Rachael Forsyth

  • Awards
    Fields in Trust

    Fields in Trust championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

    The UK’s Best Park 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of Fields in Trust’s Summer of Parks on Thursday 12th September.   Ahead of that, this summer UK’s Best Park will not just be showcasing the parks to receive the highest number of votes in each Home Nation. Each park that has placed in the top 20% of the total nominations will receive “Much Loved” status, recognising the support it has received this summer from those who use and love it.   In total, 73 parks across the UK will be celebrated in this way. Following the close of…

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  • Arboriculture
    Biodiversity

    Biodiversity net gain report

    Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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    Greenwich Park

    Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

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    BALI

    BALI’s scheme withdraws all Industry Accreditation cards

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  • Design
    RHSI

    Peter Donegan to host RHSI Garden Show Talks stage

    Garden Designer Peter Donegan is set to host The RHSI Talks Stage this July. At the stunning Russborough House Hippodrome, Donegan will team up once again with contractor Ed Burnham, brains behind the build of no less than 16 RHS Show gardens (including Donegan’s silver medal winning design celebrating garden charity Perennial’s 180th anniversary) and a list of extremely accomplished horticultural voices that amongst others include author, TV Presenter and stalwart of BBC’s Gardeners Question Time Anne Swithinbank.   The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI) and The Alfred Beit Foundation have teamed up for the third year to host…

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  • Events
    Eden

    Stage is set for ten thousand plant spectacular at Eden

    A dramatic wall of colour is taking shape in the famous outdoor concert arena at the Eden Project in Cornwall thanks to a huge effort by the Green Team. This week, up to 25 of the project’s gardeners have been working through heavy showers and sharp winds to dig around 10,000 plants into the steeply-sloping bed facing the stage in front of the world-famous Biomes.  The crescent-shaped bank will provide a stunning outlook for superstar artists such as Kylie Minogue, Liam Gallagher and Nile Rodgers when they play the Eden Sessions concerts over the next few weeks. The mass planting…

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    BBC Springwatch Garden

    BBC Springwatch Garden for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

    A garden reminding us of the importance of gardens for the nation’s wildlife will be unveiled at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1 – 7 July). The BBC Springwatch Garden designed by award-winning designer Jo Thompson, working alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, hopes to encourage the nation to turn their gardens into nature reserves.   Recent research indicates that private gardens in Britain cover an area bigger than all the country’s national nature reserves combined. Whilst individual gardens may be small, when combined they create vital links between urban nature and the wider countryside, offering crucial…

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    BBC Gardeners' World Live

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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  • Associations

    RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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    Rea Valley

    Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

    Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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  • Arboriculture

    Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

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  • Events

    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

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    anti-slip decking

    Multi-million pound project puts best foot forward with anti-slip decking

    A £140 million shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire, has used Antislip Plus Smooth decking from Marley to provide a durable and effective external anti-slip surface for visitors. Rushden Lakes, at Nene Valley in Northamptonshire offers over 400,000 sq.ft of retail and restaurant accommodation, together with leisure activities which are all set against the backdrop of a lake. Since opening in 2017, the shopping centre and nature reserve has proved increasingly popular, welcoming more than 4.5 million visitors, with an estimated 30,000 people using the bridge at Rushden Lakes each month. The unique project, which comprised a 30-acre development, also…

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  • Awards
    BBC Gardeners’ World Live

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award

    The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, and the Show Gardens that they’re to build, have been announced.   The two pairs will each create an inspirational front garden designed by Professor David Stevens, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Visitors can see the gardens from 13-16 June at The NEC Birmingham.   The contestants are the young landscapers who took top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals.   Matthew Wood was champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The APL’s ‘Rising Star’ at their Awards in March…

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    verges

    New grass verge scheme is the bees knees

    Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.   This year, 15 sites across the borough have been chosen as part of a scheme to host pollinator friendly informal flowering lawns or clover verges. Chosen sites include Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Sandy Lane and Hollingworth Road.   The days of manicured grass verges are coming to an end but the less formal replacement provides a host of benefits to a wide range of wildlife.   Like wildflower meadows, informal flowering…

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    Horatio's Garden

    Horatio’s Garden receives Royal Patronage

    Horatio’s Garden is delighted to announce the news that Princess Eugenie has become the charity’s Royal Patron.   Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres.   Having undergone surgery for scoliosis in 2002 at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie has had a small glimpse of how it feels to be confined to a hospital bed and understands the healing powers that gardens offer.   This news is extremely timely for Horatio’s Garden as the charity is within touching distance of raising the total funds needed…

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    Blue Forest

    Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

    Blue Forest is delighted to be exhibiting a luxury treehouse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The Treehouse will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke treehouse creations.   It will be created in collaboration with the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire.   Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the treehouse will move to the grounds of Chewton Glen, where it will provide a fabulous home for the hotels popular children’s club.   The spacious Treehouse is the ideal location for children to play, creating memories with…

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    BBC Gardeners’ World Live

    The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019

    The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live are known for their inspirational design and planting whilst being relatable and packed with practical ideas that visitors can recreate in their own gardens. Visitors will enjoy the feature gardens, APL Avenue, Show Gardens, Showcase Gardens and Beautiful Borders in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere with picnics, bandstand entertainment and magic moments around every corner. THE WATCHMAKER’S GARDEN, by Alexandra Froggatt Inspired by the booming Jewellery Quarter of the late 1800s this garden steps back in time to a watchmaker’s workshop set in their back garden. The watchmaker is mid production of…

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  • Events
    SoilsCon

    SoilsCon 2019 – Save the date!

    SoilsCon, the landscape industry’s go-to conference for soil-related topics, will be returning once again to the elegant Phyllis Court in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Thursday, 26th September.   This year’s event will be the fourth soils conference to be organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare.   It promises landscape architects and specifiers, contractors, garden designers, developers, topsoil manufacturers, local government officers, and wider industry professionals a day of invaluable professional development, discussion and debate, with presentations by some of the country’s leading experts in their respective fields.   This year’s speaker line-up features:   Tim O’Hare, Principal, Tim…

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  • Associations
    APL Awards 2019

    APL Awards 2019 winners announced

    Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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    Hampton Court Palace

    RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

    The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 – 7 July.   The festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants. It will also provide plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.   Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria.   Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body,…

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    Tim Howell: Raising Industry Standards

    Sharing a common goal to raise industry standards says Tim Howell will increase its value and attract ongoing investment into the horticulture and landscaping sector.   There is no better place to demonstrate the diversity of the horticultural sector than at a trade event that brings together both suppliers and contractors, events that allow us to showcase the best that we can offer, to encourage others to join with us and to have a conversation – to collaborate. At the last Futurescape event, in November last year, I was invited to take part in The Pro Landscaper Summit and joined…

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    Talasey Group

    BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

    The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched another Regional Centre of Excellence at the HQ for Talasey Group in Doncaster.   Regional Centres of Excellence have been quick to open at various locations across the UK. This will give BMF members in the local area access to BMF training and events closer to home.   The launch of a centre at Talasey Group emphasises the network’s significant growth in the past year.   It also provides BMF members based in and around Yorkshire with a convenient facility, from which to attend events and training.   Talasey Group offer a diverse…

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    Wildflower Turf Ltd

    Wildflower Turf Ltd to enhance Leeds Skelton Lake Services

    Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.   Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.   The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.   Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape…

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    Leguan

    LEGUAN 135 Neo

    Leguan Lifts is releasing a new access platform – the Leguan 135 Neo, which is Leguan’s most user-friendly platform to date. All key operations are made with a single joystick, which allows multiple boom operations to be made simultaneously. The platform is equipped with both automatic, and manual levelling. The automatic levelling is made simple, since all this operation requires is a single push of a button. The automatic levelling function operates seamlessly on sloped surfaces as well. Leguan’s in-house designed automatic outreach control system measures the cage load and the maximum outreach is dependent on this automation. Taking the…

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