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How to effectively treat leatherjackets -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden -

Friday, August 18, 2017

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meeting increased demand in tree protection -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mitie’s Tim Howell discusses how technological advances benefit the industry -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Griffin Glasshouses complete one of their largest and most challenging domestic structures in 50-year history -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gristwood and Toms Lands Acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

UK artists and practitioners invited to breathe new life into Waltham Forest’s unloved spaces -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched to help popular UK garden residents -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 days left for communities to nominate their local heroes -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Choosing the best lopper for the job -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rolawn hit 160 million -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • How to effectively treat leatherjackets

    Leatherjackets are the soil-dwelling larvae of the flies commonly known as daddy longlegs. Daddy longlegs appear towards the end of August and lay their eggs within days. Once they hatch, around two weeks later, the inch-long, legless creatures begin to feed on grass roots and stem bases, devastating lawns and plants. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a safe and effective way to deal with a leatherjacket infestation, which can only be treated using biological methods. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a natural product containing microscopic worms (nematodes) which seek out and kill leatherjackets. Nematodes attack the pest by entering natural body openings,…

  • Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS

    The leading supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, is now offering two new fantastic products in its exclusive range. Lush and deep in colour, iVY and iRIS are perfect for those looking to re-vamp lawns with a luxurious and natural look this summer. Both lines feature a polyurethane backing which makes them more durable and easier to work with. iGRASS continues to offer luxury products at different pile heights that allow landscapers and designers a wide variety of lawn styles to suit their client’s needs. The 25mm iVY and 35mm iRIS are perfect mid-length grasses that complement…

  • Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden

    It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in. And the roof garden project, for…

  • House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall

    The interior living wall at House of Fraser’s new department store at Rushden Lakes has been designed to impress visitors and to become a prominent feature, to be seen by shoppers using the escalators, with great views from both ground floor and first floor. It takes advantage of the natural light provided by the skylights in the centre of the store. The Green Infrastructure Consultancy has been in discussions with House of Fraser for some time about how plants could be used to improve air quality in their stores for both staff and visitors as well as improving people’s sense…

  • Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK

    The Ventrac dealer network continues to grow in the UK with the appointment of two new dealers – Frank Nicol Farm & Garden Machinery Ltd and Cheshire Turf Machinery. Rupert Price, managing director of Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor, has been busy building his dealer base since taking over the franchise in January 2017. “We’re seeing a lot of sales momentum now following six months of extremely hard work travelling the length and breadth of the UK demonstrating the machines and attachments,” he said. “I’ve also been busy signing reputable dealers who…

Latest

Mowers for steep slopes with Cub Cadet

Aug 15, 2017

Mowing sloping grass verges can be difficult, and even dangerous. If you have large areas of steep verges to mow, and a walk behind mower is not an option, what is needed is a powerful lawn tractor, with excellent traction. The XT3 lawn tractors from Cub Cadet are designed for the toughest, most demanding conditions, driven by powerful Kawasaki engines and equipped with ultra-strong components – the Cub Cadet XT3’s are brimming with strength and power for even the most precarious of cuts. The four models within the line up are the most powerful in the XT Enduro Series™ and…

Trilogy and Peterson reveal plans for the transformation of the Great Northern

Aug 15, 2017

Plans for the transformation of the Great Northern Warehouse and Square have gone on show in Manchester today at a public exhibition organised by the partnership that owns the site, Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group. The Exhibition will give the public the opportunity to view the plans and comment ahead of a planning application later in the year. The plans have been drawn up by a team of consultants that includes masterplanner Will Alsop’s aLL Design, architect Simpson Haugh, Altrincham-based landscape specialists Planit-IE and interior architect Johnson Naylor. Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, Trilogy Real Estate and…

Lewis Normand becomes Southern sales manager for Bernhard’s Nurseries

Aug 14, 2017

Lewis Normand has moved from Glendale Horticulture/Coblands to Bernhard’s Nurseries to take up the newly created role of Southern sales manager responsible for sales to professional Horticulturists and Designers. Lewis said: “I’ve had really enjoyable six years with Glendale Horticulture and have been a part of many interesting projects, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge of developing sales in the South of England for Bernhard’s Nurseries. “In 2017, I have supplied 5 Gold Medal and 5 Silver Gilt winning gardens, as well as two best in Shows, including Paul Hervey-Brookes’ garden at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.”…

Society of Garden Designers announces new vice chair

Aug 14, 2017

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Sarah Morgan MSGD as its new vice chair working alongside SGD chair, Philippa O’Brien MSGD. Sarah has been a Register Member of the Society for 20 years and is a long-standing-member of the SGD Council. She joined Council in 2014 as the member for Education and has overseen many initiatives including the introduction of the Educator Status for garden design courses and programmes in the UK. Sarah has been involved in education for many years. She spent five years as head of faculty, landscape horticulture and design, and programme leader for the…

Myerscough prepare Show Gardens for Southport Flower Show

Aug 14, 2017

Show Gardens built by staff and learners of Myerscough College will once again be on display at the Southport Flower Show. The prestigious annual event later this month will once again seen Myerscough College bring to life the two winning entries in the annual Schools Design-a-Garden Competition. The competition is for junior school pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a bumper year of entries from across the region. The aim of the competition was to design an attractive, eco-friendly garden, with ‘The Curious Garden’ as the theme, incorporating the use of plants, colours, recycled matter – and…

Boost to countryside site from successful grant application

Aug 14, 2017

A successful grant application to the Awards for All Lottery Fund by the Friends of Aston Brickyard Plantation (FAB) means the group can continue their valuable work in partnership with Derbyshire County Council to manage and conserve this historic woodland and grassland. The plantation is at the side of Derby Road on the north edge of Aston on Trent. It’s an area of mixed woodland planting and a wildflower meadow on the site of a former clay pit and brick works. It was a major gypsum provider in the 18th century, a brick works until mid-1960s, and then a landfill…

£6.2m government boost to help unlock 15,000 new homes in Didcot Garden Town

Aug 14, 2017

Oxfordshire is set to benefit from thousands of new homes and improvements to local transport networks thanks to a £6.2 million government cash injection, Housing Minister Alok Sharma announced. Government funding has been awarded to South Oxfordshire District Council to accelerate the delivery of  Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road – a vital piece of local infrastructure. As a critical transport link around Didcot, it will be one of the new roads that will be key to the success of Didcot Garden Town, a locally-led development which aims to build over 15,000 homes by 2031. This funding will help relieve pressure on…

Rare caterpillar found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall after 150 year absence from Essex

Aug 13, 2017

A rare, red, black and pale green caterpillar, not thought to have been seen in Essex for nearly 150 years, has been found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford. The 10cm insect which feeds on Spurge (Euphorbia) and belongs to the migrant Spurge Hawk moth (Hyles euphorbiae) native to Southern Europe, was found in the gardens by visitors Keith and Jennifer Fridd. Spurge Hawk moths are only occasionally found in southern England with reports of caterpillars even less frequent. Sightings of the moth in Suffolk have been reported this year, but the caterpillar found at Hyde Hall is thought…

Free guide offers advice on attracting sponsorship for environmental improvement

Aug 13, 2017

Councils, Britain in Bloom groups, horticulturalists and community organisations are being offered a free guide with advice on how to attract sponsorship for initiatives to improve Britain’s public spaces. The 30 page booklet has been produced by Amberol, who manufacture self-watering planters and street furniture such litter bins, benches and picnic tables, all made from recyclable or recycled materials. The guide is free from Amberol on application. Sections include advice on attracting sponsorship from businesses and other groups, with suggestions for ways of approaching organisations, raising awareness and putting a sponsorship structure in place. The booklet also explains some of…

The Posh Shed Company has a range of stylish storage solutions for gardens

Aug 12, 2017

The Patio Store and Outdoor Cupboards from The Posh Shed Company are ideal accessories for keeping your garden tidy, whilst providing convenient storage space, even in limited spaces. Measuring a compact 1.1m wide by 1.8m high by 0.6m deep and featuring an internal shelf and tool rack, the Patio Store is the perfect place to leave dirty outdoor clothing and any other bits and bobs before entering the house. With its Gothic shaped door, wavy facia and wooden cedar shingles roof, the design is not just practical but beautiful as well. The store is also available in a range of…

News

How to effectively treat leatherjackets

Leatherjackets are the soil-dwelling larvae of the flies commonly known as daddy longlegs. Daddy longlegs appear towards the end of August and lay their eggs within days. Once they hatch, around two weeks later, the inch-long, legless creatures begin to feed on grass roots and stem bases, devastating lawns and plants. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a safe and effective way to deal with a leatherjacket infestation, which can only be treated using biological methods. Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer is a natural product containing microscopic worms (nematodes) which seek out and kill leatherjackets. Nematodes attack the pest by entering natural body openings,…

Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS

The leading supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, is now offering two new fantastic products in its exclusive range. Lush and deep in colour, iVY and iRIS are perfect for those looking to re-vamp lawns with a luxurious and natural look this summer. Both lines feature a polyurethane backing which makes them more durable and easier to work with. iGRASS continues to offer luxury products at different pile heights that allow landscapers and designers a wide variety of lawn styles to suit their client’s needs. The 25mm iVY and 35mm iRIS are perfect mid-length grasses that complement…

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden

It wasn’t long ago that the only thing expected from a roof was for it to protect a building from the elements. But times have changed and so has the role of the roof as we knew it. Increasingly this previously under-utilised space is being specified as a ‘Green’ or ‘Brown’ roof to encourage bio-diversity and wild life or as fully landscaped communal courtyards in areas where outside space is scarce. SureSet Permeable Paving sent a photographer to capture how well a roof garden they worked on nearly three years ago had settled in. And the roof garden project, for…

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall

The interior living wall at House of Fraser’s new department store at Rushden Lakes has been designed to impress visitors and to become a prominent feature, to be seen by shoppers using the escalators, with great views from both ground floor and first floor. It takes advantage of the natural light provided by the skylights in the centre of the store. The Green Infrastructure Consultancy has been in discussions with House of Fraser for some time about how plants could be used to improve air quality in their stores for both staff and visitors as well as improving people’s sense…

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK

The Ventrac dealer network continues to grow in the UK with the appointment of two new dealers – Frank Nicol Farm & Garden Machinery Ltd and Cheshire Turf Machinery. Rupert Price, managing director of Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac 4500 compact tractor, has been busy building his dealer base since taking over the franchise in January 2017. “We’re seeing a lot of sales momentum now following six months of extremely hard work travelling the length and breadth of the UK demonstrating the machines and attachments,” he said. “I’ve also been busy signing reputable dealers who…

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

The Highlands-based bespoke garden design company WoodBlocX has announced a partnership with independent landscape provider, Urban Planters. WoodblocX will supply street furniture and planters for public spaces, accommodation schemes and retail and hospitality outlets. The two businesses will also work to offer a similar supply and installation service to domestic customers. After making their mark in 2012 with a successful appearance on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den, WoodBlocX’ products have been used up and down the country. Thousands of the Lego-like wooden planter kits have been sold for both domestic gardens and commercial installations, such as the entrance to Westfield Shopping Centre…

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events

From now until the end of the year Green-tech is attending a record number of events and exhibitions across the UK. The Green-tech team are familiar faces at industry events and between them are covering the country from Exeter to Edinburgh, attending an ambitious number of exhibitions and a further 10 CPD presentations. As well as holding their own open day for customers and suppliers on 7 September. This year Green-tech is sponsoring the WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition which is being run by the APL. Other events Green-tech are exhibiting at include: • AA National Amenity Conference, Exeter 2017 |…

Meeting increased demand in tree protection

British Hardwood Tree Nursery Limited (BHT) are at the very centre of the UK’s plant supply and tree protection business in more ways than one. Nestled in the heart of rural England in the Lincolnshire countryside, BHT are well-prepared and well-positioned for the forthcoming bare root season – and are ready to expand yet further. BHT are already benefitting from recent site investment in 2016, increasing capacity for plant protection and planting accessories with a new shed and extra mezzanine level. Riding on the success of this expansion, the company have now committed to a further mezzanine level in another…

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture (MHort) award, now accepting applications for autumn, has been revamped to reflect the latest industry research and developments and changing needs of employers. The degree-level award will also now be more accessible to distance learners across the globe, with more delivery taking place online. The award, which can be flexibly studied over three to five years, is aimed at those who already work within the horticultural industry and are in a supervisory role. It gives learners the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas, specialise in…

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee

The City of London Corporation, which manages Epping Forest, is calling on local groups to join a new consultative committee for the site. The committee will be a new open forum where Epping Forest management and policy issues can be discussed with representative user groups from across the Forest. Its views will feed into the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee, which makes decisions about Forest policy. 16 local groups will be selected to sit on the committee*, which will be chaired by Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee. Representatives on…

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board

Lucy Edge, general manager of Avanti Communications at Goonhilly on the Lizard Peninsula, has been appointed a non-executive director on the board of Eden Project Ltd. Lucy is a physicist and engineer and a leading figure in Cornwall’s growing space industry. She set up the Avanti Communications Spacecraft Operations Centre, which operates a fleet of satellites providing global communications, and has managed the launch of rockets bearing satellites now controlled from Cornwall. She is also a non-executive director on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, reflecting her passion for economic growth, inclusion and skills development. Outside work…

Mitie’s Tim Howell discusses how technological advances benefit the industry

Landscaping hasn’t changed significantly since the days of Capability Brown, inasmuch as it’s still people using tools and materials to build, manage and develop the green environment. Our industry is not usually considered hi-tech or highly innovative and, while the horses and scythes of the 18th century have been replaced by tractors and mowers, it’s not apparent that the industry has embraced high levels of technology – it’s still people using tools and equipment, right? Perhaps that’s the view that many people have of us – the cloth-capped gardener pushing a rickety mower – but if you look under the…

Griffin Glasshouses complete one of their largest and most challenging domestic structures in 50-year history

When Griffin Glasshouses first started talking to a Cheshire estate owner about replacing the historic glasshouses in a walled garden, little did they realise that almost fifteen years later the 123sq.m finished job would be one of the larger and technically challenging domestic structures they have built and erected in their 50-year history. The glasshouse as Ashton Hayes is “one of the most exciting and interesting design projects we have worked on” said Griffin Glasshouse managing director, Linda Lane. The Ashton Hayes estate owner, Mr Barry Searle, is “pleased and impressed” with the finish and attention to detail, even though…

Gristwood and Toms Lands Acquisition of Foremost Treesurgeons, bolstering turnover by £3M

Gristwood and Toms is delighted to announce the acquisition of Hampshire based arboricultural specialist and fencing contractor, Foremost Treesurgeons. The deal will add £3 million in annual sales across amenity and utility arboriculture and vegetation management, in addition to land clearance and fencing services. The move will cement Gristwood and Toms’ position as a major service partner for public sector, social housing and commercial customers. Enhancing operational capability and capacity across the south of England, the acquisition strengthens Gristwood and Toms’ position as the largest, privately owned, specialist arboricultural contractor in the UK. Foremost employs around 30 staff and Michael…

UK artists and practitioners invited to breathe new life into Waltham Forest’s unloved spaces

Making Places is an ambitious £1m arts and cultural programme, funded by Waltham Forest Council, aiming to revitalise the area with artwork, which will have a huge impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods. Stage one of the Open Call launches with 14 sites on Wednesday 23 August 2017, closing on 8 October, with more to be announced in November. Proposals can cost up to £40,000 The judging panel include some of London’s creative elite from the Barbican, London Festival of Architecture and Soho Theatre Winning projects will be installed throughout 2018. Managed in partnership with Create, Making Places Open…

First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched to help popular UK garden residents

The UK’s housing crisis is often high on the news agenda, but this August, a more rustic type of accommodation, home to the UK’s smaller, spikier residents, is taking the spotlight. Today, 15 August 2017, the first ever national Hedgehog Housing Census has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up by wildlife charities the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), to help combat the ongoing decline in native hedgehog population numbers. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Between now and the 31st October…

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as managing director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business. Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA…

Groundwork

10 days left for communities to nominate their local heroes

Community charity, Groundwork is reminding communities across the UK that there is only ten days to go before nominations close for the inaugural Groundwork Community Awards, a ceremony that will recognise the local people that fly the flag for making their local area a better place to be. The awards have been launched as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. Visit the awards website: www.groundwork.org.uk/communityawards There are ten awards that are up for…

Choosing the best lopper for the job

Loppers are an essential tool for keeping trees and large bushes healthy and tidy. The long handles reach far into the plant or tree, and exert high leverage with minimal effort, making it easier to cut thicker branches. As with pruners, there are two categories of lopper; bypass and anvil, each being suited to cutting a different type of branch. Bypass loppers, are perfect for green wood, as they give precise, clean, cuts and avoid damaging the branch, with blades that are designed to pass each other smoothly as they cut. The General Purpose Geared Bypass Loppers (1111135WF) from Wilkinson…

Rolawn hit 160 million

This week Rolawn proudly harvested and delivered their 160 millionth roll of turf. Since the company was founded in 1975 sales records have been kept allowing this unique moment to be identified. As a result, the roll of turf in question was photographed on its journey from the production field, through the unique Profresh® system that extends turf shelf life and then on to the customer. In true British tradition, this all happened on the wettest summer day experienced this year. The lucky recipient of the turf in question is newly launched Rolawn stockist, Hassett Plant Centre of Pitsford, Northampton….

Mowers for steep slopes with Cub Cadet

Mowing sloping grass verges can be difficult, and even dangerous. If you have large areas of steep verges to mow, and a walk behind mower is not an option, what is needed is a powerful lawn tractor, with excellent traction. The XT3 lawn tractors from Cub Cadet are designed for the toughest, most demanding conditions, driven by powerful Kawasaki engines and equipped with ultra-strong components – the Cub Cadet XT3’s are brimming with strength and power for even the most precarious of cuts. The four models within the line up are the most powerful in the XT Enduro Series™ and…

Trilogy and Peterson reveal plans for the transformation of the Great Northern

Plans for the transformation of the Great Northern Warehouse and Square have gone on show in Manchester today at a public exhibition organised by the partnership that owns the site, Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group. The Exhibition will give the public the opportunity to view the plans and comment ahead of a planning application later in the year. The plans have been drawn up by a team of consultants that includes masterplanner Will Alsop’s aLL Design, architect Simpson Haugh, Altrincham-based landscape specialists Planit-IE and interior architect Johnson Naylor. Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, Trilogy Real Estate and…

Lewis Normand becomes Southern sales manager for Bernhard’s Nurseries

Lewis Normand has moved from Glendale Horticulture/Coblands to Bernhard’s Nurseries to take up the newly created role of Southern sales manager responsible for sales to professional Horticulturists and Designers. Lewis said: “I’ve had really enjoyable six years with Glendale Horticulture and have been a part of many interesting projects, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge of developing sales in the South of England for Bernhard’s Nurseries. “In 2017, I have supplied 5 Gold Medal and 5 Silver Gilt winning gardens, as well as two best in Shows, including Paul Hervey-Brookes’ garden at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.”…

Society of Garden Designers announces new vice chair

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Sarah Morgan MSGD as its new vice chair working alongside SGD chair, Philippa O’Brien MSGD. Sarah has been a Register Member of the Society for 20 years and is a long-standing-member of the SGD Council. She joined Council in 2014 as the member for Education and has overseen many initiatives including the introduction of the Educator Status for garden design courses and programmes in the UK. Sarah has been involved in education for many years. She spent five years as head of faculty, landscape horticulture and design, and programme leader for the…

Myerscough prepare Show Gardens for Southport Flower Show

Show Gardens built by staff and learners of Myerscough College will once again be on display at the Southport Flower Show. The prestigious annual event later this month will once again seen Myerscough College bring to life the two winning entries in the annual Schools Design-a-Garden Competition. The competition is for junior school pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a bumper year of entries from across the region. The aim of the competition was to design an attractive, eco-friendly garden, with ‘The Curious Garden’ as the theme, incorporating the use of plants, colours, recycled matter – and…

Boost to countryside site from successful grant application

A successful grant application to the Awards for All Lottery Fund by the Friends of Aston Brickyard Plantation (FAB) means the group can continue their valuable work in partnership with Derbyshire County Council to manage and conserve this historic woodland and grassland. The plantation is at the side of Derby Road on the north edge of Aston on Trent. It’s an area of mixed woodland planting and a wildflower meadow on the site of a former clay pit and brick works. It was a major gypsum provider in the 18th century, a brick works until mid-1960s, and then a landfill…

£6.2m government boost to help unlock 15,000 new homes in Didcot Garden Town

Oxfordshire is set to benefit from thousands of new homes and improvements to local transport networks thanks to a £6.2 million government cash injection, Housing Minister Alok Sharma announced. Government funding has been awarded to South Oxfordshire District Council to accelerate the delivery of  Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road – a vital piece of local infrastructure. As a critical transport link around Didcot, it will be one of the new roads that will be key to the success of Didcot Garden Town, a locally-led development which aims to build over 15,000 homes by 2031. This funding will help relieve pressure on…

Rare caterpillar found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall after 150 year absence from Essex

A rare, red, black and pale green caterpillar, not thought to have been seen in Essex for nearly 150 years, has been found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford. The 10cm insect which feeds on Spurge (Euphorbia) and belongs to the migrant Spurge Hawk moth (Hyles euphorbiae) native to Southern Europe, was found in the gardens by visitors Keith and Jennifer Fridd. Spurge Hawk moths are only occasionally found in southern England with reports of caterpillars even less frequent. Sightings of the moth in Suffolk have been reported this year, but the caterpillar found at Hyde Hall is thought…