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Hannah Armstrong

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    Making Distinctive Design Possible with Two New Innovations from Millboard

    This month sees the launch of two products that make creative garden construction a breeze. Millboard, the company behind the premium outdoor flooring, will be adding to their impressive range later this month with two new products that make decking frustrations a thing of the past: DuoSpan and DuoLift. DuoSpan is a unique landscape construction frame that combines the strength of aluminium with the design flexibility of recycled plastic. This combination enables distinctive design opportunities for decking and outdoor structures that would be impossible with conventional subframes.  DuoSpan provides the perfect subframe for Millboard decking and is also a universal…

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    BALI Advises Members to Stop Going to Work for 48 Hours

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) continues to provide frontline support to its members around the United Kingdom by delivering on its four-point battleplan strategy, which was launched last Friday. Following the latest guidelines issued on Monday, like many landscape professionals working in our sector, BALI has been seeking clarification and additional guidance from the Government for those working in the landscaping sector. BALI wants answers to the crucial question many landscape professionals have been asking; can I still go to work? In light of the lack of a response from the Government, BALI is taking the necessary measures…

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    County Council Closes Country Parks to Protect Residents

    Leicestershire County Council has announced that its country parks will close immediately, as efforts continue to keep residents safe during the coronavirus outbreak. The council is responding to national and local reports of people continuing to gather in public places.  It had intended to keep its parks open as spaces to exercise, but fears are growing that too many people are visiting. Earlier this week, the council announced a number of closures to its indoor facilities, including a number of libraries and museums, as well as sites such as Beaumanor Hall. Events, activities, adult learning classes and clubs due to…

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    Selco to Close for Three Weeks

    Selco Builders Warehouse has announced its branch network will close for the next three weeks due to the Covid-19 situation. Chief executive Howard Luft cited the welfare of customers, colleagues and suppliers as paramount after reaching the decision to suspend trading at the company’s 68 branches until mid-April. In the wake of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday, Selco announced plans to close their branches today (Tuesday) and have now extended the period in which the doors to its stores will remain shut. Howard said: “We are living in unprecedented times and I’m certain this is the…

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    Coronavirus: The Royal Parks Remain Open for Visitors to Boost Physical and Mental Wellbeing

    The Royal Parks will remain open for visitors who are encouraged to come and spend time in nature, relax or exercise, whilst still ensuring they follow government advice about social distancing. The parks provide visitors with crucial access to vital green spaces and present a wealth of opportunities for visitors to help boost their physical and mental wellbeing in these uncertain times. The Royal Parks charity is closely monitoring Government advice on COVID-19 and is following the advice of Public Health England.  In order to prevent the spread of the virus through social contact in a busy space, the charity is taking all…

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    Survey Reveals the True Horror of Coronavirus Pandemic to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry

    Sales for ornamentals growers are expected to be down around 50% this year with some expecting a far greater fall in sales.  96% of countries responding predict their industry will be severely impacted.  The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has surveyed its grower association members and other industry associations to understand the impact of COVID-19 and what is happening in different countries. Although still early into the crisis for many countries the timing is critical with the normally busy Spring season and many flower-giving celebrations being directly hit. 70% of respondents expect to see growers going out of business…

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    Glasgow to Join European Cities in Cities with Nature Project

    Glasgow is to join a group of 11 European cities in the Cities with Nature group, a unique initiative that recognises and enhances the value of nature in and around cities. Hosted by ICLEI (Local Governments for sustainability) it provides a shared platform for cities and their partners to engage and connect. London and Manchester are the other UK cities in the group. Joining Cities with Nature means that Glasgow will have access to the knowledge hub; possible collaboration partners around the themed activity, the first of which is Cities with nature for health. Cities with Nature has 128 member cities…

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    Perennial Prepares for Increase in Demand as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hits UK Landscape Workers and Businesses

    Perennial is the safety net for people in the horticulture industry and is here to help anyone working in, or retired from any job involving trees, plants, flowers or grass. As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to evolve for the whole industry, including everyone working in landscaping, Perennial is urging anyone who is worried or has questions about how it will affect them, or their family, to get in touch. The team’s clear message is ‘we’re in this together’ and wants everyone in the industry to know they are here to support you. Perennial’s helpline is operating…

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    RHS Britain in Bloom 2020 – Coronavirus statement

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals competition will not be going ahead. This is a worldwide and unprecedented challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains the RHS’ number one priority.   With the Government advising everyone to follow social distancing measures, it is sadly not currently possible for finalists to carry out their usual community gardening activities.    READ NEXT: VIRTUAL RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2020   Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom to the benefit of both people…

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    Improving Shoreditch Park

    Over 1,600 people told the Council what they would like to see in Shoreditch Park, in the first stage of consultation on a £2m project to improve it for local residents. Most of those that responded wanted to see green areas in the park improved – including revamped grassed areas, more trees, and more planting onsite to improve biodiversity and soundproof noise from New North Road. People also wanted to see facilities for a wider range of sports and fitness activities, as well as new toilet facilities, seating and an updated play area introduced as part of the proposals. The…

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    ‘Outstanding Beauty’ in Times of Need

    In these very challenging times that we face Surrey Council want to remind you that the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is still here.   Covering over a quarter of the county of Surrey the hills stretch across the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the East. Including the Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere and stretch east to Leith Hill, the highest point in South East England. READ NEXT: NATIONAL TRUST TO OPEN ALL GARDENS FOR FREE     With an extensive network of footpaths, byways and bridleways, there’s plenty of trails for…

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    Council’s New Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan Will Help Protect Environment

    As global attention focuses ever more closely on the environment, Belfast City Council has published its first Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan. Helping protect green spaces, rivers and other natural assets in the city.   Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson, said:   “Our new Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan is about protecting our environment and improving quality of life.   As the city develops, we need to carefully balance the needs of our residents and our valuable natural habitats. Aiming to protect and create spaces for recreation, improve air quality and encourage wildlife to thrive.…

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    Sharrocks Expand with Acquisition

    F. R. Sharrock Limited, have acquired the assets of Jacobsen Direct UK in a deal. This will also see responsibility for the distribution of Jacobsen machines & products in the Staffordshire, Shropshire & Derbyshire.   Commenting on the deal, James Sharrock, Managing Director of F. R. Sharrock Limited said:   “Jacobsen Direct UK have done an outstanding job in building direct relationships with landscapers.   These new machines, incorporating knowledge gained in the Utility sector with Ransomes, has produced some of the most innovatively engineered, well-built and robust machines I have seen in my 30 years in the industry.  …

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    Works Begin for Poole Life Project

    The latest stage of the Poole Park Life project which focuses on improving access in and around the park, is due to start week commencing 23 March 2020.   The works form part of a £2.7 million National Lottery grant. Awarded to the council in 2017 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for vital improvements to the infrastructure of the park, with Access; Play; Lakes and Lagoons; Heritage and Landscape; and Geese and Wildlife all consulted upon.   The initial stage of the Access works began in February. Starting with the removal of 33…

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    Wood Awards 2020 Launches Call for Entries

    The Wood Awards has now launched its 2020 call for entries.   2020 is the 50th anniversary of this prestigious competition. It celebrates excellence in British architecture and product design using wood. Anyone involved in a UK-based wood project is invited to enter and has until 22nd May to submit their applications. There is no entry fee and entrants may submit more than one project.   The wood awards were Established in 1971. They recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but…

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    Gardeners World Live 2020 Cancelled

    River Street Events has taken the decision that, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, it is no longer possible to hold BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020. It is with extreme regret that the decision has been made to postpone the shows until June 2021. Exhibitors and sponsors are being contacted personally.   Anyone who has booked tickets to attend BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be contacted within 14 days regarding refunds. READ NEXT: CORONAVIRUS EFFECT ON EUROPEAN PLANT TRADE   A huge amount of planning has gone into the development of the show, which was scheduled to have…

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    Jack Dunckley’s RHS Winning Show Garden

    Jack Dunckley has been the inspiring force behind a magnificent show garden near Oxford. The story came to light when Jack was reminiscing on social media about his RHS award-winning show garden ‘Deserts Delight’.  A follower of his commented that this garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival had in actual fact inspired him to produce his very own creative piece in his back garden.   Steve Moodey, had worked in a garden centre for 12 years but found that rare or unusual plants were hard to find.  After seeing how well a Musella Lasiocarpa grew in his sisters garden, this prompted his…

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    FlowerTrials® Board Release Coronavirus Statement

    Following the general guidelines relating to the COVID-19 Corona virus in The Netherlands, the FlowerTrials Board has collectively decided to wait until April 6th before taking a final decision on whether to cancel the physical FlowerTrials event completely or go ahead.   The situation is monitored on a daily basis. Any amendment to this decision will be communicated immediately. READ NEXT: SGD POSTPONE SPRING 2020 CONFERENCE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS  The organisation continues to share the upcoming plant innovations for the season via newsletters and social media posts. Alongside this the website offers an extensive overview of all upcoming breeding achievements…

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    Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

    An open Letter from Sue Biggs, RHS Director General. Regarding the creation of an online Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 18-23 May 2020. Dear gardening friends and horticultural community, All of us here at the RHS have been extremely touched and moved by all the support, kindness and offers for help from the horticultural industry. Our members, volunteers, show visitors, the BBC and so many more following the sad cancellation of RHS Chelsea Flower Show and our other shows and garden events until 30 June due to Covid-19. When so many people, businesses, charities and everyone in the horticultural industry…

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    The Landscaping Industry’s Response to the Coronavirus

    The coronavirus outbreak is sending ripples round the world affecting hundreds of millions of people. Spreading far beyond its origin in China, we are currently waking up to a world of uncertainty. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an epidemic, which quickly became a global pandemic, emerged from a densely populated manufacturing and transport hub in central China and has since spread worldwide. In contrast to the Western Africa Ebola emergency in 2013 – more deadly, but less contagious, COVID-19 presents larger economies with dilemmas. Corporate titans have warned that the virus is set to hurt profits as the authorities battle…

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    National Trust to Open All Gardens for Free

    The National Trust will, where possible, open as many of its gardens and parks for free. However, they will be closing its houses, cafes and shops to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus.   Following the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, Director General Hilary McGrady announced that the National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafes and shops, would close by this Friday (March 20).   McGrady said the charity would work hard to keep as many of the Trust’s gardens and parklands open, free of charge. Alongside coast and countryside, encouraging the nation to enjoy open space, if…

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    Plans for New Green Space in Trafford

    Trafford Council’s Executive have approved plans to turn a former golf course into a green space..   Councillors met on Monday to approve an application to officially designate William Wroe Golf Course site in Flixton as a Town/Village green.     The course closed in 2017 and was being considered for housing as part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) before the Council took the decision to keep it for the community.   Trafford Council held a consultation with residents regarding its future in March last year. The feedback from residents was that they wanted it to remain a…

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    Urban Landscapes Could Grow Fruit and Veg for 15% of the Population

    Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban landscapes could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’.   In a study published in Nature Food, academics investigated the potential for urban horticulture. Done so by mapping green spaces and grey spaces across the city.   They found that green spaces including parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland cover 45 per cent of Sheffield.   Allotments cover 1.3 per cent of this, while 38 per cent of green space comprised of domestic gardens.   The team…

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    Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

    Watford Borough Council has unveiled its plan to increase the town’s tree canopy cover from 18% to 20% over the next ten years after an ambitious Tree and Woodland Strategy was agreed at Cabinet.  Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town while Watford’s older tree population will continue to be maintained and conserved for future generations.   The council currently manages thousands of trees across 506 hectares of public open space. Including the woodlands of Whippendell Wood, Harebreaks Wood, Albans Wood and woodland areas in Oxhey Park, and Orchard Park. Whippendell Wood…

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    City Living Development Announced

    An multi million pound city living development has been announced for City of Wolverhampton’s Canalside Quarter.   Placefirst, an award winning build to rent developer, has revealed the first image of the Canalside project. A scheme to deliver 350 high quality homes on 5 acres of landscape off Lower Horseley Fields in the city centre.   It will feature a mix of new build homes and sensitive restoration of heritage properties. Canalside is designed to build upon the architectural character of the area aligned to the historic canal network. Providing a new canalside promenade and a mix of semi private…

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