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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

THE GARDEN THAT GROWS IN A DROUGHT

Faced with lower rainfall levels than Beirut and Jerusalem you might expect gardeners at Hyde Hall to be tearing their hair out. In this area of Essex the soil often receives less than 24ins (600mm) a year. Yet for the past decade plants there have thrived without a drop of additional water. The Dry Garden, a one-and-a- half acre plot which forms part of the land opened to the public by the Royal Horticultural Society, was created when it became appar- ent that Britain was likely to be frequently ravaged by drought. The challenge was to show how it’s still…

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Garden power tools stolen – Bristol

Burglars escaped with chainsaws, hedge cutters and a number of hand tools from a workshop in Berkeley. They forced entry to the building in Station Road between 5.30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Kingston upon Thames: grounds maintenance services

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Grounds maintenance services. Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Surrey County Council is seeking to award a new contract for the delivery of grounds maintenance services to sites that are not currently occupied but need to be maintained, parcels of land and to sites that are leased to a third person. The main purpose of the Contract is the maintenance of land and vegetation (excluding trees) to an appropriate specification with a…

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Herbicide label changes merit attention

New CRD (Chemical Regulation Directorate) label requirements for herbicides approved for use on non-porous, hard surfaces, require increased targeting of spray applications, important in protecting water and optimising application efficiency, Bayer believes. “These new label requirements – ‘Regulatory Update 42’ – will apply to all herbicides used on paved and other non-porous surfaces,” explains Bayer’s Dorin Pop. The new legislation, aligned to the EU Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides and the EU Water Framework Directive, has come into action to help minimise the use of herbicides and to reduce run-off into drains which poses a pollution risk, he…

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British towns will be ‘characterful’ not concrete

New British towns will be ‘characterful’ not concrete, says David Cameron A new generation of British towns in the countryside will be built with character and green spaces, rather than sprawling “concrete grids”, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister set out his vision of “characterful” new towns with plenty of gardens and parks, amid fears the Government’s planning reforms will blight parts of the countryside Critics yesterday said the new towns were still an “alarming” threat, as the planning reforms due this week are set to encourage developers to build on rural areas. In a strong defence of the…

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Kensington Palace reopens its doors after £12m revamp

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped up her public duties yesterday by celebrating St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards – just as the new public face of her London home was unveiled. The Duchess presented members of the 1st Bn Irish Guards, with shamrock at their barracks in Aldershot, continuing a tradition begun in 1901. As well as the officers and men of the Guards battalion, she pinned a sprig of the plant on the collar of Conmael, the regimental mascot – after petting the wolfhound, who had been specially shampooed and blow-dried for the occasion. She follows in the…

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Olympics kept from going brown

Olympics kept from going brown by watering cans and recycled sewage water. Gardens in the Olympic park will be watered by hand from cans, amid fears that the hosepipe ban could transform the site’s attractive green spaces into arid deserts. Gardeners are also preparing to use “grey water” – domestic waste water – to help irrigate the million square meters of meadows, wetland and woods at the East London site. The emergency measures are being drawn up ahead of Thames Water’s hosepipe ban, which comes into force on April 5 as the worst drought in 30 years spreads across England…

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Garden centres rush for irrigation systems

Garden centres expect rush for irrigation systems as gardeners find way to beat hosepipe ban. Garden centres are expecting a rush to buy water-saving irrigation systems as shoppers attempt to save plants from dying as a result of the hosepipe ban. Although hoses will be outlawed across huge swathes of drought-stricken eastern and southern England from April 5, drip irrigation systems will be allowed. It is the first time during an official drought that householders have been permitted by water companies to tend their hanging baskets, patio plants and borders. Industry experts are expecting a rush from shoppers to buy…

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Forest of Dean council garden waste scheme

ALMOST 3,000 extra households need to sign up for new paid-for garden waste collections or Forest of Dean District Council will make a loss on the service. But councillors are optimistic they will hit their 10,000-household target despite concerns about the controversial new scheme. From April, residents will have to pay £26 a year if they still want their green bin picked up from the kerbside. Previously, it was covered in the council tax bill. To break even on the service, the council needs 10,000 homes to sign up to the optional scheme. So far, 7,212 households have taken up…

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Drought: a survival guide for a dry season

It’s been a dry winter. I’d say an alarmingly dry winter, except that I’ve loved it: the soggy end of my garden hasn’t turned into a bog, I’ve only once been rained off at the allotment, and I’ve very seldom walked across the plot and had my wellies instantly transformed into mud-soled platform boots. Delightful as this has been, there is always a price to pay for climate extremity. It bodes worryingly for the growing season, and water restrictions across southern and eastern England are a black cloud on the horizon – although not of the right kind. Southern Water,…

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