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    • Paul Downer

      Paul Downer receives prestigious award from Writtle University College

      On 6th September 2019 Paul Downer, Managing Director and owner of Oak View Landscapes Limited, was honoured at the Writtle University College (WUC) Graduation Ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral with an honorary Fellowship.   The criteria for awarding an Honorary Fellowship includes recognition for those who have: served WUC with distinction in an honorary capacity, made a contribution over a substantial period of time, promoted the welfare of students enhanced the prestige of the university college contributed to the growth, prosperity, interests or welfare of the university college. In Paul’s case, his nomination was for three areas. Distinction in the landscape…

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    • box moth caterpillar

      National Trust discovers new ally in battle against box moth caterpillar

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    • European Garden Award

      The RHS has won a European Garden Award

      The RHS has won a European Garden Award in the category ‘Europe’s Heritage of Gardens and Gardening’.   This prestigious international prize is awarded by the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN), led by the Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Culture in Juechen (Germany).   The RHS was chosen from a shortlist of three in the category ‘Europe’s heritage of gardens and gardening,’ which broadly covers the RHS Gardens and Shows as well as the work the charity does across training, education and raising awareness of gardening, so the win is a significant recognition of the RHS’s…

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    • BALI National Landscape Awards

      91 awards announced for the BALI National Landscape Awards 2019

      Out of 145 entries submitted in 2019, 91 National Landscape Awards have been bestowed on 63 members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), with several members winning an award in multiple categories. Since the event was brought back in-house in 2018, numerous records have been achieved including the most entries received in the past 10 years as well as the highest number of entries from first time entrants at 51 – 35% of the total entries – and an incredible record of 34 international entries. Notable wins include five awards for registered contractors Nurture Landscapes, four awards for…

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    • Trees

      Trees “must play key role” in tackling climate change

      Trees and woodlands must be at the forefront of Government thinking when tackling the climate emergency – and the time for action is now. That was the message from a range of experts at the Confor Woodland Show at Longleat.   Guy Shrubsole, of Friends of the Earth, said at the event: “We need the Government to step up. We doubled forest cover in the last century and it’s time to re-discover that vision, and do that again to tackle the ecological and climate emergency.”   The Confor Woodland Show focused on how to increase forest cover significantly to make…

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    • Deere & Company

      Deere & Company board elects John May as CEO

      The Deere & Company board of directors has elected John C May as a member of the board, effective immediately, and to the position of chief executive officer, effective November 4, 2019. May has served as Deere’s president and chief operating officer since April 2019.   “John’s record of success and proven leadership skills make him highly qualified to lead Deere and guide its success in the years ahead,” said Samuel R Allen, chairman and chief executive officer.   “His experience in precision agriculture, information technology and overseas operations will be instrumental in driving the company’s digitalisation journey and extending…

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    • PSD Groundscare bring innovative landscaping solutions to Saltex

      PSD Groundscare are giving visitors to Saltex the opportunity to view a fantastic range of innovative, time-saving solutions to assist with a host of landscaping requirements including the launch of the next evolution in green waste shredding from innovative Belgium manufacturer Eliet, that follows the proven Eliet shredding principle and gives improved functionality and performance.   Showcasing on the stand will be a range of high-quality machinery to manage the challenge of long grass and banks mowing. Including the New Taurus 2-wheel tractor with optional remote control functionality from innovative German manufacturer Koppl. This addition to the range is popular…

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    • Use school gardens to fight climate change says RHS

      The RHS is urging schools to get gardening this autumn to empower young people in the fight against climate change and help protect our green spaces for the future.   Through its RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the charity has found that school gardens are often young people’s only touchpoint to nature. Providing an opportunity to learn about the importance of plants, wildlife and issues around sustainability.   With space at a premium and budgets stretched, many schools are finding creative ways to grow, turning to rooftop plots to green their grey grounds, installing raised beds on paved playgrounds and…

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    • LI launches new case studies directory

      A new case study directory and editor for Landscape Institute registered practices are now live.   The editor allows registered practices to upload any number of projects, showcasing them to fellow members, clients and the public. The directory displays all case studies from LI registered practices with an active membership, as well as LI Awards winners and projects featured as case studies in official LI publications.   The directory and the editor are sleeker and easier to use for both practices and visitors. There is an intuitive new category selection to help classify and find projects of a certain type, as well…

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    • Long Mynd

      Heather landscapes under threat due to climate change

      One of England’s celebrated landscape spectacles is suffering due to climate change. The impact of last year’s hot weather and increased pest activity has turned acres of heather from glorious purple to a muddy brown.   Through August and into early September, the hills at Long Mynd in Shropshire and at Holnicote on Exmoor are typically awash with a haze of purple.   But this year the National Trust, which cares for both landscapes, has seen up to 75% of the heather in poor health due to a combination of last year’s drought and damage from the heather beetle.  …

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    • Kew launches new space – the Agius Evolution Garden

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    • 30 Under 30

      Have you entered the 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards yet?

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    • VIDEO: Adur and Worthing step up action against Ash Dieback disease

      A task force has been created to help control a deadly disease which could wipe out all Ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   Ash Dieback has been discovered in trees at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing. Almost 20% of the entire woodland covering is at risk – that’s estimated to be more than 1,200 of the species.   The disease, spreading across Europe, is currently incurable. This means the most common tree in West Sussex, Ash, could disappear from the landscape forever.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out…

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    • The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open

      The David Colegrave Foundation is offering a variety of scholarships. It is also offering money for college tuition and accommodation fees, books and equipment, or for extra training courses.   This year there are seven scholarships to apply for:   Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship Up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants should apply.   British Protected Ornamentals Association…

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    • National Trust reports record spend on conservation

      The National Trust has spent more than ever before looking after houses, gardens, coast and countryside as record numbers of people joined the charity, new figures have revealed.   During 2018/19 the conservation charity spent £148m on conservation projects and restoration works to look after the 780 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of land and more than 500 historic houses, gardens, parks and countryside in its care, according to its annual report. The figure is £10m more than the previous year.   The biggest increase came on projects to protect the coast and countryside, with more than £35m (£35,723,000) spent,…

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    • Public concern for nature reaches all time high

      More people than ever before are concerned about damage to nature, new national statistics published on 3 September 2019 by Natural England show.   In the world’s biggest scientific study of its kind, Natural England’s ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) report shows that nine out of ten adults in England are concerned about increasing threats to the natural environment, with nearly two-thirds specifically worried about biodiversity loss.   The research also shows how important local parks and greenspaces are to the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing. Saying that health and exercise are the main reason why adults…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL appoints new sales manager

      Kevin Harden, formerly responsible for business development and key accounts at Harrowden Turf, has joined British Sugar TOPSOIL as a Sales Manager. Kevin’s role will be to generate new business for British Sugar TOPSOIL’s production facilities at Bury St Edmunds and Wissington near King’s Lynn. Kevin will be working alongside National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch and colleagues Natalie Gudgin, Grace Townsend and Kim Campton. Kevin is very much looking forward to his new role: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be joining a company for which I have always had the very greatest respect.…

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    • Rediscovered plans inspire new Capability Brown garden bus tours

      Capability Brown’s ‘lost landscape’ design for Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire now features in a number of new garden bus tours designed and narrated by Emma, Duchess of Rutland.   Brown’s original landscape designs lay largely forgotten in the Castle’s archives for almost 200 years, thought to have been lost in the 1816 fire that destroyed almost half of the Castle. The plans were only rediscovered by chance back in 2014. A subsequent two-year restoration programme, led by the 11th Duchess, has recreated large parts of the landscape as it was conceived by Brown.   Capability Brown guided tours are hosted…

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    • Bursary

      LDA Design launches bursary to support landscape architecture students

      To celebrate its 40th year, LDA Design is awarding five one-year bursaries worth £2,000 each to support and encourage those studying landscape architecture or urban design in the UK, at undergraduate or post-graduate level. In addition, we will also offer the recipients the opportunity of paid work experience with us.   LDA Design have said:   “We are committed to encouraging a wider range of students into our professions. We intend for one or more of the bursaries to be allocated to students who have faced challenges to pursuing higher education.   To help the selection process, we are setting…

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    • Tickets to RHS flower shows 2020 now on sale

      RHS members’ tickets to the RHS Flower Shows in 2020 have gone on sale today, Monday 2 September. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday 6 September.   Early bird offers are available until 31 October alongside advance booking discounts. Children under 16 go free* and for the first time ever, there is an early bird discount offer for the Preview Evening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.     RHS Flower Shows 2020:   RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17–19 April The first major outdoor show celebrates its 15th anniversary kicking off the gardening season with…

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    • ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign launched by Government

      The Government are launching a new public information campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, which will run across television, social media, billboards and other platforms.   Government research shows that only 50% of the population think it’s likely the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, 42% of small-to-medium sized businesses are unsure of how they can get ready and 31% of the British public have looked for information on how to prepare for Brexit.   The Government have said that the campaign will tackle this head on by setting out what all members of the public and business owners…

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    • Malvern launches new tree walks

      Visitors to Malvern can now enjoy what has been hailed as the country’s ‘finest classical urban arboretum’ thanks to the launch of a series of new guides.   Mike Goodfellow-Smith, founder of Malvern’s Marvellous Trees, and a band of dedicated volunteers have produced four new walks showcasing the town’s tree promenades.   The guides were produced with help from the Heritage Lottery funded Great Malvern Route to the Hills project, which was led by Malvern Hills District Council.   Mr Goodfellow-Smith said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch our four new guides highlighting the tremendous variety of species we…

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    • Green-tech supply Green-tree soils for £30m refurbishment programme

      One of the UK’s busiest retail sites, Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees, is undergoing its biggest overhaul for 30 years. Owner, leading UK property company British Land has undertaken a £30m programme of enhancements, of which £1.6m has been allocated to new landscaping, over a period of 18 months and 12 phases.   The majority of the landscaping centres around the new car parking layout, which has been totally re-designed to improve accessibility, traffic flow and reduce ‘conflict’. It is being carried out by Gavin Jones Limited.   Two key pedestrian routes have been added as well as an open-air courtyard,…

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    • Rachel de Thame to open 2019 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

      This year RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show will be opened by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame.   More than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a wide range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants.    In the National Dahlia Society Show’s floral marquee visitors can view more than 100 vibrant competition classes of dahlias in all shapes, sizes and colours. On 7 and 8 September, visitors can bring their most impressive home-grown specimens to be judged by an expert panel in the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition Creations by the Surrey region of…

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    • climate change

      The Landscape Institute announces changes to its CPD requirements

      The Landscape Institute has announced the switch to a more supportive, inclusive, fully online continuing professional development (CPD) service for members   Following consultation with its members, and as part of its ongoing digital upgrades, the Landscape Institute (LI) has announced some exciting changes to its approach to members’ CPD.   CPD is a vital part of how LI members stay professionally competent and relevant in a challenging, fast-moving environment. As the Royal Chartered Body for the profession, the LI asks all its corporate members to complete 25 hours’ CPD activity per year.   New CPD year to run until…

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