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January 19, 2018

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HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

APL announces spring seminar Faking It -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 competition launches -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two weeks left to share views on plans for Bristol’s parks -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Carillion’s liquidation and its effect on the landscaping industry -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perennial offers support following Carillion collapse -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brighton & Hove City Council produces plan to protect Stanmer Park’s woods -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Liverpool sets out 15-year plan for growth -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gristwood and Toms champions international accreditation programme -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Green-tree launches bespoke soil for Rain Gardens -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Make your voice heard – Pro Landscaper digital survey -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Landscaping companies announced for APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Butter Wakefield to design Gaze Burvill garden at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North Yorkshire nursery helps restore historic site to former glories -

Monday, January 15, 2018

RHS begins search for School Gardeners of the Year -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thrive seeking more people as volunteering in nature proven to be good for health -

Monday, January 15, 2018

INNSA responds to glyphosate licence renewal -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reading university revamps campus with Bituchem

Reading University is benefiting from Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold hard landscaping material as part of a £276 million investment into the University’s student accommodation. Natratex Cotswold was used across 2600sq.m of the Whiteknights campus to provide an aesthetically pleasing and durable pedestrian area that complemented the designs of the existing and new halls. The development increases the number of student rooms to 4,950 and has been awarded BREEAM excellent status due to environmentally sustainable features such as roof top solar panels, energy efficient boilers and heat recovery ventilation systems. Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold product echoes the development’s sustainable ethics being environmentally friendly…

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Latest design for Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Trees sprout out of the rainbow-coloured cubes that make up the facade of this bank in northern Tokyo – the fourth building that architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has designed for Sugamo Shinkin. Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French designer based in Tokyo, applied her signature colour spectrum to the facade of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Nakaaoki, but also developed a pixellated composition of walls, windows and planting boxes. Her concept was to create a rhythmic facade that resonates with the busy nature of the site, located beside a traffic interchange where cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians are regularly passing by. The result is a grid of projecting and recessed cubes…

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Garden Bridge: why we should be brave

It takes guts to build something extraordinary – have we lost the courage to dream? Asks Mary Keen London seethes with innovation. Famous for writers and painters who break new ground, for fashion, music and design, this is the city where everyone wants to live. Enthusiasm for the new is, of course, always retrospective. Most people only applaud something once they have got used to an idea. Thousands went online to predict disaster before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but the execution of Danny Boyle’s aim: “to reveal how peculiar and contrary we are – and how there’s also,…

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The overgrown memorial ground in Stortford that’s become a garden sanctuary

A £10,000 injection of funds has enabled an overgrown historic burial ground in Bishop’s Stortford that was being used by drug-takers and rough sleepers to be transformed into a garden sanctuary for quiet reflection. The work on the Newtown Road memorial garden was carried out by landscape gardening company The Landscape Concept (TLC), from Standon, on behalf of the town council.  During the project, it was discovered that a tree had damaged the wall backing onto the Citizens Advice Bureau office in South Street. Emergency work was carried out to stabilise it and the council will be appointing a contractor…

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Quadron and Friends get Growing in Grange Park

Grounds maintenance contractor, Quadron Services, was delighted to assist the Friends of Grange Park Play Area by sponsoring their autumn bulb planting event at Grange Park in Old Coulsdon, Croydon. Quadron donated 3,500 crocus and daffodil bulbs, as well as tools, gloves and other materials for the ‘Growing in Grange Park’ event, which took place on Saturday 8th November. Over 200 local residents braved the cold and showery weather to plant the bulbs, as well as enjoying activities including face painting and a cake stall arranged by the park’s Friends group. Adrian and Brian from Quadron’s Croydon contract led the…

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Brett Landscaping keeps true to Art Deco inspired development

A paving solution from Brett Landscaping – including its new Black Fleck design – has been specified to add a touch of class to the exterior design of a dramatic Art Deco-inspired seafront development in West Worthing, West Sussex. The suitability of the paving, comprising Brett Piatto in addition to Black Fleck, was found to offer the ideal accompaniment for Roffey Homes’ lavish new apartment complex – the penthouse of which was recently sold for in excess of £1m. The development is named ‘Vista Mare’ and has been recently constructed within an area where striking Art Deco architecture has long…

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Creating your own landscape – bartholomew landscaping

Barry Burrows from bartholomew landscaping reveals some of the secrets to being at home with your own landscape and making it work all year round. These days, gardens and outdoor spaces are designed as multi-functional spaces to function as a changing backdrop to provide colour, space, fresh air, light, shade, play areas, private areas, food, scent and entertainment to any house.   Personally, I like to think of a garden as a private haven and a public display, to bring it alive the house and garden should complement each other and create a seamless flow. Make your space work for…

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

WorldSkills

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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Garden Bridge one step closer to being built

Lambeth Council is expected to grant planning permission to the Garden Bridge today. The increasingly controversial structure is a Thomas Heatherwick-designed footbridge that will span the Thames from Temple tube station to the South Bank, just in front of the ITV studios. Here’s a round-up of some of the major objections. Ironically, for a garden, the bridge’s construction will involve cutting down at least 27 mature trees on the South Bank. The application says this loss will be “outweighed by the significant amount of new planting and urban greening”. The 270 trees on the bridge will be restricted to 15m…

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APL WorldSkills UK finalists going for Gold at Skills Show

WorldSkills

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists are ready to compete at The Skills Show between 13-15 November at the Birmingham NEC where one of them will win Gold and be crowned ‘Best in the UK’ in front of 75,000 people. Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE were all put through to the final after successfully reaching the qualifying benchmark at the APL Landscape Gardening competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July and will compete at the final at The Skills…

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