Horticrutiment

Rachael Forsyth

  • Awards
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    2020 Arbordeck Awards

    Cambridgeshire-based Composite Decking Lifestyles has taken the title of ‘Deck of the Year’ at the 2020 Arbordeck Awards, with its Church End project named as the winner thanks to its stunning design. The Trex® composite decking installation, which also came out on top in the ‘Best large Trex deck’ category, caught the judges’ attention thanks to its three-tier design which features a formal dining area, casual seating zone and a bar. Its use of two Trex colours – Gravel Path and Island Mist – along with lighting for both ambience and safety resulted in a sleek and modern decking space.…

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    The Ball Colegrave Scholarship

    Ball Colegrave is encouraging the continuous professional development of young people in our sector with a travel scholarship. The £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship is on offer as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season. The award funds travel across the UK and Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants and travel should apply. Recent winner, Robert Perry, a Crop Technician Apprentice, used the scholarship…

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    The Landscape Academy hosts mental health seminar

    The Landscape Academy talks to us about its upcoming mental health seminar, running on December 1.   Mental Health in the workplace is becoming of key importance to businesses in the UK, with the Covid-19 outbreak highlighting just how crucial this has now become. Employers understand they have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of their employees, and there is a growing realisation that this also needs to include mental health. It is not just employers who can help, co-workers and friends can also take proactive measure to look after their own welfare, as well as…

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    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    With an attendance of over 3,000 individuals across the three days, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 was a massive industry success. More importantly, it was a shining example of the industry coming together in what has been an unprecedented year. The content of the seminars, the knowledge of the speakers and the interaction of the visitors goes to prove the amazing knowledge and in-depth understanding in our sector. The wide range of topics again showed the diversity of the sector, but maybe more importantly the camaraderie, the willingness to share experiences and knowledge openly is a real testament of our industry acting…

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    Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    On Thursday 19 at 5.30, the Pro Landscaper Summit – the highlight of the FutureScape VIRTUAL calendar – will be going live. This year, we are honoured that Right Honourable Christopher Pincher MP Minister of State at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be opening the Summit. This year, the Pro Landscaper Summit will focus on how the sectors, as well as businesses and business owners, will operate over the next few years – what are the big changes coming? Post-pandemic, the sector has started to be influenced by sustainability, climate change, poor/low staffing levels, Brexit and…

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  • Events
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    FutureScape VIRTUAL Show Guide 2020

    In under a week, the UK’s first ever landscaping virtual event will kick off from your very own home. FutureScape VIRTUAL will be a chance to make strong and valuable connections from the safety of your own environment! The Show Guide: Your key to FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 Loaded with details on the event, what you’ll want to tune in to and who will be on screen to tempt you, the Show Guide outlines the Seminar Programme, events and exhibitor portfolio. With such an intensely rich agenda in this three-day virtual event, the Guide will help you plan, prepare and ensure you gain the greatest…

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    Smiths’ decorative shingle

    Smiths Bletchington talks to us about its decorative shingle.  Pick the right decorative shingle and it can brighten up any garden design! Giving that landscaped project the finishing touch. Smiths’ range of decorative shingle is one of quality and can proudly boast the supply of the genuine Cotswold stone shingle. With those lovely warm, honey and cream colours of the region, it is a classic shingle that is understated yet sits very well in most environments. A similar offering is our Oxford range of decorative shingle, a blend of a subtler neutral beiges and creams, which also typifies the Cotswold…

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    Bolton Wanderers FC puts Dickies’ latest range to the test

    Dickies Workwear has outfitted stadium ground staff, security and maintenance staff with clothing and footwear from the range, which is designed to guard the wearer against the elements. Featuring materials that repel rain, sleet and snow while remaining breathable, AWT products were considered especially useful for the ground staff who work outside every day caring for the pitch. “With the weather in constant flux with rain, hail, wind, freezing temperatures and even snow, it can be quite challenging to work in and play at the home of Bolton Wanderers FC, so this was an ideal opportunity to put our new…

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  • Apprentices
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    BPOA and Peter Seabrook fund young talent

    The British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) and Peter Seabrook continue this year to offer young horticulturists a £1,000 bursary to support the study of commercial horticulture and encourage new entrants to the industry. The bursary, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, is also available to schools and horticultural colleges to finance trips for students over 16 years of age to leading commercial horticultural establishments. A number of students have benefitted from this award in recent years. Earlier this year, it was awarded to Argyll College UHI to support a field trip for its HNC and HND Horticulture…

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    Ground Control named as one of the UK’s fastest growing SMEs

    Ground Control has been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2020. The report recognises the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses, highlighting the regional and sector diversity of the UK’s SMEs and the entrepreneurial spirit shown by these companies. To be featured in the report, businesses had to demonstrate strong revenue growth over the last three years and outperform their sector peers, creating a unique list of the UK’s most innovative SMEs. Further details on the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report and methodology can be found online at…

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    Green-tech 2021 Product Catalogue

    Green-tech has announced that its new 2021 product catalogue is now printed and available for all its customers, landscape contractors, architects and garden designers across the UK. The catalogue is packed with over 16,000 products for tree planting in rural and urban environments, tree irrigation, ground, wind, weed and erosion control; as well as soils, growing media and barks, wildflower seed and conservation products, pond suppliers and grounds maintenance. Green-tech’s Managing Director Rachel Kay commented, “Our 2021 product catalogue is crammed with thousands of tried and tested forestry and landscaping products. We review our product lines continually and only those…

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    Five finalists revealed for UK’s new park in the sky

    Following a two-month international design competition, Camden Highline has today announced a shortlist of five finalists drawn from the seventy-six entries to deliver the newest park in the capital. The charity is searching to find the studio that can realise their ambitious vision of converting 1.1km of disused railway into a new green link, bridging Camden Town and King’s Cross. The extraordinary nature of the brief did not go unnoticed, with high-quality entries being submitted from industry-leaders across the globe, all required to address the ‘creative tensions that exist between an urban environment and the natural world’. The Jury –…

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    What does a second lockdown mean for the industry?

    On Saturday 31 October, Boris Johnson announced that as of Thursday 5 November, we will be entering our second national lockdown lasting until Wednesday 2 December. Due to COVID-19 cases rising rapidly, the government will be bringing in restrictions requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes, preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes and closing certain businesses and venues. Construction work is among those businesses allowed to continue working. But will this second lockdown still bring its challenges? What are businesses doing to prepare? And what if the lockdown is extended?…

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    OHAS Grower Standard Version 4 launches

    The Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS) is pleased to announce the release of the OHAS Grower Standard Version 4. The OHAS formerly known as the BOPP Certification Scheme, is a specialist group of the HTA and was renamed to accurately reflect the breadth of a worldwide membership. The OHAS has been running for over 23 years and is relied upon throughout the industry to ensure that customers have confidence when procuring from OHAS Certificated suppliers.   It is designed to enable certified businesses to demonstrate high standards of good agricultural practise, quality, safety and service. The Grower Standard allows growers…

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  • Awards
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    Virtual BALI National Landscape Awards 2020

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has opened registrations for the 44th BALI National Landscape Awards 2020, to be held virtually for the first time on Friday 4th December 2020. Join from 12.30pm for a sponsor’s introduction with the ceremony commencing from 1pm. BALI Chief Executive Wayne Grills commented: “While our Awards event may have lost its physicality, I can assure you it won’t lose its quality, integrity, professionalism and grandeur.” This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by BALI members and we invite you to join us in celebration by registering to attend the virtual ceremony where this…

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    Industry committed to better collaboration on peat use

    The horticulture industry and government have welcomed data that shows further decreases in the percentage of peat used in growing media, acknowledging its importance to the sector’s ability to deliver vital plants and trees into UK ornamental horticulture.    For the first time since the data has been recorded, it shows the amount of peat contained in growing media is less than 50%.  A new report shows that between 2015 and 2019 the amount of peat contained in growing media decreased from almost 53% to 41.5% in the consumer sector, with the professional sector showing a marginal reduction (63.9% to 62.9%). Overall, this represents a total reduction from 56% to 47% respectively.   The Growing Media Monitor report provides the results of…

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    Five reasons you need to be at FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    There are more than five reasons you should be a part of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 Not only is it the UK’s first virtual landscaping event, it is the best place to gain the best insight from the best people and see the best products from the safety of your own environment. But there are five stand-out reasons that should make your decision easier. 1) THE SEMINARS The seminar programme, speaker quality and informal debates are one of the main draws. The Pro Landscaper team will once again deliver on topics on the FutureScape, Pro Landscaper and Green Channels. You’ll struggle to find a better place…

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    Brambledown Landscape community project

    Vulnerable Benwell residents benefit from improved access to free lunch club thanks to partnership between Your Homes Newcastle and Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd. Broadmead Way Lunch Club, which is ran by volunteers at Broadmead Way Community Church, in West Benwell has been providing free lunches on a Monday for 18 months. Offering a menu of soups and salads to local residents, the lunch club is a vital community resource for lots of people, including many with mobility issues. As the car park had fallen into serious disrepair, it became more difficult for residents who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to…

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    Discreet drainage for innovative garden design

    Outdoor space is an increasingly sought-after commodity, with research suggesting that a well-kept stylish garden can add as much as 20% to a property’s value1. Installing effective drainage is integral to the long-term health of a garden, which is why Langlea Garden Design and Construction pays close attention to the products it uses in its award-winning projects. Not so secret value of a garden According to research from Post Office Money, landscaping can add significant value to a property, offering a much better ROI than other types of home improvement.2 By comparing the initial outlay of landscaping improvements with the…

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    Greater Brighton makes 10 pledges on tackling climate change

    Influential leaders across Greater Brighton came together to make pledges that the region would lead the way in helping to tackle climate change and developing green growth. All members of the Greater Brighton Economic Board (GBEB) individually committed their organisations to support the GB10, a range of pledges underpinning energy and water projects which will help the environment. The board includes all local councils in the region, business groups, two universities, further education with strong support from companies such as Ricardo and Southern Water. A report before GBEB today (Tuesday) stated that supporting the pledges gave: “considerable weight and commitment…

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  • Events
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    Cancellation of the IPM ESSEN 2021

    The IPM ESSEN, which was planned for January 26 to 29, 2021, is cancelled. Against the background of the increasingly dynamic situation and worldwide travel restrictions, there is currently not the planning security required for the serious preparation of the international trade fair participants. As much as the green industry has wished for IPM ESSEN as a communication platform, there is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the recent occurrence of infections in important markets such as the Benelux countries or France. Nevertheless, Messe Essen is giving the industry a stage at the planned date of the fair…

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    2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The RHS is today, Friday 23 October 2020, announcing its plans to safely run the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G, with many new precautions due to COVID-19 to protect everyone at the Show held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. We speak to RHS Director of Shows and Gardens Helena Pettit and hear from RHS Director General Sue Biggs to find out more about the plans for next year’s show. For the first time in its 108* year history the Show will run for six days in 2021, from Tuesday 18 May to Sunday 23 May. The RHS…

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    SALTEX moves to November 2021

    Due to mounting pressure from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Grounds Management Association (GMA) regrettably announces that it has taken the decision to move SALTEX to 3-4 November 2021, from its planned Spring dates (3-4 March 2021). The GMA has been strategically planning for every eventuality to ensure the exhibition is a bio-secure event, in partnership with the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and internationally recognised professional events bodies, however ongoing Government restrictions and local and national lockdowns, as well as rising cases of Coronavirus have highlighted the immediate challenges to stage a successful event in March. This decision has factored…

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    Green-tech launches a new watering solution for trees

    Green-tech has announced the launch of a new product for the landscaping industry – the Tree Irrigator. The innovative Tree Irrigator is a slow-release watering bag for trees with a diameter of between 3cm and 20cm. It works by delivering water to the root system which then reduces the effects of dehydration or transplant shock. Green-tech is the UKs leading supplier of landscaping materials with an impressive 16,000 products in its latest product catalogue. They have vast warehousing facilities in North Yorkshire; from where they offer world-wide delivery. The Tree Irrigator bag is an incredibly simple, yet clever concept. It…

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  • Design
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    Untitled Practice to transform Kingsbury and Market Square

    Untitled Practice (UP) is set to transform Kingsbury and Market Square in the heart of Aylesbury’s historic town centre conservation area. The landscape and architecture studio was appointed to undertake the 1.2 ha public realm improvement scheme following an open tender process run by the new unitary authority of Buckinghamshire Council. With a rich civic quality, Market Square is the focal point of the town with its distinctive Clocktower, Crown Court and Corn Exchange buildings. UP’s proposed scheme will tie this together with Kingsbury – the gateway to Aylesbury’s Old Town – to create a new town centre destination of…

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