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      Ash dieback

      Ash dieback is predicted to cost £15 billion in Britain

      A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, Fera Science, Sylva Foundation and the Woodland Trust has calculated the true economic cost of ash dieback. The predictions have been published in Current Biology. The total cost of ash dieback to the UK is estimated to be £15 billion Half of this (£7 billion) will be over the next 10 years The total cost is 50 times larger than the annual value of trade in live plants to and from Britain, which is the most important route by which invasive plant diseases enter the country There are 47 other known…

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    • Design
      Brewin Dolphin artists

      Brewin Dolphin reveals artists line-up for Chatsworth feature garden

      Brewin Dolphin has revealed the names of the four renowned artists who will feature on its show garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.   The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will feature prominent Paris-based Armenian ceramicist Gregory Tchalikian (also known as Tzarig), specialist screen printer Hannah McVicar, figurative painter Maeve O’Loughlin, and basket maker and sculptor Maggie Cooper. All four artists are inspired by nature and use the natural world in all its forms to nurture and craft their art.   Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the themes for Brewin Dolphin’s garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower…

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      Melanoma

      Broaching the c-word

      Shane McCormick, southern sales director of the Talasey Group, shares his story of being diagnosed with melanoma to encourage others within the industry to be more aware of the dangers of sun exposure. It was a Friday morning in late April when Shane McCormick was first diagnosed. The ex-landscaper, now southern sales director of the Talasey Group, was due to spend the weekend in Cornwall with his wife and friends. The car was packed, and routes were planned. The last thing for Shane to do was to attend a hospital appointment. Three weeks beforehand, he’d visited his doctor to ask…

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      New plants to feature at the HTA exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will feature new plants on its Discovery Zone exhibit ‘Helping Children Grow’.   The exhibit promotes National Children’s Gardening Week which takes place between 25 May – 2 June 2019. It is supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers. Working with National Children’s Gardening Week Ambassador Chris Collins the exhibit features fun and inspiring projects such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel.   Alongside the plants required for the projects there will be three new plants submitted by HTA members. These will be put forward for the RHS Chelsea…

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      ArborRaft Tree Planting system

      Green-tech supply urban tree planting materials for Manchester traffic island

      Leading landscape supplier Green-tech was called in to assist Newbrook Gardening Services with the planting of two established trees in urban Manchester.   Salford council commissioned a new traffic island on Cromwell Road in Salford; which was designed to stop vehicle access.   Argyle NW Construction was the contractor and invited Newbrook Gardening Services to install the trees on their behalf.   Newbrook Gardening Services are specialists in grounds maintenance, landscaping and snow clearance and gritting services in the Manchester area. They have worked with Green-tech for many years and approached them to supply the ArboRaft tree planting system, ArborRaft…

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    • Associations
      Spring Conference

      SGD Spring Conference live-streaming was a success

      The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was offered for the first time at the Society’s Spring Conference on the 27th April, has been hailed a great success. It attracted delegates from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Estonia and Ireland. Introduced to allow the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, delegates were able to watch the conference live from London in the comfort of their own homes and offices anywhere in the world, sharing the experience with those at the venue. Following the…

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    • Awards
      small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards return for 2019

      The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMACT Awards are returning to FutureScape on the 19 November 2019. This year, the idea is to celebrate the projects valued under £25,000, as these are just as important as their larger counterparts. Often, the smaller projects throw up bigger issues, and creating a dream garden in a small space, or with a limited budget, is tougher than people expect. These awards will appreciate the minute details in the design, build and facilitation of these small but tricky jobs. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE This year’s categories are: Build under £25,000 Design under £25,000 –…

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      The Committee on Climate Change

      UK needs 50 million new trees per year to get zero carbon emissions by 2050

      The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report published on 2 May outlines the stark increase in woodland expansion needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   The report recognises that neither internally legally binding targets (as seen in the Climate Change Act) nor externally binding commitments (the Paris Accord) will be met given the current trajectory in the reduction of carbon emissions.   The CCC analysis outlines that 32,000 hectares annually of net woodland increase is required for the next 30 years. This moves the UK from 13% to 17% woodland cover. This equates to a million new…

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    • Events
      Petrus community

      Garden at Tatton Park Flower Show to tackle stereotypes associated with homelessness

      Petrus Community is a charity based in Rochdale who provide supported housing and related services to homeless people. This year the charity has announced that it will have a double back to back garden at 2019’s Tatton Park Flower Show.   The garden has been designed by a team from Petrus Incredible Edibles Rochdale (PIER). They wanted the garden to reflect a service user’s journey through life with Petrus. Service users have drawn on their past experiences and it is hoped the garden will challenge negative stereotypes associated with homelessness.   The charity worked closely with its staff, volunteers and…

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    • Events

      Lim In Chong joins the Show Gardens Assessment Panel at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      Internationally acclaimed garden designer Lim In Chong (Inch) has announced that he’ll join the panel of Show Garden assessors at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019. As a recipient of renowned international awards for his designs including twice winning the Gardening World Cup, Inch will bring a new dimension to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Assessment Panel.   The Assessment Panel will survey each of the Show Gardens. These include the headline Watchmaker’s Garden, the five APL Avenue gardens, the Canal & River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden and many more. The activity culminates with an Awards Ceremony hosted…

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    • Business
      SPA Landscaping

      SPA Landscaping complete the expansion of their head office

      SPA Landscaping have announced the expansion of their head office in Sheffield and are now operating from both 22 and 20 Orgreave Close. Their journey began in 1980 as a family run nurseries and landscape contractor before venturing into commercial grounds maintenance, tree surgery, landscape renovation and much more. Speaking at the unveiling of the new unit, Director, Alex Anthony, said: “We take great pride in looking after our customers, which means this isn’t just a proud moment for us, but for our clients as well. They are at the heart of what we do here and expansions like this…

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      The National Trust Orchard

      The National Trust plans to create 68 new orchards

      The National Trust will dramatically increase the number of some of the rarest habitats in the UK by planting dozens of traditional orchards.   The conservation charity currently looks after nearly 200 orchards. These are mainly planted with traditional apple varieties, but also plum, pear and damson.   As part of an ambitious plan to encourage wildlife and halt the dramatic decline in orchards – 63% since 1950 – the Trust will create 68 new orchards across England and Wales by 2025.   The estimated area of traditional orchards currently in the UK is 25,350 hectares.   Traditional orchards are…

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      Elm trees planted across Adur to attract endangered butterfly

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    • Events
      Macclesfield Garden Festival

      Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019

      Jon Tilley left the landscape industry after 20 years, seven RHS Gardens at Tatton and Hampton Court and a Gold medal in 2011. Speaking to Pro Landscaper Jon told us how this had left a hole in his life which he needed to fill.   The idea came to Jon to pass his love of gardens to the next generation with a garden festival based in his local community, Macclesfield.   In 2017 the first Macclesfield Garden Festival was held. Two of Jon Tilley’s friends from RHS Tatton, Andy Walker and Clive Scott, were on hand to help him.  …

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      Beijing Expo 2019

      UK Garden and Pavilion unveiled at Beijing Expo 2019

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      Social Media

      How useful do you think social media is to your business?

      Social media is a part of most people’s everyday lives and businesses are using it more frequently. Hootsuite have reported that as of January 2019 3.48 billion people use social media, this is a 9% increase on last year and means that 45% of the worlds population are now using social media. Hootsuite also reported that 40% of digital consumers use social networks to research new brands or products. With such a huge number of people using social media it seems like a perfect way to promote your business, conduct audience research and engage with your clients/customers. However, in our…

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      University of Sheffield

      Professors from the University of Sheffield to transform Melbourne Arts Precinct

      Professors Nigel Dunnett, winner at the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards, and James Hitchmough from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture have been appointed planting designers for Melbourne’s new arts precinct project. They will create cutting-edge, minimal water-use plantings in 18,000 square metres of renewed public space in the heart of Melbourne.   They will work in collaboration with international design practice HASSELL and New York-based design firm SO-IL.   The team will create an elevated park, gardens and pedestrian spaces in the Southbank area.   Professor Dunnett said: “The exciting aspect of the Melbourne project is that it…

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      Beavers flood management

      Beavers to be used in a trial for natural flood management

      Forestry England has brought a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest in Yorkshire for a revolutionary trial in natural flood management.   Spanning five years the trial will assess will the impact of the beavers’ activity on the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the “slowing the flow” artificial wooden dams. The dams have been helping to protect areas including nearby Pickering from flooding. This will be the first time in the United Kingdom that the effects beaver have on artificial dams has ever been studied.   The pioneering project between Forestry England, Forest Research, Exeter University, and…

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    • Awards

      Harrogate Spring Flower Show medal winners announced

      Top honours in the 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show Gardens have gone to the charity, Perennial, who won Premier Gold and Best In Show with a design celebrating their 180th anniversary.   There were four Gold Awards, including The Mental Health Garden by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design, Urban Sprawl by Nicholas Edward Gardens, and In Sight of the Minster by Askham Bryan College. Horticap also won Gold for their Tolkien-inspired community garden, The Shire.   A Silver Gilt Award went to KG Cooke and Dashiel Rowan for A Moment for You, and Hadean-Creation won Silver with Tranquillity of Bauhaus.  …

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      Kew gardens bill

      New bill introduced to allow Kew Botanic Gardens to prosper for centuries

      A new Bill which will allow Kew Botanic Gardens to prosper for centuries to come and generate up to £40million in new income has been introduced in Parliament.   The Kew Gardens (Leases) No. 3 Bill extends the maximum allowable lease on Kew Gardens’ land from the current 31 years to 150 years.   The historical legislation restricts the length of leases on Kew’s estate. Making it difficult for the gardens to generate commercial interest and investment in the culturally important 18th century buildings that face Kew Green.   By extending the lease, Kew Gardens can open up new streams…

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      Mark Draper

      Mark Draper to run Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK

      In May Mark Draper will be running the Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK. Pro Landscaper caught up with Mark to find out more about why he’s doing it and how he’s been training.  I’ve been running now for several years, I find it a great way to switch off and it also keeps me reasonably fit. After completing numerous 10K’s, half Marathons and 5 marathons, I thought I would give an ultra-marathon a go. The training for the Ultra has been quite intense, five days a week, up to 60 miles in a week, with some…

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      David Austin

      David Austin to showcase novel new blooms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      David Austin Roses will be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcasing two new personalities from its English Rose collection. These are Eustacia Vye and Gabriel Oak. Named after two charcaters from Thomas Hardy novels, The Return of the Native (1878) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). Named after the heroine of The Return of the Native, Eustacia Vye is an exceedingly pretty rose of soft, glowing apricot-pink. Each bloom is packed with multiple delicately ruffled petals,held on red-tinged stems. The blooms begin as shallow cups opening to full rosettes, revealing petals of a richer hue which gradually pale over…

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    • Awards

      Best in Show for Perennial at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

      The Perennial Legacy Garden has won Best in Show and a Premier Gold Award at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The garden, designed by David Wyndham Lewis, raises awareness of the charity that helps people in horticulture and highlights the impact that leaving a gift in your will has on its work.   The charity, which marks its 180th anniversary this year, receives about a third of its annual voluntary income from legacies. The Perennial Legacy Garden provides an opportunity to reach more people in Yorkshire with information about how Perennial supports individuals and families.   The garden is a…

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    • Events
      Mental Health Awareness

      Mental health awareness garden takes Gold at Harrogate Flower Show

      A garden dedicated to mental health awareness has taken the top prize at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.   The Mental Health Garden, designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design took the Gold Award at the 2019 show. Plants were supplied by leading commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley, The garden was created in support of Leeds Mind, the mental health charity which provides help and information when people need it most.   Johnsons provided the trees and plants for the garden. This includes different shades of pebbles to represent depression and improved mental health through counselling and support.   A semicolon,…

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      MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME

      MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adorns Chelsea Flower Show vintage London shopfront

      This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY have partnered with Wallgarden, bespoke maker of children’s playhouses, and Sarah Eberle, landscape designer, for the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show.   On Main Avenue, a miniature Hampshire-style cottage and miniature London Shop, which features MTX, will welcome visitors with a keen sense of creativity and child-like imagination- a key theme for the show this year.   The London Shop is based on the Pragnell fine jewellery showroom on Mayfair’s iconic Mount Street. The shop front is unrecognisable as MTX, which forms the complete shop front. Including the signage and door, to create a traditional Victorian aesthetic.…

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