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    • Spraying Oak Processionary Moth

      Spraying of Oak Processionary Moth in Bexley

      Spraying will start later this month in the London Borough of Bexley to combat Oak Processionary Moths. Which were first found on trees in several of Bexley’s highways, parks and open spaces in 2018.   The Forestry Commission is paying The FA Bartlett Tree Expert Co Ltd to carry out a two-phased spraying of trees in the borough that are infested by the caterpillars. This will happen at locations identified by the Forestry Commission. The first treatment will start at the end of April and is expected to take 2–4 weeks. The second phase will start two weeks after the…

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    • Holly Bush Farm

      Hillier Trees support renovation of Holly Bush Farm Estate

      Hillier Trees has recently completed a project to supply a number of semi-mature trees and mature hedging plants to Holly Bush Farm in Staffordshire.   “Midland Contractors, were responsible for all hard and soft landscaping. All of which was designed to be of the absolute highest standard across the large estate,” comments Jamie Gormley, Account Manager at Hillier Trees.   “When commencing the soft landscaping elements, we were contacted by them to support. Alongside the quality requirements, it was also an important specification of the project that the finished result looked as though it had been in-situ for many years”.…

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Greening Great Britain

      RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign expands to Greening Great Britain

      The RHS is expanding its Greening Grey Britain campaign to Greening Great Britain. This is to promote that growing more plants in any setting is vital for the environment and our health and wellbeing.   A new survey has revealed the extent of RHS members’ gardening activities and the broadened campaign, which still encompasses the importance of greening the grey, better recognises the significant impact they are making by adding some 22 million plants to their gardens each year and the wider work of the charity.   The area of new plants grown by RHS members last year is the…

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    • Oak tree

      Ancient Tree Inventory project confirms largest collection of oak trees in Europe

      Conservation charity the Woodland Trust is challenging people across the UK to find and map ancient trees. This is after its Ancient Tree Inventory project helped confirm the biggest collection of ancient oak trees in Europe.   Staff at Blenheim Park have been surveying oak trees for several years, and have recorded 291 living oak trees with a girth of at least 5m. 220 of these veterans stand in High Park, a fragile Site of Special Scientific Interest which is currently closed to the public. 71 can be seen elsewhere in Blenheim Park. This data – collected primarily by Kew’s…

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    • New woodland area to be planted at Marwell Zoo

      A new woodland area is being planted at Marwell Zoo. It will provide a source of nutritious food for its animals and expand the native habitat for local wildlife.   The Woodlands Trust has been working with Hampshire conservation charity Marwell Wildlife to plant more than 7,000 trees on its farmland. This will benefit both its zoo animals and British wildlife.   Once the eight-acre woodland begins to mature, animals such as giraffe, okapi and bongo will enjoy a plentiful supply of twigs and foliage known as ‘browse’ which they naturally eat in the wild.   The unique project has been…

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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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    • 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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    • Sandymouth gardens

      Johnsons supplies plants for award-winning holiday resort

      Johnsons of Whixley have supplied plants worth more than £75,000 for an award-winning holiday development. The development is close to the beach at Bude, Cornwall.   Johnsons supplied plants to Darwin Escapes for the modernisation of the company’s Sandymouth Holiday Resort. This was over a period of six months.   The supply included 9,000 shrubs and 8,000 hedging transplants, along with hundreds of herbaceous plants.   The Sandymouth resort recently underwent a large modernisation process. This resulted in facilities being updated alongside the introduction of a Go Active programme offering family friendly activities.   The complex has won the Family…

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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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    • Biosecurity

      Hossein Arshadi discusses biosecurity

      Hossein Arshadi, divisional director at Hillier Nurseries discusses what’s needed from the government media and public to prevent a very costly breakdown. He discusses why existing initiatives will not work in practice and what is needed from the government media and public to prevent a very costly breakdown in bio security. Q: In recent years there have been several plant health and biosecurity threats to UK trees and plants – for example, Ash dieback, Xylella and Oak Processionary Moth. How concerned is the industry? There are many wide-ranging businesses within the industry. Growers are very concerned, others less so and…

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Johnathan Snow

      Plants take centre stage on Jonathan Snow’s Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ garden

      Jonathan Snow has always felt that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is first and foremost about plants. This year Jonathan will be showcasing plants from the temperate rainforests of South America, specifically Chile. “Designing a garden at Chelsea is a team effort and I wouldn’t be anywhere without listening to the advice of my nursery when it comes to plants, so when Trailfinders invited me to submit an application for a Show Garden in 2019, I went straight to Dave Root (owner of Kelways Plants), and asked him for some general ideas on parts of the world which have interesting plants…

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    • Purple Flag

      Towns and Cities urged to celebrate Purple Flag status with flowers

      Towns and cities which have achieved Purple Flag status are being encouraged to follow one of the UK’s ancient walled cities and celebrate their title with flowers. Chester’s BID team, CH1ChesterBID, last summer decorated its famous medieval rows. It decorated them with more than a hundred window boxes, barrier baskets and planters filled with purple blooms to mark their achievement. They done this with help from civic floral display experts Plantscape. It was the second year that they had appointed Plantscape to grow, supply and maintain their blooms. They were so bowled over by the success of 2017 that they…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      What shape is YOUR FutureScape?

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    • Exeter University Research Reveals Link Between Trees and Mental Health

      The location and size of urban trees plays an important role in providing health and well-being benefits, according to a new study by Exeter University.   Using National Tree Map data, created by aerial mapping company Bluesky, the study assessed the role of 600,000 individual trees in providing nature experiences.Those trees that are experienced by more people, more frequently, have the potential to provide greater health and well-being benefits.   With urbanisation emerging as one of the most important human health issues of the 21st century, the study concluded the contribution of individual trees was highly skewed. Using Bluesky’s tree…

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    • Valentine's Day

      6 Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day

      Flowers have always been a popular choice for showing your loved one how much you care on Valentine’s Day. Pro Landscaper have picked 6 flowers that have a romantic side to them, so if you’re last minute shopping here’s some inspiration. Rose Rosa The most popular choice for Valentine’s Day is without a doubt the rose, particularly the red rose which symbolises love. The world’s most expensive rose is the Juliet Rose created by David Austin over 15 years and debuted at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 and is worth £3m. Forget-me-not Myosotis The forget-me-not is said to symbolise…

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    • Eden Project

      Trio of Giant Olive Trees Planted in Med Garden at Eden

      Three ancient olive trees removed to make way for younger specimens have found a new home at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The monumental evergreens have been installed in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome. They are now taking root alongside hundreds of other plants from the climatic region. The trees are situated in a stunning setting near the entrance to the Biome. The towering trees are estimated to vary in age between 600 and 1,500 years, with the tallest reaching a majestic 3.95 m. Before Eden discovered them, they had been removed from farms in Alentejo in Portugal and Cordoba in Spain…

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    • Johnathan Snow

      Jonathan Snow returns to Main Avenue for a second year

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    • Plant Health

      Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

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