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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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    • Tim Howell: Raising Industry Standards

      Sharing a common goal to raise industry standards says Tim Howell will increase its value and attract ongoing investment into the horticulture and landscaping sector.   There is no better place to demonstrate the diversity of the horticultural sector than at a trade event that brings together both suppliers and contractors, events that allow us to showcase the best that we can offer, to encourage others to join with us and to have a conversation – to collaborate. At the last Futurescape event, in November last year, I was invited to take part in The Pro Landscaper Summit and joined…

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    • The David Colegrave Foundation invests in the future of plant health

      The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) has announced that they will be a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019.   The scheme invites plant health researchers to submit proposals for one of nine available funded studentships for undergraduates to run over the summer of 2019.   A key aim of the studentship is to address skills and capacity challenges in plant health science by providing attractive opportunities for research experience to suitable undergraduates. Offering them the opportunity to undertake supervised research with leading research groups and encourage research proposals in seven…

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    • RHS Chatsworth

      RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 highlights announced

      From 5-9 June RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the Chatsworth Estate. Lots of new content including a mass planting of thousands of Dahlia (Dalina Maxi) ‘Salinas’, an impressive Power of Trees feature and a spectacular floral immersion experience.   The theme of this year’s show celebrates the five senses of horticulture. With the taste and smell of edible herbs, plants and flowers, the touch of a variety of natural textures, the sight of high summer colours and the sound of bees, grasses and tree listening.   A passionate group of florists will be coming together…

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    • Bradstone

      Association of Professional Landscapers to support Bradstone Assured accreditation scheme

      Bradstone has partnered with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) as an independent accreditor.   Under this partnership it means that new and existing Bradstone Assured installers will have the opportunity to join the APL. Benefiting from an independent inspection covering not only the technical, but accrediting and supporting potential members with checks on health and safety, paper work and process.   New and existing APL accredited landscapers will also have the opportunity to be automatically enrolled on the Bradstone Assured scheme. This will unlock the benefits of a 10-year product guarantee on Bradstone products and a five-year installation guarantee.…

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    • Talasey Group

      Talasey Group releases new range of products and services

      Talasey Group has introduced a range of new products and services to their 2019 brochure.   The company has spent the past year further diversifying its product portfolio. Along with launching its bespoke training facility, Talasey Training Academy (TTA). Talasey Group’s 2019 brochure, is a testament to their core values and commitment to the landscaping industry. It offers more landscaping materials, colours, styles and sizes, which meet customer demands.   The Italian porcelain paving range, Vitripiazza has seen the most change. Recognising this customer demand, it decided to expand its product offerin. This was with the addition of 12 new…

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    • Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

      New sensory garden for Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

      Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with garden designer Lorna Batchelor to supply plants to a new sensory garden. This garden is at the Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.   The new sensory garden will create a safe place for students to learn and explore. It includes nearly £4,000 worth of plants. Such as Sarcococca confusa, Hamamelis mollis and Viburnum bodnantense, grasses for sound and touch. Along with varieties of Stipa, Carex and Phormium included. Around 60 Rhododendrons and Azaleas give a splash of colour in the woodland garden. Ferns and Acers create a tranquil area around the…

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    • London Stone

      London Stone celebrates 10 years in service

      London Stone is celebrating ten years in business, and has a host of new service initiatives to share with its clients.   With customers at the forefront of London Stone’s brand promise, the company has launched a host of new benefits and initiatives for 2019. This includes a price freeze or reduction on almost all their natural stone and porcelain products and a new ‘900×600’ porcelain range. It also includes a new free nationwide delivery offer on all full packs of natural stone, porcelain and composite decking.   Managing Director, Steve Walley says: “For 2019, we’ve made some exciting changes…

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    • Natural England

      New data from Natural England shows importance of green spaces for children

      New data by Natural England shows the majority of children and young people are regularly spending time outdoors.   This came from Natural England’s Monitoring of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) report. It found that 70% of all children in England under the age of 16, and 64% of young people aged 16-24 are said to be spending time outside at least once a week. But, there are still clear inequalities with children living in lower income areas. This is due to them being less likely to visit the natural environment compared with those living in areas of higher…

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    • Blakedown

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd latest project

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd have begun works as main contractors, at Hirst Park in Ashington, Northumberland. This is as major work begins on a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Parks improvement project. Intended to restore a prestigious Northumberland Park to its Former Glory.   Heritage Lottery “Parks for People” grant funding and Ashington Town Council and Northumberland County Council are backing the project for £2.9m.   Expected to take approximately seven months to complete. It will see new landscaping and formal garden modelled on the original Hirst Park sunken garden lost in the mid-20th Century. Along with a MUGA,…

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    • Brewin Dolphin announces garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019

      Wealth management company Brewin Dolphin will have a garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Skilled craftsmanship and fine artistry are the inspiration for this years garden. This marks the third consecutive year that the company will have a garden at the popular Derbyshire show. The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden will be transformed into a feature-garden. It will combine the finest horticulture with exciting, interactive art demonstrations. It will feature five prominent artists creating their wares every day.   The five artists are from diverse geographical areas and have a range of craft skills between them. They include a…

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    • Smiths

      Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

      Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      YOU: The People of FutureScape Spring

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    • Veterans Growth

      Perennial Garden at RHS Cardiff to be gifted to Veterans Growth

      It was announced in January that Perennial and Irish garden designer Peter Donegan had confirmed a show garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019. Now they have announced that the garden will be relocated to Veterans Growth based in East Sussex. It is a charity who run horticultural therapy courses for ex-service men and women who have been diagnosed with mental illness.   Also Peter Donegan will redesign the garden to fit the new location. Burnham Landscaping will rebuild it at Veterans Growth new home. It now has a bespoke kitchen hand crafted by Oxford Planters, stone gifted by CED…

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    • Recyclable plant pots

      Wyevale Nurseries phases in recyclable plant pots

      Wyevale Nurseries has started to phase out its black plastic pots replacing them with taupe coloured pots. Supplied by Aeroplas in the West Midlands, it is a bid to fight the war on plastic.   Steve Reed, production director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said:   “We’re pleased to announce that we’re now starting to pot up our retail plants into recyclable taupe plant pots starting with our Astilbes. These pots can then be recycled kerbside by consumers.   “We plan to produce plants in more than 700,000 of the new recyclable pots this year. There…

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    • John O'Conner

      John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years

      Family owned and run John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years in business this year. The award-winning Hertfordshire based business operates landscape maintenance contracts from the Scottish Highlands & Islands through to the Isle of Wight. It plans to mark the occasion with lots of 50 themed events with its staff, customers and the communities it serves.   The focus for the events will be to support community-based projects in the areas in which it works.   Some of the events already planned include:   · 50 Apprenticeship training opportunities created   · 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Projects   ·…

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    • Perennial Marathon Month

      Perennial’s Marathon Month for June 2019

      To help mark Perennial’s 180th anniversary, it has launched Perennial Marathon Month. A new virtual fundraising event taking place throughout June 2019. Perennial is challenging people to walk or run a marathon within a month and the best part is, every step counts.   Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says:   “We know how busy life can be, especially for people who work in horticulture, and it can be difficult to fit training and fundraising in to life’s many demands. But so many people tell us they would raise money for Perennial if they had the time. So we’ve…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      It’s here: The FutureScape Spring showguide 2019

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    • Dan Riddleston

      RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

      After a year off from building a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re back again. This year, we’re working with garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to build her first Main Avenue garden for Warner Edwards Distillery. Helen approached us last year and outlined her design to us – a garden inspired by the natural springs and aquifers at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire, home to Warner Edwards Distillery, featuring a complex series of water features flowing in and out of drystone walls. The central pavilion, designed with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater in mind, will feature floating cantilevered roofs and…

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    • mental health

      Johnsons of Whixley sponsors mental health awareness garden

      Johnsons of Whixley are sponsoring trees and plants for a show garden dedicated to mental health awareness at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.   The Mental Health Garden has been designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design and is supporting Leeds Mind. The Leeds mental health charity which provides support and information when people need it most.   Johnsons is providing the trees and plants for the garden which also includes different shades of pebbles. The pebbles represent depression and improved mental health through counselling and support.   A semicolon, sometimes worn by mental health sufferers, has been incorporated into the…

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    • Year of Green

      New green ambassadors for Year of Green Action

      Leading environmentalists have pledged to champion and promote the Year of Green Action.   Environment Secretary Michael Gove has welcomed UN Patron of the Oceans and endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, environmentalist David de Rothschild and TV presenter Jan Leeming. They will all help to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.   They are among the first ambassadors to join the Year of Green Action. A year-long drive to connect more people with the environment and raise awareness about the simple steps everyone can take – in their home, garden, workplace or school – to make a difference to…

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    • BALI Awards 2019

      Entries now open for the 43rd BALI Awards 2019

      Entries are now open for the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards supported by Headline Sponsor Green-tech. The awards returns on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane London. BALI Registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at baliawards.co.uk and enter their scheme(s). BALI Registered members can take advantage of this year’s Early Bird discounted rates. The first deadline for Registered Contractor, Registered Designer and Group members set for 24 April 2019. The Early Bird deadline for International, Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence categories is 5 June 2019. BALI have introduced one new category…

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    • Wildflower Turf Ltd

      Wildflower Turf Ltd to enhance Leeds Skelton Lake Services

      Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.   Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.   The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.   Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape…

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    • Leguan

      LEGUAN 135 Neo

      Leguan Lifts is releasing a new access platform – the Leguan 135 Neo, which is Leguan’s most user-friendly platform to date. All key operations are made with a single joystick, which allows multiple boom operations to be made simultaneously. The platform is equipped with both automatic, and manual levelling. The automatic levelling is made simple, since all this operation requires is a single push of a button. The automatic levelling function operates seamlessly on sloped surfaces as well. Leguan’s in-house designed automatic outreach control system measures the cage load and the maximum outreach is dependent on this automation. Taking the…

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    • Avant 800

      Avant Tecno introduces new Avant 800 series

      Part of Avants continued growth can be attributed to its continuously developing modular product range. We take a closer look at what we can expect from the new 800 series which will be launched at bauma 2019 exhibition in Munich, Germany on 8-14 April. The completely new 800 series is the largest and most powerful loader series from the Finnish manufacturer Avant Tecno. It pushes the limits of compact loader’s performance with 1,900kg lift capacity and 3.5m lift height. Still, its dimensions – width 1.5m, length 3.4m, height 2.2m and weight starting from 2,500kg – and articulated design make the 800…

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