A nice idea, and a nice way of doing it — the owners of Bournes Bank will make the land safe and allow planting of a wildflower meadow — if 500 people help raise the £1,500 and volunteer to plant seeds


It’s a hillside on the southern slope of Burslem town, Stoke-on-Trent, at the back of the School of Art. Formerly an old pottery, it was cleared for new housing (‘rabbit-hutches for the people of a demolished Middleport’, was the vague notion) circa 2005. But it’s still empty, and I’d suspect it’s yet another a victim of the credit-crunch.