Gemma Lloyd

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    House price growth slows in March

    The latest house price data published by HM Land Registry (HMLR) for March 2022 has shown that average house prices in the UK increased by 9.8% in the year to March 2022, down from 11.3% in the year to February 2022. March 2022 saw UK house price growth slow to 9.8% Annual house price rates of change for all dwellings, UK, January 2006 to March 2022 Because of the impact of COVID-19 on both the number and supply of housing transactions, we might see larger revisions to the published UK House Price Index (HPI) estimates than usual. There may be increased…

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    UK Landscape Barometer: March findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Things are unpredictable, and anecdotal evidence suggests clients and staff are wearier than ever before due to feeling unstable by the “economic uncertainty.” The Russian-Ukraine war is having detrimental effects across Europe, and the cost of food, petrol, and day-to-day living is increasing immensely. Some commercial and design and build companies have managed to recruit more staff, and many respondents mentioned customers are wanting work done “as quickly as possible.” UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: On average Turnover increased by 21% Enquiries increased by 25% Projects increased by 5% Conversion rates rose by 38% Projects for…

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    A beginner’s guide to landscaping: What to consider when designing your garden

    Since the start of the pandemic and the first lockdown in 2020, we are increasingly treating our gardens as extensions of our homes – and rightly so. No longer viewed as just a place for a few plants, your garden is essentially an ‘outdoor room’ that can be specifically designed to suit your lifestyle, whether you enjoy lounging in the sun, entertaining friends or even cooking! Although there are multiple elements to consider including seating, plants, shade/shelter and any structural features, your garden should reflect your personality, cater to your needs and importantly, fully utilise the space’s potential. With this…

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    Pro Landscaper LIVE 2022

    Pro Landscaper LIVE 2022 is taking to the road to help educate, inform, and inspire those working the landscaping industry in Cheshire and Birmingham. Much like the previous Pro Landscaper LIVE events, the afternoon will include a welcome lunch with the exhibitors at 12:30pm, before we head into a number of topical seminars with some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, and suppliers within the landscape sector. We know not everyone is able to make it to the FutureScape events, and that’s why the Pro Landscaper LIVE regional event exists. It is vitally important everyone around the country gets…

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    London school buzzing after winning Chelsea Flower Show bee garden

    Over two thousand inner London schools were invited to apply to rehome the BBC Studios Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden, designed by RHS gold medal winning garden designer and presenter Joe Swift. St George’s was chosen after a panel of judges heard about pupils’ enthusiasm for their weekly gardening classes and desire to develop their garden to serve wildlife and the local community. The bee garden will take pride of place near the school entrance for everyone to see, replacing old decking and some grassy plots. The garden, with an eye-catching design centred around the silhouette of a…

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    Marshalls plants 2,800 trees for the Jubilee

    Since January, Marshalls plc has planted 2,800 trees to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. This is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a unique tree planting initiative created to mark this historic occasion. The trees include Oak, Alder and Mountain Ash and they have planted one for every employee (2,800) at their site in Southowram, West Yorkshire. Alongside the saplings is a commemorative plinth, which can be seen from the road and a neighbouring public footpath. Marshalls invited John Marshall to join them at the site last week, to unveil the commemorative plinth and have a look at the planting.…

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    Largest ever climate-positive living artwork blooming for first time at Eden

    A 55m long living artwork by acclaimed artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is now flowering at the Eden Project in Cornwall for the first time since being planted last autumn. Exploring the vital role of pollinators, Pollinator Pathmaker comprises 7,000 plants from 64 different species and seeks to challenge what a garden is and who it is for. The captivating artwork is located in the Wild Edge zone of the outdoor gardens and is visible from across the site of the world-famous Biomes. It is now welcoming its first human visitors and, crucially, its first pollinators – including bees, moths, beetles…

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    Peat Free Compost wins Sustainability Award at Chelsea Flower Show

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced that Dobbies Peat Free John Innes 1, 2 & 3 was the winner of the RHS Chelsea Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award 2022, championing sustainability in the horticultural industry. The shortlist of ten newly launched products was judged at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, as it opens for the first time in May since 2019. The judges included Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden and Chair of the Panel, sustainability expert Chris Harrop OBE who commented: “Peat is an incredibly important natural ally in the fight against climate change. It’s an…

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    The Grass People reveal the roof garden capitals of the UK

    Living in a city can make access to greenspace harder for residents. In fact, The Grass People found that in the largest UK cities there are 107% more houses listed for sale with gardens, compared to flats. This is why roof gardens are so precious in these areas, especially for those living in flats. Luckily for many residents in the UK’s biggest cities, there are plenty of roof gardens where they can enjoy the great outdoors. But which UK cities have the most properties with roof gardens to enjoy? The 10 cities with the most roof gardens Rank City #…

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    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blog

    Earlier this week the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its gates to a wide and eager audience, and we were more than delighted to attend. As usual, the show was full of creativity, inspiration, and gardens with stories to tell. There was truly something for everyone. This year, it was notable that there was a real focus on our connection with nature. With the effects of climate change and battling the pandemic, the world has become increasingly aware of the power of nature – a change that has been more than welcomed in the industry. Mentally, spiritually, and physically, our…

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    The Light Yard follows Chelsea Flower Show’s Green Agenda

    The Light Yard, a British and family run sustainable lighting business, is back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) for the third time with their brand-new horticultural styled collection. This year, the Green Agenda at CFS stated that all applications from exhibitors had to provide information on their sustainability and type of material use. Jeff said: “To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company in the world right now that is manufacturing sustainable landscape lighting using bamboo.” Classed as a type of grass, Bamboo is an extremely sustainable material, and a great alternative to using hard wood,…

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    RNLI Garden Wins Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

    Cultura is proud to be an integral part of the build team for the RNLI Garden which has won a Gold Medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by multi-award-winning garden designer and plantsman Chris Beardshaw, the creation of this glorious garden has been a truly collaborative venture, pulling on the strengths of all parties involved.  The garden itself celebrates both the history and modernity of the RNLI, one of the nation’s most respected charities. The concept of the RNLI garden cleverly marries style hints from the charity’s Georgian origins with more contemporary design cues reflecting the forward-looking…

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    Willow Alexander becomes UK’s first carbon neutral garden design and maintenance company

    Willow Alexander, a garden design studio based in South-East England, has achieved the Carbon Neutral International Standard and is now an active participant in the United Nations’ Climate Neutral Now Initiative. As the UK’s first carbon neutral premium garden design and maintenance service, delivered using the latest in net-zero emissions technology, Willow Alexander plans to help the horticultural industry be greener by sharing its carbon neutral roadmap as part of a new franchise community. To reach the Carbon Neutral International Standard, Willow Alexander calculated its footprint for 2021 across Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions with the support of One…

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    The Garden Trellis Co celebrate 30 years of hand-crafted joinery

    Established in the summer of 1992, Essex-based the Garden Trellis Co have been designing, crafting, building & installing high quality bespoke garden joinery schemes for 30 years. At the outset, founder Julian Furness’ simple idea behind the company was to manufacture quality trellis panels that would enhance the gardens and outdoor spaces of people who appreciate attention to detail and excellent customer service. Today the business has grown to offer an even wider range of wooden garden products from affordable ready-made and ready to assemble products to the most desirable and bespoke custom-made garden joinery. From the most ornamental, decorative…

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2022 Announced

    Competing against 19 other shortlisted plants, × Semponium ‘Destiny’ from Surreal Succulents was selected as the winner, with second place going to Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Dreamland’ (Dreameria Series) from Stonebarn Landscapes and third place to Salvia Pink Amistad (‘Arggr17-011’) from Middleton Nurseries Ltd. The winning entry was selected by a panel of over 100 plant experts with the annual competition celebrating the work of breeders and nurseries in developing and growing new plant varieties. The winning plants and the finalists are on display in the Great Pavilion (stand GP224) at RHS Chelsea from 24 to 28 May. Limited tickets are available from www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea RHS Chelsea Plant of the…

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    Chelsea Flower Show 2022: The winners

    Best Show Garden  A Rewilding Britain Landscape designed by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt Best Construction Award (Show Garden)  MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle, built by Mark Gregory’s Landform Consultants Best Sanctuary Garden Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould Best Construction Award (Sanctuary Garden) Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould, built by Kate Gould Gardens Best Balcony & Container Garden The Still Garden designed by Jane Porter Best All About Plants Garden  The Wilderness Foundation UK Garden designed by Charlie Hawkes Gold medals Show Gardens MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future The RNLI Garden Morris & Co. The Mind…

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    Further growth forecast as expanding homebuilder reports £24m rise in revenue post-Covid

    A HOUSEBUILDER is celebrating a major post-Covid recovery after seeing annual revenues grow by more than 200 per cent. After posting revenue of £37m for the 2021/22 financial year – a rise of nearly £24m from the previous year – Cumbrian-based Genesis Homes is anticipating another successful 12 months as it looks to nearly double the amount of new homes it builds. The company, which acquired fellow Cumbrian homebuilder Russell Armer Homes in April 2021, legally completed on 96 new homes during 2021/22 and is well on track to achieve or exceed its current build target for 2022/23 of 176…

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    Ian Drummond announced as Green Fingers Charity ambassador

    Green Fingers Charity, a charity supporting children in hospices, has announced that Ian Drummond has joined the team as an ambassador. Ian is a creative director and multi-medal RHS Chelsea Flower Show winner. He has started his role as ambassador with immediate effect, and is focused on promoting and supporting the charity’s hard work and fundraising efforts. Green Fingers Charity creates beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with their family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation. Ian said: “Green Fingers is a charity that is close to my heart. I think…

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A spotlight on MEDITE SMARTPLY MDF and OSB panels

    As excitement builds for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, all eyes are not only on the incredible gardens and talented designers, but on the plants, and products used in their creations. Alongside this year’s ‘wild’ theme, sustainability and climate change are the big talking points. Engineered wood panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY aims to showcase the brand’s commitment to longevity and wellness and most importantly, sustainability. As a responsible manufacturer of wood construction panels, the company is committed to manufacturing products that contribute to healthier, environmentally conscious buildings. The MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future Garden will feature some of the company’s…

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    How Andy Sturgeon’s garden for Mind encourages mental health conversation

    This year, the mental health charity Mind is hosting a garden on the Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Funded by Project Giving Back and designed by eight-time RHS Chelsea gold medal winner, Andy Sturgeon, the garden aims to encourage all-important conversations about mental health and provide a safe space. Andy’s design creates a sanctuary for conversation in the Mind Garden. A circular seating area is set within curved clay rendered walls – it’s a place to sit side-by-side and share experiences and advice, surrounded by meadow-like spaces and calming trees. A gravel path then arcs down to…

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    Triple RHS Chelsea Award win for Garden Designer Kate Gould

    Garden designer Kate Gould has been awarded three awards (including Best Sanctuary Garden) for her contemporary, wellness and lifestyle-themed RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Sanctuary Garden, ‘Out of the Shadows.’ The award-winning, London-based designer caught the attention of the judges with her post-pandemic inspired garden design which packs a huge punch in terms of the lifestyle it delivers, in a perfectly tranquil and harmonious way. The garden won: –        Best Sanctuary Garden –        Best Construction in the Sanctuary Garden category –        And Gold Our post-pandemic gardens are being asked to work harder for us than ever. They are being tasked to…

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    Irish hotel gains vibrant artificial green roof installation from EverRoof®

    Cashel Palace Hotel sits amidst the greens hills and landscapes of Tipperary and castle, Rock of Castel, is steeped in a rich back story dating back to the 1730s. The historic Hotel, its buildings and landscapes have been meticulously restored by Mulcahy Construction after it closed in 2015. Reopened in March 2022, its interior details have been upgraded and redesigned with a nod to its original splendour and the exterior rooftops have been transformed from a grey barren expanse to rich green swathes, courtesy of its classified EverRoof® artificial green roof system installation. SIX GREEN ROOFTOPS Atop the six manor…

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    Master your future with the RHS

    The RHS is the world’s leading gardening charity, and the degree-level equivalent Master of Horticulture (MHort) Award has been offered to candidates for over 100 years. It is highly regarded in the industry worldwide, and is designed for professional horticulturists, with at least four years industry experience at supervisory level, looking to advance their knowledge and grow further in their careers. The MHort provides the opportunity to develop a better understanding of business and operational strategies, management planning, and awareness of scientific, economic and social issues within the horticultural industry on a global scale. Completed over three years, the award provides an…

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    Gardenlink constructs five gardens at Chelsea Flower Show

    Gardenlink has constructed an impressive five gardens at Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) this year – something believed not to have been done before. Constructing Cityscapes St Mungo’s Garden, the Blue Peter Garden, Lottie Delamain’s Garden (a student of Inchbald School of Design), BBC’s Gardener’s Question time garden, and finally the Omved Gardens for Chelsea Fringe, there has been a significant amount of work to do. According to Dan, much of what has been involved in the construction this year has varied immensely and the Gardenlink team has enjoyed being able to work on a variety of different garden designs. He added:…

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    A grand slam of a day for Green-tech and BALI Award Winners at Wimbledon

    BALI Awards headline sponsor Green-tech has resumed its annual VIP tour of Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet for all Principal award winners. Supported by ICL, Green-tech hosted 11 principal award winners in a behind the scenes tour of the world-famous facility last week. This is the fourth time that Green-tech has organised this tour as a celebration for the BALI award winners. Head of Courts and Horticulture, Neil Stubley and Head Gardener, Martyn Falconer delivered an informative presentation and tour of the facilities which were well received by the guests. Rosemary Coldstream of Rosemary Coldstream Garden Design comments:…

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