June 24, 2017

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Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates -

Friday, June 23, 2017

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all -

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Show Garden success for St Albans based company at BBC Gardeners’ World Live -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Experience the mystery and romance of Galica’s ‘Pazo’ Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Landscape Watering Systems looks at how effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GoLandscape’s ‘Watch this Space’ build begins at Hampton Court -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bradstone supports MS Society Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries launch 2018 promotional catalogue -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bernard Tickner awarded MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Groundwork launches drive to develop ‘Young Green Leaders’ -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Scented flowers

    Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club

    Green-fingered enthusiasts can hear from a charismatic gardener on scented plants. Bob Flowerdew will talk about the history, function and how to make scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club. Mr Flowerdew will also treat his audience to some samples to sniff, and explain how to ‘smell more accurately’. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance to buy some of his books. Pete Chamberlain, chairman of Bishampton & District Gardening Club, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have secured Bob to come along and speak to us and are looking forward to…

  • Action needed on consistently poor planting rates

    The Woodland Trust says official planting figures released today remain extremely disappointing and signal the urgent need for fresh thinking when it comes to getting more trees in the ground. The Forestry Commission statistics for 2016-17 show just 7,000 hectares of woodland were created in the UK and figures in England have barely broken the 1,000 hectare barrier. While that’s a small increase on last year’s figures, the Trust says it still leaves a lot to be desired, especially as the Forestry Commission has a target to see 5,000 hectares planted a year in England alone. Director of conservation and…

  • ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth

    ITV’s flagship gardening make-over programme ‘Love Your Garden’, hosted by TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, has used Addaset – a BBA approved Resin Bound paving system developed by Uckfield-based resin surfacing specialists Addagrip Terraco Ltd – to design a modern new garden for a family in Plymouth. The first garden in the new series of ‘Love Your Garden’ has been built for an amazing gentleman, who is Britain’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict who spent years serving his country and on Christmas Eve was blown up by an IED losing both his legs above the knee and his right…

  • Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque

    Fullers Mill Garden, in West Stow near Bury St Edmunds, has been awarded the Visit England official seal of approval, the Quality Rose Marque. The award, which is only given to visitor attractions that have been independently assessed by a Visit England inspector, is testament to the ongoing dedication of head gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers. Visit England assessors arrive at attractions unannounced, speak to members of staff and other visitors about the attraction and their experience of it. Hazel Hook the assessor who visited Fullers Mill Garden in early May, said of the garden:…

  • Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all

    Whatever you may have in mind for your glasshouse, small or large, Victorian or modern, a trip to Griffin Glasshouses’ stand at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will reveal an array of beautifully designed glasshouses ranging from its NGS collection to its more bespoke structures. The firm will be displaying a ¾ span glasshouse with a porch, which will allow Griffin to demonstrate the wide range of accessories that can be added to the structure including cold frames, electric roof vents and internal water storage. This glasshouse will also feature Griffin Glasshouses’ unique 35-degree pitch roof which is suitable…

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Spider launches global social media campaign with giant Mow-na Lisa

Jun 19, 2017

Dvorak, the Czech-based manufacturer of the Spider range of remote-controlled slope mowers, has launched its first global social media campaign featuring a giant version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa portrait, mown on a hillside at Dolní Kalná in the Czech Republic. The portrait, on a grass canvas measuring 200 metres x 250 metres with a gradient of 45 degrees, was created over a period of three days: two days of detailed surveying and one day mowing, using the company’s Spider 1 and Spider 2 mowers. It was filmed by the creative motion picture and digital agency, Mustard, based…

Can-do idea helps Eden’s Paul Stone win gold at Gardeners’ World show

Jun 19, 2017

The Eden Project’s landscape manager has won a gold medal at the Gardeners’ World Live show – with the help of tin cans recycled from the project. Paul won the prize in his own name for a nostalgia garden set in the 1960’s, designed to celebrate 50 years of BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Paul said: “I was delighted to be asked by the show organisers to have a look back at the way gardening used to be. The public are invited into a late 60’s village setting and can see how planting and potting was back then and how things have…

Tobermore’s heavy duty VS5 paving proves to be ‘chief’ in pavement stability

Jun 19, 2017

Southern Green, a landscape architecture firm based in Gateshead, was appointed to design the landscape at Northshore Innovation CentreTobermore’s heavy duty VS5 paving proves to be ‘chief’ in pavement stability, a project that is part of a wider regeneration masterplan in Stockton-on-Tees, which has been referred to as one of the most exciting regeneration developments in the north of England in recent years. Tobermore provided Southern Green with a variety of hard landscaping products that offered modern aesthetics to complement the new building whilst protecting against pavement shifting. Northshore Innovation Centre accommodates office space, homes, retail outlets, hotels, eateries, bars and leisure facilities….

Silver Merit medal for Thrive students at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Jun 19, 2017

Students attending Birmingham gardening therapy charity Thrive are celebrating winning a coveted Silver Merit Medal for their display at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The young people attend the charity’s Grow and Learn programme at Kings Heath Park and together designed and created a garden entitled ‘The Life and Times of Miss Potter’ inspired by the hit film ‘Miss Potter’ which starred Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. All the students involved in the garden are from Chadsgrove School in Birmingham and have been supported by Thrive horticultural therapists and volunteers, but the design and ideas have all come from them. The garden featured…

Liverpool sets out £700m Festival Park plan

Jun 19, 2017

Liverpool City Council is set to approve a masterplan that aims to create a spectacular £700m riverside suburb in the south of the city. The authority’s cabinet is set to green light the next stage of the radical transformation of the former International Festival Gardens site which could deliver up to 2,500 new homes, 500,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure floor-space, a new ferry terminal and a major waterpark attraction. Once approval is given for the Festival Park Liverpool masterplan, which was launched at the MIPIM international property conference in March, the council will “soft market test” the proposals…

City Corporation has launched first pop-up garden as part of Low Emission Neighbourhood project

Jun 18, 2017

The City of London Corporation, with the Friends of City Gardens, has now launched the City of London’s first pop-up garden as part of its Low Emission Neighbourhood project. Designed by landscape designers Studio Xmpl, the City of London’s first pop-up garden has been commissioned as part of the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Low Emission Neighbourhood project, which is jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Mayor of London. The garden is part of the City in Bloom Air Quality Challenge ‘Clean and green in seventeen’ which is linked to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Greening Grey…

Historic gardens weekend at Weald and Downland Museum – 24-25 June

Jun 18, 2017

Enjoy a weekend dedicated to six period gardens at Weald and Downland Museum, 24 – 25 June 2017. Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view a short film about the gardens. You can also chat to the gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium. Find out how the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens are used for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also…

Building and construction sector unites to support workers with cancer

Jun 17, 2017

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support. Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, ISG, Selco Builders Warehouse, Travis Perkins, Topps Tiles and Wolseley UK, have joined forces with the charity to tackle the stigmas that prevent men from talking about their health. The campaign will build on the success of last year’s inaugural campaign which saw Macmillan bring together companies from the industry to improve the health and wellbeing of their male workforce. Following the campaign, the charity has had a continued presence in the…

Talk helps gardeners adapt to changes in climate

Jun 17, 2017

Keen gardeners and growers will have a rare chance to hear from the team behind an innovative garden at this month’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, demonstrating how gardeners can adapt to changes in our climate. Dr Ross Cameron will give the AGM guest lecture for Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) in Penrith on Monday 3 July, exploring how the changing climate has been affecting gardens across the UK and what the future holds. Ross is one of the authors of the new RHS report ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ and is a senior lecturer in landscape management, ecology & design…

Perennial funds new horticultural traineeship at West Dean Gardens

Jun 16, 2017

Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping all horticulturists in times of need, has confirmed a new partnership with West Dean Gardens, part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable education trust located on the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate in West Sussex. It is the first Perennial funded traineeship to be agreed at West Dean and further strengthens Perennial’s existing portfolio of fully funded placements for students of horticulture. The new trainee will assist in the day to day cultivation, maintenance and development of the gardens. Working under the acclaimed gardens manager Jim Buckland, the successful candidate will…

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Scented flowers

Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club

Green-fingered enthusiasts can hear from a charismatic gardener on scented plants. Bob Flowerdew will talk about the history, function and how to make scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club. Mr Flowerdew will also treat his audience to some samples to sniff, and explain how to ‘smell more accurately’. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance to buy some of his books. Pete Chamberlain, chairman of Bishampton & District Gardening Club, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have secured Bob to come along and speak to us and are looking forward to…

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates

The Woodland Trust says official planting figures released today remain extremely disappointing and signal the urgent need for fresh thinking when it comes to getting more trees in the ground. The Forestry Commission statistics for 2016-17 show just 7,000 hectares of woodland were created in the UK and figures in England have barely broken the 1,000 hectare barrier. While that’s a small increase on last year’s figures, the Trust says it still leaves a lot to be desired, especially as the Forestry Commission has a target to see 5,000 hectares planted a year in England alone. Director of conservation and…

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth

ITV’s flagship gardening make-over programme ‘Love Your Garden’, hosted by TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, has used Addaset – a BBA approved Resin Bound paving system developed by Uckfield-based resin surfacing specialists Addagrip Terraco Ltd – to design a modern new garden for a family in Plymouth. The first garden in the new series of ‘Love Your Garden’ has been built for an amazing gentleman, who is Britain’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict who spent years serving his country and on Christmas Eve was blown up by an IED losing both his legs above the knee and his right…

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque

Fullers Mill Garden, in West Stow near Bury St Edmunds, has been awarded the Visit England official seal of approval, the Quality Rose Marque. The award, which is only given to visitor attractions that have been independently assessed by a Visit England inspector, is testament to the ongoing dedication of head gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers. Visit England assessors arrive at attractions unannounced, speak to members of staff and other visitors about the attraction and their experience of it. Hazel Hook the assessor who visited Fullers Mill Garden in early May, said of the garden:…

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all

Whatever you may have in mind for your glasshouse, small or large, Victorian or modern, a trip to Griffin Glasshouses’ stand at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will reveal an array of beautifully designed glasshouses ranging from its NGS collection to its more bespoke structures. The firm will be displaying a ¾ span glasshouse with a porch, which will allow Griffin to demonstrate the wide range of accessories that can be added to the structure including cold frames, electric roof vents and internal water storage. This glasshouse will also feature Griffin Glasshouses’ unique 35-degree pitch roof which is suitable…

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK

National land management charity, the Land Trust is delighted to announce the acquisition of new public open spaces in Warrington, Cheshire; Ketley, Telford and has confirmed contracts to manage the substantial green space around new housing developments at Waverley, South Yorkshire and New Lubbesthorpe, Leicestershire. Spanning over 16 hectares, the green space at Ketley is an area enhanced as part of Telford Millennium Community which includes a stream, grassland, woodland and a network of paths to explore. Acquisition by the Land Trust means that this site next to the new residential development will continue to remain as public open space…

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights

Life-size model cows that wowed both the judges and the crowds at the first-ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show have found the perfect home and will stay together as a herd in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Three beautiful beasts – all eye-catching features in official tourist board Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s Silver-Gilt Medal winning show garden – have been put out to pasture at The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath. The quirky cows – sprayed in metallic colours and ‘branded’ with a blue and white hand-painted circular motif – are destined to be a whimsical talking point for visitors…

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards

A community charity is asking the public to nominate community groups to receive a national award at an awards ceremony recognising their work in making their local areas better places to live. The charity, Groundwork, say it has launched the Groundwork Community Awards 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: groundwork.org.uk/communityawards The deadline for nominations is 25 August and the awards are simple to enter via an online system where community…

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show

Staff at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating this week (June 21, 2017) after winning three silver awards and three bronze awards for six of its new plants at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show. Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, won silver awards for its Phormium ‘Blondie’, Morus ‘Mojo Berry’ and Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ and bronze awards for Edelweiss ‘Blossom of Snow’, Agapanthus ‘His Majesty’ and Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’. Adam Dunnett, sales & marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to be coming away with six awards at the New Plant…

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling

Scape – a new porcelain tile for exterior locations such as patios, steps and landscape areas – has been launched by tile specialists techtile. Natalie Arkell, director of Scape, said: “20mm porcelain is a relatively new material for exteriors in the UK but design, landscaping and architectural communities are already embracing it. The advantages of cutting edge tile design and technology made possible by porcelain far outweigh more traditional exterior tile materials.” The Scape collection includes over 35 individual 20mm outdoor tiles to suit all spaces, from stone to slate to wood effects. Equivalent 10mm interior tiles are also available, which, as…

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live

Rolawn products have contributed again to a raft of award winning show gardens and features at GWLive 2017. Rolawn turf stockist Wyevale Garden Centres, sponsored Claudia de Yong’s Romance in the Ruins garden, winning gold and best in show. Rolawn turf and growing media were selected by Peter Dowle of Howle Hill Nursery for The Anniversary Garden by Professor David Stevens. “The Blended Loam from Rolawn is an absolute delight to work with”, stated Dowle. “It has incredible structure working well in all conditions and when we had a heavy downpour during the build phase, it really came into its…

Show Garden success for St Albans based company at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

St Albans based company, Lanwarne Landscapes and in house designer Martin Lines, are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Gilt and Best Construction in Show at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 50th Anniversary show 2017.  The Contemporary Bee and Butterfly Garden is Lanwarne Landscapes’ first Show Garden and so they are over the moon with the result. The show garden was broadcast on Gardeners World on Friday 16 June, with Joe Swift referring to Martin Lines as an ‘emerging talent’, who we ‘may see at Chelsea one day’. Joe also complemented the garden finishing, referring to it as ‘immaculate’.  [The show…

Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and partners, on Tuesday 20 June, released 19 breeding pairs of rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) into an undisclosed woodland location in Warwickshire, near Royal Leamington Spa, in an attempt to stem the decline of this endangered species. With their soft caramel fur, furry tail and big black eyes, hazel dormice are without question one of Britain’s most endearing mammals, but sadly these charismatic creatures are also endangered. The decline can be attributed to the loss of woodland and hedgerow habitat, as well as changes to traditional countryside management…

Experience the mystery and romance of Galica’s ‘Pazo’ Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The Spanish Tourist Office and Turismo de Galicia are delighted to announce they will be exhibiting once again this year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Following the success of last year’s ‘Route of the Camellia’ show garden, a silver gilt medallist, the Spanish Tourist Office has once again commissioned garden designer, Rose McMonigall. This year’s exhibit, ‘The Pazo’s Secret Garden’, celebrates the wonder, mystery and contrasts of the gardens of the historic Galician Pazos; magnificent palaces famous for their exquisite architecture and extensive gardens, where formal design meets the untamed nature of Galicia’s landscapes. Rose’s romantic design…

Landscape Watering Systems looks at how effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation

Landscape Watering Systems (LWS) of Dinton near Salisbury specialises in the supply of high quality irrigation products and offers high levels of sales and technical support. The company has developed relationships with many of the biggest names in the UK and global irrigation markets and has an extensive network of professional and experienced Installers. It’s director Simon Edginton looks at the latest developments in irrigation technology and practice: We tend to take the availability of water for granted, yet with all the attention given to climate change, we should not be complacent. Measures need to be taken to combat the…

GoLandscape’s ‘Watch this Space’ build begins at Hampton Court

Build on the RHS’s and BALI’s GoLandscape ‘Watch this Space’ garden, the creation of BALI registered designer member Andy Sturgeon MBALI, started in earnest this week, with the help of volunteers and apprentices from across the wider landscape industry. The garden will be unveiled at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 from 3 July. Working with the RHS, BALI and GoLandscape, with the support from the APL, Andy’s design centres on a series of interconnected gardens re-using and re-imagining a multitude of elements from the last decade of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including previously supplied plants from Chelsea regular Hortus Loci. Born out of…

Bradstone supports MS Society Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017

Garden paving manufacturer, Bradstone, has supported the MS Society’s ‘A Journey to Hope’ garden which has been awarded a Silver Merit award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 15-18 June. Designed by Mike Baldwin of Derby College, this inspiring and emotive garden illustrates the journey of those who suffer with MS, from pre-diagnosis to living with the disease and beyond. To help raise awareness for the 100,000 UK sufferers of the disease and to show its support for the tremendous work that the MS Society undertakes, Bradstone pledged a quantity of Natural Limestone in Azure, along with…

Wyevale Nurseries launch 2018 promotional catalogue

One of the UK’s leading nurseries will be launching its 2018 promotional catalogue at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show this month (June, 2017). Wyevale Nurseries’ new catalogue will include 33 new plant promotions and will be available to collect at the plant show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on June 20 and 21. Adam Dunnett, sales & marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “Last year’s catalogue resulted in customers reserving more than 150,000 promotional plants from us. Last year’s top five plants were Phormium ‘Chocomint’, Jacobinia ‘Firefly’, Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’, Salvia ‘April Night’ and Echinacea…

Bernard Tickner awarded MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Bernard Tickner has been awarded an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award has been given in recognition for services to wildlife conservation and horticulture, relating to his voluntary conservation work in Suffolk and for his work at Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow. The announcement coincides with the launch of his biography, A Scratch in the Soil, on 20 June, in which Bernard looks back on a varied life. The memoir covers his military service in East Africa, a career with Greene King as Head Brewer and creator of its award-winning draught Abbot Ale, a prominent role…

Groundwork launches drive to develop ‘Young Green Leaders’

Groundwork has launched a recruitment drive to encourage young people to sign up to a national initiative to develop the nation’s next generation of environmental leaders. The ‘Groundwork Youth’ initiative is a package of support for 16 – 24-year-olds to develop their leadership potential and connect them with like-minded people to lead debate and delivery aimed at making their place – and the planet – better now and more sustainable in the long term. By 5 July it aims to have recruited 12 young people to the Groundwork Youth Advisory Board to help shape the initiative’s future direction and 100…

Spider launches global social media campaign with giant Mow-na Lisa

Dvorak, the Czech-based manufacturer of the Spider range of remote-controlled slope mowers, has launched its first global social media campaign featuring a giant version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa portrait, mown on a hillside at Dolní Kalná in the Czech Republic. The portrait, on a grass canvas measuring 200 metres x 250 metres with a gradient of 45 degrees, was created over a period of three days: two days of detailed surveying and one day mowing, using the company’s Spider 1 and Spider 2 mowers. It was filmed by the creative motion picture and digital agency, Mustard, based…

Can-do idea helps Eden’s Paul Stone win gold at Gardeners’ World show

The Eden Project’s landscape manager has won a gold medal at the Gardeners’ World Live show – with the help of tin cans recycled from the project. Paul won the prize in his own name for a nostalgia garden set in the 1960’s, designed to celebrate 50 years of BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Paul said: “I was delighted to be asked by the show organisers to have a look back at the way gardening used to be. The public are invited into a late 60’s village setting and can see how planting and potting was back then and how things have…

Tobermore’s heavy duty VS5 paving proves to be ‘chief’ in pavement stability

Southern Green, a landscape architecture firm based in Gateshead, was appointed to design the landscape at Northshore Innovation CentreTobermore’s heavy duty VS5 paving proves to be ‘chief’ in pavement stability, a project that is part of a wider regeneration masterplan in Stockton-on-Tees, which has been referred to as one of the most exciting regeneration developments in the north of England in recent years. Tobermore provided Southern Green with a variety of hard landscaping products that offered modern aesthetics to complement the new building whilst protecting against pavement shifting. Northshore Innovation Centre accommodates office space, homes, retail outlets, hotels, eateries, bars and leisure facilities….

Silver Merit medal for Thrive students at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Students attending Birmingham gardening therapy charity Thrive are celebrating winning a coveted Silver Merit Medal for their display at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The young people attend the charity’s Grow and Learn programme at Kings Heath Park and together designed and created a garden entitled ‘The Life and Times of Miss Potter’ inspired by the hit film ‘Miss Potter’ which starred Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. All the students involved in the garden are from Chadsgrove School in Birmingham and have been supported by Thrive horticultural therapists and volunteers, but the design and ideas have all come from them. The garden featured…

Liverpool sets out £700m Festival Park plan

Liverpool City Council is set to approve a masterplan that aims to create a spectacular £700m riverside suburb in the south of the city. The authority’s cabinet is set to green light the next stage of the radical transformation of the former International Festival Gardens site which could deliver up to 2,500 new homes, 500,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure floor-space, a new ferry terminal and a major waterpark attraction. Once approval is given for the Festival Park Liverpool masterplan, which was launched at the MIPIM international property conference in March, the council will “soft market test” the proposals…

City Corporation has launched first pop-up garden as part of Low Emission Neighbourhood project

The City of London Corporation, with the Friends of City Gardens, has now launched the City of London’s first pop-up garden as part of its Low Emission Neighbourhood project. Designed by landscape designers Studio Xmpl, the City of London’s first pop-up garden has been commissioned as part of the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Low Emission Neighbourhood project, which is jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Mayor of London. The garden is part of the City in Bloom Air Quality Challenge ‘Clean and green in seventeen’ which is linked to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Greening Grey…

Historic gardens weekend at Weald and Downland Museum – 24-25 June

Enjoy a weekend dedicated to six period gardens at Weald and Downland Museum, 24 – 25 June 2017. Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view a short film about the gardens. You can also chat to the gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium. Find out how the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens are used for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also…

Building and construction sector unites to support workers with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support. Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, ISG, Selco Builders Warehouse, Travis Perkins, Topps Tiles and Wolseley UK, have joined forces with the charity to tackle the stigmas that prevent men from talking about their health. The campaign will build on the success of last year’s inaugural campaign which saw Macmillan bring together companies from the industry to improve the health and wellbeing of their male workforce. Following the campaign, the charity has had a continued presence in the…