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12 Days of Christmas – December

Festive celebrations this year have been a little, shall we say, limited? Our usual Christmas parties were shifted onto Zoom, and yuletide treats were consumed outdoors, two metres away from those outside our bubble as we tried to protect our mulled wine from being a cup of frozen rain. So, with our December issue, we wanted to bring you some Christmas cheer with a dazzling portfolio from Indoor Garden Design. The London-based company had transformed St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with breath-taking Christmas trees decked in magnificent baubles.

And for those who had their holidays in the sun cancelled, there is an exotic touch to a domestic garden from April House Garden Design. We also explored the Beth Chatto Gardens, which are continuing their namesake’s legacy and ethos, and the ongoing Urban Nature Project at the Natural History Museum.

What else?

Far from being all talk and no action, Lewis Normand launched a petition for a Minister of Horticulture on change.org in the hope that better representation in parliament would mean a better understanding when new laws – particularly around imports and exports – are being considered.

BALI revealed the winners of its annual awards, with PWP Landscape Design scooping the prestigious Grand Award, whilst Countrywide Grounds Maintenance announced it had appointed a new managing director, Paul McKeown.

2020 was a tough year, which threw obstacle after soul-destroying obstacle at the industry, but – as our 12 Days of Christmas have shown – there were still plenty of reasons to celebrate and be proud throughout of how strong and resilient so many companies and individuals have proven to be. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for us.

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