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December 12, 2017

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Outdoor Deck Company launch brand new website -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ground Control triumph at BALI National Landscape Awards, scooping Principal Award for Grounds Maintenance -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hong Kong-based practice Morphis to open UK design studio -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kubota’s enhanced machinery to offer turf proffesionals more at BTME -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Allies and Morrison wins international design competition to restore, reimagine and rebuild Clandon Park -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Boosting construction productivity could deliver £15 billion savings every year -

Friday, December 8, 2017

Paysalia – The “must” show for landscape, garden and sports ground professionals -

Friday, December 8, 2017

£2million National Lottery boost to innovate and improve public parks -

Friday, December 8, 2017

New resources launched for professionals in refugee and green space sectors -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Glendale community garden scoops industry award -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Perennial’s 2018 Special Events programme gets boost from Challenge Fencing -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

idverde scoops industry’s top accolade for grounds maintenance for fifth consecutive year -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December issue – Pro Landscaper -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shed Grounds Maintenance wins prestigious Award -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SME Golden Bridge, Trade & Investment Award 2017 Winners – Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chelsea Physic Garden has announced Nell Jones as Head Gardener -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Pellenc dealer in Cambridgeshire -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Infrastructure Commission announces winner of Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Knowsley agrees plan to protect financial future of parks -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bowles & Wyer wins six awards at BALI 2017 -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

World Soil Day highlights need to protect soils

Wednesday (5th December) marked World Soil Day, a celebration of one of the Earth’s most valuable assets. However, the day is also an opportunity to highlight soil’s importance and the threat it is under from unsustainable use. As soil takes thousands of years to form, it is regarded as a non-renewable resource; however, soils are under threat around the world. Across the world, soil erosion, sealing and degradation are having massive impacts. In the UK alone, the last major study of soil, conducted in 2009, showed 2 million tonnes of topsoil in Britain is being eroded every year. One major…

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Greenwich students win national competition

The team beat off competition from students of Newcastle and Sheffield universities Two landscape architecture students from the University of Greenwich have won a competition to design a new square in Kirkby, Nottinghamshire. The competition was part of a wider initiative to regenerate the town centre. Ashfield District Council paired up with the architecture centre for the East Midlands, OPUN, and picked Anna Sjeczak and Patricia Paegle as the winners. Their joint proposal included ideas to divide the square into six integrated zones, placing meeting and market areas alongside events and recreation spaces. The judges said: “This entry captured all…

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Nearly £2 million to be spent at Margam Park, Wales thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Nearly £2 million will be spent rolling back the years at Margam Park after it struck it lucky with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The fund announced a £1.6 million investment today that will see Port Talbot’s number one tourist attraction undergo major redevelopment to return it to its former glory. Neath Port Talbot Council has received the grant for the repair and restoration of the park’s historic core. The authority’s plans also include providing better facilities and employing a volunteer co-ordinator to capitalise on the park’s strong community involvement. Council leader Ali Thomas said: “I am thrilled Margam Park has…

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The Big Tree Plant

The Big Tree Plant is a campaign to encourage people and communities to plant more trees in England’s towns, cities and neighbourhoods. Two years on and the Government’s £4 million Big Tree Plant has seen over 239,000 trees planted across the country with £3.4 million of the funding already allocated to 128 groups who will be planting more than 813,000 trees. The Big Tree Plant, launched by Defra and the Forestry Commission in 2010, is supported by a number of partner organisations and will see a million new trees planted predominantly in towns, cities and neighbourhoods by 2015. Get involved…

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12 days of Christmas at Kew

Kew Gardens are opening for 12 days for free over Christmas and New Year. Go here to book your free 12 Days of Christmas tickets, any time between 22 December and 4 January.    

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Watford allotments to be turned into houses

Via Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener How long has your allotment been in existence? How would you feel if the local council decided to sell the land or allow someone to build houses on it? In the last five years there have been almost one thousand allotments sold off by local councils. To quote the Lotto, It could be you. In August the subject was raised in the Independent newspaper. Farm Terrace allotments in Watford have been used for over 100 years to grow fruit and veg. But this might not continue for much longer. Last week at a meeting…

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Gardener’s plot takes top spot

A green-fingered woman is celebrating after her vegetable plot was named the best in the country in a national competition. Teresa McLean, from Witham-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire, won the small kitchen garden category in the national Kitchen Garden of the Year competition. The competition, sponsored by Hotpoint, was launched to celebrate the new Active Oxygen fridge freezer, which keeps food fresh for longer, and people were invited to submit photos of their vegetable plots on Hotpoint’s Facebook page. The judging panel, which included cook Valentine Warner, were impressed by Theresa’s sense of style and creative use of space. They also commented on…

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GLEE REVEALS VISION FOR 2013 AND BEYOND

New opening days, revised content and considered move to new halls in 2014 Following significant industry feedback, extensive post show research and a number of targeted focus group sessions i2i Events Group, organisers of Glee, has announced its vision for the 2013 show and beyond. The main change is a return to the show’s Sunday to Tuesday format, in a response to opinion that Sunday remains a viable option for smaller independent garden centre visitors. The move to a weekend opening enables these retailers – a core part of Glee’s audience – to capitalise on weekend staff cover whilst freeing…

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Hawick, Kelvingrove and Paisley park funding secured

The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed more than £3.7m in grants to support plans to transform three parks across Scotland. The biggest funding packing is more than £2.6m towards improvements at Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park. There is also in excess of £500,000 for both Kelvingrove bandstand in Glasgow and Paisley’s Grand Fountain. Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock has also been cleared to take forward its £3m improvement bid. Colin McLean, head of the HLF in Scotland, said: “This has been a difficult time for parks with unrelenting pressure to manage budgets, so we are delighted to be able to…

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Garden Museum hopes to identify subject of mysterious portrait

Museum director says 1905 painting The Black Gardener is unique in British art The Garden Museum in London has hundreds of historic images of gardeners, but most are described by the director as “looking a bit battered and sad” and not one of them is black. Its newly acquired painting of a handsome man leaning on his spade looking thoughtfully into the distance is not only unique in its collection but, according to Christopher Woodward, the museum’s director, unique in British art. The Black Gardener, originally called The Negro Gardener, was painted by Harold Gilman in 1905. The artist, a…

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