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    • Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS

      Two trainees, Lee McPherson and Ross Yuile, from the horticulture industry have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills). The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March 2020.   Lee, aged 49 from Edinburgh, has been doing an SVQ in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces with East Lothian Council through SRUC.   Lee said: “I started gaining an interest in horticulture when I was a young boy, living in Kent, and helping my dad with the gardening and propagation of Fuschias. I can think of no…

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    • Pro Landscaper Business Awards shortlist announced

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    • The Nurture Landscapes Group celebrates award-winning year

      The Nurture Landscapes Group, consisting of Nurture Landscapes and Gavin Jones, collected a total of 27 trade awards and accolades in 2019. It was also named on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list for the third time in six years. The company’s grounds maintenance and landscaping work across the UK was recognised through winning numerous trade awards and accreditations, including nine awards at this month’s British Association of Landscaping Industries (BALI) Awards. Nurture Landscapes scooped five Principal Awards for both its interior and exterior landscaping work.   Nurture Landscapes also received a special award for ‘bringing life…

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    • Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park. Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he…

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    • New Year's Honours

      New Year’s Honour for Kew’s Tony Kirkham

      Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum, gardens and horticultural services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2020. This is for his invaluable contribution to horticulture over the last 41 years. During his tenure at RBG Kew, it has been said that Tony has brought unbridled ambition, ideas and creativity to his work. At Kew, around the UK and indeed globally Tony has championed education in arboriculture as well as transforming practices in tree management and the control of pests and diseases. Among his many achievements at Kew, in…

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    • Garden Club Lodon

      Garden Club London win German Design Award

      London based urban landscape design and build company Garden Club London have won a prestigious award from the German Design Council in the Urban Space and Infrastructure category for the multi-award winning ‘Floating Pocket Park’ at Merchant Square, Paddington. The German Design Awards constitute the German Design Council’s premium international prize and is one of the world’s most renowned design competitions. The Floating Pocket Park is a unique horticultural open public space, a first of its kind in Europe. The planters and walkways connecting the various open public spaces float on a carefully designed system of pontoons on the canal…

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    • Arbodeck Awards

      Simon Thomas Carpentry scoops ‘Best of Trex’ at 2019 Arbordeck Awards

      The 2019 Arbordeck Awards took place at FutureScape on Tuesday 19 Novemeber. Swansea-based Simon Thomas Carpentry has taken the top prize at the 2019 Arbordeck Awards, with its Bryntirion project named as ‘Best of Trex®’ thanks to its striking star design and lighting features. Simon Thomas Carpentry’s Bryntirion project gained the attention of the judges due to the unique central star design on the 30m2 deck, completed with benches featuring under-seat lighting. And as a result, owner and installer Simon Thomas has been awarded a money-can’t-buy trip to Washington, D.C. where he’ll be given a tour of Trex University and production…

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    • London Stansted wins gold at Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice

      London Stansted’s first ever Biodiversity Week in March this year saw the airport hand out 3,000 silver birch trees to staff. Due to this it has won gold at the prestigious Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice.   It’s the second year running the airport has picked up the top prize at the awards. In 2018 it won for its ongoing support of local foodbanks in Uttlesford, Essex and East Hertfordshire.   Stansted’s environment manager Martin Churley collected the honour at a special event held at the Houses of Parliament. Speaking of the award he said:   “ To win…

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    • VIDEO: Last chance to enter the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      The Pro Landscaper Business Awards are the only awards in the landscaping industry that focuses on good business practice. It sets out to highlight and reward the excellence and determination of those running consistently successful businesses in the landscaping sector. With up to 400 of the industry’s top names in one room, the award ceremony offers a unique opportunity to network, raise your profile, make new business contacts and celebrate your achievements in the business arena. There are 18 categories to enter. View the video below to see the full list of categories. Strengthen your brand and establish your company…

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    • Cube 1994

      Cube 1994 achieves Gold Accreditation with Investors in People

      Essex Garden Design and Landscaping Company, Cube 1994 have been awarded with We invest in people, GOLD accreditation. An internationally recognised achievement, they are the first residential design and build company in the UK to be awarded gold, and on their first attempt. For a number of years, Cube 1994 have been working with their team to improve practices and make work a better place. They understand that success begins and ends with their people and have invested in training, developing and rewarding their team.   Only 16% of accredited organisations achieve Gold. It is a fantastic effort for any…

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    • Bali Awards

      Ground Control awarded BALI’s highest accolade for The Children’s Garden at Kew

      Ground Control has been awarded the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious Grand Award at the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards 2019, sponsored by Green-tech, for The Children’s Garden, Kew. Ground Control’s project, The Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was entered into the Community and Schools Development category.   Ground Control developed the initial design concept, engaged with Kew’s visitors, local community groups and larger public organisations before transforming a large under-used area into a unique play and learning space. Children of all ages can now enjoy a beautiful adventure space unaware they are learning about nature, plants…

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    • Talasey Group honours landscapers

      Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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    • the sunday times fast track 100

      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 and Gardens

      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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