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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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    • Spring Conference

      SGD announces live-streaming of Spring Conference

      The SGD Spring Conference will be available via live-streaming and on-demand for the first time on 27th April 2019. Allowing the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience and share the experience with as many people as possible. Taking place in London, the conference will feature a first-class line-up of speakers from the worlds of garden design, research and horticulture. They will explore the topic: ‘Sex in the Garden – flowers, fruit & foraging’. There is a choice to watch it individually or in groups for a discounted rate. Subscribers will…

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    • Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

      The Perennial Lifeline Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations from across the horticulture industry. It will be built with the help of apprentices from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The group of apprentices took part in creating a mock up of elements of the garden at Urban Landscape Design’s training centre in Cheshire.   The garden is being designed by Chelsea first timers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Landscaping contractor for the garden, Ross Conquest of Conquest Creative Spaces led the training day with the group of year two apprentices.…

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    • Thrive

      Thrive announced as charity partner for SGD Awards 2020

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020. Following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. The money will be raised at the SGD Awards Ceremony, which will be on Friday 31 January 2020.   Thrive – the gardening for health charity – specialises in using therapeutic horticulture to improve people’s lives.Working with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health. The charity uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). This helps improve…

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    • climate change

      Landscape Institute 2019 elections

      Nominations for the 2019 LI elections have opened. The Landscape Institute has called for nominations to its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 session years. LI Board and Council play a crucial part in running the Institute. Alongside the LI staff team, Trustees and Council members help the LI to deliver its purpose under Royal Charter, achieve its business objectives, and equip the profession to meet future challenges. Nominations close on 11 April 2019. The elections will take place online throughout May. Every two years, the LI elects a new generation of officers and Council members…

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    • APL Awards 2019

      APL Awards 2019 winners announced

      Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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    • plants@work Awards

      [email protected] Awards 2019 winners announced

      This year [email protected] held its Leaf Award Ceremony at the end of FutureScape Spring on 12 March in the Brasserie at Sandown Park Racecourse. [email protected] members were invited to submit entries by the end of November last year and during February the judges made visits to sites to assess their entries. The winners are as follows: Best Project 2019: Design & Installation Mitie Landscapes Ltd Project: Deloitte, One New Street Square Best Project 2019: Maintenance Biotecture Ltd Project: Regal House Mitie landscapes Ltd Project: 1 Angel Square, Manchester Design & Installation over £10,000 Gold Leaf Ambius Project: 3 Temple Quay Project: Ingenuity House Project: Reckitt Benckiser Gold…

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    • Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open

      Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open until 5 April 2019.   The WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).   The competitors who qualify in the competition can progress through to the National Final in November. This is held at WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham.   This competition requires trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas, planning and material management.   There will be regional heats, followed by a semi-final. The semi-final will consist of three days of training and testing on planting,…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Awards announces new category for 2020

      The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto. The Beth Chatto Eco Garden Award is open to all SGD members. It will be presented for a project where the design focus is on the garden’s environmental impact by the creative, ecological use of materials and planting, to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife. Lynne Marcus MSGD, Council Member for the SGD Awards, said: “Beth Chatto was one of the most influential horticulturalists of the last 50 years. Her firmly held…

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    • Bradstone

      Association of Professional Landscapers to support Bradstone Assured accreditation scheme

      Bradstone has partnered with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) as an independent accreditor.   Under this partnership it means that new and existing Bradstone Assured installers will have the opportunity to join the APL. Benefiting from an independent inspection covering not only the technical, but accrediting and supporting potential members with checks on health and safety, paper work and process.   New and existing APL accredited landscapers will also have the opportunity to be automatically enrolled on the Bradstone Assured scheme. This will unlock the benefits of a 10-year product guarantee on Bradstone products and a five-year installation guarantee.…

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    • BALI Awards 2019

      Entries now open for the 43rd BALI Awards 2019

      Entries are now open for the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards supported by Headline Sponsor Green-tech. The awards returns on Friday 6 December at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane London. BALI Registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at baliawards.co.uk and enter their scheme(s). BALI Registered members can take advantage of this year’s Early Bird discounted rates. The first deadline for Registered Contractor, Registered Designer and Group members set for 24 April 2019. The Early Bird deadline for International, Affiliate Exceptional Service and Employer Excellence categories is 5 June 2019. BALI have introduced one new category…

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    • Greening Grey Britain

      RHS Greening Grey Britain application for grants open

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on communities across the UK to transform an unloved local space into a green haven this summer. Now in its fourth year, the RHS Greening Grey Britain scheme, supported by M&G Investments, is offering up to 50 intergenerational gardening projects across the country £500 worth of plants and materials as well as expert advice to help get their plans underway. Projects should help improve health and wellbeing, address environmental issues or support local wildlife. They might include turning forgotten littered corners into vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down…

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    • Mother Orchard

      RHS membership hits half a million mark

      Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) celebrates reaching a record membership of half a million, suggesting the UK’s leading gardening charity is now more accessible and relevant to people than it has ever been in its 215-year history. RHS director general Sue Biggs says: “We’re delighted to reach a milestone 500,000 members because it marks progress towards achieving our goal to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. “We’re fiercely committed to getting as many people gardening as possible because of the immense positive difference plants and gardens have on our health…

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    • Spring Conference

      SGD Awards 2019

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    • Plant Health

      Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

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    • hta

      Are you Plant Healthy?

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    • sector skills gap survey

      BALI sponsors Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme 2019

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    • APL Awards 2019

      Pro Landscaper names to take to the stage at APL Awards 2019

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    • james barnes

      James Barnes appointed as Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

      The HTA is delighted to announce that James Barnes has been appointed as Chairman of its Association,with effect from January 2019. James is a well-known and respected figure across the horticultural industry and brings with him over 23 years of experience in garden retail. He will join the HTA Board, and work in conjunction with the President and the Board, and with the Senior Executive Director and Management team supporting the HTA’s strategic direction. Between 1989 and 2013, James was Chief Executive of Dobbies Garden Centres and was instrumental in developing Dobbies from a turnover of £4m to over £150m.…

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    • Horticulture/ Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship approved

      The new scheme, announced by the arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape apprenticeship trailblazer group will provide the technical and supervisory skills for those who are maintaining and installing parks, gardens and commercial landscapes. The approval of a horticulture/landscaper supervisor apprenticeship is the latest in a suite of new standards which are revolutionising careers for the future in arboriculture, forestry horticulture and landscape industries. This apprenticeship joins the arborist, forest operative and horticulture / landscape operative apprenticeship standards that were approved in the summer of 2017. Designed by employers working together as the trailblazer group, they contain the skills, knowledge and…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

      The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally. Adam White, president of the…

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    • SGD

      Society of Garden Designers launches new membership film

      The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has released a new membership film designed to promote the benefits of registered membership and support members, and other designers in profession, who are considering undertaking the SGD adjudication process to become fully registered members. Titled ‘Membership of the Society of Garden Designers’, the film features SGD Council member Andrew Duff MSGD explaining the benefits of registered membership alongside six members sharing their experience of the SGD adjudication process and describing how registered membership has supported them as professional garden designers and helped their businesses to grow. Sarah Morgan MSGD, Chair of the SGD said: “I am delighted…

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