July 31, 2014

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Living Landscapes’ Recipe for a Successful Show Garden -

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Top gardener finding it difficult to dig up a new apprentice -

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quadron and clients celebrate another successful year for Green Flags -

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Landscape Institute – salary survey launches -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nature bursting into flower -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BALI is moving on the 1st August 2014… -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Enfield Council retains Green Flag status in eight parks -

Monday, July 28, 2014

National Parks To Be Protected From Fracking -

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kilver Court’s Secret Gardens on BBC Gardeners’ World -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Buddleia warning as Government calls for gardeners to take action -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Permeable paving organisation launches SuDS document -

Friday, July 25, 2014

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

Living Landscapes’ Recipe for a Successful Show Garden

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What makes a great show garden? We’ve been learning a lot about that in the last two years. And with three Silver-Gilt medals and a People’s Choice award now under our belt, we must be doing something right. So we thought we’d dissect our latest success for you — the Silver-Gilt medal winning Al Fresco garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 — to find out which ingredients really made it special… 11 Vital Ingredients of a Successful Show Garden: Garden Design: Peter Reader’s design for Al Fresco was conceptually excellent, but also highly functional, as well as ‘a…

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Top gardener finding it difficult to dig up a new apprentice

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A renowned gardener and radio star believes today’s youngsters are reluctant to go into apprenticeships after he spent six months trying to find new recruits without success. BBC Essex’s gardening expert Ken Crowther says the search for new apprentice employees for his garden maintenance company, Crowther Landscapes, has been a “nightmare”. “Apprentices nowadays feel a bit like dogsbodies and leave. But we had to do it in my day. “I made tea and did all the hard labour for years before I learned to be a proper gardener. People aren’t willing to do that these days.” His company has been…

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Quadron and clients celebrate another successful year for Green Flags

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Quadron Services was pleased to learn that it had helped its clients win 68 Green Flag Awards when this year’s results were announced on 28 July. The Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces in the country and are handed out by environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, to sites that boast the highest possible standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities. Quadron is proud to work in partnership with its clients and local stakeholder groups to maintain 68 of the UK’s best parks and open spaces, and is delighted to have contributed to the…

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Landscape Institute – salary survey launches

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The Landscape Institute is carrying out its annual Employment and Salary Survey this August to provide members with a snapshot of the industry’s pay grades, employment levels, and more.The survey provides valuable data on the salary and employment conditions within the landscape profession. It defines the average salary of all grades of Landscape Institute members, charts employment demand, and gathers information on various job titles and opportunities within the industry.This year’s survey will collect practical and useful information for all Landscape Institute members and Registered Practices, said Chris Sheridan, Head of Education and Membership.‘As an individual you can check your…

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Nature bursting into flower

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An aptly named floral project is flourishing in the warm weather and producing a riot of native colour. In the Upper Walled Nursery at a Sussex botanic garden, the Grow Wild area is an ambitious mass-participation campaign to inspire individuals and communities to engage with the huge range and variety of our UK native wild flowers.   Over four years, the project will distribute one million seed kits across the UK to help people sow native wild flower seeds in their communities and at home. At Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, the display shows the mixture of seed that…

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BALI is moving on the 1st August 2014…

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We are proud to announce that we will be moving on to greener pastures on the 1st of August which will allow the team at BALI Landscape House to work more efficiently within our work space while continuing to provide the best service possible for all BALI members. To ensure the move goes as smooth as possible BALI will be closed on Friday 1st of August but will be back up and running for 8:30am on Monday the 4th of August. The move is not a far one as we will remain within the Stoneleigh Park grounds and our postal…

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Enfield Council retains Green Flag status in eight parks

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Enfield Council has once again retained its Green Flag status in eight of its parks. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best open spaces in the country. Enfield is one of the greenest boroughs in London and the council manages acres of parkland and open spaces for the public to enjoy and explore. Bush Hill Park, Trent Country Park, Jubilee Park, Oakwood Park, Town Park, Forty Hall Park, Grovelands Park and Pymmes Park are the parks in Enfield which retained their awards once again. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety Cllr Chris Bond, said:…

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National Parks To Be Protected From Fracking

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New planning guidance will strictly limit drilling for shale gas and oil in national parks and precious areas of countryside. Fracking will be allowed in national parks and areas of outstanding beauty only in “exceptional circumstances”, ministers say, as new bidding for shale exploration licences opens. The policy is part of new guidance published by Government which is aiming to offer up vast swathes of Britain for fracking. The Government has committed to going “all out for shale”, claiming development of the gas and oil resource is needed to improve energy security, and boost jobs and the economy. But opponents…

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Kilver Court’s Secret Gardens on BBC Gardeners’ World

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Kilver Court Gardens will feature on BBC2’s flagship programme on 25 July about the Secret Gardens of Somerset. Interviewed by BBC’s Joe Swift, Roger Saul, Mulberry founder and creator of Kilver Court, tells the story of the gardens’ fascinating history – from dark satanic textile mill, to the late ‘50s Gold Medal winning Chelsea garden, recreated by George Whiteleg in the ‘60s, to the backdrop for the headquarters of Fashion Designer Brand Mulberry in the ‘90s. The site is now also home to Kilver Court Designer Outlet village, with over 50 designer brands, restaurants serving local Sharpham Park spelt produce…

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Buddleia warning as Government calls for gardeners to take action

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With its beautiful purple flowers flourishing in parks across the city, the Buddleia is a popular shrub with gardeners and wildlife experts alike. The pretty plant, more commonly known as the Butterfly Bush, is branded ‘essential’ for butterflies and bees, but has been given a black mark by the Government. Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) consider it an “invasive alien”, spreading rapidly and widely across the country, threatening to out-compete native vegetation and reduce biodiversity. It has also been reported to damage train lines and buildings, including derelict properties on Union Street. Buddleia Davidii is…

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