January 27, 2015

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Ambius promotes plants for school success -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Demand for iGRASS grows as landscapers choose artificial turf -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A fresh look at soils generates interest at urban landscape exhibition -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BALI South Thames – 24th February – Building a SkyGarden -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ransomes Jacobsen announce new MP series Batwing Rotary mowers -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Grass Group welcome two new major products in 2015 -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

APHA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HTA to exhibit at Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

British Sugar TOPSOIL helps reconnect children with farming -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greensquares opens new Landscaper support -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Grand Designs Live returns to London’s Excel this May -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bulbs go for £100 each in Great Snowdrop Rush -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kew Gardens gearing up for Orchid Festival -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Toby Buckland announces new festival -

Monday, January 26, 2015

BALI challenges City & Guilds over removal of ‘plant identification’ from qualifications -

Monday, January 26, 2015

BIM compliance may be closer thank you think -

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Show-stopping gardens planned for Hillington hospice site -

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Landscape gardener turned children’s author aims to rake in book deal -

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Where to see Coles Nurseries in 2015 -

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ariens release paving snow remover -

Friday, January 23, 2015

  • Leigh_Academy

    Ambius promotes plants for school success

    The latest Ambius blog shouts out for plants in schools. This is an area that has been touched on before and certainly research projects have been used with plants in several types of learning establishments to verify their use. Ambius make a good case for schools to include plants in their class or lecture rooms especially at a time when secondary education appears to be in need of some help. They cite cleaner air, less absenteeism, attentiveness and productivity in their blog. In fact this is a perfect location to see the effects of biophilia make a real impact. They…

  • Igrass

    Demand for iGRASS grows as landscapers choose artificial turf

    iGRASS is establishing itself as the latest garden must-have for landscapers, as they swap natural grass for its no mess artificial alternative. North-west London landscapers, Outdoor Solutions, have already become firm fans of iGRASS, after using the artificial turf to transform patchy, muddy lawns into lush green gardens. Outdoor Solutions credits the artificial turf’s high quality and ‘intelligence yarn’ technology, which gives the turf resilience and durability, with its popularity amongst landscapers. Lee Randall of Outdoor Solutions comments: “The Insignia turf from iGRASS is a high quality product and the best on the market we’ve come across because it looks…

  • Urban Soil Profiles at LI exhibition London

    A fresh look at soils generates interest at urban landscape exhibition

    An exhibit by soil science consultant Tim O’Hare (Tim O’Hare Associates) and landscape architect Johanna Gibbons (J&L Gibbons) generated considerable interest at the opening earlier this month of the Landscape Institute’s exhibition ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’. Their recently published essay ‘Below Ground: City sylviculture and the art and science of city soils’ was displayed in booklet format alongside five Perspex columns, each containing a different urban soil profile. Tim and Johanna have worked together on numerous landscape projects over the last 20 years and in this their latest collaboration they have touched on the interests of both landscape architecture and…

  • BALI2

    BALI South Thames – 24th February – Building a SkyGarden

    BALI’s next event  is on Tuesday 24th February at Merrist Wood. John Melmoe from the multi Award winning Willerby Landscapes, has generously agreed to talk about their experiences building a Sky Garden 35 floors up on the Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street in the City. The new garden is open to the public if you book on line and they plan to arrange a visit sometime after this talk. However it is quite feat in Landscaping terms – in the plant supply and installation, Gillespies are the Landscape Architects. Willerbys are amongst the best Landscapers in the UK, with…

  • RJ

    Ransomes Jacobsen announce new MP series Batwing Rotary mowers

    Commercial mowing manufacturers Ransomes Jacobsen have started the year with the launch of the Jacobsen MP493 and MP653 batwing rotary mowers, the equipment are best suited for maintaining large-scale areas of semi-rough and rough on golf courses. The Jacobsen MP493 is the lightest mower in its class due to its ground up design and use of high strength steel, as a result it benefits from significant fuel savings as a result of its reduced weight. The Kubota Diesel engine compiles with European Stage IIA emission regulations thereby avoiding complex emission controls. It’s mechanical over hydraulic transmission system and electronic lift…

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Leigh_Academy

Ambius promotes plants for school success

Jan 27, 2015

The latest Ambius blog shouts out for plants in schools. This is an area that has been touched on before and certainly research projects have been used with plants in several types of learning establishments to verify their use. Ambius make a good case for schools to include plants in their class or lecture rooms especially at a time when secondary education appears to be in need of some help. They cite cleaner air, less absenteeism, attentiveness and productivity in their blog. In fact this is a perfect location to see the effects of biophilia make a real impact. They…

Igrass

Demand for iGRASS grows as landscapers choose artificial turf

Jan 27, 2015

iGRASS is establishing itself as the latest garden must-have for landscapers, as they swap natural grass for its no mess artificial alternative. North-west London landscapers, Outdoor Solutions, have already become firm fans of iGRASS, after using the artificial turf to transform patchy, muddy lawns into lush green gardens. Outdoor Solutions credits the artificial turf’s high quality and ‘intelligence yarn’ technology, which gives the turf resilience and durability, with its popularity amongst landscapers. Lee Randall of Outdoor Solutions comments: “The Insignia turf from iGRASS is a high quality product and the best on the market we’ve come across because it looks…

Urban Soil Profiles at LI exhibition London

A fresh look at soils generates interest at urban landscape exhibition

Jan 27, 2015

An exhibit by soil science consultant Tim O’Hare (Tim O’Hare Associates) and landscape architect Johanna Gibbons (J&L Gibbons) generated considerable interest at the opening earlier this month of the Landscape Institute’s exhibition ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’. Their recently published essay ‘Below Ground: City sylviculture and the art and science of city soils’ was displayed in booklet format alongside five Perspex columns, each containing a different urban soil profile. Tim and Johanna have worked together on numerous landscape projects over the last 20 years and in this their latest collaboration they have touched on the interests of both landscape architecture and…

BALI2

BALI South Thames – 24th February – Building a SkyGarden

Jan 27, 2015

BALI’s next event  is on Tuesday 24th February at Merrist Wood. John Melmoe from the multi Award winning Willerby Landscapes, has generously agreed to talk about their experiences building a Sky Garden 35 floors up on the Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street in the City. The new garden is open to the public if you book on line and they plan to arrange a visit sometime after this talk. However it is quite feat in Landscaping terms – in the plant supply and installation, Gillespies are the Landscape Architects. Willerbys are amongst the best Landscapers in the UK, with…

RJ

Ransomes Jacobsen announce new MP series Batwing Rotary mowers

Jan 27, 2015

Commercial mowing manufacturers Ransomes Jacobsen have started the year with the launch of the Jacobsen MP493 and MP653 batwing rotary mowers, the equipment are best suited for maintaining large-scale areas of semi-rough and rough on golf courses. The Jacobsen MP493 is the lightest mower in its class due to its ground up design and use of high strength steel, as a result it benefits from significant fuel savings as a result of its reduced weight. The Kubota Diesel engine compiles with European Stage IIA emission regulations thereby avoiding complex emission controls. It’s mechanical over hydraulic transmission system and electronic lift…

grass group

The Grass Group welcome two new major products in 2015

Jan 27, 2015

The latest addition to the GKB machinery line is the Sandfiller drainage system, designed to preserve sports-turf areas. It is ideal for golf courses and sports fields where surface water and moss forming are a problem. The Sandfiller provides economic and environmentally-friendly aeration of the top layer by using three adjustable depth rollers and a slitting rotor. It can then fill the trenches with sand, the flow of which is controlled hydraulically by a valve on the side of the machine. The Trilo brand have also expanded in 2015 with the arrival of the BL960 Blower, proven to be one…

APHA

APHA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Jan 27, 2015

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has commissioned a novel garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. The “Beyond our Borders” garden shows one way in which the UK government is working with overseas botanic gardens to protect our environment against alien pest and diseases. In regions throughout the world, iconic British tree species are being used as ‘early warning’ sentinels (soldier or guard) to monitor and identify potential new plant pest and diseases that could threaten our natural environment. In the Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Garden section, the eye-catching and innovative display features three different climatic zones (Australasia,…

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HTA to exhibit at Spring Fair

Jan 27, 2015

HTA are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at Spring Fair, at the Birmingham NEC next week. HTA have always had a presence at the key gardening shows such as Glee and Four Oaks but with the Spring Fair being such an important show for garden centre retailers and suppliers, the HTA want to be available for the membership and will have a stand in Hall 2, no 2C37. HTA staff will be on hand to provide information and Point Of Sale on National Garden Gift Vouchers and the opportunities around gifting that the scheme provides along with…

The Farmschool

British Sugar TOPSOIL helps reconnect children with farming

Jan 26, 2015

British Sugar TOPSOIL, the UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the landscaping, construction and amenity sectors, recently donated a large amount of their Landscape20 topsoil to The Farmschool – a farming and countryside education centre in Hertfordshire that helps reconnect children with farming. 60 tonnes of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s product, which is derived from the prime arable soils washed from the company’s sugar beet harvest, was used to landscape the area surrounding a purpose-built education centre at Annables Farm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The Farmschool is the brainchild of former City commodity trader and broker Ian Pigott who, for the past…

greensquares

Greensquares opens new Landscaper support

Jan 26, 2015

Greensquares, the UK’s leading supplier of outdoor living products, will open a new Slough showroom in March 2015 as part of a UK-wide Landscaper support service launched this month in response to increasing demand from professionals in the London and south east area. The move follows a substantial increase in trade enquiries since the recent UK-wide promotion of new brand launches and a substantial widening of the company’s well established TimberTech composite decking range and its indoor and outdoor porcelain flooring offer, PrimaPorcelain. “We have always had really good residential custom from London, the Home Counties and nearby territories, underpinned…

Grand Designs live

Grand Designs Live returns to London’s Excel this May

Jan 26, 2015

The UK’s leading contemporary home show, Grand Designs Live, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns to the London ExCeL by popular demand for its 11th year running from the 2nd – 10th May 2015. As the ultimate destination for home owners and self-builders, exhibitors will showcase industry’s most innovative ideas and products across the nine day show, offering visitors the chance to plan, buy, build and furnish a house all under one roof. The following show sections have been confirmed for Grand Designs Live London 2015: Grand Build, Grand Interiors, Grand Kitchens, Grand Bathrooms, Grand Village, Grand Technology and Grand…

Snowdrop

Bulbs go for £100 each in Great Snowdrop Rush

Jan 26, 2015

Flower bulbs sold for up to £100 each at a rural horticultural show after hundreds of buyers from all around the world sought to take advantage of beautiful blooms following Britain’s warmest year on record. Keen gardeners from the UK, Europe and even the United States flocked to the ‘Great Snowdrop Rush’ sale at Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, Greater London, on Saturday to get their hands on the in-demand bulbs. Many paid up to £100 for a single bulb of the white flowering Galanthus – also known as the Castle Green Dragon – which were on sale from Cambridge’s…

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Kew Gardens gearing up for Orchid Festival

Jan 26, 2015

Colourful blooms surrounded volunteers at Kew Gardens this week as preparations began for the world heritage site’s annual orchid festival. A sea of colour and unique shaped flowers will fill the Princess of Wales Conservatory for the month-long celebration which will allow visitors to discover why the plants evolved to become so vibrant and diverse. The orchid festival runs from February 7 to March 8 and three evenings will feature a cocktail bar, botanical talks, music and crafts while the glasshouses is lit up. For more information, visit kew.org. source

Bowood

Toby Buckland announces new festival

Jan 26, 2015

Toby Buckland, who has been chosen as the new President of The Herb Society 2015/16, is pleased to announce a brand new and exciting two day gardening event at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens this summer. Following the continuing success of Toby Bucklands’s popular, annual garden festival at Powderham Castle, Devon, he is delighted to offer a second, new festival, at Bowood House and Gardens, Wiltshire on 5th and 6th June 2015. The first event of its kind on the estate, the festival will be celebrating gardening throughout the Cotswolds. The horticulturist, writer, and TV presenter commented, “Bowood House sits…

BALI

BALI challenges City & Guilds over removal of ‘plant identification’ from qualifications

Jan 26, 2015

BALI has just been made aware that plant identification has been removed as a mandatory unit from both Production Horticulture and Parks, Gardens and Greenspaces level two diplomas.  Unit 225: Use and maintain pedestrian controlled powered equipment, is to be a mandatory unit for the Parks, Gardens and Greenspaces diploma. BALI immediately challenged City & Guilds, the awarding body, to confirm if any industry consultation was behind the removal of the plant ID unit. City & Guilds responded: “The changes to the 0065 units were made at the insistence of Lantra, the Sector Skills Council (SSC).  City & Guilds is one…

keysoft

BIM compliance may be closer thank you think

Jan 25, 2015

With less than a year to go until the Government’s 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) deadline, Level two compliance may not be as complex or expensive as many people think, according to landscape design software developer Keysoft Solutions. The Government has mandated that BIM Level two must be used on all centrally-funded construction projects by 2016, which includes landscaping. This means that to work on these projects, landscape design professionals need to be able to collaborate with central government departments and ensure their technology and processes are BIM compliant. Even though the deadline is fast approaching, there is still a…

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Leigh_Academy

Ambius promotes plants for school success

The latest Ambius blog shouts out for plants in schools. This is an area that has been touched on before and certainly research projects have been used with plants in several types of learning establishments to verify their use. Ambius make a good case for schools to include plants in their class or lecture rooms especially at a time when secondary education appears to be in need of some help. They cite cleaner air, less absenteeism, attentiveness and productivity in their blog. In fact this is a perfect location to see the effects of biophilia make a real impact. They…

Igrass

Demand for iGRASS grows as landscapers choose artificial turf

iGRASS is establishing itself as the latest garden must-have for landscapers, as they swap natural grass for its no mess artificial alternative. North-west London landscapers, Outdoor Solutions, have already become firm fans of iGRASS, after using the artificial turf to transform patchy, muddy lawns into lush green gardens. Outdoor Solutions credits the artificial turf’s high quality and ‘intelligence yarn’ technology, which gives the turf resilience and durability, with its popularity amongst landscapers. Lee Randall of Outdoor Solutions comments: “The Insignia turf from iGRASS is a high quality product and the best on the market we’ve come across because it looks…

Urban Soil Profiles at LI exhibition London

A fresh look at soils generates interest at urban landscape exhibition

An exhibit by soil science consultant Tim O’Hare (Tim O’Hare Associates) and landscape architect Johanna Gibbons (J&L Gibbons) generated considerable interest at the opening earlier this month of the Landscape Institute’s exhibition ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’. Their recently published essay ‘Below Ground: City sylviculture and the art and science of city soils’ was displayed in booklet format alongside five Perspex columns, each containing a different urban soil profile. Tim and Johanna have worked together on numerous landscape projects over the last 20 years and in this their latest collaboration they have touched on the interests of both landscape architecture and…

BALI2

BALI South Thames – 24th February – Building a SkyGarden

BALI’s next event  is on Tuesday 24th February at Merrist Wood. John Melmoe from the multi Award winning Willerby Landscapes, has generously agreed to talk about their experiences building a Sky Garden 35 floors up on the Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street in the City. The new garden is open to the public if you book on line and they plan to arrange a visit sometime after this talk. However it is quite feat in Landscaping terms – in the plant supply and installation, Gillespies are the Landscape Architects. Willerbys are amongst the best Landscapers in the UK, with…

APHA

APHA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has commissioned a novel garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. The “Beyond our Borders” garden shows one way in which the UK government is working with overseas botanic gardens to protect our environment against alien pest and diseases. In regions throughout the world, iconic British tree species are being used as ‘early warning’ sentinels (soldier or guard) to monitor and identify potential new plant pest and diseases that could threaten our natural environment. In the Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Garden section, the eye-catching and innovative display features three different climatic zones (Australasia,…

HTA logo

HTA to exhibit at Spring Fair

HTA are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at Spring Fair, at the Birmingham NEC next week. HTA have always had a presence at the key gardening shows such as Glee and Four Oaks but with the Spring Fair being such an important show for garden centre retailers and suppliers, the HTA want to be available for the membership and will have a stand in Hall 2, no 2C37. HTA staff will be on hand to provide information and Point Of Sale on National Garden Gift Vouchers and the opportunities around gifting that the scheme provides along with…

The Farmschool

British Sugar TOPSOIL helps reconnect children with farming

British Sugar TOPSOIL, the UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the landscaping, construction and amenity sectors, recently donated a large amount of their Landscape20 topsoil to The Farmschool – a farming and countryside education centre in Hertfordshire that helps reconnect children with farming. 60 tonnes of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s product, which is derived from the prime arable soils washed from the company’s sugar beet harvest, was used to landscape the area surrounding a purpose-built education centre at Annables Farm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The Farmschool is the brainchild of former City commodity trader and broker Ian Pigott who, for the past…

CPG

Chelsea Physic Garden – Introducing Caitlin and Tessa’s RHS Show Garden

Caitlin and Tessa have been successful in achieving a place to exhibition a garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Chelsea Physic Garden will be following their journey along the way through their own personal blog and through the Garden’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. In this post they introduce their project and explain their garden’s message. We are two sisters under the age of 25 aiming to break many traditional show garden moulds in 2015.  We will prove that horticulture is also a younger generation’s interest, that an all-female team can succeed, and that it is all possible without horticultural qualifications. Our project builds…