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    National Trust’s joint longest-serving gardener retires after 45 years at magnificent Lanhydrock

    The National Trust’s joint longest-serving gardener will retire from Lanhydrock in Cornwall this month after 45 years of service. Tommy Teagle has worked for the Trust at Lanhydrock since July 1976, and under his leadership the garden has increased the magnificent late Victorian estate’s magnolia collection and reimagined the extensive parterre with a pollinator-friendly planting scheme. Tommy shares the distinction of longest-serving National Trust gardener with Michael Ridsdale, who retired from the world-famous Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in North Yorkshire last autumn. Starting as a gardener at Lanhydrock fresh out of sixth form on a job creation…

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    Mark Lane receives doctorate for his ‘inspirational career’ in landscape design and media

    Broadcaster and landscape designer Mark Lane has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent. Mark was one of ten ‘inspirational individuals’ to be awarded an honorary degree and is now a Doctor of the University. His ‘inspirational career in garden design and media’ was cited. Mark became the UK’s first BBC gardening presenter in a wheelchair when he joined BBC TV Gardeners’ World. He has since become the regular gardening presenter on BBC Morning Live and runs Mark Lane Designs Ltd, an award- winning landscape design practice. Mark said: “This came as a total surprise. I received a letter…

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    Photo of Frances Tophill’s Show Garden: Grounded in Sustainability with GravelGuard

    Frances Tophill’s Show Garden: Grounded in Sustainability with GravelGuard

    With sustainability being the key theme for 2022’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham, Frances Tophill, well known horticulturist, author and television presenter for BBC Gardeners’ World, had set her sights on making her debut show garden at the event “as sustainable as it possibly can be”. Rupert Keys, Managing Director at Keyscape Landscape Design & Construction and founder of landscape training company TASK Academy, along with Ruth Gwynn Associates, landscape architect, garden designer and horticulturist, were handed the mission of delivering Frances’ vision, and constructing her eventual award-winning garden. With a strict remit of using only…

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    Environment Agency report sets out urgent need to work with nature

    EA Chief Executive warns of a ‘silent spring’ for wildlife if warnings are ignored and urges action ahead of the UN Convention of Biological Diversity. An Environment Agency report that lays bare the scale of change needed to halt England’s biodiversity and climate crisis has been published today. It sets out how significant changes will be needed to how land is used in England, with the need for significant landscape scale interventions and the use of nature-based solutions to help wildlife recover, and for humans to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The ‘Working with Nature’ report compiled by Environment…

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    Photo of RHS urges public to be smart with their watering as it unveils giant water butt at its flagship garden

    RHS urges public to be smart with their watering as it unveils giant water butt at its flagship garden

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is reminding the UK’s 30 million gardeners of ways to conserve water on their plots by making subtle changes to how they collect and use water. The charity is recommending that gardeners install a water butt, compost and mulch the soil around plants, use a watering can instead of a hosepipe, avoid watering in the hottest parts of the day, let lawns grow long without watering them, and use drip trays or self-watering systems for pots and hanging baskets to reduce wastage of water. Over the medium to long term gardeners are also advised to…

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    North west builders merchant boosts efficiency and capacity with £3M investment

    North West based Beesley & Fildes has invested £3m in expanding and upgrading its facilities to meet growing demand for building products across its 11 north west branches in Huyton, Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester and online. The family-owned independent builder’s merchant has ploughed £1m into its timber milling facility and invested a further £2m in the development of a new distribution centre, both located in Widnes. The 4.2 acre distribution centre will enable Beesley & Fildes to purchase more stock to meet demand, including civils and drainage products. The site also houses new machinery designed to fulfil orders…

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    Photo of Kew returns to the screen with a second series of  ‘Kew Gardens: A Year in Bloom’ on Channel 5

    Kew returns to the screen with a second series of ‘Kew Gardens: A Year in Bloom’ on Channel 5

    A new six-part TV-series, Kew Gardens: A Year in Bloom, will return to Channel 5 this July, following the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Channel 5 were given unprecedented access to film at both Kew Gardens and Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, taking viewers behind the scenes, giving an exclusive glimpse of what makes Kew so special. Over a year, cameras witness the changing seasons and meet the teams who care for the plants, create the incredible displays, perform world-changing scientific research and have to deal with everything from catastrophic storms to more than two million…

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    Ariens joins Made in Britain manufacturing community

    Ariens, a leader in outdoor power equipment, is delighted to announce that it’s joined Made in Britain and will now proudly adorn all petrol zero-turn mowers for the EMEAA market with the iconic Made in Britain mark. Ariens has an illustrious history of manufacturing machinery in the United States, but, to better meet the needs of its European customers, opened its first zero-turn production line at its UK plant over three years ago. This huge milestone means Ariens is able to manufacture its complete petrol zero-turn line-up of EDGE, IKON XD, APEX and ZENITH mowers – for the EMEAA market…

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    Meet this year’s Brickell Award winners

    Margaret and David MacLennan were recently awarded the prestigious Brickell Award 2022 for their Galanthus (snowdrop) National Plant Collection®. We speak to them about their award-winning collection. The Brickell Award recognises excellence in cultivated plant conservation and has been awarded to a different National Plant Collection Holder every year since 2003. Named after Plant Heritage’s founding member and current vice-president Chris Brickell, it also celebrates the extensive and ongoing commitment, passion and research of National Plant Collection Holders. This year’s winners are Margaret and David MacLennan. They say:  “We are very glad to have been given the award. It is…

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    Nursery’s first-class products for luxurious Aldwark Manor Estate

    Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley supplied plants for the historic Yorkshire-based Aldwark Manor Estate. Johnsons have been appointed by the new owners, who purchased the historic Estate in 2019, to supply hundreds of plants as the venue undergoes a significant renovation and expansion program. The hotel is located less than 10 miles from Johnsons HQ making it an ideal partnership. The plants will be used across the wedding garden, fountain bed and entrance to the estate. Johnsons supply has included trees, hedging, herbaceous, shrub and topiary plants so far including varieties such as Buxus balls, Lavender, Hydrangeas, Tulips, Nepeta, Astilbes,…

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    Building a Better Tomorrow Together

    The Company’s annual 2021 ESG report highlights how Trex is “Building a Better Tomorrow Together” through a broad spectrum of initiatives to address its most material ESG priorities. Highlights include: Investing to reduce environmental impact and advance sustainability. Trex high-performance, low-maintenance composite decking is made from 95% recycled and reclaimed content. In 2021 alone, the Company upcycled more than 1 billion pounds combined of recycled waste polyethylene film and reclaimed wood for use in its products. In addition, Trex reduced Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 33% compared with 2020. Prioritizing employee safety and career growth. While adding more…

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    Government pledges £233 million infrastructure funding to bring dockland site back to life

    Homes England will provide £233m of infrastructure loan funding to bring to life a new £3.5bn neighbourhood at Silvertown, East London as part of one of the country’s most significant regeneration projects. Sitting within London’s only Enterprise Zone at the Royal Docks, the Silvertown site in Newham has been derelict for the last 40 years and is one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands. The major regeneration project will include improvements to the infrastructure around the site and will support The Silvertown Partnership (TSP), a joint venture between Lendlease and Starwood Capital, to build 6,000 new homes…

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    Photo of ReNature initiative raises £400k for wildlife in first year

    ReNature initiative raises £400k for wildlife in first year

    More than £400,000 has been raised so far to help find new spaces for nature in the South Downs National Park. Exactly one year on from the launch of the ReNature campaign and the fundraising tally continues to rise for the inspiring initiative, which is looking to create an extra 13,000 hectares of habitat where plants and animals can thrive. Following a “Call for Nature Sites” plea to landowners and community groups last autumn, 59 projects are now being progressed with a view to creating new wildlife habitat. They include entire farms, fields, road verges and old quarries, covering thousands…

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    Biotecture transforms Canary Wharf with living walls

    Biotecture, a UK leader in the supply of living walls, has helped to enrich the public realm and contributed to the client’s ambitious sustainability goals by installing multiple PlantBox living walls at prominent locations across Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf Group (CWG) appointed landscape architect Gillespies in 2021 to create an urban greening framework that would enhance biodiversity, improve wellbeing and create enlivened spaces for all visitors to enjoy across the Estate. Working in collaboration with Biotecture and Willerby Landscapes, Gillespies established a vision and toolkit for each of area which included PlantBox living walls, additional planting and built in seating.…

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    Derelict sites to be transformed into new homes as new brownfield fund opens

    Derelict and underused brownfield sites across England will be transformed into thousands of new homes, creating thriving communities and levelling up the country. Derelict and underused brownfield sites across England will be transformed into thousands of new homes, creating thriving communities and levelling up the country – the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced today (8 July 2022). From today, councils will be able to apply for a share of the new £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund 2, which will help to transform disused urban areas into 17,600 new homes and create around 54,000 jobs over the…

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    Photo of Bukit Timah Railway Station node landscape designed by Grant Associates opens to the public in Singapore

    Bukit Timah Railway Station node landscape designed by Grant Associates opens to the public in Singapore

    Landscape architecture practice Grant Associates has designed and implemented the landscape and planting strategy for the Bukit Timah Railway Station, one of the main nodes along Singapore’s Rail Corridor, which has now been officially opened to the public. The Rail Corridor is a former railway line that stretches 24km north to south of Singapore.  With the railway activities abandoned more than ten years ago, the Rail Corridor is rich in heritage and biodiversity. During the pandemic and with many stretches and nodes still to be completed, the Rail Corridor has become a popular place for Singaporeans of all ages to…

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    Crowders plant healthy certified

    Crowders are delighted to announce that on 28 June 2022 Crowders were Plant Healthy certified. The Plant Healthy certification scheme helps to identify businesses that trade and grow plants to the high plant health and biosecurity standards. With input from the Government, Plant Healthy sets out key requirements to achieve success in plant health management. Commercial director, James Carter, has said “At Crowders we take plant health legislation very seriously any opportunity to align ourselves with industry-leading procedures will be advantageous to all in our sector. We are delighted to obtain and adopt the Plant Healthy Standard in our everyday…

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    New Application Programming Interface (API) to be released for i-Tree

    The Davey Tree Expert Company is soon to release a new API, which will provide a communication link between i-Tree and other software applications. The new API is closely aligned with the i-Tree Eco tool. It is designed to work with tree management software applications, by displaying the ecosystem values of trees in an inventory. In order to facilitate the incorporation of this new interface with existing applications, Treeconomics has been liaising with tree management software providers in the UK. Enabling i-Tree to ‘talk to’ the many tree inventory applications in use across the industry could radically increase awareness of…

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    Photo of Pioneering snowdrops win prestigious Brickell Award at  RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022

    Pioneering snowdrops win prestigious Brickell Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022

    Margaret and David MacLennan have been awarded the prestigious Brickell Award 2022 by horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage, for their Galanthus (snowdrop) National Plant Collection®. The Brickell Award recognises excellence in cultivated plant conservation and has been awarded to a different National Plant Collection Holder every year since 2003. Named after Plant Heritage’s founding member and current Vice-President Chris Brickell, it also celebrates the extensive and ongoing commitment, passion and research of National Plant Collection Holders. This year, Margaret and David MacLennan’s National Plant Collection has been celebrated as ‘an outstanding example of bringing together a comprehensive collection, used to increase our knowledge and understanding of…

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    New images show the completed Glade of Light – Manchester’s tribute to those who lost their lives in the May 2017 arena bombing

    New images have been released showing the fully completed Glade of Light memorial in Manchester – a significant design project which commemorates the victims of the 22nd May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. The memorial has been designed by BCA Landscape (BCAL) working in conjunction with Smiling Wolf, who commissioned the new aerial images to show the context of the project and the features that have been added to ensure that this is a special garden for the victims’ families, friends and the wider city. Andy Thomson is director at BCAL and explained: “The Glade of Light is a truly unique…

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    The spBI Awards: sustainability, creativity and general knowledge all mixed into one!

    With the search for this year’s small project BIG IMPACT (spBI) Award winners well under way, Pro Landscaper speaks to headline sponsor Provender Nurseries’ marketing manager Liz Hughes on why people should be vying for the top trophies Now in their fourth year, Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards have become an important addition to the horticulture calendar. “I like the idea that it showcases smaller companies,” says Liz Hughes. “It’s really good to be able showcase what the average person out there would spend on a garden and what they would get for it.” The awards bring together…

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    Finalist announced in The Society of Garden Design Student Awards 2022

    The best emerging talent in the garden and landscape design industry has been selected for the shortlist in the SGD Student Awards 2022 announced by the Society of Garden Designers.   Nine designers representing a range of colleges including Capel Manor College, KLC School of Design, The London College of Garden Design and The University of Greenwich, have been selected across two categories for Commercial Design and Domestic Design with 12 projects making the shortlist. Judged this year by SGD fellows David Stevens FSGD and Sarah Morgan FSGD, they remarked on the impressive quality of the graphic presentations and the creativity displayed in the designs. They were also…

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    CED Stone: natural stone and hard landscaping products on the market

    CED Stone, are proud to offer customers the most varied range of natural stone and hard landscaping products on the market. Adding to our already extensive range, we are delighted to announce that we are now the exclusive Schellevis distributors for Scotland, Isle of Man and East England*. With a history of almost 85 years, Schellevis produce concrete slab products designed for use in private gardens and public spaces. They supply a great range of products, including block pavers, pool copings and their much sought-after and striking large format slabs. Giles Heap – Managing Director When Schellevis contacted us to…

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    BALI and GoLandscape sponsoring the Training, Education and Employment Village

    FutureScape has announced that the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)’s GoLandscape initiative will be sponsoring the Training, Education and Employment Village at this year’s event. The Training, Education and Employment village is a new addition to FutureScape this year. The area will be aimed at those looking for career advice, training information and new opportunities to go and make the right connections. There will be space for exhibitor stands and a seminar theatre with various workshops taking place across the two days. GoLandscape was launched by BALI as an education, skills and careers initiative to encourage new recruits into…

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    Pro Landscaper July 2022

    The July issue has suitably arrived in the middle of a heatwave. With climate change and sustainability being on the forefront of the industry’s mind it is no surprise that this issue features ‘Benchmarking Biodiversity in Gardens’ by Matt Haddon. In this issue we have a fantastic portfolio from Smart Home Garden found on page 50 as well our Let’s Hear It From with garden designer Mark Draper who is celebrating 30 years at Graduate Gardeners. ‘Achieving Success: Lessons from the Saddle (Part 1)’ by Marcus Watson is a two-part series focusing on Watson’s bike ride for charity and how…

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