October 2, 2014


BALI-NCF Present Coping with Slopes -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Biomass Technology a key theme at BOPP Technical Seminar -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ghetto Gardener Champions RHS Britain in Bloom -

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Double gold for Glendale at South and South East in Bloom awards -

Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspiration and collaboration emerge as key themes from AIPH Congress -

Monday, September 29, 2014

ITV’s Love Your Garden star slams ‘risk-averse’ parents -

Monday, September 29, 2014

Winner announced in SGD Product of the Year 2014 -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Namgrass announce new partnership with the Marshalls Register -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Awards Galore for Quadron Clients at regional ‘In Bloom’ Competitions -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Harrow MP backs gardening service supporting disabled people into work -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

‘Horticulture Matters’ report highlights how sector is tackling skills crisis -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Federation of Builders shortlisted for CCISY awards 2014. -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Conference focus on UK Green Infrastructure issues -

Tuesday, September 23, 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

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    October 2014 issue – Pro Landscaper magazine ■News Shed: A round-up of news from the industry ■News Extra: International work: yes or no? ■Association News: The RHS report on their upcoming autumn shows; efig start thinking about Christmas early; the APL Autumn Networking Seminar is fast approaching, take at look at what you can expect from the event;  and the SGD has announced the 2014 SGD Awards shortlist ■Opinion: New columnist David Dodd begins his residency by discussing design and built companies and Andrew Wilson reflects on the 2014 Singapore Garden Festival ■Business Tips: Justin Paxman offers advice from his own experience…

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    Birmingham launches Centenary Square competition

    The Landscape Institute and Royal Institute of British Architects have announced details of a competition, to be launched later in October, to regenerate Birmingham’s Centenary Square. Following the completion last year of The Library of Birmingham, and planned changes around the edges of the square, Birmingham City Council is seeking designers ‘to regenerate the square into a desirable cultural hub and significant space’. Open to landscape architects, architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines, the competition welcomes collaborations with artists and ‘other relevant disciplines’. Full details will be available on a dedicated competition website from 20 October, with entries to…

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    MA landscape architecture event at Manchester Metropolitan University

    A VIP preview and practice evening for Manchester School of Architecture’s MA in Landscape Architecture will take place on Wednesday 15 October, at the Link Gallery and Fourth Floor Benzie Building, at Manchester Metropolitan University. The event will showcase the work of graduating full- and part-time students alongside work from landscape architecture practices, located in the northwest of England. LI president Noel Farrer and AECOM’s executive director of building and place, Jason Prior, will both deliver keynote speeches on ethics and the commercial prerogative of practice. Selected MA students will also present their work. The event is a good opportunity,…

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    Calling all budding flower arrangers – Countryside Live needs you!

    Countryside Live, the rural showcase, which takes place in Harrogate next month, is hoping to encourage more people to take up flower arranging. Organisers will be equipping visitors with cut flowers and foliage to enable them to ‘have-a-go’ at what will be the 12th show. Countryside Live, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October. Around 12,000 visitors are expected to flock to the event when as well as competitive classes for cattle, sheep, horses, pigeons and poultry, the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show will feature….

  • Tracmaster’s Snow Solutions – One base unit, multi attachments

    One of the UK’s leading suppliers of snow-clearing equipment, Tracmaster’s success has been based on providing a multi-attachment approach to a power unit that can be used all year round. Whether Astroturf, car parks, paths, driveways or access roads, Tracmaster’s snow clearance machinery tackles snow and ice in four ways: from gritting surfaces and pushing aside and sweeping snow, to throwing and propelling it up to 16m away. Tracmaster’s BCS snow clearing machines come in four sizes. The BCS 720 has a capacity to clear up to 2,500m² of snow per hour, but it is not only great at clearing…



BALI-NCF Present Coping with Slopes

Sep 30, 2014

BALI-NCF will be hosting a health and safety led event investigating the risks and different methods involved in vegetated embankment management.  Severn Trent have granted BALI access to the large reservoir embankments at Draycote Water, one of the largest reservoirs in the Midlands.   The picturesque site boasts some considerable grass embankments and will be a testing ground for a range of specialized machinery.  This will be a great opportunity for grounds maintenance and landscape contractors to benchmark a range of machinery. A range of product manufacturers and technical specialists including the HSE will also be available to discuss vegetation…

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Biomass Technology a key theme at BOPP Technical Seminar

Sep 30, 2014

Biomass technology, crop protection and legislation were among the topics of interest at British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP) AGM and Technical Seminar which took place on 25 September 2014 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. The seminar, which was fully booked, brought together retailers, growers and suppliers to learn about and discuss the current issues affecting the industry and also provide an update on the strategy and activities of the BOPP Scheme. Renewable energy continues to be a hot topic and is receiving increasing interest from the horticultural sector helped by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidies which are currently available. Biomass…


Ghetto Gardener Champions RHS Britain in Bloom

Sep 30, 2014

On Tuesday 23 September 2014, volunteers from Firth Park Community Allotments in Sheffield were treated to a special visit from LA gardener Rob Finley t mark the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom, now organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The visit was part of Ron’s trip to Sheffield which was organised by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape as part of the Festival of the Mind. Ron rose to fame in the USA after he gave an inspirational speech on the importance of urban gardening for TED Talks, which has been viewed by millions of people around…

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Double gold for Glendale at South and South East in Bloom awards

Sep 29, 2014

Two Glendale-managed parks in Waverley have taken gold at the annual South and South East in Bloom Awards, held at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium. The national green services company is celebrating gold medal wins for Gostrey Meadow in Farnham in the small parks section, and Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming in the large parks category. Both parks, which are maintained by Glendale for Waverley Borough Council, were assessed by a panel of judges and scored against criteria relating to the improvement they have made to the local environment. To win gold, the highest of five standards,…

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Inspiration and collaboration emerge as key themes from AIPH Congress

Sep 29, 2014

Over 100 delegates from around the world participated in the 66th International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Annual Congress held in Qingdao, China from 15-19 September 2014.  Opening the congress AIPH President, Vic Krahn detailed the many initiatives being developed within AIPH and said “This is a unique forum for bringing together the common challenges we face and to identify new ways to grow this industry that is so critical for people and planet.” Hosted by the China Flower Association (CFA) and the Executive Committee of the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition 2014, the congress included a tour of the fabulous…


ITV’s Love Your Garden star slams ‘risk-averse’ parents

Sep 29, 2014

TV gardener David Domoney urges parents to encourage their children to pursue in messy activities such as gardening, and take them away from the Internet. Garden Provocateur David Domoney, co-presenter of ITV’s flagship show Love Your Garden, is highly concerned about the ‘disconnect’ between children and nature – largely due to rise and rise of the Internet. “Where has the simplicity of a garden treehouse for children gone, asks Domoney, where they can climb a tree and connect with nature? A simple tree for kids to climb. A connection with the outdoors”. Domoney, who also features on ITV’s This Morning,…


Winner announced in SGD Product of the Year 2014

Sep 26, 2014

The Designer Landscape Drain Cover, from Lateral Design Studio, has been named The SGD Product of the Year. The award was determined by public votes made by garden designers visiting the Show, where the ten shortlisted products were displayed side-by-side.  Society of Garden Designers Chair, Juliet Sargeant MSGD, who announced the winner said:  “With a vast range of new products available to garden-makers every year, the SGD wanted to find and celebrate the very best of them.  We know that great gardens are achieved when professional garden designers use the finest products to implement their visions and I’m delighted that…


Namgrass announce new partnership with the Marshalls Register

Sep 26, 2014

Namgrass are extremely proud to announce the formation of a new partnership with the Marshalls Register, enabling some great benefits. Namgrass are the market leaders in artificial grass and are able to remain at the top, thanks to their solid infrastructure. Operating from a new 20,000sqft warehouse, only a short drive from where Namgrass is manufactured, they are able to keep up to 50,000sqm in stock ready to be processed by their state of the art measuring, cutting and packing machines. Their strong relationship with a large delivery network gives them time to keep all of their partners, products and…



Society of Garden Designers appoints new chair

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Philippa O’Brien MSGD as its new Chair.  Philippa will take up the role from November 2014, replacing Juliet Sargeant MSGD who steps down after two fruitful years as Chair and a long-standing commitment to the SGD Council. The announcement was made by Juliet Sargeant MSGD at the Society’s AGM. A Registered Member of the SGD since 2006, Philippa joined the Society more than 20 years ago and is currently a member of the SGD Council. In addition to running her own garden design practice, Philippa is an active member of her local…


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…