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Children choose The Octavia Hill Garden for new award at Chelsea

Children choose The Octavia Hill Garden for new award at Chelsea

The Octavia Hill Garden has won the first Children's Choice Award at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Ann-Marie Powell and built by The Landscaping Consultants, the garden has been chosen by primary school children for the inaugural award which launched this year. “To say that I’m thrilled by this award would be a huge...

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Grow to Know partners with RHS for new community garden

Grow to Know partners with RHS for new community garden

A new community garden is being launched in association with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Grassroots non-profit Grow to Know has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to create the first RHS Community Chelsea Garden. The ‘Life Under the Westway Maxilla Gardens’ has been part-funded by the Mayor of London’s Future Neighbourhoods...

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RHS reveals winner of Chelsea’s first green award

RHS reveals winner of Chelsea’s first green award

The World Child Cancer Nurturing Garden has won the inaugural Environmental Innovation Award at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Open to all those in the Show and Sanctuary Garden categories which underwent the Green Garden Audit this year, the new award recognises the efforts of designers and contractors to reduce the environmental impact of...

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17 Key Highlights from Chelsea Press Day

17 Key Highlights from Chelsea Press Day

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has returned to the Royal Hospital Chelsea show ground this week and there's already plenty to talk about from the world renowned show. Press day saw a series of launches, celebrations and awards being announced. Here are our top highlights: 1 Crocus going out on a high  It has been at all 22 shows that have taken...

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New fund launches at Chelsea for edible skatepark landscapes

New fund launches at Chelsea for edible skatepark landscapes

A funding initiative has been launched to support the rollout of edible skatepark landscapes across the UK. The Planet Good Earth Fund recognises the mental health and wellbeing that these spaces can offer young people by bringing together skateboarding and community gardening. It was announced at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where a...

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Third of gardeners struggling with water shortages, finds WaterAid

Third of gardeners struggling with water shortages, finds WaterAid

WaterAid has revealed that a third (35%) of garden enthusiasts have struggled with water shortages and more than a third (38%) have experienced increased heat stress. An overwhelming majority (82%) have noticed their garden, plants or home-grown produce being affected by hotter summers and prolonged heavy rainfall, with 60% being concerned about...

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“Largest ever” wellbeing survey launches for horticulture industry

“Largest ever” wellbeing survey launches for horticulture industry

Perennial is encouraging people to take part in its new wellbeing survey to better understand the pressures those in the horticulture industry are facing. The charity hopes it will gain a snapshot into the wellbeing of those working in the industry to develop its own services whilst also informing others of the key issues and challenges. “The...

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Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

A show garden representing The Laskett Garden in Herefordshire has been announced as the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. James Madge, manager of The Laskett Garden, called winning the People’s Choice for Best Show Garden “a fantastic end to an exceptional show”. Designed by David Wyndham Lewis and...

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Asda unveils plans for new town centre in London

Asda unveils plans for new town centre in London

Asda has announced that it is entering the housing market as it backs plans for a major mixed-use development in north west London. The retailer is partnering with property developer Barratt London to redevelop the 10-acre site of its existing Park Royal superstore in what is one of the largest land deals of the last couple of years. Ian...

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Stihl GB unveils new “state-of-the-art” facility in Surrey

Stihl GB unveils new “state-of-the-art” facility in Surrey

Stihl GB has officially opened its new 11,500m2 facility in Surrey after “outgrowing” its former site. The purpose-built head office and 9,000m2 distribution centre has been in the works since 2015. Dr Nikolas Stihl, chairman of the supervisory board of the Stihl Group, said its completion “marks another milestone in Stihl’s almost 100-year...

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10 things I’ve learned about designing care and dementia gardens

10 things I’ve learned about designing care and dementia gardens

Debbie Carroll is celebrating 10 years since she first set up Step Change Design. The garden designer formed the company with Mark Rendell after they'd carried out research on how to make care home gardens more actively used and were keen to share their findings with the industry. Over the last decade, that learning has only continued. Here,...

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Change to plant imports set to impact landscaping industry

Change to plant imports set to impact landscaping industry

Price hikes are expected as a significant change to how plants are imported comes into effect today. All plants being brought into the UK will now need to do so via a Border Control Post (BCP), the latest stage of the government’s Border Target Operating Model. The BCPs will be replacing the Place of Destination (PoD) system which has been in...

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Plant Healthy announces new director

Plant Healthy announces new director

Malcolm Catlin has been revealed as the new project director for Plant Healthy to oversee the progress of the certification scheme and the Plant Health Management Standard, effective from 29 April. He says that “there is an urgent need to increase the awareness and coverage of Plant Healthy across the board.” Catlin will be working closely with...

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Top 8 Highlights from the first day of the RHS Urban Show

Top 8 Highlights from the first day of the RHS Urban Show

Concrete jungles? Not anymore. There’s a growing eagerness to transform grey city surroundings into green oases bursting with wildlife. Cottoning onto the rising number of urban gardeners, the RHS has launched its first Urban Show, now taking place at Depot Mayfield.   It’s been in the works for a few years and is part of the RHS’ strategy to...

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