• RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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  • Former school to transform into a community green space

    Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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  • Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

    The world-famous 105-acre garden at Chatsworth in the Peak District has begun its biggest transformation since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago.   An undeveloped 15-acre area known as ‘Arcadia’ will lead the way in a programme that includes the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations and new sculpture commissions. Also the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees. New pathways will also take visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.   When the initial works are complete, in around three…

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  • Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna pledges support to The Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna, will make a cash donation plus one of its innovative robotic lawnmowers to the National Garden Scheme (NGS) charity. This is in order to support the creation of a Swedish garden in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park this August.   Husqvarna, has backed the summer project which will see the National Garden Scheme charity combine with Gateshead Council, the North East Honorary Consul for Sweden, and sponsors, to create ’The Buzzing Garden’ – a Swedish-designed greenspace.   The Buzzing Garden will be open to the general public and is a reciprocal effort following the work of garden designer, Susie White, who…

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  • Reducing roadside noise at Fresh Wharf, Barking with NoiStop® from Mobilane

    Flanked by transport links and with direct access to the A406 North Circular, the construction of the new residential development at Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, Essex has taken consideration of the resulting traffic noise for its residents. Installed along the perimeter of the development by Billericay Fencing Limited, the resulting 500lm expanse has been soundproofed using Mobilane NoiStop® noise reducing acoustic wall.   NoiStop® Green for instant peace, privacy and security   With the sound from the traffic, the 4m high NoiStop® Green panels now form a sound pollution barrier. It not only shields against noise but absorbing the…

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  • The Children's Garden

    VIDEO: Have you seen The Children’s Garden at Kew?

    Earlier this month Pro Landscaper headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to take a look around its latest garden, The Children’s Garden. Kew gardens didn’t want to create a playground but rather a play garden and with the assistance of Chris Chippendale, landscape architect for Ground Control, and the construction team at Ground Control this is something that it more than succeeded at. The Children’s Garden has been designed around the elements that plants need to grow and has been split into four different sections: earth, air, sun and water. Work on the 10,000m² site, which is close to…

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  • New cool Garden

    New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

    A new Cool Garden designed by Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. The new garden, centred on the use of water, will feature plants with blue, white and pastel coloured flowers complemented by grey foliage. It will provide a calming contrast to the fiery colours of the nearby Hot Garden.   The main theme of the garden is how gardeners can deal with heavy rainfall. Which is a typical occurrence in Devon but also an increasing challenge elsewhere in the UK because of climate change.   It’s the first garden at Rosemoor to be…

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  • Work on £5.8m Grey To Green Phase 2 begins

    Phase 2 of the Grey To Green’ scheme gets under way in Sheffield’s historic Catlegate.   The scheme will also link Castlegate to the under-used Victoria Quays area and transform the almost redundant former inner ring road with sustainable drainage, floral meadows, segregated cycle lanes and public art. It will also significantly improve the approach to the Castle House Kollider/Kommune on Snig Hill.   Contractor North Midland Construction began work after £5.8m funding was confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund. £2.8m of which is Sheffield City Region Local Growth Funding, as well as contributions from Sheffield City Council and  Canal and Rivers Trust.   Fifty-seven new trees…

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  • Rea Valley

    Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

    Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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  • RHS Wisley

    New Welcome Building at RHS Garden Wisley

    A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey), to be opened on June 10. It will be opened by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh.   A bigger Plant Centre covering 5000sqm will stock tens of thousands of plants. As well as featuring displays by specialist UK growers all year round. Alan Titchmarsh says: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These…

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  • Bee Corridor

    Brent Council are creating a bee corridor

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  • Birmingham City Council

    Birmingham City Council unveils 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

    Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2019 celebrates a year of clean and green community action.   The council is working in partnership with Baroness Floella Benjamin and sponsored by Veolia. The garden will feature in the show’s Discovery Zone. It has been designed to educate, question and explore our environment and the contribution made by volunteers to sustain and improve it. This will be achieved through four key themes: air quality, water conservation, reducing waste and community involvement.   Central to the display is a three meter head, comprised of more than 3000 tubes, which will…

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  • School children to help create a garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

    Disturbed by reports that children now spend less time outside than prisoners, one South London gardener is crowdfunding a campaign to get them off screens and into nature – starting with an innovative show garden built by and shared with local schools.   According to the ‘Play In Balance’ report commissioned by Persil, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates.   In response to this shocking statistic, Seonaid Royall, a parent and the founder of garden design firm Sprout Up, has created…

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  • verges

    New grass verge scheme is the bees knees

    Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.   This year, 15 sites across the borough have been chosen as part of a scheme to host pollinator friendly informal flowering lawns or clover verges. Chosen sites include Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Sandy Lane and Hollingworth Road.   The days of manicured grass verges are coming to an end but the less formal replacement provides a host of benefits to a wide range of wildlife.   Like wildflower meadows, informal flowering…

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  • The National Trust Orchard

    The National Trust plans to create 68 new orchards

    The National Trust will dramatically increase the number of some of the rarest habitats in the UK by planting dozens of traditional orchards.   The conservation charity currently looks after nearly 200 orchards. These are mainly planted with traditional apple varieties, but also plum, pear and damson.   As part of an ambitious plan to encourage wildlife and halt the dramatic decline in orchards – 63% since 1950 – the Trust will create 68 new orchards across England and Wales by 2025.   The estimated area of traditional orchards currently in the UK is 25,350 hectares.   Traditional orchards are…

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  • Elm trees planted across Adur to attract endangered butterfly

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  • University of Sheffield

    Professors from the University of Sheffield to transform Melbourne Arts Precinct

    Professors Nigel Dunnett, winner at the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards, and James Hitchmough from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture have been appointed planting designers for Melbourne’s new arts precinct project. They will create cutting-edge, minimal water-use plantings in 18,000 square metres of renewed public space in the heart of Melbourne.   They will work in collaboration with international design practice HASSELL and New York-based design firm SO-IL.   The team will create an elevated park, gardens and pedestrian spaces in the Southbank area.   Professor Dunnett said: “The exciting aspect of the Melbourne project is that it…

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  • Beavers flood management

    Beavers to be used in a trial for natural flood management

    Forestry England has brought a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest in Yorkshire for a revolutionary trial in natural flood management.   Spanning five years the trial will assess will the impact of the beavers’ activity on the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the “slowing the flow” artificial wooden dams. The dams have been helping to protect areas including nearby Pickering from flooding. This will be the first time in the United Kingdom that the effects beaver have on artificial dams has ever been studied.   The pioneering project between Forestry England, Forest Research, Exeter University, and…

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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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