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June 24, 2018

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GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July -

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Murray Landscapes scores at hub South West’s eighth building for growth awards -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Green-tech returns to exhibit at Rail Live -

Friday, June 22, 2018

Talasey Group announces managing director and CEO -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Posh Shed Company to unveil new ranges at Hampton Court -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Soils & Trees Conference offers unprecedented opportunity -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners -

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stihl expands Workwear range -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A designer’s guide to lighting outdoor social areas -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Give it some welly for Thrive this September -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Macmillan Southport Flower Show garden tells tale of life after cancer diagnosis -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win -

Friday, June 15, 2018

Preview: National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show

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In a season that has been challenging it appears that plant sales are holding up which is great news for the HTA National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show which take place next week (19 and 20 June) at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. With over 140 companies represented across the two shows (198 stands) is it the place to visit for all your plant needs. The National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, brings together plant producers from across the UK, providing an unprecedented opportunity to view the very best plants from the UK supply chain. As ever there is a…

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Brian Herbert on the BALI Leadership in Action Development Course

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This week, Pro Landscaper sits with Brian Herbert of Outdoor Options to find out about the new BALI South Thames Leadership in Action Development Course, targeted towards business owners and project managers within the landscaping industry. What inspired you to set up this course? “A lot of supervisors, managers and directors in our industry started out at site level, with most of their training and acquired skills relating to specific disciplines,” Brian explains. “We at BALI wanted to offer a training facility to help develop individual supervision and management skills as their duties expand into leadership roles.” Brian continues: “Creating…

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International call for ideas to re-imagine London’s Grosvenor Square

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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has launched an international call for ideas to re-imagine Grosvenor Square in London. Architects, designers and creative thinkers from across the world are invited to submit proposals to re-imagine the historic square for locals, visitors, Londoners and future generations, with the aim of reinstating Grosvenor Square as one of the world’s leading public spaces. Watch our Corner to Corner video here. In 2017, Grosvenor surveyed 1,000 Londoners and visitors to find out their views on how this public space should be used. The feedback was that awareness of the square was low and that it was…

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HTA National Plant Show exhibitors all sign up to responsible sourcing statement

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All nursery exhibitors to the HTA National Plant Show, that takes place on 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, have signed up to the industry responsible sourcing statement demonstrating their commitment to plant health and biosecurity. Commenting on this HTA president Adam Taylor said: “Plant health is fundamental to our industry and the 100 percent commitment from our exhibitors to demonstrate this is clear. It has never been more important to ensure that we have traceability for the plants that we sell and that businesses follow best practice.” Further support will be available at the show with…

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Vertical bar metal railings installed at Windy Arbor Primary in Solihull

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The Windy Arbor Primary School in Solihull has undergone refurbishment and vertical bar metal railings manufactured and installed by Alpha Rail have helped transform the appearance of the school. The school was identified to undergo an extensive remodelling programme as part of the £70m North Solihull Primary Programme Strategic Plan. The programme intends to replace 15 Junior and Infant schools with 10 newly built or remodelled primary schools. The North Solihull Partnership (NSP) is overseeing the delivery of this programme alongside and on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC). The strategic plan is part of the councils’ commitment to…

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Trees on farms essential to improve environmental protection post Brexit

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Major agroforestry trials should be established during the EU withdrawal period Brexit, according to a report launched 12 June by the Woodland Trust and Soil Association. Government support for farmer-led research and innovation networks seeking to integrate trees and agriculture should also be trialled according to the policy document “Agroforestry in England: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities.” Agroforestry, the combination of trees and shrubs with agriculture, involves rows of trees through arable crops like wheat, dotted through pasture like parkland, or planted close together to provide cover for plants and animals. Combining trees and farming can increase productivity, diversify farm businesses,…

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TOPSOIL attracts prestigious customers for its task-specific products

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Since the launch of British Sugar TOPSOIL’s task-specific products, HortLoam premier planting topsoil and Sports&Turf topdressing, the UK’s largest supplier of quality topsoil has attracted an impressive list of prestigious customers. The University of Bristol Botanic Garden, RHS Garden Hyde Hall and Uppingham School have all selected HortLoam for projects where a friable, easy-to-work, nutrient-enriched topsoil is required to boost the establishment and growth of trees, shrubs, perennials and vegetables. Sports&Turf is the choice of Peterborough United FC, Bury St Edmunds RUFC, Northwood and Muswell Hill Golf Clubs, and Kings College, Cambridge, for the reparation of winter pitches, construction and…

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All new product line introduced by iGRASS

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The supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, has released a new product, called In-Line. In-Line is an innovation in landscape surfacing to achieve that highly desirable ‘just mowed’ lawn effect. Formed of two stripes of lawn running parallel to each other, the product uses four natural shades of green, a combination of two shades within each stripe. Each stripe is 50cm wide, imitating the results of a lawn mower, achieving the authentic look. Suitable for a variety of projects, In-Line is highly effective on frontages to create impressive looking entrances but is equally show stopping in modern…

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INNSA guidance assisting buyers of Japanese knotweed remediation services

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UK Trade Body INNSA has released specific guidance to assist buyers of Japanese knotweed remediation services. This guidance will be particularly useful for local authority procurement departments, particularly in light of recent government intervention requiring that all amenity herbicide application is carried out by contractors who are members of the Amenity Assured scheme. Following recent reporting of the “Swansea Japanese knotweed study”1 released in April 2018, INNSA noted widespread misreporting and misunderstanding of the results of the study, which is consistent with a lack of knowledge about this area of significant concern, which costs the UK economy over £160m every…

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TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities

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In Ethiopia, 11.9% or approximately 13 million hectares of land is forested. Between 1990 and 2005, the country lost 14.0% of its forest cover. This, coupled with frequent droughts, has seen the agricultural sector in Ethiopia suffer over recent years; having devastating effects on the communities living there who rely on the land for survival. TREE AID works with communities across Ethiopia and the African drylands (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana) to help lift them out of poverty – through the power of trees. Tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. One area where TREE AID has been working…

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