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      Final four young landscapers selected for Young Landscapers Award

      Earlier this year, BBC Gardeners’ World Live announced the launch of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, in conjunction with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). Just a couple of months later, the names of the four talented contestants have been named: In the red corner: Jacob Botting and Harvey Miller (Company: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces) And in the blue corner: Dan McGeoghegan and Ryan Bell (Company: The Plants & Paving Company) The two teams now go forward to each build a Show Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin – both displaying a wide variety of techniques and materials requiring…

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      Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

      Gold medal-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes will be creating a conceptual ‘Brewin Dolphin Installation’ at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, using elements of a village that once stood in the grounds of Chatsworth House to question our relationship with time and the natural world.  Influenced by the eighteenth century village that existed before being moved to make way for Capability Brown’s celebrated landscape, the Brewin Dolphin Installation will prompt visitors to think about landscape, our interaction with it and what elements of the past we value. The Installation will draw on historical forms to create a pavilion over four metres…

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    • gdpr

      BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members

      Following several months of research and consultation, the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) technical officer, Owen Baker, confirms that the association will be hosting a GDPR Awareness Day for its members on Wednesday 2 May 2018 at BALI Landscape House. The event, which will open for registrations soon, will provide BALI members with an exclusive insight into GDPR with guest presenter Mike Holland of OlsenMetrix Marketing providing presentations, talks and discussions about the impending regulation. BALI’s technical officer, Owen Baker, commented: “What will make this event truly unique is that members can choose whether to attend in person, or, register…

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    • fringe

      The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go

      On 19 May, the seventh annual Chelsea Fringe will burst into life for nine days of colourful and eclectic events across London, the UK and wider world. Entirely independent but run with the Flower Show’s blessing, the Fringe was launched in 2012 as an inclusive and open festival of community horticulture and has flourished ever since as a celebration of the rich variety of vibrant ways in which people engage with gardening and plants. Now an established part of the horticultural calendar, the 2018 programme is brimming with eclectic and entertaining events including hands-on gardening sessions, art installations, walks, workshops, talks, food tastings, open days, film screenings, exhibitions and performances. Its open-access principle means that just about…

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    • wayne grills

      BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan

      On Monday 29 March 2018, BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills joined 27 leading organisations and businesses in Scotland to present The Scottish Horticulture Action Plan to Scottish parliament. As a withstanding member of the Horticulture Panel, Wayne has been instrumental in the creation of the document. The Plan focuses on five key areas where horticulture has a significant role to play. The areas are Education, Health/Well-Being, Environment, Economy and Tourism. By 2022, the aim is to: Ensure all school children have the opportunity to grow plants and garden, to learn more about the environment and understand the importance of a…

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    • walls

      Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018

      Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and CHERUB charity collaborate on a unique garden to break down walls of HIV infection for young people Sussex-based garden designer, Naomi Ferrett-Cohen, is working with the HIV collaboration, CHERUB, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Naomi’s garden will challenge stigmas and promote the message that it’s possible to live well with HIV, as well as highlighting the search for a cure through dedicated scientific research. Naomi has designed the debut garden with young people in mind, working in conjunction with the young…

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    • escape

      The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show commencing 22-26 May 2018, The Great Escape industry exhibit, spearheaded by the HTA, is taking shape with suppliers from across the industry generously signing up to take part by providing plants, sundries and materials for the exhibit. Suppliers involved so far include: Aylett Nurseries, Burgon & Ball, CED Stone, Country Herbs & Plants, Ecodeck, Farplants, Flopro, Forest, Frank P Matthews Ltd, Garden Organic, Hozelock, Kent & Stowe, Lowaters, Melcourt Industries, Penny Banks, The Outdoor Living Company, Stewart Garden/Keter, Seiont Nurseries, Syngenta Flowers, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, The Great Outdoor Gym Company, Woodlodge and…

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    • Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show

      Capel Manor College is celebrating after receiving a Gold award and Best in Show for its garden design at this year’s Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ascot Spring Garden Show over the weekend. The annual competition, now in its eighth year, is organised by TV Gardener David Domoney in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. These annual awards celebrate the best of young British talent in garden design and offer students a great opportunity to create show-stopping, sustainable gardens seen by thousands of visitors at the garden show. “Our apprentices worked brilliantly as a team…

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      Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair

      The Plant Fairs Roadshow will roll into Bexley on the 22 April carrying bags made from corn starch. The plant fair at Hall Place will see leading independent nursery men and women – many of them RHS Gold Medal winning nurseries – blazing a trail and saying goodbye to plastic bags. Colin Moat, organiser of the Plant Fairs Roadshow, said: “All the nurseries involved in the Roadshow have been concerned about the use of plastic carrier bags for some time. We looked first at using paper carriers, but these have an ecological impact in both production, transport and are made…

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    • repton

      Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary

      Renowned gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh MBE will open a new exhibition at Woburn Abbey at a press launch on 21 March 2018, which celebrates the bicentenary of Humphry Repton and his influential work for the Dukes of Bedford. Recognised as the first person to invent and use the title ‘landscape gardener’, Humphry Repton regarded himself as the rightful successor to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Repton produced over 400 designs and schemes for gardens great and small, but of these, he stated, “none were more fully realised than at Woburn Abbey”. He published his theories in two influential books, Observations on the…

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    • ascot

      The Ascot Spring Garden Show makes its inaugural bloom

      With an ‘early burst of summer’ set to hit southern England this weekend with highs of up to 24c expected, a visit to the inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show should be on every keen gardener’s agenda. The high-quality boutique event showcases 12 inspiring gardens, specialist nurseries with plants for sale, a range of quality exhibitors and free expert advice with the world-famous Ascot Racecourse providing an iconic backdrop. A key highlight of this brand-new show is the complimentary Talks Theatre which plays host to a line-up of horticultural professionals offering expert advice, gardening tips, a sprinkle of humour and a…

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    • nhs

      RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘Feel Good’ Garden gifted to NHS Mental Health Trust

      To mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) will receive a garden from the world’s most famous flower show this summer for the benefit of patients and staff, thanks to a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition. The RHS Feel Good Garden, a key feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (22-26 May) designed by Matt Keightley, will be relocated to the Trust, which provides care and treatment to vulnerable adults in a built-up part of London where green space is limited. Some 39 NHS Mental Health Trusts entered the competition and the judging panel, which…

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      APL ‘What Lies Beneath’ garden at Ascot Spring Garden Show

      The APL Garden for Ascot titled ‘What Lies Beneath’ has been designed as an educational piece of landscaping. Public at the show will be invited to walk onto the garden in which there are exposed sections of hard landscaping/decking and artificial grass that will reveal the construction methods used and the layers needed to achieve a solid well-built finish. Talks will be held throughout each day to educate and go through the various methods used by a professional landscaper from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The garden has been designed by Claudia De Yong. Claudia de Yong is known for…

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    • holiday

      RHS Garden Harlow Carr summer events programme

      June   1 June – 1 July: Bath House Gallery – Art Showcase If you’ve been looking for something special to hang on your wall or a decorative piece of artwork as a talking point, don’t miss Harlow Carr’s art showcase offering work in a wide range of styles and different mediums. Normal garden admission. 2 June: RHS Members’ Advisory Service RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with…

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    • forests

      Forests of the Future seminar line-up announced

      ‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment and will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3…

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    • partner

      SGD announces new judge and charity partner for the SGD Awards 2019

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced Greenfingers as the new Charity Partner for the SGD Awards, following 5 years supporting horticultural charity Perennial. Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to supporting children and families who spend time in hospices around the UK, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and benefit from. The charity is driven by the belief that time spent outdoors, away from the bedside, can offer children and families under considerable stress a vital opportunity to embrace the experience of being in the fresh air and engaging with the natural environment.  Greenfingers Charity  has created over 50…

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    • malvern

      Green Living Spaces feature launches at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

      New to RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018, the Green Living Spaces feature, in association with London Stone and Hortus Loci, embraces contemporary living, showing how first time buyers and renters can green up their limited space and bring the outside in. Two balconies, two patios and an interior room will be packed with inspiring ideas for festival goers to take home with them. The designers will create spaces that are functional, beautiful and portable, ensuring the garden can travel with those moving houses. RHS ambassador, Jamie Butterworth and mentor of Green Living Spaces, said: “More people are on the move…

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    • headline

      Green-tech signs up for a further three years as BALI Awards headline sponsor

      BALI Registered Affiliate member Green-tech, award-winning supplier of products to the landscaping, forestry and horticulture sectors, has renewed its headline sponsorship of the BALI National Landscape Awards for a further three years, commencing this year. The company’s initial three year sponsorship, from 2015-2017, coincided with the most successful period in the BALI Awards’ history.  The number of entries hit an all-time high and attendance at the Awards ceremony in December 2017 exceeded 1000, making the BALI Awards the largest and most prestigious landscape awards in Europe. Green-tech is an active and passionate member of BALI. The company’s Chairman, Richard Kay…

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    • spring

      Spring preview event at Provender Nurseries 2018 summary

      In early March Provender Nurseries revealed the result of extensive changes on site with their Spring Event.  Invitations went out in late February to registered customers of Provender Nurseries first ever Spring Preview Event. Held over three days guests were invited to take a tour of the entire site to review extensive changes that have taken place at Provender Nurseries in the last year. Over 150 companies attended over the three days and were given guided tours around site by Provender Nurseries’ staff members. Invitations included a cooked breakfast, a tour of the site and guests received a 10 percent…

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    • langdale

      Langdale Landscapes wins Association of Professional Landscapers Awards

      Kent-based landscape gardening firm, Langdale Landscapes, i s delighted to announce that its Redlands Road garden has won the overall award for best project £60-100,000 in the prestigious 2018 Association of Professional Landscapers Awards (APL Awards), announced at an awards ceremony at The Brewery in London on Friday 16 March. The Redlands Road garden was created by renowned landscape designer Mandy Buckland from Greencube Design to reflect the interior style of the house which had recently had a major refurbishment. The clients’ brief was to create a garden that was contemporary but still inviting. A series of terraces was dug…

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    • young designer

      Finalists for 10th annual RHS Young Designer Competition announced

      Held at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park (18 – 22 July), supported by Bruntwood, the popular RHS Young Designer Competition will provide more opportunity for budding young talent than ever before by extending its shortlist of finalists from three to five in celebration of its 10 year anniversary. The competition gives new and experienced designers aged 28 and under the unique opportunity to launch their careers and gain exposure at a prestigious RHS Flower Show, while competing for the coveted title. Over the past decade it has been instrumental in kick-starting the careers of many successful…

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    • worldskills

      Open for registrations: The APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition

      The WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition, run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is a great opportunity for trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas alongside planning and material management competing to be the best in the UK. The competitors who qualify in the competition can progress through to the National Final in November, held at The Skills Show in Birmingham. What is the competition about? This competition requires trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas, planning and material management. There will be regional heats (three hours duration),…

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    • brookes

      Remembering John Brookes

      John Brookes, FSGD and MBE has passed away at the age of 84. Renowned across the industry for nigh on creating the garden design profession, John began designing gardens back in the 1950s and completed projects all over the world. In tribute to his legacy, The Garden Museum has introduced an exhibition called: ‘John Brookes – The Man Who Made the Modern Garden’, which will be open until 25 March 2018. The exhibition displays works across his 55-year-long career, from early ‘grid’ designs to his more recent projects. Aiming to inspire the new wave of garden designers, John had published…

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    • ryan

      Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build is the Supreme Winner at the APL Awards 2018

      Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2018. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 16 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build, based in Berkshire, took the Supreme Winner award for their project: Dean Grange. This entry was also the winner of the Project Value Over £200,000 category. Dean Grange is a newly built luxury family home, designed by James Lambert Architects. The garden design and build, designed by…

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      APL Award winners announced

      The APL Awards went off with a bang on Friday 16 March at The Truman Brewery, bringing together esteemed members of the landscaping industry for an afternoon of jubilant festivities. The winners are as follows: Project Value Under £20,000 – sponsored by Turf Group Winner: Gabe Green Rooms for their Modern Courtyard project in central Brighton Project Value £20,000 – £35,000 – sponsored by Citation ltd Winner: Lanwarne Landscapes for their Georgian Close project Project Value £35,000 – £60,000 Winner: Habitat Landscapes for their ‘The Guest Room’ project Project Value £60,000 – £100,000 – sponsored by Namgrass Winner: Langdale Landscapes Ltd…

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