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    Nine ways you can help trees while you #StayHome

    Whilst it’s essential that everyone who is able to stays at home while we weather this coronavirus outbreak, there are still ways to take care of and appreciate trees from the comfort of your own home. The Tree Council has gathered a few ideas inspired by suggestions from its tree wardens Ian Hopcraft, Dave Ellwand and Simon Ambrose. Enjoy a tree meditation Locate the tree nearest your house. Maybe it’s the branches of a street tree outside your window. It may be a box hedge in your front garden. Carefully (and observing all social distancing guidelines) take time observing it.…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Association Special Monday 20th April 10am

    Coronavirus Webinar – Association Special Monday 20th April 10am

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ben Shaw

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ben Shaw

    Ben Shaw, Account Director, Adtrak www.adtrak.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with?  My son – we have very similar interests and he is competitive too. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Daily exercise – making time for yourself. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 3- but we are recycling our tea bags! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Sherlock. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Face to face meetings and the freedom to travel as and when…

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  • Photo of Millboard helps Rapid Relief charity in food box donation to homeless

    Millboard helps Rapid Relief charity in food box donation to homeless

    Millboard has joined forces with global charity Rapid Relief Team to provide relief for the most vulnerable in society in the wake of COVID-19. The company has donated funds to the charity and has helped them to pack 1,000 boxes to be distributed to homeless people. Last Wednesday, Millboard opened its doors to the Rapid Relief Team and hosted a food boxing initiative in a unit normally used for producing landscaping materials. Seven members of Millboard’s team; Harvey Douglass, Russell Porter, Bruce Bartlett, Stefan Holmes, Nathan Martin and Jordan Taylor spent the evening with the disaster relief group, packing boxes…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rosalind Rosewarne

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rosalind Rosewarne

    Rosalind Rosewarne, Rosewarne Gardens & Associates www.rosewarnegardens.com  So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Now that would be telling! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Video calls, so much better to be able to see people as well as hear them. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?Too many, limiting coffee to mornings only. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Reading all the garden, design and planting books I have stacked up on the ‘to read’ pile – currently Matt Keightley’s…

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  • Photo of RHS Launches ‘Grow at Home’ to provide support to gardeners during lockdown

    RHS Launches ‘Grow at Home’ to provide support to gardeners during lockdown

    Over the coming weeks and months, the RHS, the UK’s gardening charity, is more committed than ever to continue to help and support the nation to get gardening and grow a new generation of gardeners. The RHS believes that there are thousands more people taking up gardening as it sees visits to some of its advice pages on rhs.org.uk increase almost as much as 500%. With over 1 million visits to RHS gardening advice pages, there are hundreds of thousands more users looking for help from the RHS to grow plants and garden, compared to the same period last year.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Adam Pike,Operations Manager – Arborcare www.arborcareherts.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Family breakfast. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Tea between 10 to 15 which is less than when I’m in the office. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Terry Pratchett books. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Work. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the launch of LI Campus, a brand-new digital resource. Campus is a compendium of educational content for landscape professionals. The platform gives users immediate access to a huge range of content, encompassing the past three years of LI events, conferences and CPD days. Staying connected in a time of crisis In recognition of the huge pressures the COVID-19 crisis is placing on the landscape sector, this new service will be free to LI members who order a 12-month subscription before 30 June 2020. ‘A major part of the LI’s mission as a professional body is…

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  • Photo of NGS President Mary Berry makes appeal to support its gardens

    NGS President Mary Berry makes appeal to support its gardens

    Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme has launched a new appeal aimed at supporting NGS gardens during the current Coronavirus crisis which has forced closure of their gates. The Support Our Gardens Appeal is aimed at keeping our stunning gardens ‘virtually’ open through the coming weeks and to raise funds to replace lost income from gardens not opening. Speaking from her home, Mary said: “Right now people are not able to visit the gardens and there is no money being raised. In fact, as things are, the charity’s income is likely to be down by 80% during 2020.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Judy Shardlow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Judy Shardlow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Judy Shardlow – Heartwood Garden Design www.heartwoodgardendesign.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My husband aka the junior gardener. He’s very capable in the garden these days and has always supported my garden design business. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I’m in my garden every day! Before this I was spending more time on the computer, so that’s one good thing. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? A lot! About 10-12 mugs…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 16th April

    Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 16th April

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  • Photo of WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part two

    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part two

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson hosts a panel of industry experts, David Dodd, Holly Youde, Paul Cowell, Tim Howell, Richard Kay, Helen Elks-Smith & Tom Williams from a wide range of sectors within the landscaping industry on how they are dealing with the current coronavirus pandemic and what measures they are putting into place for life post-pandemic. For this session. there was a complete cross section of businesses, from small contractors, garden designers, landscape architects, landscapers, and suppliers to large contractors. Again, they answered the interactive questions and shared their experience whilst also discussing measures that they’ve put in place to…

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  • Photo of WATCH: The first Pro Landscaper Online Summit

    WATCH: The first Pro Landscaper Online Summit

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews Mark Gregory, John Wyer, John Melmoe, Phil Jones and Ken White on how the large scale domestic and commercial landscape contractors can prepare for business post coronavirus pandemic. The Pro Landscaper online summits are focused on helping the UK landscaping sector navigate its way through these turbulent and unprecedented times. This one, the first session, looked at the larger domestic and commercial contractors, the panel with over 150 years’ experience answered interactive questions, sharing past experiences and discussing possible outcomes. You can listen to the podcast version here

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  • Photo of John Chambers Wildflower Seed supports ‘Seeds of Hope Scotland’ during challenging times

    John Chambers Wildflower Seed supports ‘Seeds of Hope Scotland’ during challenging times

    A newly founded not-for-profit project has triumphed in the speedy distribution of wildflower seed gift packets to households across Scotland, the initiative has been developed to bring the joy of wildflowers to those currently self-isolating due to the COVID-19 virus. The team behind John Chambers Wildflower Seed was only too keen to support this project through the supply of its ‘Cornfield Annuals Mix’ for distribution. Seeds of Hope Scotland is particularly passionate about wildflowers and the simple pleasure they can bring. They are working to provide up to 10,000 isolated people with a free packet of wildflower seed, and the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Keith Robertson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Keith Robertson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview  Keith Robertson – Keith Robertson Landscaping LTD So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife Rachel and our dog Toby. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over?  Watching less telly. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?  8 cups of tea. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered?  Book – Fire Hawk by Geoffrey Archer. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? My swimming to keep fit and going to pub at the weekend.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Ann Rowland

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Ann Rowland

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with…Ann Rowland – Landscape Perspective www.landscapeperspective.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Myself! Seriously the whole family is fine…no one has killed anyone yet… Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Get the family to do more round the house so I don’t have to get up at 6am to get it all done before work… How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Same number, 2 coffees 1 tea, but more biscuits…oh dear… Best new…

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  • Photo of Looking for some good news?

    Looking for some good news?

    It’s tough to stay positive when coronavirus is having such a huge impact on our lives, but there are some silver linings out there despite the pandemic. Here are just a few to give you a much-needed boost   Ann-Marie Powell, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens My new personal project, My Real Garden – trying to keep gardening in the public eye and to keep me sane. Encouraged by friends, I thought I would start up an online presence to support people beginning to garden for the first time by demonstrating the projects that I’m doing in my real garden, in real…

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  • Photo of Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Whilst we’re all staying home and less able to get out to enjoy our nation’s parks this spring, green space charity Fields in Trust are bringing parks to people with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way. At a time when communities across the country are revaluing the benefits their local parks usually provided for sport, nature and play, the tour will be moving around the UK exploring locations online by showcasing town and city parks which you can ‘visit’ from your home…

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  • Photo of Studio 31 tells us how we can enjoy nature in isolation

    Studio 31 tells us how we can enjoy nature in isolation

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  • Photo of Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    The Harrier range, manufactured by Hayter, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since launching its original model in 1970, the Harrier has won various accolades through the years, including the prestigious BAGMA award; in 1998 the Harrier was awarded the ‘Product of the Decade’ title, after a nationwide dealership vote. In 1960, the Hayter company was granted the Royal Warrant for the supply of machinery to HM Queen Elizabeth II, an honour that is still retained, 60 years later. Craig Hoare, sales and marketing manager at Hayter, says: “We are really excited to be celebrating 50 years of the…

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  • Photo of The HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’

    The HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’

    Following on from the HTA campaign last week to highlight the financial plight of ornamental horticulture growers during the coronavirus shutdown, the HTA has been inundated with messages from the public wanting to support the industry. To help connect growers with the public, the HTA  has launched the ‘Plants Near Me’ webpage –plantsnearme.hta.org.uk – allowing the public to find local growers and garden centres that are offering home delivery. To make this initiative a success, the HTA is urging members and non-members to add their details to the database, so that the resource can become a comprehensive online directory for…

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  • Photo of RHS postpones Hampton Court and cancels Tatton

    RHS postpones Hampton Court and cancels Tatton

    Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and current uncertainty about events, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has made changes to the schedule of some of its summer flower shows. To continue trying to support British nurseries and bring some of the charity’s much loved gardening shows to its members and wider public this year, the RHS has decided that: 2020 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will be postponed to 10–15 September (it was scheduled  7 – 12 July) 2020 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show will be cancelled this year (it was scheduled 22 – 26 July) 2020 RHS…

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  • Photo of RHS urges gardeners to support independent nurseries

    RHS urges gardeners to support independent nurseries

    With upcoming RHS shows cancelled and garden centres across the country forced to shut, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) urges gardeners across the UK to buy plants online directly from the UK’s many specialist nurseries who are struggling to survive in the current climate. Following the cancellation of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, thousands of quality plants grown to fill the 12,000m2 Great Pavilion will remain unsold or go to waste if they can’t find a home. Many of these award-winning nurseries have launched or made improvements to their mail order and online offering in order to sell their surplus…

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  • Photo of Ann-Marie Powell launches new blog in lockdown

    Ann-Marie Powell launches new blog in lockdown

    Award-winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell is using the current lockdown to start up a new project which focuses on keeping gardening in the public eye. ‘My Real Garden’ – which consists of a blog as well as feeds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – is aimed at helping people to learn the basics of looking after their gardens. Ann-Marie will be helping to support the industry by promoting suppliers and growing the public’s love of horticulture. “The project began when we first went into lockdown two weeks ago,” explains Ann-Marie. “I was suddenly getting bombarded with texts and messages from…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Angus Lindsay

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Angus Lindsay

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