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    Helen Mirren lends support to RHS campaign to help halt spread of Xylella

    Dame Helen Mirren has added her voice to an RHS campaign urging holidaymakers not to bring plants back from abroad this summer to help halt the spread of the deadly bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The multi-award-winning actress has witnessed the devastating impact of Xylella in Italy, where it is thought more than 11 million olive trees have already fallen victim. The disease prevents plants from transporting water and is known to infect more than 500 different plant species, with garden favourites lavender, oleander, rosemary and flowering cherry all at risk in the UK. If found in the UK, all host plants…

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    Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

    Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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    Revisiting The M&G Garden

    It’s been one whole week since the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its doors to the press, and what a week it’s been. A bustling show ground, multiple medal celebrations, and even a proposal on one of the show gardens made this year’s event one of the most memorable yet. And without a doubt, one of the highlights for the Pro Landscaper team was Andy Sturgeon picking up Best in Show and his eighth Gold medal for The M&G Garden. One of our features writers, Rachael, was even spotted in the crowd by the BBC watching Andy receive the award.…

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    Kubota UK announces appointment of two new dealer managers

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    Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Boningale Nurseries has been sharing its green roof expertise to university students this month. Landscape architects and project managers at Birmingham City University heard how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife. The university invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars on sustainable construction. The aim is to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in cities. Maggie explains: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national…

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    Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    Pro Landscaper LIVE

    Join us at Pro Landscaper LIVE

    Following the success of the Pro Landscaper LIVE events last year, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events. Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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    Green-tech and gt Specifier assist York City Council

    Green-tech and gt Specifier have assisted York City Council with urban landscaping in the town centre. York City Council is in the process of regenerating parts of the Shambles in Roman city York in North Yorkshire – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate. The direction of traffic was recently changed along Fossgate to reduce the volume and the area was overhauled, including relaying the road surface and repaving the York stone paths, widening the footpaths, and introducing street furniture and tree planting. It is hoped this will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the…

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    Water Garden Ltd wins Otterbine Contractor of the Year 2018

    Portsmouth based family business Water Garden Ltd has won Reesink Turfcare UK’s Otterbine Contractor of the Year award. The company achieved the highest Otterbine sales figures for 2018 thanks to its knowledge of the product, belief in the brand and support from Otterbine and its UK distributor Reesink Turfcare. Andy Staves, managing director of Water Garden Ltd, says: “We were delighted to hear we’d won the award as the whole team has been working really hard this last year. We pride ourselves on having an expert group of staff who have a deep technical understanding of all the products we…

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    London College of Garden Design to open new college in Melbourne

    The London College of Garden Design has today announced plans to open a new partner college in Melbourne. The new London College of Garden Design Melbourne will open its doors in March 2020 with a unique new two-year Garden Design Diploma which will be led by a new director, leading Australian designer Brent Reid, supported by practising design, horticulture and technical professionals. UK director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “We have explored a number of opportunities to take our unique training to a wider audience over the past two years. Australia quickly became our first priority and Melbourne, with its rich…

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    Mayor unveils vision for Bristol

    Bristol City Council has launched the next phase of the review of the city’s Local Plan and is asking for people’s views on its approach to building a better Bristol that meets the needs of the future. The Bristol Local Plan outlines the council’s approach to delivering inclusive growth and development over the next 20 years including over 33,500 homes by 2036, along with new protections for green spaces. Citizens and communities are being asked for their views on the changes to the Local Plan, which will help support the creation of new homes and jobs across the city. It…

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    RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

    After a year off from building a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re back again. This year, we’re working with garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to build her first Main Avenue garden for Warner Edwards Distillery. Helen approached us last year and outlined her design to us – a garden inspired by the natural springs and aquifers at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire, home to Warner Edwards Distillery, featuring a complex series of water features flowing in and out of drystone walls. The central pavilion, designed with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater in mind, will feature floating cantilevered roofs and…

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    FutureScape Spring

    What shape is YOUR FutureScape?

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    FOCUS on your landscape at FutureScape Spring this March

    Time off the tools is precious, we know. But with the buzz you’ve seen at previous events, FutureScape Spring’s easy-to-get-to location, brilliant agenda and a live debate programme to inspire, excite and challenge, you’d be hard pushed to spend a more rewarding day learning, laughing and loving every minute of our UK landscape industry. Here’s why you should attend FutureScape Spring: It’s an intensive day making invaluable contacts You could take time out to make individual appointments, travel extensively, go over old ground and spend inordinate amounts of time on the road OR you could meet up, network, collaborate and…

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