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January 22, 2018

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British greenhouse designs attract overseas buyers -

Monday, January 22, 2018

RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair returns for 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

efig changes its name to plants@work to reflect main aim -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Viking Cruises unveils its Wellness Garden for RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Green wall panels transform view in West London -

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Speakers announced for SGD Spring Conference  -

Saturday, January 20, 2018

UK not-for-profit spearheads movement to green refugee camps in Northern Iraq -

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer -

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New body launched to support Business Improvement Districts -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mayor delivers £1.1m grants to help transform & create green spaces -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Johnsons supplies plants to ‘Best Large Park in Britain’ -

Friday, January 19, 2018

idverde adopts chemical-free weed control solution -

Friday, January 19, 2018

HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

APL announces spring seminar Faking It -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 competition launches -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Youngsters develop Wales’ Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme.

A trio of young horticulturalists from across the world are soon-to-be graduates of the 2014 Wales’ Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme. The three young people were photographed at the HHSS grafting day at Belle Vue Park in Newport this month as part of their final training on the course. While the scheme is Wales based – as seven key sites around the country – the interest from young people interested in developing skills in heritage horticulture has come from across the world. Twenty-year-old Jonathan Wilson is from Haverfordwest in South Wales; 21-year-old Chelsey Perdue is originally from Australia and 23-year-old Jonny…

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Trief Kerbs deliver enhances safety for major overhaul

Trief vehicle containment kerbs from Brett Landscaping have been specified to provide protection on bridges as part of Manchester’s major Metrolink project. The proven quality of Trief – the only product of its type to be independently tested to the BS EN 1317-2 standard for road restraint systems – was instrumental in Brett Landscaping being chosen for use within Phase 3 of Metrolink, Manchester’s light rail system. This project has seen the creation of around 60km of new tram lines to connect the city to outlying areas including Oldham.  As part of this process, nearly 80 bridges have been refurbished,…

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efig elects new committee

efig’s 13th AGM took place at Kew Gardens last week and resulted in the election of a new and shuffled committee full of enthusiasm and energy.  Ian Drummond, Creative Director of Indoor Design stays in office as Chairman for a second year while Carole Pluckaard Johnston of Dutch supplier to the industry, Koberg BV takes up the role of Member and Social Secretary and Joanna Hargreaves remains Treasurer. Ian, Carole and Joanna are enthusiastic about taking efig forward. They are also excited to be joined by Chris Jenkin of Enterprise Plants who takes on the important supporting role as Vice…

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Revealed – RFS Best of English woodlands

The Royal Forestry Society RFS is delighted to announce the winners of the Best of England Excellence in Forestry Awards together with the first Woodlands for Climate Change Award. Judges in all categories were awed by the quality of all entries. RFS Co-ordinator Trefor Thompson said: “The quality of the field was evidence of the strength of woodland knowledge and management throughout England. “All those who entered the woodland and schools categories had already proved themselves as excellent winners in their regions in previous years, and they were all therefore competing against the very toughest of competition. “The introduction of…

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BBC and the RHS launch competition

 BBC and the RHS give one amateur garden designer the chance of a lifetime to show at Chelsea On Saturday 24 May the BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced the launch of a brand new competition to find the best aspiring garden designer in the UK. The winner of the competition will win the ultimate prize in horticulture – a chance to design a show garden feature on the RHS Stand on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. This exciting competition will allow anyone except professional garden designers to create a garden feature in…

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St Albans landscaper wins the UK’s best small business award

Lanwarne Landscapes Ltd has beaten hundreds of entrants to win the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Worldpay UK’s Best Small Business of the Year and Micro Business of Year. The company was established in 2003 by James Lanwarne after his budding rock career came to an abrupt end due to ‘musical differences’ and the band was dropped by its label. James went on to follow his second passion, landscaping and completed his apprenticeship in 2002. He initially completed smaller jobs such as fencing, patios and installing ponds before he enlisted the help of a garden designer and qualified himself in…

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Why Greater London should be made into an urban national park

London is 47% green space. If it became the first national park city issues such as obesity and climate change could be tackled. Last year I visited all 15 of the UK’s national parks. I explored windswept tors, hidden gorges, wild waters and enjoyed the view from the top of Britain’s highest peaks. During this journey I could see something was missing: a major urban habitat. Covering up to 7% of the UK, urban areas are recognised by Natural England as a distinct habitat, and by that definition London is truly remarkable. The population of 8.3m shares the city with 13,000 species of…

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The joys of gardening grow on the young

Forget clubs and pubs – today’s 20-somethings like nothing better than pottering in the garden. Traditionally the domain of pensioners and the middle-aged, gardening is rapidly being taken up by a new generation of horticulturists. The Chelsea Flower Show was dominated by young designers who received glittering accolades for their fresh ideas. But ordinary people are also are also taking up gardening at a younger age, new research reveals. A study of homeowners reveals that young people spent more than double the average on their gardens in the last year. Experts say living the good life – exemplified by the 1970s…

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Earn while you learn with The Royal Parks apprenticeship

The Royal Parks apprenticeship program Grow, which combines on the job training with recognised qualifications, is now open for applications. The highly successful Royal Parks apprenticeship programme has been running for over fifty years, with many of its graduates going on to secure permanent employment within the Royal Parks, and in other high profile locations such as Buckingham Palace and Crystal Palace Football Club. As apprentice gardeners, the successful applicants will be paid a salary to gain hands on experience and earn recognised qualifications over a 2-3 year period. They will be based at one of London’s Royal Parks five…

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APL in medal winning form at RHS Chelsea

Members of the Association of the Professional Landscapers (APL) are celebrating after winning an array of medals in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Outdoor Room won two Gold medals, one for ‘The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect’in association with Alzheimer’s Society.  Designed by Adam Frost, the aim of the garden is to encourage us to stop and spencd quality time with each other and provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on memories and create news ones. They also won Gold for their ‘London Square’ garden which was designed by Jo Thompson and represents the corner of a London garden square and…

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