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Nina Mason

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    Online garden design service for landscapers launches

    A new service has launched which enables landscapers to offer garden design services under their own branding. My Garden Design is an online platform which allows the landscaper to upload the client brief, along with ‘before’ photos and site survey details to the website. An online garden design questionnaire breaks down the client brief into a series of yes/no answers. Once all the information has been gathered, qualified garden designers will turn the information into a concept plan. The completed garden design will carry the landscaper’s own logo and contact details. Creator Paul Baker, who is a director of both…

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    Sudbury manufacturer reveals major factory extension plans

    Caribbean Blinds has announced plans for a 10,000 sq ft extension of its existing factory site in Sudbury, due to commence in October this year. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2021, this vast space will support the external shading systems manufacturer’s plans for growth, enabling the business to create more products in line with targets, whilst keeping lead times short. Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean Blinds, says: “As the fastest growing external shading company within the UK, this extension will allow for our ongoing development and provide us with the production capacity to supply expected demand. This…

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    Green-tech becomes a Platinum Partner of Perennial

    Green-tech has announced that it has increased its support to Perennial during these particularly challenging and unprecedented times. Perennial is the only charity in the UK helping all those who work in or are retired from horticulture and their dependent families. It steps in to help by providing free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance. Green-tech, a leading supplier to the landscaping industry, is a long-term supporter of Perennial and has now decided to increase its contribution to the charity to that of a Platinum Partner. Chairman, Richard Kay comments: “Perennial supports a great many people and is going…

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    Wildflower webinars a thriving success

    Landscaping professionals are invited to immerse themselves in a popular programme of free, online webinars hosted by Hampshire-based organisation, Wildflower Turf Ltd. The Wildflower Turf Tech Talk Webinar Programme offers the landscaping community an opportunity to come together virtually to increase their knowledge base. The UK’s leading wildflower turf experts are passionate about offering a focused, information-led series that challenges, informs and inspires. To date, the webinars have been incredibly well attended attracting more than 700 devotees. With an option to attend the webinars live, or to listen after the event, the online sessions are presented in an accessible and…

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    GGM Groundscare announces new jobs and recruitment to support business growth

    Award-winning specialist tractor and grounds maintenance machinery dealer GGM Groundscare has announced it has expanded its team. It has appointed two new service engineers, both recruited during the lockdown, and created positions for three new apprenticeships in a bid to support continued business growth and offer job opportunities in both Colne and Haydock. Andy Crabtree and Chris Sumner, have both joined the 39-strong team as field service engineers based at the Haydock depot to support the increasing level of business from the site and both bring a wealth of valuable experience to the company. GGM Groundscare is also currently recruiting…

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    Get a free second battery with ECHO

    ECHO is offering a free second battery worth up to £199 when you buy a selected ECHO 58V kit of power tool, battery and charger. The offer is available on the ECHO 58V chainsaw (CS-58V4AH) where you get a free 4Ah second battery, and power blower (PLB-58V2AH), double-sided hedgetrimmer (HT-58V2AH) or trimmer (DST-58V2AH) with free second 2Ah battery when purchased with a battery and charger. There are lots of benefits with battery products, namely low noise, low vibration and low running costs combined with zero emissions when in use, plus they are easy to use, with no fuel and no…

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    Provender Nurseries employs two Hadlow College students

    After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock, Provender Nurseries has taken on two former Hadlow College students on a part-time basis. They will work under nursery manager Stuart Tickner and with the nursery team undertaking general nursery work and learning new skills. Working within the existing nursery team, their daily tasks include unloading lorries, watering, weeding, labelling and feeding plants on site. New skills have been gained already, including creating plant displays, interacting with customers, pruning of topiary plants and biosecurity. Whilst working at Provender Nurseries both students are also being tested with regular…

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    Exhibitions able to take place from October if pilots are success, says PM

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that “conferences and other business events”, including exhibitions, will be able to take place in England from 1 October, providing a series of pilots are successful. A small number of sporting and indoor performance events will be piloted from now. If the outcome of these pilots is deemed a success, and the R rate remains below 1, these sectors as well as business events will be given the green light. With the ExCeL London no longer occupied by the NHS Nightingle Hospital, the venue has returned to an exhibition centre and will now be…

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    People’s Choice vote for Best RHS Young Designer Garden now open

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is inviting the public to vote for their favourite garden from the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition winners in a special People’s Choice Award. The vote has been announced as the charity is set to bring its North West’s flower show online for the first time with the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park At Home on Wednesday 22 July. People can now head to the RHS website  to view the 11 winning gardens by the Young Designers from over the years and cast their vote for which one they would like to see…

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    Landscape Institute extends awards deadline

    The Landscape Institute has extended the deadline for its 2020 Awards to 5pm on Thursday 23 July. This is in recognition of the challenges many landscape practitioners are facing as a result of COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions. This year’s awards are set to the “most exciting, sustainable and inclusive yet”, according to the LI. They include 16 redesigned Professional category awards, four Open category awards and a new Building with Nature 2020 Award, which recognises the design, delivery and management of great places for people and wildlife. This latter award is open to recipients holding a Building with Nature…

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    Charity calls for help saving the UK’s garden plants

    Horticultural charity Plant Heritage is calling for anyone across the UK who is passionate about plants to help save 10 plant groups which could be at risk, as part of its annual ‘Missing Genera’ campaign. The Missing Genera 2020 comprises 10 different types of plants, including Aubrieta, which is often one of the first bursts of colour in spring and the beautifully scented Hoya. These aren’t currently represented by one of the charity’s 650+ National Plant Collections, which means that the range of species and cultivars are not being cared for and they’re at risk of being lost – something…

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    Be part of a green recovery with free trees from the Woodland Trust

    Community groups and schools wanting to plant trees as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic are being told to get their applications into the Woodland Trust soon. The charity says its free scheme is the perfect way for people to be part of a “green recovery”. Thanks to funding from Sainsbury’s, Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Lloyds Bank, Joules, Bank of Scotland and Sofology, some 560,000 saplings have been snapped up for autumn delivery and there’s just over a month before the deadline to apply. Senior project lead Vicki Baddeley says: “Lockdown has proved to us the value people…

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    RAC secures contract to become Isuzu Truck UK’s roadside assistance and contact centre partner

    Isuzu Truck UK Ltd has selected the RAC as its new full roadside assistance partner and breakdown call centre provider. The new three-year deal will initially see the RAC provide breakdown assistance to more than 5,500 Isuzu warranty customers and an additional 1,500+ customers with repair and maintenance plans. Any assistance required roadside by Isuzu Truck customers will be handled by the RAC’s commercial assistance team based in Bescot in the West Midlands. The team will operate Isuzu Truck’s branded breakdown and roadside assistance service in the UK, acting as a key link between drivers, fleet managers and the Isuzu…

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    New sales director for Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation

    Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation has appointed Clark McAllister as its new sales director. McAllister has been with Polypipe for 27 years. He joins from sister company, Polypipe Building Products, where he was divisional sales director. “This is a tremendously exciting time to be part of Civils & Green Urbanisation and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead,” says McAllister. “My primary focus will be to lead, manage and develop the sales team to achieve profitable revenue growth through continuously improving our effectiveness and efficiencies. “I’m joining a great senior leadership team in a business that possesses a fantastic culture.…

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    Favourite Office Plant of the Year 2020 revealed

    Sansevieria has been announced as Favourite Office Plant of the Year 2020. The plant, more commonly known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant, received the most votes from a panel of judges selected by [email protected] The association gave the judges a shortlist of four RHS Approved houseplants which were used in one of this year’s Virtual Chelsea videos. The criteria this year was all about improving mental health, especially after months of lockdown and home working, which many people have found difficult. Claiming second and third places were Crassula and Scindapsus repectively. [email protected] ambassador Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design…

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    Indoor Garden Design launches In-Tray Plants

    Indoor Garden Design has today announced the launch of its latest venture, In-Tray Plants, a home and office delivery service for living plants. The Highgate-based plant specialist – whose clients include the Elton John AIDS Foundation, BAFTA, London Fashion Week, Harrods and The Connaught – has carefully curated a selection of houseplants, pots and indoor gardening accessories, sourced from its trusted suppliers who it has worked with for many years. Launched as part of Indoor Garden Design’s 45th anniversary celebrations, In-Tray has been created as a way to help the people of London (and eventually the whole UK) to green-up their…

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    Research taking place on soil-plant interactions and fertiliser impact for turfgrass

    ICL has been collaborating with Bangor University on a unique research project which is exploring soil-plant interactions and fertiliser impact for turfgrass. It says the results could revolutionise the use of fertilisers and encourage sustainable innovation. The research is being conducted by Anna Ray, who is working on her Masters by Research (MRes), and Dr Professor Davey Jones from Bangor University. A key focus for the research is struvite, a slow-release, sustainable fertiliser that is extracted from wastewater. Dr Professor Davey Jones believes it could be the future: “We grow food, people eat it, we excrete waste, and we extract…

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    Bionema appoints non-executive chair to support continued growth

    Bionema Ltd, a leading UK-based biopesticide technology developer, has announced the appointment of Stephen Pearce as non-executive chair. Steve has more than 25 years of global experience in the pharma, biotech and life science industries and has served in senior positions in both public and private equity-owned companies where the development and implementation of successful transformational strategies are fundamental to companies’ sustainable growth. He spent the last 12 years in the life science industry as chief procurement officer for Arysta LifeScience, one of the world’s largest agrochemical companies. He was also part of a team that integrated several companies as…

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    National Plants at Work Week encourages houseplants in home offices

    This year’s National Plants at Work Week, from 13-17 July, will be focusing on those who have struggled over the last few months. This includes concern around catching COVID-19 and fears over job security. both of which can put a strain on a person’s mental health. Several studies have shown that houseplants help to reduce mental stress at work. So during this week, [email protected] will be encouraging everyone to use plants in their home or commercial offices to help reduce stress levels. The association is recommending people incorporate houseplants into their home office set up to have a positive effect…

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    Green recovery at the heart of this year’s Bees’ Needs Week

    The Defra-coordinated annual Bees’ Needs Week is now underway, with an online launch to highlight what everyone can be doing at home to care for pollinators. Bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in food production and agriculture – they contribute the equivalent of more than £500 million a year to UK agriculture and food production, by improving crop quality and quantity – and are also vital to our wider, natural ecosystems. The coronavirus pandemic has provided an opportunity for being in nature. According to Natural England’s People and Nature Survey for England, 60% of adults in England said…

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    New Chiswick Flower Market to open in September

    A group of West London residents are setting up a flower market in Chiswick, which will be the first new open-air market selling just plants and horticultural accessories to be created in London for 150 years. The flower marker will open its doors to the public for the first time on Sunday 6 September. “We want it to be the Columbia Rd of West London” said Ollie Saunders, whose came up with the idea for the market. The founders – Ollie, Karen and Bridget – hope it will become a focal point which will attract people to Chiswick High Rd…

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    RHS teams up with University of Oxford on plant data project

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has embarked on a new project with the University of Oxford to make information about plants more readily available to everyone with an interest in gardens and garden plants. In conjunction with Denis Filer and Andrew Liddell at Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences, the RHS has developed a novel approach to managing the complexity of plant names using the BRAHMS database system. Developed over the past 25 years for natural history collection management, taxonomic revision and biodiversity research, together with the RHS, this software package has now been adapted to manage the complexity of…

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    Earthwatch launches new platform to protect UK biodiversity

    Environmental charity Earthwatch Europe has launched a new digital platform to support community wildlife project Naturehood. Designed to develop a network of thousands of local people who each do tiny actions for nature in their neighbourhoods, the aim is to create a tapestry of habitats that, combined on a national basis, will help protect and increase biodiversity in the UK. In March, days before lockdown, Earthwatch created the UK’s first tiny forest, an area the size of a tennis court planted with 600 different native trees, to create a fast-growing dense forest. The Naturehood campaign follows the same approach, centring on the need to connect communities to support biodiversity. It aims to create an army of people across the country each taking a tiny step for nature, who together will make a difference. Research conducted by Earthwatch during lockdown proved how valuable being near nature is for mental wellbeing, with 67% of all adults in the UK saying that looking at nature left them with a sense…

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    Johnsons of Whixley creates extra growing capacity

    Johnsons of Whixley has created more than 5000 sqm of additional bed space for plants of the future at two of its nursery sites located In Kirk Hammerton and Roecliffe, North Yorkshire. Johnsons, one of the largest commercial plant suppliers to both the landscape and garden centre sectors in the UK, has increased its production capacity as a result of reduced sales brought about by the recent crisis and as a reaction to potential Brexit trading constraints. Recent projects have delivered sufficient growing space to produce an extra 320,000 extra landscape and garden plants per year. The facilities comprise of…

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    Green-tech is a major supplier to new Leeds Skelton Lake M1 Services

    A £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services on Junction 45 of the M1 has been completed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The innovative new service station includes a business centre, food and beverage outlets and landscaped areas. A visitor area with a lakeside viewing deck is still to be built. Landscape contractor Brambledown Landscapes Services was commissioned to undertake the soft landscaping of this huge project which had to tie in with the natural environment of the nearby Skelton Lake and Gardens. It turned to its long-term supplier Green-tech for the landscaping materials and sundries. Skelton Lakes Service Station in Leeds boasts…

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