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  • Photo of 95 years of Fields in Trust

    95 years of Fields in Trust

    Through the COVID-19 lockdown people have realised just how valuable local parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing and as places to meet loved ones safely. Green space charity Fields in Trust, who are celebrating their 95th anniversary next week, are calling for the revaluing of parks and green spaces to take account of what they contribute to communities – not just what they cost to maintain. As the UK was rebuilding after World War I and a devastating influenza pandemic, the future King George VI convened the inaugural meeting of Fields in Trust (then known as the National…

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  • Photo of Global recognition for Wester Ross garden

    Global recognition for Wester Ross garden

    Attadale Gardens in Wester Ross has been recognised as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Gardens by travel website Loveexploring.com. The garden was the sole Scottish nomination, joining two other UK sites – Arundel Castle and Kew Gardens – in a 15-strong list of the ‘The world’s most beautiful gardens‘. Other gardens which featured in the list from across the globe include the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. Attadale Gardens were designed and created by Nicky Macpherson following a severe storm in the 1980s. Her daughter, Joanna, has now taken over…

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  • Photo of Perennial provides ‘back to school’ support

    Perennial provides ‘back to school’ support

    Perennial, the only UK charity for people in horticulture, is supporting families to meet the rising costs of getting children back to school by providing help towards the cost of school uniform and PE kit. This is essential help at a time when many families are struggling to meet the cost of food and other essentials. The team at Perennial can help families access the government support that can make a long-term difference to their lives, along with providing a safety net of financial help, where at least one parent or carer works or has recently worked in horticulture. With…

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  • Photo of Brambledown and Johnsons team up for lakeside services scheme

    Brambledown and Johnsons team up for lakeside services scheme

    Durham landscaping firm Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd and Yorkshire-based nursery Johnsons of Whixley have created lakeside gardens at the new Skelton Lakes service station on the M1 near Leeds. Johnsons supplied plants worth more than £110K to the scheme, which aims to bring new levels of design and quality to visitors when it opens this summer. The area, at Junction 45, will include a business centre and community facilities, in addition to a range of food and drink outlets, a visitor area and lakeside viewing deck across a total of 30 acres. The main building will feature exposed timber beams…

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  • Photo of The CGM Group completes fundraising challenge

    The CGM Group completes fundraising challenge

    Lancashire-based CGM Group completed its annual fundraising challenge on the weekend. The company raised more than £3,000 for Greenfingers, St John’s Hospice and Pendleside Hospice. Managing director Chris Gibson and his team travelled from his home-town of Lancaster to the business’ head office in Colne and then back again, covering a distance of approximately 100 miles, through a combination of cycling and walking. The walking element, which culminated to more than 80,000 steps, covered the Lancashire Witches Walk which passes through the Forest of Pendle and the Forest of Bowland to finish at Lancaster Castle. The team completed the walk on Saturday afternoon, arriving…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds scoops local business award

    Caribbean Blinds scoops local business award

    A Sudbury manufacturer of external shading products has won the People’s Choice Award for the East and East Anglia region at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2020. Caribbean Blinds specialises in the manufacture and supply of outdoor shading systems including patio awnings, external blinds and its award-winning louvred roof canopy branded the Outdoor Living Pod™. Founded in 1987 by Ray and Angie Dantzic, the independent company remains family-run following a structured buy-out by their sons, Stuart and Brad Dantzic, in January 2017. Since this time, the entrepreneurial duo have implemented a strategic development plan that has driven growth…

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  • Photo of RHS brings Tatton Park flower show online

    RHS brings Tatton Park flower show online

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced it will be launching an online version of its most Northern flower show – RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ‘At Home’. The physical version of the show was due to take place at the end of July at Tatton Park in Cheshire, but has been cancelled as a result of the ongoing lockdown in the UK. In lieu of this, on Wednesday 22 July, the RHS website will host an array of fresh and inspirational gardening content from some of the show’s top growers, designers and gardening experts. In the absence of the…

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  • Photo of Tilhill sponsoring the LI’s Excellence in Flood and Water Management award

    Tilhill sponsoring the LI’s Excellence in Flood and Water Management award

    Tilhill has announced it is sponsoring the ‘Excellence in Flood and Water Management’ award at the 2020 Landscape Institute Awards. This award celebrates projects which are integral to the reduction of flood risk and sustainable water management, and the wider promotion of sustainable drainage schemes. It includes projects of all scales, from large-scale interventions which contribute towards catchment or river basin management, to small site-based designs and interventions, such as rain gardens or bio–attenuation products. This award is open to different types of landscape works, including (but not necessarily limited to): Assessment or research Planning document Design: early/concept Design: detailed/technical…

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  • Photo of Bionema secures grant to complete alternative to chemical pesticides

    Bionema secures grant to complete alternative to chemical pesticides

    A UK-based biotechnology company has received a grant from Innovate UK to support its continual development of its bioinsecticide microencapsulation formulation, which delivers an effective alternative to chemical pesticides. This additional £98K Continuity Grant complements a initial £1m in funding support from Innovate UK, the national funding agency that investing in science and research in the UK, and from the Welsh Government’s SMARTCymru. Dr Minshad Ansari, a world-leading biopesticide expert who leads Bionema’s research team, says: “The funding is helping the company to continue the development of its microencapsulation formulation and delivery systems, which is crucial to the development of effective biopesticide products. “Effective…

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  • Photo of Kew to reopen glasshouses to visitors

    Kew to reopen glasshouses to visitors

    After successfully reopening its gardens at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst on 1 June, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced the reopening of its glasshouses which have remained closed to the public under government guidance. From Saturday 4 July, Kew Gardens’ world-famous glasshouses welcome visitors. Highlights include the Palm House, Temperate House, Waterlily House, and the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The Hive, the installation that recreates life inside a beehive, will also reopen. Limited routes and one-way systems will help to ensure visitors and staff remain safe. At Wakehurst in Sussex, visitors will be able to visit the Millennium Seed Bank…

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  • Photo of Bureau Veritas enhances ‘Restart Your Business’ service with digital capabilities

    Bureau Veritas enhances ‘Restart Your Business’ service with digital capabilities

    Bureau Veritas has upgraded its popular ‘Restart Your Business’ service with a new digital platform and app to make it easier for firms to become ‘COVID-secure’. Launched in April, the ‘Restart Your Business with Bureau Veritas’ service provides a voluntary, independent assessment of a firm’s ‘COVID-secure’ readiness to reopen their business premises. Companies that meet Bureau Veritas’ robust health, safety and hygiene standards are issued with a statement of assurance, which can be displayed on a firm’s website and at its properties. In a further move to help businesses get back up and running following months of lockdown restrictions, Bureau…

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  • Photo of BALI achieves Investors in People Silver

    BALI achieves Investors in People Silver

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has been awarded silver accreditation by Investors in People. This is an accolade only achieved by 3,000 (20%) of the businesses that have been assessed by this globally recognised not-for-profit organisation. The achievement was awarded in recognition of BALI’s investment in its workforce through listening to others, offering training and development, putting the right principles in place and making active efforts to ensure consistency through the workplace, so that all employees from all creeds and backgrounds feel included and benefit from having a voice. Over the last 12 months, BALI held several joint-working…

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  • Photo of Eden Project to reopen Biomes on 4 July

    Eden Project to reopen Biomes on 4 July

    The Eden Project has announced that the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes and Core education centre will reopen to visitors on Saturday 4 July. Eden’s 30-acre outdoor garden, shop and some food outlets are already open. The reopening of the Biomes and Core follow the latest government directives announced by the Prime Minister on 23 June. A wide range of new measures have been brought in to ensure that the safety, health and wellbeing of all staff and visitors remains top priority as national lockdown measures ease. Anyone wanting to visit Eden needs to pre-book through the website. Timed ticketing has…

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  • Photo of Green-tech donates substrate for Newham Hospital tranquillity gardens

    Green-tech donates substrate for Newham Hospital tranquillity gardens

    Essex-based landscaping company Ground Control has undertaken a regeneration of several of Newham Hospital‘s gardens and outdoor spaces. With the help of clients, suppliers and staff, it created a number of ‘tranquillity gardens’ as a way of thanking hospital staff and commemorating those who lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic. Green-tech says it is delighted to have been asked to help. The supplier donated £4.5K worth of Green-tree substrate for use in the planters and ornamental bark mulch for dressing of the planted areas. Green-tree substrate boasts numerous green credentials. It is manufactured from natural by-products of the recycling…

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  • Photo of PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

    PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Neil Parslow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Neil Parslow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Neil Parslow, Light Visuals Ltd www.lightvisuals.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My favourite person to be locked up with would have to be my two children. One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? I’ll continue to use click ’n’ collect for many of the supply outlets we use. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? I now have three cups of coffee a day. Best new series or book you’ve discovered? After Life on Netflix (not to everyone’s taste,…

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  • Photo of Applications open for Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2020

    Applications open for Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2020

    You can now enter yourself, or a colleague, into this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, sponsored by Green-tech. Originally launched by Pro Landscaper magazine in 2015, this initiative has seen 150 winners already. It has helped propel them into the landscaping limelight, with most of the winners going on to even bigger and better things since collecting their award. Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation is the only industry search for the most impressive young people in landscaping, and it shines a spotlight on the future of the industry. This year’s awards ceremony will be taking…

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  • Photo of Enter Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020

    Enter Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020

    Applications are now open for this year’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards. Now in its third year, the awards celebrate projects with a value under £25k. After all, these are just as important for the industry’s reputation as their larger counterparts. The smaller projects are often underappreciated; these awards are here to shout about the extreme technical ability, problem-solving skills, and work on a budget that these projects so often demonstrate. They rightly deserve their own awards ceremony. This year sees a huge development for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards, too. With the FutureScape event moving to the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Paul Newman

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Paul Newman

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Paul Newman, Paul Newman Landscapes www.paulnewmanlandscapes.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Well, my wife and two sons, of course! One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? To appreciate going for walks and discovering things around me. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Usually between six and eight. Best new series or book you’ve discovered? Too many to choose from but binging on Netflix. What do you miss most about pre-lockdown life? Socialising with friends and family. going out…

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  • Photo of RHS to cancel two 2021 shows as coronavirus causes huge losses

    RHS to cancel two 2021 shows as coronavirus causes huge losses

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has suffered significant losses due to the impact of coronavirus. As a result, the charity has decided to cancel some of its shows next year. The RHS expects losses this year of up to £18m and the charity has had to look closely at its finances in order to safeguard its future. This will mean stopping some areas of work that require substantial RHS investment in order to operate. Therefore, its flower shows in Cardiff and Chatsworth will be cancelled in 2021. The RHS has consulted all partners and stakeholders, and says it is very…

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  • Photo of New course promotes therapeutic benefits of gardening

    New course promotes therapeutic benefits of gardening

    Horticultural therapy charity Thrive is offering people a new way to learn about the health benefits of gardening during lockdown. An online introductory course is now available that aims to fill the gap created by the postponement of face-to-face training due to coronavirus. ‘Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice’ provides a mix of materials, including videos, and interactive live sessions where students can talk to Thrive tutors. The new course offers flexible learning over a two-week period and is aimed at people looking to develop gardening projects with a therapeutic emphasis. READ NEXT: HOME-HUNTERS ARE PRIORITISING BIGGER GARDENS, SAYS RIGHTMOVE  

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  • Photo of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum reopen

    Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum reopen

    The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum have both reopened to the public following their temporary closure in March in response to the COVID crisis. The garden was officially reopened today by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Both sites are now welcoming visitors but with a new pre-booking system, social distancing and special measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. At the botanic garden, social distancing markings and signage are present across the sites and hand sanitiser is available upon entry and exit. In the interest of public safety, the shop,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Holly Youde

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Holly Youde

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Holly Youde, Urban Landscape Design www.urbanlandscapedesign.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? I couldn’t possibly say without either offending the husband or the dog! One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? Working from home more – I get so much more done. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Quite a lot less actually. Best new series or book you’ve discovered? After Life. What do you miss most about pre-lockdown life? Not second guessing and risk assessing every move! DIY…

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  • Photo of Consultation on England Tree Strategy a “unique opportunity”, says RFS

    Consultation on England Tree Strategy a “unique opportunity”, says RFS

    Last week, the government announced it is launching a consultation to inform a new England Tree Strategy. This is to help accelerate tree planting and improve the management of existing trees and woodlands. Subject to consultation, the new strategy will set out policies to expand tree cover, support woodland management and increase public engagement with trees and woodlands. It will help ensure the government’s tree planting commitment – to increase tree planting to 30,000ha per year across the UK by 2025 – is delivered, working closely with the devolved administrations, communities and landowners to do so. Welcoming the announcement of…

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  • Photo of Time for Change: Making Horticulture More Diverse

    Time for Change: Making Horticulture More Diverse

    Claire Vokins questions the horticulture industry and its opportunities for diversity. The garden designer spoke with Marcellus Baz – who was named the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2016 for his work in supporting young people – about his experiences of the industry and its inclusivity   UK horticulture – does it have a diversity problem? Is it time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable? For me, the short answer is ‘yes’ on both counts. Pro Landscaper contacted me to write about my thoughts on diversity within UK horticulture, specifically…

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