Associations

  • Photo of AFI casts doubt on suitability of treated wooden posts in ground contact

    AFI casts doubt on suitability of treated wooden posts in ground contact

    The Association of Fencing Industries, AFI, has got results of a survey on wooden posts and the effectiveness of treatment. This has happened since CCA use was suspended by the European Union back in 2006.   The survey was to establish a current view of the life expectancy of treated timber posts. Currently the life span is 15 years when treated to the UC4 specification (BS8417). They also looked at the impact on the industry of failures to reach this life expectancy.   This action was taken after discussions with the Wood Protection Association (WPA). They discussed the possibility of…

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    Landscape Institute 2021 elections

    Nominations for the Landscape Institute 2021 elections will soon open. In two weeks’ time, the LI will call for members to stand for election. This is for the Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 session years.   LI Board and Council are the Institute’s steering voices. They guide and make the decisions that help us deliver our purpose under Royal Charter. They meet and exceed our business objectives, and stay strong, resilient, and ready to lead. Whatever the challenges ahead. 2021 Landscape Institute election timetable   Monday 15 March: Nominations open Thursday 15 April: Nominations…

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  • Photo of SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    The SGD Spring Conference will take place on Saturday 17th April. It will to explore in detail how the restorative power of nature can impact our future health. Live-streamed, ‘Our Future Health’ will be presented by a panel of leading experts. They will examine evidence showing how important green spaces are to mental and physical wellbeing.   They will also explain the role garden design plays in sensory experiences, psychology and health.   Chair of the SGD Conference committee Stuart Towner said:   “As garden designers we often wonder what it is about the garden that is so appealing. Most…

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  • Photo of Plants@work celebrates 20 years of success

    [email protected] celebrates 20 years of success

    [email protected] Ltd, formerly efig Ltd, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 22 February. The organisation formed to offer one voice to speak for the interior landscaping industry. It was also to promote the many benefits of plants in the workplace in particular.   The Association’s first Chairman was Steve Atrill then of Rentokil/Ambius now of Flora-tec.   He explained, “Prompted by a media outcry about the fit-out costs of Portcullis House including the installation of 12 large Ficus trees in the atrium, a group of businesses in the interior landscape industry lead by Tony Sawyer of Clarks and Spears, now…

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  • Photo of BALI National Landscape Awards 2021 entries open

    BALI National Landscape Awards 2021 entries open

    The prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards return on Friday 3rd December 2021. Entries have now opened alongside several exciting new announcements for the 45th year.   Registered members can now submit their full entry online for the first time, thanks to a new entry system.   Due to the effects of COVID-19, for 2021 only, now also have the opportunity to submit a scheme that has achieved practical completion in the last 24 months. This is instead of the normal 12 months.   BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills commented: “This extension now gives members more flexibility. We want to see…

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  • Photo of CIH appoints new development officer

    CIH appoints new development officer

    The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has announced the appointment of Helen Sessions as development officer. Helen brings a wealth of horticultural experience to the Institute and will be a key figure in the promotion of routes to chartership, CIH representation within the horticultural industry and in the active growth of special interest groups. Helen is a chartered horticulturist with an honours degree in Horticulture, gained at Writtle College, Chelmsford. She has more than 15 years’ experience in horticultural buying and supplier management and has worked as a consultant for a number of companies. She has worked in commercial horticulture…

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  • Photo of Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    The Landscape Institute is inviting built environment professionals to the Greener Recovery Festival. Registration is now open for the virtual event, which takes place on 22-26 March between 9am-1pm. The Greener Recovery festival will welcome a diverse and international audience on an accessible online platform. Exceptional thought leaders will gather to debate ‘greener recovery’ with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation and natural capital accounting. Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra, will be giving a keynote speech on ‘Natural Capital approach to Green Recovery’. Doctor…

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  • Photo of Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    The Landscape Institute has announced that its CEO Dan Cook will be leaving the association in April after five years in the role. A statement released b the Landscape Institute said that Dan “has been an excellent leader during a time of positive transformation at the LI and we’ll be sorry to see him go”. Dan Cook said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last few years with the LI and the changes we’ve made as an organisation. I’ve been particularly pleased that we’ve made the LI more current, modern and relevant. We’ve sought to have strong employer and industry engagement, and…

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  • Photo of Houseplant Appreciation Week celebrated by plants@work

    Houseplant Appreciation Week celebrated by [email protected]

    For 2021, [email protected] has put together a series of dedicated weeks, kicking off with Houseplant Appreciation Week from 10-15 January. This follows on from the American one day celebration of the same name and coincides with Houseplant Week UK. #HouseplantWeekUK celebrates the best in indoor gardening and helps you choose the right plant for your home. Its mission throughout this week has been to promote the benefits of houseplants which have made a big comeback in terms of popularity. It has been promoting their many benefits daily via its website and social media platforms. It also has a section on its…

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  • Photo of plants@work elects new committee

    [email protected] elects new committee

    Following [email protected]‘s virtual AGM this week, the trade association has announced the election of a new committee to lead its members out of lockdown. Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services has accepted the role of chair for the third year. Madeleine says: “I am pleased to accept the role of chair again and am eager to support members in whatever new directions COVID-19’s aftermath takes us. We have an exciting year ahead looking at new ways of working together with clients and celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the association. “We really want to promote the benefits of plants to businesses. We will…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the launch of LI Campus, a brand-new digital resource. Campus is a compendium of educational content for landscape professionals. The platform gives users immediate access to a huge range of content, encompassing the past three years of LI events, conferences and CPD days. Staying connected in a time of crisis In recognition of the huge pressures the COVID-19 crisis is placing on the landscape sector, this new service will be free to LI members who order a 12-month subscription before 30 June 2020. ‘A major part of the LI’s mission as a professional body is…

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  • Photo of What help is available during the coronavirus crisis?

    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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  • Photo of Interior landscaping industry calls for a rescue package

    Interior landscaping industry calls for a rescue package

    This week, [email protected] sent a letter to the government requesting consideration for financial support. It asked for additional funds to be put aside by the UK government for an interior landscaping plants scrappage scheme. [email protected] chair Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services explains: “Some of our members have expressed concern about the probable loss of plants following the lock down especially as there is no specified time for this situation. With many members not having access to client’s buildings to maintain installations, the biggest fear is that the cost of replacing plants could put their companies at considerable risk of discontinuing to…

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  • Photo of BALI-NCF members trim number of incidents by 61% in last three years

    BALI-NCF members trim number of incidents by 61% in last three years

    The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) National Contractors Forum (BALI-NCF) has revealed the number of incidents involving its members and hedge trimmers may have decreased by as much as 61% since 2017. The significant reduction in accidents and near misses was calculated by BALI Technical Officer (Policy & Research), Owen Baker, who manages the BALI-NCF Health & Safety Forum alongside BALI-NCF Chairman, Phil Jones, Chief Executive of BALI Registered Contractor ESL Landscape Contractors. Owen commented: “Using the ‘accident frequency rate’ metric per 100,000 hours of work, I was able to compare the number of reported incidents submitted by members…

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  • Photo of Applications for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 are open

    Applications for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 are open

    The Landscape Institute’s (LI) Student Travel Award aims to support the next generation of landscape professionals and give them a head start in developing their knowledge and practice. The winner gets to travel somewhere in the world to learn about a specific landscape topic or project. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘the future of landscape’. With the dawn of the new decade, the Landscape Institute is asking the next generation of landscape talent to question: How will the landscape profession’s priorities change over the next ten years? What will influence and modify our practice? What global issues and…

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  • Photo of APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

    APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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  • Photo of Speakers at the SGD Spring Conference 2020 to explore colour in the garden

    Speakers at the SGD Spring Conference 2020 to explore colour in the garden

    Speakers from across the globe will explore the use of colour in the garden at the SGD Spring Conference in April, looking beyond fashions and trends to explain how good use of colour can play a major role in the success of a garden or landscape project. ‘Colour: the art, science and experience’ is taking place on 25 April at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Experts from across the fields of landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and science will explain the profound effects colour can have on our mind and mood and how the right use of colour…

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  • Photo of The SGD Awards winners 2020

    The SGD Awards winners 2020

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  • Photo of New association launched to bring together the industry’s under 35s

    New association launched to bring together the industry’s under 35s

    A new association designed to bring together the under 35’s of the ornamental horticulture industry has been launched. The Young People in Horticulture Association’s (YPHA) official ambassadors are Pippa Greenwood and Boy Douglas-Davies, with co-founders Natalie Porter (Porters Fuchsias/Happy Plants), Mollie Higginson (New Leaf Plants) and Liam Cleary (Old Railway Line Garden Centre). The group currently has 24 members and its key sponsor is ICL Professional Horticulture. The group will maintain regular contact through social media, but also aim to arrange a select number of events throughout the year – each of which will be structured to be enjoyable yet…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute Awards winners announced

    Landscape Institute Awards winners announced

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  • Photo of Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

    Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced that entertainer Nigel Mead will be hosting The SGD Awards 2020. This is the second time that Nigel will host the event, following a year of sell-out performances in Washington, Jamaica, Miami and Prague.   Nigel has performed all over the World for stars including Steven Spielberg, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Sting, Robert De Niro and over 40 Kings & Queens. He is also a member of th Inner Magic Circle, a position held by only 250 magicians in the world.   A shortlist of 23 projects will be vying for the prestigious…

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  • Photo of Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

    Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

    Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week.   The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day, then the competitors had 16 hours to individually build a garden from scratch designed Holly Youde, Urban Landscape Design.   This year’s competitors were:   · David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)   · Elliot Johnson, Reaseheath College   · Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham   · Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College   · Marc Brown, CAFRE   · Nick Bundy, Gadd…

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  • Photo of SGD Autumn Conference reaches new global audiences

    SGD Autumn Conference reaches new global audiences

    The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was available at the society’s Autumn Conference on the 16 November, has exceeded expectation. It attracted 79 delegates from 15 countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Norway, Israel and Spain. Introduced at the Spring Conference in April 2019, the live streaming service allows the SGD to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, supporting existing members and reaching new global audiences. Following the event, recorded sessions are available to download via an on-demand archive for attending delegates and new purchases with access for up to 12-months. Craig Moyes, chief operating…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute to plant trees to mark the 90th birthday of the Institute

    Landscape Institute to plant trees to mark the 90th birthday of the Institute

    In conjunction with the Luton Parks Service, the Landscape Institute will plant nine mature trees in Luton to mark the 90th birthday of the Landscape Institute. The project is kindly sponsored by Marshalls, and will comprise part of the creation of an arboretum in Wardown Park, Luton. The arboretum seeks to inform and educate local visitors on the value of trees. In particular relation to health, air quality, wildlife and biodiversity. The project aims specifically to connect children with nature whilst providing an educational resource in relation to climate change and the causes of pollution.   It is intended that pupils…

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  • Photo of David Sewell sworn is as APL chairman and Holly Youde as vice chair

    David Sewell sworn is as APL chairman and Holly Youde as vice chair

    The APL Annual Members Meeting took place on Tuesday 19 November at FutureScape. Chairing the meeting was David Sewell, The Gardenmakers, who was officially sworn in as APL Chairman, taking over from Rod Winrow at the end of his tenure.  David Sewell said of his new role as Chairman: “I’m very excited to be taking over from Rod as Chairman of the APL. This is a great privilege for me.   “Under Rod’s tenure, our association has continued to grow and thrive, and I’m honoured to be carrying on with that work. I’m also delighted that Holly has taken up…

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