July 25, 2014

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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

Poisonous pretty flower returns to the UK -

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green-tech welcomes Ian Rotherham as Sales Director -

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alitex team raises money for The William Wates Memorial Trust -

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hambrooks win Silver Gilt Medal at Hampton Court Flower Show -

Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 Office Plant of the Year is named -

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stonewall Garden wins gold at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show -

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wessex New FRX-150H hydraulic Out-Front Flail Mower from Wessex -

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Homing in on Garden Machinery with HSS Hire -

Friday, July 11, 2014

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    The Landscape Group supports Alexandra Park’s 150th Anniversary Party

    On Saturday 14 June, Alexandra Park in Hastings celebrated its 150th Anniversary in a spectacular party which celebrated the park’s Victorian heritage. Activities from the park’s original opening party were recreated; a brass band graced the bandstand once more, playing to people enjoying afternoon tea or just soaking up the music from the many deckchairs laid out. People in Victorian costume wandered throughout the park or rode penny farthing bicycles as families enjoyed the traditional Punch and Judy show, maypole dancing and Morris dancing.  Further down on the lower lawn, model boats were sailed and dignitaries enjoyed Victorian games. The Landscape Group…

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    BALI East Anglian Go Karting Event was a great success

    Last week the BALI East Anglian Chair hosted together an extremely successful Go Karting event held at Wildtrax Activity Park. There was a total of 15 teams representing companies from all over the country including BALI & APL members and staff from Pro Landscaper. We were fortunate enough to have perfect weather for the day with everyone arriving in high spirits with the excitement being felt form the start as everyone thought they would be the successful team. While enjoying the tasty food donated by Qlawns, British Sugar Topsoil and Green-Tech and networking the competitors had an opportunity to admire…

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    Tender: Southend Pier Head, Storm Damaged Lower Timber Deck Repairs

    Organisation:  Southend-on-Sea Borough Council NUTS Code: Southend-on-Sea (UKH31) Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Deadline: Thursday, July 31, 2014 – 00:00 Tender ID: 1482238 Description Southend Borough Council requires a contractor to carry out repairs to the Lower Deck of Southend Pier Head following Storm Damage. The contract will require works to be undertaken at the pier head. Due to tidal patterns the lower deck will be below the sea at high tides, timbers are accessible at low tides and careful planning and co-ordination will be required to maximise opportunities to undertake work at high tides. The successful contractor will be responsible for the safe…

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    Prime Minister gets to grips with landscape architecture

    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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    Boyd on board for Greenfingers

    Greenfingers the charity dedicated to creating gardens in children’s hospices across the UK, has today announced that Boyd Douglas-Davies has become a trustee for the charity. Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres Ltd, has long been closely involved with Greenfingers, not least since he founded Garden Re-Leaf Day four years ago, which raises significant funds for the charity each year.  Boyd’s long-term support of Greenfingers has now been cemented with his new role as a trustee and Greenfingers chairman Matthew Wilson welcomed Boyd on board at the trustees meeting on Wednesday. Matthew Wilson said: “It is an absolute honour…

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Boyd on board for Greenfingers

Jul 24, 2014

Greenfingers the charity dedicated to creating gardens in children’s hospices across the UK, has today announced that Boyd Douglas-Davies has become a trustee for the charity. Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres Ltd, has long been closely involved with Greenfingers, not least since he founded Garden Re-Leaf Day four years ago, which raises significant funds for the charity each year.  Boyd’s long-term support of Greenfingers has now been cemented with his new role as a trustee and Greenfingers chairman Matthew Wilson welcomed Boyd on board at the trustees meeting on Wednesday. Matthew Wilson said: “It is an absolute honour…

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Young Designer of the Year 2014

Jul 24, 2014

Congratulations to Sam Ovens who has been announced winner of the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014 for his design, The Sky’s The Limit Sam Ovens has won the unique and exciting competition that gives young garden designers the chance to kick-start their careers, making their show garden debut and to gain invaluable exposure at a prestigious RHS Show. Pushing the boundaries of fresh design, the 2014 avant-gardening theme encouraged designers to have a daring touch of invention, new techniques and experimentation. The three finalists produced three very different and exciting gardens which look at the daily use of outdoor space,…

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Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture

Jul 23, 2014

The Institute of Horticulture has now become Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, CIH, with a new logo, as well as many new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members. To gain a Royal Charter for the Institute has been an aspiration for many years. Not only is the granting of the Royal Charter excellent news for the Institute it is excellent for horticulture and horticulturists too. This level of seniority and recognition will enhance the status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartership…

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Silver-gilt for BALI show garden at RHS Tatton Park

Jul 23, 2014

Members involved in the creation of BALI’s Tatton Park show garden are celebrating the Silver-Gilt medal awarded to the garden today by the RHS judging panel. Months of planning by the garden’s designer, Belinda Belt, and the efforts of the team of BALI members who assisted with its construction, have finally paid off. ‘Vogue’ is a contemporary garden that was inspired by Belinda’s passion for beautiful perfumes and fashion, and in particular the fashion designer Roberto Cavalli who was her muse during the design process. “The design resembles the set of a fashion show, with a feature wall, stage, and…

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2014 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Awards announced

Jul 23, 2014

The 2014 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Awards have been announced! Read on for the full list of winners. Congratulations to Maggie’s Forest Garden, which won Best Show Garden, and all the other award winners: Best Show Garden Maggie’s Forest Garden Designed by Amanda Waring & Laura Arison For Maggie’s Centres   Best Elements Garden See the Wind Designed by Joan Mulvenna & Andrew Lee   Best Summer Garden Industrial Transitions Designed by Caroline Lord   Gold medallists Show Gardens Maggie’s Forest Garden Designed by: Amanda Waring & Laura Arison Built by: Peter Gregory Landscapes Sponsored by: Stonemarket, North Midland…

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Bath Carers’ Centre Gets BBC One Show Garden

Jul 23, 2014

A patch of desolate scrubland next to Bath Carers’ Centre is to be transformed into a thriving community garden thanks to a generous donation from the BBC’s One Show. The One Show garden on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Royal Hampton Court Flower Show this year is designed by competition winner Alexandra Noble, an architecture student from the University of Bath. Beating off stiff competition from across the UK, Alex’s garden took its inspiration from the Roman Baths and the city’s unique Georgian architecture. The One Show and the RHS were keen to find the winning garden a…

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WorldSkills UK: APL WorldSkills UK kicks off at RHS Tatton

Jul 22, 2014

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition heats have kicked off at RHS Flower Show Tatton. Organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, the heats were officially started on 22 July by celebrity gardener Chris Collins in front of the gardening press. Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Sparsholt College and Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan, Ronan McLarnon and Robert Wylie  from CAFRE now have 22 hours to complete a garden designed by the award winning Alexandra Froggatt. The garden has been designed to test the competitors in every aspect of landscape design including: Plan and…

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North York Moors National Park now relying on volunteers

Jul 22, 2014

North York Moors National Park: The foot of Sutton Bank National park chiefs have admitted they can only conserve some of Europe’s finest moorlands by relying on the kindness of volunteers, as the Government’s austerity measures erode key departments. The North York Moors National Park Authority has proposed how it intends to make its latest round of cuts totalling £300,000 and managers concede that they will now have to rely more on external funding, volunteers, apprentices and graduates. The national park has one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in England, and is one of the most valuable areas for prehistoric…

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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…

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Leading surfacing products now viewed easily on smartphones and tablets

The Bituchem Group, one of the leaders in road and path surfacing products, has just launched a brand new website www.bituchem.com which features responsive design, re-formatting for tablet, smartphone or PC to optimise the viewing experience and provide useful information quickly. All the company’s products are easily found using the menu tabs and different market applications show case study examples of its products used whether for commercial, domestic, parks, leisure or education. The company’s Natratex and Colourtex hard landscaping surfacing products have enjoyed great success for their hardwearing properties and good looking finishes.  The website gives full details of the…

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Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture has now become Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, CIH, with a new logo, as well as many new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members. To gain a Royal Charter for the Institute has been an aspiration for many years. Not only is the granting of the Royal Charter excellent news for the Institute it is excellent for horticulture and horticulturists too. This level of seniority and recognition will enhance the status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartership…

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2014 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Awards announced

The 2014 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Awards have been announced! Read on for the full list of winners. Congratulations to Maggie’s Forest Garden, which won Best Show Garden, and all the other award winners: Best Show Garden Maggie’s Forest Garden Designed by Amanda Waring & Laura Arison For Maggie’s Centres   Best Elements Garden See the Wind Designed by Joan Mulvenna & Andrew Lee   Best Summer Garden Industrial Transitions Designed by Caroline Lord   Gold medallists Show Gardens Maggie’s Forest Garden Designed by: Amanda Waring & Laura Arison Built by: Peter Gregory Landscapes Sponsored by: Stonemarket, North Midland…

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Allett to unveil new professional machine at Saltex 2014

Allett Mowers, a leading producer of cylinder lawn mowers, will be unveiling a brand new product, as well as showcasing its extensive professional range, at this year’s Saltex from the 2nd to the 4th September. The innovative new addition to Allett’s professional range of lawn mowers will be revealed to the press and the public for the first time on the opening day of the show (Stand E25).  Representatives from Allett will be on hand to demonstrate the new machine and discuss its specifications, as well as answer any questions visitors may have. Allett’s full professional range of cylinder lawn…

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Dundalk garden designer takes home gold at Hampton Court Flower Show

Award winning Dundalk garden designer Paul Martin scooped a gold medal in the Show Garden category at the Hampton Court Flower Show in London last week.  Paul who is from Mount Avenue impressed the judges with his smart, modern garden called ‘Vestra Wealth’s Vista’ which was designed for a contemporary home and elegantly caters for outdoor dining. Various levels and layers of planting and hard landscaping surround a dining terrace with a cantilevered 13 foot cedar table. Gabions are surrounded by copper and packed with split timber, which helps to encourage wildlife. Clipped box lawns are used as alternatives to…

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LazyLawn licensee grows £1 million turnover in five years

A LazyLawn licensee has become the artificial grass specialist’s biggest success story by topping the £1 million turnover mark and increasing his sales by 92% in just five years.  David Lowe, LazyLawn’s licensee for East Riding and Lincolnshire, installed over 16,500 square metres of artificial turf worth £1 million in 2013, compared to 1,317 square metres worth £79,000 in 2009, to become the firm’s reigning sales man of the year. David, 43, is growing a successful business out of synthetic grass by specialising in the installation of artificial golf greens across the UK for national names including Centre Parcs and…