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      Majestic Trees team pull off record breaking year

      The team at Majestic Trees are celebrating the company’s most successful year ever, with sales soaring past the team’s goal of 10% growth to finish the year with a staggering 25% increase in sales over the twelve month period. “The recent expansion has enabled us to increase our depth of stock on really popular lines, such as birch and hedging,” says Christina Jones. “But such a dramatic increase in sales in such a short time was totally unexpected”. A substantial amount of the profits have been immediately reinvested in the purchase of three ultra low-emission Euro 6 lorries, which will…

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    • Business

      Maternity leave – knowing your rights

      Pregnancy in the workplace and maternity leave can be a difficult thing to get right, especially in our industry where so much of the work can be manual. But it is important that both the employer and employee do it get it right. When you are pregnant, you have four main legal rights that an employer must abide by: Paid time off for antenatal care This must be at your normal rate of pay and can include antenatal and parenting classes if they have been recommended by a doctor or midwife. Maternity leave Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks made…

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      New Threatened Plant of the Year competition to launch in February

      Plant Heritage is calling for threatened plants to be entered into their new ‘Threatened Plant of the Year’ competition. The competition is being launched in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). It will showcase rare and unusual plants – specifically cultivars grown or sold before 2005 in the UK or Ireland that are not currently supplied commercially or haven’t been consistently available.   Applications will open from Saturday 1 February until Friday 29 April 2020. Plant Heritage invites all of its National Plant Collection Holders, Plant Guardians, members, and those exhibiting at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020…

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      Green wall protects kids at school in Enfield

      The pupils of George Spicer Primary School, Enfield have had a living green wall installed on the Southbury Road side of their playgrounds. This vertical garden of growing ivy should reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in their playground by up to 20% and help to protect the children from transport noises from one of the busiest roads in Enfield, the Southbury Road. The Council has a commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and for Enfield to contribute to London-wide carbon neutrality. The efforts will be led by the Climate Change Task Force, which is chaired by Enfield Council’s…

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    • Design
      IKEA

      IKEA Austria store to focus on urban greening

      In the heart of Vienna, IKEA is establishing the most innovative city centre IKEA store in the world.   The design is being developed in cooperation with querkraft architekten, a Vienna based architectural company. The design has a heavy focus on urban greening, with green on all four facades and a roof terrace.   Due to its convenient location in the city centre it is easily reachable by public transport and will be a car free IKEA. Adding to its sustainability and climate friendly approach.   160 trees will be part of the building, with an aim of lowering the…

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      Are companies greening to greenwash?

      Anna Roochove, marketing manager, Scotscape All businesses have an obligation to behave in a way that is responsible for both the planet and their staff.  With research from around the globe supporting the benefits that plants bring – mitigate the urban heat island effect, improve air quality  and biodiversity in urban areas and being specified inside to support mental health and productivity – it is hard to argue against adorning our existing infrastructure with ‘green’. As the vertical-greening industry evolves, improvements are being made. This includes better systems, reduced water use, irrigation using rainwater harvesting, faster quicker living wall maintenance…

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      idverde makes £10,000 donation to Moat Foundation

      idverde has donated £10,000 to Moat Foundation, providing a welcome boost to the foundation’s charitable community work. The Moat Foundation was created by housing association, Moat Homes. idverde also provides grounds maintenance services. Members of idverde met with the team to present the cheque. The donation is earmarked for existing programmes in Moat Foundation’s community hubs. It will also support the delivery of several initiatives currently in the pipeline. Richard Burton, managing director at idverde, said: “idverde is delighted to make this donation and to support the local communities in which it works. In the course of providing our grounds…

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      Green-tech

      Green-tech receives £2.3m backing from HSBC UK

      Green-tech is scaling-up its business following £2.3 million funding from HSBC UK. Green-tech has significantly expanded its storage capacity for stock after completing the final stage of its site development, adding two 10,000 sq. ft. storage units to its warehouse facility in Arkendale, North Yorkshire. The expansion also includes the creation of a 15,000 sq. ft. soil production unit, as well as an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of external storage space.   This expansion takes Green-tech’s total unit space at its site at Rabbit Hill Business Park to over 175,000 sq. ft of office space, warehousing and retail units.  …

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    • Events

      Chelsea Fringe festival returns for ninth year

      The Chelsea Fringe is the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the horticultural calendar. It has announced its return from Saturday 16 May – Sunday 24 May. Festival director Tim Richardson said:   “Every year the Fringe turns up new and amazing events which surprise and delight us. That’s because we are a true Fringe festival in that we do not commission or curate, but accept all comers and steer with a light touch.   People often ask whether we turn down event ideas. We never do, as long as it is on topic, legal, quirky, and original. The…

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      Flower Show Cardiff

      RHS Flower Show Cardiff celebrates 15th anniversary

      The RHS Flower Show Cardiff will celebrate its 15th anniversary from 17-19 April 2020. The show will shine a spotlight on Visit Wales’ ‘Year of the Outdoors’ theme for 2020.   New for this year, The Great Outdoors area will be central to the show, designed in response to a growing public interest in reconnecting with nature. The area will feature displays, workshops and advice to highlight how visitors can make the most of the great outdoors, from foraging and craft workshops, to mindfulness.   This year’s garden line-up includes, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. It will…

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    • Environment
      Natural capital

      Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

      An ambitious new online resource has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’. The ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA) project is a comprehensive and integrated set of evidence and guidance about UK natural capital that is now accessible from one place. The aim is to help policy makers, businesses, landowners and public sector organisations make better planning decisions in order to protect and to boost natural capital. ‘Natural capital’ is the sum of our ecosystems, providing us with food, clean air and water,…

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      3rd European i-Tree conference announced

      Following the success of the 2nd European i-Tree conference in Sweden in 2019, Treeconomics (together with Pius Floris Boomverzorging) has announced that the 3rd conference will be held in Amsterdam on 18-19 November 2020.  The theme of the conference will be ‘Using i-Tree to help combat climate change’. i-Tree programme lead, David J. Nowak, PhD, from the US Forest Service will provide an introduction to i-Tree and talk about the future of the software. Dr Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Canada) will discuss the importance of urban forests in…

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    • Design

      Competition launched to design a garden for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

      BBC Radio Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside are joining forces with the RHS to run a garden design competition. It will give three listeners the chance to design a garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (22–26 July). The competition asks amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers to create and submit a ‘City Garden’ design. The design must incorporate creative ways to get the most out of a small outdoor space. Entrants should also tie in a link to their local BBC region as a winning design from each – Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside – will be chosen to represent the…

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    • Environment

      Cambridge Canopy Project launched to create urban forest

      Cambridge City Council has launched a project to increase the area of the city under tree canopy cover. The Cambridge Canopy Project will see the growth of Cambridge’s urban forest through a number of approaches during the next three years, including: Planting 2,000 new trees on council-owned land Distributing approximately 1,500 trees to residents through the council’s Free Trees for Babies scheme Working with residents and businesses to plant 12,500 trees in gardens and on other privately-owned land. Cllr Katie Thornburrow, executive councillor for planning policy and open spaces, officially launched the project on Friday 17 January by planting a…

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      Eden’s Korean garden starts to take shape

      A pair of striking totem poles are greeting visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall as Britain’s first Korean garden takes shape. The poles, known as Jangseung, have been donated by the Korea National Arboretum, which is located near Seoul and is Eden’s partner in the garden. They are traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark the boundaries. Jangseung come in pairs of male and female figures and are thought to protect villages against evil spirits, fire or other disasters. They were installed at Eden as the national flower of South Korea was planted in the garden. The…

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    • Design

      Hillier Nurseries has unveiled plans for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 exhibit

      The Stihl Hillier Garden will be a celebration of the company’s 155-year history and achievements, as it aims for a landmark 75th consecutive gold medal. Hillier Nurseries will be taking centre stage with its vast exhibit in the Grand Pavilion. It will be an immersive walkthrough, winding around the famous central monument bursting with planting inspiration throughout. The stunning display will cover 387.5m2, a staggering 85% increase on the 2019 garden. Visitors will first approach an historic shopfront replica of the original Hillier shop in Winchester (that was purchased in 1864). This transports visitors back to the humble beginnings of…

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    • Awards

      Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS

      Two trainees, Lee McPherson and Ross Yuile, from the horticulture industry have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills). The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March 2020.   Lee, aged 49 from Edinburgh, has been doing an SVQ in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces with East Lothian Council through SRUC.   Lee said: “I started gaining an interest in horticulture when I was a young boy, living in Kent, and helping my dad with the gardening and propagation of Fuschias. I can think of no…

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    • Design

      The RHS Garden for Friendship unveiled for 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Garden for Friendship designed by award winning garden designer Jo Thompson, in collaboration with TV and BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball, will celebrate how you can make great friends through gardening at the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS and NHS will be joining forces through the RHS Garden for Friendship to promote gardens and gardening for good mental health. This is something that both Zoe and Jo believe strongly in and attracted them to this project. The RHS Garden for Friendship will reflect an urban street and promote greening up front gardens, balconies, window boxes…

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      RHS Garden Bridgewater opening date announced

      Today (20/01/20), the RHS announces that its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is opening to the public from Thursday 30 July 2020. The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of the most significant events in the 215-year history of the RHS and its first new garden for nearly 20 years. Once open, the garden will bring world-class horticulture within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the region.   “I’m thrilled to be able to announce the opening date for the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be…

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    • Design

      James Alexander Sinclair designs neuro rehabilitation ward garden

      James Alexander Sinclair is working with the charity Friends of the Neuro Ward to design a garden on the neuro rehabilitation ward at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen. Friends of the Neuro Ward, a charity which is entirely volunteer-led, is currently trying to raise funds for the garden and is halfway to its target of £200,000. The charity previously helped to refurbish the Woodend’s Neurorehabilitation Unit before now moving onto the garden of the rehabilitation ward. This is a project that is close to the charity’s president, Caroline Critchlow, heart as her husband has previously suffered from a brain tumour. The…

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      Ash dieback project launches International Year of Plant Health

      3,000 trees have been planted in Hampshire as part of a pioneering project to tackle ash dieback.   The UK’s first Ash Archive has been established using £1.9m of government funding. It is the culmination of projects spanning five years to identify ash with a high tolerance to the disease.   It is intended that it will provide the basis for a breeding programme of tolerant ash over time and will enable the development of orchards producing commercially available seed.   Today (17 January 2020), the government’s Chief Plant Health Officer will visit the project to plant one of the…

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      A flexible office hub -set to open in April

      The Green Design Hub, based in South West London, is set to be the first office space exclusively to bring together businesses connected to the world of homes and gardens. Opening in April the hub will provide businesses of all sizes a flexible or permanent space that combines best practice in modern office design. The Green Design Hub is the brainchild of industry-leading Belderbos Landscapes. Their new HQ in South West London has been extended and converted into an office hub which garden designers, landscapers and architects amongst others, can all call home. “Our new development comprises over 3000 square…

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      Gordon Seabright to step down as Eden Project Chief Executive

      It has been announced that Gordon Seabright is stepping down from the role of Chief Executive of Eden Project Limited from the end of January after five and a half successful years.   Gordon Seabright said: “It has been an enormous privilege to lead the Eden Project, but after five and a half years I feel the time is now right for me to pass the baton on to my successor. We have built a resilient platform from which Eden can now deliver on its ambitious plans, both in the UK and internationally. I am immensely proud of the commitment…

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      Smith’s decorative shingle

      Smith’s tells Pro Landscaper about its decorative shingle.  Pick the right decorative shingle and it can brighten up any garden design! Giving that landscaped project the finishing touch. Smiths’ range of decorative shingle is one of quality and can proudly boast the supply of the genuine Cotswold stone shingle. With those lovely warm, honey and cream colours of the region, it is a classic shingle that is understated yet sits very well in most environments. A similar offering is our Oxford range of decorative shingle, a blend of a subtler neutral beiges and creams, which also typifies the Cotswold area.…

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    • Environment

      HS2 – new report reveals exorbitant cost to nature

      A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts reveals, for the first time, the vast scale of the destruction and impact that HS2 will cause to nature. ‘What’s the damage?  Why HS2 will cost nature too much’ is the most comprehensive assessment of the environmental damage that HS2 will cause. It assesses the broad range of impacts across all phases of HS2 on protected wildlife sites, species and landscape restoration projects. The report finds that HS2’s current proposals will risk the loss of, or significantly impact:   5  Wildlife refuges of international importance, protected by UK law 33  Sites of…

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