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    • Youth Ranger

      The Parks Trust’s Youth Ranger Scheme wins at Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards

      The Parks Trust receives recognition from the Institute of Outdoor Learning for its Youth Ranger programme.   The Trust received an award in the Environmental Awareness & Action category at the 2018 Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards. This aims to highlight innovative projects that encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors.   As well as receiving the award for its Youth Ranger programme, The Parks Trust was also a finalist in two further categories. These include: The Supporting Lifelong Learning Project for its Adult Explorers activities The Student Dissertation Award for…

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    • Young Horticulturist

      The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition launches for 2019

      The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final began at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (www.flowershow.org.uk) on 28 April. It gives many of the eight competitors and their families their first opportunity to see this flower show.   The winner, after a tense competition, was won by the South East Branch Regional winner, Tim Miles who is currently working at the National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.   Tim said, after the competition, ‘The entire journey towards winning the YHoY 2018 competition has been fun. I have enjoyed meeting members of the CIH as well as my…

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    • best business

      Yorkshire nursery celebrates best business shortlist

      North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is on the region’s best business shortlist for the second year running.   This list is compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press publication. The ‘York Top 100 Businesses’ report has nominated Johnsons as 34th place in the ‘Top 100 Businesses’ awards for 2018.   The Top 100 shortlist uses an algorithm devised by York Business School. It considers key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth and staff numbers. Johnsons placed at number 55 in 2017 – the report’s inaugural year.   First established in…

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    • Matthew Wood named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

      Matthew Wood, apprentice at Myerscough College, won gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final. The event taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE from 15-17 November at the NEC Birmingham.   Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers and APL apprentice, won silver, with Reece McKay from CAFRE took bronze.   The APL WorldSkills final took place last week from 15-17 November at WorldSkills UK LIVE. The event is at the Birmingham NEC in front of over 100,000 visitors over the three days. The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day. Then, the competitors had 16 hours to…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

      The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally. Adam White, president of the…

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      small project BIG IMPACT winners

      The first Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards have been a resounding success. The winners are finally in, taking home an assortment of prizes kindly donated from the award sponsors, and receiving industry-wide recognition for their superb small projects. Pro Landscaper would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered and attended the ceremony at FutureScape 2018. Winners are listed below: BUILD UNDER £20,000 Sponsored by KEBUR Winner: Suburbian Hideaway, by GreenScape Gardens Ltd Judges’ comments included: “Superb creative space and excellent quality of work”, “superb use of materials built well with finite attention to detail. Looked…

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    • StaySafe

      Ground Control Honoured at EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year UK Award Ceremony

      Kim and Simon Morrish of Ground Control, the UK’s leading external facilities and landscaping provider, win the coveted Transformational Leaders Award in recognition of their commitment to building a better working world. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in the UK, the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrate the huge contribution entrepreneurs make to the national economy, fostering an impressive ever-growing network of innovators and business pioneers in the process. Competing with some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurial companies, Kim and Simon Morrish – the driving force behind Ground Control – were honoured as Transformational Leaders for ‘transforming and professionalising’…

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    • APL Awards 2019 shortlist

      The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel.  On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, Rupert Keys and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Book your place at – www.aplawards.co.uk/book-your-seat The finalists are: Project Value…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

      Shortlist of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of the Landscape Institute Awards 2018 ceremony.   The Landscape Institute announces the shortlist of finalists for the Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals. This includes landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the power landscape has to impact people’s lives.   Over 160 entries came from around the world and the winners will receive their award at the ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. The event recognises and celebrates excellence,…

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    • heligan

      Hat-trick of awards for Heligan

      The Lost Gardens of Heligan won Gold at the 2018 Cornwall Tourism Awards, in the ‘Large Attraction of The Year’ category. George Elworthy, managing director, The Lost Gardens of Heligan: “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. The Cornwall Tourism Awards are fiercely competed, so to win Gold as Large Attraction of the year is incredible. This award is one for the whole team at Heligan, who have worked very hard throughout this year.”   The Cornwall Tourism Award judges made secret visits to each attraction. They also looked at all aspects of the business, such as online presence,…

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    • milton jones

      Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

      Milton Jones, funny man takes the reigns from Bake Off’s Tom Allen at IOG Industry Awards.   This year’s IOG Industry Awards will be full of high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen. Tom regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.   No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones. The wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ is fresh off his UK tour. He will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual awards night. The event is at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening…

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    • saltex 2018 innovation award

      SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award

      Reesink Turfcare, Sherriff Amenity and McConnel have been announced as the final three companies competing to get their hands on the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award.  After making its successful debut at last year’s show, the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award attracted even more entries from various exhibitors across the globe and included a wide variety of high-quality products, services and equipment. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts it was decided that the Toro Outcross 9060 from Reesink Turfcare, PrecisionPro from Sherriff Amenity and a product that cannot yet be named from McConnel were the stand out entries. The final…

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    • london corporation

      City of London Corporation wins Gold in Britain in Bloom awards

      The City of London Corporation has won Gold in the Town category at the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 national awards. The City Corporation’s City Garden’s Team was praised in particular for its collaboration with community groups and businesses who are promoting biodiversity and protecting wildlife across the Square Mile. The 54th Britain in Bloom competition, organised by the charity Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. First held in 1963, Britain in Bloom is a year-round competition that allows groups to compete on a regional or national level by using gardening to transform…

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Hosts announced for the LI Awards 2018

      The LI’s annual awards recognise the exceptional work of landscape professionals. They encourage excellence, innovation, and creativity in shaping the natural and built environment. The hosts for this years event are below:   New York Times best-selling author and journalist Florence Williams will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The Brewery in London will host the ceremony on the 22 November.   Florence Williams is a Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. Journalist, author and public speaker, Florence’s work explores environmental, health and science issues.   Her most recent book,…

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    • britain in bloom

      Truro is the RHS Britain in Bloom 2018 winner

      Cornish city Truro has won the ‘Champion of Champions’ in the RHS annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   Winning the title for the first time, Truro battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record. Local communities nationwide fighting fiercly to keep blooms alive.   To beat the heat, Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant planting. This was including cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs. The project made use of a purpose built solar powered rainwater harvesting system. It was able to wow judges with more than a thousand hanging baskets and floral features, urban tree plantings and a…

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    • mary robinson

      Mary Robinson awarded Kew International Medal for climate justice

      Official presentation of the award and a lecture by Mary Robinson will take place on the evening of the 26 March, 2019.   The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is proud to announce this year’s Kew International Medal is Mary Robinson. A world-leading advocate for environmental and human rights, and the first female president of Ireland. The Medal is awarded to individuals for distinguished, recognised work aligned with RBG Kew’s mission.   Mary was chosen for her integral work on climate justice. The notion that the growing impacts of climate change are wiping out opportunities for the world’s poor. This is…

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    • tree of the year

      The winners of the 2018 Tree of the Year

      A beech tree created to woo a sweetheart 100 years ago, which is still a popular place to pop the question, wins England’s Tree of the Year. The public voted overwhelmingly to crown Nellie’s Tree in Aberford, Leeds, its 2018 winner. The tree was grafted from three saplings to form an N by Vic Stead who would make a daily walk to see his girlfriend Nellie. They would later marry. The winning trees for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are also below, going live on the BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday 17 October. The winners of each country’s Tree…

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    • garden company

      The Garden Company shortlisted for two SGD Awards

      The Garden Company Ltd is on the shortlist for two highly-respected national design awards.  Now in their seventh year, the SGD Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the garden design profession. They are the only awards dedicated solely to landscape and garden design in the UK.   The shortlisted Garden Company projects are:   Laurel Cottage in Northwest London Shortlisted in the Small Residential category. This garden adds extra ‘living/entertainment’ potential to the house.  The newly-created garden was a tranquil oasis in a suburban setting. There is a flow and connection from the house into the garden, terraces and a timber…

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    • uk parks

      The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

      More than 65,000 votes cast as the nation picks the best of British. Green Flag Award announces the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice vote for the favourite UK parks. There were more than 1,800 sites to choose from. All of these meeting the high standards of the Green Flag Award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The ten winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: Cassiobury Park, Watford Borough Council Clifton Park, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Saltwell Park, Gateshead Council Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire…

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    • air quality

      City Corporation honoured at the 2018 Air Quality News Awards

      The City of London Corporation was honoured in the 2018 National Air Quality News Awards for its collaboration on air quality with Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School.   The National Air Quality Awards celebrate the successes of industry, local authorities, transport and technology providers in driving down air pollution and improving air quality.   The awards received 80 entries by 30 organisations and individuals nominated across nine award categories.   The collaboration between the City Corporation and the school began in 2003 with the installation of a 24-hour air quality monitoring station in the playground.   Policies brought in…

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    • Business Awards

      There is still time to enter the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      The Pro Landscaper Business Awards take place on Friday 8 February at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. This prestigious events aim is that “winning a Pro Landscaper Business Award will change the way you and your business are perceived by the industry, putting you a cut above the rest and enhancing your credibility.” If you haven’t yet entered the awards there is still time, entries close 31 October and start from as little as £95! Categories Commercial Landscape Company In this category we are looking to highlight and praise the companies that look after the public areas most people don’t think…

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    • People's choice

      Begonias top RHS People’s Choice Awards

      Begonias wins plant favourite in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards.   Visitors to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey voted for their favourite from 84 new varieties trialled over the summer. The basket and bedding classic securing the top two spots.   The pink-frilled petals and lemony aroma of winner Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty Coral’ and vibrant red of runner-up Begonia ‘Fortune Scarlet’ captivated visitors. Both have ideal habits for hanging baskets and benefitted from the hot summer, blooming prolifically. In third place was Lantana camara ‘Lucky Sunrise Rose’ that boasts an attractive pink and orange colour…

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    • london in bloom

      City Corporation triumphs in London in Bloom awards

      The City of London Corporation is celebrating after winning seven honours in the 2018 London in Bloom competition.   The City of London won Gold and overall winner in the Town category. There were also awards for West Ham Park in Newham, Queen’s Park in Brent, Golder’s Hill Park in Barnet and Postman’s Park in the City. The Hill Garden and Pergola on Hampstead Heath received the honour alongside Keats House in Camden.   The City of London Corporation is a major green spaces provider for London. It protects and conserves 18 green spaces in London and south east England.…

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    • Innovation Award

      SALTEX Innovation Award 2018

      SALTEX plays host to the most technologically advanced-equipment showcase in grounds management. After making its debut last year, the SALTEX Innovation Award is back for 2018 and visitors will get the chance to see every entry at the show.   Here is a snapshot of some of the exciting entries:   Sherriff Amenity – PrecisionPro. A dedicated spots turf app designed to help users measure, calibrate and apply granular products. Lantra – Integrated Weed Management. The latest training course added to Lantra’s Pest & Weed Management suite of training and qualifications. Trimax Mowing Systems – the Snake S2. A rotary,…

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    • podium awards

      Pro Landscaper launches the Podium Awards

      Pro Landscaper is thrilled to announce the launch of the Podium Awards! An award like no other, the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards recognise the achievements, past and present, of landscapers, landscape architects and garden designers in the podium landscaping industry. The Podium Awards give projects that may have been previously overlooked the recognition they deserve. The awards will be judged in five separate categories and will focus on: The ability to showcase excellent core skills, meet the clients brief, effective use of products and plants and an innovative use of logistics. All projects must have been completed by 1 October…

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