• SureSet

    SureSet to hold its inaugural Elite Approved Installer Award Ceremony

    On Monday 17 October SureSet resin bound paving is holding its inaugural Elite Approved Installer Award Ceremony at the National Self Build and Renovating Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon. SureSet’s network of Approved Installers supports its highly skilled Installation Team with both residential and commercial resin bound paving projects across the UK. Based on a set criteria – most importantly, customer feedback – SureSet has been recognising one company as its Elite Approved Installer of the Year for several years. Due to growth in the Company and its network of Approved Installers, SureSet has taken the Award to the next level with…

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  • garden

    Leicestershire Garden Design wins Niche Business Award

    On Friday 9th September, a team from Leicestershire Garden Design attended the Niche 2016 Business Awards and were overjoyed to be announced winners of the award for Trade and Construction. The Niche Business Awards were created to highlight and reward excellence across the Leicestershire region; recognising local companies who truly go the extra mile. Leicestershire Garden Design was chosen for this accolade because of their innovative business plans, exceptional customer feedback and for the craftsmanship and professionalism they bring to every garden design. Hosted by Niche Magazine, a Leicestershire publication that showcases the best of what the beautiful county has…

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  • Alan Power

    Honorary doctorate for Alan Power

    Alan Power, garden and estate manager for the National Trust’s Stourhead Garden in Wiltshire, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Writtle University College for services to the horticultural sector. Power graduated from the college in 1993 and has since become a regular contributor to the BBC’s British Gardens in Time series and Gardeners’ World, as well as Radio Four’s PM programme. The award was presented at the annual graduation ceremony on 9 September at Chelmsford Cathedral. Students receiving special awards included Kieran Linale for best landscape planting design or thesis (undergraduate); Sinyae Hwang for best landscape planting design…

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  • bloom

    Two Stafford Borough parks have been awarded Britain in Bloom awards

    Two Stafford Borough parks have scooped prestigious Britain in Bloom awards. Stafford’s Victoria Park and Stonefield Park in Stone have been awarded Certificates of Achievement in the Parks in Bloom category of the competition. Stonefield Park has been awarded Silver-Gilt. This is given to an entrant that has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout and has in one or more areas been exceptionally thorough. The recipient is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future. Victoria Park has been awarded Silver. This award is for an above average entry, and has…

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  • plant

    Plant Heritage awards respected Scientific Status to two National Collections

    Leading plant conservation and membership charity Plant Heritage has awarded Scientific Status to two National Collections®: *Galanthus, held by Margaret and David MacLennan, Cumbria *Aucuba japonica cultivars, held by Linda Eggins, Worcestershire Attaining the award is a rare achievement – there are only 20 Scientific Status Collections from a total of 637 National Collections. Scientific Status is awarded to Collection Holders who are researching and developing their collection more actively, furthering the knowledge of a genus or plant group. Activities that help achieve Scientific Status include: evidence of published research a focus on sharing knowledge and plant material detailed record-keeping,…

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  • BALI

    Green-tech wins two BALI Landscape Awards

    Leading landscape supplier Green-tech has been announced as a winner in two BALI Landscape awards category – ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Affiliate Exceptional Service’. Green-tech will find out who is the overall Principle Award Winner at the BALI National Landscape Awards in London on Friday 2nd December. At the end of 2015 Green-tech moved into a new business park in North Yorkshire. It houses their head office, huge warehouses and large-scale dispatch operation, as well as office buildings and facilities for five other local businesses. Their head count has risen consistently over the last three years and currently stands…

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  • BALI

    Ground Control announced winners of five BALI Awards

    Ground Control, the UK’s leading external landscape solution provider, has this week been announced winners of 5 British Association of Landscape Industries Awards. Ground Control is among 58 BALI members who have been notified that they have won in this year’s awards. Ground Control’s 5 prestigious awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries represent great success in 2 different landscape projects, and also Employer Excellence, providing strong recognition of the company’s commitment to its people. Ground Control’s total BALI Awards now stands at 25 stretching back to 1985. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Awards and the ceremony…

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  • award

    Croydon Cemetery obtains its sixth Green Flag Award

    Ground Control is proud to reveal that Croydon Cemetery has been awarded another Green Flag, marking it as one of the best green spaces in the country. Mitcham Road Cemetery has been open since 1897, and is now celebrating its sixth Green Flag Award; the highest possible accolade in the horticultural industry. The award, run by environmental charity ‘Keeping Britain Tidy’, recognises and rewards the greatest parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has outstanding facilities. Ground…

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  • idverde

    idverde UK celebrate widespread success at BALI National Awards

    The company created from the merger of The Landscape Group and Quadron Services Ltd, idverde UK, is delighted to have been awarded eight National Awards at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) 40th anniversary Awards. The BALI Awards are held annually to recognise BALI members who have demonstrated remarkably high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of a wide variety of landscape schemes. idverde UK received awards across five different categories, bearing testament to the broad spectrum of high quality landscaping and maintenance services that clients can expect from idverde UK: Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park (Client: Southwark…

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  • sculpture

    Award-winning sculpture donated to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Spinal Injuries Unit

    Leading wealth manager, Brewin Dolphin has donated the spectacular Cocosphere sculpture that formed part of its award winning 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden to Horatio’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow. Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and carefully cares for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres, to provide gorgeous sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends. Stephen Martin, Head of Brewin Dolphin’s Glasgow office and Rosy Hardy, designer of Brewin Dolphin’s 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden and winner of 21 gold medals will hand over the sculpture at…

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  • Time to vote for your favourite park in the UK

    This year a record-breaking 1,701 parks and green spaces were awarded the respected, international Green Flag Award. You can find your nearest winners at Green Flag know just how much parks mean to people, so they have opened the People’s Choice award, giving the public a chance to vote for their favourite. Whether it’s a small, local park or a large community park or a public garden, as long as it’s a Green Flag Award winner you can vote for it. This year there is a difference, due to it being the 20th year of the Green Flag Award.…

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  • Lead garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith wins competition

    The Hepworth Wakefield, in West Yorkshire is delighted to announce details of the winning design for The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden. World-renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith has won the gallery’s competition to design a new public garden. Measuring approximately 6,000 square metres (two and a half football pitches), The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden will be one of the UK’s largest free public gardens. Tom Stuart-Smith was among the four shortlisted international garden designers and visionary landscape architects competing for the opportunity. The shortlist included: Christopher Bradley Hole and Brita von Schoenaich (joint submission), Cleve West, and Peter Wirtz. Tom Stuart-Smith…

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  • aquaculture

    Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture industries are searching for top learners

    Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries, has opened up nominations for its 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of the countries most talented and successful Modern Apprentices, trainees, school pupils, as well as mentors and secondary schools. Available for the agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber and land-based engineering industries, the awards are open for nominations until Friday 11th November. Finalists will be shortlisted in early in 2017,…

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  • BALI

    BALI National Landscape Awards adjudication has started

    BALI National Landscape Awards adjudication started on Tuesday the 23rd of August at the Landscape House and lasted three days. The BALI National Landscape Awards were first introduced in 1976 and are held once a year to recognise BALI members who have demonstrated outstandingly high standards of professionalism and skill in the accomplishment of a wide variety of landscape schemes. The range of categories for the awards are very widely ranged, making sure that every part of the landscaping industry is recognised, from the individual designer and domestic contractor to the largest multi-location company working in the commercial arena. To…

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  • Envirocare

    Envirocare Maintenance Solutions Awarded RoSPA Gold Medal Award

    Envirocare Maintenance Solutions, the grounds maintenance business operating across the UK, has been awarded a Gold Medal by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). This was to celebrate six consecutive years of Gold Awards. Rubbing shoulders with multinationals like Veolia, DHL, CBRE, Petronas and Siemens, Envirocare has scooped the Gold Medal award in the 60th year of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards. The award is a highly-regarded and sought after honour to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention. Through the scheme, which…

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  • Astilbe

    Astilbe wins ‘Best Novelty’ at Plantarium 2016

    Astilbe ‘Chocolate Cherry’ (MIGHTY) has been selected as the best novelty at Plantarium 2016. The plant was entered into the competition by Compass Plants BV from Hillegom. According to the jury, everything about this plant was right, the plant structure is perfect, it is full of leaves in an attractive, dark green colour and also has brown-bronze young leaves. The flowers have an uncommon and highly expressive colour, and the stems are a nice dark colour too. As well as the best novelty, four other plants were also awarded gold medals by the jury. With regard to Hydrangea macrophylla ‘H213901′…

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  • business

    Aura Landscapes named in ‘Small Biz 100’

    A family-run, award-winning landscaping solutions company from Southampton has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that concludes on the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on 3 December. The company Aura Landscapes, which offers garden design, patio transformations, driveways and commercial landscaping services, will be among those featured one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday. The company operates across the South Coast and is determined to change the outlook on landscaping and stamping out rogue traders. Paula Warman, who co-owns the…

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  • London College of Garden Design graduate wins premier student award in USA

    London College of Garden Design graduate, Jane Finlay has been announced as the winner of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ International Student Design Award for her design ‘The Restorative Garden’. After hearing of her success Jane said: “I was so delighted to have my design ‘validated’ on an international platform; awards such as this help to launch new careers and for me it’s now a firm step up on that ladder”. As Gold Award winner Jane will be awarded a scholarship and an award to be presented at the APLD’s International Landscape Design Conference to be held in Santa…

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  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

    Success for BALI members at the 2016 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

    BALI members have had another highly successful year at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, bringing home one Gold medal, one Silver-Gilt, three Silvers, one Bronze, and the Best Show Garden accolade. In the Show Garden category, Cheshire-based BALI Registered Contractor Hultons Landscapes won Silver-Gilt and Best Show Garden for ‘Through the Looking Glass’, a striking garden designed by Pip Probert that includes a garden room, outdoor kitchen and sculptural arches, some containing moving glass walls. Also in the Show Garden category BALI Registered Contractor Trafford Housing Trust (Clean Start) won Silver for their Rainbow Garden. In the Back to…

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  • Gardens

    Success for HTA and APL members at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

    HTA and APL members have had great success at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year receiving both garden and floral medals. The winners are as follows: Show Gardens GOLD – Squire’s 80th Anniversary Garden – Built by Landform Consultants – Designed by Catherine MacDonald – Sponsored by Squire’s Garden Centres GOLD – The World Vision Garden – Built by Garden Builders – Designed by John Warland – Sponsored by World Vision SILVER-GILT – All the World’s a Stage – Built by Living Landscapes – Designed by Lunaria Landscapes SILVER-GILT – PMS Outside Inside for NAPS – Built by…

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  • Immerse Garden

    First time designer wins Silver at RHS Hampton Court

    The Immerse garden, designed by first-time show garden designer Cherry Carmen and built and sponsored by Living Landscapes, has been awarded a Silver Medal at the world’s largest annual flower show. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opened its doors to the public yesterday, Tuesday 5 July 2016, and all those involved in the garden have enjoyed speaking to visitors about the concept, the planting and impressive water feature and the garden’s links to the UK’s only charity dedicated to looking after horticulturists in times of need. The garden team also enjoyed meeting Perennial’s Royal Patron HRH Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO.…

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  • AGS

    AGS awarded gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The Alpine Garden Society won gold at last month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with its exhibit titled ‘Out of the Woods’. The garden was designed by Christopher Grey-Wilson to show the great range and versatility of alpine plants, the ease of growing them and their adaptability in gardens of all sizes. Sponsored and constructed by Freshscapes and Tailor Made Gardens, the exhibit featured a bog garden, a Stumpery a water feature and a scree rock garden, taking visitors from the wild to the modern garden terrace and everything in between.

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  • Search begins for the next 30 under 30: The Next Generation

    Following a successful launch last year, Pro Landscaper has begun the search for this year’s 30 under 30: The Next Generation. To mark the launch, we caught up with Eljays44’s managing director Jim Wilkinson and director Jamie Wilkinson to find out why it was set up, what they look for in an applicant, and how you can apply. How and why was it set up? Jim: It came out of a debate at our FutuScape event. Everyone in the audience was saying that if you look around everyone was 40 or older – where’s the next generation? How can we…

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  • landwarne

    Lanwarne takes gold award and best border

    Lanwarne Landscapes has been presented with a best border in show and gold award at the recent 2016 BBC Gardeners World Show Live in Birmingham. With the shows’ theme being literature, Lanwarne Landscapes designer Martin Lines took inspiration from the Robert Frost poem “Fire and Ice” with a focus on humanitarian crises all over the world. The company also wanted to support the British Red Cross in its role as the largest humanitarian organisation in the world.  Martin’s design used colour, texture and form to represent the human experience of passion and hatred, drawing together the conflicting elements highlighted in the poets’…

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  • Indoor Garden Design

    Indoor Garden Design celebrates after efig awards

    Indoor Garden Design scoops top awards at the 12th Annual EFIG Awards, including winner of the prestigious Judges’ Commendation for Best Overall Entry for an unprecedented third year in a row, plus all four Gold Leaf Awards in the Special Events Category. Ian Drummond, creative director at Indoor Garden Design, said: “Our business and reputation are built on quality, creativity and first class customer service, and we are delighted that our work has again been recognised and awarded by the efig judges.” One of the judges, Nicola Bristow, a former RHS horticultural advisor, commented: “The entries for this year’s awards are…

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