Jessica Dean-Hill

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    RHS partners with the NHS to create Healing Garden for London hospital

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has teamed up with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) to create a green space where staff and patients can reflect and recharge. Following a request to the gardening charity’s nationwide Healing Gardens programme in 2020 from Maria Leong, an anaesthetist registrar at the hospital, work is now underway following consultations with all those that will benefit from the space. Designed by award-winning landscape designer Adam Frost, the garden makes use of existing but under-utilised outdoor space and will feature a wellbeing walk along Ravensbourne River, vibrant wildflower banks and…

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    Top gardeners take home prestigious awards at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

    Back and as big as ever, BBC Gardeners’ World Live has kicked off its four-day garden-extravaganza at Birmingham’s NEC with the announcement of the ‘Best in Show’ award winners. The prestigious awards showcase the top gardens, designs and landscaping with winners across a number of categories, including Best Show Garden, Best Beautiful Border and Best Construction Landscaper. The accolade of Best Show Garden was awarded to Frances Tophill for Frances’ Garden. In her debut Show Garden, Frances Tophill’s Bauhaus inspired sustainable garden shows how to use locally sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials to demonstrate how gardeners can maximise outdoor space without compromising on design. Frances’ passion for upcycle gardening and sustainability…

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    Turfgrass Growers Association Demonstration Day 2022

    The Turfgrass Growers Association have announce that the Turfgrass Summer Show is returning for 2022. Following on from the success of the 2020 event, we are pleased to now announce the date for this year’s event Thursday 28th July. Turffit have very kindly offered to host the 2022 event. We are looking forward to welcoming all the members and the turfgrass industry to Kinross, Scotland. This event attracts all those involved in turfgrass production, from growers to the ancillary industry and will host an excellent exhibition and demonstration to provide a great interactive opportunity for those who attend. The last…

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    New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    Housing programmes delivered by Homes England resulted in 38,436 new houses starting on-site and 37,164 houses completed between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, as the sector began to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Proportion of affordable homes started and completed was up on the previous year Increase in both starts and completions a result of a recovery in housebuilding activity following the slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing programmes delivered by Homes England saw an overall increase in starts and completions in 2021-22 compared to the previous year, according to official statistics released today (23 June). Last…

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    HLM expands its landscape team

    June 2022 – HLM Architects has strengthened its award-winning Landscape Architecture team with several new appointments of landscape architects. Joining the practice are Andrew McHenry as a Senior Landscape Architect, Conrad Clayden as Landscape Architect, and Victoria Tantum, Stephy Liu, and Alex Flynn in the role of Assistant Landscape Architect. Andrew has over nine years of experience across diverse project types in the UK, US and internationally. Andrew is leading the landscape design to develop the overall masterplan and indicative design for the landscape and public realm areas, streetscape network, sustainable urban drainage features and indicative site levels. Conrad, who…

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    GreenBlue Urban – Celebrates 30 Years!

    Join us in Manchester or London to Celebrate 30 Years! The last 30 years have been an astonishing journey – from a small one-man business operating from a domestic garage to today’s highly organised efficient operation, centred near Hastings and distributing to over 30 different countries. This growth has been driven by a desire to improve the quality of life for urban users globally by revolutionising the design and implementation of urban green infrastructure. Trees and the urban environment have always been at the heart of what we do. Far too many trees die prematurely in our heavily engineered towns…

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    Four things to consider before starting your landscaping business

    Landscaping is a lucrative business to enter, especially at a time of year when more UK households are beginning to think about their outdoor spaces. But starting up any new business, let alone a landscaping one, can be a costly endeavour. In terms of landscaping, the costs of starting up are estimated to be between £5,000 and £10,000. What are the key things that this start-up money would go towards, and what should you be considering before you set up your operation? Tools Your first concern should be the tools with which you intend to build your business. Being a…

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    Green-tech launches Landscape Spotlight Competition

    Green-tech is asking to see your projects and is offering you the chance to get your latest landscape project in the spotlight. Between now and 31 August 2022 – tweet or post a picture of your latest landscape project tagging @Green-tech or email your photos to [email protected]; and you will be entered into a competition to win the Green-tech Landscape Project Of The Month. All entries will be judged by the Green-tech team and a project will be selected each month. The winning project will receive a Champagne Gift Set. In addition, an overall ‘Grand’ winner will be chosen when…

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    Husqvarna expands Power for All Alliance partnership

    Husqvarna Group’s largest division, Husqvarna Forest & Garden, is now joining the Power for All Alliance with selected products. The alliance, founded by Bosch and Husqvarna Group through its Gardena division in 2020, is one of the world´s largest cross-brand battery alliances, enabling consumers to use the same battery for multiple devices in and around their home and garden. Electrification is changing society and is essential to the transition to a low-carbon economy. Husqvarna Group aims to be a leader in this transition. The company develops and manufactures high-performing 36V and 94V battery solutions in-house, with the aim of maximizing performance and…

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    Tobermore opens new £8.6M factory to expand production

    Paving and walling manufacturer, Tobermore has announced the opening of its new £8.6 million production facility which will enable it to further scale up production to meet the demand for its products. The facility, which officially opened in June, boasts an industry-renowned SR Schindler Press, Shotblaster, and state-of-art packaging line. This press is only the second of its kind to be operational globally. It will facilitate the increased production of high-demand products including Braemar, Mayfair, Beaufort, Textured, Riven, and Classica Flags. This will ensure Tobermore can continue to proudly meet the growing demand for its products ensuring all its paving…

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    Ecologically focussed landscape design for Stratford-on-Avon riverside park

    Midlands-based landscape practice Design with Nature has produced a sustainable and biodiversity-focused landscape masterplan for Stratford-on-Avon’s new riverside park, which is currently under construction. The £2m project, funded by the Coventry & Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, covers a 1km stretch alongside the River Avon that runs right through the middle of Stratford-on-Avon. The project includes both the more formal recreation ground as well as the extensive semi-natural County Wildlife Site to the north, known locally as Lench Meadows. Mark Stefan, director at Design with Nature, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on, and as ever, we ensure…

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    Beautiful guide to growing flowers from award-winning Wolves Lane Flower Company duo

    How To Grow The Flowers, by Marianne Mogendorff and Camila Romain of Wolves Lane Flower Company, which will be published by Pavilion on 15th September. Camila Romain and Marianne Mogendorff are the founders of Wolves Lane Flower Company, a micro flower farm in north London. The duo are on a mission to inspire everyone to have a go at growing flowers and were earmarked as one of British Vogue’s “most talented female gardeners” in 2020. They are part of a new wave of “farmer florists” putting the environment first; participating in panel talks at the Garden Museum, The Land Workers Alliance…

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    Mentoring the next generation

    We speak to Gareth Wilson about his mentorship of Mitchell Salthouse of Everest Garden Landscape, who is building The Covid Recovery Garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show for garden designer Rachel Platt. To set the scene, the garden is a dam designed for patients who are recovering from long COVID. When asked what he hoped visitors will take from the garden Gareth says: “Hospitals are not the best places to be, and so if visitors to our garden can get out bed, and find this lovely tranquil space, steer away from the sterile environments of a hospital, and be…

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    Perennial joins with wholesale nurseries to launch new ‘Plant for Perennial’ promotion

    Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, is launching a new promotion called ‘Plants for Perennial’ in collaboration with three major wholesale nurseries – Allensmore Nurseries, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company and Wyevale Nurseries. The scheme will generate funds for the charity through a proportion of plant sales. During these unprecedented times, Perennial’s services have never been so important. The rising cost of living is being felt across the industry. To help the charity to respond quickly and flexibly to the challenges that people are facing the whole industry needs to unite in support. This joint promotion is a great…

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    Perennial develops ‘Support for Families’ programme amid rising cost of living

    Perennial, the charity for people working in horticulture, has developed its ‘Support for Families’ programme with new resources to help families access a wide range of support available to them. The programme has been developed in response to the rising cost of living – with price of food, fuel and other essentials surging in recent months, many families across the horticulture industry are struggling to meet everyday living costs. Julia Hayne, Director of Services, says: “One in four people responding to our recent Health and Wellbeing survey said that their income didn’t cover their daily living costs. We understand the…

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    World Green Roof Day 2022 celebrated globally

    More than 60 countries celebrated the official World Green Roof Day, which is now in its third year. The annual celebration was founded in the UK in 2020, but this year was celebrated across the globe, from Brazil to New Zealand and Norway to South Africa. Typically taking place on 6 June, some of the highlights this year include: Dakakker (Europe’s largest rooftop farm) celebrating 10 years of growing, the YMCA Milton Keynes launching its new green rooftop to its staff and residents (supported by MK Council), and the launch of LEGO instructions for a green roof bus shelter. World…

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    HS2 starts work on first ‘Green Tunnel’

    HS2 on Friday 10th June announced the start of construction at the site of its first ‘green tunnel’, designed to blend the high-speed railway into the landscape and reduce disruption for communities. Unlike a normal underground tunnel, the one-and-a-half mile (2.5km) Chipping Warden green tunnel in Northamptonshire is being built on the surface using a pioneering off-site manufacturing approach to speed up construction and improve efficiency. This approach will see more than five thousand giant concrete tunnel segments made in a factory in Derbyshire before being assembled on site. The completed tunnel will then be covered by earth, with trees,…

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    Sissinghurst Castle Garden launches prestigious new horticulture scholarship

    World-renowned garden launches prestigious new horticulture scholarship, the National Trust’s first Practical programme will teach already experienced gardeners to be the best in their craft, with tuition from Head Gardener, Troy Scott Smith and team Trust says scholarship will help address horticulture skills shortage, provide exciting career paths and create tomorrow’s leading Head Gardeners Scholarship adds another layer to Trust’s investment in horticulture education, alongside apprenticeship scheme Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, one of the world’s best-known gardens, is launching a new horticulture scholarship – the National Trust’s first – to nurture and develop the gardeners and head gardeners of…

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    Green-tech takes advantage of Rain Bird Academy training

    Green-tech, a landscape supplier and key members of the company’s team, have participated in a Rain Bird Academy training programme for irrigation professionals. The course was held at Green-tech’s headquarters in Arkendale near Harrogate in Spring 2022 and led by Eric Hendrickx, Rain Bird’s Contractor and Public Agency Specialist for Benelux and UK. In 2021 Green-tech joined forces with its parent company Origin Amenity and Rain Bird to provide its customers with access to the world’s leading irrigation product portfolio for the landscape sector. As part of the on-going relationship between the organisations, the two-day training programme covered Concepts and…

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    The search for UK’s favourite parks returns for 2022

    Fields in Trust – the independent charity that has been protecting parks and green spaces for almost 100 years – has announced that its search for the UK’s Favourite Parks is back this summer and is calling upon the nation to get nominating now! The hugely popular campaign has returned for the first time since 2019 and will shine a light on the green spaces that hold a special place in our hearts. Having acted as sanctuary to so many over the past few years, Fields in Trust is bringing back the campaign to find the UK’s Favourite Parks to…

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    Plans submitted for a Unique Net Zero Carbon Community in the UK

    A planning application has been submitted by Milton Keynes based Planning Consultants, Smith Jenkins, for an exemplar net zero carbon and zero fossil fuel community in Bedfordshire, the largest known of its kind in the UK. The application seeks to create a sustainable new settlement, known as Greenwoods, between Bedford and Luton, which will benefit from an on-site solar PV park and over 100 hectares of landscaped public open space. The proposals far exceed the requirements of building regulations and planning policies, and will set the standard for other developments in Bedfordshire and beyond. The proposals will establish an important…

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    Husqvarna CEORA™ arrives with first customers

    HUSQVARNA announces the arrival of CEORA™ with its first customers, offering a brand-new solution for commercial turf care management in the UK. Husqvarna CEORA™ can independently mow an area of up to 75,000m² (the equivalent of up to eight football pitches) day or night, significantly reducing overall costs by approximately 30%, improving the quality of the turf and allowing staff to focus on other tasks. Operating through Husqvarna’s satellite navigation system, EPOS (Exact Positioning Operating System), CEORA™ uses GPS coordinates to map out its work areas and navigates with a precision of 2-3 cm. The satellite-based technology enables CEORA™ to work within virtual boundaries, making…

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