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  • 571 plant species have disappeared in the last 250 years

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  • Former school to transform into a community green space

    Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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  • Saughton Park

    Saughton Park opens following £8m restoration

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially reopened Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park.   Following a £8m seven-year renovation project to fully refurbish and reinstate many of the Park’s original Edwardian features – transforming the gardens into an inclusive space for the whole local community – the project has officially been declared complete on 6 June.   As Patron of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, HRH was invited to tour the restored park with Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant, Frank Ross, and to unveil a plaque to commemorate the milestone.   The Park will be powered by green energy. It also boasts…

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  • Royal Bath & West Show

    Top awards for idverde at Royal Bath & West Show

    idverde’s Robin Ware has won Gold and the People’s Choice Award for his ‘Pop Up Garden’ at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show.   Robin, who is currently studying for his Level 2 Landscaping qualification through idverde’s Performance Campus, with support from our training partner Element Skills Training, is based at idverde’s Chippenham contract.   Based on the theme of ‘Re-use and Recycle’, Robin’s design featured chairs and planters made from wooden pallets. As well as flower planters made from plastic bottles and tyres, and a wall made from glass bottles. The 3m x 3m garden was constructed in…

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  • Woodland Trust responds to Government’s Ash Research Strategy

    The Woodland Trust has welcomed the Government’s Ash Research Strategy announced 6 June 2019 to tackle the many threats facing the UK’s ash trees. Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner launched the Ash Research strategy, designed to merge evidence on threats to the UK’s population of ash trees. It will also identify future research needs to protect and restore both the species and landscape. These threats include ash dieback, which is already present across most of the UK. Also the invasive non-native pest emerald ash borer, which is not currently established in the UK but has caused catastrophic losses of ash in…

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  • Bourne Amenity announces three-year partnership with Pro Landscaper Podium Awards

    Bourne Amenity has signed up to sponsor the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards for the next three years. Jonathan Bourne, director at Bourne Amenity, spoke to Pro Landscaper to tell us more about the partnership and the products it offers. Bourne Amenity have been championing the relationship with Pro Landscaper Magazine and the team at Eljays44 for a number of years, and the chance to sponsor another exciting showcase of great British landscaping talent had real appeal. We are one of the country’s leading manufacturers of lightweight roof garden materials, along with a whole range of soils and substrates designed for…

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  • National Trust acquires Brackenthwaite Hows

    A viewpoint that inspired world famous artist JMW Turner on his first visit to the Lake District will be opened up to the public having been acquired by the National Trust.    Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the Lakes’ most breathtaking views and was drawn by Turner in his 1797 watercolour, Crummock Water Looking Towards Buttermere.    Since the 18th century, Brackenthwaite has become a popular spot with locals and is a much-loved area of woodland and healthland. It is renowned for its views, bluebells, wildflowers, wildlife and fascinating history.    The 77 acres of land will be managed by…

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  • Creating a therapeutic garden for service personnel at BBC Gardeners World Live

    At this year’s BBC Gardeners World Live Andy Tudbury of Halcyon days Garden Design has created a unique show garden: ‘Onward & Upward’.   Designed in aid of HighGround, a charity founded to help armed forces service leavers and veterans find work in the countryside, the show garden is a beautiful, tranquil space. The design features a pleasant rill, a tree canopy, paved pathways and a therapeutic hot tub. It will also include a multi-level deck Trex deck that represents the journey former service personnel go one when they begin horticultural therapy.   Horticultural therapy refers to the use of…

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  • Green-tech’s Successful Training the Trainer Chemical workshop moves on to Scotland

    Green-tech’s Chemical Workshop – Training the Trainer; held at Capel Manor College in London on Wednesday 29 May was well attended and regarded as a great success by the delegates who attended. Training and workshops were delivered throughout the event from industry- leading guest speakers including Advanced Invasives, Amenity Forum, Bayer, Belchim, ICL and JSD Rail. Subjects covered included the future for weed, pest and disease management in the amenity sector; getting the best out of your selective herbicides; Japanese knotweed control, sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, choosing the correct chemical for the application, the future of glyphosate and alternative options;…

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  • Beth Chatto

    Beth Chatto OBE to be awarded Iconic Horticultural Hero Award at RHS Hampton Court

    Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this July. Beth, who sadly passed away in 2018, aged 94, was the founder of the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market and her “right plant in the right place” ethos has inspired generations of gardeners. As part of the 2019 festival the RHS will reveal a drought-resistant garden in tribute to the late Beth Chatto. The garden will champion her ethos of sustainable planting when gardening in difficult conditions.   Beth’s vision of sustainable gardening and “right plant…

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  • Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

    The world-famous 105-acre garden at Chatsworth in the Peak District has begun its biggest transformation since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago.   An undeveloped 15-acre area known as ‘Arcadia’ will lead the way in a programme that includes the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations and new sculpture commissions. Also the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees. New pathways will also take visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.   When the initial works are complete, in around three…

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  • Arbor Awards

    Bigger and better: The Arbordeck Awards return

    Last year, Arbor Forest Products crowned Newcastle-based hot-tub and Trex® decking specialists North Spas as the inaugural winner of its decking installer awards. Now, the awards are back, and this year the Arbordeck Awards will also be open to installers of Arbordeck softwood timber decking, with an expanded category list and more chances to win. Commenting on the awards, Trex product marketing manager Sarah Francis explained: “Last year’s awards proved that there’s an appetite among decking installers to share their work – we were delighted with the standard of the entries we received. “We want to continue to celebrate the…

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  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    Best Show Garden The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Best Mindfulness Garden Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK Wilson Landscape Services, Sponsor: Harrord Horticultural London Stone Best Long Border The Bess of Hardwick Border – Designer: Victoria Philpott, Sponsored by: Shakespeare Martineau Best Construction The Wedgwood Garden – Contractor: Keyscape Gardens Gold Medals Show Gardens The Wedgwood Garden – Designer: Jamie Butterworth, Contractor: Keyscape Gardens, Sponsor: Wedgwood Mindfulness Gardens Eutierria – Designer: Neil Sutcliffe, Contractor: Creative Roots, Sponsor: Miles Nurseries and CED Stone Group Space Within – Designer: Rae Wilkinson, Contractor: GK…

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  • Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up on project

    Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up to enhance the grounds of the new, purpose-built Windermere Jetty Museum.   The Windermere Jetty museum was opened at the start of April by the Prince of Wales. It includes over 40 vessels including the SL dolly, which is thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. Also, dugout boats dating between 1200 and 1320 AD and the famous tarn boat used in Beatrix Potter’s sketches.   The museum will house the boats in and outside of the building. A key element of the design was to include the spectacular views…

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  • What’s your favourite office plant?

    Every year [email protected] looks for the Favourite Office Plant from a nominated ‘long list’. Voting whittles the list down to three plants according to that year’s criteria. The short-listed three plants take their places before a panel of judges who select the winning plant for the year.   This award has been running for nine years and past winners have been:    2018 Monstera deliosa 2017 Aspidistra 2016 Rhipsalis  2015 Medinilla magnifica  2014 Echeveria  2013 Peace Lily( Spathiphylum) 2012 Vanda orchid  2011 Phalaenopsis orchid 2010 Beaucarnia Bonsai   The plants that get the most votes and fall into one or more…

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  • Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna pledges support to The Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna, will make a cash donation plus one of its innovative robotic lawnmowers to the National Garden Scheme (NGS) charity. This is in order to support the creation of a Swedish garden in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park this August.   Husqvarna, has backed the summer project which will see the National Garden Scheme charity combine with Gateshead Council, the North East Honorary Consul for Sweden, and sponsors, to create ’The Buzzing Garden’ – a Swedish-designed greenspace.   The Buzzing Garden will be open to the general public and is a reciprocal effort following the work of garden designer, Susie White, who…

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  • Crofton Park Railway Garden

    Crofton Park Railway Garden officially opens

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  • M4 Motorway

    Wales scraps plans for M4 relief road across Gwent Levels

    The Welsh Government has shown its commitment to protect wildlife and green spaces after rejecting plans to build an M4 relief road across the Gwent Levels.   According to The Wildlife Trusts, this decision keeps the green spaces of Newport intact. As well as the Government true to its promise of improving the wellbeing and prosperity of the people living in Wales, after it passed the world-leading wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act in 2015.   Ian Rappel, CEO of Gwent Wildlife Trust commented:   “We are delighted to hear the news that the Welsh Government has scrapped plans for…

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  • Smiths

    Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

    Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and is of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility…

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  • D-Day Garden

    75th anniversary D-Day Garden to be opened in Normandy

    WWII veterans’ charity D-Day Revisited’s ‘D-Day 75 Garden’, which pays tribute to the last surviving D-Day veterans. Exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, it has moved to a permanent site at Arromanches, Normandy. It will be officially opened in a ceremony in the presence of 50 Normandy veterans on Thursday 6th June 2019 – the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.   With the help of the Royal Engineers, the ‘D-Day 75 Garden’ designer John Everiss has moved and rebuilt the Garden in seven days at a beautiful site above Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach and the famous Mulberry…

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  • Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019

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  • Piet Oudolf and Thomas Piper

    Behind the scenes of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

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  • Woodland Trust volunteers

    Woodland Trust recognised for its work with volunteers

    The Woodland Trust has been recognised for the opportunities it gives to volunteers.   The charity has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This is after being assessed against a range of best practice standards and having proved to excel in the areas of recruitment, safety standards, management, support, recognition and value.   The charity has 3,226 roles for volunteers who undertake invaluable work for trees and woods and nature across the UK. Without them its fight to protect and create woodlands would not be as strong.   Paul Taylor, National volunteering manager at the Woodland Trust said:…

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  • Kubota G Series

    VIDEO: G Series: powerful and robust ride-on mowing solutions

    Kubota talks to Pro Landscaper about its G Series.  If you’re going to spend all day riding a mower, make sure it’s the right one. Visit our website or talk to your dealer now to find out how our G series has everything you need to make mowing more efficient and productive: powerful but economic Kubota engines, superb twin-cut mower deck, highly efficient cut and collection. And for all day comfort, power steering, cruise control plus a high back suspension seat as standard. Find out more – click here

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  • Talasey Group

    Talasey Group celebrates 15 years in business

    Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June. The anniversary represents the landscaping supplier’s continued success and ability to exceed customer expectations with a diverse product portfolio and exceptional service.   Back in 2004, Founder and CEO, Mark Wall established Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd. In a short space of time, Natural Paving Products had developed 5 additional product brands (Pavetuf, Vitripiazza, Baksteen, Luxigraze and Resiscape). With such a diverse product portfolio the company rebranded to Talasey Group in 2018. Natural Paving continues as the sub-brand for the company’s stone offer.   The company has grown at a rapid…

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