• 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 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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    Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent

    The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges and the public, with comments already flying on how it is the highlight of the show. With the introduction of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, it is a great way to showcase young talent, and give them the chance to build some of their first solo show gardens. Jacob and Laurence won the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award this year, with both teams putting in a huge amount of effort and pride into the gardens…

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    BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live has announced all the winners of its prestigious annual awards, honouring a garden based on the history of the host city, Birmingham, with its highest accolade, a Platinum Award plus Best Show Garden. Designed by Paul Stone, the ‘Made in Birmingham Garden’ features a fully-functional steam locomotive set along a railway embankment, featuring a prize-produce allotment, cut-flower garden and, in a nod to region’s brewery culture, a hops and barley patch. Also in the Show Garden category, the ‘Wyevale Garden Centres’ Solution Garden’ designed by David Stevens scooped a Platinum award. The spectacular garden which was…

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    Brewin Dolphin wins People’s Choice Award at RHS Chatsworth for the second straight year

    Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin has won the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show for the second consecutive year, this time in the Installations category with The Brewin Dolphin Installation, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes. Influenced by an eighteenth century village that once stood in the grounds of Chatsworth House, the conceptual Installation encourages visitors to think of the landscape that existed before the arrival of Capability Brown’s famous vistas, and to question our relationship to time and the natural world. Featuring plants that would have grown at the time of the village, the Installation gives visitors the chance to experience…

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    Small family business wins Contractor of the Year award

    Small family business, Clearwater Pond & Lake Management, has earned the prestigious title of 2018 Otterbine Contractor of the Year. The Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire-based team of four achieved the highest Otterbine sales figures by a considerable margin this year thanks to a passion for the brand, a drive to succeed, and support from Otterbine and its distributor Reesink Turfcare. Clearwater owner and head of the family, Tim Soane, says: “We are delighted to have won the award. It wasn’t without hard work, but selling such great quality products really helps. I think when you believe in Otterbine as much as we…

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    Hartley Botanic’s Tropical Britain tradestand wins Best in Show at RHS Chatsworth

    British greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has been awarded the best tradestand accolade at RHS Chatsworth Flower for its Tropical Britain tradestand. For 80 years, Hartley Botanic has been making its beautiful, handcrafted greenhouses and glasshouses. Key to the Lancashire manufacturer’s success has been its single-minded focus on customer service and its ability to respond to changing trends and tastes amongst gardeners. At RHS Chatsworth this year, Hartley Botanic’s tradestand reflects the business’ ability to tap-into gardeners’ latest greenhouse preferences with a ‘tropical Britain’-themed stand which showcases some of modern ways gardeners are using and enjoying this most historic…

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    Yorkshire Hay Time garden wins Silver at Chatsworth

    Yorkshireman Chris Myers has won a silver medal with his show garden, Hay Time in the Dales, at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The garden is a picture-postcard representation of life in the Yorkshire Dales, with a small converted barn and cottage garden, as well as some of the area’s fantastic wildlife habitats, including a mini broadleaved woodland planted with species typical of the Dales, dry stone walls complete with mosses, lichens and sheltered nooks and crannies, and a traditional hay meadow full of native wildflowers. Creations & Installations helped Chris to build the garden, which is sponsored by…

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    Makita’s powered wheelbarrow put into action on Landform Consultants’ Gold winning gardens

    The Makita 18v LXT Brushless power-assisted wheelbarrow has taken some of the back-breaking labour out of Landform Consultants inspirational garden builds at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Mark Gregory, managing director of award winning Landform Consultants Limited, together with his talented team, designed The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden in Main Avenue. It was justifiably awarded the Gold & Best Construction medals as well as winning the People’s Choice Award. Landform also designed and constructed The Seedlip Garden in the Space to Grow area of the Show which was awarded a cosseted Gold medal. “Chelsea garden show builds are always…

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    Show garden medals announced at second RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today awarded medals to the five show gardens featuring at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, partnered by Wedgwood. One Gold medal was awarded to ‘The Great Outdoors’ garden by Phil Hirst. Three Silver Gilt medals were awarded to the John Deere: 100 Years of Tractors Garden by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax, the Macmillan Cancer Support Legacy Garden by Michael Coley and the CCLA: A Family Garden by Amanda Waring and Laura Arison. A Silver medal was awarded to Hay Time in the Dales by Chris Myers. In addition to the Gold medal, ‘The…

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