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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. www.alpinegardensociety.net

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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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    • Green-tech

      Green-tech is officially the Best Rural Business

      Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech has taken home the Best Rural Business award from the 2016 regional Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards. The Green-tech team attended the black tie event in Harrogate where they were shortlisted for three awards and won the prestigious Best Rural Business award. In this category the judging panel felt that Green-tech stood out as the business that contributes the most to the rural economy and community, has successfully steered its way through the recession and could demonstrate an effective marketing and a strong future. Chairman, Richard Kay said: “This is absolutely fantastic news.  This award is so meaningful…

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    • Don’t miss out on ‘early bird’ entry fees for the SGD Awards

      Take advantage of the discounted ‘early bird’ rates for the SGD Awards 2016 by registering your intention to enter along with payment of your entry fee by Friday 22 April 2016 for the Main Awards. Actual entries for the Main Awards do not have to be submitted until 21 June 2016 and later dates apply for Student and Designing for Community Space Awards Simply download and complete the Main Entry Booking Form from the SGD Awards website and ensure it reaches the SGD Office with your payment by 5pm on Friday 22 April 2016. With entry fees from £60 and…

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    • The Landscape Institute Awards now open

      The Landscape Institute Awards 2016 is now open for registration with 15 categories this year. Awards range from best design for a small scale development; recognising work in research and policy; to urban design and masterplanning which reflects the enormous variety of work undertaken by landscape professionals and students. The 15 categories include one of our newest awards, Client of the Year, won by the Land Trust in 2015. Client of the Year gives the profession the opportunity to formally recognise clients who understand and value the contribution of landscape architects to their projects and support them to fulfil their…

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    • Cannington

      The Walled Gardens of Cannington awarded South West in Bloom Parks Award

      Students, volunteers and staff at The Walled Gardens of Cannington were recently awarded a five star award for the South West in Bloom Parks Award. The judge visited in August 2015 and the team learnt of the result at a presentation at the University of Exeter in February. The judge visited the Gardens, the Community Orchard and saw the border designed by volunteers which runs along the Gardens’ wall, opposite the war memorial. Meg Winfield, a volunteer at The Walled Gardens of Cannington said: “The Gardens are a wonderful resource for locals and visitors to the area. It is great…

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    • National Landscape Awards

      BALI National Landscape Awards now open for entries

      The BALI National Landscape Awards 2016 is now open for entries. The premier landscaping awards will be celebrating is 40th year when it returns for 2016. To receive a BALI National Landscape Award is one of the landscape industries’ highest accolades. Recognition of a high level of achievement, from within the industry, has a positive motivational effect on staff. Winning one of these awards offers a company great marketing opportunities, with the benefits lasting long beyond the ceremony. To find out more about the award categories and the deadline for entries, please visit www.baliawards.co.uk  To learn more about BALI itself, please visit the association’s main…

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    • National landscaping award success for Landform Consultants

      Surrey based landscaping consultancy, Landform have been awarded a top accolade at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2016, sponsored by Bradstone. The company were awarded for their work on a project for a small family garden in South London. Designed by Robert Myers, with Landform Foreman, Ed Verity overseeing the build, the garden included a seating area with contemporary water feature and a sunken sand pit for the young family to enjoy. Foreman of the project, Ed Verity said: “This was a great project to work on and we’re so pleased to have been honoured with this award.…

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    • Trentham Estate awarded Gold by VisitEngland

      The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire has been awarded a Gold accolade by VisitEngland after achieving top marks. The Gold Accolade has been awarded to just 19 attractions including Chester Zoo, HM Tower of London and Blists Hill Victorian Town. It recognises the high standard achieved as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme, which involves a scoring system based on an annual unannounced assessment by VisitEngland. It was introduced in 2014 and scrutinises things which matter most to visitors, including customer service, catering and facilities. The award aims to recognise attractions which go the extra mile to create an enjoyable…

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    • Marshalls

      Marshalls celebrates Register member success

      Marshalls has once again celebrated the quality and workmanship of its accredited landscape contractors at its prestigious annual award ceremony. The Marshalls Register Awards held at Oulton Hall, Leeds on Friday 4 March, celebrated the best garden and driveway projects which were designed and installed by members of Marshalls’ national Register scheme in 2015. Jason Cummings of JSC Paving and Landscaping, based in Poole, Dorset, was crowned ‘Marshalls Contractor of the Year’ after scooping the top prize for the ‘Best Engineering Achievement’ category, and was presented with a brand new Toyota Hilux pickup truck and a natural stone trophy. All the…

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    • Green-tech wins Manufacturer Supplier of the Year at APL Awards 2016

      The Green-tech team is still celebrating after winning the Manufacturer Supplier of the Year at the APL Awards 2016 on Friday 4th March. The award which is voted for by members of the APL (Association of Professional Landscapers) took the Green-tech representatives by surprise; they didn’t know they had been nominated. The APL Awards recognises and rewards high standard of landscape contracting carried out by their members and promotes their commitment to providing quality landscaping. In September 2015 all APL members were given the chance to vote anonymously for their best service provider, grower, manufacturer and retailer. There were 31…

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      Frogheath Landscapes takes the title at APL Awards 2016

      Frogheath Landscapes has been crowned Supreme Winner at the APL Awards, sponsored by Bradstone, which took place at The Brewery in London on 4 March 2016. The Sussex-based company took the overall award in front of a 300 strong audience for its project which involved landscaping the gardens surrounding a rare timber and brick 16th century sheep barn in the Brede Valley. The project, also the winner of the Project Value over £250,000 category, included features such as a formal lawn punctuated with clipped Quercus ilex and exuberant borders, secluded areas enclosed with stilted hornbeam hedges, a walled potager with a…

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    • Glasgow Modern Apprentice wins two national awards

      Eighteen-year-old Ross Gallacher, from Pollock in Glasgow, has won the Horticulture and Modern Apprentice of the Year categories at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The Horticulture runner-up was Liam Anderson, aged 20 from Shetland. The Horticulture awards were presented by keynote speaker and former Horticulture Learner of the Year, Finulla McCloskey, while the Modern Apprentice of the Year award was presented by Gerry McBride of event sponsor Skills Development Scotland at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner on Thursday 3rd March at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel near Stirling. Finulla said: “Winning…

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    • Botanic Garden curator awarded prestigious RHS award

      Nick Wray, curator of the Botanic Garden and a University of Bristol horticulturist, has been awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for his distinguished service to horticulture in the course of his working life. The award recognises his work of more than 30 years at the garden and for his role in creating the new Botanic Garden at The Holmes, which was the first new university botanic garden to be moved and redeveloped in the UK for nearly 40 years. On learning of the award, Nick, said: “I am delighted and honoured to accept this award for ‘distinguished services to…

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    • RHS

      Winners of RHS Awards announced

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) yesterday announced the recipients of its esteemed annual awards for contributions to horticulture. Presented at a ceremony in London’s Lindley Hall on 25 February 2016, the RHS Awards recognise both horticultural excellence and personal endeavour and are regarded internationally as being among the highest accolades in horticulture. The top award the RHS bestows, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH), was awarded to Mr Johan Hermans and, posthumously, to Mr Mark Flanagan. Established in 1897, the VMH is awarded to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society. Only 63 medals may be held at…

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    • Business Superbrand

      Marshalls voted a Business Superbrand 2016

      Marshalls plc has been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2016, following the latest iteration of the long-running annual survey, which has been identifying the UK’s leading business-to-business brands since 2001. The process was managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and questioned 2,500 individual business professionals across the UK, as well as the independent and voluntary Business Superbrands Council. The two audiences judged nearly 1,500 brands, which they assessed on three key criteria: quality, reliability and distinction. This is the seventh consecutive year Marshalls has received Superbrand status.  The company has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete…

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    • graduate

      London College Of Garden Design celebrates graduate success

      London College of Garden Design (LCGD) graduates triumphed once again at last month’s Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards with two graduates receiving two awards each. Emily Erlam won in the ‘Small Budget Garden’ category for “The Experimental Station” for which the judges said ‘A modest design that is fundamentally more interesting because of it.  Simple but fun.’ Emily was also jointly awarded the Future Designer award for her ‘Interesting modern take on a country garden” built by Landform Consultants.  She said: ‘To win an award is an amazing feeling. For me the award was an opportunity to take a…

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