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  • Alan Titchmarsh to open Harlow Carr Flower Show

    The RHS has announced that gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh is to open the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show at 10.30am on 21 June. This is to mark 70 years of the North Yorkshire garden.The RHS Ambassador and Vice-President, who celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 May, will give a talk about his life in horticulture. As well as putting the final touches to a floral cake to open the show.   The Northern Horticultural Society leased the land for RHS Garden Harlow Carr from the Harrogate Corporation in 1949 and the garden opened to the public in 1950. Once…

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  • Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

    On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019. Successful candidates President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%) Vice President Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%) Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%) Non-Chartered Board Member Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed Advisory Council Ordinary Members Catherine Birkin CMLI,…

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  • RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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  • What’s your favourite office plant?

    Every year plants@work looks for the Favourite Office Plant from a nominated ‘long list’. Voting whittles the list down to three plants according to that year’s criteria. The short-listed three plants take their places before a panel of judges who select the winning plant for the year.   This award has been running for nine years and past winners have been:    2018 Monstera deliosa 2017 Aspidistra 2016 Rhipsalis  2015 Medinilla magnifica  2014 Echeveria  2013 Peace Lily( Spathiphylum) 2012 Vanda orchid  2011 Phalaenopsis orchid 2010 Beaucarnia Bonsai   The plants that get the most votes and fall into one or more…

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  • RHS calls on volunteers to spot spittlebugs

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners, nature lovers and citizen scientists to help the UK respond to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that results in the disease and death of many popular garden plants.   The charity, working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs thousands of volunteers to help map the distribution of spittlebugs. It is one of the chief carriers of Xylella, that can be found in gardens, meadows, grasslands and woodlands from April to late June.   Spittlebugs, also called froghoppers, are small, sap-sucking insects that can transmit Xylella as…

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  • sector skills gap survey

    Industry responds to latest ornamental horticulture sector skills gap survey

    A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is underway. Over 300 businesses have already provided insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector.   The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) commissioned the study.   The Ornamental Horticulture Sector stakeholder group is seeking to investigate the future skills needs of the Ornamental Horticulture sector. This is in terms of key skills and the requirements and challenges facing the sector in the future (including scenarios and implications for future workforce change).   BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills said: “Results from this survey…

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  • RHS Wisley

    New Welcome Building at RHS Garden Wisley

    A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey), to be opened on June 10. It will be opened by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh.   A bigger Plant Centre covering 5000sqm will stock tens of thousands of plants. As well as featuring displays by specialist UK growers all year round. Alan Titchmarsh says: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These…

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  • Applications now open for RHS Master of Horticulture programme

    Applications are now open for the RHS Master of Horticulture 2019 programme. The prestigious degree-level qualification saw a record number of applications in 2018 for the 40 places available. Delivered mostly online and commencing in October, the three-year course is designed to work around a full-time job and hone candidates’ managerial and business skills; crucial to reaching the top levels of professional horticulture or launching a successful horticultural business. The RHS Master of Horticulture programme increasingly attracts applicants from across the world with this year’s graduates including professionals from the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, National Trust properties…

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  • Online voting opens for Landscape Institute Board and Council elections

    Voting for the Landscape Institute (LI) Advisory Council and Board of Trustees elections 2019 is now open. This year, LI members will cast their votes to fill 11 positions: President Elect Vice-President Honorary Secretary 7 Ordinary Advisory Council Members (Chartered) 1 Ordinary Advisory Council Member (Student) All Landscape Institute (LI) members will receive an email directing them to the LI elections website, where they can access candidate statements, videos, and links to vote for the positions they are eligible to elect. (If you have not received your email, please contact Mi-Voice support: support@mi-voice.com or +44 (0)2380 763987.) There are a total of 20…

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  • 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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  • RHS' Garden Fund

    RHS’ garden fund to help grow healthier communities

    More communities than ever before are using gardening to promote good health and wellbeing, according to the RHS’ Greening Great Britain funding programme, supported by M&G Investments.   Two thirds (66%) of the 56 projects that will receive £500 funding and practical support this summer have made health and wellbeing their top priority. These will see intergenerational groups turn neglected corners into blossoming green spaces. These spaces encourage and support social interaction, complement local social prescribing schemes or promote healthy eating.   The Greening Great Britain programme is now in its fourth year. It encourages communities to come together to…

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  • biosecurity toolkit

    LI launches new biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit. This toolkit will help landscape professionals tackle the pests and diseases that threaten our landscapes.   Plant health and biosecurity issues present a major threat to ecosystem resilience. And with the uncertainty in the UK’s trading future with the EU, it is crucial that those in the landscape sector implement biosecurity principles at every stage of their work. Background Plant pests and diseases are a normal characteristic of the environment and usually exist in equilibrium with their hosts, which naturally limit their spread. At a landscape scale, some pests and diseases can be…

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  • Greening Great Britain

    RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign expands to Greening Great Britain

    The RHS is expanding its Greening Grey Britain campaign to Greening Great Britain. This is to promote that growing more plants in any setting is vital for the environment and our health and wellbeing.   A new survey has revealed the extent of RHS members’ gardening activities and the broadened campaign, which still encompasses the importance of greening the grey, better recognises the significant impact they are making by adding some 22 million plants to their gardens each year and the wider work of the charity.   The area of new plants grown by RHS members last year is the…

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  • Spring Conference

    SGD announces live-streaming of Spring Conference

    The SGD Spring Conference will be available via live-streaming and on-demand for the first time on 27th April 2019. Allowing the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience and share the experience with as many people as possible. Taking place in London, the conference will feature a first-class line-up of speakers from the worlds of garden design, research and horticulture. They will explore the topic: ‘Sex in the Garden – flowers, fruit & foraging’. There is a choice to watch it individually or in groups for a discounted rate. Subscribers will…

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  • Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

    The Perennial Lifeline Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations from across the horticulture industry. It will be built with the help of apprentices from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The group of apprentices took part in creating a mock up of elements of the garden at Urban Landscape Design’s training centre in Cheshire.   The garden is being designed by Chelsea first timers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Landscaping contractor for the garden, Ross Conquest of Conquest Creative Spaces led the training day with the group of year two apprentices.…

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  • Thrive

    Thrive announced as charity partner for SGD Awards 2020

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020. Following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. The money will be raised at the SGD Awards Ceremony, which will be on Friday 31 January 2020.   Thrive – the gardening for health charity – specialises in using therapeutic horticulture to improve people’s lives.Working with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health. The charity uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). This helps improve…

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  • biosecurity toolkit

    Landscape Institute 2019 elections

    Nominations for the 2019 LI elections have opened. The Landscape Institute has called for nominations to its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 session years. LI Board and Council play a crucial part in running the Institute. Alongside the LI staff team, Trustees and Council members help the LI to deliver its purpose under Royal Charter, achieve its business objectives, and equip the profession to meet future challenges. Nominations close on 11 April 2019. The elections will take place online throughout May. Every two years, the LI elects a new generation of officers and Council members…

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  • APL Awards 2019

    APL Awards 2019 winners announced

    Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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  • plants@work Awards

    plants@work Awards 2019 winners announced

    This year plants@work held its Leaf Award Ceremony at the end of FutureScape Spring on 12 March in the Brasserie at Sandown Park Racecourse. plants@work members were invited to submit entries by the end of November last year and during February the judges made visits to sites to assess their entries. The winners are as follows: Best Project 2019: Design & Installation Mitie Landscapes Ltd Project: Deloitte, One New Street Square Best Project 2019: Maintenance Biotecture Ltd Project: Regal House Mitie landscapes Ltd Project: 1 Angel Square, Manchester Design & Installation over £10,000 Gold Leaf Ambius Project: 3 Temple Quay Project: Ingenuity House Project: Reckitt Benckiser Gold…

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  • Matthew Wood

    Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open

    Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open until 5 April 2019.   The WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).   The competitors who qualify in the competition can progress through to the National Final in November. This is held at WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham.   This competition requires trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas, planning and material management.   There will be regional heats, followed by a semi-final. The semi-final will consist of three days of training and testing on planting,…

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  • Spring Conference

    SGD Awards announces new category for 2020

    The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto. The Beth Chatto Eco Garden Award is open to all SGD members. It will be presented for a project where the design focus is on the garden’s environmental impact by the creative, ecological use of materials and planting, to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife. Lynne Marcus MSGD, Council Member for the SGD Awards, said: “Beth Chatto was one of the most influential horticulturalists of the last 50 years. Her firmly held…

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  • Bradstone

    Association of Professional Landscapers to support Bradstone Assured accreditation scheme

    Bradstone has partnered with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) as an independent accreditor.   Under this partnership it means that new and existing Bradstone Assured installers will have the opportunity to join the APL. Benefiting from an independent inspection covering not only the technical, but accrediting and supporting potential members with checks on health and safety, paper work and process.   New and existing APL accredited landscapers will also have the opportunity to be automatically enrolled on the Bradstone Assured scheme. This will unlock the benefits of a 10-year product guarantee on Bradstone products and a five-year installation guarantee.…

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  • BALI Awards 2019

    Entries now open for the 43rd BALI Awards 2019

    Entries are now open for the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards supported by Headline Sponsor Green-tech. The awards returns on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane London. BALI Registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at baliawards.co.uk and enter their scheme(s). BALI Registered members can take advantage of this year’s Early Bird discounted rates. The first deadline for Registered Contractor, Registered Designer and Group members set for 24 April 2019. The Early Bird deadline for International, Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence categories is 5 June 2019. BALI have introduced one new category…

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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' Garden Fund

    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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