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  • Trees to be removed in Roath Park Gardens, Cardiff to deal with Oak Processionary Moth

    Evidence of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has been found on an oak tree in Roath Park Gardens in Cardiff as a result of proactive inspection by Natural Resources Wales of seven newly planted oak trees.   A Statutory Plant Health Notice was issued on the trees on 24 July, which requires the treatment and removal of the trees.   The infected tree in Roath Park Gardens were sprayed as a precaution using an insecticide on the evening of the 23 July and will be removed along with the other six trees today, 25 July.   The Welsh Government has said…

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  • New grants available for local landowners to plant trees

    A pilot Woodland Trust scheme is offering expert advice and grants of up to £4,000 to landowners who want to create small, new native woods.   TRUSTwoods is open to people looking to create between one and three hectares of woodland in a trial area of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.   Director of woodland outreach John Tucker said:   “We need new woodland like never before. Government has recently committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The expansion of the UK’s tree canopy cover from 13% to 17% is an essential…

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  • railway lineside

    Government sets out vision for a safe and biodiverse railway lineside

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out a clear strategy for how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the UK’s lineside environment, while ensuring the safety of passengers and services.   The strategy follows recommendations from the independently chaired review led by John Varley, a non-executive director of the Environment Agency. First commissioned by the department in May 2018 to look at Network Rail’s lineside vegetation management, Valuing nature – a railway for people and wildlife, has outlined a number of proposals to protect and increase biodiversity.   The new policy has been drawn up in collaboration…

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  • rose virus

    New legislation introduced to prevent harmful rose virus

    New legislation has been introduced on 23 July to stop the arrival of the Rose Rosette Virus (RRV), a damaging virus which is spread by a microscopic mite.   The virus causes ‘witches’ broom’, distorted leaf growth and a reduction in cold hardiness. All roses are considered at risk from the virus and its insect vector, as no known tolerant or resistant species or varieties have been identified.   The virus is not present in the UK or Europe, but has caused significant damage in the USA and Canada. The new regulation means that all rose plants and cut flowers…

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  • True value of Birmingham city’s parks and open spaces calculated at £11billion

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  • Bowles & Wyer unveils new brand identity and website

    Landscape company Bowles & Wyer has unveiled a new brand identity and website as part of the ongoing development of the company following its restructure two years ago. Refreshing its look to better reflect the company’s core values and future vision, the new brand has been developed by branding agency Carter Wong in collaboration with printmaker Andy Lovell. Taking inspiration from abstract landscape scenes, the bold and vibrant new look has been developed from a series of exclusive prints by Lovell which have been used to reflect the parallel between the fluidity of the artist’s stroke and the beauty of…

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  • The Donkey Sanctuary

    The Donkey Sanctuary’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden lives on

    The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50 years’ legacy building continues as its award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden has now been rebuilt at the charity’s international headquarters in Devon. The garden is now open to the public and like the Sanctuary will be free of charge for visitors.   The ‘Donkeys Matter’ Artisan Garden won People’s Choice Award and a silver medal in the judges’ awards at the prestigious Chelsea show in May. The garden, which has now being reconstructed at the charity’s flagship Devon sanctuary, was designed to showcase its international work and celebrate 50 years of transforming the lives of…

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  • idverde and its partners are proud to fly 122 Green Flags

    idverde, is delighted that 112 of the parks and green spaces it maintains on behalf of its clients have been awarded the Green Flag for 2019, recognising them as some of the best in the UK.   idverde looks forward to the annual Green Flag preparations as an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with clients and local green space users. This year, it was particularly pleased that seven of the sites it looks after have been awarded a Green Flag for the first time ever.   Andrew Kauffman, Head of idverde’s Greenspace Development Team, said: “The achievement of a…

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  • WORFIELD PLANTS

    Worfield plants supplies five-star RHS Hampton Court Garden Display

    At the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this month, Worfield Plants supplied SHEDx’s five-star rated ‘Perennial Cut Flower, Bee Pollinating and Herb Garden’ display. The garden was designed to replicate elements of the SHEDx regeneration project in Tolworth, London. For the past 10 months, Worfield Plants has collaborated with Court Farm Garden Centre to support the SHEDx project, supplying planting for freshly implemented borders and benches in Tolworth. SHEDx, a partnership between The Community Brain and Kingston upon Thames Council, has introduced plants designed to improve health and wellbeing into the local area. Georgia Neesham, Project Co-ordinator of SHEDx,…

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  • Natural England calls on public for donations

    Natural England is calling on the public to donate to its campaign to kick start the recovery of essential wildlife habitats on National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in East Sussex.   Donations will help to improve the condition of these sites and increase their value to both wildlife and the local community.   East Sussex NNRs which will benefit include:   Castle Hill NNR – one of the finest examples of ancient, wildflower-rich chalk grassland sites in the country. Of the 58 UK species of butterfly, 31 have been recorded on Castle Hill.   Lullington Heath NNR – one of the…

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  • Capel Manor College to build world’s largest show garden

    London’s leading land-based college Capel Manor, has partnered with The Game Fair to design and create specialist gardens that will span over an acre. A show garden of this scale has never been attempted before.   Established in 1959, The Game Fair is a prestigious event that celebrates British country life and boasts a comprehensive itinerary for the whole family. Lord and Lady Salisbury’s Hatfield House Estate will play host to The Game Fair from 26 – 28 July 2019.   The Game Fair Gardens, designed by Capel Manor College’s RHS Gold medallists, will create an immersive and interactive experience.…

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  • London National Park City

    Only 3 days until London becomes the world’s first National Park City

    The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) will confirm London as the world’s first National Park City on Monday 22 July at a City Hall Summit hosted by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.   Organisations and individuals will sign a London National Park City Charter demonstrating their support for making the city greener, healthier and wilder.   The day before, on Sunday 21 July, the National Park City Foundation in partnership with World Urban Parks and Salzburg Global Seminar will publish the first International Charter for National Park Cities in response to various leaders in cities around the world, setting…

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  • Mother Orchard

    Plea for funding as Mother Orchard is announced for RHS Garden Bridgewater

    RHS Ambassadors Nick Knowles and Carol Klein today joined the RHS in a call to the public to help raise the final £4.8 million for RHS Garden Bridgewater, its fifth garden, in order to open the gates next summer.   The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launched the fundraising appeal as it announced the creation of a ‘Mother Orchard’ for the North West in the Salford garden. The latest of many spectacular gardens in the pipeline is a traditional orchard garden on a three-and-a-half-acre plot which will wrap around the original 1834 Garden Cottage.   Nick Knowles, RHS Ambassador, said: “At…

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  • Green ivy screens helps tackle pollution at Islington school

    Innovative ivy screens are boosting air quality at an Islington school – as Islington Council announces more air quality audits for the borough’s schools.   The 7ft-tall ivy wraps around the playground at Prior Weston Primary School. Filtering damaging particulates and helping to absorb polluting gases from nearby streets.   The pioneering ivy screens were installed in June with funding from Islington Council, Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership and the Mayor of London, following an air quality audit at the school by the Mayor.  Funding also paid for pupils to produce an air pollution walking map to encourage less-polluting travel to…

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  • Judging panel returns for 2019 Arbordeck Awards

    As the summer hots up, the decking season is in full swing: and so are the Arbordeck Awards, with several proud installers already having submitted their entries to this year’s scheme. Once again, four expert judges will be on hand to cast their eyes over the best of the UK Trex and Arbordeck softwood timber decks, looking out for the most creative designs, the best use of space, and the highest quality of installation. Sarah Francis, product marketing manager at Arbor Forest Products returns as head judge, alongside Pro Landscaper Magazine’s managing director, Jim Wilkinson, Trex’s market manager, Alan Hodkinson,…

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  • Green-tech's new starters

    16 new starters join Green-tech in the first six months of 2019

    Since January of this year Green-tech has welcomed 16 new starters and seen three promotions.   The new starters are across all departments and include Tim Howcroft who joins on a secondment to fulfil a newly created position as warehouse systems manager. Tim will oversee the setting up of a more advanced warehousing operation which will become effective once the phase 2 warehousing is built for Green-tech.   Joshua Hebden, Joshua Rimmer, John Turton, AJ Paralimnitis and Jack Isaac have all joined the ever-expanding warehouse team. This is to accommodate increased dispatch hours and a notable upturn in the number…

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  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019 medal winners

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  • The Prince of Wales

    HRH The Prince of Wales opens new Centenary Garden

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  • 1970 parks and green spaces receive a Green Flag Award

    1970 parks and green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award. The international Award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities. Parks and green spaces receiving the Award this year include first time winner Venetian Waterways managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Worden Park managed by South Ribble Borough Council that has won the Award every year since the scheme made its first Awards in 1997. Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more…

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  • The London Tree and Woodland Awards winners

    The London Tree and Woodland Awards, otherwise known as the Tree Oscars, took place at City Hall on Wednesday 10 July. In its eleventh year it celebrates the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover, inspire others to manage trees and woodlands and raise the profile of London’s trees and the need for management. This year there were eight award categories judged by a panel which included Forestry Commission, Greater London Authority, Natural England, Trees and Design Action Group, Woodland Trust, London National Park City and the London Tree Officers…

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  • APL WorldSkills 2019 final national heat announced

    Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, Highgrove Landscaping Ltd, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College – Pershore College, Wiltshire College and Writtle University College. The 14 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Daniel…

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  • Platipus tree anchor systems pays it forward

    Platipus talks to Pro Landscaper about its charitable donations.  Platipus was proud to present Perennial and Cancer Research UK with cheques for £500 each. The funds were raised through our online shop ‘Platipus Direct’ and represent the support the site has received from our customer base during a very successful year. Cancer Research UK is going allocate the money to their priority campaign to cure, prevent and diagnose Cancer in children. This donation will help fund a team of over 2000 doctors and nurses working tirelessly to get the research from the lab into clinical trials. Perennial is an important…

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  • Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force

    Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).   The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countries those from designated pest free areas including Protected Zones (PZ) – an area of the European Union declared free of OPM those that have been grown under complete physical protection for their lifetime.   This Statutory Instrument (SI) – which is due to be introduced in Parliament shortly– builds on measures…

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  • Urban Greening for Clean and Healthy Cities announced as title for International Green City Conference

    The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), organiser of the annual International Green City Conference, have announced that this year’s event, set to take place on 11 September 2019 in Beijing, is titled ‘Urban Greening for Clean and Healthy Cities’.   The AIPH International Green City Conference will be held as the first-day event of the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit taking place in the Yanqing District of Beijing from 11 – 13 September 2019. The conference will feature prominent speakers from China and around the world to share knowledge and experience of Green City policies and strategies with a particular…

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