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    Ian Drummond and Malvern Gardening Buildings team up for Virtual RHS Chelsea

    Malvern Garden Buildings have joined forces with Ian Drummond, Indoor Garden Design’s Creative Director and celebrity plant stylist, to create a plant-filled ‘wobble room’ for Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020. Malvern Garden Buildings challenged houseplant expert and self-confessed foliage obsessive Ian to transform the contemporary Hanley Heritage garden room into a place to unwind, de-compress and de-stress in these testing times. The idea was inspired by the work Indoor Garden Design are doing with Project Wingman. This project aims to give back to frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 crisis by providing ‘First Class Lounges’ in hospitals. Here doctors,…

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    Lockdown Little Interview with Ian Drummond

    Ian Drummond – Director, Indoor Garden Design www.indoorgardendesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My partner Allan of course and our puppy Hamish who is an adorable Cavapoo. Alternatively, it would be Katherine Tate’s character Nan! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? It’s been incredible to be able to use digital technology for meetings – so instead of travelling in my Mini Countryman all over London for meetings I get to do them from home. I think I’m definitely going take that forward –…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Wayne Grills

    Lockdown Little Interview Wayne Grills, CEO BALI So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person/people to be locked up with? My daughter and my son, despite being a source of a headache occasionally, they continue to share their humour and keep us all laughing! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Well, I’m walking again! The lockdown and working from home has provided the opportunity to have more time available early morning to walk several times a week as part of my lockdown exercise. That is definitely going to stay with…

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    Live FutureScape webinar with Jamie Butterworth, Form Plants

    This Thursday, 7th May at 2pm there will be a live webinar interview with Jamie Butterworth of Form Plants. Jim Wilkinson will talk to him about the launch of his new plant supply business. To be a part of the event please click the link below to register.   REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND

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    HS2’s Interchange station is first railway station to get top award for environmentally-friendly design

    The new HS2 station, to be built near Solihull and the NEC in the West Midlands, has become the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings – putting it in the top 1% of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials. This landmark award recognises the station’s eco-friendly features, including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater, and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method. It…

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    Photo of Catch up on the Pro Landscaper Webinar Interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS

    Catch up on the Pro Landscaper Webinar Interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS

    Yesterday, Pro Landscaper hosted a one to one interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS. In case you missed it live, you can catch up via our YouTube video. Find out how the RHS is dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and plans for the gardens and shows going forward. Pro Landscaper thanks Sue for her candid and honest views and continuing support of the landscape and horticulture sector.  

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Alastair Peat

    Pro Landsaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Alastair Peat, Alfresco landscaping Ltd www.alfrescolandscaping.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Right now – my wife of 18 years, this is giving us the chance to spend time together with our 2 lovely children rather than the normal relay that is everyday life!! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over?  The hour a day we spend together just talking, at the moment this is on our walk in the sunshine. But going forward, an hour of catching up properly –…

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    Photo of David Dodd hosts Perennial Quiz – Tuesday 5th May

    David Dodd hosts Perennial Quiz – Tuesday 5th May

    Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. People working within the landscaping, nursery, arboriculture and horticultural industries are, like so many others, really struggling at the moment. Perennial helped 1,618 families last year, a 10% increase on the year before. However, in the first week of lockdown the demand for Perennial’s services increased by over 400% and with the Covid-19 pandemic this is predicted to increase into next year. The HortAid-20 campaign has been set up to ensure no one who needs Perennial’s support falls through the net. During…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Saul Abbott

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Saul Abbott, Saul Abbott Garden Design www.saulabbottgardendesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Myself!  I like to listen to music whilst I work and my partner can’t stand my music choices so it’s better for me to be alone! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I’ve started running again (after an 11 year hiatus) at 6 o’clock every evening so if I can get back home from work by that time every day I’ll keep it up. How…

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    Coronavirus Webinar – Exclusive interview with Sue Biggs, Director General RHS Monday 4th May

      Continuing our series of webinars that have been taking place weekly since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Landscaper is excited to announce an exclusive live interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS to take place on Monday 4th May at 10am. REGISTER HERE As is currently the same for everyone working in the horticulture and landscape industry, the RHS has faced some massive challenges since lockdown began 5 weeks ago, with the cancellation or postponement of the RHS Shows – and closure of all RHS gardens since 22nd March. It will be the first year since 1913…

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    LI announces new plans to support parks and green space sector

    LI President-Elect Jane Findlay announces the creation of a new forum to support and champion the parks and green space sector. ‘For some time, many parks and green space practitioners have lacked a professional home,’ said LI President-Elect Jane Findlay. ‘The LI is committed to supporting all landscape professionals. A crucial step in fulfilling this aim is promoting the role parks and green spaces play in our communities, strengthening the voice of practitioners working in these important places. ‘The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how important parks and green spaces are to the nation’s well-being. As governments and the public…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Gardiner

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Richard Gardiner, NAG Solutions www.nagsolutions.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? I’d say Sam Coniff Allende, author of “Be More Pirate”, I reckon we’d cook up some kooky plans for the future. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Shopping on my own… I have the control!! How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Waaaaaaay too many, but that’s nothing new 10+! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? I’ve managed to escape Netflix, not watched…

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    CED Stone Group to support the Northern Roots Oldham Garden

    CED Stone Group is thrilled to be supporting The Northern Roots Oldham Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. The garden is being designed by international garden designer Peter Donegan. Once again Peter has teamed up with serial show garden builders Burnham Landscaping, having worked together on the Perennial Garden at last year’s RHS Cardiff, winning a Silver medal for their efforts. CED Stone Group were sponsors of the 2019 garden along with growers Hortus Loci which is also back on the team for the Northern Roots Oldham garden. Northern Roots is an ambitious and pioneering project which…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Greg Packman

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Greg Packman, Senior Tree Inspector London Borough of Islington So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? The family cat. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Working from home more, it’s actually more productive than in the open plan office. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Seven or eight. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Tiger King and Mindhunters. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Coughing without judgement. DIY vs gardening – which wins?…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Bickler

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Richard Bickler, Arbour Landscape Solutions www.arbourlandscapesolutions.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Well it’s got to be Gaby, Mia, Chloe and my dogs Benji & Ollie 🙂 Well I had to say that as now that I work full time from home, could you imagine if I had said Jurgen Klopp first – they would have gone mad… Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Sadly I am a creature of habit and strictly follow my routine which I implemented just over 3 years ago…

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    Nicki’s doing the 2.6 challenge to support UK charities

    Over the last week Nicki Jackson form Blue Daisy Garden Design has been attempting to complete 26 challenges on behalf of AsthmaUK. She chose this charity after developing asthma a few years ago, and having found the website resources invaluable to help her understand triggers and get it under control. The challenges started on 26 April, and you can keep abreast of Nicki’s progress through her Instagram feed BlueDaisyUK. Nicki said: “So far I’ve raised £678 from an original target of £260, I’m so pleased, some of the challenges are silly and some really challenging!  I’m doing things like 26 mins…

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    Virtual terrarium classes from The Botanical Boys x Wardian London

    In response to lockdown, Botanical Boys, the duo whose mission it is to connect people with nature, and the developers behind biophilian designed Wardian London, have come together to bring you a series of virtual terrarium masterclasses and free isolation demos on how to look after your plant favourites, perfect for those looking to spruce up their green thumb skills and brighten up their WFH spaces. With virtual Chelsea Flower Show around the corner and online yoga sessions starting to become yesterday’s news, The Botanical Boys x Wardian London series provides a new way for you to not only escape these challenging times and find your inner zen, but also the option to move…

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    GGM partners with Roberine for commercial mowers

    GGM Groundscare is delighted to announce a new partnership with Roberine, the world class Dutch manufacturer of self-propelling mowing machines. The company has a rich heritage in the ride on commercial mower sector and as the business prepares to celebrate its 20thanniversary at its headquarters in Colne, Lancashire, the move sees it return to its roots. Managing Director Chris Gibson explains more: “When the business was relocated to Colne back in 2000, we were suppliers of Kubota and Hayter Professional, which was subsequently bought out by Toro. We described the brands as the right and left legs of the business – the…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rae Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Rae Wilkinson, Rae Wilkinson Garden & Landscape Design  www.raewilkinson.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Even on the more difficult days I’m so glad to be in lockdown with my hubby and kids, we are blessed to have been gifted this time together. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? More online meetings and less driving around the country. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Around 4 cups or green tea and lots of water – much…

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    David Harber honoured with a Queen’s Award for International Trade

    David Harber, maker of original and covetable sculptures, sundials and water features, has been awarded a Queen’s Award for International Trade. Announced each year on the Queen’s birthday, the Awards recognise exceptional achievement in business and represent the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company. The International Trade Award is given in recognition of the company’s outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years, with overseas sales growing by 104%, and the proportion of sales exported increasing to 61% of total sales over the three year period. “We are truly honoured to receive this…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with David Dodd

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview David Dodd, The Outdoor Room www.theoutdoorroom.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Darren Skidmore. He just makes me laugh… but I’m not sleeping with him. If I have to sleep with them, I’ll swap Skidders for Halle Berry. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Zoom and corned beef with ketchup sandwiches. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 4 or 5, which is far less than normal as I’ve got to make them at home. Best new Netflix/boxset…

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    IOG announces rebrand to Grounds Management Association

    The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the leading not-for-profit membership organisation, has announced its new name and brand, the Grounds Management Association. Following unanimous backing by the Board, a member vote was called on the new name at the beginning of March. Votes have been cast by members via post over the last month, with 84% of those who voted supporting the new direction and name. Extensive research conducted by the organisation, including the 2019 report “Groundsmanship – Sport’s Vital Profession”, identified an ageing demographic within both the paid professional and voluntary sectors, and a lack of diversity within the existing…

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    Join Perennial’s Quiz Night for HortAid tonight at 8pm

    Perennial’s helpline is operating as usual on 0800 093 8543 or visit www.Perennial.org.uk to fill out the contact form. The confidential helpline is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Perennial’s service is free, impartial and completely confidential for individuals and families, and the guidance you receive will be tailored to your individual circumstances. This dedicated service is needed now more than ever, as more and more people feel the strain of economic pressures and the pressures of isolating. To help relieve the boredom of lockdown, you may already be taking part in any of the numerous quiz nights taking…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Charlotte Russell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Charlotte Russell, The Landscapers Circle www.thelandscaperscircle.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My family, at the moment… ha-ha! There are currently six of us in my household and we’re all working from home so it’s a little cramped! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Keeping hydrated! I thought I was drinking enough water but I definitely wasn’t. I have been feeling so much better for the improved water intake so definitely taking that forward. How many cups of…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Lee Bestall

    Lee Bestall, Bestall & Co Bestall.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Mi Julie, she’s amazing. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Have more virtual meetings with virtual backgrounds. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Less. Increased water intake as I now have an en-suite desk! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Killing Eve. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Hugs. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Nope. Can’t decide. What time is wine…

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