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Landscape Institute – salary survey launches -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nature bursting into flower -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BALI is moving on the 1st August 2014… -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Enfield Council retains Green Flag status in eight parks -

Monday, July 28, 2014

National Parks To Be Protected From Fracking -

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kilver Court’s Secret Gardens on BBC Gardeners’ World -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Buddleia warning as Government calls for gardeners to take action -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Permeable paving organisation launches SuDS document -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boyd on board for Greenfingers -

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Young Designer of the Year 2014 -

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture -

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silver-gilt for BALI show garden at RHS Tatton Park -

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Awards announced -

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bath Carers’ Centre Gets BBC One Show Garden -

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WorldSkills UK: APL WorldSkills UK kicks off at RHS Tatton -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

North York Moors National Park now relying on volunteers -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Design contest announced for Olympicopolis in Stratford -

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Chief Executive sets sights on growth at Trustmark -

Monday, July 21, 2014

RHS qualifications survey -

Friday, July 18, 2014

Perennial funds additional horticultural trainee at Cambridge University Botanic Garden -

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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    Landscape Institute – salary survey launches

    The Landscape Institute is carrying out its annual Employment and Salary Survey this August to provide members with a snapshot of the industry’s pay grades, employment levels, and more.The survey provides valuable data on the salary and employment conditions within the landscape profession. It defines the average salary of all grades of Landscape Institute members, charts employment demand, and gathers information on various job titles and opportunities within the industry.This year’s survey will collect practical and useful information for all Landscape Institute members and Registered Practices, said Chris Sheridan, Head of Education and Membership.‘As an individual you can check your…

  • David Cameron visits LDA Design

    The Prime Minister David Cameron visited LDA Design’s Oxford office earlier this month and discussed its work on energy and infrastructure projects, in particular the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which will be the world’s first tidal energy lagoon.LDA Design’s Oxford office is at Worton Park, within the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency. During David Cameron’s visit to the office, Alister Kratt,, partner at LDA Design and Mark Shorrock, CEO of developer Tidal Lagoon Power , discussed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in depth with him and presented a 3D model of the masterplan.LDA Design is the masterplanner and lead consultant…

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    RonaDeck: Case Study

    BRE Innovation Park path– RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing In brief Ronacrete showcased its sustainable, permeable paving system, RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing and an alternative base from the EcoBound range at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. The project The BRE Innovation Park promotes a sustainable and low carbon built environment by housing some of the world’s most sustainable buildings and providing a testing ground for new products and construction systems. “Ronacrete has a long standing relationship with the BRE. Many tests on our materials from our Screeds, Concrete Repair and Waterproofing ranges have been conducted over the years at their…

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    Nature bursting into flower

    An aptly named floral project is flourishing in the warm weather and producing a riot of native colour. In the Upper Walled Nursery at a Sussex botanic garden, the Grow Wild area is an ambitious mass-participation campaign to inspire individuals and communities to engage with the huge range and variety of our UK native wild flowers.   Over four years, the project will distribute one million seed kits across the UK to help people sow native wild flower seeds in their communities and at home. At Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, the display shows the mixture of seed that…

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    From Hampton Court to the Sydney Garden Show

    A multi-award winning landscape designer from Melbourne will join the judging panel in an upcoming Sydney Garden Show. Jim Fogarty’s Essence of Australia presented by Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Image: Jim Fogarty A Twitter hashtag that triggered a water pump for a billabong in his landscape exhibit was the stroke of genius that landed Jim Fogarty the Gold medal for Best Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. And now Fogarty, one of Melbourne’s premier landscape designers, will be back Down Under in September assessing the merits of other designers’ landscapes at the Australian Garden Show in Sydney. The multi-award-winning designer…

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Landscape Institute – salary survey launches

Jul 29, 2014

The Landscape Institute is carrying out its annual Employment and Salary Survey this August to provide members with a snapshot of the industry’s pay grades, employment levels, and more.The survey provides valuable data on the salary and employment conditions within the landscape profession. It defines the average salary of all grades of Landscape Institute members, charts employment demand, and gathers information on various job titles and opportunities within the industry.This year’s survey will collect practical and useful information for all Landscape Institute members and Registered Practices, said Chris Sheridan, Head of Education and Membership.‘As an individual you can check your…

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Nature bursting into flower

Jul 29, 2014

An aptly named floral project is flourishing in the warm weather and producing a riot of native colour. In the Upper Walled Nursery at a Sussex botanic garden, the Grow Wild area is an ambitious mass-participation campaign to inspire individuals and communities to engage with the huge range and variety of our UK native wild flowers.   Over four years, the project will distribute one million seed kits across the UK to help people sow native wild flower seeds in their communities and at home. At Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, the display shows the mixture of seed that…

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BALI is moving on the 1st August 2014…

Jul 29, 2014

We are proud to announce that we will be moving on to greener pastures on the 1st of August which will allow the team at BALI Landscape House to work more efficiently within our work space while continuing to provide the best service possible for all BALI members. To ensure the move goes as smooth as possible BALI will be closed on Friday 1st of August but will be back up and running for 8:30am on Monday the 4th of August. The move is not a far one as we will remain within the Stoneleigh Park grounds and our postal…

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Enfield Council retains Green Flag status in eight parks

Jul 28, 2014

Enfield Council has once again retained its Green Flag status in eight of its parks. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best open spaces in the country. Enfield is one of the greenest boroughs in London and the council manages acres of parkland and open spaces for the public to enjoy and explore. Bush Hill Park, Trent Country Park, Jubilee Park, Oakwood Park, Town Park, Forty Hall Park, Grovelands Park and Pymmes Park are the parks in Enfield which retained their awards once again. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety Cllr Chris Bond, said:…

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National Parks To Be Protected From Fracking

Jul 28, 2014

New planning guidance will strictly limit drilling for shale gas and oil in national parks and precious areas of countryside. Fracking will be allowed in national parks and areas of outstanding beauty only in “exceptional circumstances”, ministers say, as new bidding for shale exploration licences opens. The policy is part of new guidance published by Government which is aiming to offer up vast swathes of Britain for fracking. The Government has committed to going “all out for shale”, claiming development of the gas and oil resource is needed to improve energy security, and boost jobs and the economy. But opponents…

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Kilver Court’s Secret Gardens on BBC Gardeners’ World

Jul 25, 2014

Kilver Court Gardens will feature on BBC2’s flagship programme on 25 July about the Secret Gardens of Somerset. Interviewed by BBC’s Joe Swift, Roger Saul, Mulberry founder and creator of Kilver Court, tells the story of the gardens’ fascinating history – from dark satanic textile mill, to the late ‘50s Gold Medal winning Chelsea garden, recreated by George Whiteleg in the ‘60s, to the backdrop for the headquarters of Fashion Designer Brand Mulberry in the ‘90s. The site is now also home to Kilver Court Designer Outlet village, with over 50 designer brands, restaurants serving local Sharpham Park spelt produce…

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Buddleia warning as Government calls for gardeners to take action

Jul 25, 2014

With its beautiful purple flowers flourishing in parks across the city, the Buddleia is a popular shrub with gardeners and wildlife experts alike. The pretty plant, more commonly known as the Butterfly Bush, is branded ‘essential’ for butterflies and bees, but has been given a black mark by the Government. Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) consider it an “invasive alien”, spreading rapidly and widely across the country, threatening to out-compete native vegetation and reduce biodiversity. It has also been reported to damage train lines and buildings, including derelict properties on Union Street. Buddleia Davidii is…

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Permeable paving organisation launches SuDS document

Jul 25, 2014

Interpave claims to examine latest thinking Interpave, the UK trade association for pre-cast concrete paving, has launched a discussion document, SuDS and Permeable Paving Today. Intended for all those involved with the development process, including designers and developers, and local authority planning, drainage, building control and highways officers, the document explores the latest thinking on SuDS and initiatives to deliver them now, ‘with or without the Flood and Water Management Act’. It also ‘re-examines the role of concrete block permeable paving as a key SuDS technique’. SuDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) are now seen as a local, design-led issue and an…

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David Cameron visits LDA Design

The Prime Minister David Cameron visited LDA Design’s Oxford office earlier this month and discussed its work on energy and infrastructure projects, in particular the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which will be the world’s first tidal energy lagoon.LDA Design’s Oxford office is at Worton Park, within the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency. During David Cameron’s visit to the office, Alister Kratt,, partner at LDA Design and Mark Shorrock, CEO of developer Tidal Lagoon Power , discussed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in depth with him and presented a 3D model of the masterplan.LDA Design is the masterplanner and lead consultant…

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AIPH chairs debate to improve link between horticulture & science

Tim Briercliffe, AIPH, Secretary General, will be chairing a workshop that will debate how to improve the relationship between the horticultural industry and science & research.  The workshop ‘Connecting Industry with ISHS’ will identify means to improve interaction and involvement between the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and horticultural industry sectors. Following the workshop, which is part of the ISHS International Horticultural Congress, recommendations will be made to ISHS leaders and AIPH members. Tim Briercliffe said, “Growers often complain about a disconnect between scientists and the horticulture industry. Many in the industry will have views about how this can…

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Green flag for spa gardens

A Cathedral city’s gardens have been named one of the best green spaces in Britain – for the 14th time in a row.  Ripon Spa Gardens have won its 14th consecutive Green Flag Award. The awards are presented by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which recognises the best parks and green spaces in the country. The awards look for high standards and spaces that have excellent facilities and are beautifully maintained. The public space, which won its first green flag in 2001, hosts concerts on Sunday afternoons throughout summer from its own Victorian bandstand. It also has crazy golf, a…

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Choosing artificial grass: Professional installation = maximum lawn life

Justin Paxman, MD of Paxman Landscapes (landscapers and installers of Grass Greener Artificial Grass), highlights the pitfalls of skimping on installation “Pay cheap, pay twice” is a phrase that rings true in many walks of life, but is particularly close to home as Justin Paxman of Paxman Landscapes installs new Grass Greener artificial turf to replace a failing inferior product installation in Huddersfield. Not only has the original lawn been down less than a year, it is barely suitable for the heavy rigours of a domestic lawn. The installation method and materials used have rendered the garden unsafe and unsuitable…

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WorldSkills UK: APL WorldSkills UK finalists revealed

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists have been revealed at RHS Flower Show Tatton. Following a 22 hour build in sweltering temperatures at the show, Robert Wylie of CAFRE was declared the top scorer of the Landscape Gardening Competition, organised by the APL. However, due to the high standard of work and all six students reaching the qualifying benchmark for the finals, Richard Carden from Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will now progess and compete again at the final at The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC,…

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Growers short-listed for International Grower of the Year Awards 2014

Growers from The Netherlands, Canada, China and Denmark are up for the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards 2014 (IGOTY), in association with FloraCulture International.   The shortlist was selected by an international jury from nominations submitted by AIPH member grower organisations. Shortlisted businesses are: The Netherlands: Schoneveld Breeding based in Twello, the Netherlands, a specialist in flowering pot plants including cyclamen and primula, with a substantial share of the world market for cyclamen: approximately 80% the Netherlands, 50% Europe and 35% worldwide. Canada: Winkelmolen Nursery, a tree and shrub grower in Ontario, Canada, situated…

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Essex Waterways chooses Avant Tool Carrier for maintenance work

An Avant 635 compact tool carrier is proving to be a winner for Essex Waterways on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation where the machine is being used to tackle a variety of tasks previously undertaken by hand operated mowers and strimmers. The main job for which the Avant was purchased is to keep some 14 miles of grass footpaths alongside the rivers cut and tidy using a combination of mower and flail attachments. According to navigation manager Graham Brown, “The Avant is proving to be absolutely superb as it enables us to cover a much greater area in a much…

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Weed Free project at Tasis school

Aesthetic Transformation  Now in their 20th year of trading, Weed Free are currently managing a significant contract at TASIS, the American School in England based at Thorpe, Egham. In 2013, an initial full day’s consultancy with M.D. Mike Seaton and the Schools’ Estates Manager resulted in a full outdoor site survey being undertaken. Mike’s recommendations were adopted following a general turf assessment which was carried out including soil sample analysis. The  initial programme of weed control commenced in April 2013. The contract was initially for weed control in different areas of the grounds. This has now become an on-going contract…