September 22, 2014


Trees and hedging available at Wyevale Nurseries all year -

Friday, September 19, 2014

LazyLawn scoops award nominations -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Palmstead Workshop announce the first ever costings benchmark for plant maintenance -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AIPH announce winners of International Grower of the Year 2014 -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Landscape Group celebrate success at Apprenticeship Awards -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Provender Nurseries announce the winners of the Provender Nurseries Garden Design Competition -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seed Gathering Season 2014 -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Harrogate Flower Show gold for NSPCC garden -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ISS hits Gold standard with Met Office -

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Garden design gets streetwise at Harrogate -

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tree planting programme marks 90th Anniversary -

Friday, September 12, 2014

London pub installs LazyLawn in its beer garden -

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Record number of exhibitions and events for Green-tech in next quarter -

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BALI announces 2014 award winners -

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Orange Plant is to cover new Scottish Territory for GreenMech -

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Glendale secures FORS accredited status -

Monday, September 8, 2014

FutureScape event 2014 -

Monday, September 8, 2014

Public opposes fracking in national parks and under private land -

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fees for intervention is working, says HSE internal report -

Friday, September 5, 2014

HMP Maidstone wins Royal Horticultural Society backed Garden Challenge -

Friday, September 5, 2014

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    Care Home Celebrates Winning Gardening Competition

    The Laurels Care Home came first in the Growing for Gold gardening competition, hosted by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, Pippa Greenwood and organised by Embrace, a leading care provider.  Growing for Gold has seen individuals at more than 30 Embrace services throughout the country compete to transform their gardens. The Laurels received its award at a special ceremony held in Birmingham at the August after impressing the judges with their gardening prowess and innovation. Joby Jomy, Manager at the Laurels, said: “We are over the moon to have won Growing for Gold. The staff and residents had great fun planting and growing…

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    Hospital garden is a haven for dementia sufferers

    Patients with dementia will find an oasis of calm in a new garden at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. The garden, which opened earlier this month, sept 5 features a “stories telephone box”, a cabinet of scent and a sound system playing music from bygone decades. The garden was designed by Gardener’s World TV presenter and author Toby Buckland. “It was great to have someone of that calibre to work with us,” said project co-ordinator Stephen Pettet-Smith from Exeter Healthcare Arts. The design is an imagined Devon village green with a circular walk and a central pavilion where music and…

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    Teesside landscaper takes gold award last week for garden design

    An Eaglescliffe landscaper proved he’s streets ahead of the competition by taking home a top gardening award. Simon Wilkinson, 28, has been working with his dad and uncle’s Eaglescliffe-based company, Wilkinsons Landscapes, since the age of 18 and is now a landscape designer. And Simon’s latest creation secured him a gold award at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, after he put together a stunning garden design featuring eye-catching metal giraffes. The competition this year launched a new feature called Inspiration Street, in which designers were asked to come up with small scale designs aimed at giving homeowners ideas for tricky…

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    Best ever year as open gardens raise £8,600 for Cornwall Wildlife Trust

    A “massive” £8,608 has been raised through the open garden’s scheme run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, making it the “best year ever” for the scheme.  The money, nearly double last year’s total, will be used by the trust to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. This year the garden events attracted over 1,500 visitors from all over the county and beyond, with gardens in Truro, Falmouth, Wadebridge, Hayle, Lanreath, Delabole, Bude, Crantock, and St Austell opening their gates to guests. The trust says that one of the highlights was the opening of Pedn Billy Garden at Helford Passage, the first…

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    LI appoints author for BIM for landscape book

    he Landscape Institute has appointed Henry Fenby-Taylor as author of a major new book on BIM for landscape.  Currently working at Teesside University and at Newcastle-based Colour Urban Design, as its landscape BIM system designer, Henry is a member of the LI’s BIM Working Group and has a wealth of experience in BIM strategy and implementation. BIM for Landscape will be the first book of its kind, and is aimed at landscape practitioners, project leaders and decision-makers working with landscape 0n a BIM project. The book will be published in early 2016 by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the LI’s…


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Trees and hedging available at Wyevale Nurseries all year

Sep 19, 2014

Wyevale Nurseries has announced it is from this month (September, 2014) onwards able to offer trees and hedging to its customers all year round.  People can purchase field and container grown trees and hedging from the company, which is based in Hereford and is one of the UK’s leading nurseries, whenever they require them. Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director, explained: “Earlier this year we re-organised from three companies into one to offer customers a ‘one-stop-shop’. This has meant we have also been able to make improvements for our customers. One of these improvements has been that we can now…

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LazyLawn scoops award nominations

Sep 18, 2014

A Burton-on-Trent-based firm specialising artificial grass is celebrating after happy customers nominated it for two business awards.  LazyLawn licensees Haydn and Amanda Ford, who install artificial grass across Staffordshire and Derbyshire, have been nominated for Best Customer Service and Most Promising New Start-up in the Burton Mail Business Awards, after impressing customers with their excellent service and innovative, high quality products. The couple, who became local licensees for the UK’s biggest artificial grass brand in 2013, will discover whether they have scooped either accolade at a special awards ceremony on the 23rd October at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. Amanda Ford,…


Palmstead Workshop announce the first ever costings benchmark for plant maintenance

Sep 18, 2014

Discussion on design for maintenance leads to promise of first-ever costings benchmark for the industry Palmstead Nurseries Soft Landscape Workshop, attended by 300 delegates in Ashford yesterday (17th Sept), delivered a promise to create the first-ever ‘benchmark’ or formula which can be used to calculate the cost of maintenance for designs and schemes.  Currently such a formula or set of benchmarks does not exist online for designers to use. Speakers including: Noel Kingsbury, Colin Crosbie, Phil Askew, Richard Sneesby and Noel Farrer  enlivened the audience made up of landscape architects, garden designers, contractors and garden maintenance teams on the topic of design for…

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AIPH announce winners of International Grower of the Year 2014

Sep 18, 2014

Schoneveld Breeding, The Netherlands, is the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Golden Rose winner for 2014. The coveted prize was announced at the 66th AIPH Annual Congress gala dinner in Qingdao, China, on 17 September 2014, during which the golden rose trophy was presented by AIPH President, Vic Krahn and China Flower Association Secretary General, Liu Hong. Other winners of the IGOTY awards, partnered by FloraCulture International, include: Silver rose – Fujian Liancheng Orchid Corporation, China Bronze rose – Queen / Knud Jepsen, Denmark Fourth place – Winkelmolen Nursery Ltd, Canada Golden Rose:…


The Landscape Group celebrate success at Apprenticeship Awards

Sep 17, 2014

Coventry-based green services company, The Landscape Group, has been named as one of the West Midlands’ best Apprenticeship Employers in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014. The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and Apprenticeship employers. The highly commended entries and winners were announced at a high profile awards ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at Mitchells and Butlers in Birmingham on Tuesday 16th September 2014. The Landscape Group fought off tough competition to be shortlisted, and was announced as the winner…

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Provender Nurseries announce the winners of the Provender Nurseries Garden Design Competition

Sep 17, 2014

Now in its second year, Provender Nurseries are pleased to announce the winners of the Provender Nurseries Garden Design Competition at Capel Manor, Enfield. The winning design this year is a result of a joint effort from Garden Design students Vanessa Hoch and Rachel Pocock.  Both were students at Capel Manor, Enfield Campus and finished their course in July of this year. Judging took place in early July at Provender Nurseries with Sophie Guinness – lecturer in Planting Design, Liz Hughes – Marketing Organiser at Provender Nurseries and Richard McKenna – Director of Provender Nurseries.  The judges were looking for…


Seed Gathering Season 2014

Sep 17, 2014

At a time when Ash, Horse Chestnut and other trees are being hit by pests and diseases, it is more important than ever for new trees to be grown by communities, working together and using local seeds. On 23rd September, we launch the start of the new tree year with Seed Gathering Season 2014.  What better way to get started than by collecting from the ripening seed crop that is available, for free, in many parks, hedgerows, woods and streets? Seed Gathering Season is a time for communities to make the most of the time of year.  More than 90%…


Harrogate Flower Show gold for NSPCC garden

Sep 17, 2014

An NSPCC- designed garden won a gold award at the Harrogate Flower Show.  Designed exclusively for the NSPCC by Susanne Guthrie, the garden was inspired by a child’s journey with the NSPCC. Roxy, a newly-restored 1966 VW camper van, took centre stage in the NSPCC show garden which took visitors on a journey that began in a world where a child is scared and has no one to turn to. An uneven rocky path and tall dark planting dominate to represent how a child might struggle to find help. Moving through the garden, the path splits off into two directions,…



BALI announces 2014 award winners

51 BALI members out of 77 who entered over 100 entries have won awards in this year’s prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Rigby Taylor. However, not until the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on Friday 5 December will they know who has won a Principal Award, Special Award or the coveted Grand Award.  Tickets for the ceremony are now on sale.  The Adjudication panel, chaired by Greg Allen, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at Writtle College and dispute adjudicator, spent the summer visiting the shortlisted schemes and met at…


LandscapeLive 2014 event

LandscapeLive is the landscaping industry’s first event purely for landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects in the north of England. Sponsored by Green-tech LandscapeLive is the event to attend to grow your business and gain new contacts. It is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and network within the friendly world of landscaping. It is an informative, inspirational, and fun event taking place on Tuesday 7 October at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Headingly. There will be 29 stands with exhibitors promoting some of the most well-known brands in the business including; Green-tech, Landscapeplus and Makita. As well as displaying the best…


Funding for Kew Gardens to be protected

Nick Clegg has announced today that the Government will continue current levels of funding for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew until at least April 2015. The £1.5 million funding will help the world renowned scientific research institute to continue its work. It will help to secure a number of jobs and enable Kew to undertake vital research. In a speech to the State of Nature conference organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Nick Clegg said: “Kew is one of the most important scientific and environmental institutions in the world. That is why I am so…


National Parks Manifesto

National Parks are the “Jewels in the Crown” of our landscapes and need stronger protection and a fairer share of resources, according to a manifesto launched today (2 September) by the Campaign for National Parks (CNP). “National Parks in the 21st Century: A Manifesto for the next Westminster Government” argues that National Parks are essential to the nation’s health and well-being and are an important part of our cultural heritage. The manifesto – the first of its kind produced by CNP – says that National Parks, such as the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Dartmoor must be protected for all, not…


Horticultural Scholarship Season Opens

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season is now open with several scholarships up for grabs. Young horticulturists have two months to apply for one of five Student Scholarships and five months to apply for a Sponsored Scholarship. This year sees a new scholarship opportunity from the South West Growers Show offering £1,500 financial support to a student, as well as the relaunch of the Wyevale Garden Centres Scholarship, formally the Garden Centre Group Scholarship. Wyevale Garden Centres is offering two students a £1,500 study support payment each and the opportunity to organise paid weekend and/or holiday work at a…

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September 2014 issue – Pro Landscaper magazine This September issue is an 108 page edition with so much to look out for! Make sure you take a look at what you can expect from the two not-to-be-missed events coming up in autumn – Landscape Live (p30-31), and FutureScape (p62-63) ■News Shed: A round-up of news from the industry ■News Extra: Apprentices advice from four giants of the industry, and they each pick an apprentice in their ranks to look out for in the future ■News Extra: Social media, yes or no? The results of our survey are in ■News Extra: WorldSkillsUK competition,…

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James Alexander-Sinclair announced as after dinner speaker at HTA Garden Futures

Garden designer, RHS judge and TV presenter James Alexander-Sinclair has been announced as the after dinner speaker at the HTA Garden Futures Dinner on Tuesday 14 October in London. Known for his wit, energy and flair, James will share his thoughts on the importance of gardening, the role of architecture in gardens, what makes a great garden and how we can all help get gardening in front of the public. There is now just over a week until the early bird rate runs out on 31 August and places are selling fast. Book online today for the HTA Garden Futures…


Gold Standards For MCR Urban Gardening

Winners of the First Ever “Dig the City” Gardening Medals Announced  Medals were awarded to the urban gardeners exhibiting their show gardens at Manchester’s Dig the City, sponsored by NCP, from 2-10 of August. “Urban gardens present unique challenges to gardeners and it’s very exciting to see these garden designs brought to life.” Judged by famed gardener Rachel de Thame and the National Trust’s city gardener, Sean Harkin, 18 show gardens have been challenged to create gardens for a small urban space. Successful entries have come from professional and amateur gardeners, community gardening groups and businesses. Judge Rachel de Thame said, “We’ve…