Is your garden a haven for slugs and squirrels, mice and magpies? Do you want to encourage honeybees, frogs and toads to make their homes in your plot? And how can animals and plants work together to create a harmonious whole? Here, with all the vital verdicts to hand, you’ll find the answers you need. In this beautifully designed and illustrated book more than 50 animals are put through rigorous testing for the defence and prosecution, assessing their good and bad points and explaining exactly why and how they should be deterred or encouraged.

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Friday 22 April
Ruth will be talking about Weeds on Trial - weeds and how I came to love them - at Burnham on Sea book festival on April 22nd at 2.45 in Burnham library. There will be signed books for sale. Tickets from or telephone 01278 784464 or via this link.


Ruth's Latest Painting
Huntspill Court Garden
Acrylic on canvas. 406 x 305 mm

Ruth paints in acrylic from photographs and from nature is is happy to accept commissions. Some of the paintings in her gallery are for sale as indicated. Contact her for more details.


Ruth Binney (neé Chanter) spent her childhood in Tiverton where her father was a housemaster at Blundell’s School. She is now settled in Cardiff where she has a new garden to plan, plant and tend and is involved in a variety of writing and painting projects. Her latest book is Garden Wildlife on Trial, a sequel to the successful Weeds on Trial. She is also co-author, with football coach Rob Oyston of an exciting upcoming series for younger children combining storytelling with hints on improving their skills. Ruth continues to paint landscapes in acrylics and create collages and some of her work will be exhibited at Ilminster Arts Centre in July 2021. Since moving to Wales she is happy to be able to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and as well as gardening is also enjoying walking, reading and board games. read more


Ruth acts as a consultant to publishers on the development and commissioning of new book projects in a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, home making, health, popular science and word books. She also takes on the checking of edited texts in these areas. For David and Charles she was most recently the editor of a new edition of Brian Martin’s Country Lives Remembered and commissioning editor of their successful ‘Voices’ series. READ MORE