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      Kinley launches new online resource for innovative landscape architectural solutions

      Kinley has launched a new website www.kinley.co.uk, designed to give designers, architects and specifiers of landscape environments, including parks, roof terraces, podium gardens and public realm areas, the product information required to create outstanding places for people to enjoy. One of the biggest, and most common, aggravations that architects experience is a poorly designed manufacturers website, and not being able to find the information they require. Kinley have listened and responded with a sharp, responsive platform giving designers the support they need to achieve designs they’re proud of. “The newly launched website contains a plethora of valuable resources including datasheets,…

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      Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley

      A Soil Resource Survey to determine the quality of soils that will be displaced by planned improvements and building works at RHS Garden Wisley has been undertaken by leading landscape and soil consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA). The development of the Welcome Building, construction of the National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning and new Horticultural Service Yard are part of a wider £160m investment in horticulture by the RHS.  The National Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning in the south of the RHS’ flagship garden is to be completely redeveloped, and three new learning gardens which focus on food,…

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      Pro Landscaper announces partnership with B2B Quote

      Pro Landscaper is excited to announce a new partnership with B2B Quote, a business to business tenders website specialising in low value public and private sector tenders, and high value OJEU (European public sector) tenders. The website covers all areas of industry and Pro Landscaper has set up this new collaboration to enable the delivery of landscape industry related tender information. It’s easy to use, simply click on the TENDERS tab at the top of the home page on the Pro Landscaper website (www.prolandscapermagazine.com). You will then arrive on the page where relevant tenders are listed, with the value and…

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    • Awards

      Society of Garden Designers announces winners of SGD AWARDS 2015

      James Basson MSGD and John Moreland FSGD have taken the two most prestigious awards at the Society of Garden Designers’ fourth annual awards ceremony, receiving the Grand Award and Judges’ Award respectively in front of an audience of almost 400 guests.   The accolades were presented at a ceremony in London where 19 awards were announced including recognition for community garden projects, international schemes, excellence in public and commercial outdoor space and a special lifetime achievement award.   The Grand Award, the most celebrated award of the evening, went to James Basson MSGD for Le Canebiers (pictured above)  – a…

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      Award winning landscape company to expand maintenance division

      Seasoned Chelsea exhibitor and multi-award winning landscaper Mark Gregory is expanding his grounds maintenance operation. Since 2003, Gregory, who is well known throughout the landscaping industry for the high quality work produced by his construction company Landform Consultants, has also been operating a sister company specialising in high quality garden and grounds maintenance. In response to a growing demand from high end consumers, Gregory believes that the time is now right to substantially increase sales. Neville Stein from Ovation Business Consultants will be coaching Gregory and his Maintenance Manager, Alex Marsh in implementing a new growth strategy for the maintenance…

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      LI launches scheme to encourage new entrants

      The LI Ambassador for Landscape scheme is an exciting opportunity for Landscape Institute members to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, and to demonstrate the creative and rewarding career options open to them. This is a really exciting time to be part of the landscape architecture profession, with high employment rates and a wide range of roles available, the career path is a very practical option. The LI-accredited university courses need more students to ensure a good supply of future professionals. ‘Landscape architecture is a very easy thing to make interesting and engaging,’ says Amanda McDermott, a member of…

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    • Events

      Noel Farrer to speak at Open-City debate

      Programme focuses on interventions and large-scale transformations The programme for this year’s London Open House Weekend, on 19 and 20 September, has been published, with a landscape element supported by the Landscape Institute. In the run up to London Open House, Landscape Institute President Noel Farrer will be taking part in this year’s Open-City debate. This will take place on 9th September and the topic will be: “London’s pollution is ruining our lives. Can we build a cleaner city?” Confirmed speakers are: Noel Farrer, President, Landscape Institute Roland Grzybek, Chair, ICE London (and Water and Environment Management Framework Manager, CH2M…

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      Weymouth and Portland gardens receive Green Flag Awards for excellence

      Three public gardens in Weymouth and Portland are among the best in Britain after winning Green Flag Awards from the charity Keep Britain Tidy. Sandsfoot Gardens and Greenhill Gardens in Weymouth and Easton Gardens in Portland all receive the prestigious awards. They are maintained by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s parks and gardens staff along with volunteers from community groups. Greenhill Gardens, which now has its ninth Green Flag, first won the award in 2006. Easton Gardens gained the honour in 2007 and now has its eight Green Flags. Sandsfoot Gardens celebrated the opening of the castle and attained Green Flag…

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      Blossoming ideas needed to create Dundee Waterfront gardens

      The brightest and best landscapers and gardeners in the area are being invited to showcase their talents in the heart of Dundee’s waterfront. As part of the waterfront redevelopment, Dundee City Council is creating a major new civic space stretching from the back of Caird Hall towards the River Tay.Recently named Slessor Gardens, most of it will be laid out in grass and be used as a public park but it has now emerged that a number of smaller garden spaces are being created to either side. Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said seven of the…

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      Green Flag rewards Gosport’s Crescent Gardens for keeping up standards

      Public parks and green spaces up and down the country have been named on a list for this year’s Green Flag awards as a mark of excellence. Gosport’s Crescent Gardens was among the 1,582 parks and open spaces on the list, and has been named one of the best parks in the country. The garden will fly its green flag overhead as a sign that it boasts the highest standards in beautifully maintained space as well providing excellent facilities to its visitors. Crescent Gardens was created as a new relaxing recreational area for Gosport residents in 1826. Now the Gardens are overseen…

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      George Osborne urged Boris Johnson to provide grant for garden bridge

      Chancellor overruled London mayor’s wish to merely underwrite private funds for proposed bridge over Thames, FoI request reveals. George Osborne pulled rank on his Tory colleague Boris Johnson to insist he use his budget as London mayor to fund the garden bridge, it has emerged. Letters between the chancellor and the mayor, obtained by the Architects’ Journal, reveal how Osborne overruled Johnson’s wish to merely underwrite private funds for the bridge over the Thames. Johnson and Osborne have each pledged £30m of public money for the project, despite their party planning £12bn in cuts to social security as part of an…

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    • Design

      Wyevale Nurseries picks up on garden do-it-for-me trend

      The do-it-for-me (DIFM) trend is emerging not only alongside DIY but in the garden industry too, says Wyevale Nurseries, which believes the move will see a bigger demand for garden designers and landscapers. In response it has now launched a new garden design and domestic landscape sales department and appointed Adrian Hoare as garden design & domestic landscape sales manager. He has been with the company for 30 years. Sales and marketing director Adam Dunnett said: “Adrian will be able to give guidance to customers on plant selection, sourcing product and finding solutions to fill the most challenging landscape designs.”…

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    • Events

      Kew Gardens first ever literary festival welcomes horticulture’s biggest names

      Write on Kew, 24 – 28 September 2015 Adult tickets: advance £15, on the day £18 Children’s tickets (requiring their own seat): advance price £7, on the day £10 Kew Gardens announces the full programme of author events for its inaugural literary festival Write on Kew, which has a strong nature theme running through it. All tickets are sale now at www.kew.org. From Thursday 24th to Monday 28th September 2015, the Gardens will welcome a host of world famous authors and writers from all genres for a series of talks and events. Write on Kew programming directors Anne Elletson and Tanya Burgess…

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      Nine Elms on the South Bank – 2015 Open Days

      Nine Elms on the South Bank is the £15 billion opportunity area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. The area will be transformed from one of the capital’s last remaining industrial districts into a world-class destination right in the heart of London.  Already home to Vauxhall and Battersea Power Station, the area will also be home to the new Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the new U.S. Embassy. Underutilised industrial land is making way for new public squares, parks, schools, Tube stations, homes, and businesses, which will…

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      Green-fingered Britain puts more energy into gardening than playing sports

      Brits dig deep when it comes to devoting their energy to outdoor pursuits, with gardening ranked the top choice for keeping active – way more popular than any sports. New research shows almost two-fifths (37.5%) of people have a passion for pottering, preening and pruning in the garden, while other popular ways of enjoying the outdoors include shopping and dog walking. First Utility, the largest independent gas and electricity supplier, conducted the research as part of its new campaign celebrating the things people put their energy into. Popular TV shows have shown their influence on shaping people’s pastimes with Strictly…

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      Through the haze of lavender – Buckfast Abbey

      Buckfast Abbey is a magnet for horticulturalists, garden lovers and nature enthusiasts because of the diversity of flower varieties and the fabulous surroundings of Dartmoor National Park. Visitors can enjoy a delight to the senses during the summer months as they stroll through the grounds and one of the UKs largest collections of Lavender… Buckfast Abbey, nestled on the edge of Dartmoor, provides a calm and peaceful environment for visitors and monks alike. The gardens, modelled on medieval plans, are particularly beautiful with sweeping lawns and simplistic, bold planting providing a frame for the Abbey Church, at their centre. There are…

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    • Events

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food Show Summer delivers audience of 90,000

      The NEC has this weekend seen over 90,000 visitors pass through its doors to celebrate BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the BBC Good Food Show Summer. 2015 is the ninth year that the two shows have run alongside each other. The shows, sponsored by Lexus, have entertained visitors with: ·         400+ exhibitors from garden essentials to the latest kitchen gadgets and ingredients ·         110 RHS Medals: 45 Gold; 40 Silver Gilt Flora; 12 Silver; 5 Bronze ·         105 nurseries and growers in the RHS Floral Marquee and RHS Plant Village ·         27 culinary superstars, chefs and food experts in entertaining…

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      Landscaping Tips from the Dubai Electricity And Water Authority

      Landscaping Tips   Maintain a lawn height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches to help protect the roots from heat stress and reduce the loss of moisture to evaporation. Avoid planting turf in areas that are difficult to irrigate properly such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways. Aerate clay soils at least once a year to help the soil retain moisture. Promote deep root growth through a combination of proper watering, aerating, appropriate fertilization, thatch (grass clippings) control, and attention to lawn height. A lawn with deep roots requires less water and is more resistant to…

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      Godfreys appoints David Sturges as CEO

      John Deere turf equipment dealer Godfreys is delighted to announce that David Sturges has joined Godfreys (Sevenoaks) Ltd as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a main board position, as of Monday 11th May. David will be responsible for the delivery of the company’s strategic plan and will oversee all operational matters.  The management team will report to him and he in turn will report to the Board.  Peter Bateman will assume the role of Executive Chairman and will be actively supporting David in his new role. Following two acquisitions of other John Deere turf dealerships over recent years, Godfreys is looking…

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    • Events

      APL presents “Building a world class company”

      The first meeting of the new APL Thames Valley group will be on Thursday June 18th at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, Dorney, Buckinghamshire. This will include a barbecue and social meeting, and is open to all APL members, non-members, garden designers and prospective members. Dorney Court Kitchen Garden is a family business run by a team of very passionate, visionary people. Find out more at www.dckg.co.uk. In 2010, Ryan Wasmuth decided to use his business experience in landscape design and horticulture to create a unique venue for customers.  He is backed by successful businessman Kevin Gaskell, who provides sound business…

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      Jessica Evans is the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015

      Jessica Evans, Head Gardener at Tintinhull Gardens, National Trust won the much sought after and nationally acclaimed Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s 2015 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition (YHoY), at the Grand Final held at the National Trust’s Barrington Court property in Somerset on 9 May. Jessica, representing the South West Branch of the Institute (CIH), won the coveted £2,500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. The Bursary enables the competition winner to undertake a trip, anywhere in the world, to study a subject related to their chosen field of horticulture. After the competition, Jessica said “I am delighted…

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      DCF launches new orchid collection to support student growers

      The David Colegrave Foundation, the charity for people studying horticulture, is launching a new fundraising collection of Phalaenopsis Orchid at this year’s HTA National Plant Show. The charity worked with Garden Centre Fresh which originally approached DCF with the initiative, as well as two young growers who have a passion for orchids to select the collection. The collection which offers a distinctive fusion of summer colours and striking markings will be sold into retailers this summer. Every orchid purchased will help to fund the DCF’s scholarships for students studying horticulture at colleges across the UK. Victoria Miles, a horticulture student at…

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    • Events

      Plants For Europe announces launch of three new varieties at Chelsea Flower Show

      Plants For Europe Limited is delighted to announce that it is launching three new varieties at next week’s Chelsea Flower Show. Pyracantha Golden Paradise is the world’s first golden-leaved Pyracantha variety. Bred by Andy Parker from Essex, England, it has brightly coloured leaves that keep their colour into late summer. White flowers in early summer result in orange-red berries in the autumn. Golden Paradise is being launched at Chelsea by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants – gardeners will be able to buy plants from them and from Coblands Nurseries. Wholesale customers will be able to buy young plants from Seiont Nurseries.…

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      One man, two marathons in two weeks – Nigel Bowcock, Acre Landscapes

      Many people will have heard about Nigel Bowcock’s challenge to run two marathons in two weeks.  Nigel, MD of Brighton based landscape company, Acre Landscapes, pledged to run two marathons (Brighton and London) in two weeks to raise £5,000 for Perennial. Nigel, who is also a Board Member of BALI, completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday and was back to work first thing on Monday morning. His fundraising total now stands at just over £2,000 and he’s hopeful he will reach his target. He said about the race on Sunday: “It was the most amazing event, with a party atmosphere all the…

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