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Improving biodiversity central to Husqvarna’s approach

Improving biodiversity central to Husqvarna’s approach

Husqvarna has announced the launch of a new international biodiversity advisory board that will “share knowledge” to create more wildlife-friendly landscapes. Yvette Henshall-Bell, president global professional at Husqvarna, said that the company wanted to “play a part in safeguarding biodiversity”. The forward-thinking board will be chaired by...

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Husqvarna unveils “futuristic” vision for 2023

Husqvarna unveils “futuristic” vision for 2023

A new design concept has been revealed for utilising robots and artificial intelligence to maintain urban environments in the next decade. Husqvarna unveiled its plans for Strix, a smart robotic shuttle carrying an autonomous workforce for green space management, at its recent Living City conference in Paris. The robots, that will use artificial...

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Chris Churchman launches new climate awareness not-for-profit

Chris Churchman launches new climate awareness not-for-profit

Chris Churchman, co-founder of Churchman Thornhill Finch, has now left the practice to launch a not-for-profit aimed at raising public awareness on the value of nature in offsetting the climate crisis. Cquester is being established with a new website, and a panel of like-minded specialists – from farmers and funders to economists and...

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Provender Nurseries launches design competition for customers

Provender Nurseries launches design competition for customers

Provender Nurseries is asking its customers to put forward a design for a large new border on its site in Kent, following its recent expansion into an adjoining paddock field. Entrants to the competition are being asked to only use plants from the Proven Winners® range to create the border, and the winning design will be planted up as a living...

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Nottinghamshire tree nursery celebrates 50 years

Nottinghamshire tree nursery celebrates 50 years

A Nottinghamshire tree nursery celebrates 50 years. Green Mile Trees, established in 1973 when founder Anthony Scott closed on a deal with Winchester-based Hillier Nurseries to grow trees commercially, and supply the Midlands and more northerly landscape and wholesale trades. The family-run business now operates from its over 70-acre nursery in...

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UK film studio invests £1m in biodiversity

UK film studio invests £1m in biodiversity

UK film studio, Shepperton Studios, has invested £1m towards the improvement of biodiversity at the River Ash Corridor in Surrey, also known as Studios Walk, in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council. Ecological enhancements that took place at the site, which borders Shepperton Studios, include the instalment of bird and bat boxes, and...

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Chelsea garden returns to Battersea

Chelsea garden returns to Battersea

An award-winning garden from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has opened at the Doddington Estate, Battersea, the same estate that inspired its creation.  The London Square Community Garden, designed by James Smith, was inspired and built in part by the volunteers at the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden. Key features donated from the...

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Government gives £1m to forestry skill training

Government gives £1m to forestry skill training

The government has allocated an additional £1m in funding for forestry and arboriculture training courses, between now and April 2025.  The funding aims to increase the sector’s workforce through the creation of more green jobs to meet recent demand growth, following the government’s £675m tree programme. Funding will cover areas of arboriculture...

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Rochdale set to see boost in green infrastructure

Rochdale set to see boost in green infrastructure

Plans have been submitted for a new home garden neighbourhood project set to give Rochdale, Manchester a boost in green infrastructure. The hybrid application, submitted by Redrow, includes a new public park and wildflower meadow, green corridors and over 1,000 new homes. Plans include a 13.4ha park to the south, a wildflower meadow, green...

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Cement substitute “unlikely” to reduce global emissions

Cement substitute “unlikely” to reduce global emissions

An ingredient used to create ‘greener’ concrete might not be as effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as first hoped. Ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) is a by-product of the iron and steel industry and has become an increasingly popular replacement for the carbon intensive Portland cement clinker, which is produced in kilns...

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SoilsCon returns in 2024

SoilsCon returns in 2024

After a four-year break, SoilsCon returns next year. The one-day conference, organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare, will feature developmental insights, debates and discussions from industry experts. The speaker line-up includes, Tim O’Hare, principal consultant at Tim O’Hare Associates, Helen Elks-Smith, principal at...

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RHS teams up with students to launch new ‘What is a Weed?’ exhibit

RHS teams up with students to launch new ‘What is a Weed?’ exhibit

The RHS has launched a new ‘What is a Weed?’ exhibit, with support from local students to try and change minds about weeds. The exhibition will feature displays curated by students from two schools in Surrey, showcasing artwork and exhibits that explore the relationship between people and plants, beauty standards, and humanities place within the...

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Former F1 driver ‘racing for biodiversity’ in Suzuka Circuit project

Former F1 driver ‘racing for biodiversity’ in Suzuka Circuit project

Former F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel has launched his latest biodiversity campaign at Suzuka Circuit, Japan, ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The project, named Buzzin’ Corner, is situated inside Turn 2 at Suzuka Circuit. It includes 11 ‘insect hotels’, built with the help of Vettel and a local carpenter. The Turns kerbing has been...

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Warnings issued over ‘serious’ rose disease

Warnings issued over ‘serious’ rose disease

As autumn approaches, it brings with it more cold, wet weather and the ‘most serious disease of roses’ according to the RHS.  Rose black spot, also known as Diplocarpon rosae, is a fungal disease that infects the perennial species’ leaves, causing black or purple spots to appear on the surface and leaves the flower vulnerable to other disease...

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The HTA welcomes inquiry into Urban Green Spaces

The HTA welcomes inquiry into Urban Green Spaces

The House of Common Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee has launched an Inquiry into Urban Green Spaces in response to data that shows the number of people living in urban areas in the UK is expected to increase over the next decade. The total provision of green spaces is expected to decline as a result of infrastructure...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Robert Myers 

Little Interviews Expanded – Robert Myers 

At Pro Landscaper, we have been investigating the link between therapy and horticulture. Speaking with a few key members of the community and getting their opinions and perspectives on how horticulture could be contributing to the nation’s mental health, and how the industry could take this further.  Read the full article in the September issue...

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Project Giving Back extends its RHS Chelsea support to 2026

Project Giving Back extends its RHS Chelsea support to 2026

Project Giving Back (PGB) has extended its support of gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to 2025 and 2026. Established in 2021, PGB pledged to fund 42 gardens at RHS Chelsea in 2022, 2023 and 2024, with an original investment of around £12m. The charity supported 15 gardens at this year's event, including several award...

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Green Tree Badge initiative launched to inspire millions of children

Green Tree Badge initiative launched to inspire millions of children

Together The Royal Forestry Society and Bags of Ethics has launched a new Green Tree Badge initiative, to support millions of children nationwide get involved with the world of trees.  The national initiative aims to support millions of children's engagement with trees andstrengthen their understanding of the important role trees have in the...

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Jack Skinner joins Blakedown Landscapes’ senior management team

Jack Skinner joins Blakedown Landscapes’ senior management team

Blakedown Landscapes is strengthening its management team with the introduction of Jack Skinner as senior contracts manager. The horticulturist brings a wealth of experience to the new role, the most recent being helping to launch and then heading up Maylim Landscapes, Maylim’s soft landscaping arm, over a year ago. Prior to this, Skinner had...

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