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    • APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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    • Impressive butterfly structure for sale on behalf of hospice

      The Butterflies project was a bold collaboration between Staffordshire businesses. The local ceramics, education, charity, art and engineering industries worked together to bring about the largest ever locally produced ceramic art installation in Stoke-on-Trent. Every business and individual collaborating to bring the art installation to life donated time, expertise and materials to make this vision a reality and raise significant funds for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People. The public art installation was in situ throughout the summer of 2019 within Trentham Gardens, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions which brings more than 750,000 visitors…

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    • New online vehicle checker to help drivers prepare for clean air zones

      A new online service has gone live today (5 February 2020) to help drivers and businesses to prepare for the introduction of clean air zones with charges in Birmingham and Leeds. The vehicle checker will allow drivers to find out if they will be affected by the change which will charge the most polluting vehicles to drive in the cities. Leeds City Council is bringing in a ‘Class B’ clean air zone later this year, which will mean some older, polluting buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and HGVs will be charged to drive within the zone. Birmingham City Council…

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    • Plans revealed for new green building in Swansea

      Plans for a groundbreaking building allowing exciting new tech and creative businesses to grow have been unveiled for Swansea city centre. The plans, assisted by feedback in a public consultation last year, feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting the council’s commitment to green infrastructure. Swansea Council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway. The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces…

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    • The National Trust is set to spend an average of £3m every week on conservation

      The news comes as it lays out plans for its biggest ever sustained investment in protecting nature and the environment. Last month, director general Hilary McGrady announced in a landmark speech that by 2030 the Trust will become carbon net zero. To achieve this, the Trust has outlined several major steps, including: – planting and establishing 20 million trees – moving its heating and electricity entirely to renewable energy – continuing to spend millions on improving rivers – greatly improving the energy efficiency of many of its historic buildings During 2018/19, the National Trust spent £148.4m on conservation – £10m…

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    • Speakers at the SGD Spring Conference 2020 to explore colour in the garden

      Speakers from across the globe will explore the use of colour in the garden at the SGD Spring Conference in April, looking beyond fashions and trends to explain how good use of colour can play a major role in the success of a garden or landscape project. ‘Colour: the art, science and experience’ is taking place on 25 April at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Experts from across the fields of landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and science will explain the profound effects colour can have on our mind and mood and how the right use of colour…

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    • Birmingham earns Tree Cities of the World status

      The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognised Birmingham with Tree Cities of the World designation. The international programme celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. To achieve recognition as Tree Cities of the World, Birmingham met the five core standards: – establish responsibility – set the rules – know what you have – allocate the resources – celebrate achievements. Cllr John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Within Birmingham, we…

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    • Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has today (3 February) confirmed Sir William Worsley as the new chair of the Forestry Commission. The announcement comes as Sir Harry Studholme’s time as Forestry Commission chair ends after seven years in post. Sir William Worsley will step down as the government’s Tree Champion, a position he has held since June 2018, when he takes on his new role. Commenting on his appointment, Sir William said: “Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general wellbeing and providing a renewable resource in the timber they…

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    • Thousands ask Prime Minister to stop and re-think HS2

      A letter from The Wildlife Trusts, signed by over 66,000 people was delivered today [04/02/20] to 10 Downing Street highlighting the huge risks that HS2 poses to the environment, and asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the impact on nature is properly assessed as a matter of urgency.   The Woodland Trust is also handing over 42,000 comments, including 7,000 handwritten responses condemning the potential loss of ancient woodlands and thousands of trees which will be impacted or felled to make way for the line.   Nikki Williams, The Wildlife Trusts’ director of campaigns and policy says:   “People…

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    • Grant Associates participates in UN’s World Urban Forum

      Grant Associates is to participate in the tenth staging of the United Nations (UN)’s World Urban Forum. This is taking place 8-13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Andrew Grant, founder and director of Grant Associates, will take part in a series of roundtable discussions focusing on the role of landscape and ecology in cities. Andrew will argue that cities should not be defined solely by buildings, but also by their living landscapes and nature, as well as their human life support systems. Such ‘Landscape Cities’ could offer a positive response to the global challenges of urbanisation,…

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    • Bradstone announces best landscapers at Assured Awards

      Paving manufacturer Bradstone has celebrated the achievements of some of the best landscapers in the country at its annual national installer awards. The winners were acknowledged and celebrated at a black tie awards evening at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel in Northamptonshire on Friday 31 January. The awards recognise landscapers who have demonstrated excellent levels of workmanship, design expertise and customer service. Award winners 2020: Best Patio Transformation – up to 30m2 Winner: LB Landscaping Highly Commended: Matt Bettison Garden Design Best Patio Transformation – 30m2 – 60m2 Winner: Alfresco Landscaping Highly Commended: The Garden Barber Best Patio Transformation –…

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    • The SGD Awards winners 2020

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    • New association launched to bring together the industry’s under 35s

      A new association designed to bring together the under 35’s of the ornamental horticulture industry has been launched. The Young People in Horticulture Association’s (YPHA) official ambassadors are Pippa Greenwood and Boy Douglas-Davies, with co-founders Natalie Porter (Porters Fuchsias/Happy Plants), Mollie Higginson (New Leaf Plants) and Liam Cleary (Old Railway Line Garden Centre). The group currently has 24 members and its key sponsor is ICL Professional Horticulture. The group will maintain regular contact through social media, but also aim to arrange a select number of events throughout the year – each of which will be structured to be enjoyable yet…

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    • Planning Permission is granted for landmark waterfront development, Quay House

      Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of Quay House in Canary Wharf. The redevelopment will activate currently underused public spaces beneath the DLR and along Admirals Way, with public realm improvements. Significant improvements will be delivered to the public realm, with ExA proposing an elevated green oasis to provide a high level of visual amenity. Tessa O’Donnell, Exterior Architecture said: “We are delighted by the decision to grant planning permission for Quay House. The site represents a unique opportunity to unlock the concept of The Underline, a continuous network of activated public realm spaces that lie beneath the…

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    • Greater Manchester to invest over £1.5m in new tree planting

      Greater Manchester has secured funding from The Urban Tree Challenge Fund, matching existing resources, to plant both small saplings and large urban trees. The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) is a £10m government fund for planting both large and small trees in and around towns and cities in England. The fund is being delivered by the Forestry Commission as part of their work to expand woodlands and tree cover across England.   City of Trees has been co-ordinating the bid for Greater Manchester in partnership with the ten districts and registered housing providers.   In total, over 2,500 trees will…

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    • Johnsons appoints full-time plant health specialist

      Johnsons of Whixley has appointed a plant health specialist. It is one of the first businesses in the industry to take on a permanent member of staff in this role. Rebekah Robinson joins North Yorkshire-based Johnsons from the Royal Horticultural Society.   Her appointment is particularly timely as 2020 has been decreed the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations.   Rebekah will take a role in ensuring all plants produced at the company’s sites in Whixley, Cattal and Roecliffe are in peak condition. As well as ensuring Johnsons’ employees are appropriately trained on plant health issues such…

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    • The Environment Bill will be introduced today

      The Environment Bill will be introduced today (30/01/20) following its return to Parliament after the General Election. The Environment Bill is said to help ensure that we maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive.   The Bill will ensure that this government – and future governments – are held to account if they fail to uphold their environmental duties. This includes meeting net-zero by 2050 and wider long-term legally binding targets on biodiversity, air…

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    • Gillespies part of South Bank, Brisbane masterplan consortium

      Gillespies is part of an international consortium appointed to deliver South Bank’s 30-year masterplan. This is part of plans to revitalise the 42-hectare riverfront precinct in Brisbane.   Following a comprehensive and competitive open-market tender process, the ‘Future South Bank Group’, a consortium led by Urbis, was appointed to deliver the South Bank Corporation’s future South Bank masterplan.   The plan will make more efficient use of space, create more usable green space, improve access for people and explore possible new uses and opportunities to align with the vision for South Bank, our changing city, and future generations.   Gillespies…

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    • Mayor of London announces thousands of new street trees across London

      The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today (29/01/2020) announced that thousands of new street trees will be planted across 20 boroughs. London has secured over £2m by the Forestry Commission from the Government’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund. It received one fifth of the national fund to plant almost 7,000 street trees across the capital. The funding was secured in collaboration with London boroughs, who will plant and maintain the new trees. Sadiq has matched funding from the Forestry Commission with over £1m from the Mayor’s Greener City Fund. This is alongside £280,000 from the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, and £1m…

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    • Majestic Trees team pull off record breaking year

      The team at Majestic Trees are celebrating the company’s most successful year ever, with sales soaring past the team’s goal of 10% growth to finish the year with a staggering 25% increase in sales over the twelve month period. “The recent expansion has enabled us to increase our depth of stock on really popular lines, such as birch and hedging,” says Christina Jones. “But such a dramatic increase in sales in such a short time was totally unexpected”. A substantial amount of the profits have been immediately reinvested in the purchase of three ultra low-emission Euro 6 lorries, which will…

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    • New Threatened Plant of the Year competition to launch in February

      Plant Heritage is calling for threatened plants to be entered into their new ‘Threatened Plant of the Year’ competition. The competition is being launched in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). It will showcase rare and unusual plants – specifically cultivars grown or sold before 2005 in the UK or Ireland that are not currently supplied commercially or haven’t been consistently available.   Applications will open from Saturday 1 February until Friday 29 April 2020. Plant Heritage invites all of its National Plant Collection Holders, Plant Guardians, members, and those exhibiting at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020…

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    • Green wall protects kids at school in Enfield

      The pupils of George Spicer Primary School, Enfield have had a living green wall installed on the Southbury Road side of their playgrounds. This vertical garden of growing ivy should reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in their playground by up to 20% and help to protect the children from transport noises from one of the busiest roads in Enfield, the Southbury Road. The Council has a commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and for Enfield to contribute to London-wide carbon neutrality. The efforts will be led by the Climate Change Task Force, which is chaired by Enfield Council’s…

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    • IKEA

      IKEA Austria store to focus on urban greening

      In the heart of Vienna, IKEA is establishing the most innovative city centre IKEA store in the world.   The design is being developed in cooperation with querkraft architekten, a Vienna based architectural company. The design has a heavy focus on urban greening, with green on all four facades and a roof terrace.   Due to its convenient location in the city centre it is easily reachable by public transport and will be a car free IKEA. Adding to its sustainability and climate friendly approach.   160 trees will be part of the building, with an aim of lowering the…

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    • idverde

      idverde makes £10,000 donation to Moat Foundation

      idverde has donated £10,000 to Moat Foundation, providing a welcome boost to the foundation’s charitable community work. The Moat Foundation was created by housing association, Moat Homes. idverde also provides grounds maintenance services. Members of idverde met with the team to present the cheque. The donation is earmarked for existing programmes in Moat Foundation’s community hubs. It will also support the delivery of several initiatives currently in the pipeline. Richard Burton, managing director at idverde, said: “idverde is delighted to make this donation and to support the local communities in which it works. In the course of providing our grounds…

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    • Green-tech

      Green-tech receives £2.3m backing from HSBC UK

      Green-tech is scaling-up its business following £2.3 million funding from HSBC UK. Green-tech has significantly expanded its storage capacity for stock after completing the final stage of its site development, adding two 10,000 sq. ft. storage units to its warehouse facility in Arkendale, North Yorkshire. The expansion also includes the creation of a 15,000 sq. ft. soil production unit, as well as an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of external storage space.   This expansion takes Green-tech’s total unit space at its site at Rabbit Hill Business Park to over 175,000 sq. ft of office space, warehousing and retail units.  …

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