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    • Green-tree

      Freeland Horticulture helps Green-tree soil expand its distribution network

      From next week, one of the UK’s leading soil brands – Green-tree topsoil, a division of Green-tech – will be available through an additional Ten Freeland Horticulture soil production sites. Freeland Horticulture is the largest soil supplier in England and Wales and has been supplying the landscape and housing market since 1994. Green-tech has joined forces with Freeland Horticulture to distribute its award-winning British Standard topsoil from Freeland’s ten production sites across the country. The addition of the new distribution sites will strengthen the Green-tree brands’ coverage of topsoil for landscape projects, green roofs and urban tree planting in the…

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    • SoilsCon 2019

      SoilsCon 2019 – back by popular demand!

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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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    • Talasey Group

      Talasey Group celebrates 15 years in business

      Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June. The anniversary represents the landscaping supplier’s continued success and ability to exceed customer expectations with a diverse product portfolio and exceptional service.   Back in 2004, Founder and CEO, Mark Wall established Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd. In a short space of time, Natural Paving Products had developed 5 additional product brands (Pavetuf, Vitripiazza, Baksteen, Luxigraze and Resiscape). With such a diverse product portfolio the company rebranded to Talasey Group in 2018. Natural Paving continues as the sub-brand for the company’s stone offer.   The company has grown at a rapid…

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    • Top 10 walks in England

      TV presenter Kate Humble and The Forestry of England have created a list of top 10 walks for your wellbeing in honour of mental health awareness week and also for national walking month. 1.    Alice Holt Forest – Lodge Pond trail (2.5 miles) Starting from the hustle and bustle of the play areas this scenic walk leads you into the heart of the woodlands to enjoy peaceful broadleaf woods and mature pine forests. 2.    Blackwater, New Forest – Walk the Tall Trees trail (1.5 miles) Walking the circular ‘Tall Trees Trail’ will take you through an impressive section of the…

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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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    • Tree of the year

      Tree of the year nominations open

      The Woodland Trust is searching for the most loved, visually stunning tree, with the most fascinating story, for Tree of the Year 2019. Now in its sixth year, Tree of the Year highlights and celebrates special trees across the UK. A tree may be a village’s oldest inhabitant, a founding figure in a region’s identity, or a landmark in the nation’s story. Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/ from 7 May 2019 until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote. Last…

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    • Savills and David Harber garden

      The Savills and David Harber Garden to feature largest green wall ever seen at Chelsea

      The Savills and David Harber Garden will feature one of the largest green walls ever seen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   Measuring 32m x 3m = 96m, the wall will house over 3,000 individual plants. This will include ferns, grasses, ivies and herbaceous flowering plants. All of which have been carefully selected both for their aesthetic and importance to British woodland eco-systems.   With floor space at a premium, especially in London, and as space to curate a garden is becoming increasing hard to find, particularly in urban areas, the way that plants are integrated has begun to change…

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    • Watch your Back!

      The Watch Your Back! campaign has launched

      The Watch Your Back! sun protection campaign for gardeners is back in major UK garden centres from the 11th May. The campaign uses humour to alert people to the danger of sunburn, which can increase the risk of melanoma by 50%.   David Domoney, Adam Frost and David Stevens appear on posters in over 300 garden centres with the message; Don’t be REDiculous – avoid a garden sunburn!   The campaign, devised by the Melanoma Fund, offers expert and targeted advice on sun protection, and tips on early detection for all those who love being in the garden.   David…

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    • BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award

      The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, and the Show Gardens that they’re to build, have been announced.   The two pairs will each create an inspirational front garden designed by Professor David Stevens, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Visitors can see the gardens from 13-16 June at The NEC Birmingham.   The contestants are the young landscapers who took top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals.   Matthew Wood was champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The APL’s ‘Rising Star’ at their Awards in March…

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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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    • Manchester RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      Manchester prepares to debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Marketing Manchester, part of the Growth Company, is gearing up to change perceptions of the city when it debuts The Manchester Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is designed by Exterior Architecture and exhibiting in the Space to Grow category. The Manchester Garden will offer a fresh perspective on post-industrial cities, highlighting the reinvention of Greater Manchester, its resilience and its adaptability.   The garden will aim to challenge long held pre-conceptions about the region. As well as raising important questions about how cities manage urban green infrastructure in the face of climate change, rising temperatures and…

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    • Wildflowers in Adur and worthing

      Wildflowers to be planted across Adur & Worthing

      As part of a commitment to promoting sustainability and biodiversity while making the best use of open spaces, Adur & Worthing Councils is embarking on a widespread programme of seed scattering.   Where The Wild Flowers Grow will see parks staff work with community groups and residents to scatter seeds in carefully cultivated areas.   Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “I’m delighted once again to announce that we will be creating this colourful display on sites across the whole of Adur. With the help of communities across our area, a little bit of endeavour…

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    • Bee Corridor

      Brent Council are creating a bee corridor

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    • Birmingham City Council

      Birmingham City Council unveils 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

      Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2019 celebrates a year of clean and green community action.   The council is working in partnership with Baroness Floella Benjamin and sponsored by Veolia. The garden will feature in the show’s Discovery Zone. It has been designed to educate, question and explore our environment and the contribution made by volunteers to sustain and improve it. This will be achieved through four key themes: air quality, water conservation, reducing waste and community involvement.   Central to the display is a three meter head, comprised of more than 3000 tubes, which will…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      12 reasons why you need to enter the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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    • School children to help create a garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

      Disturbed by reports that children now spend less time outside than prisoners, one South London gardener is crowdfunding a campaign to get them off screens and into nature – starting with an innovative show garden built by and shared with local schools.   According to the ‘Play In Balance’ report commissioned by Persil, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates.   In response to this shocking statistic, Seonaid Royall, a parent and the founder of garden design firm Sprout Up, has created…

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    • Ash dieback

      Ash dieback is predicted to cost £15 billion in Britain

      A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, Fera Science, Sylva Foundation and the Woodland Trust has calculated the true economic cost of ash dieback. The predictions have been published in Current Biology. The total cost of ash dieback to the UK is estimated to be £15 billion Half of this (£7 billion) will be over the next 10 years The total cost is 50 times larger than the annual value of trade in live plants to and from Britain, which is the most important route by which invasive plant diseases enter the country There are 47 other known…

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    • verges

      New grass verge scheme is the bees knees

      Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.   This year, 15 sites across the borough have been chosen as part of a scheme to host pollinator friendly informal flowering lawns or clover verges. Chosen sites include Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Sandy Lane and Hollingworth Road.   The days of manicured grass verges are coming to an end but the less formal replacement provides a host of benefits to a wide range of wildlife.   Like wildflower meadows, informal flowering…

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    • Brewin Dolphin artists

      Brewin Dolphin reveals artists line-up for Chatsworth feature garden

      Brewin Dolphin has revealed the names of the four renowned artists who will feature on its show garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.   The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will feature prominent Paris-based Armenian ceramicist Gregory Tchalikian (also known as Tzarig), specialist screen printer Hannah McVicar, figurative painter Maeve O’Loughlin, and basket maker and sculptor Maggie Cooper. All four artists are inspired by nature and use the natural world in all its forms to nurture and craft their art.   Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the themes for Brewin Dolphin’s garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower…

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    • New plants to feature at the HTA exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will feature new plants on its Discovery Zone exhibit ‘Helping Children Grow’.   The exhibit promotes National Children’s Gardening Week which takes place between 25 May – 2 June 2019. It is supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers. Working with National Children’s Gardening Week Ambassador Chris Collins the exhibit features fun and inspiring projects such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel.   Alongside the plants required for the projects there will be three new plants submitted by HTA members. These will be put forward for the RHS Chelsea…

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    • ArborRaft Tree Planting system

      Green-tech supply urban tree planting materials for Manchester traffic island

      Leading landscape supplier Green-tech was called in to assist Newbrook Gardening Services with the planting of two established trees in urban Manchester.   Salford council commissioned a new traffic island on Cromwell Road in Salford; which was designed to stop vehicle access.   Argyle NW Construction was the contractor and invited Newbrook Gardening Services to install the trees on their behalf.   Newbrook Gardening Services are specialists in grounds maintenance, landscaping and snow clearance and gritting services in the Manchester area. They have worked with Green-tech for many years and approached them to supply the ArboRaft tree planting system, ArborRaft…

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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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    • Horatio's Garden

      Horatio’s Garden receives Royal Patronage

      Horatio’s Garden is delighted to announce the news that Princess Eugenie has become the charity’s Royal Patron.   Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres.   Having undergone surgery for scoliosis in 2002 at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie has had a small glimpse of how it feels to be confined to a hospital bed and understands the healing powers that gardens offer.   This news is extremely timely for Horatio’s Garden as the charity is within touching distance of raising the total funds needed…

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