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    • Perennial announces Festival Dinner with royal guest of honour

      Perennial’s Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, and President, Alan Titchmarsh VMH, will attend a glittering 180th Anniversary Festival Dinner on 11 October 2019. The black-tie event will be held at the award-winning 5-star Corinthia Hotel in London. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception with live music from harpist Hayley Wild. It will then be followed by an exquisite three course dinner. An after dinner speech from Alan Titchmarsh will lead into an exciting live auction. Prizes will include the chance to spend the day with Alan and the team from ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ and Royal Circle Best tickets for the…

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    • National Trust reports record spend on conservation

      The National Trust has spent more than ever before looking after houses, gardens, coast and countryside as record numbers of people joined the charity, new figures have revealed.   During 2018/19 the conservation charity spent £148m on conservation projects and restoration works to look after the 780 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of land and more than 500 historic houses, gardens, parks and countryside in its care, according to its annual report. The figure is £10m more than the previous year.   The biggest increase came on projects to protect the coast and countryside, with more than £35m (£35,723,000) spent,…

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    • South Wales’ ‘lost peatlands’ granted funding to help restore it

      Funding will help restore over 540 hectares of neglected landscape and habitat, once known as the Alps of Glamorgan.   The Lost Peatlands of South Wales project is aiming to restore a historic peatland landscape.   The project has been awarded £260,000 by The National Lottery to develop its plans further. It can then apply for a larger grant of over £1.8million once its plans are fully developed.   This grant is the first major award given in The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new focus areas of Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf. These have been identified as the two areas in…

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    • Wild Coast to Coast challenge takes Rolawn’s fundraising to new levels

      To mark the 20th year of its nominated charity Greenfingers, the team at Rolawn has stepped up its fundraising efforts with multiple events throughout 2019. The latest – a two-day, 170-mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge – took place last weekend and raised £903, taking the total raised in the year to date to £1,860. On Saturday 10 August, four cyclists – Alan Featherstone, Mark Hatfield, Steve Handley and Kierron Moore – set off for Bridlington from Morecambe, with Mike Smith and Jonathan Hill providing both technical and moral support along the route. The team battled torrential rain and gales,…

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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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    • Natural England calls on public for donations

      Natural England is calling on the public to donate to its campaign to kick start the recovery of essential wildlife habitats on National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in East Sussex.   Donations will help to improve the condition of these sites and increase their value to both wildlife and the local community.   East Sussex NNRs which will benefit include:   Castle Hill NNR – one of the finest examples of ancient, wildflower-rich chalk grassland sites in the country. Of the 58 UK species of butterfly, 31 have been recorded on Castle Hill.   Lullington Heath NNR – one of the…

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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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    • 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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    • Watch your Back!

      The Watch Your Back! campaign has launched

      The Watch Your Back! sun protection campaign for gardeners is back in major UK garden centres from the 11th May. The campaign uses humour to alert people to the danger of sunburn, which can increase the risk of melanoma by 50%.   David Domoney, Adam Frost and David Stevens appear on posters in over 300 garden centres with the message; Don’t be REDiculous – avoid a garden sunburn!   The campaign, devised by the Melanoma Fund, offers expert and targeted advice on sun protection, and tips on early detection for all those who love being in the garden.   David…

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    • Horatio's Garden

      Horatio’s Garden receives Royal Patronage

      Horatio’s Garden is delighted to announce the news that Princess Eugenie has become the charity’s Royal Patron.   Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres.   Having undergone surgery for scoliosis in 2002 at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie has had a small glimpse of how it feels to be confined to a hospital bed and understands the healing powers that gardens offer.   This news is extremely timely for Horatio’s Garden as the charity is within touching distance of raising the total funds needed…

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    • Mark Draper

      Mark Draper to run Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK

      In May Mark Draper will be running the Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK. Pro Landscaper caught up with Mark to find out more about why he’s doing it and how he’s been training.  I’ve been running now for several years, I find it a great way to switch off and it also keeps me reasonably fit. After completing numerous 10K’s, half Marathons and 5 marathons, I thought I would give an ultra-marathon a go. The training for the Ultra has been quite intense, five days a week, up to 60 miles in a week, with some…

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    • Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

      Help bring Stiperstones National Nature Reserve back to purple

      Natural England is calling on the public to donate to their campaign to raise money to buy and restore one hectare of land on the edge of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (NNR) called Windy Corner.   Stiperstones NNR in Shropshire is famous for its wild and atmospheric landscape and nationally significant geology. The restoration and purchasing of Windy Corner is one more step towards the vision of creating a continuous heathland along the entire 10km of the Stiperstones ridge. This will allow an emperor moth caterpillar to be able to crawl from one end of this iconic upland landscape to…

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    • Garden Re-Leaf day

      Rolawn raised £420 for Garden Re-Leaf day

      Rolawn have been hard at work fundraising for the Greenfingers Charity Garden Re-Leaf day.   This year staff took part in a range of activities to mark the event and generate funds for the charity’s Garden Re-Leaf day. Strongest staff member competitions were entered, lotteries were drawn, raffles were pulled, sweetie jar contents were guessed, and it was all accompanied by the sound of cake and bun eating.   The company also used their online shop over last weekend to offer consumers a discount and to match purchases with a donation to the charity. The combined efforts from staff and…

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