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    • Majestic Trees

      Majestic Trees is offering to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery

      Majestic Trees is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery to learn about tree production. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees.   A student who has completed or is completing their studies in commercial horticulture and has a passion for trees should apply. Students that have previously worked on a tree nursery or studied courses more closely linked to tree production are especially encouraged.   Franziska Goeckeritz, a BSc Horticulture student at Scotland’s Rural College enjoyed a placement with Majestic Trees after applying for a scholarship with DCF.…

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    • Smiths’ Gabion limestone

      Smiths’ tells us about its Gabion limestone.  Smiths’ Gabion limestone has been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, for example, the retaining walls of terraces or the stabilisation of river banks, the railway and road embankments and bridge abutments. However, the way this simple un-seen stone product is being used is changing! Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used…

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    • Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer launch the Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer has introduced the Hort Academy – a training programme for landscape and horticultural professionals designed to tackle the widening skills gap in the horticulture industry. It is currently open to everyone within the gardening & aftercare department at Bowles & Wyer. It has a plan to roll it out across the company and with a future industry-wide potential.   The curriculum has been developed by Jeff Stephenson, Head of Horticulture & Aftercare at Bowles & Wyer. It offers training for everyone regardless of their ability and previous experience. For the staff in the company’s gardening & aftercare…

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    • Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

      The Royal Parks is inviting landscape consultants to tender for its new four-year Landscape Architect Services Framework. Ahead of the Landscape Architect Services Framework launch, the Royal Parks’s landscape team would like interested practices to attend an open event. The event take place at Malone Room, LookOut, Hyde Park from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 5 December. The event is a chance to learn about the landscapes the charity works with, recent projects and future opportunities. Practices who attend will receive an introduction to the Royal Parks charity and an overview of the projects completed during the current framework period…

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    • Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides

      Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides, which are commonly used to treat public land.   The council’s commitment to find alternative treatments builds on the steps taken in recent years to improve the local environment and increase biodiversity across the borough. This has involved increasing wildflower planting and naturalising the highway verges.   The council’s currently conducting research into alternative weed control options and has met with local campaigners and representatives from national charity, Pesticide Action Network.   This year the council’s stopping the use of glyphosate, a commonly used weed killer, on shrub beds in parks.…

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    • Hackney

      5,000 new street trees to be planted in Hackney

      Hackney Council is set to plant 5,000 new street trees by 2022. This will increase canopy cover by 50% in the single largest investment in trees in the history of the borough. Also, the council will deliver an additional 1,000 high-quality trees in parks and green spaces, and work with local volunteers and the third sector to deliver many more. The new commitment expands the council’s existing promise to plant 1,000 trees by 2022. It will see the same number of street trees planted in the next three years than have been planted since 2000. The programme will take a science-based approach to tree…

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    • Lantra Scotland

      Final nominations call for Lantra’s ALBAS awards

      The deadline for applications for Lantra Scotland’s 2020 Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS) is Friday 15 November. Rural employers, colleges and schools are being asked to put forward their top learners.   An independent panel of judges will then shortlist the finalists. Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5 March 2020. The ceremony will be hosted by farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.   The awards are open to learners in agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, animal care, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber…

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    • Woodland Carbon Guarantee

      £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme launched

      The government today (Monday 4 November) launched a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change.   The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and create new woodland in return for payments as those trees grow.   It gives land managers in England the long-term financial income they need to invest in carbon sequestration – the process by which trees lock up and store carbon from the atmosphere.   Successful participants will be offered the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to the government over 35 years…

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    • Anglesey Abbey

      Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden prepares for three-year refresh

      The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey is marking the 21st anniversary of its renowned Winter Garden by embarking on a three-year project to refresh the popular feature. The garden features approximately 150 plant species chosen for their winter colours, scents and textures.   Formerly named the Fairhaven Centenary Walk, the Winter Garden was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Lord Fairhaven, who went on to leave Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966. The then Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, officially opened the garden on 5 November 1998 by planting a…

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    • Tree Cities of the World

      Tree Cities of the World programme unveiled

      Trees for Cities leads the Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation have unveiled their Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom. It is an initiative to recognise cities and towns across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. Trees for Cities is leading the initiative to recruit and support cities throughout the UK to apply for designation.   To achieve recognition, cities must meet the programme’s five…

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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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    • Arbordeck awards

      Arbordeck Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

      The Arbordeck Awards have proved to be a resounding success, with dozens of entries from decking installers the length and breadth of the country – and Arbor Forest Products and Trex has now revealed the 2019 category shortlists. The judges have narrowed down the shortlist to 15 installers across the five categories – Best Large Trex Deck, Best Small Trex Deck, Best Trex Design Solution, Best Commercial Trex Deck, and, new for 2019, Best Arbordeck Softwood Timber Deck. Any of the shortlisted companies could go on to win the prestigious ‘Deck of the Year’ accolade and the top prize of…

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    • David Attenborough

      LI to honour Sir David Attenborough with the Landscape Institute Medal

      The accolade recognises Sir David Attenborough phenomenal contribution to education and to connecting people, place and nature over multiple generations.    Throughout 2019, the year of the Landscape Institute’s 90th anniversary, it has focused on the transformative role the landscape profession has played in the UK and beyond.   It has also looked forward to the important role it will play in dealing with global issues – not least the climate and biological diversity emergency.   To mark this occasion, the LI has chosen a very special candidate for its prestigious Landscape Institute Medal.   The LI awards its medal to…

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    • Strawberry Fields

      Restoration work at historic Strawberry Fields now complete

      The famous red gates at Liverpool’s Strawberry Fields are once again open to the public after a significant restoration. This project carried out by Gavin Jones Ltd aims to revitalise an integral part of The Beatles history.   Work on the restoration, carried out by landscaping specialist Gavin Jones Ltd, part of Nurture Landscapes Group, and architect Rankin Fraser, was completed in September 2019.   Immortalised in the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields is an important landmark in the story of the world-famous band’s inspiration, but this vital part of local history has never been open to the public until now.…

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    • YouTube stars lead global tree planting campaign #TeamTrees

      Hundreds of the internet’s biggest stars took to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch over the weekend to unveil #TeamTrees. A massive crowdfunding campaign to raise $20M to plant 20M trees by 2020. The campaign raised a staggering $5M within 48 hours of launch. Over $1.75M was raised on YouTube alone, a new record for fundraising on the site. For every $1 raised, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant one new tree in a forest of high need. If #TeamTrees raises all $20 million, that means 20,000,000 new trees go into the ground. Visitors to TeamTrees.org can easily donate to plant…

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    • Halloween

      Petrifying plants

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    • 30 Under 30

      30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2019 winners announced

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    • Horticultural scholarship

      Funding for horticultural research students

      There is a scholarship available to students pursuing a research career in the horticultural industry. As part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, £2,500 is available to support applied research within the horticulture industry. The Horticultural Research Scholarship is open to undergraduates, postgraduates and those studying for doctoral degrees. Last year’s winner Rakhee Dhorajiwala is completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Biosciences) at Cardiff University. Rakee would like to have a career in horticulture and is passionate about being able to support the food and flower industry in providing consumers with the best quality fruit, vegetables and other commercially sold…

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    • The BIG Little Interview – Adam White

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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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    • Environment Bill

      Environment Bill moves forwards

      The Government’s landmark Environment Bill has moved a step closer to becoming law following its second reading by MPs (Monday 28 October).   After the debate, the Environment Bill now progresses to the committee stage for further scrutiny and onto the next stages of the Parliamentary process for becoming law.   The Bill will build on the UK’s strong track record and sets out a comprehensive and world-leading vision to allow future generations to prosper. Environmental principles will be enshrined in law and measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so…

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    • Government responds to petition to stamp out tool theft

      Today ( 28/10/19) the Government has responded to a petition to ‘stamp out tool theft with the introduction of tighter regulation & greater fines‘ which currently has over 30,220 signatures.    The Government responded by saying:   “The Theft Act 1968 includes robust measures for dealing with crimes of theft and handling stolen goods, including tool theft. The Act provides a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment for theft and a maximum penalty of fourteen years’ imprisonment for handling stolen goods.   Also, the act provides powers to tackle the threat of people going equipped to steal, with a maximum…

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    • Stockport Parklet

      Parklet success as 95% of people want more installed across Greater Manchester

      A ground-breaking new parklet scheme trialled in Stockport and aimed at transforming underused space into urban mini-parks has been hailed as an overwhelming success.   A recent survey showed 98% of people felt that the it improved the street. While 95% thought more should be installed across Greater Manchester.   The parklet transformed an underused part of the street into an attractive and useful place for shoppers, workers and people on bikes to stop, relax and park up. It has seating, planting, a bespoke mural, a table tennis table and chimes – as well as cycle parking for 12 bikes.…

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    • Perth

      Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

      The Scottish city of Perth has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 55th annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   The ‘Fair City’ wowed RHS judges with its urban green spaces, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.   Sustainability is at the heart of Perth’s approach. Parks, gardens and biodiversity hotspots line the River Tay, some of which are designed to mitigate flood risk. Also many seasonal bedding displays have been swapped for plants including foxgloves, Salvia and flowering shrubs to provide year-round food…

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    • Marlhill Copse

      Woodland management taking place at Marlhill Copse

      Southampton Airport has started woodland management work on its land at Marlhill Copse. It has stated that this is following advice from a chartered arborist. The airport purchased the copse in August 2018, in order to undertake tree management activities required under European legislation. However, airport management has received specialist advice that some of the trees are unsafe and present a risk to the public, and work to remove this risk begun immediately. Head of Aerodome, Dan Townsend, said: “The ancient woodland has not been managed for many years and as part of our new ownership we undertook a number…

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