Events

  • Photo of Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    After 80 years as an exhibitor, Hillier Nurseries is bidding farewell to the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hillier was due to exhibit in 2020, celebrating the company’s 155-year history and hoping for a 75th gold.   With the show postponed until September 2021, The business has made the decision not to exhibit.   Chris Francis, Wholesale and Retail Director says:   “Chelsea has always been a significant event on the Hillier calendar. It’s held at the perfect time for the business to show off all the great plants through the spring.   “The unprecedented events of 2020 have been…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 shortlisted for award

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 shortlisted for award

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 has made the shortlist for a Digital Event Award. The event, which happened in November 2020, is up for the gong in the Best Digital Exhibition category. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FutureScape EXPO 2020 was converted into a digital event. over 3,000 industry professionals logged in over the three-day event. ‘Visitors’ could attend a host of seminars, visit virtual exhibitor booths and network via video link. FutureScape event director Jamie Wilkinson commented: “It wasn’t the show we wanted last year. But to know that the second-best we could offer has been shortlisted is fantastic news. “There’s…

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  • Photo of SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    The SGD Spring Conference will take place on Saturday 17th April. It will to explore in detail how the restorative power of nature can impact our future health. Live-streamed, ‘Our Future Health’ will be presented by a panel of leading experts. They will examine evidence showing how important green spaces are to mental and physical wellbeing.   They will also explain the role garden design plays in sensory experiences, psychology and health.   Chair of the SGD Conference committee Stuart Towner said:   “As garden designers we often wonder what it is about the garden that is so appealing. Most…

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  • Photo of British Sugar TOPSOIL to support first ever GMA #GroundsWeek

    British Sugar TOPSOIL to support first ever GMA #GroundsWeek

    British Sugar TOPSOIL is proud to support the Grounds Management Association’s (GMA) #GroundsWeek. This is an inaugural celebration week for the turf care sector. Managed by the GMA, the turf care campaign will take place 1-7 March 2021.   It will celebrate the vital role that professional grounds staff, volunteers, and the turf sector has.   Following a difficult year for the sector, #GroundsWeek aims to showcase grounds staff and the amazing work that they do.   It also comes after a year where parks and green spaces have been valuable to the public’s health. With increased use for ‘daily…

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  • Photo of Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    The Landscape Institute is inviting built environment professionals to the Greener Recovery Festival. Registration is now open for the virtual event, which takes place on 22-26 March between 9am-1pm. The Greener Recovery festival will welcome a diverse and international audience on an accessible online platform. Exceptional thought leaders will gather to debate ‘greener recovery’ with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation and natural capital accounting. Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra, will be giving a keynote speech on ‘Natural Capital approach to Green Recovery’. Doctor…

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  • Photo of Chelsea Flower Show’s autumn move supported by Yeo Valley

    Chelsea Flower Show’s autumn move supported by Yeo Valley

    Following the RHS’ announcement that its Chelsea Flower Show will now take place in the autumn, Yeo Valley Organic has agreed to adapt its plans for the Yeo Valley Organic Garden for the postponed event. The show garden, inspired by the real Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Somerset, has been designed by Tom Massey and Sarah Mead. It highlights the importance of soil health in reversing climate change and tackling global biodiversity collapse. Sarah Mead, who designed the real Yeo Valley Organic Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and who works with her husband Tim in the Yeo Valley Organic…

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  • Photo of Malvern Spring Festival 2021 cancelled by the RHS

    Malvern Spring Festival 2021 cancelled by the RHS

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed that this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival will not take place due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The news comes after this morning’s announcement that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be postponed from May to September. In a statement, the RHS has said: “With fantastic support from our garden designers, nurseries and traders we had hoped to go ahead with reduced numbers and the addition of an extra day but it has become clear with the current level of uncertainty around outdoor events that we are not going to be…

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  • Photo of Chelsea Flower Show 2021 postponed to September

    Chelsea Flower Show 2021 postponed to September

    For the first time in its 108-year history, the RHS is postponing RHS Chelsea Flower Show to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic. The 2021 show, which would have taken place between 18 May and 23 May, has been moved to run from 21 September to 26 September. The RHS will still hold the world famous event at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Before postponing the show, the RHS had planned to introduce new health and safety measures to the event, such as reducing visitor numbers and spreading the Show over an extra day. However,…

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  • Photo of National Garden Scheme launches 2021 online garden events

    National Garden Scheme launches 2021 online garden events

    Following the success of the charity’s online events in 2020, the National Garden Scheme is kicking off the new gardening year with a series of online talks and events. Bringing the best of gardens, garden owners and experts together to share their insights and passion for gardens and gardening, the digital events series will continue throughout the year. “The importance of gardens and gardening for our health and wellbeing came to the fore in 2020 and, as the uncertainty is set to continue, we’re supplementing our hugely popular garden visits with a series of informative talks and events that will…

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  • Photo of WATCH: Rosebank – The Success from FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    WATCH: Rosebank – The Success from FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    Back in November 2020, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 became the first ever digital exhibition in the UK’s landscaping industry. One of the most popular sessions from the event was Rosebank – The Success, in which Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson visited the offices of Rosebank Landscaping, a dynamic design and build business based in London. Jim spoke with co-owners Matt Keightley and Cameron Wilson about the start of the business, their endearing friendship and their values, all of which led to the almost-instant success of the business. The resulting interview was video recorded and presented at FutureScape VIRTUAL. Childhood friends Matt and…

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  • Photo of A series of sustainability talks is launching

    A series of sustainability talks is launching

    A series of talks aimed at the landscape industry will kick off in January next year, focusing on sustainable design solutions in response to the climate crisis. Each session will contain practical, take-home advice on how the industry can reduce its environmental impact and become more sustainable. Garden designers Rachel Bailey and Becca Duncan have put together the talks, which will take place via Zoom, to explore how to create gardens with this in mind without compromising on quality and aesthetics. The first in the series takes place on 5 January. Eustacia Brossart, landscape architect at CMG Landscape Architecture, will…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    With an attendance of over 3,000 individuals across the three days, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 was a massive industry success. More importantly, it was a shining example of the industry coming together in what has been an unprecedented year. The content of the seminars, the knowledge of the speakers and the interaction of the visitors goes to prove the amazing knowledge and in-depth understanding in our sector. The wide range of topics again showed the diversity of the sector, but maybe more importantly the camaraderie, the willingness to share experiences and knowledge openly is a real testament of our industry acting…

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  • Photo of Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    On Thursday 19 at 5.30, the Pro Landscaper Summit – the highlight of the FutureScape VIRTUAL calendar – will be going live. This year, we are honoured that Right Honourable Christopher Pincher MP Minister of State at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be opening the Summit. This year, the Pro Landscaper Summit will focus on how the sectors, as well as businesses and business owners, will operate over the next few years – what are the big changes coming? Post-pandemic, the sector has started to be influenced by sustainability, climate change, poor/low staffing levels, Brexit and…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL Show Guide 2020

    FutureScape VIRTUAL Show Guide 2020

    In under a week, the UK’s first ever landscaping virtual event will kick off from your very own home. FutureScape VIRTUAL will be a chance to make strong and valuable connections from the safety of your own environment! The Show Guide: Your key to FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 Loaded with details on the event, what you’ll want to tune in to and who will be on screen to tempt you, the Show Guide outlines the Seminar Programme, events and exhibitor portfolio. With such an intensely rich agenda in this three-day virtual event, the Guide will help you plan, prepare and ensure you gain the greatest…

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  • Photo of Five reasons you need to be at FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    Five reasons you need to be at FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    There are more than five reasons you should be a part of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 Not only is it the UK’s first virtual landscaping event, it is the best place to gain the best insight from the best people and see the best products from the safety of your own environment. But there are five stand-out reasons that should make your decision easier. 1) THE SEMINARS The seminar programme, speaker quality and informal debates are one of the main draws. The Pro Landscaper team will once again deliver on topics on the FutureScape, Pro Landscaper and Green Channels. You’ll struggle to find a better place…

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  • Photo of Cancellation of the IPM ESSEN 2021

    Cancellation of the IPM ESSEN 2021

    The IPM ESSEN, which was planned for January 26 to 29, 2021, is cancelled. Against the background of the increasingly dynamic situation and worldwide travel restrictions, there is currently not the planning security required for the serious preparation of the international trade fair participants. As much as the green industry has wished for IPM ESSEN as a communication platform, there is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the recent occurrence of infections in important markets such as the Benelux countries or France. Nevertheless, Messe Essen is giving the industry a stage at the planned date of the fair…

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  • Photo of SALTEX moves to November 2021

    SALTEX moves to November 2021

    Due to mounting pressure from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Grounds Management Association (GMA) regrettably announces that it has taken the decision to move SALTEX to 3-4 November 2021, from its planned Spring dates (3-4 March 2021). The GMA has been strategically planning for every eventuality to ensure the exhibition is a bio-secure event, in partnership with the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and internationally recognised professional events bodies, however ongoing Government restrictions and local and national lockdowns, as well as rising cases of Coronavirus have highlighted the immediate challenges to stage a successful event in March. This decision has factored…

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  • Photo of Kew Gardens’ Orchids 2021: Costa Rica

    Kew Gardens’ Orchids 2021: Costa Rica

    Now in its 26th year, Kew Gardens’ annual festival, Orchids, will celebrate the rich and colourful culture of Costa Rica. Running between 13 March – 11 April 2021, visitors can escape the UK’s dreary winter weather and step inside a glasshouse filled with vibrant horticultural displays and animated soundscapes, transporting them to the tropics of Central America. The displays The route around the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be designed to recreate the country’s landscape, taking visitors from the southern shores, where the Pacific Ocean laps its world-renowned beaches, to the northern coastline that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea. Along the way, displays will feature…

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  • Photo of FutureScape 2020 goes virtual due to government announcement

    FutureScape 2020 goes virtual due to government announcement

    FutureScape EXPO 2020 will now be a virtual event taking place online on 17-19 November, following announcements from the Prime Minister, and follow up announcements from the UK’s Culture Secretary. FutureScape’s managing director Jim Wilkinson says: “It’s very clear that FutureScape EXPO 2020 cannot go ahead in its current guise due to the pilot events of 1,000 attendees per day having been suspended and the predicted increase in virus cases. This could potentially lead to further lockdowns.” FutureScape 2020 VIRTUAL will be the first ever virtual exhibition in the UK’s landscaping industry. Jim continues: “Although this may not have been…

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  • Photo of Exhibitions able to take place from October if pilots are success, says PM

    Exhibitions able to take place from October if pilots are success, says PM

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that “conferences and other business events”, including exhibitions, will be able to take place in England from 1 October, providing a series of pilots are successful. A small number of sporting and indoor performance events will be piloted from now. If the outcome of these pilots is deemed a success, and the R rate remains below 1, these sectors as well as business events will be given the green light. With the ExCeL London no longer occupied by the NHS Nightingle Hospital, the venue has returned to an exhibition centre and will now be…

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  • Photo of FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 has joined forces with the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA). The association will have a dedicated area at FutureScape Expo 2020, held at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre on 17 and 18 November 2020. SPATA was established in 1961 and today the role of the Trade Association is to work with companies involved in building swimming pools and spa pools so that they are working to British and European Standards. Members are expected to work to SPATA Standards and also to abide by a Code…

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  • Photo of Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

    Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

    Gold medallist nursery Primrose Hall Peonies collaborates with award winning British jewellery designer Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020.   ‘Treasure Every Moment’ is a walk through exhibit showcasing a bespoke, hand-made jewellery collection. Designed around peonies and made by British, award-winning designer, Theo Fennell.   The exhibit will be innovative, exciting and interesting to visitors, showcasing a wide range of rare and unusual peonies, including some from the National Collection of Itoh hybrids. Visitors will be able to view these rare and unusual breeds of peony with magnifying glasses.   The exhibit will also feature a British designed and…

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  • Photo of Gray-Nicolls Launch Tree Legacy Programme

    Gray-Nicolls Launch Tree Legacy Programme

    Cricket gear supplier Gray-Nicolls has launched a new tree legacy initiative that aims to help to create a more sustainable and green environment.   The Gray-Nicolls Tree Legacy Programme will see a new willow tree planted for every international century scored by a Gray-Nicolls ambassador. A further tree of any species will also be planted locally to offset the loss of the willow when harvested for bats in around 20 years’ time.   The Tree Legacy Programme begun on 21 Febuary 2020. Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook visited Robertsbridge to plant 33 willow trees – one for each of…

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  • Photo of Green Urbanisation Roadshow Sets New Route to Resilient Future

    Green Urbanisation Roadshow Sets New Route to Resilient Future

    This March sees Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation hosting its first series of seminars, aimed at tackling the crucial subject of managing climate change and extreme weather events.   Titled ‘Realising Resilience – An Introduction to Green Urbanisation’, the seminars bring industry experts on green infrastructure, flood and drought resilience, urban realm landscaping and wellbeing design to London, Birmingham and Manchester.   Free to attend, the 3-hour seminars take place on Monday 16 March, Wednesday 18 March and Friday 20 March in Manchester, Birmingham and London respectively.   The programme highlights include presentations on:   Investment in Green Infrastructure in…

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  • Photo of 6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

    6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

    Last November, we announced that FutureScape, the UK’s largest landscaping show, will be no longer be held at Sandown Park Racecourse, and the new setting needed to align with the company’s ethics and sustainability practices. With the ExCeL London being selected to play host to the two-day event, here are some of the reasons why the ExCeL is a sustainable, ideal venue for FutureScape 2020: Between January and December 2017, the ExCeL recycled more than 2,615t of waste. Further assisting with recycling, dedicated bins can be located on site and in its offices for mixed recyclables, general waste, cardboard, plastic…

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