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    • Highdown gardens

      Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens collected

      Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens have been sent to a special bank to help preserve the species.   Experts from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens visited the Worthing gardens to train volunteers in how to collect seeds which could be used for propagation at later stages.   The Kew experts are part of the Botanic Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank project at Wakehurst. There a growing collection of seeds from around the world, aiming to provide a safety net for species at risk of extinction.   Saving the many exotics at Highdown is part of the new project…

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    • snowdonia

      Wales’ national parks and other landscapes are to receive a £4m funding boost

      The Deputy Minister of Wales made the announcement at the annual Designated Landscapes seminar held in Snowdonia National Park. This additional investment for 2019/20 is on top of the more than £3m of Welsh Government funding that was also provided to National Parks and AONBs in March 2019. The funding will enable  key improvements – with many of the proposals supporting Welsh Government priorities, including decarbonisation and greening measures, improved tourism infrastructure, enhanced biodiversity and further support for access and recreation.     The Designated Landscapes have made a significant commitment to supporting this concerted effort as they seek to balance…

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    • BALI launches Digital Marketing Masterclasses

      BALI and Adtak have teamed up to launch a one-day digital marketing workshop for landscape industry professionals. It will provide the latest tools and tips on ways to stay ahead of the competition online. Join BALI’s marketing team, qualified digital marketing consultant Andrew Lloyd Gordon and digital marketing agency Adtrak for a six-hour  workshop at BALI Registered Affiliate Majestic Trees in St Albans and Talasey Group in Doncaster. Exclusive to BALI members, this brand new BALI workshop has been designed to offer delegates who have an intermediate knowledge of digital marketing a chance to learn new skills and discover innovative ways to…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL partners with Perennial

      British Sugar TOPSOIL has partnered with Perennial to help boost funds by donating £1 for every bulk bag of their topsoil sold between September 2019 and September 2020. The partnering agreement was signed by British Sugar TOPSOIL’s National Sales Manager Andy Spetch and Perennial’s Corporate Partnership Manager Phil Swainston. Phil visited British Sugar’s Wissington factory and topsoil manufacturing facility near King’s Lynn, Suffolk. Phil was able to see how British Sugar TOPSOIL re-uses the rich arable soils brought in with the sugar beet by farmers in East Anglia to produce high quality, BS3882:2015-compliant topsoils and topdressing for the landscaping, construction…

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    • Phil Jones

      The BIG Little Interview – Phil Jones

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    • Hundreds of Houseplants Set To Invade RHS Garden Wisley

      Hundreds of houseplants will be growing, overflowing and taking over the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley from 25 January to 1 March 2020.   A lost and abandoned Victorian house has been overrun by houseplants. Every room is filled with plants we know and love, grown wildly out of control. From a parlour palm lounging in an armchair to a giant fern taking a bath, this is a world where the plants set the rules.   The exhibition Giant Houseplant Takeover, created by the Glasshouse team, is aimed at inspiring everyone to think about quirky and innovative ways to grow…

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    • landscape gardener

      New investigation reveals new landscape gardening businesses have an average survival rate of 87%

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    • Garden Masterclass

      Garden Masterclass 2020 schedule announced

      Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle and horticulturalist, writer and researcher Noel Kingsbury have announced the 2020 Garden Masterclass schedule, running from April to November. New venues for the Garden Masterclass include Exbury gardens, Lowther Castle, Denmans, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Blarney Castle, June Blake’s garden, Hestercombe, Hayne, Coughton Court and Wildside. Events will also take place internationally.   There will be a special focus on the use of trees and shrubs, with new themes that include designing and specifying natural swimming pools and planting designing for the public realm. Some events will be specifically tailored to landscape architects and…

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    • Incorporating a garage into a garden design

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    • Stanmer Park

      Horse power arrives in Stanmer Park, Brighton

      A team of heavy horses are the latest recruits to the council’s countryside team at Stanmer Park.   Led by Dan and Jess Brown, the Comptois horses will spend the next three weeks helping to clear sycamore and ash trees thinned out as part of the park’s Woodland Management Plan.   Horses have traditionally been used to move logs from woodland to avoid using heavy machinery and minimise damage to the other trees and the forest floor.   The selective thinning of the trees will make space for planting a range of species and allow younger trees to thrive.  …

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    • alpine blue-sow thistle

      Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to save rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle

      Conservationists at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to ensure the survival of the rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle in Scotland are attempting to establish a new population of the species. The beautiful but elusive flower has now been planted along a small gorge at the Water of Clunie in the centre of the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, where it is hoped it will thrive.   Alpine blue-sowthistle (Cicerbita alpina) is an extremely rare plant in the UK, with only four populations known to survive naturally in the wild, on ledges and in gullies on remote mountains in the…

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    • Tivoli

      Tivoli commences new grounds maintenance contract with Guinness Partnership

      Tivoli has started operations as the new grounds maintenance service provider for the Guinness Partnership, covering the South West region. Running from 1st November 2019 for up to 5 years, the estimated £1M contract sees Tivoli completing gardening and maintenance of green areas, litter removal, weed and plant removal, tree maintenance and bulk waste collection and disposal. Teams are now in-place and mobilised to look after approximately 87 sites, covering Bristol, Wiltshire, Bath and North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Mendip, Swindon and Sedgemoor Local Authority areas.   In line with the Guinness Partnership’s vision to “deliver great service, great homes, a…

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    • Highdown Gardens

      £1m project to rejuvenate Highdown Gardens due to begin

      Highdown Gardens in West Sussex will be closing for improvement works to take place. In order to deliver on a £1m project to protect the fragile plant collection and enhance the visitor experience the Gardens will be closed from December 21 and will reopen in late summer next year.   The improvements will be funded by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The work will include building new greenhouses to help the propagation and preservation of extremely rare plants from around the world, building a brand new visitors’ centre, explore and digitise the archive of this fascinating landmark, create…

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    • Martino Ginepro -Thoughts on the Environmental Bill

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    • RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

      As the UK works towards ambitious tree planting targets, the RHS has announced it is recruiting a tree scientist to advise gardeners on the species best suited to withstand and help minimise the impact of climate change.   A five-year fellowship, jointly funded by the charity and by the horticulture industry, through the generous support of Frank P Matthews Nursery, will identify those trees that will perform well in the future amid more extreme weather events and a changing climate.   The research conducted will provide gardeners, industry and policymakers with planting guides specific to varying situations.   Mark Gush,…

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    • Husqvarna launches two new battery-powered brushcutters

      Husqvarna have announced the launch of two new powerful battery-powered brushcutters. Increased levels of productivity are available for professionals when using the Husqvarna 535iRX or 535iRXT, thanks to the Husqvarna-developed high torque motor, large cutting diameter and effective anti-vibration system.   The new Husqvarna 535iRX and 535iRXT brushcutters are part of the 500-series product range and offer Husqvarna’s first anti-vibration system on a battery brushcutter. This feature further reduces strain on the user allowing for smoother operation during extended hours of use. These products are also equipped with a new user interface, allowing the user a constant view of the…

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    • The Woodland Trust restores arboretum in Wales

      The National Lottery support has enabled the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) to bring the historic gardens of Cefn Ila back to life, restoring wildlife habitats and creating acres of new native woodland. Cefn Ila near Usk in Monmouthshire was once the site of a 19th century mansion and gardens. It belonged to the novelist and adventurer Edward Trelawny and was later acquired by Gerard Gustavius Ducarel, the 4th Marquis de la Pasture, whose family had escaped from France during the Revolution. Between the 1940s and the 1970s it was used as a maternity hospital.   The Woodland Trust acquired the…

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    • Living Wall

      McLaren and Biotecture complete work on Europe’s largest living wall

      In the July 2019 issue of Pro Landscaper on pages 84-85 we looked at Europe’s largest living wall that was underway to be installed. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has revealed its £90 million expansion, delivered by green infrastructure company, Biotecture, and McLaren Construction is now complete. The £1.5 million living wall, which measures 25,000 square feet and features 120,000 plants, reduces air pollution and aids biodiversity. Spanning the walls of the new entrance promenade, walkways and many of the 50 new stores, the vertical gardens make this one of the world’s greenest shopping centres.   Richard Sabin, Managing Director of…

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    • Perennial launches it Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar

      A group of gardeners have stripped off for the Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar. It’s all to raise money for Perennial with proceeds helping fund support services for people facing a wide range of difficulties. The cheeky chaps went the full monty for photographer Debbie Jolliff at Fullers Mill, Perennial’s garden near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and MazeGarden near Chichester. The 2020 calendar follows the success of the group’s first naked outing five years ago and its popular follow up in 2018.   Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Perennial, said:   “It’s fantastic that this group of…

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    • Accounting Software

      Accounting Software needn’t be taxing

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    • Ben

      Ben Cumberland re-joins Eljays44’s Pro Landscaper brand

      Eljays44 is delighted to welcome Ben Cumberland back into the business. Ben, who also worked for the company for two years starting in 2014, has been away from the business for three years. In this time, Ben had a stint in the armed forces, worked at another media business and moved to Leeds to work in the event market. He says: “I’m excited to be back at Eljays44 Ltd and working with the Wilkinsons. Eljays44 is where I started my career in advertising sales and publishing and have some great memories from working here in the past. “I’ve decided to…

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    • Mobilane install ivy green screens at school in Sheffield

      Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.   The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and…

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    • Majestic Trees

      Majestic Trees is offering to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery

      Majestic Trees is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery to learn about tree production. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees.   A student who has completed or is completing their studies in commercial horticulture and has a passion for trees should apply. Students that have previously worked on a tree nursery or studied courses more closely linked to tree production are especially encouraged.   Franziska Goeckeritz, a BSc Horticulture student at Scotland’s Rural College enjoyed a placement with Majestic Trees after applying for a scholarship with DCF.…

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    • Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer launch the Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer has introduced the Hort Academy – a training programme for landscape and horticultural professionals designed to tackle the widening skills gap in the horticulture industry. It is currently open to everyone within the gardening & aftercare department at Bowles & Wyer. It has a plan to roll it out across the company and with a future industry-wide potential.   The curriculum has been developed by Jeff Stephenson, Head of Horticulture & Aftercare at Bowles & Wyer. It offers training for everyone regardless of their ability and previous experience. For the staff in the company’s gardening & aftercare…

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    • Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

      The Royal Parks is inviting landscape consultants to tender for its new four-year Landscape Architect Services Framework. Ahead of the Landscape Architect Services Framework launch, the Royal Parks’s landscape team would like interested practices to attend an open event. The event take place at Malone Room, LookOut, Hyde Park from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 5 December. The event is a chance to learn about the landscapes the charity works with, recent projects and future opportunities. Practices who attend will receive an introduction to the Royal Parks charity and an overview of the projects completed during the current framework period…

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