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February 17, 2018

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Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Seminars introduce new guidance on tree selection for green infrastructure projects -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

30th birthday celebrations for Holland Landscapes -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Green-tech wins Supplier category in Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Conservation apprenticeships available in the Yorkshire Dales -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marking the bicentenary of Humphry Repton -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ransomes continues long partnership with Continental Landscapes -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Industry exhibit revealed for RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wildflowers embraced by the University of York -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tim Howell explains why the landscaping industry needs to play its part in solving the problem of plastic waste -

Monday, February 12, 2018

  • Cheltenham

    Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer

    Work is set to begin this summer on improving Cheltenham High Street, including the use of natural stone paving, new seating, trees and a performance space. The designs, which are now well advanced, will go on public exhibition in March. They will replace the existing mix of concrete and tarmac infill with new natural stone paving across the full width of the street, creating a flat comfortable walking area with improved surface drainage. The new paving will be complimented by raised beds, planted with large trees and shrubs and incorporating new seating and other street furniture. Additionally, two new areas…

  • LDA Design

    LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury

    LDA Design has been appointed to help deliver a ‘Big Town Plan’ for Shrewsbury, one of England’s finest county towns. LDA Design, the creative consultancy behind masterplans for Exeter and Plymouth as well as the London 2012 Olympic Park, will work alongside three project partners – Shrewsbury BID, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council – to develop a masterplan that builds on visioning work carried out to date, including public consultation where over 2,500 comments and ideas were collected. Shrewsbury has long been the commercial centre for Shropshire and mid-Wales. It has a strong independent retail and food offer and…

  • London

    Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a further £6m injection of further funding for protecting the environment and improving green space in the capital. The fund will deliver the roll-out of more new public water fountains, on top of the initial 20 the Mayor announced recently. It will also create better local green spaces including in areas with little access to parks and community spaces. Sadiq wants Londoners to help protect the environment by introducing changes that will have a big impact on reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cups bought daily across the capital. The…

  • RHS

    Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on budding gardeners to apply for its two year apprenticeship scheme before applications close on 1 March. Open to school leavers and career changers, ten places are available across the four world-class RHS gardens; Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. Intended as a first step to a career in horticulture, successful applicants will combine working with inspiring garden teams with more formal learning delivered by a local college to learn about the cultivation and maintenance of ornamental gardens. In 2017, RHS apprentices also helped…

  • Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower

    Kubota UK continues to expand its extensive range of  machinery solutions with the launch of its new professional zero turn ride-on mower. Designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, the ZD1211 offers exceptional quality and performance, combined with easy to complete maintenance. Engineered to create a superior cut every time, the ZD1211 is equipped with a three-blade, 140 mm deep, 1.5m rear discharge deck, and optional mulching kit. This is combined with Kubota’s unique baffling system, a new technology that has been specifically designed and developed in the UK to maximise mulching performance. The ZD1211’s innovations go further,…

Latest

Kevin Patton Tree Surgeon Ltd using their new GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160

New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work

Feb 14, 2018

Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon Ltd, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of four — towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area. “Our work is very diverse — a…

Richard Gill, Chris Swan, Barry Browne and Drea Questari holding their award.

Green-tech wins Supplier category in Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017

Feb 13, 2018

Landscaping supplier Green-tech has been announced winner of the Supplier category in the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 which took place last week in London. Sales director, Richard Gill comments: “This is absolutely brilliant news — I am delighted that Green-tech has won the Supplier category. The team give 100% to our customers all the time and it’s always nice to know that our work is recognised. We had some strong competition in this category, so to win this award is confirmation that we are getting it right. This is a great start to 2018 and I’m hopeful it will…

Yorkshire Dales

Conservation apprenticeships available in the Yorkshire Dales

Feb 13, 2018

Thanks to National Lottery players and the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is looking for two countryside management apprentices. The 18-month posts will start between April and July 2018, and apprentices will undertake work-based training and study for a diploma in Environmental Conservation. The posts are with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and will be based at its workshop near Settle. The posts are being offered through Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone administration officer, said: “YDMT has been…

The Chinese-style pavilion at Woburn Abbey Gardens, a portrait of Woburn Abbey Gardens, and Humphry Repton’s ‘Red Book’ for Woburn, featuring his proposed designs.

Alan Titchmarsh to open new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marking the bicentenary of Humphry Repton

Feb 13, 2018

Renowned gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh MBE will open a new exhibition at Woburn Abbey at a press launch on 21 March 2018, which celebrates the bicentenary of Humphry Repton and his influential work for the Dukes of Bedford. Recognised as the first person to invent and use the title ‘landscape gardener’, Humphry Repton regarded himself as the rightful successor to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Repton produced over 400 designs and schemes for gardens great and small, but of these, he stated: “none were more fully realised than at Woburn Abbey”. Open to the public between 23 March and 28 October 2018,…

Ransomes and Continental Landscapes

Ransomes continues long partnership with Continental Landscapes

Feb 13, 2018

Leading grounds maintenance company Continental Landscapes has taken delivery of 33 pieces of machinery from Ransomes. This latest investment marks a 20-year relationship between Continental Landscapes and Ransomes. PA Turney demonstrated and sold the machinery, having nurtured the relationship between the companies for more than two decades. Continental Landscapes was established in 1989 and currently has more than 20 UK branches. It has a diverse portfolio of clients including local authorities, government departments, industrial and commercial concerns, housing associations, sports clubs and private individuals. The company also employs more than 700 people. Tom Dew, plant and machinery manager at Continental…

HTA

Industry exhibit revealed for RHS Chelsea 2018

Feb 12, 2018

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), working on behalf of the UK garden industry, will this year be exhibiting within the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ‘The Great Escape’ will be both educational and inspiring helping to demonstrate the benefits of plants, gardening and outdoor space. ‘The Great Escape’ will highlight some of the ways in which people of all ages enjoy their outdoor space – for relaxing, growing, playing, engaging with nature with supporting information about the benefits that this brings. It showcases the role of UK garden centres and initiatives such as…

Wildflower Turf

Wildflowers embraced by the University of York

Feb 12, 2018

Leading wildflower expert Wildflower Turf has made the grade by providing the University of York with a biodiverse boost to newly-built campus facilities. Based in Hampshire but having recently expanded operations to include a new growing site in Yorkshire, Wildflower Turf worked closely with the University’s landscape partners to enhance the area around the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre. Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape whilst also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of high-quality learning spaces and facilities…

Tim Howell, managing director of Mitie Landscaped Ltd

Tim Howell explains why the landscaping industry needs to play its part in solving the problem of plastic waste

Feb 12, 2018

Throughout my life I’ve been inspired by the television programmes and books narrated and written by David Attenborough. The wonders of our natural environment, and the diversity of species within it, have captured my interest for many years. Attenborough’s latest program, Blue Planet II, which aired in early December last year, has yet again opened up a view into the previously unseen underwater environments across the planet. One comment struck me, and I had to rewind to check I had heard it correctly: “Eight million tonnes of plastic are deposited into the oceans every year.” I found that incredible; the…

Lotus Design Studio awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Feb 12, 2018

Lotus Design Studio of London has won Best Of Customer Service on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The RHS multi-award, gold medal winning design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz…

Horticulture and agriculture students’ study trip to Spain

Feb 11, 2018

Horticulture and agriculture students have learnt more about the commercial production and exportation of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables during a study tour to Almeria in Spain,  home to over 30,000ha of protected cropping. During the five-day long trip, the BSc (Hons) Horticulture and MSc Postharvest and Crop Production students gained an insight into major producers and processors. These included one of the largest exporters in the world and a company that produces tomatoes exclusively for Tesco in the UK. Henry Matthews said: “This study trip is designed to provide students with in-depth focus on the most up-to-date approaches…

Five key garden design trends from the society of garden designer awards 2017

Feb 11, 2018

How will our gardens grow in 2018? What are the new trends in garden design right now?  Inspiration can be found in the award-winning gardens revealed at this year’s Society of Garden Designers Awards, where some of the best landscape and garden design projects were celebrated. Planter Gardening – Bold, multi-layered steel planting systems were key features in two of the award-winning gardens at the Society of Garden Designer Awards this year. Designer Emily Erlam used blocks of angular steel planters, deep filled with plants, shrubs and trees to create a densely planted roof terrace, while Ian Kitson FSGD snaked sculptural Corten…

300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

Feb 10, 2018

City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.  The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

News

Cheltenham

Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer

Work is set to begin this summer on improving Cheltenham High Street, including the use of natural stone paving, new seating, trees and a performance space. The designs, which are now well advanced, will go on public exhibition in March. They will replace the existing mix of concrete and tarmac infill with new natural stone paving across the full width of the street, creating a flat comfortable walking area with improved surface drainage. The new paving will be complimented by raised beds, planted with large trees and shrubs and incorporating new seating and other street furniture. Additionally, two new areas…

LDA Design

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury

LDA Design has been appointed to help deliver a ‘Big Town Plan’ for Shrewsbury, one of England’s finest county towns. LDA Design, the creative consultancy behind masterplans for Exeter and Plymouth as well as the London 2012 Olympic Park, will work alongside three project partners – Shrewsbury BID, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council – to develop a masterplan that builds on visioning work carried out to date, including public consultation where over 2,500 comments and ideas were collected. Shrewsbury has long been the commercial centre for Shropshire and mid-Wales. It has a strong independent retail and food offer and…

London

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a further £6m injection of further funding for protecting the environment and improving green space in the capital. The fund will deliver the roll-out of more new public water fountains, on top of the initial 20 the Mayor announced recently. It will also create better local green spaces including in areas with little access to parks and community spaces. Sadiq wants Londoners to help protect the environment by introducing changes that will have a big impact on reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cups bought daily across the capital. The…

RHS

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on budding gardeners to apply for its two year apprenticeship scheme before applications close on 1 March. Open to school leavers and career changers, ten places are available across the four world-class RHS gardens; Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. Intended as a first step to a career in horticulture, successful applicants will combine working with inspiring garden teams with more formal learning delivered by a local college to learn about the cultivation and maintenance of ornamental gardens. In 2017, RHS apprentices also helped…

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower

Kubota UK continues to expand its extensive range of  machinery solutions with the launch of its new professional zero turn ride-on mower. Designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, the ZD1211 offers exceptional quality and performance, combined with easy to complete maintenance. Engineered to create a superior cut every time, the ZD1211 is equipped with a three-blade, 140 mm deep, 1.5m rear discharge deck, and optional mulching kit. This is combined with Kubota’s unique baffling system, a new technology that has been specifically designed and developed in the UK to maximise mulching performance. The ZD1211’s innovations go further,…

RHS Hampton Court

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

From 2-8 July, The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) largest flower festival supported by Viking will return to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with exciting new content for 2018 including iconic horticulture, a mass planting of Verbena bonariensis and an immersive feature taking visitors on an explorative journey through time. For the first time ever at the show, RHS Hampton will be celebrating iconic figures of the horticultural world, welcoming influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf. Internationally acclaimed for transforming urban spaces, the Dutch designer will be bringing his iconic naturalistic style to the show, creating a whimsical…

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors

To celebrate the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary on 1 April, garden designer and RHS Gold medallist Martyn Wilson, who is ex-RAF, has designed a memorial garden to feature at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018 in May. The RHS and Three Counties Agricultural Society – owners of the Malvern show ground – have agreed for the garden to remain as a permanent RAF memorial garden, but the garden needs sponsors for this to happen. Martyn needs to raise £10,000 in order to construct the garden, which includes the purchase of materials, plants and a bespoke sculpture. Benefits for sponsors include:…

A speaker at the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) conference.

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference

The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) hosted its fourth annual conference in Derby in the wake of a turbulent last year for remediation professionals. INNSA 2018 brought together experts from a range of sectors affected by invasive species, including property, amenities, remediation and legal, to provide updates on the previous year and future advice for those at risk of infestations of the likes of Japanese knotweed. 2017 was a challenging year for the invasives industry, with months of uncertainty on the renewal of Glyphosate licensing causing fears of food shortages, and harmful non-native infestations growing out of control. It also…

landscaper

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017

The inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on Friday 9th February, bringing the landscaping community together for an afternoon to celebrate the excellent standards set within the landscape industry. Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson, said: “Our industry is exceptional at celebrating the visual excellence of landscaping with industry awards and RHS shows that highlight how phenomenal landscapes can look, but with the launch of the Pro Landscaper Business Awards, we chose to highlight how well businesses operate -their processes, staff training, health and safety records and consistent positive customer feedback.” The ceremony, held at…

Staff training at the new Palmstead Nurseries academy.

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy

‘To be the best we can be’ is the motto of the new staff training academy launched by Palmstead Nurseries Ltd, in Wye, Kent, this week. “Staff training will help to create a wider understanding of what we do as a business,” Mark Hutchinson, the managing director, says. “Our motto applies to each person, each team, the company and Palmstead Nurseries within the horticultural industry.” Taking place at the company’s new training facilities, Palmstead Nurseries have designed two training streams; ‘Hands on Horticulture’ — led by marketing manager Nick Coslett, with help from other members of the nursery and external trainers —…

A sample of the new digital document 'Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers'.

Seminars introduce new guidance on tree selection for green infrastructure projects

Two seminars, due to take place in London and Birmingham next month, will introduce new guidance on tree selection for those engaged with green infrastructure projects. In the face of multiple urban challenges, including the anticipated impacts of a changing climate, trees are widely recognised as making a significant contribution towards ameliorating some of these issues — however, they can only deliver their many benefits over the long term if appropriate species are selected for a given location. ‘A Guide to Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure – Helping to Grow a Resilient Urban Forest’ will reveal the latest findings from Myerscough…

Chris and Paul Baker, directors of Holland Landscapes, at the APL Awards in 2017

30th birthday celebrations for Holland Landscapes

Holland Landscapes, based near Colchester in Essex, is celebrating 30 years of creating amazing gardens. Originally founded by Chris Baker in 1988, Chris’s son Paul joined the company 10 years later. Directors Chris and Paul are still very much at the helm, and have developed Holland Landscapes into the thriving business it is today, designing and constructing high quality gardens throughout Suffolk and Essex. The business supports a team of seven full time employees, and regularly uses the services of local bricklayers, electricians and other specialists. Chris and Paul have also recently founded a second company, Tapestry Design Studios. Holland Landscapes has…

Kevin Patton Tree Surgeon Ltd using their new GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160

New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work

Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon Ltd, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of four — towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area. “Our work is very diverse — a…

Richard Gill, Chris Swan, Barry Browne and Drea Questari holding their award.

Green-tech wins Supplier category in Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017

Landscaping supplier Green-tech has been announced winner of the Supplier category in the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 which took place last week in London. Sales director, Richard Gill comments: “This is absolutely brilliant news — I am delighted that Green-tech has won the Supplier category. The team give 100% to our customers all the time and it’s always nice to know that our work is recognised. We had some strong competition in this category, so to win this award is confirmation that we are getting it right. This is a great start to 2018 and I’m hopeful it will…

Yorkshire Dales

Conservation apprenticeships available in the Yorkshire Dales

Thanks to National Lottery players and the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is looking for two countryside management apprentices. The 18-month posts will start between April and July 2018, and apprentices will undertake work-based training and study for a diploma in Environmental Conservation. The posts are with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and will be based at its workshop near Settle. The posts are being offered through Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone administration officer, said: “YDMT has been…

The Chinese-style pavilion at Woburn Abbey Gardens, a portrait of Woburn Abbey Gardens, and Humphry Repton’s ‘Red Book’ for Woburn, featuring his proposed designs.

Alan Titchmarsh to open new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marking the bicentenary of Humphry Repton

Renowned gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh MBE will open a new exhibition at Woburn Abbey at a press launch on 21 March 2018, which celebrates the bicentenary of Humphry Repton and his influential work for the Dukes of Bedford. Recognised as the first person to invent and use the title ‘landscape gardener’, Humphry Repton regarded himself as the rightful successor to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Repton produced over 400 designs and schemes for gardens great and small, but of these, he stated: “none were more fully realised than at Woburn Abbey”. Open to the public between 23 March and 28 October 2018,…