AN AUTHOR and YouTube star has delivered two talks on low-effort gardening.

Charles Dowding was hosted by St Nicks nature reserve and spoke at Central Methodist Church and Askham Bryan College yesterday.

His original, no dig method is proven by trials in his own garden in South Somerset, and shows that dig versus no dig can vastly improve soil with less effort spent on gardening.

Charles has written nine books on the subject, runs a YouTube channel with over 1.5 million views, and appears on TV and radio.