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    • Chelsea Fringe festival returns for ninth year

      The Chelsea Fringe is the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the horticultural calendar. It has announced its return from Saturday 16 May – Sunday 24 May. Festival director Tim Richardson said:   “Every year the Fringe turns up new and amazing events which surprise and delight us. That’s because we are a true Fringe festival in that we do not commission or curate, but accept all comers and steer with a light touch.   People often ask whether we turn down event ideas. We never do, as long as it is on topic, legal, quirky, and original. The…

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      RHS Flower Show Cardiff celebrates 15th anniversary

      The RHS Flower Show Cardiff will celebrate its 15th anniversary from 17-19 April 2020. The show will shine a spotlight on Visit Wales’ ‘Year of the Outdoors’ theme for 2020.   New for this year, The Great Outdoors area will be central to the show, designed in response to a growing public interest in reconnecting with nature. The area will feature displays, workshops and advice to highlight how visitors can make the most of the great outdoors, from foraging and craft workshops, to mindfulness.   This year’s garden line-up includes, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. It will…

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    • Natural capital

      Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

      An ambitious new online resource has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’. The ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA) project is a comprehensive and integrated set of evidence and guidance about UK natural capital that is now accessible from one place. The aim is to help policy makers, businesses, landowners and public sector organisations make better planning decisions in order to protect and to boost natural capital. ‘Natural capital’ is the sum of our ecosystems, providing us with food, clean air and water,…

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    • 3rd European i-Tree conference announced

      Following the success of the 2nd European i-Tree conference in Sweden in 2019, Treeconomics (together with Pius Floris Boomverzorging) has announced that the 3rd conference will be held in Amsterdam on 18-19 November 2020.  The theme of the conference will be ‘Using i-Tree to help combat climate change’. i-Tree programme lead, David J. Nowak, PhD, from the US Forest Service will provide an introduction to i-Tree and talk about the future of the software. Dr Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Canada) will discuss the importance of urban forests in…

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    • Competition launched to design a garden for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

      BBC Radio Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside are joining forces with the RHS to run a garden design competition. It will give three listeners the chance to design a garden at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (22–26 July). The competition asks amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers to create and submit a ‘City Garden’ design. The design must incorporate creative ways to get the most out of a small outdoor space. Entrants should also tie in a link to their local BBC region as a winning design from each – Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside – will be chosen to represent the…

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    • Cambridge Canopy Project launched to create urban forest

      Cambridge City Council has launched a project to increase the area of the city under tree canopy cover. The Cambridge Canopy Project will see the growth of Cambridge’s urban forest through a number of approaches during the next three years, including: Planting 2,000 new trees on council-owned land Distributing approximately 1,500 trees to residents through the council’s Free Trees for Babies scheme Working with residents and businesses to plant 12,500 trees in gardens and on other privately-owned land. Cllr Katie Thornburrow, executive councillor for planning policy and open spaces, officially launched the project on Friday 17 January by planting a…

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    • Eden’s Korean garden starts to take shape

      A pair of striking totem poles are greeting visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall as Britain’s first Korean garden takes shape. The poles, known as Jangseung, have been donated by the Korea National Arboretum, which is located near Seoul and is Eden’s partner in the garden. They are traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark the boundaries. Jangseung come in pairs of male and female figures and are thought to protect villages against evil spirits, fire or other disasters. They were installed at Eden as the national flower of South Korea was planted in the garden. The…

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    • Hillier Nurseries has unveiled plans for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 exhibit

      The Stihl Hillier Garden will be a celebration of the company’s 155-year history and achievements, as it aims for a landmark 75th consecutive gold medal. Hillier Nurseries will be taking centre stage with its vast exhibit in the Grand Pavilion. It will be an immersive walkthrough, winding around the famous central monument bursting with planting inspiration throughout. The stunning display will cover 387.5m2, a staggering 85% increase on the 2019 garden. Visitors will first approach an historic shopfront replica of the original Hillier shop in Winchester (that was purchased in 1864). This transports visitors back to the humble beginnings of…

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    • Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS

      Two trainees, Lee McPherson and Ross Yuile, from the horticulture industry have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills). The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March 2020.   Lee, aged 49 from Edinburgh, has been doing an SVQ in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces with East Lothian Council through SRUC.   Lee said: “I started gaining an interest in horticulture when I was a young boy, living in Kent, and helping my dad with the gardening and propagation of Fuschias. I can think of no…

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    • The RHS Garden for Friendship unveiled for 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Garden for Friendship designed by award winning garden designer Jo Thompson, in collaboration with TV and BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball, will celebrate how you can make great friends through gardening at the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS and NHS will be joining forces through the RHS Garden for Friendship to promote gardens and gardening for good mental health. This is something that both Zoe and Jo believe strongly in and attracted them to this project. The RHS Garden for Friendship will reflect an urban street and promote greening up front gardens, balconies, window boxes…

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    • RHS Garden Bridgewater opening date announced

      Today (20/01/20), the RHS announces that its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is opening to the public from Thursday 30 July 2020. The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of the most significant events in the 215-year history of the RHS and its first new garden for nearly 20 years. Once open, the garden will bring world-class horticulture within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the region.   “I’m thrilled to be able to announce the opening date for the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be…

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    • James Alexander Sinclair designs neuro rehabilitation ward garden

      James Alexander Sinclair is working with the charity Friends of the Neuro Ward to design a garden on the neuro rehabilitation ward at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen. Friends of the Neuro Ward, a charity which is entirely volunteer-led, is currently trying to raise funds for the garden and is halfway to its target of £200,000. The charity previously helped to refurbish the Woodend’s Neurorehabilitation Unit before now moving onto the garden of the rehabilitation ward. This is a project that is close to the charity’s president, Caroline Critchlow, heart as her husband has previously suffered from a brain tumour. The…

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    • Look out for revisited: Hugo Bugg

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    • Ash dieback project launches International Year of Plant Health

      3,000 trees have been planted in Hampshire as part of a pioneering project to tackle ash dieback.   The UK’s first Ash Archive has been established using £1.9m of government funding. It is the culmination of projects spanning five years to identify ash with a high tolerance to the disease.   It is intended that it will provide the basis for a breeding programme of tolerant ash over time and will enable the development of orchards producing commercially available seed.   Today (17 January 2020), the government’s Chief Plant Health Officer will visit the project to plant one of the…

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    • A flexible office hub -set to open in April

      The Green Design Hub, based in South West London, is set to be the first office space exclusively to bring together businesses connected to the world of homes and gardens. Opening in April the hub will provide businesses of all sizes a flexible or permanent space that combines best practice in modern office design. The Green Design Hub is the brainchild of industry-leading Belderbos Landscapes. Their new HQ in South West London has been extended and converted into an office hub which garden designers, landscapers and architects amongst others, can all call home. “Our new development comprises over 3000 square…

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    • Eden project

      Gordon Seabright to step down as Eden Project Chief Executive

      It has been announced that Gordon Seabright is stepping down from the role of Chief Executive of Eden Project Limited from the end of January after five and a half successful years.   Gordon Seabright said: “It has been an enormous privilege to lead the Eden Project, but after five and a half years I feel the time is now right for me to pass the baton on to my successor. We have built a resilient platform from which Eden can now deliver on its ambitious plans, both in the UK and internationally. I am immensely proud of the commitment…

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    • HS2 – new report reveals exorbitant cost to nature

      A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts reveals, for the first time, the vast scale of the destruction and impact that HS2 will cause to nature. ‘What’s the damage?  Why HS2 will cost nature too much’ is the most comprehensive assessment of the environmental damage that HS2 will cause. It assesses the broad range of impacts across all phases of HS2 on protected wildlife sites, species and landscape restoration projects. The report finds that HS2’s current proposals will risk the loss of, or significantly impact:   5  Wildlife refuges of international importance, protected by UK law 33  Sites of…

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    • Piccadilly Gardens

      LDA Design appointed for Piccadilly Gardens transformation

      LDA Design have been appointed to produce concept designs for improvements to Piccadilly Gardens and its surrounds.   It will come up with a number of outline schemes which Manchester residents and businesses will then be consulted on in the spring.   They were the landscape architects behind a previous scheme, produced by LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General), which attracted broad public support but was discontinued when it became financially unviable.   The council would like to keep many of the core elements of that original scheme including new planting, improved lighting and design to help deter anti-social behaviour,…

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    • Expedition finds the tallest tree in the Amazon

      The tree, Dinizia excelsa, known in Portuguese as Angelim vermelho, towers above the previous record holder at a height of 88.5 metres – equivalent to 20 double decker buses. This giant may store as much carbon as an entire hectare of rainforest elsewhere in the Amazon. The discovery was confirmed after a group of scientists, including Toby Jackson, a plant scientist from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences, embarked on an expedition deep into the Amazon rainforest. There, they measured the tree and collected samples from the vegetation beneath the main canopy to try to understand what makes…

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    • Rolawn: Setting the standard

      Rolawn’s sales and marketing director Jonathan Hill explains why having ISO certifications are beneficial for both the company and the client. You may have seen ISO certification for quality and environmental management systems advertised by leading brands, but what difference does it make? At Rolawn, certification is a hugely important part of our organisation, so what does it mean for you? At a headline level, it means you know exactly what you’ll get when you order from Rolawn, helping keep your customers happy and your business on track. Certification builds trust for you and your customers ISO standards are widely…

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      Faughan Valley in Derry receives over £484,400 to revitalise landscape

      The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced funding of over £484,400 for a Woodland Trust project set to revitalise the Faughan Valley landscape, on the outskirts of Derry/Londonderry. receives    This boost will enable the conservation charity to deliver plans, over three years, for a £1.2m project. It’s an undertaking which will benefit the valley’s communities, landowners, landscape and wildlife.   The Faughan Valley covers some 80 square miles and has been identified as an area of strategic importance thanks to some precious natural features.   The Woodland Trust will work with landowners and communities to create a ‘resilient wooded…

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    • David Austin Roses announces two new roses

      David Austin Roses have announced the introduction of two new characters to its collection of British grown English Roses. The roses celebrate the distinguished works of George Eliot, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1861) and James Woodforde’s The Diary of a Country Parson (1758-1802). The new arrivals offer visually stunning and beautifully fragrant additions to the world-leading breeder’s collection of twenty literature-inspired roses.   Silas Marner (Ausraveloe) is an unfussy rose of soft mid pink, bearing petals which are pale on the reverse and fade at the edges. Held on red stems, the medium-sized cupped blooms have relaxed, almost…

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    • Greenwich Park receives £10.5m of funding

      The Royal Parks charity, which manages Greenwich Park, has secured a £4.5m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for its Greenwich Park Revealed project. The Royal Parks and other funding partners will also contribute to this project, equating to total investment of £10.5m. The park covers 183 acres and was enclosed in 1433, making it the oldest enclosed Royal park. The Grade 1-listed landscape is a unique mix of stunning gardens, historic buildings and monuments, and is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation with an abundant array of wildlife. However, there…

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    • Pro Landscaper Business Awards shortlist announced

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