• Islington in Bloom

    Islington in Bloom 2019 is now open

    Celebrating the innovation and creativity of green-fingered residents, local businesses, community groups, and schools.     All are welcome to get involved and help brighten up the borough – whether you have a big garden, community garden or window box. The range of categories caters for all abilities and is open to schools and businesses, individuals and community groups. Last year’s crop of entries was some of the most imaginative and creative yet, and hopes are high for this year’s competition.   Organised by Islington Council and Islington Gardeners, Islington in Bloom is a great opportunity to grow with friends and neighbours. Every entrant will receive a free bag of compost from Camden Garden Centre and winners receive a £100 voucher to spend there. Second…

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  • Malvern Spring Festival

    Show garden at Malvern Spring Festival to highlight diabetes

    Work has begun on the first ever show garden to highlight diabetes at the Malvern Spring Festival.   Transformation of part of a field into a show garden has begun at the Three Counties Showground, with 50 square metres of soil revealed.   The Habit of Living Garden is the first ever show garden in support of Diabetes UK. It aims to raise awareness of a condition which affects more people than cancer and dementia combined – 4.7 million people in the UK alone.   A personal project, design duo Karen Tatlow, of Karen Tatlow Garden Design in Lichfeld and…

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  • RHS' Garden Fund

    RHS’ garden fund to help grow healthier communities

    More communities than ever before are using gardening to promote good health and wellbeing, according to the RHS’ Greening Great Britain funding programme, supported by M&G Investments.   Two thirds (66%) of the 56 projects that will receive £500 funding and practical support this summer have made health and wellbeing their top priority. These will see intergenerational groups turn neglected corners into blossoming green spaces. These spaces encourage and support social interaction, complement local social prescribing schemes or promote healthy eating.   The Greening Great Britain programme is now in its fourth year. It encourages communities to come together to…

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  • Waltham Forest

    Waltham Forest council secures funding for four new pocket parks

    Waltham Forest council has secured over £70,000 of Pocket Parks Plus funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This is to create new pocket parks at locations across the borough.   The grant, totalling £70,500, will fund four new pocket parks. The proposals for these parks were drawn up by local community groups including OrganicLea Community Growers, Love North Chingford Community Interest Company (CIC), and Wood Street Walls CIC. The council will work with these groups to design and create the pocket parks.   Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:…

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  • Highlights at Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2019

    The 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25 – 28 April 2019) will be showcasing the potential for petal power to transform Britain’s grey streets.   This year’s theme for the show is #kerbcouture. Featuring virtuoso ideas for vertical gardens, mini urban oases and a street scene of cutting-edge design ideas for bloom-bombed pubs, shops and furniture, plus an entire wall of graffiti flowers.   Teams from the Harewood florists Leafy Couture, Ripon-based Branching Out and the British cut flower co-operative Flowers from the Farm, will be introducing a flash of floral inspiration to an everyday urban scene. This will illustrate…

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  • The RHS has called for people to put down their phones and pick up a spade

    As part of its Greening Great Britain Campaign, the RHS is calling for the nation to drop their devices and pick up a spade this Easter.   A new Ipsos MORI study has shown that of those surveyed (31%) will spend 9 hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school. Compared to gardening (4%) in a typical week, in spring.   The survey also shows that 64% of people spend three hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school in a week. Whilst 31% will spend three hours or more gardening this spring.   The RHS…

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  • Dealer Awards

    Isuzu Truck celebrates its best year ever with its annual dealer awards

    In the surroundings of Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, leading truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK celebrated its best year ever in 2018 with its annual dealer awards ceremony held in front of a packed audience representing its dealer network.   The highlight of the evening was the main award for overall Isuzu Truck UK ‘Dealer of the Year 2018’. This was won for the second year running by Warrington Vehicle Centre. Whose managing director Richard Cook stepped up to receive the prestigious Japanese ceremonial sword award from Isuzu’s MD, Pete Murphy.   Runner-up for this award was Thompson Commercials, and in…

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  • Agapanthus pest

    DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest

    The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is funding a studentship for undergraduates, as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019.   DCF worked with RBS to select one of nine projects put forward by plant scientists that address major plant health challenges identified by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).   The Plant Health Undergraduate Studentship project funded by DCF is The Life cycle and biology of an emergent pest, the agapanthus gall midge, hosted by RHS Wisley and supervised by Dr. Hayley Jones.   The agapanthus gall midge,…

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  • Pelargonium

    Pelargonium for Europe to transform The Zetter Townhouse hotel entrance

    Coral coloured Geraniums will transform the iconic entrance of The Zetter Townhouse hotel in Clerkenwell this May as part of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). The fantasy ‘underwater’ vignette is inspired by ‘Living Coral’ – Pantone Colour of the Year 2019. It will celebrate the longstanding urban popularity of the geranium in this stunning hue.   Geraniums in Coral is co-designed by award-winning garden designers and RHS medallists, Claudia de Yong, and Ian Drummond, creative director of Indoor Garden Design. It will showcase the ubiquitous geranium within a fabulous ‘seascape’ depiction. Over 100 coral geraniums will be incorporated into the installation.…

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  • Thrive

    Garden for Thrive to be unveiled at RHS Chatsworth

    The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening will be celebrated in a garden designed for Thrive at RHS Charsworth.   It will form part of a new Mindfulness Gardens category at the show, which runs from 5th-9th June.   Designer Richard Rogers is creating the Reflective Mind Garden. It aims to bring to life how gardening and gardens can help people facing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.   Richard’s striking design will incorporate sculpture, water and angular blocks. As well as trees, hedging and several hundred plants.   Thrive CEO Kathryn Rossiter said: `We are delighted that the…

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  • Paul Stone

    Paul Stone appointed as new head of horticulture at Eden

    Award-winning garden designer Paul Stone has been appointed Head of Horticulture at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   With a 30-year record of building gardens, twice winning best in show at the Hampton Court Flower Show and four times winning gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, Paul is a well-known face in the horticulture world.   In his new role, Paul is in charge of a team of 50, working within the Eden Project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the outdoor gardens, 250-acre outer estate and the Eden nursery at nearby Pentewan.   Paul has been part of the Eden horticultural…

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  • Carbon Gold

    Woodland Trust partners with biochar supplier Carbon Gold

    The Woodland Trust has partnered with UK biochar supplier Carbon Gold to support the charity’s tree planting and preservation activities across the UK.   The announcement will see 10p from the sale of each of Carbon Gold’s biochar planting aids and soil improvers donated to the Trust. Philippa Borrill, Head of Partnerships at the Woodland Trust, says: “Carbon Gold is a natural fit for us as a partner. Their biochar products are proven to boost the health and vitality of newly planted and established trees and plants.   “We’re looking forward to seeing what this collaboration brings in terms of…

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  • McQueens

    McQueens highlights importance of bee conservation at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    McQueens Flowers has been commissioned by the RHS to create two original art installations at the Chelsea Flower Show, 21 – 25 May. Honey, I’m home will be an interactive installation, inviting visitors to help create a swarm of giant honey bees flying home to their hive. The second will be a dramatic 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum (Through the Eyes of Bees) complete with upside-down lavender field. Both will open visitors’ minds to how bees see the world and ultimately raise awareness of the recent decline in the bee population.   The installations…

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  • Flower Show Cardiff

    The Perennial Garden wins Silver Medal at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

    Designed by Irish garden designer Peter Donegan and constructed by Burnham Landscaping, the contemporary garden was created to help mark the garden charities 180th anniversary. It is the first time Perennial have exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. Also the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the flower show. In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland. His design was to realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up…

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  • Walmer Castle

    Lost Pleasure Grounds to open at Walmer Castle

    Part of Walmer Castle’s gardens, first laid out by William Pitt the Younger and enjoyed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, will soon reopen for the first time in over 100 years.   The former chalk quarry now known as the Glen – created by Pitt and his niece Lady Hester Stanhope – could previously only be glimpsed through a dense and tangled tree canopy. It was made possible following a £2.3m investment including £1.35m from the National Lottery. It has also involved a new collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and includes new education and visitor…

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  • Borde Hill

    Michael Marriott to hold a talk at Borde Hill’s Rose Garden

    At Borde Hill Garden this summer one of the world’s most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill’s renowned Rose Garden on 20th June.   In June, Borde Hill’s 750 + strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade. It comprises formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.   The design was…

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  • Ancient Woodland

    The Ancient Woodland Inventory for England gets new funding

    The Ancient Woodland Inventory for England is to get a radical overhaul to enable changes in national planning policy to be properly implemented. Last year, the National Planning Policy Framework was amended to give ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees strengthened protection from inappropriate development. The Woodland Trust warned government this change would only be effective if planners and developers knew where ancient woodland was located. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has awarded a grant of £210,000 to the Woodland Trust. This is to kickstart a £1.5 million collaboration with Natural England to update the inventory.…

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  • Mitie

    Mitie wins extension to contract with NHS Property Services

    Mitie has won a fourth year of a major contract delivering engineering, landscaping and security services to NHS Property Services.   The new award means that Mitie will continue to deliver mechanical and electrical services, building maintenance, security and grounds maintenance to the public body which owns a portfolio of 3,500 buildings, representing about 10% of the entire NHS estate. The new term starts in April 2019 and run for another year.   Mitie has delivered these services since 2016. It is able to work at scale and with flexibility to meet the needs of NHS Property Services, which manages…

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  • RHS Cardiff

    RHS medals announced at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the award winners at its first major outdoor event of the year the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019, supported by Brewin Dolphin. Nature’s Takeover was awarded the top title of Best Garden and Best Construction while Andy’s Air Plants was awarded Best in Floral Marquee. First-time designer Diego Carrillo from London teamed up with Smartscape Cardiff to build the Regeneration Garden which received the title after the RHS Judging Panel awarded it a Silver-Guilt medal. In line with the Regeneration Gardens category, Nature’s Takeover illustrates the simple beauty of nature as the space…

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  • Hedgehog

    Hedgehogs are threatened by development

    Hedgehogs and development Hedgehogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. The recent State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report revealed that since the millennium, the population of the nation’s favourite mammal has fallen by a third in our towns and cities. The two wildlife charities behind this report, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, launched the Hedgehog Street campaign to inspire the British public to help us protect our hedgehogs. Why are they in decline? Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food, nest sites and…

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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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