Gemma Lloyd

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    Hot house plants in bloom

    Flowering house plants can bring that much needed cheer and colour into your home. Bringing the outside inside is a hugely popular trend at the moment, which seems to have intensified as a result of the pandemic. Many of these plants have long bloom times which provide a perfect and inexpensive way of creating a holiday vibe in your home! CALATHEA CROCATA Commonly called the eternal flame, this tropical plant has dark moody foliage with vibrant flame shaped orange flowers. They can bloom for up to three months, and definitely prefer more humid environments. AECHMEA FASCIATA The Aechmea Fasciata, native…

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    Supervisor and Manager level ROLO courses now available for land-based workers

    The British Association of Landscape Industries announces the launch of two new training courses at Supervisor and Manager level, to join its popular Register of Land-based Operations (ROLO) Operative level course. The new courses will enable our industry Supervisors and Managers to receive the appropriate level of health and safety training and apply for their LISS/CSCS cards. The Supervisor and Manager level courses have been developed by the Association to meet the training needs of the land-based sector. They are fully supported and approved by CITB and Build UK as equivalent to the CITB SSSTS and SMSTS courses. The Association…

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    Legacy Edging to suit any landscape

    Legacy Edging, as part of the Traditional Company, deliver first class service nationwide with its wide range of Legacy Steel Edging. Coming in a range of thicknesses, heights and finishes, Legacy Edging covers all edging requirements. The products are favourites with landscape architects and designers who fully understand the benefits of solid steel edging. Legacy 3 is the Traditional Company’s lightest steel edging, at just 3mm thick. This strong edging is made from solid UK steel and can be bent on-site to follow curves with radiuses down to 1m. Perfect for intricate flower beds and garden borders creating a clean…

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    A 24-year-high in construction output growth

    The bellwether IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI Total Activity Index hit 66.3 in June, up from 64.2 in May. This presenting the strongest rate of growth for 24 years (since 1997). Key findings included: a rapid rise in new business volumes during May, output growth accelerated to its strongest since September 2014, and cost inflation hit a fresh survey-record high. The May PMI data indicated that the UK construction sector was remaining strong on the path to recovery as output reached its strongest level since September 2014. The latest survey pointed to a rapid upturn in new business across the…

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    Interior landscaping specialists join forces through significant acquisition

    Nurture Landscapes acquires Indoor Garden Design, expanding their plant display service across the UK. Surrey-headquartered Nurture Landscapes has completed its second acquisition of the year through the purchase of leading interior landscaping specialist Indoor Garden Design (IGD). Founded by Ed Wolf from a small Hampstead garage in 1975, IGD has been owned and run by David Grace, Pippa Robinson and Ian Drummond since 2013. Indoor Garden Design has since grown to become one of the premier suppliers of premium quality, design-led planting schemes across London, bringing nature back into the workplace. They count the likes of Sky, WeWork and Apple…

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    Discovery Grants open to fund the development of restoration projects

    Natural England has launched the first round of Discovery Grants, as part of the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme, to help support the development of new projects which seek to restore peatland systems to a natural and healthy state across the country. The Government is intending to invest over £50 million in peat restoration, and has pledged to restore approximately 35,000ha of peatland in England by the end of this Parliament. As England’s largest carbon store on land, peatlands play a vital role in trapping carbon, and also provide a wealth of wider benefits such as improved ecosystems and…

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    The Thaliana Bridge: A new development for RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr has drawn up plans and secured planning permission for a new development in the garden. The Thaliana Bridge will span over the Queen Mother Lake at the south end of the gardens creating improved access for visitors, new routes and new views to and from the bridge across the water. The project has been made possible thanks to a key donor, the estate of Dr Rachel Leech. Dr Leech’s research relating to the plant Arabidopsis thaliana is a conceptual driver for the bridge design. Arabidopsis thaliana has a small genome of approximately 135 megabase pairs and…

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    Branching out – Exbury Gardens officially opens its new woodland trail 

    Visitors to Exbury Gardens can discover previously hidden woodland with glimpses of the beautiful Beaulieu River estuary, now its New River Walk has been officially opened by leading UK tree expert Tony Kirkham. The new trail stretches nearly half a mile at the eastern end of the 200-acre New Forest garden through tranquil coastal woodland filled with mature oaks, field maples, yews and hazels. Interpretation boards highlight interesting facts and historical anecdotes about iconic native trees and sections of boardwalk lead to estuary viewing points where visitors can watch birds and wildlife on the estuary’s tidal flats. Tony Kirkham, Head…

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    Glendale appoints Adrian Wickham as corporate director

    Glendale has announced the return of Adrian Wickham, who will now be working as corporate director. Adrian’s appointment comes after being away from the company for two years, as he worked for a law firm. Adrian said: “I’ve returned to the same senior team, and it’s great to get everyone back together. I’m really excited about being back and am feeling very welcomed.” I left because I was seeking new opportunities. But I remained so intertwined with the landscaping industry, I’ve been pulled back. I enjoy the people and the things happening, and ultimately, I feel there is a bigger…

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    Eljays44 announces new general manager

    Eljays44 are delighted to announce that Jess McCabe has been promoted to General Manager of Eljays44 Ltd. Jim Wilkinson, managing director, said: “This is a reflection of Jess’s excellent contribution to the growth of the business and her drive, enthusiasm and can-do attitude. Jess has built an excellent sales team, played a key role in driving forward our revenue and has played a significant role in the launch and the development of Dream Garden.” “This is great news for Eljays44, it’s excellent that we are able to recognise and reward Jess for her commitment and I’m sure her energy and…

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    Historic bid won to replant Highgate Cemetery, one of the world’s most iconic memorial parks

    Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design has collaborated with award-winning landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman to win a competition to conserve and replant the historic landscape of Highgate Cemetery in North London on behalf of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust. Jo has been working with GP+B on a strategy for the planting of site. This includes introducing both mature and establishing trees, open grassy meadows and shady glade areas as well as developing and encouraging species-rich communities to enhance biodiversity. A public consultation was made possible via an online exhibition of shortlisted proposals. Further plans for both the East and West cemeteries will now be developed and published for…

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    Children calling on nation to help ‘Save our Planet’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

    The next generation is using Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 5 – 11 July, to raise awareness of the climate change crisis and urgent need for the nation to help ‘Save our Planet.’ The RHS Garden for a Green Future at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is throwing the spotlight on the impact of climate change on UK gardens and gardeners. At a photocall on the Garden on Monday 5 July, Rose, aged 8 and her brother Charles aged 6 held a poster made at their school with other pupils saying ‘Save our Planet’ and…

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    Princess Diana Statue to reside in her favourite spot in Kensington Palace Gardens

    Chilstone, makers of handcrafted architectural stone and garden ornaments in Royal Tunbridge Wells, are excited that the new statue of Princess Diana, commissioned by her sons is to reside in her favourite spot in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, between two planters handmade by Chilstone. A Statue to Commemorate Diana’s Legacy The statue of Princess Diana was commissioned in 2017 by her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry on the 20th anniversary of her death. The statue will be unveiled on what would have been her 60th birthday on 1st July 2021. The statue is to reside in what…

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    ‘Bring your holiday home’ garden at Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show

    The British Association of Landscape Industries and its careers initiative, GoLandscape, have joined forces with Oakham Garden Services to create a spectacular ‘Bring your holiday home’ themed garden at Belvoir Castle Flower Show, Grantham, 17-18 July 2021. This will be the first time that the Association has created a garden at Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show and the 2021 garden theme will be a nod to the increased number of ‘staycations’ due to take place this summer. The Association will also be promoting careers in the industry through its GoLandscape initiative, continuing its work addressing the industry skills gap.…

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    Sissinghurst Castle Garden unveils Delos garden

    The National Trust’s Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent has officially unveiled a Greece-inspired garden, ‘Delos’, completing a planting scheme first envisioned by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson more than 85 years ago. The 0.25 acre garden, created by National Trust staff in partnership with landscape designer Dan Pearson, was the culmination of a seven-year renewal project at the world renowned, Grade I-listed garden. In 1935, Vita and Harold were so inspired by a visit to the Greek island of Delos that on their return they set about capturing its essence in a corner of their now world-famous garden.…

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    RHS Chelsea 2021 Diaries – Dan Riddleston, MD, Bowles & Wyer

    For the first time in its 108-year history, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place in the autumn and we are delighted to be part of what promises to be a unique event. We are working with Robert Myers on a show garden that was originally intended to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale in 2020 and to celebrate the importance of nursing in the 21st century. The irony that a worldwide pandemic should be the reason a garden celebrating the founder of modern-day nursing was cancelled in 2020 is not lost on us. Having progressed…

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    House prices in April 2021

    House prices UK house prices increased by 8.9% in the year to April 2021, down from 9.9% in March 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK decreased by 1.9% between March and April 2021, compared with a decrease of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (March and April 2020). The North East showed the strongest house price growth. Prices rose by 16.9% in the year to April 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 3.3% in the year to April 2021. The UK Property Transactions Statistics showed that…

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    Trex steps up UK presence with cedar nursery show deck

    Homeowners searching for outdoor inspiration should look no further than the brand new Trex® show deck and showroom at Cedar Nursery in Cobham, Surrey. The show deck is a collaboration between the prestigious nursery, which specialises in stylish products for modern outdoor living and Trex Transcend’s sole UK distributor, Arbor Forest Products. The show deck and showroom are designed to inspire homeowners searching for a way to create a sophisticated space to relax, dine, and entertain in their garden, and to provide installers with a Trex hub in the heart of the home counties. Featuring an inspirational four-toned deck –…

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    How Landscaping Supports Urban Sustainability

    Over 50% of the global population live in urban dwellings. The United Nations predicts this number will climb to 70% by the middle of the century. Therefore, urban sustainability is becoming a key priority to ensuring the continued growth of cities and urban spaces is not damaging to the future of the world. Urban sustainability, when blended with city planning and design, goes deeper than landscape architecture and, instead focuses on creating greener spaces that recruit, nurture, and support nature. So, what is green space? Formally defined, green space is any public or private land featuring natural elements within an urban area,…

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    Dura Deck Flip Composite Decking

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    Perennial provides back-to-school support for hard-hit families

    Despite careful budgeting, many families working in horticulture are finding it difficult to meet the everyday costs of raising a family. According to a report by The Trussell Trust in May 2021, there was a 49% increase in the number of children supported by their food banks over a year from March 2018-19 and March 2019-20. The COVID-19 pandemic will have exasperated an already critical situation for many families as reported by The Children’s Society. Government support can include free school meals, school uniform and financial assistance, but many parents are not aware that they may be eligible or how…

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    Double award win for Caribbean Blinds

    Local Sudbury manufacturer of external shading products had a double win at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021, taking home the East and East Anglia Business of the Year and Homes and Gardens Business of the Year awards in a virtual ceremony. The Family Business of the Year Awards run by Family Business United celebrates the very best of British family firms, of which there are more than 6 million, and the contribution that these firms make as the backbone of the UK economy. The 2021 awards ceremony took place virtually on Thursday 24th June 2021, and the…

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    A new committee is ready to take [email protected] forward

    In a step towards normality, [email protected] met last Thursday partly via Zoom and partly in person for their AGM with the main task of electing a new committee. Madeleine Evans of Indoor Garden Design retired from the role of Chair after being at the helm for three years.  Kenneth Freeman, interior landscaping consultant and owner of Purposeful Places, accepted the role of chair going forward. “Following in Madeleine’s footsteps is going to be a hard act to follow as she has been a brilliant Chair but I am looking forward to the year ahead as our industry gathers pace –…

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    Millboard and sustainability

    Premium decking and cladding company Millboard have made sustainability an integral part of their business.  

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    The National Trust to create “park in the sky”

    The National Trust are in the early stages of a project aiming to bring a Grade II listed viaduct back into use by transforming it into a green oasis created by and for the benefit of local people. The project, set to open next summer, will be a temporary National Trust Park testing ideas for its long-term future. The 330m long viaduct, built in 1892, sits at the heart of the oldest part of Manchester, Castle Field. The viaduct used to carry heavy rail traffic in and out of Manchester Central railway station and was also the world’s first passenger…

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