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  • High Stakes: A Quick Guide to Wooden Garden Supports

    Wooden supports form a crucial part of a wide range of gardening and landscaping projects. From protecting trees to erecting fencing to building lean-tos and other outdoor structures, the type, size and strength of the vertical supports you choose are key considerations. Wood is a popular material for vertical supports because it is flexible, cost-effective and, when treated correctly, highly durable. Here, landscaping supplies specialist Suregreen talks us through the pros and cons of square-sawn wooden stakes, highlighting where they make a preferable choice compared to other types of wooden support. A cheap alternative to fencing posts When you are…

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  • A38 flower verge

    Wildflower scheme along the A38

    As well as improving roads, Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is supported by a £30 million investment programme over five years.   The wild flower scheme on the A38 was started last year when seeds from over 20 variety of flowers, including cornflowers, oxeye daisies, yellow rattle and poppies were sown over five hectares of roadside verge between Ashburton and Ivybridge, adding to the ten hectares that have recently been created along the A38 and A30 in Devon and Cornwall.   Highways England senior ecologist Leonardo Gubert said: “This is the third wild flower scheme…

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  • BBC Gardeners' World Live

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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  • Net Zero emissions

    UK to eradicate its net contribution to climate change

    The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.   The statutory instrument to implement was laid in Parliament Wednesday 12 June. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008.   Theresa May will also meet young science and engineering students to discuss the ambitious new target, which is based on advice from independent experts: the Committee on Climate Change.   In its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as…

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  • Pro Landscaper Connect

    Want to join the Pro Landscaper Connect team?

    Eljays44 latest brand, Pro Landscaper Connect, has received fantastic feedback and gained superb momentum since its launch in late 2018. Pro Landscaper Connect is backed by the industry-leading trade magazine Pro Landscaper and with its research, data and marketing initiatives it aims to open pathways between clients and customers. 2019 has seen the brand go from strength-to-strength, working with clients both large and small from a range of industries. Pro Landscaper Connect has been able to provide vital information and insights which assist businesses make much more informed decisions about their products and services. The growth of this service has…

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  • Tree Champion

    Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

    The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.   The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years.   Now Sir William is marking his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.   Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up…

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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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  • Smart technology pilot scheme for Belfast parks

    A ‘smart’ pilot project using sensors, artificial intelligence and community currency is underway in a number of locations across Belfast. It is aimed at helping Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme. The ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ initiative is being trialled for two weeks. Following a competition launched last October, five companies have been awarded funding of up to £20,000 each to explore how data and innovative technologies can help Council manage open spaces in Belfast. It will look at issues such as safety and the user experience, as well…

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  • RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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  • 571 plant species have disappeared in the last 250 years

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  • Former school to transform into a community green space

    Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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  • Saughton Park

    Saughton Park opens following £8m restoration

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially reopened Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park.   Following a £8m seven-year renovation project to fully refurbish and reinstate many of the Park’s original Edwardian features – transforming the gardens into an inclusive space for the whole local community – the project has officially been declared complete on 6 June.   As Patron of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, HRH was invited to tour the restored park with Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant, Frank Ross, and to unveil a plaque to commemorate the milestone.   The Park will be powered by green energy. It also boasts…

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  • Royal Bath & West Show

    Top awards for idverde at Royal Bath & West Show

    idverde’s Robin Ware has won Gold and the People’s Choice Award for his ‘Pop Up Garden’ at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show.   Robin, who is currently studying for his Level 2 Landscaping qualification through idverde’s Performance Campus, with support from our training partner Element Skills Training, is based at idverde’s Chippenham contract.   Based on the theme of ‘Re-use and Recycle’, Robin’s design featured chairs and planters made from wooden pallets. As well as flower planters made from plastic bottles and tyres, and a wall made from glass bottles. The 3m x 3m garden was constructed in…

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  • Woodland Trust responds to Government’s Ash Research Strategy

    The Woodland Trust has welcomed the Government’s Ash Research Strategy announced 6 June 2019 to tackle the many threats facing the UK’s ash trees. Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner launched the Ash Research strategy, designed to merge evidence on threats to the UK’s population of ash trees. It will also identify future research needs to protect and restore both the species and landscape. These threats include ash dieback, which is already present across most of the UK. Also the invasive non-native pest emerald ash borer, which is not currently established in the UK but has caused catastrophic losses of ash in…

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  • Bourne Amenity announces three-year partnership with Pro Landscaper Podium Awards

    Bourne Amenity has signed up to sponsor the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards for the next three years. Jonathan Bourne, director at Bourne Amenity, spoke to Pro Landscaper to tell us more about the partnership and the products it offers. Bourne Amenity have been championing the relationship with Pro Landscaper Magazine and the team at Eljays44 for a number of years, and the chance to sponsor another exciting showcase of great British landscaping talent had real appeal. We are one of the country’s leading manufacturers of lightweight roof garden materials, along with a whole range of soils and substrates designed for…

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  • National Trust acquires Brackenthwaite Hows

    A viewpoint that inspired world famous artist JMW Turner on his first visit to the Lake District will be opened up to the public having been acquired by the National Trust.    Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the Lakes’ most breathtaking views and was drawn by Turner in his 1797 watercolour, Crummock Water Looking Towards Buttermere.    Since the 18th century, Brackenthwaite has become a popular spot with locals and is a much-loved area of woodland and healthland. It is renowned for its views, bluebells, wildflowers, wildlife and fascinating history.    The 77 acres of land will be managed by…

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  • Creating a therapeutic garden for service personnel at BBC Gardeners World Live

    At this year’s BBC Gardeners World Live Andy Tudbury of Halcyon days Garden Design has created a unique show garden: ‘Onward & Upward’.   Designed in aid of HighGround, a charity founded to help armed forces service leavers and veterans find work in the countryside, the show garden is a beautiful, tranquil space. The design features a pleasant rill, a tree canopy, paved pathways and a therapeutic hot tub. It will also include a multi-level deck Trex deck that represents the journey former service personnel go one when they begin horticultural therapy.   Horticultural therapy refers to the use of…

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  • Green-tech’s Successful Training the Trainer Chemical workshop moves on to Scotland

    Green-tech’s Chemical Workshop – Training the Trainer; held at Capel Manor College in London on Wednesday 29 May was well attended and regarded as a great success by the delegates who attended. Training and workshops were delivered throughout the event from industry- leading guest speakers including Advanced Invasives, Amenity Forum, Bayer, Belchim, ICL and JSD Rail. Subjects covered included the future for weed, pest and disease management in the amenity sector; getting the best out of your selective herbicides; Japanese knotweed control, sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, choosing the correct chemical for the application, the future of glyphosate and alternative options;…

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  • Beth Chatto

    Beth Chatto OBE to be awarded Iconic Horticultural Hero Award at RHS Hampton Court

    Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this July. Beth, who sadly passed away in 2018, aged 94, was the founder of the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market and her “right plant in the right place” ethos has inspired generations of gardeners. As part of the 2019 festival the RHS will reveal a drought-resistant garden in tribute to the late Beth Chatto. The garden will champion her ethos of sustainable planting when gardening in difficult conditions.   Beth’s vision of sustainable gardening and “right plant…

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  • Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

    The world-famous 105-acre garden at Chatsworth in the Peak District has begun its biggest transformation since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago.   An undeveloped 15-acre area known as ‘Arcadia’ will lead the way in a programme that includes the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations and new sculpture commissions. Also the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees. New pathways will also take visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.   When the initial works are complete, in around three…

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  • Arbor Awards

    Bigger and better: The Arbordeck Awards return

    Last year, Arbor Forest Products crowned Newcastle-based hot-tub and Trex® decking specialists North Spas as the inaugural winner of its decking installer awards. Now, the awards are back, and this year the Arbordeck Awards will also be open to installers of Arbordeck softwood timber decking, with an expanded category list and more chances to win. Commenting on the awards, Trex product marketing manager Sarah Francis explained: “Last year’s awards proved that there’s an appetite among decking installers to share their work – we were delighted with the standard of the entries we received. “We want to continue to celebrate the…

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  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    Best Show Garden The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Best Mindfulness Garden Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK Wilson Landscape Services, Sponsor: Harrord Horticultural London Stone Best Long Border The Bess of Hardwick Border – Designer: Victoria Philpott, Sponsored by: Shakespeare Martineau Best Construction The Wedgwood Garden – Contractor: Keyscape Gardens Gold Medals Show Gardens The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Mindfulness Gardens Eutierria – Designer: Neil Sutcliffe, Contractor: Creative Roots, Sponsor: Miles Nurseries and CED Stone Group Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK…

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  • Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up on project

    Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up to enhance the grounds of the new, purpose-built Windermere Jetty Museum.   The Windermere Jetty museum was opened at the start of April by the Prince of Wales. It includes over 40 vessels including the SL dolly, which is thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. Also, dugout boats dating between 1200 and 1320 AD and the famous tarn boat used in Beatrix Potter’s sketches.   The museum will house the boats in and outside of the building. A key element of the design was to include the spectacular views…

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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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