• Photo of Wildflowers for The Queen – a celebration of wildflower meadows

    Wildflowers for The Queen – a celebration of wildflower meadows

    Famed for his portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and the Dalai Lama, Hugo Rittson-Thomas celebrates a very different cultural icon in his new book: the wildflower meadow.  In partnership with conservation charity Plantlife, and with a foreword by their patron HRH The Prince of Wales, Wildflowers for The Queen, by fine-art photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, celebrates the unsung beauty and diversity of wildflower meadows. The book is inspired by the achievements of the Coronation Meadows established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2013. He explains: “The idea of the Coronation Meadows initiative was a simple one: to find the…

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  • Photo of RHS teams up with University of Oxford on plant data project

    RHS teams up with University of Oxford on plant data project

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has embarked on a new project with the University of Oxford to make information about plants more readily available to everyone with an interest in gardens and garden plants. In conjunction with Denis Filer and Andrew Liddell at Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences, the RHS has developed a novel approach to managing the complexity of plant names using the BRAHMS database system. Developed over the past 25 years for natural history collection management, taxonomic revision and biodiversity research, together with the RHS, this software package has now been adapted to manage the complexity of…

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  • Photo of Earthwatch launches new platform to protect UK biodiversity

    Earthwatch launches new platform to protect UK biodiversity

    Environmental charity Earthwatch Europe has launched a new digital platform to support community wildlife project Naturehood. Designed to develop a network of thousands of local people who each do tiny actions for nature in their neighbourhoods, the aim is to create a tapestry of habitats that, combined on a national basis, will help protect and increase biodiversity in the UK. In March, days before lockdown, Earthwatch created the UK’s first tiny forest, an area the size of a tennis court planted with 600 different native trees, to create a fast-growing dense forest. The Naturehood campaign follows the same approach, centring on the need to connect communities to support biodiversity. It aims to create an army of people across the country each taking a tiny step for nature, who together will make a difference. Research conducted by Earthwatch during lockdown proved how valuable being near nature is for mental wellbeing, with 67% of all adults in the UK saying that looking at nature left them with a sense…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley creates extra growing capacity

    Johnsons of Whixley creates extra growing capacity

    Johnsons of Whixley has created more than 5000 sqm of additional bed space for plants of the future at two of its nursery sites located In Kirk Hammerton and Roecliffe, North Yorkshire. Johnsons, one of the largest commercial plant suppliers to both the landscape and garden centre sectors in the UK, has increased its production capacity as a result of reduced sales brought about by the recent crisis and as a reaction to potential Brexit trading constraints. Recent projects have delivered sufficient growing space to produce an extra 320,000 extra landscape and garden plants per year. The facilities comprise of…

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  • Photo of Green-tech is a major supplier to new Leeds Skelton Lake M1 Services

    Green-tech is a major supplier to new Leeds Skelton Lake M1 Services

    A £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services on Junction 45 of the M1 has been completed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The innovative new service station includes a business centre, food and beverage outlets and landscaped areas. A visitor area with a lakeside viewing deck is still to be built. Landscape contractor Brambledown Landscapes Services was commissioned to undertake the soft landscaping of this huge project which had to tie in with the natural environment of the nearby Skelton Lake and Gardens. It turned to its long-term supplier Green-tech for the landscaping materials and sundries. Skelton Lakes Service Station in Leeds boasts…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper July 2020

    Pro Landscaper July 2020

    The current blend of heatwaves and blustery storms would normally mean we’re at the height of the flower show season. It’s a traditional British summer, when one month you’d be walking around the sodden grounds of Chatsworth and the next slapping on the sun cream as you explore the show gardens at Hampton Court. There’s no such luck this year, with all RHS shows cancelled for the foreseeable. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to celebrate. In our July issue, for instance, we launched this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Awards sponsored by Green-tech and we opened…

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  • Photo of Indoor Garden Design supports others during lockdown

    Indoor Garden Design supports others during lockdown

    London-based Indoor Garden Design fills us in on what’s been keeping the company busy since lockdown began Indoor Garden Design has really been making the most of time in lockdown by finding ways of supporting Team IGD and the wider community. After launching IGD Community back in March, the first initiative was to support Project Wingman which was set up by a group of airline crew across the UK with the aim of providing first class lounges in hospitals for frontline NHS staff to unwind and de-stress. IGD donated plants and landscaped the lounges. Every coffee table had a complimentary…

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  • Photo of Air pollution fell by up to 50% at London commuter hotspots during lockdown

    Air pollution fell by up to 50% at London commuter hotspots during lockdown

    New research based on Breathe London data shows major drops in NO2 pollution at commuter hotspots during lockdown. Environmental Defense Fund Europe analysed pollution data from the Breathe London monitoring network during morning (8-11am) and evening (5-8pm) commuting hours in the first four weeks of lockdown, finding reductions of: Borough High Street, at the base of London Bridge: 37% morning and 47% evening Cowcross Street, near Farringdon Train Station: 38% morning and 43% evening South Street, adjacent to the major transport thoroughfare of Park Lane: 32% morning and 50% evening Plus, a deeper dive at Borough High Street shows nearly half of NOx pollution at this site was likely coming…

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  • Photo of ESL rebrands to Cultura Group

    ESL rebrands to Cultura Group

    ESL Landscape Contractors has unveiled a new name and new look following an extensive rebranding initiative. This is in response to the progressive changes to the business and culture of the company. At the heart of the rebranding is the change of the company name to Cultura, which is derived from the Latin for ‘to care or cultivate’, which the company says tells people what they can expect from them. Over the past 18 months, ESL has cemented its position in the industry as a specialist landscape contractor. The company has consulted with both historical and existing clients, using the…

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  • Photo of IVECO offers new payment options to help businesses

    IVECO offers new payment options to help businesses

    IVECO is offering six-months deferred payments with two new Hire Purchase options on Daily panel van and chassis cab range. Business users can now take advantage of low-rate 1.59% finance or offers starting from £350 per month. Available on all factory order or stock vehicles from within the award-winning Daily panel van and chassis cab range, vehicles must be ordered before 30 September and registered before 31 March 2021. Business users can upgrade their vehicle and enjoy a low interest rate of 1.59% with the option to defer their first payment for six months.* Also at the disposal of Britain’s…

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  • Photo of New HTA board members announced

    New HTA board members announced

    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of three new board members as non-executive director. Jane Lawler of Lawler Associates, Vicky Nuttall of The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA), and Ken White of Frosts Landscape Construction have joined the board of the trade association and attended their first meeting on 18 June. Commenting on the appointments, Boyd Douglas-Davies, HTA President, says: “We are delighted to have Ken, Jane and Vicky join the HTA Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge from marketing and landscaping along with supplier and manufacturer insight. This will help to strengthen…

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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 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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