Buckland's slot on GW explained how he used recycled materials to build his gardens, reusing old stone from dismantled walls and reclaiming discarded windows and materials for his shed. Fine... until we come to how he wanders the tide line of his local Devon beaches looking for driftwood and washed up artefacts for use in his garden.
Buckland enthused over a piece of azure blue fishing net he found caught up in the rocks and mused over how it reflected the colours of the sea. "This will look fantastic in my garden" he said whilst cutting it out of the seascape. Toby, some of us thought it looked rather beautiful where it was, for all those walking the beach to enjoy and share, not to be removed for your private pleasure!
Look at the photos above of the wood cargo thrown up on Worthing's sea-front earlier this year. The first scene, vibrant with the orange net, fades into insignificance when the colour is removed in the second.
Do we have the right to remove these objects from their natural resting place on the shore? Is it OK if one or two people do it but not if everyone gets the same idea. Don't forget that some years ago, councils had to stop traders from removing white-van loads of 'free' pebbles from beaches to sell on to gardeners after Alan Titchmarsh popularised the 'seaside garden' concept.
Buckland advised that people should contact the local council before indulging in these beachcombing activities - like that's ever going to happen!