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  • Photo of Veterans offered new nature-based therapy programme in peaceful Eden garden

    Veterans offered new nature-based therapy programme in peaceful Eden garden

    Military veterans facing mental health struggles are being invited to take part in new nature-based therapy programmes set in a tranquil space beyond the Eden Project Biomes. Eden, working in partnership with the Defence Gardens Scheme (DGS), has just secured a grant from the Veterans’ Foundation to deliver the two ten-week programmes in the remainder of this year. The sessions take place well away from the main visitor areas in the peaceful setting of the therapy garden at the former Vounder Farm on the wider Eden estate. Veterans interested in taking part can join an open day there on May 18. The first of the…

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  • Photo of Calling all green thumbs – this Richmond National Trust site is looking for a new Head Gardener

    Calling all green thumbs – this Richmond National Trust site is looking for a new Head Gardener

    The National Trust is looking for a new Head Gardener to work at a 17th century treasure trove mansion nestled on the banks of the River Thames. If you are an experienced gardener with a passion for sustainability and a dream to work outdoors surrounded by nature and immersed in history – then this could be the perfect role for you. Surrounded by lush greenery and open space, Ham House sits on Richmond’s riverside in London. Whilst the historic site might feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city, it is actually situated in Zone…

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  • Photo of ‘Missing Genera 2022’ campaign launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    ‘Missing Genera 2022’ campaign launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Plant Heritage’s annual ‘Missing Genera’ campaign is being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May. The charity will also celebrate the passion and achievements of National Plant Collection Holders, with some exhibiting at the famous flower show for the very first time. Not all plant groups have someone to research, care for and conserve them. Every year Plant Heritage identifies different plant groups that aren’t currently part of a National Plant Collection®, and therefore could be at risk of being lost from our gardens. This year, there are 12 listed on the Missing Genera 2022*, including Campanula (bellflowers) and…

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  • Photo of JCB delivery drivers vote for strike action

    JCB delivery drivers vote for strike action

    JCB delivery drivers have voted to take strike action in anger at a real terms pay cut. Dozens of GMB members, employed by delivery giant DHL, voted 96% per cent in favour of industrial action during a formal strike ballot. The workers, who deliver JCB parts between factories across the UK, will walk out on 23 and 24 May, with more dates to be confirmed. The dispute stems from bosses trying to impose at 5% pay award, with inflation running at 9 per cent. Stuart Harrison, GMB organiser, said: “GMB is here to support our members in fighting for what…

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  • Photo of Eight of Green-tech team signed to be GoLandscape Ambassadors

    Eight of Green-tech team signed to be GoLandscape Ambassadors

    GoLandscape, is an initiative from The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to inspire new recruits and help combat a skills shortage within the industry. It aims to show what it’s like to have a career in landscaping and has asked for support from the industry to achieve this. Green-tech has risen to the challenge and eight of their team have committed and signed up to become trained GoLandscape Ambassadors. The eight recruits are from various departments across Green-tech, highlighting the diverse range of careers available. George Barton, Richard Gill, Roger McGivern and Jordan Webster all work in the sales…

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  • Photo of Leaders Romans Group planting for the future at Hockeridge

    Leaders Romans Group planting for the future at Hockeridge

    Staff and directors from property experts Leaders Romans Group (LRG) have planted the first of a range of trees chosen to help the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) Hockeridge and Pancake Woods better survive climate change. LRG is donating more than 25,000 trees as part of a GreenTheUK initiative. They have also planted a Deodar Cedar on an educational species trail within RFS Pancake Wood. David Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at LRG tells us: “LRG are really proud to be supporting this important initiative. We plant a tree for each home we sell or let across the UK. Our other environmental initiatives include renewable…

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  • Photo of RFS woods part of Ancient Canopy to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    RFS woods part of Ancient Canopy to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    Hockeridge and Pancake Woods has been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen’s Green Canopy has announced the network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees across the United Kingdom which will form part of the Ancient Canopy to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, under one of the Ancient Tree dedications – the old Sycamore located at Dumfries House in Scotland. RFS chief…

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  • Photo of Land Studio expands and launches new civil engineering division

    Land Studio expands and launches new civil engineering division

    Chester and North Wales based specialist landscape architect practice Land Studio has launched a pioneering Civil Engineering division. It is the first nature led landscape architecture practice in the UK to have its own in-house civil engineering team. The company, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, believes this new integrated approach can help to tackle climate change. The new division, which offers clients drainage design and water management solutions, is headed up by Director Lisa Sawyer. Lisa said: “What we’re doing at Land Studio is pioneering and very exciting. I don’t know of any other practice of our size in…

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  • Photo of UK crowned best property destination for nature lovers in new study

    UK crowned best property destination for nature lovers in new study

    The United Kingdom is one of the best countries for nature lovers to live in Europe, a new study by Uswitch.com/mortgages reveals. With new research indicating that greater exposure to nature is associated with better health and well-being — it is no surprise that many of us are considering a property away from urban areas in search of greener spaces, fresher air, and a slower pace of life. Intrigued by this, Uswitch.com/mortgages were keen to discover the best European countries for nature lovers to live in. To do this, the experts created a points-based index system that evaluates the following factors…

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  • Photo of Therapeutic garden built by veterans of Royal British Legion Industries open

    Therapeutic garden built by veterans of Royal British Legion Industries open

    A unique bamboo garden is opening today in the presence of veterans, volunteers and gardeners who worked together to create a magical space that not only improved the splendid gardens at Great Comp in Platt near Sevenoaks, but also acted as a therapeutic endeavour for former servicemen who were struggling with life after retiring from the services.   The project was the brain-child of Dr David Chesover, former clinical lead for West Kent Mental Health and Chair of Kent Armed Forces Network, and enabled the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) veterans, who lived on the charity’s intergenerational village in Aylesford…

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  • Photo of Submissions now open for Landscape Institute’s 2022 awards

    Submissions now open for Landscape Institute’s 2022 awards

    – Submissions for UK and international projects for five open, 15 professional, two student and one special category, launches today on Friday 29 April – Entries close on Thursday 7 July with finalists announced in September 2022 – Open categories celebrate excellence in landscaping and includes the Landscape and Parks Management category Landscape projects that address climate change, habitat restoration and biodiversity loss and those that promote health and wellbeing can now enter the renowned Landscape Institute (LI) awards. The competition opened at 9am on Friday 29th April via the Landscape Institute website. Submissions from any individual, organisation, employer, government…

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  • Photo of Small, local build companies hit hard by delays and soaring costs

    Small, local build companies hit hard by delays and soaring costs

    Small, local build companies have been hit hard by rapid inflation and materials price rises with uncertainty on the impact of the war in Ukraine looming large for the sector. According to the latest Federation of Master Builders (FMB) State of Trade Survey, prices are hitting bottom lines with 98% of build companies having experienced material cost increases, with 83% passing these costs onto the customer. Material shortages and lack of skills still plague the sector causing job delays for the majority of FMB members. 73% of builders have delayed jobs due a lack of materials and 55% are delaying work…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    On Friday last week, the Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place. With over a little over 400 visitors, there were sixteen awards up for grabs. This year, Elmtree Garden Contractors scooped up their second Supreme Award, and they also won Employer of the year. Paul Lynch, Elmtree’s managing director, said: “We’re still coming off a high from last Friday! We are more than delighted to win both of these awards. It is a great testimony to who we are as a company.” For Paul, winning the Supreme Award solidifies the company’s strong social value, caring nature, and professionalism. He explained:…

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  • Photo of Greenfingers opens new sensory garden at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice

    Greenfingers opens new sensory garden at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice

    Yesterday, the 62nd Greenfingers Charity garden at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice – one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, offering care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families throughout Wales – was officially opened by BBC Radio 2’s resident gardener, Terry Walton. Designed by multi-RHS gold medal-winning garden designers, Victoria Wade Landscapes; brought to life by NP Landscapes; and project managed by Joe Wade, this new interactive sensory garden space – funded by The National Heritage Lottery, The Postcode Lottery and many wonderful friends of Greenfingers – will provide year-round accessibility for children with life-limiting conditions and…

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  • Photo of Entries for 30 Under 30 Awards: The Next Generation 2022 are now open

    Entries for 30 Under 30 Awards: The Next Generation 2022 are now open

    Pro Landscaper’s 30 under 30 is back for its eighth year. So far, we have celebrated 210 winners from a variety of sectors within the industry – from sales to arboriculture, construction to design, or maintenance to landscape architecture. The awards highlight not only the up-and-coming talent within the industry, but also the diversity of horticulture and those working within it. Propelled into the landscaping limelight, previous winners have been able to achieve even bigger and better things since collecting their awards. Jim Wilkinson, Pro Landscaper’s managing director, said: “We’re proud to be launching the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30:…

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  • Photo of Better biosecurity for nurseries and our future woodlands

    Better biosecurity for nurseries and our future woodlands

    From June 2022 the new initiative will ensure that plant health management standards are in place for nurseries supplying trees for the England Woodland Creation Offer and Tree Health Pilot restocking grants. Why does tree health and better biosecurity matter? Did you know that the value of all the economic, environmental, and social benefits that our plants and trees provide each year in the UK is estimated at £15.7bn? Healthy plants and trees benefit us all, which is why it is so important that we work together to look after our trees, woodlands, and forests. Biosecurity refers to the precautions…

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  • Photo of Soto launches new gardening concept

    Soto launches new gardening concept

    Conceived to bring professionally designed plant collections to every home, Soto provides garden inspiration and delivers outside plants, pots and accessories in a few clicks of a mouse. Launched as the destination for outside space, husband and wife Jamie and Laura Felstead have teamed up with award winning garden designer Will Williams* to take the guesswork out of gardening. Will, brings his vibrant and fresh design along with his horticultural expertise to Soto. He was the youngest ever RHS Young Designer of the Year and has gone on to win several RHS medals at major UK garden shows. Soto are…

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  • Photo of Built environment sector bodies unite to improve diversity, equity and inclusion

    Built environment sector bodies unite to improve diversity, equity and inclusion

    Key membership bodies in the built environment sector have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive forward the creation of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive sector – ensuring it is more representative of the society it serves. The MoU brings together six organisations from across the sector: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Landscape Institute (LI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – collectively  representing around 350,000 members. The agreement focuses on: Data collection – To create a consistent approach…

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  • Photo of Landscape architect CW Studio launches new landscape design for Oldham town centre

    Landscape architect CW Studio launches new landscape design for Oldham town centre

    Manchester-based CW Studio has designed the landscape elements for the Spindles town square re-development project in Oldham, in association with AEW Architects and Oldham Council. The wider re-development includes removal of the former TJ Hughes building and a new market hall, with event space for arts and culture and a heritage archive, bringing more people into the town centre. The proposals have been submitted to Oldham Council’s planning committee for consideration. With sustainability at its forefront, the landscape scheme includes planted areas to act as rain gardens, incorporating urban pollinators and result in an overall reduction in the amount of…

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  • Photo of Solihull becomes ‘Tree City of the World’

    Solihull becomes ‘Tree City of the World’

    Solihull has been awarded ‘Tree City of the World’ status in recognition of its urban tree planting programme. It is one of just 19 areas in the UK to have the international award. The awards are given by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the intention of creating an international network of towns and cities dedicated to fostering the best urban forestry practices. Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, Dan Lambe, said: “Trees are important to people, no matter what country they are from or what language they speak.  We…

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  • Photo of Environmental company appoint new consultancy manager

    Environmental company appoint new consultancy manager

    East Midlands Environmental Consultants (EMEC) has appointed Dr Edward Tripp as its new consultancy manager. Ed, who lives in Long Eaton, is highly qualified and joins from Nottingham Wildlife Trust (NWT). In his new role, Ed will be leading a highly qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of land management consultants, ecologists and project managers. Established in 1991, EMEC provides services to developers, planners, architects, power and extraction industries, utility companies, local authorities, government agencies and private individuals. Work ranges from major nationally impactful contracts and large-scale ecological assessments for housing and industry, through to management planning, habitat management, protected species…

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  • Photo of Four Equity Ambassadors appointed by Landscaping Association

    Four Equity Ambassadors appointed by Landscaping Association

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has appointed four Equity Ambassadors to support them in their vision to bring about positive change and improve accessibility for all into the landscape industry. The ambassadors, all key industry voices, have been partnered with to aid in cutting across perceptions of what is required to work in the industry, and make a real difference in achieving a wider, more representative workforce. The four ambassadors spoke at the Association’s inaugural ‘Access All Areas’ Inclusion and Diversity panel discussion, held in London last December. The event, the first of its kind, was a thought-provoking…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. The Pro Landscaper Business Awards are the only industry awards which focus on how well companies run their business. Profitability, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, commitment to the landscaping sector, and client/supplier relationships are all areas reviewed as part of identifying the shortlist and overall winners. Sixteen awards were presented at the fifth annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 22nd April. View the full…

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  • Photo of House prices in February 2022: What’s changed?

    House prices in February 2022: What’s changed?

    UK house prices increased by 10.9% in the year to February 2022, up from 10.2% in January 2022. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK increased by 0.5% between January and February 2022, up from a decrease of 0.04% during the same period a year earlier (January and February 2021). The UK Property Transactions Statistics showed that in February 2022, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the estimated number of transactions of residential properties with a value of £40,000 or greater was 112,240. This is 20.8% lower than a year ago (February 2021). Between January and February 2022, UK…

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  • Photo of Sector leaders unite on major piece of research

    Sector leaders unite on major piece of research

    Working alongside partners British Association of Landscape Industries, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Locri, Natural England, Natural Resource Wales, NatureScot, and the Northern Ireland Department for Communities, this pivotal project will produce a rich and informative evidence base, covering the landscape industry (and its neighbouring professions) across the UK, in both the public and private sectors. Chris Bolton, principal specialist for Landscape – Natural England (Project Partner) said “In order to achieve our common aims including but not limited to, nature recovery and creating climate resilient landscapes, we need evidence. By understanding the landscape sector, how we can work collaboratively…

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