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12 Days of Christmas – March 2020

Where do we even begin when talking about March 2020? Let’s start with our favourite part, our first ever Green Issue. We asked the industry what it was doing to combat climate change, and we published the results of our Green Poll. This revealed that a whopping 71% would turn down a client if they could not be convinced to choose more environmentally friendly options, pushing profits down the priority list.

We also heard from nurseries about what they’re doing to improve their sustainability, and Adam White – then president of the Landscape Institute – gave us an update on the association’s commitments to addressing climate change.

The best part is that we will be producing another Green Issue for our 2021 March edition, so please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved.

What else?

It goes without saying that March was a life-changing month for many. Even before lockdown struck on 23 March, the impact of COVID-19 had begun. Barcham Trees announced that it had cancelled its Big Barn Conference, and soon after the RHS revealed that – for the first time since the Second World War – it would not be holding its world famous Chelsea Flower Show, an event which would normally have huge benefits for those who take part. And saddest of all, the industry lost an impressive and inspiring figure – John O’Conner passed away on 24 March after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and he will be remembered for his legacy.

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