who they hang around with. They all want their own bit of space and to achieve this some plants release a toxin through their roots directly into the soil which inhibits the growth of competing plants as Mike Thurlow reports.


A 25-year partnership between Suffolk County Council and Suez is turning the county’s household waste into energy. The site can treat 269,000 tonnes of waste a year, which generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes. Ken Crowther took a tour of the site with Emily Pike to find out more.



In the growing shed of Capel Organic mushrooms the ‘unloved’ mushrooms, those that are misshapen, bruised or damaged are sold onto customers in the catering industry. Patrick Herne explained to Ken Crowther about the different types of mushrooms and where they sold too.