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April 22, 2018

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The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley -

Monday, April 16, 2018

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series -

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The “live outdoors” Partnership -

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Countrywide Grounds teams up with Perfectly Green -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Why plants can be the key to solving crimes

Botanical evidence is increasingly being used by police to analyse crimes, often to link suspects to murders. Not for a moment would I suggest that you are planning the perfect murder, but if – just for the sake of argument – you were, plants would probably be the last thing on your mind. But the master criminal leaves nothing to chance, and botanical evidence is increasingly being used by police, so maybe you should spare a thought for the local vegetation. Sometimes little real botany is involved, and plants simply add another element to traditional sleuthing. For example, in one…

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Crowd-funding raises cash for urban forest garden in Stockwell

A wild forest garden for children is to be planted in Stockwell, South London, thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign on the website Spacehive. Spacehive says that ‘a flurry of support’ for the proposed Stockwell Urban Oasis, from Twitter and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s urban growing fund Capital Growth, together with last minute donations from the local pub and the Brixton Blog, ‘have pushed the campaign over the finish line’ by raising the £2,900 required for the scheme. The site is already used regularly by lots of local children, says the project’s promoter, Kam-lyn Chak, ‘and by planting a forest…

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Snohetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion to Break Ground this Summer

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art just unveiled preliminary design details for its Snohetta-designed expansion. The 225,000-square-foot addition will run along the existing museum building designed by Mario Botta to provide SFMoMA with more room for its programs and double the exhibition space. It will also provide public access to a hidden area behind the fortress-like museum building and establish a stronger connection with the city’s urban fabric. The sloped expansion will be fifty feet higher than the neighbouring Botta building and will be accessible from two sides, aligning with the new Transbay Transit Centre under construction two blocks…

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Mowers for all reasons

What do regularly mown areas, dense vegetation, a UTV, ATV or 4×4 most likely have in common? The answer if you’re an estate owner, contractor, small farm or stud is probably a versatile mower you can easily hitch behind your utility vehicle and cover the ground quickly. With fifty years of manufacturing behind them the chances are you will find a Wessex AR series rotary mower or an AF/AFC flail is the mower of choice as both have proved to be top sellers over the years. If your need is pasture topping or cutting fine turf the Wessex AR is…

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Woodland devastated by ash dieback could be restored by finding resistant trees

Woodland threatened with devastation by the ash dieback disease could be restored by finding ash trees resistant to the deadly fungus to start a new breeding programme, a scientist has said. Dr Diane Saunders, a researcher at the Sainsbury Laboratory, said stopping the disease would be “very difficult” but studies would try to harness this resistance to grow new trees in the future. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we can find these resistant ash trees in the UK and use them in breeding programmes we may be able to restore some of the population devastated by this…

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Landscape Institute recommendations on delivering green infrastructure

Landscape Institute publishes six recommendations for how to deliver the next generation of green infrastructure Today, the Landscape Institute publishes six recommendations for how to deliver the next generation of green infrastructure (GI) in a new GI position statement.  Despite a groundswell of support in recent years, including increasing policy support in the government’s National Planning Policy Framework and Natural Environment White Paper, the Landscape Institute is calling for this growing interest to be matched with funding and a new approach to the landscape that enables GI to flourish. Amongst its recommendations the Landscape Institute wants to see local authorities…

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Hayter Mowers now have the greenest engines

Premium lawnmower manufacturer Hayter have been working together with engine specialists Briggs & Stratton to introduce a range of ‘greener’ engines onto many models in the Hayter mower range, including the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro machines which are so popular with landscapers and contractors. The new EcoPlus™ engines offer reduced exhaust emissions that are at least 25% lower than current European exhaust standards. As a result of changes to fuel tanks walls, fuel lines, gaskets and seals plus a new anti-venting petrol cap, the evaporative emissions performance is improved by up to 51%. Mowers with the new engines are…

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Trainer “who wants to teach the world to sell” wins prestigious award

Phil M Jones, a young West Midlands-based entrepreneur, with a “mission to teach the world to sell” has picked up a prestigious national accolade at the BESMA (British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards). Held in London on 28th February at the Lancaster Hotel, Phil was awarded the Sales Trainer of the Year award for “pushing the boundaries in his profession” and helping businesses from local tradespeople to multinationals to gain more customers and get more from the ones they already have. Phil’s training programmes are now taught the world over, his books have reached best-seller status and he is…

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Patricia Fox

Patricia Fox Aralia Garden Design In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? We had a phenomenal year in 2012, but we are planning an even better 2013. What’s your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My PC, iPad and iPhone, I’d be utterly lost without them. Name one thing unique about your business. We’re a hybrid between a design team and a design & build team. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? We’re doing a lot of work with roof gardens at present, and I think the greening up of urban spaces…

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Tim Mackley

Tim Mackley Garden Design In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? As long as the weather’s better than last year, I’m confident 2013 will be a better year. What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My drawing board, the starting point of all new designs. How is sustainability embedded within your business? Starting from the initial brief I try to get clients to think about their garden in a more sustainable way. How do you find new clients? Usually by recommendation or website enquiries. How important is social media as communication? I’m on Facebook,…

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