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Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Show manager Lex Falleyn explains how the Royal Horticultural Society’s latest event could help to inspire greener cities.  Overpriced coffee, crowded transport and a lack of parking – these might be true of most cities, but they’re not what’s forcing people to leave them. A recent study by property developer Landsec revealed that a third (33%)...

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Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Nearly two years ago, Manchester opened its first park in the city in more than 100 years. A 6.5-acre derelict brownfield site was transformed into a biodiverse haven as part of a 24-acre multi-use development – and instead of being an afterthought, Mayfield Park was the centrepiece, marking the start of what could become a series of green...

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12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

From appearing on TV shows to creating new outdoor spaces to exhibiting on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the National Trust has a busy year for its gardens and parklands. Here are just 12 of its plans announced for 2024.   A show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Prolific garden designer Ann-Marie Powell has created a...

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Plants are expected to rise in price again this year – here’s why

Plants are expected to rise in price again this year – here’s why

The long-awaited Border Control Posts could lead to significant costs for nurseries and the landscaping trade, many of which are proving impossible to forecast It has been delayed five times, but at the end of the month, the next and most significant stage of the Border Target Operating Model will come into force.  As of 30 April, all plants...

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New equity, diversity and inclusion webinar launching this month

New equity, diversity and inclusion webinar launching this month

A webinar introducing companies to the need to position inclusion at the heart of their approach will be taking place at the end of April and at the start of May. Two identical sessions, hosted by Gamiel Yafai from Diversity Marketplace, will allow people to confidentially give their feedback on their lived experiences as employees within the...

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Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

It’s Michael Lote’s year, with an APL Award and the Matthew Bradley Memorial Cup already under his belt and his first design and build show garden still to come  Against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Malvern Hills, Michael Lote will be returning to build a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this year. He’s already done so twice...

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Peter Donegan wins People’s Choice at Melbourne flower show

Peter Donegan wins People’s Choice at Melbourne flower show

The People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2024 has been awarded to Irish garden designer Peter Donegan. Built by the Melbourne-based landscape contractor Semken Landscaping, which constructed Donegan’s first Gold-medal-winning garden at the show last year, A Moment in Time – Presented by Daisy’s Garden...

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Manoj Malde publishes new book to help people design their own gardens

Manoj Malde publishes new book to help people design their own gardens

Award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde has published his first book, Your Outdoor Room: How to Design a Garden You Can Live In.  Launching today, the how-to guide breaks down the process of designing a garden to help readers undertake the process themselves.  It includes how to source inspiration for the design, put together planting plans and...

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New managing director announced for Frosts Landscape Construction

New managing director announced for Frosts Landscape Construction

Frosts Landscape Construction has announced that Alistair Bayford will become its new managing director, taking over from Ken White in May. The change in leadership comes as the commercial landscaping company transitions to an Employee Ownership Trust, effective from 26 March. Bayford says he is looking forward to leading Frosts “through this...

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Shrubs key role in future gardens highlighted in new book

Shrubs key role in future gardens highlighted in new book

A new book on the role shrubs can play in naturalistic planting schemes is being published this month. Written by naturalistic gardener Kevin Philip Williams and ecologist Michael Guidi, Shrouded in Light puts shrubs as key players for gardens amidst a changing climate due to their hardiness, adaptability and ability to thrive in arid conditions....

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HS2 gives first look at its largest ‘green bridge’

HS2 gives first look at its largest ‘green bridge’

Images of the largest ‘green bridge’ of the HS2 infrastructure project have been released. It’s one of 16 bridges of its kind that HS2 says, alongside five ‘green tunnels’, will bring together 33km2 of new wildlife habitats alongside the railway. The 99m-wide bridge will cross the high-speed railway close to the village of Turweston near...

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Rymer Trees eyes peat-free growth in third year

Rymer Trees eyes peat-free growth in third year

Suffolk-based nursery Rymer Trees has announced that it has “ambitious growth plans” for the year ahead. Founded just three years ago, the peat-free grower sees its third year of operation as a chance to expand. In December, the Plant Healthy certified nursery began sowing more than 30 tree and hedging species. It is aiming to produce around...

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