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Rachael Forsyth

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    Wildflowers for The Queen – a celebration of wildflower meadows

    Famed for his portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and the Dalai Lama, Hugo Rittson-Thomas celebrates a very different cultural icon in his new book: the wildflower meadow.  In partnership with conservation charity Plantlife, and with a foreword by their patron HRH The Prince of Wales, Wildflowers for The Queen, by fine-art photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, celebrates the unsung beauty and diversity of wildflower meadows. The book is inspired by the achievements of the Coronation Meadows established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2013. He explains: “The idea of the Coronation Meadows initiative was a simple one: to find the…

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    95 years of Fields in Trust

    Through the COVID-19 lockdown people have realised just how valuable local parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing and as places to meet loved ones safely. Green space charity Fields in Trust, who are celebrating their 95th anniversary next week, are calling for the revaluing of parks and green spaces to take account of what they contribute to communities – not just what they cost to maintain. As the UK was rebuilding after World War I and a devastating influenza pandemic, the future King George VI convened the inaugural meeting of Fields in Trust (then known as the National…

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    PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

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    PART TWO: Dr Helen Hoyle on the importance of colour and naturalness

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    HTA’s Virtual New Plant Awards 2020

    The HTA has announced that it has received 48 entries for its Virtual New Plant Awards 2020. The Awards would normally have been held next week during the National Plant Show, but following cancellation of the Show, it was decided that the Plant Awards would be held as a ‘virtual’ online event this year. Entries have been verified and cross checked against the Joy of Plants’ database to verify their ‘newness’ and judging is now underway. The judges this year are: Matthew Biggs –  TV & radio gardening personality, garden writer Tamsin Westhorpe -  Horticultural Journalist & Gardener, Joint Chair Garden Media Guild Ian Hodgson - Garden…

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    Photo of PART ONE: Dr Helen Hoyle discusses futureproofing green spaces

    PART ONE: Dr Helen Hoyle discusses futureproofing green spaces

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    Newby Hall gardens open to the public

    Newby Hall in North Yorkshire, has opened to visitors for the first time this year. The famous horticultural landmark, the current holder of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year title, should have opened in April for the 2020 season but lockdown started before the gates could open. Owners Richard and Lucinda Compton, aided by the head Gardener Phil Cormie, have worked through the enforced two-month closure, mowing grass, planting and watering the 25 acres of gardens to make sure they are looking at their early summer best. Gates were finally opened to members of the public on Saturday (6…

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    HTA launches new App

    The HTA has launched a new mobile App, to give horticulture businesses access to up-to-date industry information, resources, and training opportunities. The HTA App can be downloaded for free on any smart device. It has an extensive library of industry specific content and compliance e-learning courses, as well as a live newsfeed. The App aims to help businesses keep up to date with all the latest information and news from the HTA and the ornamental horticulture sector. This includes actions the HTA are taking to promote and enhance the sector with Government decision-makers, information for interpreting Government guidance and legislation…

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    Exbury Gardens to reopen to the public on Saturday

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    Britain’s public parks and green spaces at risk

    Despite their newfound importance – as a place to get outside, exercise and meet loved ones safely during the COVID-19 lockdown – Fields in Trust’s annual ‘Green Space Index’ suggests Britain’s parks and green spaces are at significant risk of loss to development. And the situation could get worse, Fields in Trust in partnership with the Co-op, estimate that hundreds of thousands more people could lose their local green space in years to come. 2.7 million people already live more than a ten-minute walk from a public park and a further 170,000 people could be in the same position in…

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    Garden envy has inspired outdoor makeovers this lockdown

    Facebook and Opinion Matters have teamed up to find out what Brits are doing outdoors in their gardens during lockdown, following Facebook seeing a spike of 1 million more people joining UK gardening groups since 1st March. Latest findings from Opinion Matters show that around a third of Brits have been inspired to makeover their gardens due to growing garden envy from seeing friends, family, and even celebrities showing off their outdoor spaces. Almost half (45%) of those with outdoor space said that lockdown had inspired simple touches to spruce up their gardens, no matter the size of space, such as…

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    It’s okay to talk

    Since its first meeting, Andy’s Man Club has created a viral ‘It’s Okay to Talk’ campaign. Its grown to 28 clubs across the country and is set to continue to grow. Aimed predominantly at men, the club is a place to get things off your chest, with no pressure or judgement. Men aged 45-49 still have the highest rate of suicides, and although it’s promising to see how many more people are opening up about this subject, the need for speaking and listening clubs like Andy’s Man Club has never been more apparent. We speak to the club about why…

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    BLOG: Sharing Chelsea Flower Show

    This time last year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would have been in full swing. The sun was shining, medals had been handed out, Andy Sturgeon and Crocus would had been awarded Best in Show for the M&G Garden and here at Pro Landscaper we were celebrating the release of our show guide and gushing over our visits to the show. This year, though, we’ve all experienced Chelsea very differently. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, for the first time in history, the show has gone digital. It is continuing to showcase world-leading designers, plant experts and offer practical gardening…

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    Smiths’ Cotswold Stone

    Smiths tells us about its Cotswold Stone.  Cotswold Stone is and has been, one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern…

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    Belchim announce new biocide for the amenity sector

    The amenity sector is set to benefit following the recent approval of a new product for the professional biocide market. Enclean, containing 500g/l of the active ingredient Nonanoic acid, has just received registration and will strengthen and expand Belchim Crop Protection’s product range into the amenity sector says Belchim amenity specialist William Weld. “Enclean has been greatly anticipated. It’s a natural plant origin biocide specifically designed to remove algae from a wide range of hard surfaces including: pavements, greenhouses (outside), patios, roofs, wooden decking and fence panels. Enclean’s active ingredient Nonanoic acid is extremely effective, non-corrosive and quickly degrades into…

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    Ground Control launches £5m sustainability impact venture fund

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    Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show to champion innovation

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, has announced it will host the prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Competition and a special People’s Choice vote for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade during its first ever virtual show, taking place from 18-23 May. The news comes as the RHS revealed that for the first time in its history, the world-famous flower show will take place online after it was cancelled due to Covid-19. RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year The RHS has unveiled a shortlist of 11 finalists* for the 2020 competition, featuring…

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    Ground Control rail teams using ‘game changing’ high tech helmets

    In a UK first, Ground Control – the UK’s leading supplier of award-winning services – has deployed ‘game changing’ high-tech safety helmets for use in a rail environment. Working collaboratively with Network Rail’s Western Route Works Delivery team, Ground Control has purchased an initial batch of 40 Protos Integral helmets for workers doing essential maintenance work near rail lines. Costing over £500 each, the helmets were stress tested in the field, with workers successfully using the wireless Bluetooth system to communicate while using everyday noisy tools such as chainsaws, brushcutters and woodchippers. “As a national vegetation management contractor, we deliver…

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    Pro Landscaper May 2020

    Amid the coronavirus lockdown, our May issue is full of positivity and advice. We learn how businesses are handling the current lockdown, offer some tips and advice on working from home and hear from Sue Biggs on the cancellation of Chelsea and how now is the time for the industry to come together. We also hear from Mark Fane, managing director of Crocus, about the companies glowing history and how the cancellation of Chelsea has impacted it. We also delve into the success of The Paul Hogarth Company as it reaches its 50th year. For all this and more view…

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    Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Whilst we’re all staying home and less able to get out to enjoy our nation’s parks this spring, green space charity Fields in Trust are bringing parks to people with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way. At a time when communities across the country are revaluing the benefits their local parks usually provided for sport, nature and play, the tour will be moving around the UK exploring locations online by showcasing town and city parks which you can ‘visit’ from your home…

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    Studio 31 tells us how we can enjoy nature in isolation

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    The HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’

    Following on from the HTA campaign last week to highlight the financial plight of ornamental horticulture growers during the coronavirus shutdown, the HTA has been inundated with messages from the public wanting to support the industry. To help connect growers with the public, the HTA  has launched the ‘Plants Near Me’ webpage –plantsnearme.hta.org.uk – allowing the public to find local growers and garden centres that are offering home delivery. To make this initiative a success, the HTA is urging members and non-members to add their details to the database, so that the resource can become a comprehensive online directory for…

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    Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. Data from the search engine revealed interest in the term ‘decking’ had doubled within the homes and interiors category in the five days following the UK lockdown announcement on March 23. Composite Prime sales director Charles Taylor said: “This backs-up an increase in consumer enquiries we have been receiving. For both samples and for customers wanting to know where to buy our products. “It’s good news for timber merchants and builders merchants who are able to continue…

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    What help is available during the coronavirus crisis?

    During these unprecedented times, it’s important that we come together as an industry to support one another. It’s often difficult to know where to turn, though, and what help is even on offer. Together with industry associations and charities, we have put together a list of useful resources to help get you through the coronavirus crisis.  The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Through the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), the APL is offering help in a number of ways. Members have access to financial support information, HR support for businesses, information on business grants available, member to member advice, and so…

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    Exclusive results of our mental health poll

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