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    • Gardening Express reveals the top 8 rudest plants

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      VIDEO: SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

      The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Featuring interviews with three registered members of the Society – Lee Bestall MSGD, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and Adolfo Harrison MSGD – the film highlights the process and stages involved in commissioning a registered member from the initial brief through to the finished garden. Shot on location in London, Sheffield and Hampshire, the film features interviews with clients who share their positive experiences of working with two of the designers featured in the film and the…

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    • VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

      Find out how Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery to maintain the large areas of ground. Find out more about the Kubota groundcare range here  

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    • Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard ancient woodlands

      One year on from strengthened protection for ancient woodland in England, the Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard the habitat the changes were designed to protect.   Despite changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England giving ancient woodland and trees the same protection as our finest listed buildings, some councils are still approving planning applications that contravene the new rules. The changes to the NPPF wording stipulated that any applications for development resulting in loss or damage to ancient woods or ancient and veteran trees should be refused unless they were ‘wholly exceptional’.…

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    • Elizabeth Park

      New Elizabeth Park at Bath Riverside opens to the public

      Crest Nicholson Regeneration welcomed hundreds of people to the new Elizabeth Park as part of the official opening at the Bath Riverside development.   The Party in the Park marked an important milestone in the development of Bath Riverside.   Hundreds of people visited the park throughout the day, enjoying the new open space along with a selection of art installations, and an open-air showing of The Greatest Showman in the evening.   Bath Riverside’s very first apartment owner Denise Medley cut the ribbon to officially open the park. The park creates a landscaped open space between the flagship Royal…

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    • climate change

      The Landscape Institute is calling for creative proposals that visualise the impact of climate change

      The Landscape Institute recently declared a climate emergency and the autumn edition of the Landscape journal will be devoted to this topic.   The focus will be on the practical and technical steps that landscape practitioners can take to influence their clients, built environment professionals, partners and policy makers.   One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change has been getting the public to take the issue seriously. Blue Planet, the film by David Attenborough, had a huge impact because it was able to show exactly what plastic in the Ocean looks like.   Landscape architect Stephen Sheppard proposes a new…

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    • How to take care of your lawn during the summer

      Each season provides gardeners with different challenges. In our post ‘How to Care for a Garden During Winter’ we provided tips that could help homeowners during the colder months, when most people leave their garden alone and don’t tend to it. In this post, we will go in the opposite direction and advise you on how to take care of the your lawn during the summer. This is also when a lot of gardeners can make mistakes that end up damaging their lawn in the long run. Mowing your lawn Mowing your lawn regularly is one of the best ways…

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    • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

      Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh £70m rejuvenation approved

      The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has won the backing of city councillors to proceed with an ambitious £70m initiative to safeguard Scotland’s priceless national plant collections. As well as future proofing its status as a world-leading centre for plant science, education, horticulture and conservation. State-of-the-art facilities will underpin the Garden’s core activities. While the visitor experience will be greatly enhanced through the refurbishment and extension of the popular public Glasshouses.   Meeting today (Wednesday, July 31) councillors agreed resoundingly to support the case for RBGE’s Edinburgh Biomes project. It will allow the organisation to address real and increasing threats,…

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    • Ethiopia tree planting

      Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day

      Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day as part of its Green Legacy initiative. Led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Green Legacy is a project which aims to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s. This was an official attempt at breaking the world record for planting trees in a single day. The current record is held by India, which saw 800,000 volunteers’ plant more than 50 million trees in…

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    • James Scott on the value of professional trade associations

      After participating as a speaker at Pro Landscaper LIVE Kent, James Scott considered the value of being a member of a professional trade association. Here, the managing director of Hertfordshire-based The Garden Company shares his thoughts. Last month I was invited to take part in a seminar discussion at a Pro Landscaper LIVE event. Our theme was ‘the real value of trade associations’. Along with fellow speakers Wayne Grills of BALI, Rod Winrow of the APL and Ramon Lawal of Outdoor Creations, we had a lively debate with our audience, ably chaired of course by Jim Wilkinson of Pro Landscaper.…

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    • Green-tech’s ISO accreditation renewed

      Green-tech has passed the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 vigorous audit and remains an accredited company – one of only a few in the landscaping industry. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are amongst ISO’s most well-known standards. They are implemented by more than a million organisations in over 170 countries. The standards and audit process has been amended slightly and Green-tech has successfully demonstrated its compliance with the changes. This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading certification body, and demonstrates Green-tech’s commitment to ISO 9001:2015 customer service and quality in delivery and ISO 14001:2015 environmental…

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    • Planning permission granted for Guildhall memorial space

      The design for developing the Guildhall memorial space, at the entrance to the city centre war memorial and Victoria Park, has been granted planning permission. Over the next year the site will become an inviting reflective space that allows the Cenotaph to be more visible and prominent from further away, whilst also being a place to sit and walk through to the park. Proposals for the site of the former Drift bar were revealed to the public in March this year and included a walkway, trees and benches. The Cenotaph is an important part of memorial events in the city…

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    • Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

      Gloucester Gate Playground, to the East of ZSL London Zoo, is to receive a complete refurbishment over the next five months. The metal, sterile and flat feel of the former playground will be replaced with a landscaped space that children of all abilities can play in, is rich with planting, and features equipment made from natural materials such as rope, bark and willow. The new playground will be almost double the size of the former playground. It will feature water and sand play, climbing equipment, a zip line and a willow den. It will also feature all the traditional favourites…

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    • Kristian Reay RHS Young Designer Of The Year Interview

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    • Robotic mowers revive lawns at Hatfield House

      Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House has deployed a number of robotic lawnmowers over the past year in order to maintain the property’s lawns. Head gardener Andrew Turvey saw an opportunity last year to galvanise the gardens of the Jacobean property, which was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I. Following a Husqvarna demo day in North London organised by dealer RT Machinery, he chose to install Husqvarna Automower®. Andrew tested two Husqvarna Automower® products on the north side of Hatfield House, a location which was challenging for the grounds team to maintain…

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    • Mayor of London launches Good Work Standard

      The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Good Work Standard, a benchmark for high employment standards, with fair pay at its heart. He has urged employers of all sizes and sectors to join him in his mission to make London the best city in the world in which to work. The Good Work Standard has a set of criteria covering fair pay and conditions, wellbeing, skills and progression, and diversity and recruitment. It has been developed in collaboration with London’s employers, trade unions and professional bodies and sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to achieve,…

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    • Basingstoke MP views plans for new mental health hospital gardens

      Basingstoke MP Maria Miller recently toured Southern Health’s specialist mental health unit, visiting the gardens of Parklands which are set for a major makeover. The revamp is part of a join project with military charity Help for Heroes and Sparsholt College’s horticulture team, which has won numerous Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Together, they plan to transform the tired, under-used spaces at Parklands into a special sensory garden for military patients and a second more social, active outdoor space for other patients and visitors. Parklands is home to a general inpatient mental health ward as well as…

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    • £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

      New natural play equipment and SuDS form part of the £120k landscaping project which has been completed on the Lancaster Estate in Southwark. Residents have been working with Southwark Council, local ward members and the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the project, It is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme. The funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratts. It follows an investment of £150k into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017. Cllr…

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    • Hackney Council releases new pictures of how Abney Park could look

      Images released by Hackney Council show how Abney Park could look if its application for further National Lottery Heritage Funding for the site is successful. The plans could see a new building – incorporating a cafe and space to support classes and school visits – constructed at the park’s Stoke Newington High Street entrance, a new accessible entrance at Church Street, and the second stage of renovation of the park’s chapel so it can be used by the community for events, music and theatre productions, celebrations and weddings. The plans were approved by the Council’s Cabinet last week, and will…

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    • Wandsworth council

      Wandsworth Council sets itself target to become greenest borough in inner London

      Wandsworth Council has set itself the target of becoming the greenest borough in inner London.   Council Leader Cllr Ravi Govindia laid out his ambition for Wandsworth Council to play its part in tackling climate change – with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and a zero-emission council by 2050. He said: “The threat of climate change to our environment is one that none of us can take lightly. It is a threat to our way of life for us and future generations.   “Councils therefore must join the fight to address the drivers of climate change.  We…

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    • Greenwich Park

      Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

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    • County Durham woodlands awarded funding to help restore them

      The Durham Woodland Revival project has been awarded £434,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and reconnect woodland in the county.   The funding will enable it to work with partners Woodland Trust, Northwoods, Wear Rivers Trust and the Forestry Commission to bring neglected and under-managed woodland back into good condition and to boost woodland cover over a four-year period, starting this summer.   Focusing on 5,000 hectares of woodland within a 10-mile radius from Durham City, the project looks at different ways of managing a range of different woodlands. From the diverse ecosystems of ancient woodland to…

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    • Viewing Tower to be built at Sussex Prairie Garden

      Paul and Pauline McBride owners and creators of the award winning Sussex Prairie garden based in the West Sussex Weald near the village of Henfield, are planning to build a Corten steel tower with a mid, and top viewing deck. The tower will give extraordinary views of the Prairie Garden, and of the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. They are calling on crowd funding to build the tower designed by award winning architect Sandy Rendel with structural engineers Structure Workshop. They hope that it will give garden visitors a chance to see the overall layout and design of the garden…

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    • Plumpton Rocks

      Historic England awards £100k grant to complete restoration of Plumpton Rocks

      Historic England has awarded a grant of more than £100,000 towards the restoration of Plumpton Rocks. Described as “heaven on earth” by Queen Mary, the wife of King George V.   Situated near Knaresborough, Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II-listed 18th century man-made lake, set against a backdrop of dramatic rock formations and surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful parkland.   From the late 18th century to the late 20th century, Plumpton Rocks was a celebrated pleasure ground enjoyed by everyone from the paying public to royalty. But it fell into decline towards the end of the last century and…

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    • Trees to be removed in Roath Park Gardens, Cardiff to deal with Oak Processionary Moth

      Evidence of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has been found on an oak tree in Roath Park Gardens in Cardiff as a result of proactive inspection by Natural Resources Wales of seven newly planted oak trees.   A Statutory Plant Health Notice was issued on the trees on 24 July, which requires the treatment and removal of the trees.   The infected tree in Roath Park Gardens were sprayed as a precaution using an insecticide on the evening of the 23 July and will be removed along with the other six trees today, 25 July.   The Welsh Government has said…

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