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    • ACLI Awards

      The Association of Landscape Contractors (ALCI) annual awards winners announced

      The Association of Landscape Contractors (ALCI) annual awards was held in the Titanic Centre, Belfast on the 22 March 2019. The awards celebrate the high standards of professionalism and skill in the delivery of commercial, private residential and public authority gardens, landscapes and sports grounds.   This year Pro Landscaper sponsored the awards along with Annaveigh Plants, Coburn’s, Kilsaran, Laird Grass Machinery and Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA NI). The judges awarded marks on a variety of criteria. This included the use of plants and hard landscaping material, the extent of challenges faced by the…

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    • Pocket parks

      Government announces winners of £3.75 million fund for parks

      Over 40 unloved, neglected or derelict urban spaces across the country will be transformed into new green spaces. It was confirmed by the Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP on 26 March 2019.   Also, through the £3.75m Pocket Parks Plus programme over 150 community-led groups will receive funding to help bring parks that have fallen into disrepair back into use.   Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP said:   “Parks and green spaces – no matter what size – are huge assets to our towns and cities. They offer us all opportunities to relax, socialise,…

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    • Green-tech and gt Specifier assist York City Council

      Green-tech and gt Specifier have assisted York City Council with urban landscaping in the town centre. York City Council is in the process of regenerating parts of the Shambles in Roman city York in North Yorkshire – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate. The direction of traffic was recently changed along Fossgate to reduce the volume and the area was overhauled, including relaying the road surface and repaving the York stone paths, widening the footpaths, and introducing street furniture and tree planting. It is hoped this will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the…

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    • Water Garden Ltd wins Otterbine Contractor of the Year 2018

      Portsmouth based family business Water Garden Ltd has won Reesink Turfcare UK’s Otterbine Contractor of the Year award. The company achieved the highest Otterbine sales figures for 2018 thanks to its knowledge of the product, belief in the brand and support from Otterbine and its UK distributor Reesink Turfcare. Andy Staves, managing director of Water Garden Ltd, says: “We were delighted to hear we’d won the award as the whole team has been working really hard this last year. We pride ourselves on having an expert group of staff who have a deep technical understanding of all the products we…

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    • lcgd

      London College of Garden Design to open new college in Melbourne

      The London College of Garden Design has today announced plans to open a new partner college in Melbourne. The new London College of Garden Design Melbourne will open its doors in March 2020 with a unique new two-year Garden Design Diploma which will be led by a new director, leading Australian designer Brent Reid, supported by practising design, horticulture and technical professionals. UK director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “We have explored a number of opportunities to take our unique training to a wider audience over the past two years. Australia quickly became our first priority and Melbourne, with its rich…

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    • Mayor unveils vision for Bristol

      Bristol City Council has launched the next phase of the review of the city’s Local Plan and is asking for people’s views on its approach to building a better Bristol that meets the needs of the future. The Bristol Local Plan outlines the council’s approach to delivering inclusive growth and development over the next 20 years including over 33,500 homes by 2036, along with new protections for green spaces. Citizens and communities are being asked for their views on the changes to the Local Plan, which will help support the creation of new homes and jobs across the city. It…

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    • Lee Ferry

      Graffiti to brighten up Harrogate Spring Flower Show

      Mural artist Lee Ferry will be wowing visitors to this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25-28 April) with ideas for transforming the bleakest of back streets with his own brand of garden graffiti. The show’s theme for 2019 is #kerbcouture, exploring how the urban environment could be revolutionised by the use of plants and flowers. Lee aims to inspire visitors to cheer up dreary courtyards and bare garden walls by creating a colourful street mural live during the show.   After starting out as a cartoonist and sign-writer, Lee formed his company, Custom Artwerk, seven years ago. His work has…

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    • Housing Association

      Housing association fined after exposing employees to vibration

      A housing association has been fined after failing to manage exposure to vibration. This has resulted in a diagnosis of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs) for one of its employees.   Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how employees in the grounds maintenance section of Calico Homes Limited were regularly exposed to vibration when using gardening equipment. In August 2017, an employee of the company received a diagnosis of HAVS who had previously worked in this section.   An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Calico Homes Limited had not carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment…

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    • Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

      The Perennial Lifeline Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations from across the horticulture industry. It will be built with the help of apprentices from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The group of apprentices took part in creating a mock up of elements of the garden at Urban Landscape Design’s training centre in Cheshire.   The garden is being designed by Chelsea first timers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Landscaping contractor for the garden, Ross Conquest of Conquest Creative Spaces led the training day with the group of year two apprentices.…

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    • National Park City Festival

      Mayor announces plans for first National Park City Festival

      The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the next step towards making London the world’s first National Park City, with plans for a week-long National Park City Festival from 20–28 July 2019. Working with the National Park City Foundation and other major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London’s green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways. It aims to help a wide range of Londoners discover new environmental, cultural, sporting and community activities. The Mayor’s ambition is to make more than half of the capital green and increase tree canopy cover by…

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    • Thrive

      Thrive announced as charity partner for SGD Awards 2020

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020. Following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. The money will be raised at the SGD Awards Ceremony, which will be on Friday 31 January 2020.   Thrive – the gardening for health charity – specialises in using therapeutic horticulture to improve people’s lives.Working with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health. The charity uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). This helps improve…

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    • Masterclass With Thomas Rainer, ‘Planting In A Post-Wild World’

      Join Landscape Architect, author, and teacher, Thomas Rainer, for a day exclusively focused on the tips, tricks, and design strategies to create more layered, beautiful plantings. Whether your goal is increased resiliency, lower maintenance ecological plantings, or more intensely floriferous perennial borders, the lessons of this day will equip you with a broader toolkit of planting design skills. The day will be split into different sessions. Morning Session: The Big Picture, A New Paradigm in Planting Design Rebuilding Abundance: A Designer’s Guide to Developing Dynamic Plant Communities This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function…

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      Landscape Institute 2019 elections

      Nominations for the 2019 LI elections have opened. The Landscape Institute has called for nominations to its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 session years. LI Board and Council play a crucial part in running the Institute. Alongside the LI staff team, Trustees and Council members help the LI to deliver its purpose under Royal Charter, achieve its business objectives, and equip the profession to meet future challenges. Nominations close on 11 April 2019. The elections will take place online throughout May. Every two years, the LI elects a new generation of officers and Council members…

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    • Perennial

      Perennial launches online budgeting tool

      In 2018, Perennial helped people in horticulture access nearly £4 million in financial assistance. A recent financial wellbeing survey of working-age people found that 94% worry about money. Of this group over three quarters say it impacts their work. Less than half of employees surveyed had a financial plan and debt was cited as an issue for 58% of people. Perennial is combating some of these money worries for people working in horticulture, including those who are self-employed, looking for work or retired, with its easy-to-use online budgeting tool.   Wendy Tozer, Debt Advice Manager at Perennial, says: “Most of…

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    • Children's Garden

      Kew to open giant new Children’s Garden in May 2019

      The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has embarked on its most ambitious design project in recent years, with the creation of a giant new Children’s Garden due to open to the public on 18 May 2019. Covering 10,000m², it has been designed by Kew garden designers around the elements that plants need to grow: earth, air, sun and water. Children will be able to play and explore as they wind their way through a landscape filled with over 100 mature trees. They will discover hidden treasures and adventure, and develop their love of nature, plants and the outdoors along the way.…

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    • APL Awards 2019

      APL Awards 2019 winners announced

      Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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    • GreenBlue Urban announces new publication

      GreenBlue Urban have announced the publication of Edition 9 – The Urban Tree Planting Design Guide. The comprehensive publication contains: – · Updated product information · A wealth of technical information to assist with best practice tree planting · Global case studies · Tree species selection · Research to support the soil cell solution Greenblue Urban is the global leading solutions provider in assisting trees in their battle to establish in urban spaces. Established over 25 years ago with more than 40 years’ experience in the landscaping industry GreenBlue provide exceptional expertise in planning, design and the installation of trees…

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    • plants@work Awards

      plants@work Awards 2019 winners announced

      This year plants@work held its Leaf Award Ceremony at the end of FutureScape Spring on 12 March in the Brasserie at Sandown Park Racecourse. plants@work members were invited to submit entries by the end of November last year and during February the judges made visits to sites to assess their entries. The winners are as follows: Best Project 2019: Design & Installation Mitie Landscapes Ltd Project: Deloitte, One New Street Square Best Project 2019: Maintenance Biotecture Ltd Project: Regal House Mitie landscapes Ltd Project: 1 Angel Square, Manchester Design & Installation over £10,000 Gold Leaf Ambius Project: 3 Temple Quay Project: Ingenuity House Project: Reckitt Benckiser Gold…

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    • Gardeners' World Live 2019

      The Plant Pyramid at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019

      The Plant Pyramid, supported by Peter Seabrook, returns to the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019. This time with four new satellite pyramids. The Pyramids will play host to a monumental display of up to four thousand plants, all new introductions for either 2018 or 2019.   Dutch breeders Florist return with a brand-new clutch of Garvinea, the Garden Gerbera. The impressive flowers as well as the ability of this Gerbera to grow outside and in colder climates, makes Garvinea a flowering sensation. Joining them, HilverdaKooij present a new Echinacea, a Dianthus, a pot Alstroemeria and a garden…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota UK unveils its new RTV-X1110 vehicle

      Kubota UK talks to us about their new RTV-X1110 vehicle.  The importance of a reliable machine with the power to deliver, is paramount for the demanding tasks in the ground keeping industry. Kubota are well known for their range of groundcare machinery, which are built for premium efficiency, comfort and versatility. For demanding everyday tasks in the turf care sector, machines need to be both reliable and hardworking in all conditions. Kubota prides itself on manufacturing machinery that is exceptionally efficient, comfortable and with features such as power steering as standard, keeping up with the ever changing demands and needs…

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    • Hampton Court Palace

      RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

      The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 – 7 July.   The festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants. It will also provide plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.   Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria.   Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body,…

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    • Podium Awards

      Pro Landscaper Podium Awards winners announced

      The winners have been revealed for the inaugural Pro Landscaper Podium Awards, which were sponsored by Bourne Amenity. The event took place at FutureScape Spring on Tuesday 12 March at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. The Podium Awards are the only ones of their kind in the industry to recognise the phenomenal podium landscapes being created across the UK. Landscape architects fabrik Limited were announced as the Supreme Winner for the firm’s fantastic Fulham Riverside project, which also won the Commercial Design category. Fabrik’s recent project, Fulham Riverside, has scooped not only the Best Commercial Design award but also the…

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    • Matthew Wood

      Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open

      Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open until 5 April 2019.   The WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).   The competitors who qualify in the competition can progress through to the National Final in November. This is held at WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham.   This competition requires trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas, planning and material management.   There will be regional heats, followed by a semi-final. The semi-final will consist of three days of training and testing on planting,…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Awards announces new category for 2020

      The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto. The Beth Chatto Eco Garden Award is open to all SGD members. It will be presented for a project where the design focus is on the garden’s environmental impact by the creative, ecological use of materials and planting, to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife. Lynne Marcus MSGD, Council Member for the SGD Awards, said: “Beth Chatto was one of the most influential horticulturalists of the last 50 years. Her firmly held…

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    • Lantra Scotland

      Lantra Scotland announces winner of Horticulture category

      Tyler Tovey, a 22-year-old trainee from East Calder, has won the Horticulture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The awards took place at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 7th March. Joint runners-up were 22-year-old Calum Melrose from and 24-year-old Ross Yuile.   Tyler has completed an SVQ Level 3 in Horticulture at SRUC, while working as a Gardener at Jupiter Artland Gardens in Edinburgh. He was top student for his SVQ. He is also the only Scottish student selected to attend the Royal Horticultural Society’s Breakfast Reception at the RHS…

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