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    • Communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscapes create new communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd joined residents in a supported living development in Hartlepool to mark the opening of a new communal garden, created by Brambledown, with a special tea party.   To celebrate the occasion, the first warden to manage the development also returned to cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the garden and a range of other work as part of an £83,000 environmental improvement scheme carried out by Brambledown.   Burbank Court is a collection of five buildings that offer homes for people aged over 55 or who have care needs. The development provides 48…

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    • Hammersmith Highline

      Overwhelming response to Hammersmith HighLine competition

      Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received for the public ideas competition to generate ideas for a Hammersmith Highline on a disused railway viaduct. The competition has been organised by Hammersmith BID and local architect group West London Link. The competition aims to forge ideas that could transform the 300m elevated stretch of viaduct into an attraction similar to New York City’s High Line. No idea is off the table with the judges looking for schemes that are practical and could be delivered on the site. Which sits between existing railway lines that run adjacent to King Street, as…

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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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    • 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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    • roof garden

      Largest intensive green roof in Nottingham created for residents

      A twenty-two week project to create Nottingham’s largest intensive sky garden has been completed. It is on the fourth floor of a 26-storey apartment building. It showcases the value of investment in green infrastructure for both local authorities and the residents of urban areas.   The design, by award-winning landscape design practice Hosta Consulting, was commissioned by Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) as part of its Decent Neighbourhoods scheme. The scheme aims to improve the lives of residents by developing green-spaces with a community focus.   The project creates Nottingham’s largest intensive green roof. A 316 sq m community garden, designed…

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    • The Wildlife Trusts

      The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery in latest campaign

      Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry have backed a new campaign from The Wildlife Trusts. It calls for a wilder future and for nature’s recovery in the UK. The conservationist and actors have starring roles in a new The Wind in the Willows film trailer. It brings to life the 21st century threats facing the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic. The animated trailer calls on everyone to help bring our wildlife back before it’s too late, so that we can all enjoy a wilder future.   The film trailer shows how the lives…

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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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    • 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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    • Austin Design Works

      Austin Design works secure planning permission

      Austin Design Works have secured planning permission for a contemporary garden pavilion. It is in the grounds of a historic, riverside rectory in Wiltshire.   The structure is designed to be the focal point for family entertaining. It completes a scheme to link the main 16th Century house with dedicated ‘play’ spaces. These run down to the property’s picturesque river frontage in Great Somerford.   Director Rachael Austin runs Nailsworth-based Austin Design Works with her brother Matt. She was initially called to design an outside-in scheme, with the large garden as the focal point.   But the clients shifted to…

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • small project BIG IMPACT

      small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019

      Based on the phenomenal success of last year’s launch, the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be back in 2019. This year sees the value increased to under 25k and introduced a brand new hard landscaping category to showcase more of the industry’s incredible work. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards 2019 will celebrate projects with a value under £25k. After all, these are just as important for the industry’s reputation as their larger counterparts. The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards will be held at FutureScape event on Tuesday 19th November 2019. We will…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley

      Johnsons of Whixley enhance relaxing retreat

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    • Sutcliffe Play

      Sutcliffe Play launches new range of rotators

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    • RHS Show Cardiff

      Perennial confirm garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff

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    • Denehurst Park

      Plans for inclusive play area at Denehurst Park

      Plans for an inclusive play area at Denehurst Park are underway. The state-of-the-art facility will be the borough's first inclusive scheme. A £98,048 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund is funding the development and the council has match funded the project. Rochdale Borough Council and Friends of Denehurst Park are celebrating the bid to transform the current play area. The equipment will be adapted for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. Positioned next to the current play area, the pirate theme playground will include a sectioned off area for toddlers and…

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    • Landscaping Professionals awards

      Talasey Group announce winners of Landscaping Professionals awards

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    • Britain in Bloom

      RHS Britain in Bloom finalists go for gold in 2019

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    • Thrive

      Thrive launches It’s Not Just Gardening campaign

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    • Johnsons

      Johnsons of Whixley part of two award-winning projects

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    • West Dean Gardens

      West Deans Gardens launches trainee fund

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      Life-Sized Gingerbread House uses MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME

      Quite possibly one of the most unique building projects that MEDITE SMARTPLY has been involved in for a long time, the Savalen Hotel and Spa’s life-sized gingerbread house in the Norwegian mountains sets a precedent for creativity and effervescent fun – no matter the time of year. Nestled alongside one of Eastern Norway’s stunning lakes, amidst a landscape that could have inspired a Tolkien novel, the now famous gingerbread house reflects the vivacious nature of Savalen, and caters to those with a keen sense of adventure. For 70% of the year, this scenic part of the world is draped in…

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    • Students Win Competition to Design RHS Learning Garden

      Two landscape architect students have won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition to design a new learning garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater. Stella Yang and Karsan Karavadra, from Manchester Metropolitan University, will see their winning design come to life within the RHS’s planned fifth garden when it opens to the public in 2020. The learning garden will be created within the historic 11-acre Walled Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. It will sit alongside a Kitchen Garden designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg; a Paradise Garden designed by…

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