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    • VIDEO: There is still time to nominate your favourite tree

      There is still time to nominate your favourite tree for The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 competition.   In a video below Adam Cormack, head of campaigning explains the competition and encourages members of the public to nominate.   Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/.   Nominations are open until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote.   Last year’s English winner, Nellie’s Tree, three beech trees grafted together into the shape of the letter ‘N’,…

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    • South London Downs to be declared as London’s third National Nature Reserve

      London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be officially declared later this month during a ceremony in Croydon. This was announced on 10 July by Natural England.   South London Downs, a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey, will be the second largest NNR in London after Richmond Park.   Jointly managed by the City of London Corporation and Croydon Council, the new NNR brings together 152.5 ha of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for nature. This will include the rare flower-rich chalk downland of Riddlesdown, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, with non-SSSI sites of value…

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    • Caribbean Blinds MD Named Young Business Person of the Year

      Caribbean Blinds talks to Pro Landscaper about how the company has grown and how the managing director, Stuart Dantzic, has been named Young Business Person of the Year. Caribbean Blinds, established in 1987, are the UK’s leading family owned designer, manufacturer and installer of luxury external shading systems. From stylish patio awnings that provide instant shade and shelter, to innovative external blinds that keep buildings cool and award winning louvered roofs (Outdoor Living PodTM) that enable year round use of outdoor spaces, Caribbean Blinds have the perfect external shading system for every application, requirement and budget. Stuart Dantzic took the…

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    • Kew Guild honours Tim O’Hare

      The Kew Guild – the association for alumni of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – is recognising the outstanding contribution to the environment of soil and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. This exclusive class of membership is limited to just 25 at any one time and is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient.   Tim qualified as a soil scientist more than 25 years ago and since starting his own consultancy, Tim O’Hare Associates, in 2006 he has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of the most iconic and influential landscape…

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    • Favourite Office Plant 2019 announced

      Philodendron xanadu has been pronounced the winner of this year’s Favourite Office Plant 2019.   The judges present for the judging were Matthew Appleby of Horticulture Week, Claudia de Yong, award-winning garden designer and Chanel de Kock of the Flower Council of Holland.   They all felt that Philodendron xanadu fulfilled the criteria of a retro revival with its lush, leafy form much as last year’s winner the Monstera deliciosa. They also agreed that it works well on its own or as under-planting.   Voting secured the top spot for the Philodendron by 5 votes to 3 with the Epiphyllum…

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    • Nurture Landscapes named one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019

      A successful period of growth and development has resulted in grounds landscaping and maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes being named as one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019”.   The annual list is compiled by The London Stock Exchange. It factors a company’s size, turnover, and financial growth compared to other companies in different sectors, with those performing strongest being awarded a place on the list.   It also celebrates the contribution of the UK’s most dynamic and rapidly-growing small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the people working in them, while highlighting the challenges SMEs face.   Being named…

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    • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 medals

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    • Milner Square

      Milner Square wins Children’s Play award in Street Design Awards

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    • BBC Gardeners' World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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    • Royal Bath & West Show

      Top awards for idverde at Royal Bath & West Show

      idverde’s Robin Ware has won Gold and the People’s Choice Award for his ‘Pop Up Garden’ at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show.   Robin, who is currently studying for his Level 2 Landscaping qualification through idverde’s Performance Campus, with support from our training partner Element Skills Training, is based at idverde’s Chippenham contract.   Based on the theme of ‘Re-use and Recycle’, Robin’s design featured chairs and planters made from wooden pallets. As well as flower planters made from plastic bottles and tyres, and a wall made from glass bottles. The 3m x 3m garden was constructed in…

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    • Bourne Amenity announces three-year partnership with Pro Landscaper Podium Awards

      Bourne Amenity has signed up to sponsor the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards for the next three years. Jonathan Bourne, director at Bourne Amenity, spoke to Pro Landscaper to tell us more about the partnership and the products it offers. Bourne Amenity have been championing the relationship with Pro Landscaper Magazine and the team at Eljays44 for a number of years, and the chance to sponsor another exciting showcase of great British landscaping talent had real appeal. We are one of the country’s leading manufacturers of lightweight roof garden materials, along with a whole range of soils and substrates designed for…

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    • Arbor Awards

      Bigger and better: The Arbordeck Awards return

      Last year, Arbor Forest Products crowned Newcastle-based hot-tub and Trex® decking specialists North Spas as the inaugural winner of its decking installer awards. Now, the awards are back, and this year the Arbordeck Awards will also be open to installers of Arbordeck softwood timber decking, with an expanded category list and more chances to win. Commenting on the awards, Trex product marketing manager Sarah Francis explained: “Last year’s awards proved that there’s an appetite among decking installers to share their work – we were delighted with the standard of the entries we received. “We want to continue to celebrate the…

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    • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

      RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 medal winners

      Best Show Garden The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Best Mindfulness Garden Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK Wilson Landscape Services, Sponsor: Harrord Horticultural London Stone Best Long Border The Bess of Hardwick Border – Designer: Victoria Philpott, Sponsored by: Shakespeare Martineau Best Construction The Wedgwood Garden – Contractor: Keyscape Gardens Gold Medals Show Gardens The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Mindfulness Gardens Eutierria – Designer: Neil Sutcliffe, Contractor: Creative Roots, Sponsor: Miles Nurseries and CED Stone Group Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK…

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    • What’s your favourite office plant?

      Every year [email protected] looks for the Favourite Office Plant from a nominated ‘long list’. Voting whittles the list down to three plants according to that year’s criteria. The short-listed three plants take their places before a panel of judges who select the winning plant for the year.   This award has been running for nine years and past winners have been:    2018 Monstera deliosa 2017 Aspidistra 2016 Rhipsalis  2015 Medinilla magnifica  2014 Echeveria  2013 Peace Lily( Spathiphylum) 2012 Vanda orchid  2011 Phalaenopsis orchid 2010 Beaucarnia Bonsai   The plants that get the most votes and fall into one or more…

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    • Woodland Trust volunteers

      Woodland Trust recognised for its work with volunteers

      The Woodland Trust has been recognised for the opportunities it gives to volunteers.   The charity has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This is after being assessed against a range of best practice standards and having proved to excel in the areas of recruitment, safety standards, management, support, recognition and value.   The charity has 3,226 roles for volunteers who undertake invaluable work for trees and woods and nature across the UK. Without them its fight to protect and create woodlands would not be as strong.   Paul Taylor, National volunteering manager at the Woodland Trust said:…

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    • 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2019 opens for applications

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    • Young Horticulturalist of the year 2019

      Richard Moore wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019

      Kew Botanical horticulturist and Pershore graduate, Richard Moore has won the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019.   Richard, who graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Horticulture in 2017, will receive the £2,500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust. He will be able to use it to fund horticultural travel anywhere in the world.   Richard said: “Being a part of the Young Horticulturist of the Year has been an incredible experience which has pushed me to improve my horticultural knowledge. It has allowed me to make many new friends and connections within the horticultural industry”…

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    • People's Choice

      RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award winners

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    • Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

      Andy Sturgeon has scooped the title of Best in Show for The M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Celebrating nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden is a vibrantly green and lush environment, featuring a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world. Its dramatic composition offers a variety of textures and designs, with burnt oak timber sculptures slicing through the natural woodland.   A decorated designer, Andy Sturgeon was awarded Best in Show when he last exhibited at the world famous Flower Show with The Daily Telegraph Garden in…

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    • 25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      World-leading rose breeder, David Austin Roses has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This is the 25th in its history of exhibiting.   The Secret Garden themed display features a beautifully fluid, circular design, at the heart of which two  striking new characters from David Austin’s English Rose collection are to be seen in bloom for the first time. Rosa Eustacia Vye (Ausegdon) and Rosa Gabriel Oak(Auscrowd) are both named after beloved characters from Thomas Hardy’s works. They create a stunning centrepiece of scent and colour in a setting befitting a moment of quiet reflection.…

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    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

      BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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    • BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award

      The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, and the Show Gardens that they’re to build, have been announced.   The two pairs will each create an inspirational front garden designed by Professor David Stevens, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Visitors can see the gardens from 13-16 June at The NEC Birmingham.   The contestants are the young landscapers who took top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals.   Matthew Wood was champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The APL’s ‘Rising Star’ at their Awards in March…

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      12 reasons why you need to enter the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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    • small project BIG IMPACT Awards

      Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards return for 2019

      The Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMACT Awards are returning to FutureScape on the 19 November 2019. This year, the idea is to celebrate the projects valued under £25,000, as these are just as important as their larger counterparts. Often, the smaller projects throw up bigger issues, and creating a dream garden in a small space, or with a limited budget, is tougher than people expect. These awards will appreciate the minute details in the design, build and facilitation of these small but tricky jobs. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE This year’s categories are: Build under £25,000 Design under £25,000 –…

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    • Harrogate Spring Flower Show medal winners announced

      Top honours in the 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show Gardens have gone to the charity, Perennial, who won Premier Gold and Best In Show with a design celebrating their 180th anniversary.   There were four Gold Awards, including The Mental Health Garden by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design, Urban Sprawl by Nicholas Edward Gardens, and In Sight of the Minster by Askham Bryan College. Horticap also won Gold for their Tolkien-inspired community garden, The Shire.   A Silver Gilt Award went to KG Cooke and Dashiel Rowan for A Moment for You, and Hadean-Creation won Silver with Tranquillity of Bauhaus.  …

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