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    • Greening Grey Britain

      RHS Greening Grey Britain application for grants open

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities across the UK to transform an unloved local space into a green haven this summer. Now in its fourth year, the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme, supported by M&G Investments, is offering up to 50 intergenerational gardening projects across the country £500 worth of plants and materials as well as expert advice to help get their plans underway. Projects should help improve health and wellbeing, address environmental issues or support local wildlife. They might include turning forgotten littered corners into vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down…

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    • RHS membership hits half a million mark

      Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) celebrates reaching a record membership of half a million, suggesting the UK’s leading gardening charity is now more accessible and relevant to people than it has ever been in its 215-year history. RHS director general Sue Biggs says: “We’re delighted to reach a milestone 500,000 members because it marks progress towards achieving our goal to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. “We’re fiercely committed to getting as many people gardening as possible because of the immense positive difference plants and gardens have on our health…

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    • SGD Awards 2019

      SGD Awards 2019

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    • Plant Health

      Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

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    • hta

      Are you Plant Healthy?

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    • BALI

      BALI sponsors Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme 2019

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    • APL Awards 2019

      Pro Landscaper names to take to the stage at APL Awards 2019

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    • james barnes

      James Barnes appointed as Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

      The HTA is delighted to announce that James Barnes has been appointed as Chairman of its Association,with effect from January 2019. James is a well-known and respected figure across the horticultural industry and brings with him over 23 years of experience in garden retail. He will join the HTA Board, and work in conjunction with the President and the Board, and with the Senior Executive Director and Management team supporting the HTA’s strategic direction. Between 1989 and 2013, James was Chief Executive of Dobbies Garden Centres and was instrumental in developing Dobbies from a turnover of £4m to over £150m.…

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    • Horticulture/ Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship approved

      The new scheme, announced by the arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape apprenticeship trailblazer group will provide the technical and supervisory skills for those who are maintaining and installing parks, gardens and commercial landscapes. The approval of a horticulture/landscaper supervisor apprenticeship is the latest in a suite of new standards which are revolutionising careers for the future in arboriculture, forestry horticulture and landscape industries. This apprenticeship joins the arborist, forest operative and horticulture / landscape operative apprenticeship standards that were approved in the summer of 2017. Designed by employers working together as the trailblazer group, they contain the skills, knowledge and…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

      The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally. Adam White, president of the…

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    • SGD

      Society of Garden Designers launches new membership film

      The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has released a new membership film designed to promote the benefits of registered membership and support members, and other designers in profession, who are considering undertaking the SGD adjudication process to become fully registered members. Titled ‘Membership of the Society of Garden Designers’, the film features SGD Council member Andrew Duff MSGD explaining the benefits of registered membership alongside six members sharing their experience of the SGD adjudication process and describing how registered membership has supported them as professional garden designers and helped their businesses to grow. Sarah Morgan MSGD, Chair of the SGD said: “I am delighted…

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    • FutureScape seminar

      BALI at FutureScape 2018

      The future is literally right around the corner for BALI and its members as they make last minute preparations for FutureScape 2018, one of the most successful industry trade events for landscaping, garden design, grounds maintenance and supply. BALI is proud to be supporting the Eljays44 operated event which once again returns to Sandown Park Racecourse in leafy Esher in Surrey on Tuesday 20 November. BALI’s stand number is 89 and is located in the Surrey Hall. Both BALI’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Darren Taylor, and Education Officer Stephen Ensell will be in attendance, supporting both BALI and its members…

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    • members

      LI consults members on landscape apprenticeships and categories

      The Landscape Institute is seeking members’ views to help it remain a relevant and supportive professional body. In the run up to its 90th anniversary, the LI has begun a major project to improve its relevance to the wider landscape sector. Recent research conducted by the LI has highlighted a number of challenges facing the sector: Significant skills shortages The need for greater professional inclusion; and New and emerging opportunities for people to enter the landscape profession The LI Board, Council and employee team have recognised the need to update the LI’s approach to membership to meet future needs. Membership categories…

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    • YMCA Training

      BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training

      The BALI careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training. This aims to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships undertaken in the UK.   Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University have recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy. This proves that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.   YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA –…

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    • Matthew Wood

      APL Awards 2019 shortlist

      The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel.  On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, Rupert Keys and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Book your place at – www.aplawards.co.uk/book-your-seat The finalists are: Project Value…

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    • hta

      HTA Executive Team to drive member value

      Following a review from the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will strengthen in line with anticipated member needs.   Adam Taylor, president, said: “The Board has decided to install some improvements, including enhanced communication with membership. It also includes increased ability to influence government at a time of significant change. The Board is confident that this structure will drive HTA member value. I have no doubt that the HTA is in a position of great strength. The Executive Team, headed by Alex Vick, will drive the association forwards.”   Martin Simmons, taking on the new role of…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

      Shortlist of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of the Landscape Institute Awards 2018 ceremony.   The Landscape Institute announces the shortlist of finalists for the Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals. This includes landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the power landscape has to impact people’s lives.   Over 160 entries came from around the world and the winners will receive their award at the ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. The event recognises and celebrates excellence,…

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    • green spaces fund

      Heritage Lottery Fund and National Trust launch green spaces fund

      The National Lottery funding body, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and the National Trust have joined forces. They will find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks with a green spaces fund.   The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a UK-wide £10m strategic initiative to enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green spaces across their place, against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.   The scheme is now open for Expressions of Interest. Applications close at 12pm on 19 November 2018. How…

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    • landscape services

      £11.6bn landscape services industry must be taken seriously

      A new industry report, commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Round Table Group (OHRTG), establishes the total size, breadth and contribution of the UK’s horticulture and landscaping sector. The figures found reveal that landscape services generated a total of £11.6bn GDP contributions in 2017. 47.9% of the total GDP footprint of the sector (55% of which were direct contributions worth £6.8bn). The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), is calling on government officials to give support to landscaping in the UK.   BALI says landscape services, which includes domestic and commercial construction, design and private and public grounds maintenance, also provides…

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    • winter events

      RHS Gardens Winter Events Programme

      A chill in the air is no barrier to getting outdoors with this winter events schedule. There is a full programme of events set to keep visitors busy throughout the season at the four RHS Gardens: RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey With activities ranging from twinkling trails lighting up the garden, shopping for artisan Christmas gifts and even exotic orchids and jungle creatures to discover, there’s every reason to wrap up warm and get outside.   For full listings, please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens…

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    • sgd autumn

      SGD Autumn Conference – Geometry

      The SGD Autumn Conference – GEOMETRY. New angles on gardens and landscape, will focus on giving delegates an insight into the essential use of geometry. The featured speakers are, Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD (UK), Kate Cullity (Australia), Ian Kitson FSGD (UK), Cristina Mazzucchelli (Italy) and Alex Hanazaki (Brazil). Each will share their process of working to illustrate their articulation of space. Both inspiring and informative, this topic will enable delegates from practices both small and large to explore new geometrical aspects to apply to their own work.   Relationships between shapes and lines are at the very heart of how we design both gardens and landscapes. That geometric vision is critical for smaller gardens.…

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    • gardening is good for you

      HTA introduces new campaign: Gardening is good for you

      New for 2019, the HTA’s ‘Gardening is good for you’ campaign reveals just how good gardening is for everyone.   This new campaign is an evolution of HTA’s Plant of the Moment campaign. The campaign takes a fresh approach to gardening through the context of health and wellbeing. It aims to provide a broad opportunity to promote both plants and gardening.   Supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, the campaign covers the full sensory value and experience of plants. This includes the likes of their fragrance and flavour, plus topics including: Growing your own tasty fruits, herbs and crops Encouraging…

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    • policy

      Have your say: LI policy, influencing and international activity

      On 2 November, the LI will hold its next board and council policy strategy session. Leading LI members will convene in Edinburgh to discuss and agree the organisation’s priorities for the coming year.   Ahead of this important meeting, the LI is keen to engage members across all regions to help shape our strategy. The team has devised a short survey to engage members on two key areas:   The LI’s policy and influencing priorities for 2019-20 What the LI should do internationally The LI is 90!   In addition, 2019 will be the Landscape Institute’s 90th Anniversary. We are…

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    • garden company

      The Garden Company shortlisted for two SGD Awards

      The Garden Company Ltd is on the shortlist for two highly-respected national design awards.  Now in their seventh year, the SGD Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the garden design profession. They are the only awards dedicated solely to landscape and garden design in the UK.   The shortlisted Garden Company projects are:   Laurel Cottage in Northwest London Shortlisted in the Small Residential category. This garden adds extra ‘living/entertainment’ potential to the house.  The newly-created garden was a tranquil oasis in a suburban setting. There is a flow and connection from the house into the garden, terraces and a timber…

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    • river

      London Festival of Architecture launches River View competition

      An opportunity for landscape architects and urban designers to address how the public can engage with the River Thames. As it explores ‘boundaries’ as its theme for 2019, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has invited landscape architects, architects, designers and artists to explore how the public can engage with the River Thames.   Expressions of interest are open until 1 November. The winning commission will deliver a structure for the Thames Riverside Walkway (North Bank) that will be in situ during the Festival and Illuminated River Project in June 2019.   LFA has identified a number of problems with…

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