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    • milton jones

      Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

      Milton Jones, funny man takes the reigns from Bake Off’s Tom Allen at IOG Industry Awards.   This year’s IOG Industry Awards will be full of high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen. Tom regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.   No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones. The wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ is fresh off his UK tour. He will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual awards night. The event is at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening…

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    • wick campus

      Green-tech supply wildflower seed for new Scottish Wick Campus

      The new £48m Wick Campus project; part of the Scottish Government ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme’ was commissioned by the Highland Council. The 17,500m2 campus replaced the previous Wick High School and consolidated a number of existing primary schools, a nursery, sports facilities, a community library and swimming pool; into one integrated community facility. The campus formally called the East Caithness Community Campus was officially launched in the Summer 2018. Ashlea Limited, one of the UKs largest privately-owned commercial landscaping company, is part of the supply chain for Morrison Construction and has undertaken the soft landscaping to a number…

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    • universal credit

      Perennial prepares for busy winter as Universal Credit continues to bite

      Perennial is preparing for a busy winter ahead as the roll-out of the government’s flagship benefits programme, Universal Credit, continues to cause confusion and frustration among those it will affect. An estimated 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off under Universal Credit and so the Perennial team has increased its focus on support, training and preparation to help self-employed horticulturists, as well as single people and families, navigate the new system. Julia Hayne, Director of Services at the horticulture trade charity, says: “The government is coming under increasing pressure from cross-party groups and charitable organisations working with those who will be most affected, to delay its roll-out of Universal Credit. We are already…

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    • saltex 2018 innovation award

      SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award

      Reesink Turfcare, Sherriff Amenity and McConnel have been announced as the final three companies competing to get their hands on the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award.  After making its successful debut at last year’s show, the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award attracted even more entries from various exhibitors across the globe and included a wide variety of high-quality products, services and equipment. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts it was decided that the Toro Outcross 9060 from Reesink Turfcare, PrecisionPro from Sherriff Amenity and a product that cannot yet be named from McConnel were the stand out entries. The final…

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    • london corporation

      City of London Corporation wins Gold in Britain in Bloom awards

      The City of London Corporation has won Gold in the Town category at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 national awards. The City Corporation’s City Garden’s Team was praised in particular for its collaboration with community groups and businesses who are promoting biodiversity and protecting wildlife across the Square Mile. The 54th Britain in Bloom competition, organised by the charity Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. First held in 1963, Britain in Bloom is a year-round competition that allows groups to compete on a regional or national level by using gardening to transform…

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    • pub gardens

      Top 5 pub gardens in the UK

      Since over one third of houses now have no access to a private green space, pub gardens offer people an opportunity to appreciate beautifully crafted landscapes they may not otherwise have a chance to see. Pro Landscaper has collated the five finest pub gardens in the UK, worth the journey for both an appreciation of the greenery and a tipple of your choice. The Elephant’s Nest Inn, Tavistock, Devon This stunning garden has views of both Brentor church and the moor and even has its own cricket ground. The Church Inn, Knutsford, Cheshire The terrace here offers unrivalled rolling views…

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    • Alexandre Antonelli

      Kew appoints Prof. Alexandre Antonelli as new director of science

      The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announces Professor Alexandre Antonelli as its new director of science. Alexandre is currently director of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, and Scientific Curator of the Gothenburg Botanical Garden. He succeeds Prof. Kathy Willis who last month completed her five-year secondment to Kew from Oxford University.   Brazilian-born Antonelli began his undergraduate studies at the University of Campinas. After this moving to Europe where he completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Gothenburg. As a Professor in Biodiversity and Systematics and leader of one of Sweden’s active research groups, he has recognition for developing…

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    • landscaping profession

      Attracting a wider audience to the landscaping profession, with Tim Howell

      I’ve written many times about the career opportunities within the landscaping profession, and the difficulties that we face in attracting and retaining talented individuals. It’s a challenge that isn’t going away and is one that will continue to affect our business’, or us personally, over the next decade. There are already industry wide actions in place to encourage school leavers to consider landscaping as a career. Now is the time to broaden our appeal and accessibility to a far wider group of people.  At Mitie we carry out an independent survey every year to measure employee engagement. It’s well known…

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    • john hillier

      John Hillier retires from the Hillier board of directors

      Hillier prides itself on its family involvement in the business. A key innovator over the last 60 years in driving the business expansion and new plants has been John Hillier. John has recently decided to retire from the Hillier board of directors, aged 83. He hands over to the new generation as two members of the fifth generation of the family join the board. Hillier, the UK’s largest grower of semi-mature trees, has 154 years of heritage in horticultural. Today, Hillier operates 12 Garden Centres and a wholesale nursery. It also specialises in supplying semi-mature trees to the landscaping industry.…

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    • uk future

      Vanishing gardens and landscapes threaten UK future

      A report by Oxford Economics for the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group reveals the value of the UK’s ornamental horticulture and landscape industries. In light of its economic importance, the industry contends that it isn’t taken seriously by Government. This is despite the immense benefits it delivers and that losing these could threaten the UK future. £24.2bn is the total GDP footprint of the UK’s ornamental horticulture industries in 2017. Parks, gardens and green spaces provide a £131bn aggregate boost to Britain’s house prices as part of the appeal of nature. Regardless, homes are built without private gardens are on the…

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    • winter events

      RHS Gardens Winter Events Programme

      A chill in the air is no barrier to getting outdoors with this winter events schedule. There is a full programme of events set to keep visitors busy throughout the season at the four RHS Gardens: RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey With activities ranging from twinkling trails lighting up the garden, shopping for artisan Christmas gifts and even exotic orchids and jungle creatures to discover, there’s every reason to wrap up warm and get outside.   For full listings, please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens…

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    • standard practice

      Announcing Standard Practice

      Planit-IE has joined forces with a collective of designers, makers and urbanists, forming a new studio model with Standard Practice. This is in a concerted effort to bring about and take part in authentic change across our towns and cities.   Formerly known as OH OK LTD, Joe Hartley, Jess Higham and Ben Young have joined Altrincham based design practice Planit-IE. This hopes to establish a parallel, integrated ‘studio within a studio’, operating in the overlap between design, fabrication, performance and architecture. Standard Practice will take a DIY approach to the built environment. It is making sure that the human…

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    • sgd autumn

      SGD Autumn Conference – Geometry

      The SGD Autumn Conference – GEOMETRY. New angles on gardens and landscape, will focus on giving delegates an insight into the essential use of geometry. The featured speakers are, Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD (UK), Kate Cullity (Australia), Ian Kitson FSGD (UK), Cristina Mazzucchelli (Italy) and Alex Hanazaki (Brazil). Each will share their process of working to illustrate their articulation of space. Both inspiring and informative, this topic will enable delegates from practices both small and large to explore new geometrical aspects to apply to their own work.   Relationships between shapes and lines are at the very heart of how we design both gardens and landscapes. That geometric vision is critical for smaller gardens.…

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    • renovation

      Horticultural firm sought for £100,000 Scottish park renovation

      Johnsons of Whixley, has teamed up with p1 Solutions/Contractors Ltd, for a multi-million pound renovation of a hidden gem in Scotland. Saughton Park, in Edinburgh, has been subject to a £6.7m restoration project. This includes revamping the walled and winter garden, the 110-year-old bandstand and the Italian garden. This is along with other facilities including a children’s playground and building a multi-use sports court.   As part of the improvements, Edinburgh-based p1 Contractors Ltd has been handling the large project. This includes soft landscaping, conservation and various refurbishments for the new-look Saughton Park.   The Scottish contracting company has enlisted…

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    • garden trends

      Garden trends for 2019

      For some design inspiration, this article will bring you up to speed on the garden trends forecasts for 2019.   Geometric The love of geometric patterns continues to grow and will likely feature heavily on a clients’ wish-lists. Influenced by the renaissance of 1980s New Memphis style, this look one of two ways:   Playful – think pastels or primary colours, the choice is wide open. Restrained and elegant – a more muted palette of whites and greens Of course, the nature of this style means that these projects will underpin strong patterns and shapes. You can think about a…

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    • brambledown landscape services

      Brambledown Landscape Services drive growth with new investment

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd have introduced a strategic 4 year plan to renew a fleet of over 40 commercial vehicles by 2022.   Brambledown have offices located in Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Yorkshire. The firm are installing a three to four year entire fleet renewal strategy. This is to maintain growing turnover and increased demand for their services. Demand can stretch from east to west coast across north England.   Two new Tippers, alongside a Berlingo van have arrived this week. These are among the first batch of 10 new vehicles to come into the fleet this year.…

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    • forests

      7 of the most breathtaking forests in the world

      As a company full of forest fanatics, Husqvarna is somewhat of an authority when it comes to assessing the quirks, beauty and uniqueness the world’s forests have to offer. They’ve put their helmets together with Pro Landscaper to come up with seven of the most breathtaking which are well worth a visit. Crooked Forest – Poland There are many theories around where pines get their twist. Were they designed to grow this way to create furniture and abandoned during the war, or was it a bad snowstorm that pushed the trunks in to this position? Since 1930 there are 400…

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    • christmas glow

      Christmas Glow at RHS Garden Wisley

      Christmas Glow returns to Wisley this winter. It offers the chance to explore RHS Garden Wisley after dark and see its most iconic features in a new light. Following a twinkling trail around the garden, visitors will discover larger-than-life botanical illuminations. For the first time, visitors will enjoy atmospheric music to accompany their walk at certain points.   Now in its fourth year, the popular event guides visitors around a new route for 2018. It allows people to take in locations including the Rock Garden, the Seven Acres lake and the Jellicoe Canal. Jigantics, designers of cultivated illumination, will this…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Hosts announced for the LI Awards 2018

      The LI’s annual awards recognise the exceptional work of landscape professionals. They encourage excellence, innovation, and creativity in shaping the natural and built environment. The hosts for this years event are below:   New York Times best-selling author and journalist Florence Williams will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The Brewery in London will host the ceremony on the 22 November.   Florence Williams is a Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. Journalist, author and public speaker, Florence’s work explores environmental, health and science issues.   Her most recent book,…

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    • ECHO CS-4510ES

      The new ECHO CS-4510ES

      The introduction of the new ECHO CS-4510ES is set the rival the top rear handle chainsaws. It comes equipped with a 45cc two-stroke stratified scavenging engine. The power-to-weight ratio makes it more powerful yet lighter than previous models. It offers a better output of 2.3kW and has a dry weight of just 5.0kg.   The Stage II emission compliant engine is one of ECHO’s new engine platforms. The two-stroke has a piston operated scavenging system. In this, a layer of fuel-free air comes between the burnt charge in the combustion chamber and the fresh charge in the crankcase. The buffer…

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    • marketing forum

      Vlogging, boosting, and targeting consumers at the HTA Marketing Forum

      The HTA Marketing Forum took place at Horticulture House, Chilton, on 17 October. It aimed to give delegates and insight into the advances in marketing to help them stand out from the crowd. Covering all disciplines of marketing, the key takeaways from the day were: Reports of retail death are greatly exaggerated. Despite 69% saying they shop online to avoid queues, only 3% of Britons say they no longer shop in store and 64% of people still enjoy browsing in store. – Anthony Earl, POPAI UK & Ireland Graham Thomas, Eight Days A Week Print Solutions Digital marketing the way…

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    • rudest

      7 plants with the rudest names you’ve ever heard

      It’s been over two years since we shared the Gardening Express’ list of the top 10 plants with rude (but hilarious) names. So, we have scoured the glorious world of plants to bring you another seven with the rudest names that are sure to tickle you a little. 1.  Bastard Toadflax Latin name: Comandra A monotypic genus, the plant has a disjunct distribution. Its four subspecies occur in North America and the Mediterranean. 2.  Naked Man Orchid Latin name: Orchis italica Native to the Mediterranean, this flower blossoms into its highly amusing shape in mid-spring. 3.  Bushman’s Buttocks Latin name: Lithops…

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    • flexism

      Flexism in the workplace

      ‘Flexism’. The term meant for allowing flexible working hours is now commonplace in most businesses. This is essential in the modern day, as working parents or those with a duty of care for one another need hours that can work around the other integral and immovable parts of their life. This week, Pro Landscaper speaks with Giles Heap, managing director of CED Stone Group, about the principals of ‘flexism’ and how it affects his business. “While thinking about this subject and chatting to one of our employees, I realised that I personally did not think that we have any issues…

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    • gardening is good for you

      HTA introduces new campaign: Gardening is good for you

      New for 2019, the HTA’s ‘Gardening is good for you’ campaign reveals just how good gardening is for everyone.   This new campaign is an evolution of HTA’s Plant of the Moment campaign. The campaign takes a fresh approach to gardening through the context of health and wellbeing. It aims to provide a broad opportunity to promote both plants and gardening.   Supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, the campaign covers the full sensory value and experience of plants. This includes the likes of their fragrance and flavour, plus topics including: Growing your own tasty fruits, herbs and crops Encouraging…

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    • britain in bloom

      Truro is the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 winner

      Cornish city Truro has won the ‘Champion of Champions’ in the RHS annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   Winning the title for the first time, Truro battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record. Local communities nationwide fighting fiercly to keep blooms alive.   To beat the heat, Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant planting. This was including cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs. The project made use of a purpose built solar powered rainwater harvesting system. It was able to wow judges with more than a thousand hanging baskets and floral features, urban tree plantings and a…

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