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    • Photo of Yorkshire plant nursery creates a rainbow of plants for hope

      Yorkshire plant nursery creates a rainbow of plants for hope

      Yorkshire-based nursery Johnsons of Whixley has created a rainbow display of small shrubs, grasses and perennials in a range of foliage and flower colours as a symbol of hope for all those affected by coronavirus. The trade plant nursery, located between Harrogate and York, was approached with the idea by garden designer Helen Taylor after the site was targeted by vandals last week, leaving the nursery with serious damage to its plant production beds. Helen Taylor says: “I’d been noticing all the lovely rainbow pictures drawn by children in windows and I realised I could design and create a rainbow…

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    • Photo of Dealing with business post Coronavirus – webinar series launched with industry experts

      Dealing with business post Coronavirus – webinar series launched with industry experts

      Pro Landscaper is delighted to announce a new series of free webinars hosted by Jim Wilkinson and including panellists from all sectors of the landscape industry. Join the session here Registration for the first of these sessions, which will be focusing on dealing with ‘life after Coronavirus’ was launched this week and has already prompted over 200 people to sign up to tune in on Monday 6th April at 10.00am. As well as how the virus is affecting businesses in our industry countrywide, we will be looking to the future and how we can step back into normal working life…

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    • Photo of Boughton remains open for business

      Boughton remains open for business

      With reports of suppliers shutting up shop to weather the current storm, Boughton Loam wants to reassure its customers that it is still open for business and continuing to supply the amenity, landscape and construction industries. It says: “Our soil production facility in Northamptonshire continues to process our complete range of bespoke soil mixes, loams and topsoils, deliverable anywhere in the UK. We have stock product available for immediate order and can cater for bespoke requirements as needed. “We have robust business continuity in place to ensure that we can support our customers to the same high standards as usual…

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    • Photo of COP26 postponed due to coronavirus concerns

      COP26 postponed due to coronavirus concerns

      The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. This decision has been taken by representatives of the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners. Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties. COP26 President-Designate and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma said: “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global…

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    • Photo of Tivoli receives the RoSPA President’s Award

      Tivoli receives the RoSPA President’s Award

      Tivoli Group Ltd has achieved a President’s award following 10 consecutive Gold awards in the internationally renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK. The prestigious accolade demonstrates Tivoli’s ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. RoSPA President Award winners need to have achieved a very high level of performance for at least 10 consecutive years, demonstrating well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and…

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    • Photo of Second round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens

      Second round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens

      The Forestry Commission has opened round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, which is for community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals to apply for a share of the £10m pot to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small scale planting projects. Launched in May 2019, the Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees across England’s towns and cities. This announcement of round two opening follows the success of round one, which saw 13 large scale projects from local authorities and large organisations awarded grants to plant more than 50,000 trees in…

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    • Photo of New book to be published on Gardening in a Changing World

      New book to be published on Gardening in a Changing World

      Pimpernel Press has announced it will be publishing a new book by award–winning garden and landscape designer and writer Darryl Moore FRSA. ‘Gardening in a Changing World: How we can adopt a more holistic ecological approach to gardens and gardening’ is scheduled to hit shelves in February 2022. It will examine the relationship between gardens and current environmental issues and explore how gardeners can engage with the natural world in positive and holistic ways that are beneficial to all plants, animals and humans. Darryl Moore comments: “Never before has our species’ relationship with the natural world been under so much…

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    • Photo of Ground Control recognised as a health and safety ‘world leader’

      Ground Control recognised as a health and safety ‘world leader’

      Ground Control is celebrating after winning an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards. Billericay-based company Ground Control has received the prestigious RoSPA President’s Award after being awarded ten consecutive Gold Medals for its incredibly high standards and performance in health and safety. The awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK. It attracts 2,000 entrants from around the world every year, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety. “Winning the President’s Award is the culmination of our decade-long commitment to health and safety,” said Angelina Sooren, HSQE Director…

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    • Photo of A letter from the UK’s Secretary of State to construction workers

      A letter from the UK’s Secretary of State to construction workers

      To everyone working in the UK’s construction sector, In these challenging times, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working tirelessly within the construction industry. Delivering on large or small construction sites across the country, in builders’ merchants and logistics providers, or producing construction and mineral products. Our country and our economy needs all our support. And the construction industry has answered the call to action. Whether by building temporary hospital wards, installing complex and life-saving oxygen systems, constructing the infrastructure that society needs to function or ensuring that people have safe and healthy homes to live…

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    • Photo of RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

      RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

      The bulk of Family Action’s award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been relocated to its permanent home at the Silkmore Children’s Centre in Stafford. The Family Monsters Garden, designed by Alistair Bayford of idverde which also built the garden, won a Gold medal and Best Artisan Garden. It will now reside in front of the Children Centre on the grounds of Silkmore Primary School. idverde installed the trees, boulders and soil over the last two weeks. Due to the closure of schools and necessary social distancing measures in place, local families are helping to create the…

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    • Photo of Remembering John O’Conner

      Remembering John O’Conner

      John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd has announced its chairman, John O’Conner, passed away on 24 March 2020. The Hertfordshire-based company sent the following tribute to remember the life and legacy of John: John was admitted to the Lister Hospital on 12 March after being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Due to underlying health issues he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit but died following a short battle with the illness. John was an immense character and much loved family man who will leave a long and lasting memory for all who met and knew him. Originally from a farming…

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    • Photo of Thieves destroy thousands of plants at Johnsons of Whixley

      Thieves destroy thousands of plants at Johnsons of Whixley

      Thousands of plants have been destroyed after a break-in at Johnsons of Whixley, a commercial nursery in North Yorkshire. The plants were deliberately run over by a dumper truck which was stolen from Johnsons of Whixley between 10pm and 12am on Thursday 26 March. The stolen truck was used to remove a bowser containing 1,000L of fuel. It was then driven through Johnsons’ perimeter fence and onto the A59, ploughing through the plants in the process. The truck was subsequently left, but the diesel was taken. Managing director Graham Richardson said the vandals drove the truck over tens of thousands…

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    • Photo of Making Distinctive Design Possible with Two New Innovations from Millboard

      Making Distinctive Design Possible with Two New Innovations from Millboard

      This month sees the launch of two products that make creative garden construction a breeze. Millboard, the company behind the premium outdoor flooring, will be adding to their impressive range later this month with two new products that make decking frustrations a thing of the past: DuoSpan and DuoLift. DuoSpan is a unique landscape construction frame that combines the strength of aluminium with the design flexibility of recycled plastic. This combination enables distinctive design opportunities for decking and outdoor structures that would be impossible with conventional subframes.  DuoSpan provides the perfect subframe for Millboard decking and is also a universal…

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    • Photo of BALI Advises Members to Stop Going to Work for 48 Hours

      BALI Advises Members to Stop Going to Work for 48 Hours

      The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) continues to provide frontline support to its members around the United Kingdom by delivering on its four-point battleplan strategy, which was launched last Friday. Following the latest guidelines issued on Monday, like many landscape professionals working in our sector, BALI has been seeking clarification and additional guidance from the Government for those working in the landscaping sector. BALI wants answers to the crucial question many landscape professionals have been asking; can I still go to work? In light of the lack of a response from the Government, BALI is taking the necessary measures…

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    • Photo of County Council Closes Country Parks to Protect Residents

      County Council Closes Country Parks to Protect Residents

      Leicestershire County Council has announced that its country parks will close immediately, as efforts continue to keep residents safe during the coronavirus outbreak. The council is responding to national and local reports of people continuing to gather in public places.  It had intended to keep its parks open as spaces to exercise, but fears are growing that too many people are visiting. Earlier this week, the council announced a number of closures to its indoor facilities, including a number of libraries and museums, as well as sites such as Beaumanor Hall. Events, activities, adult learning classes and clubs due to…

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    • Photo of Selco to Close for Three Weeks

      Selco to Close for Three Weeks

      Selco Builders Warehouse has announced its branch network will close for the next three weeks due to the Covid-19 situation. Chief executive Howard Luft cited the welfare of customers, colleagues and suppliers as paramount after reaching the decision to suspend trading at the company’s 68 branches until mid-April. In the wake of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday, Selco announced plans to close their branches today (Tuesday) and have now extended the period in which the doors to its stores will remain shut. Howard said: “We are living in unprecedented times and I’m certain this is the…

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    • Photo of Coronavirus: The Royal Parks Remain Open for Visitors to Boost Physical and Mental Wellbeing

      Coronavirus: The Royal Parks Remain Open for Visitors to Boost Physical and Mental Wellbeing

      The Royal Parks will remain open for visitors who are encouraged to come and spend time in nature, relax or exercise, whilst still ensuring they follow government advice about social distancing. The parks provide visitors with crucial access to vital green spaces and present a wealth of opportunities for visitors to help boost their physical and mental wellbeing in these uncertain times. The Royal Parks charity is closely monitoring Government advice on COVID-19 and is following the advice of Public Health England.  In order to prevent the spread of the virus through social contact in a busy space, the charity is taking all…

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    • Photo of Survey Reveals the True Horror of Coronavirus Pandemic to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry

      Survey Reveals the True Horror of Coronavirus Pandemic to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry

      Sales for ornamentals growers are expected to be down around 50% this year with some expecting a far greater fall in sales.    96% of countries responding predict their industry will be severely impacted.  The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has surveyed its grower association members and other industry associations to understand the impact of COVID-19 and what is happening in different countries.   Although still early into the crisis for many countries the timing is critical with the normally busy Spring season and many flower-giving celebrations being directly hit.   70% of respondents expect to see growers going…

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    • Photo of Glasgow to Join European Cities in Cities with Nature Project

      Glasgow to Join European Cities in Cities with Nature Project

      Glasgow is to join a group of 11 European cities in the Cities with Nature group, a unique initiative that recognises and enhances the value of nature in and around cities. Hosted by ICLEI (Local Governments for sustainability) it provides a shared platform for cities and their partners to engage and connect. London and Manchester are the other UK cities in the group. Joining Cities with Nature means that Glasgow will have access to the knowledge hub; possible collaboration partners around the themed activity, the first of which is Cities with nature for health. Cities with Nature has 128 member cities…

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    • Photo of Perennial Prepares for Increase in Demand as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hits UK Landscape Workers and Businesses

      Perennial Prepares for Increase in Demand as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hits UK Landscape Workers and Businesses

      Perennial is the safety net for people in the horticulture industry and is here to help anyone working in, or retired from any job involving trees, plants, flowers or grass. As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to evolve for the whole industry, including everyone working in landscaping, Perennial is urging anyone who is worried or has questions about how it will affect them, or their family, to get in touch. The team’s clear message is ‘we’re in this together’ and wants everyone in the industry to know they are here to support you. Perennial’s helpline is operating…

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    • Photo of RHS Britain in Bloom 2020 – Coronavirus statement

      RHS Britain in Bloom 2020 – Coronavirus statement

      Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals competition will not be going ahead. This is a worldwide and unprecedented challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains the RHS’ number one priority.   With the Government advising everyone to follow social distancing measures, it is sadly not currently possible for finalists to carry out their usual community gardening activities.    READ NEXT: VIRTUAL RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2020   Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom to the benefit of both people…

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    • Photo of Improving Shoreditch Park

      Improving Shoreditch Park

      Over 1,600 people told the Council what they would like to see in Shoreditch Park, in the first stage of consultation on a £2m project to improve it for local residents. Most of those that responded wanted to see green areas in the park improved – including revamped grassed areas, more trees, and more planting onsite to improve biodiversity and soundproof noise from New North Road. People also wanted to see facilities for a wider range of sports and fitness activities, as well as new toilet facilities, seating and an updated play area introduced as part of the proposals. The…

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    • Photo of ‘Outstanding Beauty’ in Times of Need

      ‘Outstanding Beauty’ in Times of Need

      In these very challenging times that we face Surrey Council want to remind you that the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is still here.   Covering over a quarter of the county of Surrey the hills stretch across the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the East. Including the Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere and stretch east to Leith Hill, the highest point in South East England. READ NEXT: NATIONAL TRUST TO OPEN ALL GARDENS FOR FREE     With an extensive network of footpaths, byways and bridleways, there’s plenty of trails for…

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    • Photo of Council’s New Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan Will Help Protect Environment

      Council’s New Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan Will Help Protect Environment

      As global attention focuses ever more closely on the environment, Belfast City Council has published its first Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan. Helping protect green spaces, rivers and other natural assets in the city.   Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson, said:   “Our new Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan is about protecting our environment and improving quality of life.   As the city develops, we need to carefully balance the needs of our residents and our valuable natural habitats. Aiming to protect and create spaces for recreation, improve air quality and encourage wildlife to thrive.…

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    • Photo of Sharrocks Expand with Acquisition

      Sharrocks Expand with Acquisition

      F. R. Sharrock Limited, have acquired the assets of Jacobsen Direct UK in a deal. This will also see responsibility for the distribution of Jacobsen machines & products in the Staffordshire, Shropshire & Derbyshire.   Commenting on the deal, James Sharrock, Managing Director of F. R. Sharrock Limited said:   “Jacobsen Direct UK have done an outstanding job in building direct relationships with landscapers.   These new machines, incorporating knowledge gained in the Utility sector with Ransomes, has produced some of the most innovatively engineered, well-built and robust machines I have seen in my 30 years in the industry.  …

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