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    Nurture Landscapes features on Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list

    Nationwide landscaping and grounds maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes has returned to the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list, coming 65th overall.   This is the company’s third inclusion in the past six years, and marks its highest position. Nurture was first listed in the table in 2014, achieving a ranking of 92 out of 100, and then in the following year, when it ranked 98th.   The league table recognises fastest-growing sales over the latest three years of UK companies, with several leading names appearing on lists both past and present.   First established in 2008, Nurture Landscapes…

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  • Landscape Institute Awards

    Landscape Institute Awards winners announced

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  • Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

    Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November. The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business…

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  • Nigel Mead

    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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  • 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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  • Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Award winners announced

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  • Lantra Scotland

    Final nominations call for Lantra’s ALBAS awards

    The deadline for applications for Lantra Scotland’s 2020 Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS) is Friday 15 November. Rural employers, colleges and schools are being asked to put forward their top learners.   An independent panel of judges will then shortlist the finalists. Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5 March 2020. The ceremony will be hosted by farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.   The awards are open to learners in agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, animal care, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber…

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  • Arbordeck awards

    Arbordeck Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

    The Arbordeck Awards have proved to be a resounding success, with dozens of entries from decking installers the length and breadth of the country – and Arbor Forest Products and Trex has now revealed the 2019 category shortlists. The judges have narrowed down the shortlist to 15 installers across the five categories – Best Large Trex Deck, Best Small Trex Deck, Best Trex Design Solution, Best Commercial Trex Deck, and, new for 2019, Best Arbordeck Softwood Timber Deck. Any of the shortlisted companies could go on to win the prestigious ‘Deck of the Year’ accolade and the top prize of…

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  • 30 Under 30

    30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2019 winners announced

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  • Perth

    Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

    The Scottish city of Perth has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 55th annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   The ‘Fair City’ wowed RHS judges with its urban green spaces, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.   Sustainability is at the heart of Perth’s approach. Parks, gardens and biodiversity hotspots line the River Tay, some of which are designed to mitigate flood risk. Also many seasonal bedding displays have been swapped for plants including foxgloves, Salvia and flowering shrubs to provide year-round food…

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    Newby Hall crowned 2019 Historic Houses Garden of the Year

    Yorkshire’s Newby Hall is officially the nation’s favourite country house garden after scooping nearly a third of the votes in the first ever public online poll for the Historic Houses Garden of the Year.   Newby’s magnificent 40 acres of gardens and woodland triumphed against seven other leading gardens for the 2019 title in a head-to-head contest, sponsored by Christies. The prestigious Historic Houses award was redesigned and relaunched this year, featuring a shortlist for the first time since its creation in 1984. Previous winners were encouraged to participate – Newby Hall won in 1986 and so also becomes the…

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  • Pro Landscaper Podium Awards

    Entry for the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards is now open

    Entries are now open for the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards 2020, sponsored by Bourne Amenity, following the hugely successful launch of the awards at the inaugural FutureScape Spring last year. With podiums being one of the fastest growing trends in the landscaping sector, Pro Landscaper wants to recognise those who have built, designed or supplied beautiful landscapes on these structures. The 2019 Pro Landscaper Podium Awards ceremony was hailed a great success by those who attended and gave the audience the perfect opportunity to network and source new contacts over canapes and a glass of bubbly. Held at the spring…

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  • Liverpool’s Allerton Oak crowned England’s Tree of the Year

    Liverpool’s lofty Allerton Oak has been crowned England’s Tree of the Year.   The tree, which stands in the city’s Calderstones Park received 34% of more than 11,000 votes cast in the Woodland Trust’s annual competition. It will now represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year contest which begins in February 2020.   Adam Cormack, Head of Campaigning, at the Woodland Trust said:   “The Allerton Oak is a spectacular example of a city tree. It has stood in Calderstones Park for centuries and has an intriguing story. Trees are an important part of the urban landscape…

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  • 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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  • Ann-Marie Powell nominated as a Woman of the Year

    Ann-Marie Powell has been nominated as a Woman of the Year at the annual Women of the Year Lunch and Awards sponsored by Barclays.  The annual event was held on Monday 14 October at the Royal Lancaster London. It s the longest running celebration of extraordinary women in the UK. Each year a nominating council elects just 450 women from all walks of life to attend The Women of the Year Lunch, each handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only themselves but also the millions of extraordinary…

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  • Eljays44

    FutureScape makes its mark at events industry awards

    FutureScape, the premier B2B event for the landscape industry was shortlisted in three categories at the 2019 EN Indy Awards. On Friday 11 October at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London, Eljays44 director Jamie Wilkinson picked up the award for Best Show Director for FutureScape, with the event also receiving a special commendation in the Best Brand Expansion category. FutureScape, launched in 2012, is recognised as the leader in its field and these most recent accolades have now helped to further raise the profile of the landscape sector in the events industry. Jamie Wilkinson, Director and Show Director commented:…

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  • 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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  • Spring Conference

    The SGD has announced the finalists in The SGD Awards 2020

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  • Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards shortlist announced

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  • Last chance to enter the Arbordeck Awards 2019

    The countdown is on for the Arbordeck Awards, with just a few days remaining to submit an award-worthy Trex composite deck or Arbordeck softwood timber deck to the judges. The prestigious awards not only offer installers the chance to win a trip to Washington DC, they offer the opportunity to showcase their best work to a wide audience of potential customers thanks to extensive coverage across Pro Landscaper magazine, the Arbordeck website and social media channels. Decking installers or DIYers can enter five categories this year: Best Small Trex Deck, Best Large Trex Deck, Best Commercial Trex Deck, Best Trex…

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  • Clematis

    Public vote for their favourite clematis in RHS People’s Choice Award

    The public has crowned their favourite new Clematis in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards.   Visitors to the trial fields at RHS Garden Harlow Carr voted in their thousands across 28 latest varieties of clematis put to the test this summer.   Clematis KINGFISHER (‘Evipo037’) wowed visitors with its profusion of indigo flowers and creamy yellow anthers. Runner up Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska-Curie’ was described by one voter as “spectacular – like a bride in bloom” while Clematis Zara = ‘Evipo062’ secured third place with its abundance of delicate lilac flowers and a long flowering life.  …

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  • Success for Eljays44 and FutureScape events team at 2019 EN Indy Awards

    The 2019 EN Indy Awards is an event organised by Exhibition News which awards the efforts independent exhibition organisers. This year sees our publishing company Eljays44 Limited in the running for three awards. With the winners to be announced at the 2019 EN Indy Awards ceremony at The Honourable Artillery Company on 11 October, the three categories Eljays44 were nominated in are: BEST SHOW DIRECTOR: Jamie Wilkinson BEST TRADE LAUNCH: FutureScape Spring BEST BRAND EXPANSION: FutureScape Spring The award nominations from Jamie and the FutureScape events team demonstrated clarity, vision and a great affinity with the landscaping community, focusing on…

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  • Harrogate flower show

    Harrogate Autumn Flower Show results

    North Yorkshire nursery RV Roger has taken top honours for the second year running at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.   The company won Best in Show for plant nursery exhibits, with a fantastic display of over 230 different types of apple, pear, quince and other fruits. Best in Show for Special Educational/Scientific exhibits went to Hoyland Plant Centre.   The garden, which depicts a disused railway line turned over to nature, won top marks and a Premier Gold Award in this year’s Creative Spaces beds and borders competition.   Premier Gold also went to a design featuring carnivorous…

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  • Ground Control rounds off a successful summer with more awards and industry recognition

    Ground Control, has once again added to its ever-expanding collection of industry and business accolades. In September, it was presented with two BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) National Awards development of the Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, as well as being listed for the third time in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2019 Report. The two BALI awards, in the ‘Community & Schools Development’ and ‘Hard Landscaping Construction’ categories, are in recognition of the significant design and build contract to create the hugely popular new attraction in collaboration with the…

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  • Stanley Park in Blackpool named as the UK’s Best Park

    Voters have crowned Stanley Park in Blackpool, Lancashire as the UK’s Best Park 2019.   The awards received a record number of 364 nominations. All eligible nominations then progressed to a public vote, where 36,832 then voted.   This year your votes also helped give “Much Loved” status to 73 parks and green spaces which placed within the top 20% of nominations.   Receiving an estimated two million visitors annually, Stanley Park was opened in 1926 and as well as an abundance of sporting facilities boasts a number of iconic features. Impressive Italian Gardens at its centre are flanked on…

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