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  • HMP & YOI Parc

    Welsh prison wins RHS gardening award

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  • BALI awards

    BALI National Landscape Awards 2019 tickets now on sale

    Tickets for this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards,are now on sale. The Awards’ expert Adjudication Panel, led by Chair of the Adjudication Panel John Melmoe completed their site visits for applicable schemes earlier this month and final deliberations set to take place on 27, 28 and 29 August. With a record number of entries submitted since 2009, the BALI Award Adjudicators have been busy over the summer judging schemes up and down the country, with early indications showing once again a very high standard of quality has been achieved. Early bird tickets are available, priced at £175 per person (full…

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  • 2019 APL WorldSkills finalists announced

    Heats for the APL WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. The final heat of the competition took place at the end of July, and over the three days 14 competitors from colleges around the UK took part in industry led training sessions and tests.Tests included paving, disc cutting, carpentry, garden design and a plant ident. The test pieces directly assessed the competitors on what they had been taught, which focused on the latest developments and innovations in the…

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  • Garden designers

    VIDEO: SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

    The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Featuring interviews with three registered members of the Society – Lee Bestall MSGD, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and Adolfo Harrison MSGD – the film highlights the process and stages involved in commissioning a registered member from the initial brief through to the finished garden. Shot on location in London, Sheffield and Hampshire, the film features interviews with clients who share their positive experiences of working with two of the designers featured in the film and the…

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  • climate change

    The Landscape Institute is calling for creative proposals that visualise the impact of climate change

    The Landscape Institute recently declared a climate emergency and the autumn edition of the Landscape journal will be devoted to this topic.   The focus will be on the practical and technical steps that landscape practitioners can take to influence their clients, built environment professionals, partners and policy makers.   One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change has been getting the public to take the issue seriously. Blue Planet, the film by David Attenborough, had a huge impact because it was able to show exactly what plastic in the Ocean looks like.   Landscape architect Stephen Sheppard proposes a new…

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  • James Scott on the value of professional trade associations

    After participating as a speaker at Pro Landscaper LIVE Kent, James Scott considered the value of being a member of a professional trade association. Here, the managing director of Hertfordshire-based The Garden Company shares his thoughts. Last month I was invited to take part in a seminar discussion at a Pro Landscaper LIVE event. Our theme was ‘the real value of trade associations’. Along with fellow speakers Wayne Grills of BALI, Rod Winrow of the APL and Ramon Lawal of Outdoor Creations, we had a lively debate with our audience, ably chaired of course by Jim Wilkinson of Pro Landscaper.…

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  • APL WorldSkills 2019 final national heat announced

    Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, Highgrove Landscaping Ltd, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College – Pershore College, Wiltshire College and Writtle University College. The 14 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Daniel…

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  • LCGD

    LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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  • Favourite Office Plant 2019 announced

    Philodendron xanadu has been pronounced the winner of this year’s Favourite Office Plant 2019.   The judges present for the judging were Matthew Appleby of Horticulture Week, Claudia de Yong, award-winning garden designer and Chanel de Kock of the Flower Council of Holland.   They all felt that Philodendron xanadu fulfilled the criteria of a retro revival with its lush, leafy form much as last year’s winner the Monstera deliciosa. They also agreed that it works well on its own or as under-planting.   Voting secured the top spot for the Philodendron by 5 votes to 3 with the Epiphyllum…

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  • Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL named RHS vice president

    Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent, OBE DL has been appointed Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it was announced earlier this week. The honorary role of Vice President is awarded in recognition of distinguished service and support for the charity’s mission to inspire everyone to grow. A keen gardener and long-time education champion, Baroness Floella Benjamin was made an RHS Ambassador in 2016 to support the benefits of gardening for young people and communities. Since then she has supported the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Greening Great Britain – a call for the creation of more…

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  • Madeleine Evans

    [email protected] elects a new committee

    Following [email protected]’s AGM, it has announced that Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services accepted the role of chair for a second year.   Madeleine said: “I am pleased to accept the role of chair again this year and hope to be able to devote more time to promoting the association and supporting members with our events. As well as encouraging more members to get involved in whatever ways they can. The first opportunity for this will be National Plants at Work Week in July when I hope even more members than last year will take part.”   To support Madeleine, David…

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  • BALI

    BALI’s scheme withdraws all Industry Accreditation cards

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  • Alan Titchmarsh to open Harlow Carr Flower Show

    The RHS has announced that gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh is to open the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show at 10.30am on 21 June. This is to mark 70 years of the North Yorkshire garden.The RHS Ambassador and Vice-President, who celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 May, will give a talk about his life in horticulture. As well as putting the final touches to a floral cake to open the show.   The Northern Horticultural Society leased the land for RHS Garden Harlow Carr from the Harrogate Corporation in 1949 and the garden opened to the public in 1950. Once…

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  • Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

    On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019. Successful candidates President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%) Vice President Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%) Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%) Non-Chartered Board Member Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed Advisory Council Ordinary Members Catherine Birkin CMLI,…

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  • RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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  • What’s your favourite office plant?

    Every year [email protected] looks for the Favourite Office Plant from a nominated ‘long list’. Voting whittles the list down to three plants according to that year’s criteria. The short-listed three plants take their places before a panel of judges who select the winning plant for the year.   This award has been running for nine years and past winners have been:    2018 Monstera deliosa 2017 Aspidistra 2016 Rhipsalis  2015 Medinilla magnifica  2014 Echeveria  2013 Peace Lily( Spathiphylum) 2012 Vanda orchid  2011 Phalaenopsis orchid 2010 Beaucarnia Bonsai   The plants that get the most votes and fall into one or more…

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  • RHS calls on volunteers to spot spittlebugs

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners, nature lovers and citizen scientists to help the UK respond to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that results in the disease and death of many popular garden plants.   The charity, working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs thousands of volunteers to help map the distribution of spittlebugs. It is one of the chief carriers of Xylella, that can be found in gardens, meadows, grasslands and woodlands from April to late June.   Spittlebugs, also called froghoppers, are small, sap-sucking insects that can transmit Xylella as…

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  • sector skills gap survey

    Industry responds to latest ornamental horticulture sector skills gap survey

    A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is underway. Over 300 businesses have already provided insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector.   The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) commissioned the study.   The Ornamental Horticulture Sector stakeholder group is seeking to investigate the future skills needs of the Ornamental Horticulture sector. This is in terms of key skills and the requirements and challenges facing the sector in the future (including scenarios and implications for future workforce change).   BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills said: “Results from this survey…

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  • RHS Wisley

    New Welcome Building at RHS Garden Wisley

    A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey), to be opened on June 10. It will be opened by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh.   A bigger Plant Centre covering 5000sqm will stock tens of thousands of plants. As well as featuring displays by specialist UK growers all year round. Alan Titchmarsh says: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These…

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  • Applications now open for RHS Master of Horticulture programme

    Applications are now open for the RHS Master of Horticulture 2019 programme. The prestigious degree-level qualification saw a record number of applications in 2018 for the 40 places available. Delivered mostly online and commencing in October, the three-year course is designed to work around a full-time job and hone candidates’ managerial and business skills; crucial to reaching the top levels of professional horticulture or launching a successful horticultural business. The RHS Master of Horticulture programme increasingly attracts applicants from across the world with this year’s graduates including professionals from the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, National Trust properties…

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  • Online voting opens for Landscape Institute Board and Council elections

    Voting for the Landscape Institute (LI) Advisory Council and Board of Trustees elections 2019 is now open. This year, LI members will cast their votes to fill 11 positions: President Elect Vice-President Honorary Secretary 7 Ordinary Advisory Council Members (Chartered) 1 Ordinary Advisory Council Member (Student) All Landscape Institute (LI) members will receive an email directing them to the LI elections website, where they can access candidate statements, videos, and links to vote for the positions they are eligible to elect. (If you have not received your email, please contact Mi-Voice support: [email protected] or +44 (0)2380 763987.) There are a total of 20…

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  • Spring Conference

    SGD Spring Conference live-streaming was a success

    The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was offered for the first time at the Society’s Spring Conference on the 27th April, has been hailed a great success. It attracted delegates from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Estonia and Ireland. Introduced to allow the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, delegates were able to watch the conference live from London in the comfort of their own homes and offices anywhere in the world, sharing the experience with those at the venue. Following the…

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  • Mother Orchard

    RHS’ garden fund to help grow healthier communities

    More communities than ever before are using gardening to promote good health and wellbeing, according to the RHS’ Greening Great Britain funding programme, supported by M&G Investments.   Two thirds (66%) of the 56 projects that will receive £500 funding and practical support this summer have made health and wellbeing their top priority. These will see intergenerational groups turn neglected corners into blossoming green spaces. These spaces encourage and support social interaction, complement local social prescribing schemes or promote healthy eating.   The Greening Great Britain programme is now in its fourth year. It encourages communities to come together to…

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  • climate change

    LI launches new biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit. This toolkit will help landscape professionals tackle the pests and diseases that threaten our landscapes.   Plant health and biosecurity issues present a major threat to ecosystem resilience. And with the uncertainty in the UK’s trading future with the EU, it is crucial that those in the landscape sector implement biosecurity principles at every stage of their work. Background Plant pests and diseases are a normal characteristic of the environment and usually exist in equilibrium with their hosts, which naturally limit their spread. At a landscape scale, some pests and diseases can be…

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  • Greening Great Britain

    RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign expands to Greening Great Britain

    The RHS is expanding its Greening Grey Britain campaign to Greening Great Britain. This is to promote that growing more plants in any setting is vital for the environment and our health and wellbeing.   A new survey has revealed the extent of RHS members’ gardening activities and the broadened campaign, which still encompasses the importance of greening the grey, better recognises the significant impact they are making by adding some 22 million plants to their gardens each year and the wider work of the charity.   The area of new plants grown by RHS members last year is the…

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