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  • Photo of BALI National Landscape Awards are open for entries

    BALI National Landscape Awards are open for entries

    Accredited members can now enter the 2021 National Landscape Awards, the largest of their kind anywhere in Europe, and with the announcement of entries opening there are also a number of exciting opportunities for 2021. Due to the effects of COVID-19, Contractor, Designer and International members, for 2021 only, now have the opportunity to submit a scheme that has achieved practical completion in the last 24 months, instead of the normal 12 months affording members more flexibility in what has been a difficult year. With sustainability becoming increasingly important within the industry, alongside the 32 categories available to enter, a…

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  • Photo of Announcing BALI Chalk Fund Champions

    Announcing BALI Chalk Fund Champions

    The British Association of Landscape Industries’ own charity, the BALI Chalk Fund, has launched Chalk Fund Champions to help combat the industry skills gap. This new funding scheme will open doors for individuals and businesses looking to support ongoing training and development in the landscape sector. Trustees of the Chalk Fund have ambitious plans to increase both the level of funds raised and the amount of activity following the launch of the Champions, a scheme which provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to invest in the education, training, motivating and equipping of the next generation of landscape professionals. The…

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  • Photo of British Association of Landscape Industries launches fresh new brand

    British Association of Landscape Industries launches fresh new brand

    The British Association of Landscape Industries has unveiled its new look ahead of its 50th year in business in 2022, marking the start of a new chapter in the Trade Association’s prestigious history. Spearheading the brand is the Association’s fresh, contemporary new identity, boldly updated for 2021 while celebrating its heritage. Following a three-year development cycle which saw the team at Landscape House carry out research and analysis, a series of stakeholder interviews and a brand positioning exercise, several significant changes were decided upon to improve the Association’s continued efforts to promote, support and inspire its members, the wider landscape…

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  • Photo of Jim Wilkinson comments on the 2021 APL Awards

    Jim Wilkinson comments on the 2021 APL Awards

    As we sat down last Friday evening waiting for this year’s APL awards to kick off, we were disappointed not to be in London as it is a day that the team really enjoys. In fact it was the last live event we attended in 2020, (not then realising quite such a momentous occasion it would become) and we’re now looking forward to when we will all gather for another spectacular day in 2022. Back to this year’s virtual event, (bearing in mind we have sat through many virtual awards in the last 12 months and even hosted a couple)…

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  • Photo of APL Awards 2021 supreme winner awarded to Landform Consultants

    APL Awards 2021 supreme winner awarded to Landform Consultants

    The annual APL awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place virtually for the first time in the awards history on Friday 12 March. The platform was specially created by Events Engineering to capture the APL Awards spirit of celebration and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Landform Consultants Ltd took the Supreme Winner award for their project: Cottonmill Spa Garden, Sopwell House Hotel. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden category. Sopwell House is a privately owned hotel, which in recent years has invested in making elements of the hotel very high end. The spa was the latest project. A member’s only luxury spa complex complete with its own gated spa garden, designed…

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  • Photo of Mobilane joins Green Roof Organisation

    Mobilane joins Green Roof Organisation

    Mobilane has joined the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) as supplier members. Mobilane is a pioneer in the development of green roof technology and products with their MobiRoof green roof systems.   The Company is pleased to be able to support the organisation as they look to encourage the retrofitting of green roofs to existing buildings. They also promote installations of high quality green roofing in every city and town. The GRO represents all elements of the UK green roof industry. This includes specialist contractors, suppliers, other trade bodies, NGOs, ecologists, architects and designers.   Aligned with Mobilane’s own aims, the…

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  • Photo of AFI Statement: Ongoing Failure of Treated Timber posts in ground contact

    AFI Statement: Ongoing Failure of Treated Timber posts in ground contact

    The AFI questionnaire on the performance of treated timber posts in ground contact has had over 200 responses. There is no doubt that there is a serious problem with reliability about current chemical treatments. There have been considerable numbers of failures.   Contractors are often having to accept most of the resulting costs and suffering a loss of reputation with clients. The AFI cannot allow this situation to continue unchallenged.   Whist the Wood Protection Association (WPA) has acknowledged that there have been examples of premature failure of preservative treated wood in ground contact over recent years, they feel that…

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  • 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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  • Photo of Landscape Institute 2021 elections

    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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