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  • Photo of Thrive announced as charity partner for SGD Awards 2020

    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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    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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  • Photo of APL Awards 2019 winners announced

    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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  • Photo of plants@work Awards 2019 winners announced

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

    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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  • Photo of SGD Awards announces new category for 2020

    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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  • Photo of Association of Professional Landscapers to support Bradstone Assured accreditation scheme

    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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  • Photo of Entries now open for the 43rd 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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  • Photo of RHS Greening Grey Britain application for grants open

    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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  • Photo of RHS membership hits half a million mark

    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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    SGD Awards 2019

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  • Photo of Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

    Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

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    Are you Plant Healthy?

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  • Photo of BALI sponsors Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme 2019

    BALI sponsors Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme 2019

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper names to take to the stage at APL Awards 2019

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

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

    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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  • Photo of Horticulture/ Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship approved

    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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  • Photo of Winners announced in prestigious 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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  • Photo of Society of Garden Designers launches new membership film

    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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  • Photo of BALI at FutureScape 2018

    BALI at FutureScape 2018

    The future is literally right around the corner for BALI and its members as they make last minute preparations for FutureScape 2018, one of the most successful industry trade events for landscaping, garden design, grounds maintenance and supply. BALI is proud to be supporting the Eljays44 operated event which once again returns to Sandown Park Racecourse in leafy Esher in Surrey on Tuesday 20 November. BALI’s stand number is 89 and is located in the Surrey Hall. Both BALI’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Darren Taylor, and Education Officer Stephen Ensell will be in attendance, supporting both BALI and its members…

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  • Photo of LI consults members on landscape apprenticeships and categories

    LI consults members on landscape apprenticeships and categories

    The Landscape Institute is seeking members’ views to help it remain a relevant and supportive professional body. In the run up to its 90th anniversary, the LI has begun a major project to improve its relevance to the wider landscape sector. Recent research conducted by the LI has highlighted a number of challenges facing the sector: Significant skills shortages The need for greater professional inclusion; and New and emerging opportunities for people to enter the landscape profession The LI Board, Council and employee team have recognised the need to update the LI’s approach to membership to meet future needs. Membership categories…

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  • Photo of BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training

    BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training

    The BALI careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training. This aims to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships undertaken in the UK.   Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University have recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy. This proves that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.   YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA –…

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  • Photo of APL Awards 2019 shortlist

    APL Awards 2019 shortlist

    The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel.  On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, Rupert Keys and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Book your place at – www.aplawards.co.uk/book-your-seat The finalists are: Project Value…

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  • Photo of HTA Executive Team to drive member value

    HTA Executive Team to drive member value

    Following a review from the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will strengthen in line with anticipated member needs.   Adam Taylor, president, said: “The Board has decided to install some improvements, including enhanced communication with membership. It also includes increased ability to influence government at a time of significant change. The Board is confident that this structure will drive HTA member value. I have no doubt that the HTA is in a position of great strength. The Executive Team, headed by Alex Vick, will drive the association forwards.”   Martin Simmons, taking on the new role of…

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  • Photo of Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

    Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

    Shortlist of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of the Landscape Institute Awards 2018 ceremony.   The Landscape Institute announces the shortlist of finalists for the Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals. This includes landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the power landscape has to impact people’s lives.   Over 160 entries came from around the world and the winners will receive their award at the ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. The event recognises and celebrates excellence,…

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