November 22, 2014

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Timberplay opens its first UK skate park -

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sentebale to host garden at 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gardening should be available on the NHS -

Monday, November 17, 2014

FutureScape 2014 – Build up begins -

Sunday, November 16, 2014

And they are off! APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series -

Monday, November 10, 2014

Speaking up for Kew -

Monday, November 10, 2014

Who, what, why: How dangerous is Devil’s Helmet? -

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Young apprentice hopefuls bloom on four week ‘Get into Gardening’ course -

Saturday, November 8, 2014

APL WorldSkills UK finalists going for Gold at Skills Show -

Friday, November 7, 2014

Green for go on £150m Garden Bridge -

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oxfordshire preschool swaps muddy garden for lush LazyLawn -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HTA: Indian summer extends the season for gardeners -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Easigrass UAE launches new campaign -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Graden Sand Injector – past and present -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

70,000 people put Barenbrug Green Velvet lawn seed to the test -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Green Tenant Award 2014 – six finalists selected -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Aralia Garden Design wins double gold at New Homes Garden Awards -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The benefits of pedestrian mowing over winter -

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Third time gold for Myerscough college in bloom -

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Matt Nichol Garden Design The Barn

    Matt Nichols Garden Design shortlisted in Northern Design Awards

    Two gardens designed by BALI garden designer, Matt Nichol, are finalist in this year’s Northern Design Awards.  The Warwickshire Barn Garden, in collaboration with BALI contractors Isola Garden Design, and The Retreat Garden, Cheshire, will be competing against other top gardens designed by Northern based designers. “Out of the many gardens I have designed, these two are amongst my favourites” says Matt. “I am delighted to have my work recognised at such a prestigious level”. The winner will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on Friday 21st November in Buxton. Article source

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    Boris’s £60m ‘garden bridge’ will have no public right of way

    The Mayor of London’s planned £60m “garden bridge” over the River Thames in London will have no legal public right of way, it has been announced. The bridge, likely to be a popular tourist attraction, will be privately managed by a trust and large groups will be asked to call ahead before visiting due to its limited capacity. Protests and cycling will be banned on the new bridge, which will be closed at midnight when views over the Thames are at their most dramatic and the tourist crowds have dispersed. The bridge’s owner is also exploring the possibility of holding…

  • royal botanic

    British seeds boost hope for Mediterranean conservation

    Endangered in its homeland, the majestic cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is about to make a remarkable comeback: at key “safe-sites” around the British Isles. Thanks to an innovative conservation partnership initiated by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – through its International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP) – in close collaboration with the Bedgebury Conifer Conservation Project, the National Trust and a clutch of iconic grand estates, the species’ ultimate survival in the wild could now be more secured. Throughout this week – from Kent to Wales and Cumbria – young conservation trees are being planted alongside magnificent heritage specimens…

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    Landscape Hub – How it works

    Landscape Hub – How it works I’m sure all of Landscape Hub’s 1000+ membership will know – this network is run on a non-profit, voluntary basis. The benefits of this arrangement are numerous, not least the fact that there is no charge to join or access any of the information on here. This together with the absence of any advertising, makes the Hub a pleasurable place to visit, as well as useful and informative. Another benefit we derive is that the network can truly be said to be run by the industry, for the industry. This is possible for two reasons –…

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    Enterprise Plants: National Tree Dressing Day 6 & 7 December 2014

    Every year the first full weekend in December celebrates Tree Dressing Day. This event is part of National Tree Week, which is essentially a celebration of our natural surroundings, in particular, trees. Many projects are carried out by schools; these include planting new trees or just decorating trees. At Enterprise Plants we will be making it a celebration of decorating indoor trees as well, including Christmas trees. Christmas is surrounded by many traditions and special days. Beside the obvious ones, they start as early as November with Stir-up Sunday, the traditional day to make the Christmas pudding, and Advent Sunday,…

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Timberplay opens its first UK skate park

Nov 19, 2014

Hull’s Pennine Way is the proud recipient of the UK’s first Timberplay skate park, including state-of-the art pre-fabricated skate elements from Concrete, designed to deliver exceptional ride-ability. The opening on Monday 17th November will see a group of skaters from The Works taking to the concrete to put the park through its paces. Designed by skaters, for skaters, and utilising the best materials for improved performance, this street style park is set to become a skaters’ favourite. The park has been created using a combination of prefabricated elements, for example the penny, london gap and funbox, and bespoke in-situ features…

Artists impression of the Mamohato Children’s Centre from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

Sentebale to host garden at 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Nov 17, 2014

The RHS announced on the 17th November that Sentebale will be creating a garden, that will be showcased on the Main Avenue at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden – designed by Matt Keightley, head designer of Maidenhead landscaping firm Rosebank and winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award with his ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden – aims to raise awareness of Sentebale’s work in providing healthcare and education to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic. Sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, the garden will see Keightley…

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Gardening should be available on the NHS

Nov 17, 2014

Royal Horticultural Society John MacLeod Lecturers explore the health benefits of gardening A UK doctor and a leading Swedish scientist have made the case for gardening and horticulture to be available on the NHS, during the fourth annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) John MacLeod Lecture. Speakers Dr William Bird and Dr Matilda van den Bosch spoke to an audience that included RHS Director General Sue Biggs and RHS members about the interactions between nature and human health and how gardening may contribute to increased wellbeing and quality of life. Dr Bird, who has 30 years’ experience as a GP in Reading,…

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FutureScape 2014 – Build up begins

Nov 16, 2014

The event of the year is almost here!  Today starts the build up for FutureScape 2014 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. On Tuesday 14th November, anyone who’s anyone in the landscape industry will be at the landscape event of the year – FutureScape, which has this year moved to a larger venue (voted Best Exhibition Venue Under 4,000sqm at the Exhibition News Awards 2014) Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey. With 6 special events plus 12 informative and educational seminars, the single day event  is one not to be missed.  It’s well worth taking a day out to attend…

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And they are off! APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show

Nov 13, 2014

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title. After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show…

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Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series

Nov 10, 2014

Two historic Northumberland gardens will feature in a new BBC One series. Glorious Gardens from Above, featuring some of Britain’s best-loved National Trust gardens. Cragside at Rothbury and the Lindisfarne Castle garden will be part of the 15-episode series. Top garden designer Gertrude Jekyll created the garden on Holy Island which can be viewed from the castle when she worked with architect Edwin Lutyens as he turned the fortress into a home for Edward Hudson, proprietor of Country Life magazine, at the start of the last century. The garden is at its best in July and August. At Cragside, Lord…

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Speaking up for Kew

Nov 10, 2014

Kew has faced year-on-year cuts to its operating grant-in-aid funding from the government. In 1983, 90% of Kew’s funding came from the UK government as grant in aid. That has now fallen to under 40%. Despite a temporary reversal of this year’s cut, Kew remains under threat. Over 200 people attended the recent public meeting to Speak up for Kew. The meeting was addressed by Zac Goldsmith MP, John McDonnell MP, Leslie Manasseh, Prospect Deputy General Secretary, James Wong, broadcaster and ethnobotanist, and Megan Dobney from the South East Regional TUC. The audience of local residents, friends of Kew and…

Devil's Helmet

Who, what, why: How dangerous is Devil’s Helmet?

Nov 9, 2014

A gardener died after apparently coming into contact with Aconitum, a poisonous plant known as Devil’s Helmet. “It’s probably the most poisonous plant that people will have in their garden,” says poison expert John Robertson. Aconitum, part of the buttercup family, goes by various nicknames depending on the exact species – Monkshood, Wolfsbane, the Queen of Poisons, or Devil’s Helmet. Its reputation for death goes all the way back to the mythical Greek dog Cerberus, from whose saliva the plant supposedly grew. The roots are its most poisonous part. If ingested, the toxicity acts quickly. “It tends to cause violent…

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Matt Nichol Garden Design The Barn

Matt Nichols Garden Design shortlisted in Northern Design Awards

Two gardens designed by BALI garden designer, Matt Nichol, are finalist in this year’s Northern Design Awards.  The Warwickshire Barn Garden, in collaboration with BALI contractors Isola Garden Design, and The Retreat Garden, Cheshire, will be competing against other top gardens designed by Northern based designers. “Out of the many gardens I have designed, these two are amongst my favourites” says Matt. “I am delighted to have my work recognised at such a prestigious level”. The winner will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on Friday 21st November in Buxton. Article source

garden bridge

Boris’s £60m ‘garden bridge’ will have no public right of way

The Mayor of London’s planned £60m “garden bridge” over the River Thames in London will have no legal public right of way, it has been announced. The bridge, likely to be a popular tourist attraction, will be privately managed by a trust and large groups will be asked to call ahead before visiting due to its limited capacity. Protests and cycling will be banned on the new bridge, which will be closed at midnight when views over the Thames are at their most dramatic and the tourist crowds have dispersed. The bridge’s owner is also exploring the possibility of holding…

royal botanic

British seeds boost hope for Mediterranean conservation

Endangered in its homeland, the majestic cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is about to make a remarkable comeback: at key “safe-sites” around the British Isles. Thanks to an innovative conservation partnership initiated by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – through its International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP) – in close collaboration with the Bedgebury Conifer Conservation Project, the National Trust and a clutch of iconic grand estates, the species’ ultimate survival in the wild could now be more secured. Throughout this week – from Kent to Wales and Cumbria – young conservation trees are being planted alongside magnificent heritage specimens…

landscapehub

Landscape Hub – How it works

Landscape Hub – How it works I’m sure all of Landscape Hub’s 1000+ membership will know – this network is run on a non-profit, voluntary basis. The benefits of this arrangement are numerous, not least the fact that there is no charge to join or access any of the information on here. This together with the absence of any advertising, makes the Hub a pleasurable place to visit, as well as useful and informative. Another benefit we derive is that the network can truly be said to be run by the industry, for the industry. This is possible for two reasons –…

christmastree

Enterprise Plants: National Tree Dressing Day 6 & 7 December 2014

Every year the first full weekend in December celebrates Tree Dressing Day. This event is part of National Tree Week, which is essentially a celebration of our natural surroundings, in particular, trees. Many projects are carried out by schools; these include planting new trees or just decorating trees. At Enterprise Plants we will be making it a celebration of decorating indoor trees as well, including Christmas trees. Christmas is surrounded by many traditions and special days. Beside the obvious ones, they start as early as November with Stir-up Sunday, the traditional day to make the Christmas pudding, and Advent Sunday,…

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Homebase champion urban green spaces at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Multi-award winning designer Adam Frost will bring a modernist feel to 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, creating a dynamic community space for The Homebase Garden, to highlight the importance of green spaces in our urban environments. Inspired by the work of Marcel Breuer and the Bauhaus movement, the garden will have a strong architectural feel using modernist materials and simple geometric shapes to form a dynamic backbone to the garden and to break the space to create water, lawn and planting divisions. The concrete structures will be softened with wildlife-friendly planting to reflect the active wildlife corridors in our city…

Paul Garlick & James Mackey

Mobilane strengthens team in response to growing market

Living walls and green screen provider, Mobilane has appointed a national account manager and new national sales manager to support the growth in its UK operation.  The business is experiencing rapid growth in both the commercial and domestic markets as the appetite to build greener solutions into new developments increases. James Mackey joins the team in the role of national UK account manager with responsibility for the commercial sales arm of the business. Mackey has worked in the garden and landscape industry for over 14 years working across the spectrum from small garden design to large estate projects, most recently…

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Tracmaster Celebrates 30 Years of Landscape Machinery Innovation

Tracmaster, a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of landscaping and groundcare machinery based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  Founded in 1984, this family-run business, based has developed two major brands, CAMON and BCS,  employs 23 staff, has a nationwide dealer network, an increasing number of overseas distributors and an annual turnover of £3m. Tracmaster offers 18 BCS machines and 24 implements in total, from Bank Commanders, mowers and power scythes to scarifiers, rotavators and snow-clearing equipment. “Our aim was originally to sell two-wheel tractors into horticultural outlets and our first customer was Brighton Council,…