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    • 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 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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    • Communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscapes create new communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd joined residents in a supported living development in Hartlepool to mark the opening of a new communal garden, created by Brambledown, with a special tea party.   To celebrate the occasion, the first warden to manage the development also returned to cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the garden and a range of other work as part of an £83,000 environmental improvement scheme carried out by Brambledown.   Burbank Court is a collection of five buildings that offer homes for people aged over 55 or who have care needs. The development provides 48…

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    • Chemical Training Workshop

      Green-tech take their Chemical training workshops to London and Scotland

      Following the success of their previous Chemical Workshops, Green-tech has announced the dates for their next two Chemical Workshops – Training the Trainer.   The sessions are planned for London on Wednesday 29th May and Scotland on Wednesday 10th July. They will include presentations from industry-leading guest speakers including Advanced Invasives, Amenity Forum, Bayer, Belchim, Certis UK (Scotland only), ICL and JSD Rail (London only).   The venues for the events are Capel Manor College in Enfield, London and SRUC Oatridge Campus in Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian.   Each workshop will run from 9am with 6 speaker sessions (BASIS points…

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    • Spraying Oak Processionary Moth

      Spraying of Oak Processionary Moth in Bexley

      Spraying will start later this month in the London Borough of Bexley to combat Oak Processionary Moths. Which were first found on trees in several of Bexley’s highways, parks and open spaces in 2018.   The Forestry Commission is paying The FA Bartlett Tree Expert Co Ltd to carry out a two-phased spraying of trees in the borough that are infested by the caterpillars. This will happen at locations identified by the Forestry Commission. The first treatment will start at the end of April and is expected to take 2–4 weeks. The second phase will start two weeks after the…

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    • Islington in Bloom

      Islington in Bloom 2019 is now open

      Celebrating the innovation and creativity of green-fingered residents, local businesses, community groups, and schools.     All are welcome to get involved and help brighten up the borough – whether you have a big garden, community garden or window box. The range of categories caters for all abilities and is open to schools and businesses, individuals and community groups. Last year’s crop of entries was some of the most imaginative and creative yet, and hopes are high for this year’s competition.   Organised by Islington Council and Islington Gardeners, Islington in Bloom is a great opportunity to grow with friends and neighbours. Every entrant will receive a free bag of compost from Camden Garden Centre and winners receive a £100 voucher to spend there. Second…

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    • Holly Bush Farm

      Hillier Trees support renovation of Holly Bush Farm Estate

      Hillier Trees has recently completed a project to supply a number of semi-mature trees and mature hedging plants to Holly Bush Farm in Staffordshire.   “Midland Contractors, were responsible for all hard and soft landscaping. All of which was designed to be of the absolute highest standard across the large estate,” comments Jamie Gormley, Account Manager at Hillier Trees.   “When commencing the soft landscaping elements, we were contacted by them to support. Alongside the quality requirements, it was also an important specification of the project that the finished result looked as though it had been in-situ for many years”.…

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    • Hammersmith Highline

      Overwhelming response to Hammersmith HighLine competition

      Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received for the public ideas competition to generate ideas for a Hammersmith Highline on a disused railway viaduct. The competition has been organised by Hammersmith BID and local architect group West London Link. The competition aims to forge ideas that could transform the 300m elevated stretch of viaduct into an attraction similar to New York City’s High Line. No idea is off the table with the judges looking for schemes that are practical and could be delivered on the site. Which sits between existing railway lines that run adjacent to King Street, as…

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    • Malvern Spring Festival

      Show garden at Malvern Spring Festival to highlight diabetes

      Work has begun on the first ever show garden to highlight diabetes at the Malvern Spring Festival.   Transformation of part of a field into a show garden has begun at the Three Counties Showground, with 50 square metres of soil revealed.   The Habit of Living Garden is the first ever show garden in support of Diabetes UK. It aims to raise awareness of a condition which affects more people than cancer and dementia combined – 4.7 million people in the UK alone.   A personal project, design duo Karen Tatlow, of Karen Tatlow Garden Design in Lichfeld and…

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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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    • Waltham Forest

      Waltham Forest council secures funding for four new pocket parks

      Waltham Forest council has secured over £70,000 of Pocket Parks Plus funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This is to create new pocket parks at locations across the borough.   The grant, totalling £70,500, will fund four new pocket parks. The proposals for these parks were drawn up by local community groups including OrganicLea Community Growers, Love North Chingford Community Interest Company (CIC), and Wood Street Walls CIC. The council will work with these groups to design and create the pocket parks.   Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:…

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    • Highlights at Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2019

      The 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25 – 28 April 2019) will be showcasing the potential for petal power to transform Britain’s grey streets.   This year’s theme for the show is #kerbcouture. Featuring virtuoso ideas for vertical gardens, mini urban oases and a street scene of cutting-edge design ideas for bloom-bombed pubs, shops and furniture, plus an entire wall of graffiti flowers.   Teams from the Harewood florists Leafy Couture, Ripon-based Branching Out and the British cut flower co-operative Flowers from the Farm, will be introducing a flash of floral inspiration to an everyday urban scene. This will illustrate…

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    • Jonathan Bourne

      Jonathan Bourne talks perfect substrates for green roofs

      Jonathan Bourne, director of Bourne Amenity, tell us why crushed brick is the right choice for green roofs There are various methods of meeting the German FLL specifications for extensive green roof substrates as highlighted in the amended 2008 FLL guidelines. If we take a standard extensive green roof, which will predominantly consist of low maintenance sedum plants, the key parameters are drainage and percolation, nutrients and the all-important saturated bulk density for the one-in-100-year weather event. Bourne Amenity has worked with a variety of  primary materials over the past 10 years in order to locate the perfect substrate blend…

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    • The RHS has called for people to put down their phones and pick up a spade

      As part of its Greening Great Britain Campaign, the RHS is calling for the nation to drop their devices and pick up a spade this Easter.   A new Ipsos MORI study has shown that of those surveyed (31%) will spend 9 hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school. Compared to gardening (4%) in a typical week, in spring.   The survey also shows that 64% of people spend three hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school in a week. Whilst 31% will spend three hours or more gardening this spring.   The RHS…

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    • Dealer Awards

      Isuzu Truck celebrates its best year ever with its annual dealer awards

      In the surroundings of Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, leading truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK celebrated its best year ever in 2018 with its annual dealer awards ceremony held in front of a packed audience representing its dealer network.   The highlight of the evening was the main award for overall Isuzu Truck UK ‘Dealer of the Year 2018’. This was won for the second year running by Warrington Vehicle Centre. Whose managing director Richard Cook stepped up to receive the prestigious Japanese ceremonial sword award from Isuzu’s MD, Pete Murphy.   Runner-up for this award was Thompson Commercials, and in…

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    • Agapanthus pest

      DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest

      The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is funding a studentship for undergraduates, as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019.   DCF worked with RBS to select one of nine projects put forward by plant scientists that address major plant health challenges identified by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).   The Plant Health Undergraduate Studentship project funded by DCF is The Life cycle and biology of an emergent pest, the agapanthus gall midge, hosted by RHS Wisley and supervised by Dr. Hayley Jones.   The agapanthus gall midge,…

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    • Pelargonium

      Pelargonium for Europe to transform The Zetter Townhouse hotel entrance

      Coral coloured Geraniums will transform the iconic entrance of The Zetter Townhouse hotel in Clerkenwell this May as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). The fantasy ‘underwater’ vignette is inspired by ‘Living Coral’ – Pantone Colour of the Year 2019. It will celebrate the longstanding urban popularity of the geranium in this stunning hue.   Geraniums in Coral is co-designed by award-winning garden designers and RHS medallists, Claudia de Yong, and Ian Drummond, creative director of Indoor Garden Design. It will showcase the ubiquitous geranium within a fabulous ‘seascape’ depiction. Over 100 coral geraniums will be incorporated into the installation.…

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    • Thrive

      Garden for Thrive to be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth

      The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden designed for Thrive at RHS Charsworth.   It will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.   Designer Richard Rogers is creating the Reflective Mind Garden. It aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.   Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water and angular blocks. As well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.   Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the…

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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Pro Landscaper LIVE Cheshire

      Following the success of the  Pro Landscaper LIVE events in 2018, 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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    • Paul Stone

      Paul Stone appointed as new head of horticulture at Eden

      Award-winning garden designer Paul Stone has been appointed Head of Horticulture at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   With a 30-year record of building gardens, twice winning best in show at the Hampton Court Flower Show and four times winning gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, Paul is a well-known face in the horticulture world.   In his new role, Paul is in charge of a team of 50, working within the Eden Project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the outdoor gardens, 250-acre outer estate and the Eden nursery at nearby Pentewan.   Paul has been part of the Eden horticultural…

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    • Carbon Gold

      Woodland Trust partners with biochar supplier Carbon Gold

      The Woodland Trust has partnered with UK biochar supplier Carbon Gold to support the charity’s tree planting and preservation activities across the UK.   The announcement will see 10p from the sale of each of Carbon Gold’s biochar planting aids and soil improvers donated to the Trust. Philippa Borrill, Head of Partnerships at the Woodland Trust, says: “Carbon Gold is a natural fit for us as a partner. Their biochar products are proven to boost the health and vitality of newly planted and established trees and plants.   “We’re looking forward to seeing what this collaboration brings in terms of…

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    • McQueens

      McQueens highlights importance of bee conservation at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      McQueens Flowers has been commissioned by the RHS to create two original art installations at the Chelsea Flower Show, 21 – 25 May. Honey, I’m home will be an interactive installation, inviting visitors to help create a swarm of giant honey bees flying home to their hive. The second will be a dramatic 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum (Through the Eyes of Bees) complete with upside-down lavender field. Both will open visitors’ minds to how bees see the world and ultimately raise awareness of the recent decline in the bee population.   The installations…

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    • Flower Show Cardiff

      The Perennial Garden wins Silver Medal at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      Designed by Irish garden designer Peter Donegan and constructed by Burnham Landscaping, the contemporary garden was created to help mark the garden charities 180th anniversary. It is the first time Perennial have exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. Also the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the flower show. In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland. His design was to realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up…

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    • Walmer Castle

      Lost Pleasure Grounds to open at Walmer Castle

      Part of Walmer Castle’s gardens, first laid out by William Pitt the Younger and enjoyed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, will soon reopen for the first time in over 100 years.   The former chalk quarry now known as the Glen – created by Pitt and his niece Lady Hester Stanhope – could previously only be glimpsed through a dense and tangled tree canopy. It was made possible following a £2.3m investment including £1.35m from the National Lottery. It has also involved a new collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and includes new education and visitor…

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    • Borde Hill

      Michael Marriott to hold a talk at Borde Hill’s Rose Garden

      At Borde Hill Garden this summer one of the world’s most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill’s renowned Rose Garden on 20th June.   In June, Borde Hill’s 750 + strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade. It comprises formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.   The design was…

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