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His Majesty The King becomes Patron of the RHS

His Majesty The King becomes Patron of the RHS

His Majesty King Charles III has been announced as the next Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ahead of his visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this coming Monday. Keith Weed CBE, president of the RHS, says the gardening and environmental charity is “honoured” to have His Majesty as its next Royal Patron. Their Majesties The King...

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Green-tech helps to create the UK’s ‘greenest’ school

Green-tech helps to create the UK’s ‘greenest’ school

After suffering a devastating fire in October 2020, St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby, has been rebuilt into the UK’s ‘greenest’ school. The multi-million-pound school is the country’s first biophilic school and has been purpose built as part of a pilot project for the Department for Education. Biophilic design focuses on enhancing...

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Homeowners want biodiverse gardens, says new study

Homeowners want biodiverse gardens, says new study

A recent study has discovered that wildlife habitats, complete with real grass, planters, and wildflower meadows, are among the most desired features for homeowners envisioning their ‘dream’ garden. In a survey of 2,001 people, almost 30% said they want to add real grass, trees, and seating areas to their outdoor spaces to create a ‘dream back...

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An apprentice’s journey from retail to horticulture

An apprentice’s journey from retail to horticulture

Katie's career path is a testament to the transformative power of following one's passion. Initially carving a path in the retail sector, including a significant role as an assistant manager at a Laura Ashley store, Katie's career took a meaningful turn after her daughter was born. Seeking a change, she found herself drawn to the green embrace of...

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Tyler Grange named one of The Best Places to Work 2024

Tyler Grange named one of The Best Places to Work 2024

B Corp environmental consultancy, Tyler Grange, has been named amongst the Best Medium-sized Organisations in the UK in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 list. The annual accolade analyses 50,000 organisations from across the world, measuring them against several areas relating to employee satisfaction. It is shown that the companies...

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Career changers are the focus of new RHS Tatton category

Career changers are the focus of new RHS Tatton category

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) introduces new category to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park reflecting on the increasing number of career changers entering horticulture and garden design. RHS Career Changer of the Year has been created specifically for new designers, plantspeople and contractors aged 31 and over to help kick-start their new...

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Pro Landscaper extends deadline for 2024 Project Awards

Pro Landscaper extends deadline for 2024 Project Awards

The deadline for submitting entries to the Pro Landscaper Project Awards 2024 has been extended. After a resounding response from the industry to get involved with this year’s awards, Pro Landscaper has opted to extend the deadline to ensure companies and designers have enough time to share their success and submit completed entries. Entrants...

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Beneath the Surface – The Beth Chatto Symposium 2024

Beneath the Surface – The Beth Chatto Symposium 2024

The Beth Chatto Education Trust announces Beneath the Surface – the third Beth Chatto Symposium, at The Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex, August 29 and 30, 2024. The Symposium will explore the subterranean world of soils, delving into many of the lesser-known factors that affect the way people work with soil. New information is...

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HTA ‘disappointed’ by lack of environmental horticulture strategy

HTA ‘disappointed’ by lack of environmental horticulture strategy

The Horticultural Trades Association warns the government to not miss the opportunity to support the “resilience and growth of environmental horticulture” in its official response to Rishi Sunak’s Farm to Fork Summit. Commenting on the prime minister’s announcement of the Horticulture resilience and Growth Offer, Fran Barnes, chief executive of...

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Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

Perennial’s The Laskett takes People’s Choice at Malvern

A show garden representing The Laskett Garden in Herefordshire has been announced as the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. James Madge, manager of The Laskett Garden, called winning the People’s Choice for Best Show Garden “a fantastic end to an exceptional show”. Designed by David Wyndham Lewis and...

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Surrey landscaping company awarded Wembley Park project

Surrey landscaping company awarded Wembley Park project

Extending the soft landscape collaboration, Surrey based landscaping company, Goddards, will be returning to site at North East Lands this month to break-ground. Phase one, awarded by John Sisk and Sons Limited, will see the delivery and planting of large trees, from 40-45cm to 65-70cm girth, as well as large multi-stems throughout the design....

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Show gardens revealed for this year’s RHS Tatton

Show gardens revealed for this year’s RHS Tatton

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, designers at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be raising awareness for life altering diseases, women’s rights and gardening on a budget, as show gardens for this year’s event are revealed.   Category is, Show Gardens Scottish rugby player, Doddie Weir, and his charity for research into Motor Neurone Disease...

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RHS Malvern Spring Festival: Show Garden medals awarded

RHS Malvern Spring Festival: Show Garden medals awarded

The winners of the 37th RHS Malvern Spring Festival have been announced, celebrating the evolution in the world of horticulture, with the theme of ‘Gardening for Change’ showcasing the positive impact gardening can have. With all show garden medals given out, the winners are as follows:   The Cotswold Garden Designed by Mark Draper and built...

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Richard Claxton on the empowering benefits of gardening

Richard Claxton on the empowering benefits of gardening

As a GP, a keen gardener and a garden designer, Richard Claxton has long been aware of the benefits that come from gardening, and there’s arguably even more when done as part of a community. From helping people to overcome loneliness and isolation through to providing support and camaraderie, it presents an opportunity for those living with...

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Meadfleet to be honoured at International CSR Excellence Awards 2024

Meadfleet to be honoured at International CSR Excellence Awards 2024

Space management provider Meadfleet is being recognised for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) at a ceremony in London on 1 July. The company’s success in the International CSR Excellence Awards is an acknowledgment of its CSR whilst providing housebuilders with a sustainable open space management solution. Meadfleet says the key elements...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Sue Payne

Little Interviews Expanded – Sue Payne

Launched at FutureScape 2023, the Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards highlight the future of landscaping. These awards are on a mission to showcase the most important innovation and initiatives across the UK landscaping sector, from design, to construction, to product supply and manufacturing. We look for great stories of...

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Millions invested into UK biosecurity to tackle pests and pathogens

Millions invested into UK biosecurity to tackle pests and pathogens

The battle against tree-disease spreading pests and pathogens has ramped up with millions in additional government funding, in an effort to improve UK biosecurity and protect the nation’s trees. £4 million in funding will go towards the development of a new research and containment facility at the UK’s Forest Research Alice Holt Research Station...

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Labour shortages are “critical issues” for horticulture, says HTA

Labour shortages are “critical issues” for horticulture, says HTA

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) welcomes the government response to the Shropshire Review into Labour Shortages, saying it provides “much needed certainty and confidence” for horticulture businesses. Director of policy at the HTA, Jennifer Pheasey comments on the government response, “Skills and labour shortages are critical issues for...

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Best in Show Chelsea Garden gifted to Bristol Botanic Garden

Best in Show Chelsea Garden gifted to Bristol Botanic Garden

The Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden, which took home a gold medal and the award for Best in Show at the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has been rebuilt at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden. The garden, designed by Bath-based practice Grant Associates director Peter Chmiel and associate director Chin-Jung Chen, was gifted to Bristol by...

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Brits want artificial grass banned, according to new study

Brits want artificial grass banned, according to new study

Research shows that close to a quarter of people in the UK would be ‘happy’ to see artificial grass lawns banned, after news that artificial lawns can cause flooding. In a study, published by MyBuilder, it was found that almost 25% of Brits would like to see a full ban on fake grass, while a further 57% state they would next install it in their...

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