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    • corporation

      City Corporation open spaces sweep Green Flag Awards

      15 of the City of London Corporation open spaces including iconic sites such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath have received the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2018. The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The international award, now into its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that a green space is managed to the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply to achieve a Green Flag Award. Of the 15 sites, 13 have…

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    • the parks trust

      The Parks Trust recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces

      Self-financing charity The Parks Trust has received a prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year in a row. This was awarded for all of the parks, woodlands and lakes the Trust manages and maintains across Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust continues to be the only recipient of the award for a complete network of parks across a whole town or city. This international award, now into its third decade, is confirmation that The Parks Trust’s green spaces across the city are of the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities. David Foster, chief executive…

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      Tickets go on sale for the BALI Awards 2018 ceremony

      The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious landscaping Awards is the largest of its kind in the UK and Europe, and tickets are now available. The association celebrates the hard work, quality, commitment and successes of BALI members from entries submitted earlier in the year. Last year, BALI Members, guests and VIP’s were treated to a sold-out ceremony, three-course awards luncheon and an opportunity to network with over 1,000 industry colleagues. To book a place at this year’s highly anticipated event, to be held on Friday 7 December at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London click here. Any questions regarding purchasing…

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    • round wood

      Round Wood supplies winning garden at BBC Gardeners World Live

      Timber and garden feature specialists Round Wood of Mayfield recently helped one of their regular customers triumph in the “People’s Choice Award” at BBC Gardeners World Live. The East Sussex-based company provided several striking elements for Conquest Creative’s garden, which was voted by visitors as most popular in show. Entitled “Across The Board,” the stand was presented as an example of an ideal outside space for a professional, retired couple with grandchildren. It also claimed a silver gilt award for show judges. Round Wood helped Conquest give the stand a contemporary edge with eco-friendly thermo treated cladding and decking, as…

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    • williams

      Will Williams wins 10th annual RHS Young Designer competition

      22-year-old Will Williams from London has been awarded a Gold medal and the sought-after title of RHS Young Designer at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood, as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary. The competition, which also celebrates its 10th year in 2018, challenged a record number of five finalists aged 28 and under for the anniversary show to create a ‘feel good’ garden for wildlife and wellbeing in an increasingly stressful and urbanised world. Over the last decade the competition has become instrumental in kick-starting the careers of many successful designers. The…

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    • celebrate

      APL and HTA members celebrate at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

      RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is taking place from 18 – 22 July and HTA and APL members have been showcasing their skills and given reason to celebrate. APL members Warnes-McGarr worked with the RHS this year on a feature garden called The Poisonous Garden. The Poisonous Garden is a feature to capture the imagination, and in which visitors can explore the gruesome and dangerous nature of some of our best-loved plants. APL members who won awards for their gardens were: Gold, Best Back to Back Garden, Best Construction Award Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra Designed by Briony Doubleday Built by…

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    • young

      London Stone & Hortus Loci sponsor RHS Young Designer of The Year winner

      Will Williams has won a Gold Medal and Best Young Designer at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The worlds of hard-and-soft landscaping have combined to support Will Williams, with sponsorship coming from London Stone and Hortus Loci nursery. Young Garden Designer of the Year, now celebrating its 10th year at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show is an amazing platform for young talent to shine and perform on one of the worlds biggest gardening stages. With previous winners such as Hugo Bugg, Tamara Bridge, Sam Ovens and Tony Woods all going on to design gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.…

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    • tatton park medal winners

      2018 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park medal winners announced

      The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park medal winners had enormous success in 2018. The top medals were hard battled for, but finally the winners have been announced. Full list below;   Best Show Garden JW Lees: From Hop to Glass Designed by Leon Davis   Best Back to Back Garden Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra Designed by Briony Doubleday   Best Future Spaces The Oasis Garden Designed by Dave Green Gardens   Best Construction Award Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra Foxcroft Landscapes   Gold JW Lees: From Hop to Glass Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra The Flowers of Arley   Silver-gilt The Oasis…

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    • 2018 APL WorldSkills final national heats announced

      Heats having been taking place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscape Gardening competition semi-finals. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Dundee and Angus College, The Gardenmakers, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College and Wiltshire College. We are pleased to announce the 10 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Matthew Aitken, Dundee and Angus…

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    • offenders

      Rolawn Support helps Young Offenders Garden ‘A Place to Think’ at Hampton Court

      Rolawn’s continued support and sponsorship during the show season has paid dividends for many of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. During some challenging weather that has seen a continued spell of hot dry weather, one of the benefactors of Rolawn’s support through supplying topsoil and Medallion turf has been Southend Borough Council’s ‘A Place to Think’ garden, which earned a silver medal in aid of young offenders. The garden designed by Professional Gardeners’ Guild trainee, James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff of the Early Help, Family Support and Youth Offending Service team was designed to…

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    • arbordexperts

      Meet the judges of the Arbordexperts Trex Deck Installer Awards

      With the decking season well under way, Trex® composite decking installers have the opportunity to showcase their best work in the inaugural Arbordexperts Installer Awards. And now the competition has revealed its panel of expert judges who will be scrutinising each entry for its creativity, quality of installation, overall appearance and use of the available space. Sarah Francis, decking category manager at Arbor Forest Products, has overseen Arbor Forest Products’ distribution of Trex in the UK since joining the company in 2016. Sarah’s role gives her invaluable insight into how Trex is used across the world, so she will be…

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    • climate change

      Last chance to enter: Landscape Institute Awards 2018

      Applications are open to enter the Landscape Institute Awards, the landscape profession’s most illustrious awards, until the end of July 2018. Celebrating excellence, innovation and creativity in the natural and built-environment, the Landscape Institute Awards showcase the exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals, including landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the impact it has on people’s lives. There are two new categories this year: The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature – the first Landscape Institute Award that is open to individuals and organisations globally; and an award…

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    • capel

      Capel Manor College celebrate Silver success for unique exhibits at Hampton Court

      Capel Manor, London’s leading land-based College, are celebrating winning Silver-Gilt and Silver medals for their unique exhibits at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018, both of which are designed and developed by students and staff. The College have partnered with the Metropolitan Police Service for many years and currently have a Secured by Design (SBD) garden on display for the public at their Enfield Centre. SBD, the national police crime prevention initiative, supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes. Capel Manor and the Met Police built on the SBD initiative to showcase a…

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    • IMPACT

      Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards prize list announced

      Entering the small project BIG IMPACT Awards has a host of benefits. First and foremost, the winners will receive extensive coverage within Pro Landscaper magazine, giving both designers and contractors a huge boost in reputation. With the awards being held at FutureScape, the UK’s biggest landscaping exhibition, networking and exposure will be incredibly high for any winners or shortlisted entrants as well. If industry-wide praise and recognition for your project wasn’t enough to make you enter the first small project BIG IMPACT Awards, then there’s more! Pro Landscaper has partnered with some of the biggest business and industry brands to…

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    • royal

      Medal winning show garden relocates to The Royal Porcelain Works

      Having won a Silver-Gilt Medal for her Show Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018, Herefordshire based garden designer Olivia Kirk has now completed the relocation of the hundreds of plants, trees and shrubs from the garden, into their permanent new home in a public space Court Yard Garden, at the redeveloped Royal Porcelain Works in the historic heart of Worcester. The Royal Porcelain Works officially opens on 30 June to provide a vibrant new centre for the performing arts and modern craftsmanship. The central Court Yard Garden, which Olivia also designed, links a new artisan cafe/deli ‘The Nest, Worcester’, with…

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    • nordic

      Viking Cruises Nordic Lifestyle Garden wins Silver at Hampton Court

      The Viking Cruises Nordic Lifestyle Garden, sponsored by Viking, the award-winning cruise line, has been awarded a Silver Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018. Designed by Stephen Hall, the garden is inspired by the Nordic landscape and the profound relationship between nature and wellbeing. It celebrates traditional Nordic wellbeing rituals and brims with traditional plants and herbs with medicinal benefits that are used in Scandinavian cooking – a sanctuary for both body and mind. This connection is at the heart of the design of Viking’s ships, which are filled with natural light and large al fresco…

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    • kitchen

      Look around the silver-gilt winning Kitchen garden by Eden designers

      An abundant kitchen garden designed by a team from the Eden Project has won a prestigious silver-gilt medal at this week’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden is a collaboration between Borough Market, Britain’s most renowned food market, Franchi Seeds of Italy, the oldest family seed company in the world, and Eden, home of the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes. The garden includes plants grown from a range of seeds developed by Franchi for the Eden Project. It was designed by a team of Eden horticulturalists, led by multi-award winning designers Emma Gunn and Paul Stone.  The RHS Hampton Court…

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    • three

      Provender Nurseries supplies three top gardens at Hampton Court

      Provender Nurseries supplies three gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show this year with award winning plants. Two of the three gardens supplied are in categories that are judged while the third is sponsored by the RHS and as such is not judged. Best of Both Worlds built and planted by BALI Go Landscape apprentices, trainees and BALI Go Landscape mentors achieved a Gold medal. Designed by Rosemary Coldstream of Rosemary Coldstream Garden Design and mentored by by BALI Go Landscape Ambassadors, David Dodd and Mark Britton of The Outdoor Room, Jake Catling of The Landscaping Consultants and Anna Butterfield of…

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    • winners

      Award winners at RHS Hampton Court 2018 announced

      The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was a romping success this year with an incredibly high standard across the board. The list of award winners in every category are below: Gardens Best Show Garden B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden – Designed by Matthew Childs Best Construction Award B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden – Built by Tecwyn Evans Best World Garden Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’ Garden – Designed by Alan Rudden Best Lifestyle Garden The Style and Design Garden – Designed by Ula Maria Best Garden for Changing World/Conceptual Garden Conscious Consumerism – Designed by Joseph Gibson   Gold Medal Winners B&Q Bursting Busy…

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    • city

      Shortlist for Garden City of the 21st Century Competition

      Shortlisted landscape designs announced for first Garden City of the 21st Century Competition showcases world class landscape ideas to help develop a modern, healthy city at Ebbsfleet, Kent. In March an international design competition was launched by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and the NHS to find the best creative and inspiring ideas to help shape the landscape of what will be the first new Garden City of the 21st Century, and the largest of 10 Healthy New Towns being developed in the UK. On 2 July, the shortlist of the winning ideas was announced at the Housing Design Awards 2018, as part of…

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    • bali

      BALI Go Landscape garden wins gold at RHS Hampton Court

      The BALI Go Landscape initiative teamed up with designer Rosemary Coldstream to bring together a garden of two halves, giving students the opportunity to work on an RHS Hampton Court show garden, and it ended in gold. Created for an imaginary couple who share a love of gardening but have differing design tastes, one side displays a traditional country garden style in a palette of blues, purple and pinks, while the other is distinctly contemporary with a fusion of green foliage and splashes of bold colour. A row of pleached Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus) forms a clever dividing line between the…

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    • retreat

      Best Show Garden at Gardening Scotland – The Garden Retreat: A place for living

      ‘Sink into a world of calm amongst the lush green of the planting as the wind makes its music through the leaves of the trees above.’ This is the world of The Garden Retreat: A place for living. The show garden that was especially created for this years’ Gardening Scotland event, designed by Lynn Hill Garden Design and created by CED Stone Group. ‘This is a garden where inside and outside meet, it’s an extension of your home… a place for living.’ Lynn Hill takes us through her inspiration for the design. “Let’s face it, for those of us blessed…

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    • murray

      Murray Landscapes scores at hub South West’s eighth building for growth awards

      Brothers Lee and Marc Murray, of family-run business Murray Landscapes, have come out top at the latest Building for Growth Programme course created by hub South West. hub South West, the construction and infrastructure focused partnership works with local authorities and private sector enterprises in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway to provide state-of-the-art community facilities. Now in its eighth cycle, hub South West’s Building for Growth programme is targeted at ambitious local SMEs looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building upon the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of work. Over 90 delegates from…

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    • school

      RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2018 winners announced

      Shropshire fifteen-year-old crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year London secondary school wins RHS School Gardening Team of the Year Norfolk teacher named RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year Secondary schools have come out on top in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Celebrating the passion and creativity in gardening, the competition shines a light on the powerful impact that gardening can have on children’s learning, development and wellbeing. This year’s winners, chosen by a panel of judges from nearly 200 nominations are: RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018: Ellie Micklewright, Newport Girls’ HighSchool Academy Trust,…

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    • timotay

      Timotay Landscapes return from BBC Gardeners’ World as winners

      Timotay Landscapes were shortlisted to compete in this year’s APL Avenue Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Each of the contenders were tasked with creating an inspirational, aspirational but relatable garden at the show, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Timotay Landscapes have been awarded a silver merit at BBC Gardener’s World, which reflects their expertise, passion and desire to create inspirational outdoor spaces. Timotay celebrated their 30th year in 2017, and continue with their award winning year. In March of this year, Timotay Landscapes also won a Gold and Silver Award from the Association of…

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