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    • The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open

      The David Colegrave Foundation is offering a variety of scholarships. It is also offering money for college tuition and accommodation fees, books and equipment, or for extra training courses.   This year there are seven scholarships to apply for:   Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship Up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants should apply.   British Protected Ornamentals Association…

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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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    • Public concern for nature reaches all time high

      More people than ever before are concerned about damage to nature, new national statistics published on 3 September 2019 by Natural England show.   In the world’s biggest scientific study of its kind, Natural England’s ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) report shows that nine out of ten adults in England are concerned about increasing threats to the natural environment, with nearly two-thirds specifically worried about biodiversity loss.   The research also shows how important local parks and greenspaces are to the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing. Saying that health and exercise are the main reason why adults…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL appoints new sales manager

      Kevin Harden, formerly responsible for business development and key accounts at Harrowden Turf, has joined British Sugar TOPSOIL as a Sales Manager. Kevin’s role will be to generate new business for British Sugar TOPSOIL’s production facilities at Bury St Edmunds and Wissington near King’s Lynn. Kevin will be working alongside National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch and colleagues Natalie Gudgin, Grace Townsend and Kim Campton. Kevin is very much looking forward to his new role: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be joining a company for which I have always had the very greatest respect.…

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    • Rediscovered plans inspire new Capability Brown garden bus tours

      Capability Brown’s ‘lost landscape’ design for Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire now features in a number of new garden bus tours designed and narrated by Emma, Duchess of Rutland.   Brown’s original landscape designs lay largely forgotten in the Castle’s archives for almost 200 years, thought to have been lost in the 1816 fire that destroyed almost half of the Castle. The plans were only rediscovered by chance back in 2014. A subsequent two-year restoration programme, led by the 11th Duchess, has recreated large parts of the landscape as it was conceived by Brown.   Capability Brown guided tours are hosted…

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      LDA Design launches bursary to support landscape architecture students

      To celebrate its 40th year, LDA Design is awarding five one-year bursaries worth £2,000 each to support and encourage those studying landscape architecture or urban design in the UK, at undergraduate or post-graduate level. In addition, we will also offer the recipients the opportunity of paid work experience with us.   LDA Design have said:   “We are committed to encouraging a wider range of students into our professions. We intend for one or more of the bursaries to be allocated to students who have faced challenges to pursuing higher education.   To help the selection process, we are setting…

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    • Tickets to RHS flower shows 2020 now on sale

      RHS members’ tickets to the RHS Flower Shows in 2020 have gone on sale today, Monday 2 September. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday 6 September.   Early bird offers are available until 31 October alongside advance booking discounts. Children under 16 go free* and for the first time ever, there is an early bird discount offer for the Preview Evening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.     RHS Flower Shows 2020:   RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17–19 April The first major outdoor show celebrates its 15th anniversary kicking off the gardening season with…

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    • ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign launched by Government

      The Government are launching a new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, which will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms.   Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit.   The Government have said that the campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners…

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    • Malvern launches new tree walks

      Visitors to Malvern can now enjoy what has been hailed as the country’s ‘finest classical urban arboretum’ thanks to the launch of a series of new guides.   Mike Goodfellow-Smith, founder of Malvern’s Marvellous Trees, and a band of dedicated volunteers have produced four new walks showcasing the town’s tree promenades.   The guides were produced with help from the Heritage Lottery funded Great Malvern Route to the Hills project, which was led by Malvern Hills District Council.   Mr Goodfellow-Smith said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch our four new guides highlighting the tremendous variety of species we…

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    • Green-tech supply Green-tree soils for £30m refurbishment programme

      One of the UK’s busiest retail sites, Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees, is undergoing its biggest overhaul for 30 years. Owner, leading UK property company British Land has undertaken a £30m programme of enhancements, of which £1.6m has been allocated to new landscaping, over a period of 18 months and 12 phases.   The majority of the landscaping centres around the new car parking layout, which has been totally re-designed to improve accessibility, traffic flow and reduce ‘conflict’. It is being carried out by Gavin Jones Limited.   Two key pedestrian routes have been added as well as an open-air courtyard,…

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    • Rachel de Thame to open 2019 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

      This year RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show will be opened by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame.   More than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a wide range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants.    In the National Dahlia Society Show’s floral marquee visitors can view more than 100 vibrant competition classes of dahlias in all shapes, sizes and colours. On 7 and 8 September, visitors can bring their most impressive home-grown specimens to be judged by an expert panel in the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition Creations by the Surrey region of…

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      The Landscape Institute announces changes to its CPD requirements

      The Landscape Institute has announced the switch to a more supportive, inclusive, fully online continuing professional development (CPD) service for members   Following consultation with its members, and as part of its ongoing digital upgrades, the Landscape Institute (LI) has announced some exciting changes to its approach to members’ CPD.   CPD is a vital part of how LI members stay professionally competent and relevant in a challenging, fast-moving environment. As the Royal Chartered Body for the profession, the LI asks all its corporate members to complete 25 hours’ CPD activity per year.   New CPD year to run until…

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    • APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

      WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place from 22-27 August and representing the UK in Landscape Gardening were 2017 APL WorldSkills UK competitor Sam Taylor and 2016 competitor Shea McFerran.   The duo did a fantastic job and achieved an amazing fourth place as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill level.   Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran said: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the…

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    • Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview Event – new season, new plants

      Kickstart the autumn season with Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants Come and join us for a week of Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants.  Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September from 7am to 5pm.  Hot food will be served between 10am to 2pm Let us show you around our new autumn stock and highlight some of the fantastic plants we can offer you for the season ahead.  Autumn is a bountiful time of year and there will be a great choice of plants to keep you up to date with the latest offerings and…

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    • Business secretary launches £10m Brexit readiness fund

      Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019.   Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit and can be reassured that they are fully ready, from major British producers to the smallest tech startups and entrepreneurs. There will be no barriers, such as affordability of membership.   Applications for grants will be accepted up…

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    • £1.3m project Biophilic Wales given the go-ahead

      A £1.3m project, Biophilic Wales, that promises to boost the well-being of Welsh people, plants and pollinators has been given the green light.   ‘Biophilic Wales’ is being led by the National Botanic Garden of Wales and funded by Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being Grant. The main delivery partners in the project are Swansea Bay University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales and Swansea University.   The overall aim of Biophilic Wales is to increase the well-being of people, biodiversity and the environment, throughout Wales, using three interconnected work packages: Inspiring Spaces, Grasslands for Life and Plants for People.…

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    • Botanists race to understand and conserve the plant species of the Amazon

      As a record number of fires continue to burn in the Amazon, concerned scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) face a race against time to quantify the vast number of plant species in the biodiversity hotspot and determine their distributions and to support urgent conservation plans and action.   RBGE’s Dr Tiina Särkinen and Brazilian colleague Dr Domingos Cardoso of the Universidade Federal de Bahia recently led an international effort to quantify the plant species in the Amazon. Their list includes 14,003 species. This number is increasing almost daily as new species are discovered. Just last week RBGE’s…

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    • Plant supply enhances exclusive retirement village

      An exclusive retirement villages will be enhanced by hundreds of plants and trees provided by Johnsons of Whixley.   The landscaped gardens at Gifford Lea, in the Cheshire village of Tattenhall, are one of the prime attractions of the select development of modern apartments, which also boasts an on-site spa, bistro and beauty salon.   Working with long-standing client and landscaping specialist Ashlea Limited, Johnsons supplied a variety of trees, shrubs, herbaceous and hedging plants.   Trees provided included five each of Acer campestre (field maple), Crataegus crus-galli (hawthorn) and Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine (hornbeam), four Prunus taihaku (great white…

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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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      Blooming Wild Devon scheme launches to create more wildflower meadows

      Devon Wildlife Trust has launched a Blooming Wild Devon Crowdfunder scheme to create more wildflower meadows across the county.   In Exeter the Trust are joining up with the City Council to further enhance the displays of wildflowers that have been bursting with colour on roadside verges, roundabouts and open spaces.   People are being asked to support the scheme by donating to Blooming Wild Devon. People have until Friday to make their pledges and can do so by clicking visiting the Devon Wildlife Trust – Blooming Wild Devon Crowfunder page.   In Exeter the plan is to connect wildflower-rich…

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    • Heatherwick studio designs a gigantic planted pergola

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    • Bridgnorth

      Bridgnorth Town Council sign Woodland Trust Tree Charter

      At a meeting of Bridgnorth Town Council on Tuesday evening (20th August) Bridgnorth Town Council voted to sign up to the Tree Charter developed by the Woodland Trust. The motion was the idea of Councillor Carol Whittle. It commits the Council to working towards 10 principles that will encourage the Council to more consciously consider the benefit of trees and hedgerows and their appropriate management.   The 10 Principles:   – Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife – Plant for the future – Celebrate the power of trees to inspire – Grow forests of opportunity and innovation – Protect irreplaceable trees…

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    • Hundreds of trees planted in a pilot to help reduce flood risk

      Hundreds of trees have been planted as part of the first project to trial natural flood management techniques to help improve protection for the people of Leeds and living near the River Aire. The pilot site on a working farm at Eshton Beck, Gargrave now has 650 new trees planted by staff and trainees from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and volunteers. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has also worked on three further pilots on the same site, with a whole host of volunteers from the Environment Agency, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Water, The Conservation Volunteers, Craven Conservation Group and SCAPA, a firm based…

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    • Amazon rainforest burning at record rate

      Almost 73,000 fires have been recorded in the Amazon rainforest already this year – 85% more fires than were seen in the whole of 2018, according to the WWF. Land is cleared and prepared for agriculture through fires, but not normally at this intensity. The current dry season also contributes to the rapid spread of these fires. The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and a key ally in fighting the climate crisis. The trees in the Amazon contain up to 140 billion tonnes of carbon. Despite covering only 1% of the planet’s surface, the Amazon is home to 10% of all the…

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    • South East

      South East’s Best Parks named

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