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    • Capel Manor College to build world’s largest show garden

      London’s leading land-based college Capel Manor, has partnered with The Game Fair to design and create specialist gardens that will span over an acre. A show garden of this scale has never been attempted before.   Established in 1959, The Game Fair is a prestigious event that celebrates British country life and boasts a comprehensive itinerary for the whole family. Lord and Lady Salisbury’s Hatfield House Estate will play host to The Game Fair from 26 – 28 July 2019.   The Game Fair Gardens, designed by Capel Manor College’s RHS Gold medallists, will create an immersive and interactive experience.…

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    • London National Park City

      Only 3 days until London becomes the world’s first National Park City

      The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) will confirm London as the world’s first National Park City on Monday 22 July at a City Hall Summit hosted by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.   Organisations and individuals will sign a London National Park City Charter demonstrating their support for making the city greener, healthier and wilder.   The day before, on Sunday 21 July, the National Park City Foundation in partnership with World Urban Parks and Salzburg Global Seminar will publish the first International Charter for National Park Cities in response to various leaders in cities around the world, setting…

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    • Mother Orchard

      Plea for funding as Mother Orchard is announced for RHS Garden Bridgewater

      RHS Ambassadors Nick Knowles and Carol Klein today joined the RHS in a call to the public to help raise the final £4.8 million for RHS Garden Bridgewater, its fifth garden, in order to open the gates next summer.   The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launched the fundraising appeal as it announced the creation of a ‘Mother Orchard’ for the North West in the Salford garden. The latest of many spectacular gardens in the pipeline is a traditional orchard garden on a three-and-a-half-acre plot which will wrap around the original 1834 Garden Cottage.   Nick Knowles, RHS Ambassador, said: “At…

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    • Green ivy screens helps tackle pollution at Islington school

      Innovative ivy screens are boosting air quality at an Islington school – as Islington Council announces more air quality audits for the borough’s schools.   The 7ft-tall ivy wraps around the playground at Prior Weston Primary School. Filtering damaging particulates and helping to absorb polluting gases from nearby streets.   The pioneering ivy screens were installed in June with funding from Islington Council, Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership and the Mayor of London, following an air quality audit at the school by the Mayor.  Funding also paid for pupils to produce an air pollution walking map to encourage less-polluting travel to…

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    • Judging panel returns for 2019 Arbordeck Awards

      As the summer hots up, the decking season is in full swing: and so are the Arbordeck Awards, with several proud installers already having submitted their entries to this year’s scheme. Once again, four expert judges will be on hand to cast their eyes over the best of the UK Trex and Arbordeck softwood timber decks, looking out for the most creative designs, the best use of space, and the highest quality of installation. Sarah Francis, product marketing manager at Arbor Forest Products returns as head judge, alongside Pro Landscaper Magazine’s managing director, Jim Wilkinson, Trex’s market manager, Alan Hodkinson,…

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      July’s Agenda question

      Are design and build companies the future of landscaping?   Ross Conquest, managing director, Conquest creative spaces  No and yes. What is the definition of a design and build company in our industry – what design packages are being offered? A hand drawing versus 3D renders with night visuals provides quite the comparison, so it’s interesting seeing how much of a service some companies are offering. There are a lot of viable set-ups in the industry. Landscape companies are running design studio’s in parallel with their installation team,some landscaping companies only do installations for designers and some even run their…

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    • Green-tech's new starters

      16 new starters join Green-tech in the first six months of 2019

      Since January of this year Green-tech has welcomed 16 new starters and seen three promotions.   The new starters are across all departments and include Tim Howcroft who joins on a secondment to fulfil a newly created position as warehouse systems manager. Tim will oversee the setting up of a more advanced warehousing operation which will become effective once the phase 2 warehousing is built for Green-tech.   Joshua Hebden, Joshua Rimmer, John Turton, AJ Paralimnitis and Jack Isaac have all joined the ever-expanding warehouse team. This is to accommodate increased dispatch hours and a notable upturn in the number…

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    • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019 medal winners

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    • Virtual Reality

      VIDEO: Virtual vision

      I’m sure most of us have seen virtual reality (VR) headsets being used for gaming and entertainment. The advancement in VR has really taken off in recent years, and is now being used in a variety of different fields, including: military training, education and sport. NASA uses VR software to control robots on Mars. It has even begun to be used to treat mental health conditions by providing relaxing meditation experiences aimed at reducing stress and anxiety. Excitingly, this software (smartphone-based options particularly) is being increasingly used in architecture and garden design. VR creates a digital 3D experience that we…

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    • The Prince of Wales

      HRH The Prince of Wales opens new Centenary Garden

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    • 1970 parks and green spaces receive a Green Flag Award

      1970 parks and green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award. The international Award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities. Parks and green spaces receiving the Award this year include first time winner Venetian Waterways managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Worden Park managed by South Ribble Borough Council that has won the Award every year since the scheme made its first Awards in 1997. Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more…

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    • More options on the SPPS sprayer

      The SPPS, a self-propelled pedestrian sprayer from Techneat Engineering, aimed at lawn care professionals and already in use at many leading UK and Overseas sporting venues, is now available in a wider range of tank size and boom width options. “We now have tank options in 80, 120 and 150L capacities and have recently launched a new 5m boom machine alongside the 3 and 4m options already available to professional ground staff. The new 5m machine will still have the same folding boom option as the 3 and 4m machines offering easier access via narrow entrances and all booms have…

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    • The London Tree and Woodland Awards winners

      The London Tree and Woodland Awards, otherwise known as the Tree Oscars, took place at City Hall on Wednesday 10 July. In its eleventh year it celebrates the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover, inspire others to manage trees and woodlands and raise the profile of London’s trees and the need for management. This year there were eight award categories judged by a panel which included Forestry Commission, Greater London Authority, Natural England, Trees and Design Action Group, Woodland Trust, London National Park City and the London Tree Officers…

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    • APL WorldSkills 2019 final national heat announced

      Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, Highgrove Landscaping Ltd, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College – Pershore College, Wiltshire College and Writtle University College. The 14 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Daniel…

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    • Platipus tree anchor systems pays it forward

      Platipus talks to Pro Landscaper about its charitable donations.  Platipus was proud to present Perennial and Cancer Research UK with cheques for £500 each. The funds were raised through our online shop ‘Platipus Direct’ and represent the support the site has received from our customer base during a very successful year. Cancer Research UK is going allocate the money to their priority campaign to cure, prevent and diagnose Cancer in children. This donation will help fund a team of over 2000 doctors and nurses working tirelessly to get the research from the lab into clinical trials. Perennial is an important…

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    • Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force

      Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).   The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countries those from designated pest free areas including Protected Zones (PZ) – an area of the European Union declared free of OPM those that have been grown under complete physical protection for their lifetime.   This Statutory Instrument (SI) – which is due to be introduced in Parliament shortly– builds on measures…

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    • Greener Grangetown wins prestigious Roy Edwards Award

      Greener Grangetown has won the Roy Edwards Award at the ICE Wales Awards 2019, which recently took place at the Marriot Hotel in Cardiff.   The innovative project catches, cleans and diverts over 40,000 square meters of rainwater run-off directly into the River Taff, rather than pumping the water over eight kilometers through the Vale of Glamorgan for treatment, before being pumped into the sea.   The scheme collects surface water from roofs and roads from twelve residential streets in Grangetown. Channeling and filtering it through over 100 rain gardens before draining to the river Taff. Through the scheme, significant…

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    • Urban Greening for Clean and Healthy Cities announced as title for International Green City Conference

      The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), organiser of the annual International Green City Conference, have announced that this year’s event, set to take place on 11 September 2019 in Beijing, is titled ‘Urban Greening for Clean and Healthy Cities’.   The AIPH International Green City Conference will be held as the first-day event of the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit taking place in the Yanqing District of Beijing from 11 – 13 September 2019. The conference will feature prominent speakers from China and around the world to share knowledge and experience of Green City policies and strategies with a particular…

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    • Case of Oak Processionary Moth confirmed in Wales

      A finding of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has been confirmed in Wales. A statutory Plant Health Notice has been issued on the trees which requires the treatment and felling of infested material. OPM have been found on trees planted in Cardiff City Centre and pest control experts will be begun treatment work as soon as possible. The caterpillars (larvae) defoliate and weaken oak trees, and are a hazard to human and animal health. The trees near Cardiff Central Station were chemically sprayed using an insecticide and will be removed today. The Welsh Government has said: “The first priority is to…

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    • Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World

      Talks to establish Birmingham as the first officially designated “Tree City” of the UK are set to be held between the city council and an international foundation today.   Council officers and Cabinet Members Cllr John O’Shea and Cllr Waseem Zaffar are due to meet a delegation from the US-based Arbor Day Foundation about the possibility of becoming a member of the Tree Cities of the World Network.   The bid is being formally launched during the talks, which come on the first day of Love Parks Week (July 12-21). Achievement of the status requires the city and the council…

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    • VIDEO: There is still time to nominate your favourite tree

      There is still time to nominate your favourite tree for The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 competition.   In a video below Adam Cormack, head of campaigning explains the competition and encourages members of the public to nominate.   Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/.   Nominations are open until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote.   Last year’s English winner, Nellie’s Tree, three beech trees grafted together into the shape of the letter ‘N’,…

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    • South London Downs to be declared as London’s third National Nature Reserve

      London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be officially declared later this month during a ceremony in Croydon. This was announced on 10 July by Natural England.   South London Downs, a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey, will be the second largest NNR in London after Richmond Park.   Jointly managed by the City of London Corporation and Croydon Council, the new NNR brings together 152.5 ha of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for nature. This will include the rare flower-rich chalk downland of Riddlesdown, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, with non-SSSI sites of value…

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