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April 22, 2018

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The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley -

Monday, April 16, 2018

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series -

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The “live outdoors” Partnership -

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Countrywide Grounds teams up with Perfectly Green -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Selecting the right decorative shingle – Smiths Bletchington

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Pick the right decorative shingle and it can brighten up any garden design – giving a landscape project the finishing touch. Smiths’ range of decorative shingle is one of quality and can proudly boast the supply of the genuine Cotswold stone shingle. With those lovely warm, honey and cream colours of the region, it is a classic shingle that is understated yet sits very well in most environments. A similar offering is our Oxford range of decorative shingle, a blend of subtle neutral beiges and creams, which also typifies the Cotswold area. A very versatile shingle that can be used…

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SMAR Architecture Studio appointed to design Science Island

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Kaunas City Municipality announced this week the appointment of SMAR Architecture Studio, based in Australia and Spain, to design Lithuania’s new National Science and Innovation Centre, known colloquially as Science Island. SMAR was the highest ranked of three winners in the Science Island International Design Contest, which attracted 144 teams from 44 countries and was the most popular design competition ever held in Lithuania. The appointment completes the Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice – the second stage of the process following the original Design Contest; both processes were run to Lithuanian procurement regulations. The new €25m science centre is…

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Forests of the Future seminar line-up announced

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‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment and will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3…

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London to receive 1,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan

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A scheme proposed by the Japan Britain Society aims to plant 1,000 cherry blossom trees across parks in Britain, the Japan Times reports. The fundraising project initially aims to raise funds to grow, plant and maintain between 50 and 60 of these iconic trees in four major London parks next autumn. Locations are being sourced between the organisers and The Royal Parks charity ahead of the first round of planting, with the remaining trees reportedly being planted at a later date. Sandy K. Sano, creator of the project and chairman of the Japanese Association says: “We want to honour the…

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Developers and local authorities working to boost quality of new developments

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The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources for developers and local authorities designed to help boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.The first resource takes the form of a Housing Standards Playbook – to support local authorities drive up the sustainability of new homes through policy.UKGBC’s housing standards playbook urges local authorities to act consistently to: Set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19% improvements compared to current national minimum on carbon reduction Commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero carbon in operation from 2030 at the latest…

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Hartley Botanic’s 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show trade stand

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This year, British greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is celebrating a landmark 80th anniversary. The Lancashire-based business, which was founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent (RHS fellow) and Norman Hartley has been making its beautiful, handmade and bespoke aluminium greenhouses and glasshouses for 80 ‘trusted’ years, working from the same artisan factory beneath the base of the dramatic Pennines’ Chew Valley. Its history as a business and the provenance of its carefully crafted garden structures are the inspiration behind its RHS Chelsea Flower Show trade stand and will be symbolically mirrored in displays which tell the historic stories of…

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Yorkshire Dales inspire award-winning garden designer

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Plans are underway to bring a celebration of the Yorkshire Dales to an international audience at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Chris Myers, an RHS Gold Medal-winning designer, TV presenter and off-grid gardener from Yorkshire, has designed a garden that reflects the changing landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, as well as highlighting the work of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) – a local charity that works to sustain the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Dales. Chris said: “The highlight of any flower show has to be the Show Gardens and I’m so chuffed to be producing one…

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Foreign influence in garden design, with Nilufer Danis

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Pro Landscaper speaks with Nilufer Danis of Lotus Design Studio, looking at how garden design from overseas has impacted her work, essential consideration of global warming in design and we gain insight into specific projects that have been impacted by her Turkish heritage.   Which nation’s garden design inspires you most? It really depends on the project and use of space, as my opinion varies. Overall, I would say I like Scandinavian design for its simple, modest, rustic and cosy gardens. They’re also highly functional and sustainable. From planting aspect, I like the way we use plants here in the…

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DCF invests in the horticulturalists of tomorrow

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Six students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, four students have received Student Scholarships with two students receiving the Floranova Scholarship and Markham-Colegrave Scholarship respectively. Student Scholarships of £1,000 have been awarded to: Gavin Trinder from Monmouthshire is currently studying for his Level 2 in Horticulture at NPTC, alongside his work as a nursery manager. He will use his bursary to further develop his knowledge through his college studies. Gavin comments: “I’m so grateful to have been awarded the student scholarship. I have worked…

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Iconic Temperate House re-opens after largest restoration in Kew’s history

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10,000 plants (1,500 species), from the world’s temperate zones 5-year project involving 400 staff and contractors, taking 1,731 days to complete 69,000 individual elements removed from building and cleaned, repaired or replaced Scaffolding required was equivalent to length of M25 £15m restoration funded by National Lottery, plus support from DEFRA and other donors Aerial performers to fly through building and giant puppets will tell stories of plants Focus on link between wellbeing & connecting people to nature, via launch of Kew Babies, Kew Allotments and many more initiatives Kew Gardens is in the final month of the largest restoration project in its entire history….

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