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Wisley curator Matthew Pottage to leave RHS after 20 years

Wisley curator Matthew Pottage to leave RHS after 20 years

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that Matthew Pottage will be leaving the charity at the end of May to take up a new role at The Royal Parks. The horticulturist has been at the RHS for 20 years, the last nine years of which have been spent as curator of RHS Garden Wisley. During that time, he has overseen a series of projects,...

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Peter Donegan unveils show garden for Australian flower show

Peter Donegan unveils show garden for Australian flower show

Peter Donegan is returning to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year with a design focusing on the challenges veterans can face when they leave the Air Force. The Irish garden designer won a Gold medal at last year’s show with Melbourne-based landscape contractor Semken Landscaping, which will be joining him again for his...

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Gove tells “underperforming councils” to build on brownfield sites

Gove tells “underperforming councils” to build on brownfield sites

Councils are being told that they need to prioritise brownfield developments and be ‘less bureaucratic and more flexible’. Housing secretary Michael Gove is encouraging local authorities to build houses on brownfield sites in a bid to deliver thousands of new homes and protect the green belt. Big city councils that are not hitting their...

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Green-tech survey shows customers’ positive outlook for year ahead

Green-tech survey shows customers’ positive outlook for year ahead

A quarter of Green-tech customers feel buoyant and think business will be booming this year, found Green-tech’s annual customer survey. At the end of last year, the Yorkshire-based supplier asked all its customers questions on its service as well as on their order books and expectations going into a new year. Just 6% are concerned that business...

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Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Co-founder Jon Berry has been appointed as managing director of environmental consultancy Tyler Grange. He supersedes his fellow co-founder Simon Ursell, who has moved into the position as chair. The two set up Tyler Grange 14 years ago alongside Julian Arthur, who will retain his role as technical director. It has since become a B Corp, renowned...

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5 Top Tips for Helping Apprentices Succeed at Your Company

5 Top Tips for Helping Apprentices Succeed at Your Company

Apprenticeships can be life-changing experiences for people, says Matt O’Conner. It’s one of the reasons the managing director of John O’Conner says it was eager to start its own apprenticeship programme back in 2011. That, and recruitment challenges on top of an ageing workforce. It was difficult to fill supervisory roles and find new talent....

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Provender Nurseries announces winner of design competition

Provender Nurseries announces winner of design competition

Spencer Lawrence of Spatial Garden Design has been announced as the winner of Provender Nurseries' design competition in collaboration with Proven Winners®. More than 20 customers entered the competition to design a large new border for the nursery's site in Kent using only plants from the Proven Winners® range. The competition was launched in...

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Playgrounds to be more accessible as part of new Disability Action Plan

Playgrounds to be more accessible as part of new Disability Action Plan

The government has launched a new Disability Action Plan that will include online resources to help local authorities create accessible playgrounds. It means “disabled children can rightly enjoy the fun of the playground,” says Mims Davies, minister for disabled people, health and work. The “wide-ranging plan” includes 32 steps that are aimed at...

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Alan Sargent and Gareth Wilson publish new A-Z on paving

Alan Sargent and Gareth Wilson publish new A-Z on paving

Two landscaping industry experts have come together to publish a book that is dedicated to paving.  Gareth Wilson and Alan Sargent have teamed up to write Paving in Homes & Gardens: An A-Z of Paving & Associated Works, aimed at landscapers, garden designers and specifiers.  Instead of being a step-by-step guide, the new book brings...

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Chelsea Fringe “suspended” for the “foreseeable future”

Chelsea Fringe “suspended” for the “foreseeable future”

Volunteers behind the Chelsea Fringe Festival have decided to suspend it "for the foreseeable future in order to focus on other work and projects.” The announcement comes after founder-director Tim Richardson decided to step down after 12 years at the helm. “Now it feels like it’s the right time for all of us to step back and allow the Fringe to...

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How diverse is the horticulture industry? New ED&I survey shows need to attract next generation

How diverse is the horticulture industry? New ED&I survey shows need to attract next generation

The results of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey show that just 12% of the industry is aged between 25-34, with 16-24-year-olds making up a staggeringly low 3%. Members of the group behind the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the horticulture, arboriculture, landscaping and garden media profession put together the...

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Landscape Institute appoints permanent CEO

Landscape Institute appoints permanent CEO

Robert Hughes has been announced as the permanent CEO of the Landscape Institute (LI), with immediate effect. After serving as acting CEO for the past seven months, Hughes says he is accepting the position permanently “at a pivotal time for action on the combined emergencies of climate, biodiversity, and health, as well as the green skills...

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