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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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  • Photo of BALI launches Digital Marketing Masterclasses

    BALI launches Digital Marketing Masterclasses

    BALI and Adtak have teamed up to launch a one-day digital marketing workshop for landscape industry professionals. It will provide the latest tools and tips on ways to stay ahead of the competition online. Join BALI’s marketing team, qualified digital marketing consultant Andrew Lloyd Gordon and digital marketing agency Adtrak for a six-hour  workshop at BALI Registered Affiliate Majestic Trees in St Albans and Talasey Group in Doncaster. Exclusive to BALI members, this brand new BALI workshop has been designed to offer delegates who have an intermediate knowledge of digital marketing a chance to learn new skills and discover innovative ways to…

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  • Photo of LI to honour Sir David Attenborough with the Landscape Institute Medal

    LI to honour Sir David Attenborough with the Landscape Institute Medal

    The accolade recognises Sir David Attenborough phenomenal contribution to education and to connecting people, place and nature over multiple generations.    Throughout 2019, the year of the Landscape Institute’s 90th anniversary, it has focused on the transformative role the landscape profession has played in the UK and beyond.   It has also looked forward to the important role it will play in dealing with global issues – not least the climate and biological diversity emergency.   To mark this occasion, the LI has chosen a very special candidate for its prestigious Landscape Institute Medal.   The LI awards its medal to…

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  • Photo of SGD unveils new website

    SGD unveils new website

    The SGD has launched a new comprehensive website to offer a more user-friendly experience to members and consumers alike. The new site incorporates established Society initiatives such as the Garden Design Journal and the SGD Awards, that previously had independent websites, into one portal as well including sections for events, news, courses & careers and the SGD’s own suppliers directory. For consumers, the site will include a detailed ‘find a designer’ section with a new film and search facility to help demystify the process of working with a professional garden designer and locate potential designers throughout the UK and overseas. Sarah Morgan MSGD, SGD Chair said: “We’re delighted with…

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  • Photo of Help shape the future of our industry apprenticeships

    Help shape the future of our industry apprenticeships

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is encouraging its members to have their say in a new online consultation on apprenticeships. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a major review of apprenticeships for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care in England. The review will recommend changes to our existing schemes and set the priorities for apprenticeships in our industries going forwards. A consultation supporting this review is now open until 4 December. It is relevant to employers, training providers, apprentices and others who have a vested interest in the future of the occupations covered. These include: Arborist Forest…

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  • Photo of BALI Chalk Fund student of the year announced

    BALI Chalk Fund student of the year announced

    George Truss, a student of BALI Training Provider college Writtle University College, has been awarded the BALI Chalk Fund‘s National Landscape Student of the Year Award 2019.   George has recently completed his extended diploma in horticulture and his junior director of constable landscapes. He also works for a family-owned landscaping business which he now part oversees at the age of 19.   As part of the award he was given a £500 cheque from the BALI Chalk Fund in recognition of his commitment and dedication to his studies, his excellent work ethic, high level of attendance and a keenness…

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  • Photo of BALI and Adtrak collaborate to provide members with digital support

    BALI and Adtrak collaborate to provide members with digital support

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has relaunched its strategic alliance with Adtrak.   This collaboration will provide BALI members with access to digital support packages specifically designed for landscaping professionals.   The digital package titled ‘BALI Digital in association with Adtrak’, enables BALI members to benefit from three web design options. This includes a one-page website promoting a specific landscaping product, a 10-page website specifically designed to generate leads and the third would be a project specific website ideal for landscaping businesses with a more bespoke offering.   After first announcing a partnership with BALI in October 2016,…

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  • Photo of The finalists of the LI Awards 2019 have been announced

    The finalists of the LI Awards 2019 have been announced

    The Landscape Institute had over 180 entries in total this year, including 40 from international entrants. The judges were astounded with the standard of entries, and we’re delighted to be able to share the shortlist of #LIAwards2019 finalists below.   Student categories, Volunteer and New Landscape Professional of the Year to be announced.   Open categories Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature   Stitch the City and River: Yunyang Waterfront Green Corridor Beijing Forestry University Wuxiang Nature School YoungAsianScape Design Co., Ltd.   Landscape Belt of Xianglu Bay Beach in Zhuhai LAY-OUT Planning Consultants Co., Ltd   Valencia Parque Central Gustafson Porter +…

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  • Photo of The LI introduces  #RainbowPlaces, the new cross-industry LGBTQ+ networking group

    The LI introduces #RainbowPlaces, the new cross-industry LGBTQ+ networking group

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the launch of #RainbowPlaces, a cross-industry LGBT+ and allies networking group. #RainbowPlaces will provide a platform for people to have conversations around their experiences, to develop and implement ideas of how to make the industry more inclusive, to raise awareness and visibility, to champion role models and ‘proud’ practices already providing inclusive workplaces, and to lead by example in building a network with LGBT+ professionals and allies across sectors. Aims: To form a support and communication network to represent our LGBT+ members and allies To help practices to improve LGBT+ inclusivity in the workplace…

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  • Photo of Arit Anderson confirmed as presenter for LI Awards 2019

    Arit Anderson confirmed as presenter for LI Awards 2019

    Arit Anderson has been confirmed as the first special guest for this year’s LI Awards ceremony. After joining the LI as a speaker at the #LI90 launch event at RHS Chelsea in May, Arit Anderson will be stepping into the role of main presenter for the ceremony in November. (Following Ebs Akintade’s terrific turn at last year’s Awards.) An award-winning garden designer and popular television presenter, Arit’s career in garden design has been varied and well decorated. Following a lengthy career in fashion, creative events, and holistic therapies, Arit moved into horticulture upon finding that the disciplines seamlessly converged when…

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