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    • Confor

      Think Global, Plant Local to tackle climate change

      The UK Government has been urged to ‘Think Global, Plant Local’ to start tackling the damaging effects of climate change.   Independent advisers have told the Government that planting trees and building with wood is a “simple, low-cost option” to remove large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. A message that is also highlighted by Sir David Attenborough in his latest TV series.    But, the UK Government is still way behind its own modest targets of planting 11 million trees in England in the five years to 2022.    Now Confor has laid down a challenge by setting ambitious…

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    • bees' needs

      Bees’ needs: public urged to support pollinators

      Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.   The five actions form part of a call to action launched by Environment Minister Lord de Mauley today at a conference organised by Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. The conference was focused on encouraging people to do their bit to help insects such bees and butterflies.   Pollinators provide variety in our diets and some crops, like raspberries, apples and pears, particularly need insect…

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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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    • ESL Landscape Contractors

      ESL Landscape Contractors launches new website

      ESL Landscape Contractors have launched a new website. This is to support ESL’s clients and stakeholders and those operating within the construction and landscape industries, with a focus on commercial landscaping.   Developed by website design company, Sussex Designs it is nearly three months in the making. The site will give a smoother and more intuitive user experience. It will allow visitors to navigate ESL’s service offering, news and portfolio with ease.   ESL is an experienced landscape contractor who has been delivering high quality landscaping services to the private and public sectors for almost three decades. The company provides…

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    • RHS Bridgewater Garden

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. It heralds the creation of the RHS’s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020.   The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHS’s 215 year history. The RHS is creating the stunning 154 acre garden by breathing new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned…

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    • Xardin

      Xardin supports new talent at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      This year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show in April will see award winning landscape construction and horticultural specialists, Xardin Garden, launch its programme to support new designers and artists entering the horticulture industry.   The inaugural programme, complete with bursary, enables designer Brent Purtell to create his first show garden called “The Xardin Urban Gallery” . This will showcase his take on urban regeneration for the Royal Horticultural Society. Brent recently qualified at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design after he decided to choose a new career making gardens. Edward Mairis, owner of Xardin said: “We celebrate the achievements of the…

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    • Kebur Trade Pro

      Launch of Kebur Trade Pro account scheme

      Kebur Garden Materials talks to Pro Landscaper about the launch of their new scheme.  Last month saw the launch of Kebur Garden Material’s Trade Pro account scheme. This is an exciting offer that further builds on the competitive discounts of up to 20% that the company’s trade account holders already enjoy. The new package of support is open to all trade customers and includes an enhanced reward scheme for those who buy in the highest volumes. Already renowned for its speedy delivery, Kebur Garden Materials is now offering trade customers a next day service on natural stone and porcelain orders…

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    • Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

      Help bring Stiperstones National Nature Reserve back to purple

      Natural England is calling on the public to donate to their campaign to raise money to buy and restore one hectare of land on the edge of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (NNR) called Windy Corner.   Stiperstones NNR in Shropshire is famous for its wild and atmospheric landscape and nationally significant geology. The restoration and purchasing of Windy Corner is one more step towards the vision of creating a continuous heathland along the entire 10km of the Stiperstones ridge. This will allow an emperor moth caterpillar to be able to crawl from one end of this iconic upland landscape to…

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    • AVS

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping welcomes new managing director

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping has set itself up for a year of growth and change, as it welcomes new managing director Stewart Pierce. Stewart Pierce will oversee the brand’s strategic development plans and rebrand.  He joins AVS with 30 years of industry experience.    In his previous role as the financial and commercial director of Parker Building Supplies, he was responsible for their key growth strategy programme and staff development pathway. He will be responsible for driving the business forward and for the continuation of the rebrand and branch upgrades, as well as a widening of the product offering. Stewart Pierce…

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    • Allerdale

      Allerdale borough council appoints Tivoli as its integrated street scene contractor

      Tivoli is set to continue its 15-year collaboration with Allerdale Borough Council. This is with the award of the Council’s Integrated Street Scene contract, which will see grounds maintenance and street cleansing services merge for the first time. The contract commenced on 1st April 2019 and will run for an initial eight-year period with an option to extend for a further eight years.   Tivoli has been maintaining many the Borough’s public parks, open spaces, play areas, leisure and sports facilities, cemeteries and sheltered dwellings since 2003. From April 2019, Tivoli will also deliver litter picking, fly-tipping, chewing gum removal…

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    • Dan Riddleston

      RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part two

      With just a month to go until we move onsite at the RHS Chelsea showground, the pressure is mounting. Early last month we began to pour the foundations for the pavilion that will sit at the centre of the Warner’s Distillery Garden, a beautiful structure created out of drystone walling, but with two large cantilevered roofs and a series of complex water features, there are various challenges in its construction. It might seem quite early to be laying foundations, but the build programme at RHS Chelsea is incredibly tight and with just 20 days to create the garden on site,…

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    • Piet Ouldolf

      A new feature-length documentary to be released about Piet Oudolf

       Five Seasons:The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is an immersion in the life and work of the most influential landscape designer of the last 50 years. Piet is responsible for New York’s High Line and many other iconic urban spaces. Closer home, Piet designed the landscaping for the entire site at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. He is in great demand for his revolutionary ideas of what gardens and public spaces can be, and the impact they can have. More than just a movie for gardeners, Five Seasons changes the way all of us think about and ultimately see beauty itself.  …

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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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    • specification

      Green-tech’s specification department expands

      Green-tech has a team of specification professionals, known as the gtSpecifier team. They focus on technical specification. They create landscape solutions for landscape architects, contractors and garden designers.   gtSpecifier was established to meet the growing demand of specifiers requiring assistance at the specification, estimating and drawing stages of their projects.   The specialist team has the product knowledge and technical expertise to provide advice, guidance and recommendations for bringing landscape designs to fruition. They have the know-how to source the best solutions for a project, working within budget.   The gtSpecifer team has recently restructured and expanded. It is…

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    • Blakedown landscapes

      Blakedown turns 50

      This year Blakedown turns 50, celebrating 50 years of service. Over the course of half-a-century, they have delivered hundreds of projects across London. They have won multiple awards, year on year, for consistently delivering high-quality projects.   CEO Stephen Buckingham said: “I am delighted that Blakedown has hit this milestone. During this time we have built up extensive knowledge and experience that spans all sectors from local authorities, Royal Parks, commercial, schools and universities to high-end luxury developers.” “It has been a pleasure to work with such incredible people on such incredible projects. This would not be possible without such…

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    • Making Tax Digital

      Making Tax Digital becomes law

      From 1 April 2019, the government’s major Making Tax Digital programme has become law for over one million VAT-registered businesses earning more than £85,000.   The new rules, first announced in 2015, will mean most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records digitally. As well as submitting their VAT return using MTD-compatible software for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April.   MTD will make it easier for businesses to get their tax right first time. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been urging businesses to get ready and has already written to every business…

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    • Kate Gould

      The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Designer Kate Gould’s garden for Greenfingers Charity aims to create a stimulating environment for seriously sick children and their families. The plant colour palate is fresh, predominately green and white with flashes of yellow. The hard landscaping and even the plant content had to be thought through very carefully with access for wheelchairs a high priority. This meant nothing spiky on pathways that would scratch limbs or puncture tyres, furniture and sculpture elements have to be comfortable and accessible, stimulating and interactive wherever possible.   The lower pathway is made from expanded mesh which will have lots of lush green…

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    • Garden Re-Leaf day

      Rolawn raised £420 for Garden Re-Leaf day

      Rolawn have been hard at work fundraising for the Greenfingers Charity Garden Re-Leaf day.   This year staff took part in a range of activities to mark the event and generate funds for the charity’s Garden Re-Leaf day. Strongest staff member competitions were entered, lotteries were drawn, raffles were pulled, sweetie jar contents were guessed, and it was all accompanied by the sound of cake and bun eating.   The company also used their online shop over last weekend to offer consumers a discount and to match purchases with a donation to the charity. The combined efforts from staff and…

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    • The Garden Party

      The Garden Party – celebrating 20 years of Gardening Scotland

      Lynn Hill Garden Design, CED Stone group, and a whole host of garden professionals are certainly ready to clink glasses. Together they are creating the most glorious of show gardens featuring Italian glass, golden quartzite and corten steel.   Lynn has once again designed with outdoor living at its’ core. This is her 3rd show garden at Gardening Scotland and each one has been a celebration of the garden as an extension of the home. But this year, as Lynn has now joined the Gardening Scotland Board, things will be just for the fun of it.   Centre stage sits…

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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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    • roof garden

      Largest intensive green roof in Nottingham created for residents

      A twenty-two week project to create Nottingham’s largest intensive sky garden has been completed. It is on the fourth floor of a 26-storey apartment building. It showcases the value of investment in green infrastructure for both local authorities and the residents of urban areas.   The design, by award-winning landscape design practice Hosta Consulting, was commissioned by Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) as part of its Decent Neighbourhoods scheme. The scheme aims to improve the lives of residents by developing green-spaces with a community focus.   The project creates Nottingham’s largest intensive green roof. A 316 sq m community garden, designed…

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    • Blue Forest

      Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

      Blue Forest is delighted to be exhibiting a luxury treehouse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The Treehouse will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke treehouse creations.   It will be created in collaboration with the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire.   Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the treehouse will move to the grounds of Chewton Glen, where it will provide a fabulous home for the hotels popular children’s club.   The spacious Treehouse is the ideal location for children to play, creating memories with…

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    • Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Join us at Pro Landscaper LIVE

      Following the success of the Pro Landscaper LIVE events last year, 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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    • The Wildlife Trusts

      The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery in latest campaign

      Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry have backed a new campaign from The Wildlife Trusts. It calls for a wilder future and for nature’s recovery in the UK. The conservationist and actors have starring roles in a new The Wind in the Willows film trailer. It brings to life the 21st century threats facing the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic. The animated trailer calls on everyone to help bring our wildlife back before it’s too late, so that we can all enjoy a wilder future.   The film trailer shows how the lives…

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    • Oak tree

      Ancient Tree Inventory project confirms largest collection of oak trees in Europe

      Conservation charity the Woodland Trust is challenging people across the UK to find and map ancient trees. This is after its Ancient Tree Inventory project helped confirm the biggest collection of ancient oak trees in Europe.   Staff at Blenheim Park have been surveying oak trees for several years, and have recorded 291 living oak trees with a girth of at least 5m. 220 of these veterans stand in High Park, a fragile Site of Special Scientific Interest which is currently closed to the public. 71 can be seen elsewhere in Blenheim Park. This data – collected primarily by Kew’s…

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