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    • Future Landscape Conference: book online now

      Recognising the sector’s drive to maximise the positive impact of urban spaces, The FL Conference is the new industry event for the commercial landscaping sector. Set in the heart of the capital at the Museum of London Docklands, delegates will explore and develop current themes and debate the latest advancements, opportunities and challenges facing the creation of tomorrow’s urban spaces. Book online: Early Bird Discount You can now book online. Tickets are £225 per delegate. Discounts for group bookings applies. Book tickets by 30 August for a 10% early bird discount. Commercial and Urban Spaces The FL Conference Programme covers…

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    • DMU to plant 1,000 National Forest trees for new students

      De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is to plant 1,000 new trees in the National Forest on behalf of students joining this year. To mark the release of A-level results across the country this week and to celebrate the arrival of a new cohort of students next month, the university is planting hundreds of saplings. As a commitment to making a positive environmental impact, these trees will be planted on the site of the National Forest, a 200 square mile environmental project in the central England, which stretches from the outskirts of Leicester to Burton-Upon-Trent, in East Staffordshire. This week the…

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    • Government report welcomes vision to create a West Midlands National Park

      A Government-commissioned report has welcomed ambitious proposals to create a new urban National Park in the West Midlands region.   The interim findings of the Government’s Landscapes Review said officials would like to see ‘the encouragement of a wider range of non-designated systems of landscape protection,’ such as the vision to transform the West Midlands Combined Authority region.   The concept would create a National Park in the region spanning more than seven cities and creating hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes.   The bold proposals have been drawn up by Kathryn Moore, Professor…

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    • Survey from The SGD & Zoopla reveals nations love of gardens

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    • Battersea Power Station

      Historic jetty opens up riverfront at Battersea Power Station

      Wandsworth Council has welcomed the opening of The Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station which makes a new stretch of riverside accessible. The historic Grade II* listed jetty has been landscaped with wildflowers as a riverside garden with views of the Power Station and the Nine Elms riverfront. Throughout August there will be a Summer Garden Party with live music, games and crafts for children, and yoga and pilates classes on weekend mornings. Pop-ups from restaurants and bars in Circus West Village will be offering food and drink selections.   Wandsworth Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The jetty…

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    • SketchUp

      SketchUp: A model workflow – part one

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    • Herefordshire Council

      Ancient woodlands get stay of execution after work is paused on Hereford road schemes

      Ancient woodlands in Hereford are getting a stay of execution after a decision to pause all work on two bypasses.   The Woodland Trust says it is delighted with today’s news from Herefordshire Council but will continue to press for the irreplaceable habitats to be considered as part of the reviews into both the Southern Link Road and Hereford Bypass.   As it stands, the southern project, which already has planning permission, is set to destroy two ancient woodlands – Grafton Wood and an unnamed wood, It will also cause indirect damage from disturbance, noise and pollution to Hayleasow Wood,…

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    • Trio of businesses team up to help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in Manchester

      Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with landscaping experts Gavin Jones Ltd and landscape architecture consultants PWP Design Ltd to help enhance the grounds at the Dakota, an elegant new hotel in central Manchester. Simon Hall, Design Director at PWP Design explained that the planting design: “aimed to create a luxurious style using clipped evergreen shrubs, sculptural feature trees and lush green ground cover for a series of planting areas and pots that frame the terrace, address Ducie Street and define the parking courtyard and main entrance”. Johnsons supplied hundreds of herbaceous, shrub and grass varieties for the…

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    • Des Stokes promoted to key account director at Global Stone

      Global Stone are delighted to announce that Des Stokes has been promoted into the role of key account director. Des has been with Global Stone for over nine years and has 25 years experience within this industry. His new role sees him responsible for new business development within the independent merchant landscaping sector as well continuing his responsibility for managing the External Sales team. Under new ownership since late 2018 Global Stone has an ambitious growth target and the contribution that Des will make in this new role will be key in helping drive sales to achieve this.

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    • Goodwood

      Goodwood pledge to plant 78,000 trees

      Head of Forestry, Darren Norris, is overseeing Goodwood’s woodland project which aims to plant 78,000 trees in one of the largest tree planting schemes in the south of England. Since the beginning of 2019, Darren and his team have started planting 40 hectares of new woodland to add to the Goodwood Estate’s existing 727 hectares of forestry.   “Forestry management is important to maintain the forests and parkland for the future. We are just custodians doing our bit for future generations to enjoy, so looking after the trees is a vital part of the landscape for generations to come,” Darren…

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    • John Chambers Wildflower meadow at Burncross Community Garden

      Green-tech has supplied John Chambers Wildflower Seed to a community project in Burncross, which lies just outside of Sheffield City Centre. The neighbourhood is largely bounded by countryside with open fields and woods close by. The local community has a group set up, the Burncross Action Team, dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to improve their local area and community. In 2017, as part of a Greening Great Britain initiative with the Royal Horticultural Society, the Burncross Action Team approached the John Chambers Wildflower team to help them transform a forgotten ‘grey spot’ in Sheffield into a mini haven for wildlife.…

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    • Biodiversity boost for Forest Farm in Cardiff

      Biodiversity is getting a boost at Forest Farm following a successful bid for funding that will see a range of habitats at the popular nature reserve enhanced and restored. Woodland, scrub, ponds, wetlands, orchard, hedgerow and grassland at the site will all benefit from a £60,000 grant from Network Rail’s Greater West Programme. Working with partner organisations Buglife and Plantlife as well as the Friends of Forest Farm, the project also includes plans to survey the site and train a pool of volunteers to assist with future surveys so that the impact of the work on the flora and fauna…

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    • Future Landscape Conference

      Don’t miss out on getting an early bird ticket to the Future Landscape Conference

      The Future Landscape Conference is taking place on Thursday 17 October at the Museum of London Docklands. The Future Landscape Conference is a brand new conference for the commercial landscaping sector. It is hosted by Eljays44, the producers of FutureArc, Pro Landscaper and the hosts of the industry-leading FutureScape events. The conference will explore current trends and prepare the sector for what’s ahead. Delegates will hear the views of top, trusted names from major companies in the world of planning, landscape architecture, property development, commercial landscape contracting and architecture. You will be able to enter discussions, share views and learn…

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    • Residents of Hackney invited to set up new community parklets

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    • Which UK local authority is the greenest?

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    • 2019 APL WorldSkills finalists announced

      Heats for the 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. The final heat of the competition took place at the end of July, and over the three days 14 competitors from colleges around the UK took part in industry led training sessions and tests.Tests included paving, disc cutting, carpentry, garden design and a plant ident. The test pieces directly assessed the competitors on what they had been taught, which focused on the latest developments and innovations in the…

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    • Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge

      Kate Savill & Tamara Bridge win Great Gardening Challenge

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    • Walker Park, Newcastle

      Newcastle launches campaign to be UK’s next National Park City

      Campaigners in Newcastle, including Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust and Newcastle City Council, have launched a campaign for the city to become the UK’s next National Park City.   Announced by Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust chief executive, James Cross, at an event celebrating London as the world’s first National Park City, the campaign will see Newcastle show its support for making the city greener, healthier and wilder.   James Cross, Chief Executive of Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust – an independent charity responsible for the management and upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 64 allotment sites said:  …

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    • Six forests of the UK feature on the new Royal Mail special stamps

      Royal Mail have revealed a set of six Special Stamps that capture beautiful and inspirational views of forests from across the four countries of the UK. Valued for their environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, flood prevention and providing habitats for wildlife, the UK’s forests generate hundreds of millions of visits per year. The stamps showcase the character and varied colours of the nation’s forests and are available to pre-order now from www.royalmail.com/forests. Featured in the set are images of the following forests: Glen Affric, Sherwood Forest, Glenariff Forest, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Coed y Brenin and Kielder Forest. The stamp…

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    • John Melmoe to join Bowles & Wyer as a non-executive director

      Bowles & Wyer and Melmoe have revealed that they had been in informal discussions for a few months, before a joint decision was made to work together. “John Melmoe’s addition to the B&W team is a huge boost for us” said Bowles & Wyer Chief Executive, John Wyer. “We have always admired Willerby Landscapes, who built up an unrivalled reputation and sustained growth under John’s direction. We felt that there was a strong overlap between the two companies – we have a lot of shared values and both have developed business models built around long-term partnering with clients. We’re really…

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    • Blechynden Gardens

      Southampton City Council transforms Blechynden Gardens

      Southampton City Council has completed work on the regeneration of Blechynden Gardens.   The concept for the park, developed by Cliff Brown of Southampton City Council’s City Services Team, was to create an attractive new public space which respects the rich heritage of the area as one of the last remaining World War II sites in Southampton, whilst looking forward to a peaceful future.   The park balances protecting what is left of the Emperia Buildings, blending the remains of the walls with two set piece sculptures, whilst allowing natural plants and wildlife to flourish.   The new design also…

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    • The Nation’s Favourite Gardens shortlist announced

      The English Garden, the National Garden Scheme and Viking Cruises joined forces earlier this year to find the Nation’s Favourite Gardens. Throughout spring and early summer nominations poured in for favourite gardens from among the 3,500 that open their gates to the public through the National Garden Scheme. It has now compiled a shortlist of 30 gardens to choose from, five from each of the Scheme’s six regions (South East, South West, East, Midlands, Wales & The Marches and North). The nominations reflect the true diversity of gardens within the National Garden Scheme. Voting closes on 30 September, and the…

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    • Gardening Express reveals the top 8 rudest plants

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    • Garden designers

      VIDEO: SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

      The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Featuring interviews with three registered members of the Society – Lee Bestall MSGD, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and Adolfo Harrison MSGD – the film highlights the process and stages involved in commissioning a registered member from the initial brief through to the finished garden. Shot on location in London, Sheffield and Hampshire, the film features interviews with clients who share their positive experiences of working with two of the designers featured in the film and the…

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    • Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard ancient woodlands

      One year on from strengthened protection for ancient woodland in England, the Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard the habitat the changes were designed to protect.   Despite changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England giving ancient woodland and trees the same protection as our finest listed buildings, some councils are still approving planning applications that contravene the new rules. The changes to the NPPF wording stipulated that any applications for development resulting in loss or damage to ancient woods or ancient and veteran trees should be refused unless they were ‘wholly exceptional’.…

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