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  • Photo of RHS launches ‘Grow at Home this autumn’

    RHS launches ‘Grow at Home this autumn’

    With some two-thirds (65%) of people not knowing that autumn is an important gardening season, the RHS has launched ‘Grow at Home this autumn’ to encourage and help people to plant now to save water and money. Almost seven in 10 people (68%) think spring is the most important gardening season, compared to just 8% who think autumn is. Some 65% of people, when asked if they thought autumn was an important gardening season, either disagreed or said they didn’t know. The RHS commissioned YouGov to conduct the research, which surveyed some 2116 adults across the UK, as the gardening…

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  • Photo of Begonia ‘Sweet Spice (TM) Bounty’ royalties donated

    Begonia ‘Sweet Spice (TM) Bounty’ royalties donated

    Plant sales of Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM Bounty’ have been donated to the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK.   Plant breeder, Kerley & Co, set out to donate 50% of the royalties received from wholesale distributor, Ball Colegrave, to DCF for two years.   This year £660 was gratefully received by DCF which will go towards its Student Scholarships.  Specialising in breeding patio plants grown from cuttings, Kerley & Co is a growing family business based near Cambridge. Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM’ Bounty is a new variety of vegetatively-propagated Begonia bred by Tim Kerley, a partner in the business and also the first recipient of DCF’s Markham-Colegrave Scholarship.   Ball Colegrave (formerly Colegrave Seeds), is the UK’s leading wholesale distributor of seed and plants to commercial growers and local authorities and was founded in 1962 by the late David Colegrave and his wife Nancy. Tim Kerley comments: “We are delighted…

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  • Photo of Regius Keeper is named Scotland’s Public Sector Leader of the Year

    Regius Keeper is named Scotland’s Public Sector Leader of the Year

    Simon Milne MBE has been named Scotland’s top public sector leader at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Awards. The accolade for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) Regius Keeper comes less than a week after the organisation secured a £50m investment from Scottish Government for its innovative Edinburgh Biomes project and marks another landmark in the Garden’s 350th anniversary year. Having earlier in the evening scooped the title of Regional Director of the Year for Edinburgh & Lothians, in a virtual ceremony acknowledging the very best in Scotland’s business, across 12 key director categories, the overall award recognised the major…

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  • Photo of Vectorworks launches new versions of BIM and design software

    Vectorworks launches new versions of BIM and design software

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has launched Vectorworks 2021 with a continued emphasis on improving product quality, performance and the user experience. This latest release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as 2021 versions of Vision, Braceworks and ConnectCAD. “Vectorworks 2021 is the continuation of our commitment to quality and performance and is something that will further drive our mission to provide best-in-class design and BIM tools to AEC, landscape and entertainment professionals,” says Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When you drill down to this year’s launch theme of ‘simplicity to design the…

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  • Photo of Natural Resources Wales awards grants to fund green recovery

    Natural Resources Wales awards grants to fund green recovery

    Natural Resources Wales has awarded £1.2m in grants to environment bodies as part of its commitment to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The money will be allocated to five organisations who care for the environment so that they are able to safely re-open and operate the land they manage as coronavirus restrictions are eased. The grants have been awarded to the Woodland Trust, which will receive £267,762; National Trust (£229,367); Wildlife Trust (£481,740); RSPB (£194,379) and Plantlife (£26,752). Clare Pillman, NRW Chief Executive, says: “In response to COVID-19, we have developed a Strategic Allocated Funding Grant to…

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  • Photo of Plantarium Digital Expo 2020 shows appeal of virtual shows

    Plantarium Digital Expo 2020 shows appeal of virtual shows

    Plantarium Digital Expo has welcomed 8,591 visitors so far, with 49,936 pageviews in total. There were more than 1,000 visitors for the live program on 2 and 3 September, 60% domestic and 40% from abroad, mainly from the United States, Russia and China. With almost 10,000 pageviews, the content on the platform was viewed well, especially the novelties in the KVBC Summer Challenge attracted many visitors. Visitors made an average choice for three programmes from the range of 12 in total and these programmes were mostly watched from the beginning until the end. All programmes have been specially developed for…

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  • Photo of UltraScape launches new permeable paving system

    UltraScape launches new permeable paving system

    UltraScape has revealed its latest launch, perma-bed, a new and unique permeable bedding mortar for paving installations. UltraScape perma-bed has been formulated to drain away any water migrating into the pavement via cracks or damaged areas. It reduces water related pavement failures as rainwater will drain away naturally rather than sit on top of the stone, or worse, stay within the joint, freeze, expand and then break out. The free passage of water through the cured product ensures that correctly laid paving will not suffer from reflective staining emanating from the underside of the paving elements. UltraScape perma-bed exceeds the…

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  • Photo of LI’s Greener Recovery report calls for government to invest in green spaces

    LI’s Greener Recovery report calls for government to invest in green spaces

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has today published a new report which urges the government to invest in parks and green spaces as part of its Autumn Statement. ‘Greener Recovery – Delivering a sustainable recovery from COVID-19’ calls for a major shift from grey to green development. The Scottish government has already announced a significant investment in new green development. Without a bold step change, the UK is in danger of defaulting to ‘business as usual’, says the LI. It supports calls for the investment of £1bn per year for the next five years into parks and green spaces across the…

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  • Photo of Birkdale awarded product patents

    Birkdale awarded product patents

    Gate and fencing accessory supplier, Birkdale, has been awarded full product patents for the single and double locking versions of its innovative GATEMATE® Euro Profile Long Throw Lock. The GATEMATE® Euro Profile Long Throw Lock features a unique, hardened core bolt design, with a high-security six pin lock barrel, making it difficult to cut through, if attempted. This resistance can be further enhanced with the addition of a High Security Escutcheon, which is also supplied by Birkdale. Additionally, as the bolt used on the patented solution is of a greater length than those used on standard systems, the locks are…

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  • Photo of Your chance to input on  four new industry apprenticeships

    Your chance to input on four new industry apprenticeships

    The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Trailblazers Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop four new apprenticeships. Once complete, these will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and available for training providers to offer across England. The HTA, along with other industry representatives make up the Trailblazer group. The Trailblazer group and employers, with the support of training professionals, have been working hard to write the content of these four new apprenticeships and now need a wider perspective. To make sure that they meet the needs of the widest cross-section of…

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  • Photo of Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens for applications

    Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens for applications

    Grants from £50k to £5m are now available to help the nation build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced. The £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund, part of the government’s wider green economic recovery, jobs and skills package, brings forward funding for environmental charities and their partners to start work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change. The fund will help create up to 3,000 jobs and safeguard up to 2,000 others in areas such as protecting species, finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change, conservation rangers and connecting people with nature. Up…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries strengthens its focus on biosecurity

    Provender Nurseries strengthens its focus on biosecurity

    Provender Nurseries has changed the role of its nursery manager to reflect his work on biodiversity. Stuart Tickner, who has been nursery manager for the last six years, now has the title of nursery production and biosecurity manager. Stuart has seen the job role change enormously throughout his time at Provender Nurseries due to change in biosecurity procedures, associated paperwork and managing APHA inspections on site. Stuart manages the biosecurity onsite and at all of its developing, newly acquired offsite growing facilities that require paperwork for plant procurement and traceability. Working closely with APHA and other advisory bodies, biosecurity used…

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  • Photo of BALI announces new chairman

    BALI announces new chairman

    Last week, the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) successfully staged its National Annual General Meeting (AGM) online for the first time in its 48-year history, with members agreeing to vote for all propositions. Vice chairman, honorary treasurer and immediate past chairman. Richard Kay of Green-tech was successfully made national chairman of the association. He replaces Matt O’Conner of John O‘Conner Grounds Maintenance who was officially made immediate past chairman. Nigel Bowcock of Acre Landscapes was made vice chairman and Richard Stone of Bawden Managed Landscapes will resume his role as honorary treasurer. Members were invited to join some of…

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  • Photo of Malvern Plant & Garden Fair a sell out success

    Malvern Plant & Garden Fair a sell out success

    The first of a new series of open-air gardening events, the Malvern Plant and Garden Fair, sold out of the limited number of pre bookable tickets. These were restricted by 25% of the normal capacity, to ensure visitors had plenty of space to roam within the 90-acre Three Counties Showground in Malvern. Vibrant with plants-people and gardening royalty, the alfresco Picnic Theatre, dressed by Form Plants, Torc Pots and Kate Rees, was host to autumnal floral demonstrations created by flower arranging virtuoso Jonathan Moseley, and talks from industry experts including Carol Klein, James Alexander Sinclair, Mark Diacono and award-winning garden…

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  • Photo of Scottish Government investment in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Scottish Government investment in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Scottish Government funding of £50m will sustain the place of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) at the vanguard of global action to combat the climate emergency and address the biodiversity crisis. The Low Carbon Fund backing covers five years’ work on the visionary Edinburgh Biomes initiative, creating world-class facilities producing climate, economic, wellbeing and environmental benefits, as part of Scotland’s a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. By supporting the Edinburgh Biomes project in the institute’s 350th anniversary year, it will safeguard the Garden’s public Heritage Glasshouses while enhancing research facilities and addressing weaknesses in its aging infrastructure. It also…

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  • Photo of SGD reveals new award categories

    SGD reveals new award categories

    The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has announced two new award categories for the SGD Awards 2021. These include an environmental award which will be open to the public, as well as members of the SGD, and will recognise gardens where the use of materials and planting maximise sustainability. An award to celebrate gardens that have flourished over time has also been launched. The Design for the Environment Award, which anyone with a suitable project can enter, will be presented for a garden or landscape where the design focus is on environmental contribution and sustainability in a residential, commercial or…

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  • Photo of Oak View Landscapes recognised for employer excellence

    Oak View Landscapes recognised for employer excellence

    Oak View Landscapes has received recognition twice in the last week for its employer excellence. Both the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and Investors in People have awarded the Colchester-based company for its efforts with its employees. Oak View has received a BALI National Landscape Award 2020 in the category of Employer Excellence – turnover over £2.5m, sponsored by Fresh Horticultural Careers. It has also been announced as a finalist for the Investors in People Awards 2020 in the Employer of the Year Gold 2-49 employees category. Like so many other events, both award events will be going digital…

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  • Photo of Three million British gardens set for renovation post-lockdown

    Three million British gardens set for renovation post-lockdown

    This September marks National Home Improvement Month in the UK. With millions of people across the country deciding to make changes to their homes in order to help them love the home in which they live, this could be great news for the growth of the gardening and landscaping sectors. Following the coronavirus-induced economic downturn, the restoration of consumer confidence has been pivotal for recovery, and the home improvement sectors have proven no different. The government has undertaken radical procedures to assist with the recovery of the sector, such as Stamp Duty holidays and radical planning reformations, aligned with the…

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  • Photo of Christmas at Kew to return this year

    Christmas at Kew to return this year

    Returning for its eighth year, Kew’s sell-out winter trail is back with old favourites and brand new light installations. Stepping through the welcome wreath archway, visitors will enter a botanical world filled with seasonal cheer. The iconic Temperate House will be lit from within by a dynamic light show as a spectrum of Christmas colour envelops the glasshouse. New this year, visitors can wander through a tunnel adorned with a canopy of starry lanterns, and further along the trail, a returning favourite – the Cathedral of Light – will twinkle with thousands of fairy lights. Kew Gardens’ own botanical treasures…

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  • Photo of National Garden Scheme report highlights the importance of green spaces

    National Garden Scheme report highlights the importance of green spaces

    A new report from the National Garden Scheme emphasises the vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces played – and continue to play – in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the nation during lockdown. Bringing together feedback from garden owners, viewers of their unique virtual garden visits that aired throughout lockdown, and an online survey conducted in August, the National Garden Scheme report confirms that the power of gardens to do good has never been more important. George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Garden Scheme says: “Anecdotally, from the responses we received to our virtual garden…

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  • Photo of Opening of Chiswick Flower Market proves popular

    Opening of Chiswick Flower Market proves popular

    The first Chiswick Flower Market opened on Sunday, with several thousand people visiting the market in a steady stream from when it opened at 9.30am till when it closed at 3pm. The new monthly market, which will be held on the first Sunday of the month, is the first new flower and plant market to be opened in London in 150 years. Some stall holders were experienced traders, including a couple from Columbia Rd market, while others were launching new businesses, some because they had been made redundant during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the stall holders sold all or…

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  • Photo of Horticultural industry shows commitment to IPM ESSEN

    Horticultural industry shows commitment to IPM ESSEN

    More than 900 exhibitors have already registered and confirmed their participation in horticultural trade fair IPM ESSEN. The event, which is taking next year from 26 to 29 January, has 907 confirmed exhibitors, which the hygiene of the venue – Messe Essen – being a decisive factor, Nearly 20 Dutch exhibitors had declared to be absent from IPM ESSEN 2021 due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oliver Kuhrt, managing director of Messe Essen, says: “We take note of the cancellation and respect the decision of our customers. At the same time, it is an absolute exception. For the…

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  • Photo of New CBI report highlights urgency of progress on infrastructure delivery

    New CBI report highlights urgency of progress on infrastructure delivery

    Private sector investment can be a major driver of the UK’s ‘infrastructure revolution’, says the CBI, at a time when public purses have been stretched by unprecedented COVID-19 support measures.     Government spending plans unveiled in March’s Budget included historic £640bn infrastructure pledges designed to revitalise Britain’s roads, railways, broadband and housing as part of the nation’s levelling-up agenda.     Since then, the pandemic has placed an enormous and unexpected burden upon the UK economy. However, the financial strain resulting from COVID-19 must not be allowed to derail infrastructure spending ambitions, according to ‘Investing in infrastructure’, a new…

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  • Photo of Minister announces 95 jobs and £30m investment by Tobermore

    Minister announces 95 jobs and £30m investment by Tobermore

    Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced that Mid Ulster-based paving manufacturer Tobermore is to invest £30m and create 95 jobs in ambitious plans to rapidly grow its business over the next four years. Making the announcement, the Minister said: “During such challenging times for companies across Northern Ireland, I would like to congratulate Tobermore on this major announcement. It is investments like this which will drive our economic recovery forward. “This £30m investment will help Tobermore meet the growing demand for its products throughout the UK and Ireland, whilst also creating valuable skilled employment opportunities in the Mid Ulster District…

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  • Photo of Candide offers free online ticketing solution to UK public open gardens

    Candide offers free online ticketing solution to UK public open gardens

    Gardening app Candide is offering its online ticketing service to all UK public gardens free of charge until the end of 2020, to help them adapt to the new norm of visitor experience. Garden visits in the UK accounted for £2.9bn in 2019 but this revenue has been severely cut since the lockdown of visitor attractions in March 2020. Despite the fact public gardens have been able to reopen since June, many open gardens, which previously would have welcomed visitors through the gates without any pre-booking, have been struggling to manage the new social distance requirements. Candide is therefore offering…

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