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February 22, 2018

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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam to focus on separate ventures -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018 -

Monday, February 19, 2018

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

  • Tatton

    RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced

    From 18-22 July, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood, will return to Cheshire’s 1,000 acre Deer Park with a bumper year to celebrate the Show’s 20th anniversary, featuring an array of new content from the scary to the spectacular. For the very first time, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park invites visitors to step inside ‘The Poisonous Garden’ and discover the gruesome and deadly nature of some of the UK’s best loved plants. Daring visitors can surround themselves with peril as plants and flowers drip from the ceiling in the ‘poison tunnel’ or get lured…

  • London

    Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside

    Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500m for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes. The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme. The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for: A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London in…

  • Sutcliffe Play

    Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play

    Sutcliffe Play, a British manufacturer of children’s playground equipment, has developed new and innovative new playground equipment for 2018. Andy Love from Sutcliffe Play says: “We’ve been very busy lately working on the development of the new equipment. We’ve expanded some of our most popular ranges, as well as launching brand new and exciting standalone pieces of playground equipment.” Minitown, Orchard and Neo have all had new play units added to, plus the company has launched a new multi-user rope swing, Cobra. The new equipment includes: The Minitown range has been designed specifically for under fives. Each piece of equipment…

  • Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam to focus on separate ventures

    Award-winning garden designers Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson have announced that, although they will continue to collaborate, they will be focusing on separate ventures going forward. In 2008 Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson launched Wilson McWilliam Studio. Simultaneously, Andrew Wilson, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Mark Gregory launched The London College of Garden Design. Wilson McWilliam Studio is acknowledged to be one of the leading design studios in the UK, winning 24 awards nationally and internationally over the past 10 years. The studio has produced outstanding and experimental work and created a huge range of successful private gardens and landscapes both…

  • Gillespies

    Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan

    Liverpool Housing Association Cobalt Housing has appointed masterplanners and designers Gillespies to work on its estate regeneration plan for Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The estate sits within one of Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral priority development zones, focused on improving social and economic conditions for both residents and neighbourhoods. Gillespies are supported by partners Hemingway Design, Cushman & Wakefield, Ekosgen and Mott MacDonald. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community and will look at options to both regenerate existing residential streets and develop new, high quality homes and spaces. Community…

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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…

Alpha Rail sales administrator celebrates 20th anniversary

Feb 10, 2018

An employee of Huthwaite based metal railings and gates manufacturer, Alpha Rail is celebrating 20 years’ service with the company. Yvonne Wardle, joined Alpha Rail in February 1998, initially working in the sales department at its old factory on Urban Road in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, where she was responsible for administration duties such as filing, answering phone calls and inputting data into the computer. Now, with twenty years’ experience under her belt, Yvonne takes care of processing orders, chasing quotations and pricing for pedestrian guardrail enquiries. Commenting on her role, Yvonne said, “I’ve always enjoyed the varied workload – it makes every…

landscaper

Pro Landscaper Business Award winners announced

Feb 9, 2018

After a sensational afternoon of jubilant festivities, the first Pro Landscaper Business Awards have come to a close. The standard of entrants was incredibly high, and after some tough decision-making from the judges, the winners have been announced. Industry Partnership – Sponsored by FutureScape Winner: Gristwood and Toms, in partnership with Bristol City Council Judges said that the arboricultural consulting firm are: “A fantastic example of industry partnership [that] goes beyond the normal boundaries.” Apprenticeship Scheme – Sponsored by Horticruitment Winner: Glendale The diverse, all-encompassing scheme was described by judges as having: “[An] ongoing commitment to training and development at…

News

Tatton

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced

From 18-22 July, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood, will return to Cheshire’s 1,000 acre Deer Park with a bumper year to celebrate the Show’s 20th anniversary, featuring an array of new content from the scary to the spectacular. For the very first time, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park invites visitors to step inside ‘The Poisonous Garden’ and discover the gruesome and deadly nature of some of the UK’s best loved plants. Daring visitors can surround themselves with peril as plants and flowers drip from the ceiling in the ‘poison tunnel’ or get lured…

London

Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500m for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes. The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme. The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for: A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London in…

Sutcliffe Play

Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play

Sutcliffe Play, a British manufacturer of children’s playground equipment, has developed new and innovative new playground equipment for 2018. Andy Love from Sutcliffe Play says: “We’ve been very busy lately working on the development of the new equipment. We’ve expanded some of our most popular ranges, as well as launching brand new and exciting standalone pieces of playground equipment.” Minitown, Orchard and Neo have all had new play units added to, plus the company has launched a new multi-user rope swing, Cobra. The new equipment includes: The Minitown range has been designed specifically for under fives. Each piece of equipment…

Gillespies

Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan

Liverpool Housing Association Cobalt Housing has appointed masterplanners and designers Gillespies to work on its estate regeneration plan for Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The estate sits within one of Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral priority development zones, focused on improving social and economic conditions for both residents and neighbourhoods. Gillespies are supported by partners Hemingway Design, Cushman & Wakefield, Ekosgen and Mott MacDonald. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community and will look at options to both regenerate existing residential streets and develop new, high quality homes and spaces. Community…

RHS Malvern

The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winning garden designer, Olivia Kirk, is creating her first show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which celebrates the re-development of The Royal Porcelain Works (RPW) in Worcester. Olivia, who runs a design practice in Herefordshire, has three RHS Chelsea Medals including Gold and has designed many private and public space gardens around the UK. The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern, which runs from 10-13 May 2018, will take visitors on a journey through time, using a series of planted ‘exhibition spaces’. The innovative garden design provides an inspiring mix of history and modernity, by…

Kubota

Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors

Leading manufacturer of groundcare equipment, Kubota UK, has launched a new and improved B Series range of compact tractors for smaller hectare users. Its new B1 (standard spec) and B2 (premium spec) tractors supersede Kubota UK’s existing B Series range of compact tractors. Adrian Langmead, groundcare business development manager for Kubota UK, said: “The launch of the B1 and B2 Series is all about evolution not revolution. Our B Series has been one of the most popular compact tractors on the market for years based on its performance, reliability, comfort and ability to cross different markets. The B1 and B2…

Chelsea Fringe

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018

Alternative garden festival The Chelsea Fringe has announced dates for 2018, its seventh year. The 2018 Fringe will run for nine days from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 May, with hundreds of eclectic events expected to take place across London, the UK, and worldwide as the globe’s fastest-growing Fringe festival continues to expand. “I’m hugely excited to be announcing our seventh Chelsea Fringe, and a new nine-day programme that promises to create more buzz and excitement than ever before,” explains festival director Tim Richardson. “The Fringe’s best events are the ones that involve people meeting up in a festive atmosphere – whether that’s around a talk, a walk,…

Glendale

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure

National green services supplier Glendale has made a trio of senior promotions, following a restructure of its regional operations. Alex Paterson has been made managing director and will be responsible for developing and directing the firm’s business strategy, leading management teams across the country and overseeing the company’s performance within key sectors. He joined the business in 2015 as regional director for the north, responsible for driving operational and financial performance in the region, before taking on the role of operations director. In addition, the business will now operate as two main territories, north and south, each led by a…

Most Influential

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser

Garden enthusiasts are being given the chance to be part of an audience with gardening journalist and TV presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, as he talks about his career and experience as a gardener, from his early days at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to his career on TV and radio, his writing and his charity work. The event is being held on 28 June at The Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre, The University of Essex, Colchester, and is in aid of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.  Alan is one of the patrons of the Trust, which was set up to carry…

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:…