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    • Lady Penelope Gardens works with 60 volunteers to transform a hospice

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    • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 medals

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    • RHS Back to Nature Garden for RHS Hampton Court unveiled

      The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1-7 July) has been unveiled today at the festivals press preview.   The Garden continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.   The design is inspired by the original garden at RHS Chelsea. Many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting.  …

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    • idverde acquires north-west based Assist Group

      idverde today confirmed the acquisition of Assist Group, an established provider of grounds maintenance, arboriculture and highway services principally in the North West and Midlands area of England. The company has an impressive track record and has grown considerably over the past two years.   Based in St Helens, Assist has annual sales of £14m and employs 217 colleagues, delivering a number of high-profile contracts. This acquisition strengthens idverde’s presence in the region, provides a complementary offer to existing clients in both companies and further develops idverde’s extensive national coverage delivered by idverde colleagues. idverde now has over 3,000 directly…

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    • Round Wood of Mayfield

      Round Wood of Mayfield Brightens Heathfield

      Round Wood of Mayfield recently helped dress a Sainsburys and Waitrose with landscape planters as part of the Brighter Heathfield initiative. The non-profit organisation Brighter Heathfield Volunteers has worked tirelessly for 2 years to make the town of Heathfield a prime example of how a little TLC really does go a long way.  Committee member, Sue Young has, with her fellow devoted volunteers, come together to achieve Brighter Heathfield’s primary objective; “to clear litter and improve Heathfield”. Round Wood, based on Newick Lane just outside the town, recently offered to help the initiative by supplying a selection of planters for…

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    • Oak Processionary Moth

      Oak Processionary Moth found on trees imported from the Netherlands

      Landscapers, nurseries, landowners and woodland managers are being urged to take action after the Plant Health Service intercepted a number of cases of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars (OPM) on trees imported from the Netherlands.   Anyone who has planted larger oaks (defined below) imported from the Netherlands and continent should urgently check their trees for OPM and report any findings to TreeAlert. It is vital that these trees are checked now to minimise the spread of this damaging tree pest and protect the health of our oak trees.   OPM is an established pest in parts of London and surrounding…

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    • A survey reveals children’s favourite flower is the rose

      Children’s favourite flower has today been revealed as the rose, following a survey by the National Trust. The Trust carried out the survey of children in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its drive to encourage children to connect with nature and learn how to care for plants.   More than 1,000 boys and girls aged eight to 15 took part in the survey. Just over one fifth (21%) choosing the rose as their favourite flower followed by the sunflower with 16%. Daffodils and daisies took third place with 7% each.   The children were asked to…

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    • Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL named RHS vice president

      Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent, OBE DL has been appointed Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it was announced earlier this week. The honorary role of Vice President is awarded in recognition of distinguished service and support for the charity’s mission to inspire everyone to grow. A keen gardener and long-time education champion, Baroness Floella Benjamin was made an RHS Ambassador in 2016 to support the benefits of gardening for young people and communities. Since then she has supported the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Greening Great Britain – a call for the creation of more…

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    • Blakedown launches a book to celebrate 50 years

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    • Job description

      7 tips for writing a job description

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    • London’s first riverside linear park ‘The Tide’ arrives on Greenwich Peninsula

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    • How to create the perfect gravel driveway

      Beauxfort talks to Pro Landscaper about its specialist grid retention system.  When it comes to property, kerb appeal is key and there is no better way to create it than by installing a sweeping gravel driveway. But gravel’s tendency to spread far and wide, and the difficulty of pushing a buggy, bike or wheelchair over it, is often enough to put clients off. By installing a specialist gravel grid retention system, however, these concerns are no longer a barrier to laying the gravel driveway of your clients’ dreams. The best driveway surface finish The best driveway surface finish will complement…

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    • Madeleine Evans

      [email protected] elects a new committee

      Following [email protected]’s AGM, it has announced that Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services accepted the role of chair for a second year.   Madeleine said: “I am pleased to accept the role of chair again this year and hope to be able to devote more time to promoting the association and supporting members with our events. As well as encouraging more members to get involved in whatever ways they can. The first opportunity for this will be National Plants at Work Week in July when I hope even more members than last year will take part.”   To support Madeleine, David…

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    • Festivalgoers urged to help rewild the Highlands

      Music lovers attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are being encouraged to help rewild the Scottish Highlands by having their own trees planted by conservation charity Trees for Life. With growing concerns about the threats of climate change and loss of nature, the organisers of ‘Bella’ 2019 are calling on attendees to mitigate the carbon impact of travelling to the event near Inverness through donations to fund native trees. Every tree will help Trees for Life restore the globally important Caledonian Forest together with its precious wildlife such as red squirrels and pine martens. The trees donated will be…

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    • Red hot Eden flowers bring blaze of colour to Hampton Court

      A range of vivid red hot pokers grown at the Eden Project are to create a spectacular display at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.   The red-hot pokers or Kniphofia have been grown at the Eden Project nursery and are now being set in 18 colourful pots in time for the show.   Kniphofia are exotic, bee-friendly flowers which come in a variety of colours, from flame red to pale yellow and green. They can reach well over a metre tall.   Eden’s Hampton Court display is a great showcase for a steep hillside emblazoned with many varieties of…

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    • A Place to Meet Garden

      APL A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court

      This year, the APL are once again building A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, taking place from 2-7 July. The garden is designed by Cherry Carmen Garden Design, and the main contractor on the garden is Kebur Landscape Division.   The garden is an APL community build, with a total of 18 different member companies* involved, including the apprentices currently on the APL Apprenticeship scheme.   A Place to Meet showcases how to fuse the hard lines of contemporary construction with soft waves of naturalistic planting at home. Revealing how small spaces can be…

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    • Creating a Japanese garden

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    • Rainbow Garden

      Memorial garden opens in Aberdeen

      The Aberdeen memorial garden for families affected by past practices around the cremation of babies has opened to the public.   The space at Hazlehead Park has been named the Rainbow Garden by the Working Group of parents affected who designed it, with inspiration from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow.   The song was also the inspiration from the stunning bronze sculpture in the middle of the garden, which features flying birds.   The design of the garden and the sculpture were agreed last year (2018) by the Working Group. Designed to evoke feelings of reflectiveness, peace, remembrance, forward-looking,…

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    • Green Blue Urban showroom VIP launch event

      Green Blue Urban has announced its launch of its first ever showroom. The Green Blue Urban Showroom is located in Farringdon, London – at 117 St John’s Road, EC1V 4JA.   The London based showroom is the only place in the UK to showcase a range of tree pit products that enable healthy uncompacted aerated soil for extensive urban tree canopy growth.    Working alongside its sister company Kinley the showroom also displays a range of outdoor-inspired products to assist specification of edging, tiling and planters.   With typical attention to detail and the highest standards of quality, the showroom…

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    • Permavoid plays base on world hockey stage

      A breakthrough portable pitch system developed specifically to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards saw its first use at the FIH Pro League matches between Great Britain and New Zealand at the Twickenham Stoop stadium on the 23 June.   As the result of a partnership between England Hockey and Polypipe, the pitch exploits the water management specialist’s unique Permavoid geocellular sub-base to create a stable, high-quality playing surface that can be quickly and cost-effectively re-created on any scale, in any location and on any existing surface   At the Stoop, the 15,000-seat home of Harlequins Rugby, 24,000 interconnected 85mm deep…

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    • Clean air scheme to protect school playgrounds from traffic pollution

      A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.   Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.    The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.…

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    • FutureScape

      New sponsors announced for FutureScape 2019

      The Pot Company and Round Wood of Mayfield will both be sponsoring FutureScape, taking place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at Sandown Park Racecourse. FutureScape is the UK’s number one landscaping event. Taking place over just one day it is packed full of informative seminars and debates, brilliant networking opportunities and a whole host of exhibitors. When asked about sponsoring the exhibit Round Wood of Mayfield said: “Over recent years, Round Wood of Mayfield’s profile has grown steadily amongst the trade. Its extensive range of timber products has become increasingly appreciated by landscapers and designers, who particularly value their high…

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    • andrew wilson

      Andrew Wilson: It’s worse than I thought

      Andrew Wilson looks at our attitude towards plants in our wider environment and ponders on the concept of ‘plant blindness’. Originally, I was an urban boy growing up in St Helens which, although it has its good points, is basically an industrial town. I remember being fascinated by plants and gardens but suddenly felt disadvantaged when I started studying landscape architecture. Many fellow students came from rural backgrounds and it seemed they had an innate knowledge of trees and plant species in the wider landscape. Gradually, with study and experience, that plant knowledge has expanded dramatically, but mainly because I’m…

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    • New colour available from Millboard

      Millboard have announced two exciting new developments. On the back of customer demand, it has launched a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to its existing Weathered Oak Embered line.   The new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for. It strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique. A method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds…

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    • Better Bankside

      Better Bankside’s Air Benches

      Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.   The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors. The benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to…

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