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  • Photo of Country Gardens market is still strong

    Country Gardens market is still strong

    Award-winning landscape company says that the demand for country house gardens has proved strong all the way through the recent COVID-19 crisis and continues to develop. With particular expertise in designing and constructing country gardens in the Home Counties, Bowles & Wyer share their insight on how the market has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. “People have a renewed interest in using their gardens in the last few months” says Bowles & Wyer CEO, John Wyer, “At the start of lockdown, it was the only space available to most homeowners. Since then, with an emphasis on entertaining in the garden, we have seen…

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  • Photo of Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. Data from the search engine revealed interest in the term ‘decking’ had doubled within the homes and interiors category in the five days following the UK lockdown announcement on March 23. Composite Prime sales director Charles Taylor said: “This backs-up an increase in consumer enquiries we have been receiving. For both samples and for customers wanting to know where to buy our products. “It’s good news for timber merchants and builders merchants who are able to continue…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

    RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

    The bulk of Family Action’s award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been relocated to its permanent home at the Silkmore Children’s Centre in Stafford. The Family Monsters Garden, designed by Alistair Bayford of idverde which also built the garden, won a Gold medal and Best Artisan Garden. It will now reside in front of the Children Centre on the grounds of Silkmore Primary School. idverde installed the trees, boulders and soil over the last two weeks. Due to the closure of schools and necessary social distancing measures in place, local families are helping to create the…

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  • Photo of APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

    APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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  • Photo of Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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  • Photo of Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

    Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

    Work has begun on the multi-million pound restoration of North Marine Park, on South Shields’ seafront.   The £3.2million scheme will reinstate some of the historic park’s original Victorian features as well as introducing new elements.   The work, which will be carried out by Esh Construction, will be undertaken in phases, meaning the park can remain open to visitors.   The first phase will focus on restoration of the grand promenade staircase and surrounding area, including new paths, terrace, landscaping and street lighting. This will involve major earthworks to regrade the existing steep embankment.   The project, which is…

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    Company Profile – Langlea

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  • Photo of Brambledown Landscapes create new 10 mile stretch of coastal footpaths

    Brambledown Landscapes create new 10 mile stretch of coastal footpaths

    Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd were appointed as Main Contractors on 4 phase project to create 10 miles of new Coastal footpaths by Stockton Borough Council.   In a Grand opening ceremony carried out by Natural England’s Chair Tony Jupiter, the new coastal footpath runs along the Tees estuary.   The route will pass key tourist attractions such as the Transporter Bridge, the RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve and the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, helping people to explore the natural and diverse wildlife which have made the area their home.   Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper said: “This stretch will give walkers…

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  • Photo of 91 awards announced for the BALI National Landscape Awards 2019

    91 awards announced for the BALI National Landscape Awards 2019

    Out of 145 entries submitted in 2019, 91 National Landscape Awards have been bestowed on 63 members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), with several members winning an award in multiple categories. Since the event was brought back in-house in 2018, numerous records have been achieved including the most entries received in the past 10 years as well as the highest number of entries from first time entrants at 51 – 35% of the total entries – and an incredible record of 34 international entries. Notable wins include five awards for registered contractors Nurture Landscapes, four awards for…

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  • Photo of APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

    APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

    WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place from 22-27 August and representing the UK in Landscape Gardening were 2017 APL WorldSkills UK competitor Sam Taylor and 2016 competitor Shea McFerran.   The duo did a fantastic job and achieved an amazing fourth place as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill level.   Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran said: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the…

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  • Photo of Biodiversity net gain report

    Biodiversity net gain report

    Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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  • Photo of Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Gloucester Gate Playground, to the East of ZSL London Zoo, is to receive a complete refurbishment over the next five months. The metal, sterile and flat feel of the former playground will be replaced with a landscaped space that children of all abilities can play in, is rich with planting, and features equipment made from natural materials such as rope, bark and willow. The new playground will be almost double the size of the former playground. It will feature water and sand play, climbing equipment, a zip line and a willow den. It will also feature all the traditional favourites…

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  • Photo of £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

    £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

    New natural play equipment and SuDS form part of the £120k landscaping project which has been completed on the Lancaster Estate in Southwark. Residents have been working with Southwark Council, local ward members and the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the project, It is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme. The funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratts. It follows an investment of £150k into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017. Cllr…

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  • Photo of Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

    Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

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  • Photo of LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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  • Photo of New images released of Battersea Power Station

    New images released of Battersea Power Station

    Residents and visitors to London will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest roof terraces, part of the transformation of Grade II London industrial icon, Battersea Power Station.   The generous terrace, delivered by LDA Design and designed in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations, tops Foster + Partners’ undulating new building. The gardens have lent their name to the entire phase of this development to be called Battersea Roof Gardens.   The terrace features picnic spots, sun decks and fitness areas. Just published images show that from this spectacular vantage point, residents will be…

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  • Photo of RHS Back to Nature Garden for RHS Hampton Court unveiled

    RHS Back to Nature Garden for RHS Hampton Court unveiled

    The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1-7 July) has been unveiled today at the festivals press preview.   The Garden continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.   The design is inspired by the original garden at RHS Chelsea. Many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting.  …

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  • Photo of Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

    Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

    Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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  • Photo of BBC Springwatch Garden for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

    BBC Springwatch Garden for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

    A garden reminding us of the importance of gardens for the nation’s wildlife will be unveiled at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1 – 7 July). The BBC Springwatch Garden designed by award-winning designer Jo Thompson, working alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, hopes to encourage the nation to turn their gardens into nature reserves.   Recent research indicates that private gardens in Britain cover an area bigger than all the country’s national nature reserves combined. Whilst individual gardens may be small, when combined they create vital links between urban nature and the wider countryside, offering crucial…

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  • Photo of RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: The Forest Will See You Now

    RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: The Forest Will See You Now

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  • Photo of BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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  • Photo of Top awards for idverde at 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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  • Photo of Creating a therapeutic garden for service personnel at BBC Gardeners World Live

    Creating a therapeutic garden for service personnel at BBC Gardeners World Live

    At this year’s BBC Gardeners World Live Andy Tudbury of Halcyon days Garden Design has created a unique show garden: ‘Onward & Upward’.   Designed in aid of HighGround, a charity founded to help armed forces service leavers and veterans find work in the countryside, the show garden is a beautiful, tranquil space. The design features a pleasant rill, a tree canopy, paved pathways and a therapeutic hot tub. It will also include a multi-level deck Trex deck that represents the journey former service personnel go one when they begin horticultural therapy.   Horticultural therapy refers to the use of…

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  • Photo of Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

    Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

    The world-famous 105-acre garden at Chatsworth in the Peak District has begun its biggest transformation since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago.   An undeveloped 15-acre area known as ‘Arcadia’ will lead the way in a programme that includes the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations and new sculpture commissions. Also the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees. New pathways will also take visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.   When the initial works are complete, in around three…

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