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      Combatting COVID-19

      Following the postponement of FutureScape Spring, we delve into how coronavirus is causing concern in the horticulture industry as well as how companies are tackling the virus head on The impact of coronavirus has been universal. From supermarket shelves being stripped bare to international flights being cancelled and whole offices being deserted in favour of working from home, fears of the deadly virus spreading further are leading to drastic action. Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared pandemic by the WHO on 11 March as it continues to spread to numerous countries across the globe. The death toll has surpassed 8,000 worldwide; in…

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    • Environment
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      James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

      James Scott, MD and principal designer at The Garden Company Ltd, shares his views on climate change and what we as an industry should be doing. As garden designers and landscapers, what more can we do to tackle climate change and improve the sustainability of our industry? It’s a formidable challenge for us all and no doubt one that we are already tackling as individuals and businesses in some shape or form. I feel sure that the participants at the FutureScape Summit headed home with the good intention to do more. In my view, a long-term, effective solution to these…

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    • Design
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      Peter Donegan to design ‘Northern Roots Oldham Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020

      Having returned from France after the inauguration of the WW1 Centenary Peace garden he designed for the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, garden designer Peter Donegan is set to return to show gardening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020 with the Northern Roots Oldham Garden. The show garden has been designed to showcase the pioneering new green space project Northern Roots, the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on Snipe Clough, placed in 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester. Paying homage to Oldham’s rich industrial heritage, the Northern Roots Oldham Garden…

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      The Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Show 2020 cancelled due to Coronavirus

      The Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Show 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19).   This decision was made in line with the Singapore’s Minister of Health’s latest advisory on events, in which it recommends event organisers cancel or defer non-essential large-scale events.   Large-scale events are defined as events with more than 1,000 attendees. Non-essential large-scale events refer to events such as company dinner & dance, and family day events with more than 1,000 attendees.   Due to this advice, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA)…

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      Manchester City Council has approved plans for Mayfield

      Manchester City Council has approved plans that will kickstart the £1.4bn regeneration of Mayfield. The transformation of a derelict part of Manchester’s industrial heritage into a distinctive and imaginative mixed-use neighbourhood – centred on the city’s first new public park in more than 100 years – can now get underway.   The decision allows The Mayfield Partnership to start of one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects, which includes extensive public space; 319,900 square feet of world class commercial space across two buildings, The Poulton and The Republic; and a multi-storey car park.   In unanimously supporting the applications,…

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      Inclusive play area opens in Bath

      Specialist equipment for children with disabilities has been installed in Bath. This is part of a £480,000 investment by Bath & North East Somerset Council to improve play and outdoor family fun. A wheelchair-accessible roundabout, swing and ground trampoline have been installed at Alexandra Park in Bath, making it the first inclusive play area of its kind in the district. The council has been working in partnership with community groups and parish councils on major upgrades to parks to encourage children to play outside more and improve their health. As part of the investment, other areas benefitting include Shakespeare Road…

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      Transforming urban spaces with exciting merger of leading street furniture brands

      David Pringle, managing director of Bailey Street Furniture Group, tells Pro Landscaper about its mergers. “As part of a continued growth strategy in 2020, we are excited to announce the launch of Bailey Street Furniture Group. This involves merging three urban street furniture brands, one playground equipment brand and all associated products into one core group umbrella. “The merger is a significant move and a bold statement to our clients and stakeholders. It will expand our reach and further help us to realise the company vision to improve urban communities through the integration of high-quality street furniture, canopies, structures and…

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    • Apprentices
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      New team lead developments at Stanmer Park, Brighton

      Work at Stanmer Park began in June 2019 and is due for completion by August 2020. The £5.1m project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund, Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and South Downs National Park Authority. Work is being carried out by Buxton Building Contractors Ltd. As works progress, the team that will help to deliver the National Lottery Heritage Fund objectives is beginning to come together. Brighton & Hove City Council has appointed the estate manager Rob Dumbrill and estate ranger Will Furze. The pair will be responsible for delivering the…

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      The Woodland Trust raises funds to take on part of Ausewell in Dartmoor

      The Woodland Trust launched an appeal in autumn 2019 to raise £1m to take on part of Ausewell in Dartmoor, Devon. It will now join the National Trust, who owns the other part of the site, in managing this important wildlife refuge. Woodland Trust site manager Dave Rickwood says: “It’s very exciting that, thanks to the public’s help, we can complete the purchase of Ausewell Wood and start working with the National Trust to restore this valuable wildlife habitat. It means we can protect this 342 acre lost world with its rugged woodland, vast heath and damp temperate forest.” The…

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    • Environment
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      £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund announced

      Biodiversity is declining worldwide faster than at any other time in human history.   To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly a £220m International Biodiversity Fund. This includes a new £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund to restore key landscapes and their ecosystems.   The joint Defra-DFID Biodiverse Landscapes Fund will deliver lasting protection and improvement of biodiversity in five global biodiversity hotspots. It will do this by aligning nature conservation and human development objectives at a landscape scale. Each landscape will be eligible for between £10 to 20m over…

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    • Events
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      The best thing about FutureScape Spring? You

      It’s all about YOU. The focus is on YOUR landscape business at FutureScape Spring this March. If ever there was a must-attend event in your field – this is it. Join the FutureScape Spring event and take your place amongst the key influential figures that will gather to connect, meet and drive future growth across your industry. Help shape and develop your industry 1 in 125 people in the UK are employed in the landscape industry. Not only is your business success critical to you, your colleagues and associates, it’s critical in the shaping and development of the industry itself.…

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      Gardening for everyone at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020

      Gardening for everyone will be a key theme at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020. The festival is supported by Viking this summer, 6 – 12 July, and celebrates its 30th anniversary. Tom Stuart-Smith is this year’s Iconic Horticultural Hero and will showcase a drought-tolerant garden. Community lies at the heart of this display as Tom will work with a team of apprentices at Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity offering training and work experience to vulnerable people, who will help grow the herbaceous plants for the garden. The feature celebrates the influential designer behind the…

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      Photo of Designer marks decade of award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Festival with litter and rubbish

      Designer marks decade of award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Festival with litter and rubbish

      An award-winning olive tree grower will incorporate litter which has been captured from the sea or combed from beaches around the UK into a show garden at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This will be the tenth consecutive show garden at RHS Malvern by olive tree specialists Villaggio Verde, the longest ever run by a grower. To mark the decade they will be designing a garden called ‘Taverna Cove’. It will be inspired by a family-owned taverna in Greece which is only accessible by coastal path or the sea. The family manages and maintains the taverna and the land…

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    • Awards
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      Liverpool tree in the running to be Europe’s Tree of the Year

      Voting is now open to crown Europe’s Tree of the Year, and the UK has a Liverpudlian entry. The ancient Allerton Oak in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park won the UK’s Tree of the Year contest run by the Woodland Trust. Now the 1,000 year old oak is going up against 15 trees nominated by our European neighbours. Europe’s Tree of the Year is run by the European Environmental Partnership, bringing together European nations to celebrate the stories and community connections of landmark trees. Voting is open until Saturday February 29 at treeoftheyear.org/vote , with the number of votes cast visible on…

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      RHS Chelsea 2020 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

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    • Arboriculture
      Photo of The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees

      The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees

      The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees in the UK on Thursday 13 February. The Arboricultural Association has said it welcomes this debate. Stating that it is important to recognise that the arboricultural industry is equally as concerned with the threat posed to ‘non-native’ as to ‘native’ species. It particularly welcome the contribution of Lord Framlingham, who used his time to demonstrate the importance of utilising arboricultural expertise. A president of the Arboricultural Association from 1989 to 1995 and a lifetime honorary fellow, Lord Framlingham has long been calling for an enlightened…

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      The APL A Place to Meet Again garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show announced

      Returning once more to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the APL is building the ‘A Place To Meet Again’ garden. The garden will be designed by Mike Long and built by Kebur Landscape Division. It focuses on upcycling and re-purposing materials in order to reduce landfill and challenge innovation. Scaffold boards will be repurposed as a boardwalk, gin bar and pergola, and large concrete water ducts will be put to creative reuse both as seating and water features. The aim is to show that “a lot can be achieved with little”. Mike Long has run his own landscape construction…

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      Great results for Green-tech in their customer survey

      A customer survey was sent to Green-tech’s customers at the end of 2019, seeking to discover their opinions on all aspects of the business; from the people and products to the ordering, delivery and pricing structure. 99% of recipients who took the customer survey endorse Green-tech and would recommend the company. Other headline figures include:   94% rate the product range and availability as excellent or good 95% say the sales support and knowledge is excellent or good 95% find the company’s efficiency either excellent or good 97% think their staff are polite to deal with.   Chairman Richard Kay…

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      The RHS endorses the Trellis, Fencing and Gates made by the Garden Trellis Co

      The Garden Trellis Co has announced that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has endorsed its Prestige range of trellis, fencing and gates. These are hand-crafted in the UK. For over 25 years, The Garden Trellis Co has been highly regarded for its hand-crafted bespoke garden joinery work, and that same quality is now available in the RHS Prestige range in ready-made sizes. The RHS-endorsed products include contemporary slatted panels, classic square or diagonal trellis, picket fencing, weave panels and solid tongue and groove fence panels. Matching trellis and contemporary slatted gates are also included in the range, for the perfect…

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      How do you manage client expectations when it comes to planting?

      Manoj Malde, owner, Manoj Malde Garden Design. Clients tend to want instant gardens. I have an honest conversation to let them know instant gardens cost money. Mature plants take longer to settle, and possibility of death is greater. I ascertain who is going to look after the garden and how skilled they are. I am currently working on a garden where the clients wanted me to design the garden for the skill level of their maintenance team. I explained that the garden is their investment. They need a team who can look after their investment. The penny dropped. I explain…

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      British Sugar TOPSOIL launches SubSoil

      British Sugar TOPSOIL has launched SubSoil, two new products which will complement the company’s Landscape20 topsoil and HortLoam planting soil.   General Purpose SubSoil is compliant with BS 8601:2013 (Table 1 Multipurpose subsoil) and is ideal for use with Landscape20 topsoil and HortLoam planting soil. When used in conjunction with these two topsoils, the single grain, stone-free structure of largely medium sand (0.25 to 0.50mm) and its low organic matter content make it ideal as a subsoil for general landscaping purposes, such as planting trees and shrubs, and the turfing or seeding of amenity grass.   Free-Draining SubSoil has a…

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      Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

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      Grosvenor Square re-design to create London’s most outstanding green space

      Grosvenor Britain & Ireland announces that Tonkin Liu has been appointed to re-design London’s Grosvenor Square ahead of its 300th anniversary. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the Grade II listed square has a rich history that can be traced back to 1726. Over the past three years, Grosvenor, which manages the public garden on a not for profit basis, has been working with local residents and Londoners to build a shared vision for its future: to enhance the square’s contribution to Mayfair and London by making it more sustainable and welcoming. These ambitions will be brought together by Tonkin…

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    • Apprentices
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      The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices

      The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices to help them care for some of the most historic and well-loved parks in the UK. The successful applicants will be based in one of London’s eight Royal Parks four days a week. They will do this whilst also studying at Capel Manor College in The Regent’s Park on the remaining day. The scheme typically lasts three years, and apprentices study for the Horticulture Landscape Operative Standard. In their final year, they can study for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Certificates in Horticulture. As part of their studies, horticultural…

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      Sign up and step ahead at FutureScape Spring

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