September 24, 2017

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Poinsettias are ready to go the distance in 2017 -

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Makita introduces new ‘Farmers Choice’ 55.7cc chainsaw -

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Leave it to Billy Goat -

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Forestry grant widened in Scotland -

Friday, September 22, 2017

Less than a month to go until the focus on health at the CIH Annual Conference -

Friday, September 22, 2017

Media City win spurs growth for Hale-based I Want Plants -

Friday, September 22, 2017

London Stone launch DesignBoard -

Friday, September 22, 2017

British Hardwood Tree Nursery extends office and job roles to prepare for exciting growth period -

Friday, September 22, 2017

New global vegetable garden establishing well with HortLoam -

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wensleydale gets conservation push -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Arboriculture apprentices on course to branch out -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Get gardens looking their best for winter with Safeguard’s Roxil range -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Drone technology adds another dimension to SoilsCon 2017 -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Green-tech wins affiliate exceptional service at BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Adelaide contemporary international design competition coming soon -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ground Control scoops four BALI National Landscape Awards -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kubota UK gearing up for SALTEX with exciting new machines -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beaulieu proudly unveils new breathtaking piece of art -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New research demonstrates visiting a park once a week contributes to increased health and well being -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Government pledges £500,000 for new action group to grow future of public parks -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wicksteed Park gets HLF money to enhance play

Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire, has received initial support of £1.89million from the National Lottery Fund, to transform the historic heart of the park, showcase its heritage, and enhance the enjoyment of play in line with the original vision of its founder, Charles Wicksteed. The 147 acres of parkland were originally established as a safe and free park for the families and children of Kettering, a philanthropic gesture by engineer Charles Wicksteed during World War One. It was one of the UK’s first leisure parks and continues to be operated by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust. In the past, lack…

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Shortlist announced for The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition

The National Infrastructure Commission and Malcolm Reading Consultants today have announced the shortlist for The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. This two-stage competition is seeking inspirational yet realisable visions for the future of development within the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. The free-to-enter competition launched on 30 June 2017 and invited entries from broad multi-disciplinary teams made up of urban designers; architects; planning, policy and community specialists; landscape designers; development economists; and others with local knowledge and general insight. Fifty-eight teams from the UK and further afield…

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Gristwood and Toms awarded contract to deliver tree services for the Curo Group

Gristwood and Toms, the nations arboriculturalist, has been selected to work in partnership with the Curo Group to deliver tree maintenance services across their extensive property estate in the South West of England. Gristwood and Toms will take over the delivery of services on 1st September 2017. Curo have nearly 8,000 trees currently mapped on its land (open spaces, communal gardens and parks) that Gristwood and Toms will help to manage and care for. Curo operates across eight local authority areas, which are mainly in the South West of England. The area covers Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North…

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RHS Garden Wisley and over 500 of its important trees under threat from Highways England’s M25/A3 Plans

One of the UK’s most loved and horticulturally important gardens is under threat from Highways England plans to widen the A3 in what could be the ultimate garden grab. RHS Garden Wisley, a Grade II listed garden, could have over 10,000 sq. metres of woodland grabbed and over 500 trees destroyed, including one planted by The Queen to mark her Silver Jubilee, if one of Highways England’s plans is developed. The RHS estimates that the 500 threatened trees help to negate the emissions of 19,000 cars each year. There are currently two options available to Highways England to widen the…

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“Uber for Gardening” takes Seedrs

A UK-based start-up, fastgardener, which enables customers to book professional gardeners online in seconds, is raising capital via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform to fund its expansion. The funding campaign hit 100% of the funds sought with 36 days still remaining before the campaign closes, so the team are now looking to overfund to boost its growth ambitions and become the UK’s top destination for gardening services. “We aim to be like Uber,” said CEO and founder, Khaled McGonnell, “but for professional gardeners.” “Gardening needed a good ‘gig economy’ platform and fastgardener is the solution. We’ve established a network of vetted…

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Investment in Ysgol Pontyberem school refurbishment

A £4m investment is being made in Ysgol Pontyberem to remodel and refurbish Ysgol Pontyberem school, including the landscaping. Work started last month on the project which is jointly funded by Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme. It is part of the council’s Modernising Education Programme (MEP) which aims to give every child in the county access to first class accommodation and facilities. Local contractor Lloyd and Gravell were appointed to carry out the work which is due to be completed in December 2018. Along with internally remodelling the school building to better utilise the…

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Government to extend Green Flag Award for five more years

The government will renew the Green Flag Award licence making sure that Britain’s best parks and green spaces will be recognised and rewarded for another five years, Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones has announced. The minister made his announcement in Rugby, a town that boasts not one but four Green Flag winning parks, many of which were originally derelict sites that have been transformed by the hard work of the community and the local council. For 20 years, the Green Flag Awards have been recognising the best of outdoors spaces in the UK, allowing visitors to easily find…

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APL Autumn seminar: Vertically Challenged

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After the success of the last seminar on paving, the APL is holding a one-day technical seminar, sponsored by London Stone, looking at the challenges of vertical landscaping. Industry experts and practitioners will be on hand to provide information and technical knowledge about all aspects and types of vertical construction and finishes. The event takes place on 26 September at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. This day will be packed and fast paced and will include topics and speakers including Kate Gould, of Kate Gould Gardens, who will look at the design process. This will include the considerations that should be…

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Views sought on next phase of flood risk work in Leicester

People are being asked for their views on a new strategy that aims to reduce future flood risk for thousands of homes in Leicester. The Environment Agency and Leicester City Council have developed a new flood risk action plan that has been launched for public consultation. The new strategy has been developed following detailed computer modelling, and proposes flood risk measures that will also create new habitats for wildlife and improve public access and enjoyment of the city’s riverside. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This new strategy represents the next phase of ambitious plans to tackle flood risk in the…

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ISS and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead help adults with learning disabilities gain new skills

ISS Facility Services Landscaping and their client Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead have been helping adults with learning disabilities gain new skills. Since January of this year, a group of eight adults from Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre, dubbed the Raymill Rangers, have been working with ISS at Raymill Island in Maidenhead. The 1.6 hectare island is maintained by ISS as part of their grounds maintenance contract with the Royal Borough and houses an aviary and guinea pig enclosure, a small play area for children, picnic tables and a private café. Each week the Raymill Rangers, carry out a…

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