Design

  • Gillespies unveil three new visions of Northampton Market Square

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  • Eight gardens to visit throughout the festive season

    One of the ultimate joys of the festive period, is undoubtedly the outstanding light displays. From dancing fairy lights to enchanted winter wonderlands, the shows are being switched on far and wide. Here are Pro Landscapers’ top 8 unmissable festive garden displays! Christmas at Kew Where? Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey When? Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020 Why? Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. Walk under the larger-than-life…

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  • Nigel Mead

    Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced that entertainer Nigel Mead will be hosting The SGD Awards 2020. This is the second time that Nigel will host the event, following a year of sell-out performances in Washington, Jamaica, Miami and Prague.   Nigel has performed all over the World for stars including Steven Spielberg, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Sting, Robert De Niro and over 40 Kings & Queens. He is also a member of th Inner Magic Circle, a position held by only 250 magicians in the world.   A shortlist of 23 projects will be vying for the prestigious…

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  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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  • Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for UK’s third largest arena complex

    YTL has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council to repurpose the Brabazon aircraft hangars at the former Filton Airfield, delivering a new entertainment complex for Bristol and the South West. Landscape architect Grant Associates has worked in partnership with lead Architect Grimshaw, Manica Architecture and OPS Engineers to create the design concept for the project.   YTL’s vision is for the Arena Complex to be capable of hosting up to 17,080 people, putting Bristol on the world map for large-scale events, while also celebrating the site’s place in aviation history.   Sustainability is a…

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  • SGD Autumn Conference reaches new global audiences

    The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was available at the society’s Autumn Conference on the 16 November, has exceeded expectation. It attracted 79 delegates from 15 countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Norway, Israel and Spain. Introduced at the Spring Conference in April 2019, the live streaming service allows the SGD to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, supporting existing members and reaching new global audiences. Following the event, recorded sessions are available to download via an on-demand archive for attending delegates and new purchases with access for up to 12-months. Craig Moyes, chief operating…

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  • Greenfingers Charity to rejuvenate remembrance garden

    Greenfingers Charity has designated much needed funds to extend and update the Remembrance Garden at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands.   Rainbows Hospice provides vital care and support to families impacted by life-limiting conditions and offers end-of-life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care, as well as psychological and bereavement support, outreach and sibling support.     Greenfingers Charity has commissioned VaRa Garden Design to re-design the Remembrance Garden. It will be working within the brief set by hospice staff to create “a garden which will reflect the beauty of each child whose memory…

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  • Incorporating a garage into a garden design

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  • Xardin Garden launches New Garden Designer award programme

    Xardin Garden has launched its 2020 New Garden Designer award programme (NGD), offering up to £12000 of funding to build a show garden. This is the second year running for the Xardin NGD award programme and applications are now open and must be received by Friday 24 January 2020.   This award is open to all designers, over 18 years, no matter how much experience they have – fresh out of college or having worked in the industry for many years. The key factor is that this award is for anyone who has never had a show garden in their…

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  • 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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  • The UK’s first houseplant hotel suites open

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  • Millboard launches powerful new Outdoor Design Hub

    Millboard today launches a brand-new informative resource for professional landscapers, architects, interior designers and master builders.This Hub of educational materials is free and provides a single source for desktop learning, covering a broad range of useful and up-do-date information related to the world of outdoor design.   Visitors can browse for inspiration, catch up on the latest regulatory news and pick up CPD points.   Marketing Manager Caroline Birdsall comments: “We’re thrilled to have created such a valuable facility for the industry – we hope that it’s of use to a wide range of people, whether they are looking for…

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  • Aberdeen City

    Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

    The art of conservation, a visionary thinker and Britain’s greatest gardens will be explored in a series of public talks in the Granite City this autumn. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust – which is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland – is hosting “Aberdeen Heritage Lectures” in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Robert Gordon University, where the lectures will take place. In “From Walling Brick to PhD. What’s the Point?” which was held on October 9, Tim Meek described the importance of lime harl and other traditional coatings as surface finishes throughout Scottish history. Tim’s work includes…

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  • Biophilia

    Bring biophilia to your office

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  • Mayfield

    Planning application submitted for first phase of Mayfield

    The £1.4bn transformation of Mayfield into a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester has taken a significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the first phase of development at the site. The application includes the creation of Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new park in more than 100 years. This will be created on the banks of the River Medlock running through the heart of the 30-acre regeneration scheme. The first phase of development also includes a high quality, nine-storey, 70,000 sq ft office building overlooking the new park, and a 545-space…

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  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden is being installed at the Eden Project

    The Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, is now being installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   The garden is due to open in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden on Friday, October 18.   The garden was created by Jilayne Rickards, who was inspired by visiting CAMFED in Zimbabwe. At its centre is a classroom surrounded by lush planting, reflecting a huge array of edible crops typical to rural Zimbabwe. A raised bed showcases water-efficient growing technology coupled with crop rotation, which…

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  • Company Profile – Langlea

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  • Spring Conference

    The SGD has announced the finalists in The SGD Awards 2020

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  • LOROS Hospice creates new remembrance garden

    Coles Nurseries along with East Midlands Landscaping were contacted by LOROS to assist and support with the building of a remembrance garden for their “Always Remembered” event in Jubilee Square, Leicester. The theme for this year’s event was the “Robin”.   LOROS Hospice is a local charity that every year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.   LOROS, East Midlands Landscaping and Vince from Coles Nurseries agreed on a range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous lines to create the…

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  • VIDEO: New Forms Gardens

    On Wednesday 28 August Pro Landscaper visited London Bridge station to see the launch of the New Forms gardens. The gardens were commissioned by Team London Bridge, with support from Network Rail, and were delivered by Cityscapes. The four garden installations were designed by Ula Maria, Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson, reusing materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The launch event was a great chance to see the hard work that had gone into creating these temporary installations. Watch the video below to see what the gardens look like and hear more about the…

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  • Charity Horatio’s Garden open their fourth garden

    Horatio’s Garden Oswestry was officially opened on Sunday 22 September 2019, by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy. The garden aims to support spinal injury patients and their loved ones spending time in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.   The charity aspires to establish a Horatio’s Garden at each of the 11 spinal centres across the UK. It has gardens currently open in Salisbury, Scotland and Stoke Mandeville. They also have projects planned for London and Cardiff, which are due to be complete by 2022.   Their latest garden has been designed by…

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  • WW1 Centenary Peace Garden in France is inaugurated

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  • BALI National Landscape Awards

    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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  • Rediscovered plans inspire new Capability Brown garden bus tours

    Capability Brown’s ‘lost landscape’ design for Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire now features in a number of new garden bus tours designed and narrated by Emma, Duchess of Rutland.   Brown’s original landscape designs lay largely forgotten in the Castle’s archives for almost 200 years, thought to have been lost in the 1816 fire that destroyed almost half of the Castle. The plans were only rediscovered by chance back in 2014. A subsequent two-year restoration programme, led by the 11th Duchess, has recreated large parts of the landscape as it was conceived by Brown.   Capability Brown guided tours are hosted…

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  • London Bridge Station hosts four show gardens

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