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    • PSD Groundscare bring innovative landscaping solutions to Saltex

      PSD Groundscare are giving visitors to Saltex the opportunity to view a fantastic range of innovative, time-saving solutions to assist with a host of landscaping requirements including the launch of the next evolution in green waste shredding from innovative Belgium manufacturer Eliet, that follows the proven Eliet shredding principle and gives improved functionality and performance.   Showcasing on the stand will be a range of high-quality machinery to manage the challenge of long grass and banks mowing. Including the New Taurus 2-wheel tractor with optional remote control functionality from innovative German manufacturer Koppl. This addition to the range is popular…

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    • Use school gardens to fight climate change says RHS

      The RHS is urging schools to get gardening this autumn to empower young people in the fight against climate change and help protect our green spaces for the future.   Through its RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the charity has found that school gardens are often young people’s only touchpoint to nature. Providing an opportunity to learn about the importance of plants, wildlife and issues around sustainability.   With space at a premium and budgets stretched, many schools are finding creative ways to grow, turning to rooftop plots to green their grey grounds, installing raised beds on paved playgrounds and…

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    • Pro Landscaper September 2019

      In this issue Sam Hassall looks at the true cost for a landscaper and designer producing an RHS Chelsea show garden and questioning if the recognition given to the contractor is correct. We also take a look at the newly planted garden at Chatsworth within our Future Projects section , and Lee Bestall discusses the issues of planning, and why it’s important to involve all parties early in the process – including suppliers. As Autumn settles upon us, Debs Winrow looks to outdoor styling for the chiller months and we also travel to Belvoir Castle. We also ask the question…

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    • LI launches new case studies directory

      A new case study directory and editor for Landscape Institute registered practices are now live.   The editor allows registered practices to upload any number of projects, showcasing them to fellow members, clients and the public. The directory displays all case studies from LI registered practices with an active membership, as well as LI Awards winners and projects featured as case studies in official LI publications.   The directory and the editor are sleeker and easier to use for both practices and visitors. There is an intuitive new category selection to help classify and find projects of a certain type, as well…

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    • Long Mynd

      Heather landscapes under threat due to climate change

      One of England’s celebrated landscape spectacles is suffering due to climate change. The impact of last year’s hot weather and increased pest activity has turned acres of heather from glorious purple to a muddy brown.   Through August and into early September, the hills at Long Mynd in Shropshire and at Holnicote on Exmoor are typically awash with a haze of purple.   But this year the National Trust, which cares for both landscapes, has seen up to 75% of the heather in poor health due to a combination of last year’s drought and damage from the heather beetle.  …

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    • Kew launches new space – the Agius Evolution Garden

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    • 30 Under 30

      Have you entered the 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards yet?

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    • VIDEO: Adur and Worthing step up action against Ash Dieback disease

      A task force has been created to help control a deadly disease which could wipe out all Ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   Ash Dieback has been discovered in trees at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing. Almost 20% of the entire woodland covering is at risk – that’s estimated to be more than 1,200 of the species.   The disease, spreading across Europe, is currently incurable. This means the most common tree in West Sussex, Ash, could disappear from the landscape forever.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out…

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    • The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open

      The David Colegrave Foundation is offering a variety of scholarships. It is also offering money for college tuition and accommodation fees, books and equipment, or for extra training courses.   This year there are seven scholarships to apply for:   Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship Up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants should apply.   British Protected Ornamentals Association…

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    • National Trust reports record spend on conservation

      The National Trust has spent more than ever before looking after houses, gardens, coast and countryside as record numbers of people joined the charity, new figures have revealed.   During 2018/19 the conservation charity spent £148m on conservation projects and restoration works to look after the 780 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of land and more than 500 historic houses, gardens, parks and countryside in its care, according to its annual report. The figure is £10m more than the previous year.   The biggest increase came on projects to protect the coast and countryside, with more than £35m (£35,723,000) spent,…

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    • Public concern for nature reaches all time high

      More people than ever before are concerned about damage to nature, new national statistics published on 3 September 2019 by Natural England show.   In the world’s biggest scientific study of its kind, Natural England’s ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) report shows that nine out of ten adults in England are concerned about increasing threats to the natural environment, with nearly two-thirds specifically worried about biodiversity loss.   The research also shows how important local parks and greenspaces are to the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing. Saying that health and exercise are the main reason why adults…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL appoints new sales manager

      Kevin Harden, formerly responsible for business development and key accounts at Harrowden Turf, has joined British Sugar TOPSOIL as a Sales Manager. Kevin’s role will be to generate new business for British Sugar TOPSOIL’s production facilities at Bury St Edmunds and Wissington near King’s Lynn. Kevin will be working alongside National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch and colleagues Natalie Gudgin, Grace Townsend and Kim Campton. Kevin is very much looking forward to his new role: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be joining a company for which I have always had the very greatest respect.…

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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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    • Bursary

      LDA Design launches bursary to support landscape architecture students

      To celebrate its 40th year, LDA Design is awarding five one-year bursaries worth £2,000 each to support and encourage those studying landscape architecture or urban design in the UK, at undergraduate or post-graduate level. In addition, we will also offer the recipients the opportunity of paid work experience with us.   LDA Design have said:   “We are committed to encouraging a wider range of students into our professions. We intend for one or more of the bursaries to be allocated to students who have faced challenges to pursuing higher education.   To help the selection process, we are setting…

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    • Tickets to RHS flower shows 2020 now on sale

      RHS members’ tickets to the RHS Flower Shows in 2020 have gone on sale today, Monday 2 September. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday 6 September.   Early bird offers are available until 31 October alongside advance booking discounts. Children under 16 go free* and for the first time ever, there is an early bird discount offer for the Preview Evening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.     RHS Flower Shows 2020:   RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17–19 April The first major outdoor show celebrates its 15th anniversary kicking off the gardening season with…

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    • ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign launched by Government

      The Government are launching a new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, which will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms.   Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit.   The Government have said that the campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners…

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    • Malvern launches new tree walks

      Visitors to Malvern can now enjoy what has been hailed as the country’s ‘finest classical urban arboretum’ thanks to the launch of a series of new guides.   Mike Goodfellow-Smith, founder of Malvern’s Marvellous Trees, and a band of dedicated volunteers have produced four new walks showcasing the town’s tree promenades.   The guides were produced with help from the Heritage Lottery funded Great Malvern Route to the Hills project, which was led by Malvern Hills District Council.   Mr Goodfellow-Smith said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch our four new guides highlighting the tremendous variety of species we…

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    • Green-tech supply Green-tree soils for £30m refurbishment programme

      One of the UK’s busiest retail sites, Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees, is undergoing its biggest overhaul for 30 years. Owner, leading UK property company British Land has undertaken a £30m programme of enhancements, of which £1.6m has been allocated to new landscaping, over a period of 18 months and 12 phases.   The majority of the landscaping centres around the new car parking layout, which has been totally re-designed to improve accessibility, traffic flow and reduce ‘conflict’. It is being carried out by Gavin Jones Limited.   Two key pedestrian routes have been added as well as an open-air courtyard,…

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    • Rachel de Thame to open 2019 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

      This year RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show will be opened by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame.   More than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a wide range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants.    In the National Dahlia Society Show’s floral marquee visitors can view more than 100 vibrant competition classes of dahlias in all shapes, sizes and colours. On 7 and 8 September, visitors can bring their most impressive home-grown specimens to be judged by an expert panel in the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition Creations by the Surrey region of…

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    • climate change

      The Landscape Institute announces changes to its CPD requirements

      The Landscape Institute has announced the switch to a more supportive, inclusive, fully online continuing professional development (CPD) service for members   Following consultation with its members, and as part of its ongoing digital upgrades, the Landscape Institute (LI) has announced some exciting changes to its approach to members’ CPD.   CPD is a vital part of how LI members stay professionally competent and relevant in a challenging, fast-moving environment. As the Royal Chartered Body for the profession, the LI asks all its corporate members to complete 25 hours’ CPD activity per year.   New CPD year to run until…

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    • APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

      WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place from 22-27 August and representing the UK in Landscape Gardening were 2017 APL WorldSkills UK competitor Sam Taylor and 2016 competitor Shea McFerran.   The duo did a fantastic job and achieved an amazing fourth place as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill level.   Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran said: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the…

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    • Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview Event – new season, new plants

      Kickstart the autumn season with Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants Come and join us for a week of Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants.  Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September from 7am to 5pm.  Hot food will be served between 10am to 2pm Let us show you around our new autumn stock and highlight some of the fantastic plants we can offer you for the season ahead.  Autumn is a bountiful time of year and there will be a great choice of plants to keep you up to date with the latest offerings and…

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    • Business secretary launches £10m Brexit readiness fund

      Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019.   Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit and can be reassured that they are fully ready, from major British producers to the smallest tech startups and entrepreneurs. There will be no barriers, such as affordability of membership.   Applications for grants will be accepted up…

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    • £1.3m project Biophilic Wales given the go-ahead

      A £1.3m project, Biophilic Wales, that promises to boost the well-being of Welsh people, plants and pollinators has been given the green light.   ‘Biophilic Wales’ is being led by the National Botanic Garden of Wales and funded by Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being Grant. The main delivery partners in the project are Swansea Bay University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales and Swansea University.   The overall aim of Biophilic Wales is to increase the well-being of people, biodiversity and the environment, throughout Wales, using three interconnected work packages: Inspiring Spaces, Grasslands for Life and Plants for People.…

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    • Botanists race to understand and conserve the plant species of the Amazon

      As a record number of fires continue to burn in the Amazon, concerned scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) face a race against time to quantify the vast number of plant species in the biodiversity hotspot and determine their distributions and to support urgent conservation plans and action.   RBGE’s Dr Tiina Särkinen and Brazilian colleague Dr Domingos Cardoso of the Universidade Federal de Bahia recently led an international effort to quantify the plant species in the Amazon. Their list includes 14,003 species. This number is increasing almost daily as new species are discovered. Just last week RBGE’s…

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