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      LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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    • Programme announced for National Tree Officers Conference 2019

      The programme for the National Tree Officers Conference 2019 has been unveiled. It will take place at Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November. The conference, organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), comes at a time when trees in towns and cities are recognised by policymakers as having a crucial role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change target of net zero emissions by 2050. The key international speaker Gian Michele Cirulli, an urban tree manager with the Green Public Service of…

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    • Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019

      Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019 was a great success, with all five high schools in Macclesfield taking part and nine primary schools designed mini gardens.The theme for this year’s festival was Geography & Travel. Two teams of garden designers built gardens, ‘Judges favourite’ went to Laurel Goss & Denise Male for their Silk Road garden, with Tom Saunders from Skylark design closely following. The in-house MGF team created a Zen Garden as an outside training area for martial arts training. Along with the garden designs NAFAS managed the Floral Design Marquee with some amazingly talented designs were entered by NAFAS association…

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    • Channel 4’s Dispatches and Hedges Direct partner in school anti-pollution project

      Lancashire based company Hedges Direct, specialist online suppliers of hedging and garden plants, with partner Green-tech Ltd,supplied Channel 4’s Dispatches programme with Ivy Screens and other garden plants in support of a ground-breaking experiment at Lordship Lane Primary School in London.   The Channel 4 programme, which aired on Monday 10 June, documented over a 2 week period, an experiment which saw the school undergo changes both externally and internally to attempt to combat the effects of pollution throughout. The levels of both nitrogen dioxide from exhaust fumes and other particulate matter from brakes and tyres produced by all vehicles…

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    • Countrywide Grounds business boosts workforce in South Wales by more than a quarter

      With over 3,000 sites to maintain, tidy and keep safe for local residents and businesses across South Wales, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®, has increased its workforce by more than a quarter in a year, to ensure it delivers a first-class service all year round.   Launched over 22 years ago, Countrywide South Wales has taken on its 80th employee. Over 90% are client facing roles offering services ranging from grass cutting, shrubbery and gutter clearance to landscaping and line marking.   Headquartered at Port Talbot, Countrywide South Wales has 25 teams operating from six different locations. These are Baglan Energy Park…

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    • Kew Guild honours Tim O’Hare

      The Kew Guild – the association for alumni of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – is recognising the outstanding contribution to the environment of soil and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. This exclusive class of membership is limited to just 25 at any one time and is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient.   Tim qualified as a soil scientist more than 25 years ago and since starting his own consultancy, Tim O’Hare Associates, in 2006 he has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of the most iconic and influential landscape…

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    • Mobilane installs Woking town’s first green wall

      Residents, customers and visitors to Woking High Street have been enjoying a new natural walkway since May with the installation of a 75m living wall from Mobilane. The Mobilane Green Screens have been placed along the length of the Woking Train Station’s exterior wall as part of the Council’s green commitments. Complementing other green initiatives in the transformation of the town’s Albion Square, the ivy screens now form a naturally green frame for the town’s iconic mural that depicts life along High Street in Edwardian times. With a mix of species for interest and colour, the wall will not only…

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    • Favourite Office Plant 2019 announced

      Philodendron xanadu has been pronounced the winner of this year’s Favourite Office Plant 2019.   The judges present for the judging were Matthew Appleby of Horticulture Week, Claudia de Yong, award-winning garden designer and Chanel de Kock of the Flower Council of Holland.   They all felt that Philodendron xanadu fulfilled the criteria of a retro revival with its lush, leafy form much as last year’s winner the Monstera deliciosa. They also agreed that it works well on its own or as under-planting.   Voting secured the top spot for the Philodendron by 5 votes to 3 with the Epiphyllum…

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    • Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

      Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK Plant Health Service are taking steps to eradicate recent findings of OPM in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. These steps may include surveillance, tracing and destruction of the caterpillars and infested trees. OPM feeds heavily on oak leaves and weakens the tree, leaving it very vulnerable to other pests, diseases and…

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    • Isuzu strengthens its dealer coverage

      Leading truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has strengthened its dealer coverage in south-west England with the appointment of SW Commercials as its main sales, service and parts dealer for Cornwall. Whilst the existing Isuzu authorised repairer in Exeter, Devon, Harry Moore Commercials has been upgraded to a full Isuzu Truck sales dealer.   Completing a further trio of changes is the new appointment of Waldron Commercials in Gwent, South Wales. It has joined the network as an authorised repairer for the Isuzu truck marque, as well as the appointment of Sheppard Commercial Services Ltd and Harry Moore Commercials also as…

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    • Manchester council to trial hybrid grass technology

      A section of Piccadilly Gardens will be sown with reinforced hybrid grass designed to withstand tough conditions, as part of wider works to maintain the grassed areas in the public square.   The trial will see a small area adjacent to the fountain sown with the hi-tech turf, which is a mixture of natural and synthetic grass.   The hybrid technology delivers a natural surface that is far more resistant than standard grasses and will prove more cost-effective over the long term, reducing the amount of maintenance required.    Should the hybrid grass prove successful, the Council will then consider…

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    • Living wall installed at London primary school to fight air pollution

      A group of parents at a London primary school have taken the issue of air pollution into their own hands, after successfully crowdfunding over £90,000, which included funding from the Mayor of London, to install a living wall in the playground of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chiswick. Featuring over 12,000 plants, the living wall was officially opened by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. He had also pledged £32,000 to the Chiswick Oasis project.   The 126m living wall, located in the school’s playground and running alongside the A4 aims to reduce air pollutants and improve air quality. This comes…

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    • Contract to deliver HS2’s green corridor boosts Crowder’s Nurseries

      Lincoinshire business Crowder’s Nurseries will be supplying 7 million trees and shrubs which will create more than 650 hectares of new woodland between London and Birmingham along the HS2 Phase One route.   The family run SME was awarded the contract in 2016 and has already provided saplings and trees that have been planted along the line of route. HS2 is well advanced with the creation of a green corridor along the route of the new railway and, with 350,000 new trees already planted and 26 areas of new habitat created for wildlife.   The company employs 50 local people…

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    • Marley’s Antislip Plus decking delivers a safe and durable solution at Bainland Lodge Park

      Bainland Lodge Park is a rural escape, housing over 70 lodges and glamping tents, each with its own decking area, integrated hot tub, BBQ, and seating facilities. Marley Antislip Plus decking was chosen for the refurbishment and upgrade of the lodge decking areas, which are a hub for social gatherings and a key draw for anybody staying at the park. Based in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire countryside, nestled on the outskirts of the picturesque Edwardian village of Woodhall Spa, Bainland Lodge Park is a wilderness retreat for those who want to escape city life, but still want a…

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    • Nurture Landscapes named one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019

      A successful period of growth and development has resulted in grounds landscaping and maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes being named as one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019”.   The annual list is compiled by The London Stock Exchange. It factors a company’s size, turnover, and financial growth compared to other companies in different sectors, with those performing strongest being awarded a place on the list.   It also celebrates the contribution of the UK’s most dynamic and rapidly-growing small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the people working in them, while highlighting the challenges SMEs face.   Being named…

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    • New images released of Battersea Power Station

      Residents and visitors to London will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest roof terraces, part of the transformation of Grade II London industrial icon, Battersea Power Station.   The generous terrace, delivered by LDA Design and designed in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations, tops Foster + Partners’ undulating new building. The gardens have lent their name to the entire phase of this development to be called Battersea Roof Gardens.   The terrace features picnic spots, sun decks and fitness areas. Just published images show that from this spectacular vantage point, residents will be…

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    • London gets world’s first green lamp posts

      Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is piloting a world first scheme in London’s Belgravia aimed at reducing air pollution, improving urban biodiversity, evapotranspiration cooling and noise reduction.   Six lamp posts on the company’s Belgravia estate will be retro-fitted with green columns incorporating a range of vegetation able to promote biodiversity, purify the air and provide an attractive focal point on the street.   The Smart Pillar™, which has been developed by The Scotscape Group and Greenwich University, takes the concept of ‘vertical greening’, as seen on living walls, one step further:   Retro fitting lamp posts to make best use…

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    • Lady Penelope Gardens works with 60 volunteers to transform a hospice

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    • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 medals

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    • RHS Back to Nature Garden for RHS Hampton Court unveiled

      The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1-7 July) has been unveiled today at the festivals press preview.   The Garden continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.   The design is inspired by the original garden at RHS Chelsea. Many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting.  …

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    • idverde acquires north-west based Assist Group

      idverde today confirmed the acquisition of Assist Group, an established provider of grounds maintenance, arboriculture and highway services principally in the North West and Midlands area of England. The company has an impressive track record and has grown considerably over the past two years.   Based in St Helens, Assist has annual sales of £14m and employs 217 colleagues, delivering a number of high-profile contracts. This acquisition strengthens idverde’s presence in the region, provides a complementary offer to existing clients in both companies and further develops idverde’s extensive national coverage delivered by idverde colleagues. idverde now has over 3,000 directly…

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    • Oak Processionary Moth

      Oak Processionary Moth found on trees imported from the Netherlands

      Landscapers, nurseries, landowners and woodland managers are being urged to take action after the Plant Health Service intercepted a number of cases of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars (OPM) on trees imported from the Netherlands.   Anyone who has planted larger oaks (defined below) imported from the Netherlands and continent should urgently check their trees for OPM and report any findings to TreeAlert. It is vital that these trees are checked now to minimise the spread of this damaging tree pest and protect the health of our oak trees.   OPM is an established pest in parts of London and surrounding…

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    • Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL named RHS vice president

      Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent, OBE DL has been appointed Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it was announced earlier this week. The honorary role of Vice President is awarded in recognition of distinguished service and support for the charity’s mission to inspire everyone to grow. A keen gardener and long-time education champion, Baroness Floella Benjamin was made an RHS Ambassador in 2016 to support the benefits of gardening for young people and communities. Since then she has supported the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Greening Great Britain – a call for the creation of more…

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    • Blakedown launches a book to celebrate 50 years

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    • London’s first riverside linear park ‘The Tide’ arrives on Greenwich Peninsula

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