October 25, 2014

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‘Make young unemployed pull up ragwort for benefits,’ says Lord Tebbit -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate Change: Building the Age of Resilience -

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pro Landscaper & FutureScape nominated for PPA Awards -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

APL’s AGM to take place at FutureScape -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Secret Garden -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recruit and Retain – APL Networking Seminar -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Battersea Power Station’s roof garden designs unveiled -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BALI SALTEX 2014 Grand prizes are presented -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Life-changing project is helping rural businesses prosper -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Greenfingers get ready for next hospice garden -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

British Hardwood Tree Nursery celebrates 25 years in business -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Working Christmas Trees Week -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Penarth Park gets Green Flag status -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas at Kew -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SunPatiens® – the future for parks bedding says Telford & Wrekin Council -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Entries invited for this year’s Horticulture Wales Awards -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Garden cities set to bloom again -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quadron and Volunteers give Wexham Hospital’s gardens some TLC -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Broadway Malyan gets Barcelona treatment from Timberplay -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Is this the end of the weed that has plagued gardeners for decades? -

Monday, October 20, 2014

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    Jewson to be lead sponsor at Skills Show 2014

    Jewson, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials, has announced that it will be the lead sponsor for the Landscape Gardening and Carpentry competitions at The Skills Show 2014. In addition, Jewson’s HR Director Mike Warner will take to the floor to offer real insight into a rewarding career with a builders’ merchant.     Taking place from the 13th – 15th November at the NEC in Birmingham, the show will provide hands-on demonstrations and advice on career opportunities. The aim is to inspire young people to explore further education, skills and apprenticeships.  As the lead competition sponsor, Jewson…

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    Sir John Soane’s listed Walpole Park officially reopens

    Located in the heart of Ealing, the recently transformed Walpole Park officially opened to the public today (24th October 2014). The redevelopment of Walpole Park is part of the major restoration of Sir John Soane’s historic country home Pitzhanger Manor, a Grade I listed structure which stands on the northeast side of the public park. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is being separately developed as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Grants programme, with the recent award of a £4.42m grant towards the £10.5m project cost. Pitzhanger Manor and the grounds which now constitute the 12-hectare park were bought…

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    Competition seeks contemporary solutions using the ideas of Capability Brown

    The Landscape Institute has launched an ideas competition to produce a contemporary landscape design using some of the approaches of Capability Brown, as part of the Capability Brown Festival. Entrants are asked to produce proposals for Moccas Hill Wood in Herefordshire, a 45ha site owned by the Woodland Trust and leased to Natural England. In the 18th Century it was incorporated into the Moccas Hill Court Registerd Park and Garden, a landscape designed with some influence from Capability Brown. The client is looking for a design that will conserve and enhance the cultural and natural heritage of the site, providing habitat…

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    ‘Make young unemployed pull up ragwort for benefits,’ says Lord Tebbit

    The former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has said young unemployed people should be made to pull up ragwort from roadside verges in return for benefits. The 83-year-old Tory grandee made the proposal in a letter to Matt Shardlow, chief executive of a charity called Buglife, which is concerned about the effect of declining ragwort on bees and rare insects. In his reply to the charity, Tebbit said ragwort was a major problem in his part of East Anglia and proposed it could be weeded out by “Neets” – young people who are not in education, work or training – and…

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    A Mobile Italian Garden Overlooking London

    The Decorators, an interdisciplinary group of practitioners working with space in London, recently transformed the terrace overlooking the city at Alexandra Palace by installing a mobile Italian garden. As a “landscape of scattered objects” which geometrically piece together to resemble a formal garden, the designers describe the project as somewhere between “grotto and folly, garden and landscape, stage and amphitheater,” all the while drawing from the historical character of the surrounding context. The scheme ultimately “breaks the monumental proportions of the main building to meet visitors with a more intimate scale on their first encounter” with the palace. The designers intended for the theatricality…

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‘Make young unemployed pull up ragwort for benefits,’ says Lord Tebbit

Oct 24, 2014

The former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has said young unemployed people should be made to pull up ragwort from roadside verges in return for benefits. The 83-year-old Tory grandee made the proposal in a letter to Matt Shardlow, chief executive of a charity called Buglife, which is concerned about the effect of declining ragwort on bees and rare insects. In his reply to the charity, Tebbit said ragwort was a major problem in his part of East Anglia and proposed it could be weeded out by “Neets” – young people who are not in education, work or training – and…

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Climate Change: Building the Age of Resilience

Oct 24, 2014

Barry Gardiner MP delivers keynote address at CIWEM’s one day conference on the 23rd October 2014 focusing on the social and economic case for developing climate resilient systems and infrastructure. Delegates gathered at SOAS, University of London to hear from a range of national experts on how resilience to climate change can be implemented. The event highlighted the need to integrate the future effects of climate change into infrastructure, economies and institutional frameworks now to ensure a more sustaibale future for governments, businesses and infrastructure operators. Sessions were split between a discussion of the challenges presented by climate change, the…

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Pro Landscaper & FutureScape nominated for PPA Awards

Oct 23, 2014

Eljays44 Ltd – the publishers of magazine titles Pro Landscaper, Pro Arb and Garden Centre Retail, owners of events FutureScape, LandscapeLive and FutureLines and the Horticulture Careers website – has been shortlisted for 3 categories in the 2014 PPA Independent Publisher Awards. FutureScape, the UK’s leading horticulture industry event – has been shortlisted for Event of the Year; while flagship title Pro Landscaper has been put forward for both Business Magazine of the Year.  Pro Landscaper and FutureScape have also been shortlisted in the Media Brand of the Year category. This is the first time that Eljays44 has entered into…

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APL’s AGM to take place at FutureScape

Oct 23, 2014

This year’s Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 November and is being hosted at FutureScape 2014, Sandown Park Racecourse. APL members should confirm their attendance along with any committee nomination forms to apl@the-hta.org.uk by 3 November 2014. The AGM starts at 9.00 am. APL Chairman Mark Gregory comments, “I would encourage APL members to come along and have their say at the AGM. It presents a great opportunity to meet the APL Committee and being hosted by FutureScape you have the added value of attending a top notch industry networking event.” FutureScape is…

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The Secret Garden

Oct 23, 2014

After a £3.6m restoration, the unique Swiss Garden in Bedfordshire has been brought back to life and re-opened at the end of July for the summer season. The garden was created during the 1800’s and since then has been decaying; however superbly the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supplied a £2.8m toward the £3.6m restoration project, in order to save the beautiful landscape and buildings. The funding process began in 2009, as applying for and processing grants with the HLF can take some time, however the project work began on site in January 2013 and was finalised in June 2014. In…

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Recruit and Retain – APL Networking Seminar

Oct 23, 2014

This year’s APL Autumn Networking Seminar, held at Provender Nurseries on Wednesday 22nd October, carried the theme Recruit and Retain, concentrating on getting the right staff for your business, and then keeping them motivated and encouraging career progression. The seminar kicked off with a welcome from APL Chairman Mark Gregory who highlighted that getting and retaining staff is a big issue within the landscaping industry. RECRUIT Firstly,  Dan Lally from Slic Training talked about recruiting and maximising the value of apprentices. In order for an apprenticeship to work within your business he stressed that you should aim to get the most out…

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Battersea Power Station’s roof garden designs unveiled

Oct 23, 2014

Residents will be able to enjoy a 355-metre long landscaped roof garden, designed by the architects behind New York’s High Line. Ahead of the launch of Phase 3 of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment this Friday, the Battersea Power Station Development Company has released the designs for the landscaped gardens that will sit on top of the 15-storey apartment block adjacent to the famous south London landmark. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the architect who turned New York’s disused railway lines into the acclaimed High Line urban park, the 355-metre long roof gardens will include a fitness deck, a “woodland…

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BALI SALTEX 2014 Grand prizes are presented

Oct 23, 2014

During Saltex 2014 BALI held a competition which offered an opportunity for Saltex visitors to win a selection of prizes which were kindly donated by BALI members Makita and Groundscare Products. The grand prizes were a Makita Hedge Trimmer, Makita Drill Set, and a Line Strimmer as well as the rental of a Ziplevel from Groundscare products. This years winner of the grand prize for the SALTEX BALI Competition is Jane Conway from the Luton Borough Council. They have a new venture called LTS Green Space Solutions which is part of Luton Traded Services Limited. Having previously awarded contracts to BALI members they are well…

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A Mobile Italian Garden Overlooking London

The Decorators, an interdisciplinary group of practitioners working with space in London, recently transformed the terrace overlooking the city at Alexandra Palace by installing a mobile Italian garden. As a “landscape of scattered objects” which geometrically piece together to resemble a formal garden, the designers describe the project as somewhere between “grotto and folly, garden and landscape, stage and amphitheater,” all the while drawing from the historical character of the surrounding context. The scheme ultimately “breaks the monumental proportions of the main building to meet visitors with a more intimate scale on their first encounter” with the palace. The designers intended for the theatricality…

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Pro Landscaper & FutureScape nominated for PPA Awards

Eljays44 Ltd – the publishers of magazine titles Pro Landscaper, Pro Arb and Garden Centre Retail, owners of events FutureScape, LandscapeLive and FutureLines and the Horticulture Careers website – has been shortlisted for 3 categories in the 2014 PPA Independent Publisher Awards. FutureScape, the UK’s leading horticulture industry event – has been shortlisted for Event of the Year; while flagship title Pro Landscaper has been put forward for both Business Magazine of the Year.  Pro Landscaper and FutureScape have also been shortlisted in the Media Brand of the Year category. This is the first time that Eljays44 has entered into…

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The Landscape Institute showcases some of America’s solutions to flooding

The Landscape Institute’s annual Jellicoe Lecture will host the UK premiere of Water Blues, Green Solutions, a film narrated by prominent US urban revitalisation strategist, Majora Carter, that encourages innovative approaches to dealing with the devastating impacts of flooding on our communities. Produced by Penn State Public Media, ‘Water Blues Green Solutions’ is part of an initiative designed to promote public education and awareness of green infrastructure and how natural processes can interface with and complement existing grey or manmade infrastructure. ‘Water Blues, Green Solutions’ provides resourceful examples of where communities in four cities across America including New York’s Bronx,…

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Green-tech celebrates its 20 year anniversary

This October sees Green-tech celebrate 20 years in the landscaping industry. Founded by Richard and Rachel Kay in 1994 with a second hand van, £200 and an office in their house, Green-tech has grown today to a £9 million plus turnover business, operating out of massive 30,000 sq. ft. warehousing and office facilities, employing more than 40 staff and selling over 6000 products. Chairman, Richard Kay comments, “We are incredibly proud of all that we have achieved over the last 20 years.  We’ve had highs and lows but we have a great team behind us and business is booming so…

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What would capability Brown design today?

A design competition seeks to bring the legacy, designs and ideas of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to life within a contemporary landscape. The competition encourages entrants to produce ideas for a contemporary, multi-functional landscape inspired by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for a 45-hectare site at Moccas Grade II Registered Park and Garden, adjacent to Moccas National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Capability Brown is often credited with changing the face of eighteenth-century England. From serene landscapes, designed for multi-purpose play and economic functionality, to walled kitchen gardens or water management schemes, Brown is estimated to have worked or advised…

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Coles win BALI National Landscape Award

Coles Nurseries have been announced as winners of the prestigious Affiliate Exceptional Service Award in the 2014 BALI National Landscape Awards. The award recognises affiliate members of BALI who go above and beyond to meet and exceed client expectations. Based in the East Midlands, Coles grow and supply over 2 million plants annually for the UK’s commercial and landscape markets. “We’re thrilled to have been recognised as winners in the Exceptional Service category at this year’s BALI Awards. It’s a fantastic achievement for our entire team at Coles; from our Sales Department working with clients, to the Production Team growing…

Restored Wandle Park in the running for Landscape Institute Award

Wandle Park is in the running for an award after a £3.5m redevelopment project A historic park that has been recently restored to its former Victorian glory is in the running for an award that recognises outstanding landscape architecture. Wandle Park has been shortlisted for November’s Landscape Institute Awards 2014 in the design for a large scale public development category.It comes after a £3.5m redevelopment project including the restoration of the River Wandle, a ‘lost’ river that had been buried for 40 years after it was filled in the 1960s due to flooding concerns. Several of its Victorian features have…

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There’s paving, then there’s SureSet Paving!

The creative Installation Team at SureSet do it again with the completion of another amazing school logo. This time, at the new Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School in Poplar, London they recreated a 64m² version of their intricate logo at the school entrance. Due to the complexity of the design (and a bit of rain!) the project took six days to complete – three of those days were spent laying 130m of flexible aluminium edging – the next three days were dedicated to hand laying 11 different colours! The logo was created using the colours of Gunmetal…