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May 27, 2018

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Success for Woodlodge at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Business rates success for growers -

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Covent Garden blooms for Chelsea Fringe -

Saturday, May 26, 2018

American Hardwood Export Council and Waugh Thistleton Architects collaborate with ARUP on landmark pavilion -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer celebration of art, creativity and imagination at Borde Hill Garden -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Special RHS Chelsea award winners revealed -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Stihl expands Viking range of petrol mowers -

Friday, May 25, 2018

Celebrating the benefits of plants with The Great Escape industry exhibit -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plant of the Year and Product of the Year revealed at RHS Chelsea -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HTA makes two big appointments -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Timotay Landscapes shortlisted for APL Avenue Show Garden competition -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Love Your Garden: NHS Special -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh presents Griffin Glasshouses’ donation to the National Garden Scheme -

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Capel Manor’s ’50 Shades of Gold’ garden wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bernhard’s Nurseries enjoy success at Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Countrywide Grounds landscapes new garden to provide respite for patients at Alderney Hospital -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Myeloma UK Garden by John Everiss wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Lemon Tree Trust Refugee Garden wins Silver-Gilt at Chelsea -

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hat trick of awards for Landform Consultants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

10 design trends at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from SGD members -

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In pictures: National Tree Week

National Tree Week is an annual celebration to start the UK’s winter tree-planting season. In light of the potentially devastating and landscape-changing ash dieback disease, this year’s event is particularly significant. See the full slideshow here    

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Ash dieback mistaken for ‘squirrel damage’

Ash dieback has been in Britain for ten years, according to experts, but was not spotted because people thought it was squirrel damage or other tree diseases. The Forestry Commission have now recorded 222 cases of ash dieback around Britain. The disease, that slowly kills the tree causing the top branches to “dieback”, threatens to wipe out 95 per cent of Britain’s 90 million ash trees. The disease was first spotted in the UK in February this year but scientists are now saying it has been in the country for more than a decade. Clive Brasier, a former Government adviser…

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Climate change adds gardening challenges

Gardening in the UK has always been challenging due to variable weather, but further changes in our climate are not making things easier according to the Met Office’s Chief Scientist. Professor Julia Slingo discussed the issues facing gardeners at the second John MacLeod Annual Lecture, held today in London. She explains how a trend towards milder weather is exposing plants to greater risks and higher incidences of heavy rainfall also poses a threat. However Professor Slingo says the biggest problem for gardeners remains the same: ‘Gardening in the UK has always been challenging because of our volatile climate and we…

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The buzz around town: How one man made urban living a real honey trap for bees

It’s amazing. When I started eight or nine years ago, I kept trying to talk to people about it and no one was even slightly interested.” Luke Dixon, urban beekeeper, laughs as he tries to explain his joy and astonishment at finding the rest of the world suddenly fascinated by his solitary hobby. In the wake of global concerns about hive decline, Dixon reckons, the British public have woken up to bee appeal. “And they have all kinds of questions. They are amazed there are beehives in towns. Where are they? And where are all the bees? They want to…

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K&C approves Capco’s Earls Court Masterplan

Uber-developer Capital & Counties’ ambitious plans for the Earls Court & West Kensington Opportunity Area were approved by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea last night. Hammersmith & Fulham Council has already given Sir Terry Farrell’s 10.1 million square foot masterplan the nod, approving designs in September. Capco’s new Earls Court will become “a vibrant, new urban district,” designed around the five-acre (and rather fetchingly-named) Lost River Park, creating 7,500 new homes (1,500 affordable) and 12,000 new jobs. The massive site straddles RBKC and H&F boroughs, making planning a tricky, lengthy – and so far successful – diplomatic mission….

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Do we all dream of life in a garden city?

Nick Clegg is not the first to propose new towns to solve a housing crisis. But until they have jobs and character, they’ll only be dormitories of big cities “It’s time to think big,” says Nick Clegg. Big, that is, about the number of new homes we need to build in Britain. In a speech given yesterday to the National House-Building Council, the Deputy Prime Minister was at pains to stress that “we’re already building 100,000 fewer homes than we need each year. Over the next decade, each year, the UK is going to grow by around 230,000 households. Last…

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Brine time ATV

Spraying with brine for snow and ice control has many advantages over using salt and the ideal vehicle for the purpose is an ATV. The Wessex ATV brine sprayer is based on the popular WS618p sprayer but it has a 1½ metre boom with three individual clusters of nozzles for various applications. It’s the perfect solution for paths, pedestrian walkways and shopping areas, in fact anywhere with restricted vehicular access. Spraying brine is an altogether cleaner operation than spreading salt and it is effective much faster since salt needs to attract moisture before it starts working. And brine will not…

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Quadron Consultancy Service

Quadron is pleased to announce the launch of a new Consultancy Service.Quadron’s team of consultants will provide expertise and practical assistance to local authorities, stakeholder groups and other organisations on a short or long term basis to deliver a wide range of green space projects, including compiling green space management plans, preparing and managing Green Flag entries, sourcing and maximising funding opportunities and developing and managing sustainable sponsorship schemes, including roundabouts and benches. Quadron’s team collectively brings years of experience in a broad range of green space services and has already delivered many successful projects in partnership with Quadron’s existing…

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It’s a pig of a job, but Kubota’s RTV 900 can do it!

There are numerous ways to test an all-terrain vehicle, but a true test of performance, reliability and versatility is to use one on an outdoor pig unit. Just ask Farm Manager David Finkle. The Kubota RTV900 he used when managing the celebrity ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ spent much of its time wallowing in axle deep muck. “I thought the Kubota RTV was a real class act,” says Mr Finkle who has since moved on to a new farming project. “The Kubota was used in all manner of ways around the farm and on the pig unit was the key means of getting…

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High Line for London exhibition at City Hall

The 20 green infrastructure designs shortlisted in the Landscape Institute’s recent High Line for London design competition are to go on display at City Hall from 19-30 November. Launched by the LI in partnership with London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Garden Museum, and inspired by the success of Manhattan’s High Line urban park, the competition attracted 170 entries from around the world. Winning design ‘Pop Down’, by Fletcher Priest Architects features an underground mushroom farm beneath Oxford Street illuminated by street-level glass-fibre mushrooms. Other short-listed designs include city wide strategies like using the tops of buses, trams and trains…

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