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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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  • Case of Oak Processionary Moth confirmed in Wales

    A finding of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has been confirmed in Wales. A statutory Plant Health Notice has been issued on the trees which requires the treatment and felling of infested material. OPM have been found on trees planted in Cardiff City Centre and pest control experts will be begun treatment work as soon as possible. The caterpillars (larvae) defoliate and weaken oak trees, and are a hazard to human and animal health. The trees near Cardiff Central Station were chemically sprayed using an insecticide and will be removed today. The Welsh Government has said: “The first priority is to…

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  • Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World

    Talks to establish Birmingham as the first officially designated “Tree City” of the UK are set to be held between the city council and an international foundation today.   Council officers and Cabinet Members Cllr John O’Shea and Cllr Waseem Zaffar are due to meet a delegation from the US-based Arbor Day Foundation about the possibility of becoming a member of the Tree Cities of the World Network.   The bid is being formally launched during the talks, which come on the first day of Love Parks Week (July 12-21). Achievement of the status requires the city and the council…

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  • VIDEO: There is still time to nominate your favourite tree

    There is still time to nominate your favourite tree for The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 competition.   In a video below Adam Cormack, head of campaigning explains the competition and encourages members of the public to nominate.   Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/.   Nominations are open until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote.   Last year’s English winner, Nellie’s Tree, three beech trees grafted together into the shape of the letter ‘N’,…

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  • South London Downs to be declared as London’s third National Nature Reserve

    London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be officially declared later this month during a ceremony in Croydon. This was announced on 10 July by Natural England.   South London Downs, a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey, will be the second largest NNR in London after Richmond Park.   Jointly managed by the City of London Corporation and Croydon Council, the new NNR brings together 152.5 ha of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for nature. This will include the rare flower-rich chalk downland of Riddlesdown, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, with non-SSSI sites of value…

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  • Caribbean Blinds MD Named Young Business Person of the Year

    Caribbean Blinds talks to Pro Landscaper about how the company has grown and how the managing director, Stuart Dantzic, has been named Young Business Person of the Year. Caribbean Blinds, established in 1987, are the UK’s leading family owned designer, manufacturer and installer of luxury external shading systems. From stylish patio awnings that provide instant shade and shelter, to innovative external blinds that keep buildings cool and award winning louvered roofs (Outdoor Living PodTM) that enable year round use of outdoor spaces, Caribbean Blinds have the perfect external shading system for every application, requirement and budget. Stuart Dantzic took the…

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  • LCGD

    LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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  • Programme announced for National Tree Officers Conference 2019

    The programme for the National Tree Officers Conference 2019 has been unveiled. It will take place at Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November. The conference, organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), comes at a time when trees in towns and cities are recognised by policymakers as having a crucial role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change target of net zero emissions by 2050. The key international speaker Gian Michele Cirulli, an urban tree manager with the Green Public Service of…

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  • Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019

    Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019 was a great success, with all five high schools in Macclesfield taking part and nine primary schools designed mini gardens.The theme for this year’s festival was Geography & Travel. Two teams of garden designers built gardens, ‘Judges favourite’ went to Laurel Goss & Denise Male for their Silk Road garden, with Tom Saunders from Skylark design closely following. The in-house MGF team created a Zen Garden as an outside training area for martial arts training. Along with the garden designs NAFAS managed the Floral Design Marquee with some amazingly talented designs were entered by NAFAS association…

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  • Channel 4’s Dispatches and Hedges Direct partner in school anti-pollution project

    Lancashire based company Hedges Direct, specialist online suppliers of hedging and garden plants, with partner Green-tech Ltd,supplied Channel 4’s Dispatches programme with Ivy Screens and other garden plants in support of a ground-breaking experiment at Lordship Lane Primary School in London.   The Channel 4 programme, which aired on Monday 10 June, documented over a 2 week period, an experiment which saw the school undergo changes both externally and internally to attempt to combat the effects of pollution throughout. The levels of both nitrogen dioxide from exhaust fumes and other particulate matter from brakes and tyres produced by all vehicles…

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  • Countrywide Grounds business boosts workforce in South Wales by more than a quarter

    With over 3,000 sites to maintain, tidy and keep safe for local residents and businesses across South Wales, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®, has increased its workforce by more than a quarter in a year, to ensure it delivers a first-class service all year round.   Launched over 22 years ago, Countrywide South Wales has taken on its 80th employee. Over 90% are client facing roles offering services ranging from grass cutting, shrubbery and gutter clearance to landscaping and line marking.   Headquartered at Port Talbot, Countrywide South Wales has 25 teams operating from six different locations. These are Baglan Energy Park…

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  • Kew Guild honours Tim O’Hare

    The Kew Guild – the association for alumni of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – is recognising the outstanding contribution to the environment of soil and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. This exclusive class of membership is limited to just 25 at any one time and is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient.   Tim qualified as a soil scientist more than 25 years ago and since starting his own consultancy, Tim O’Hare Associates, in 2006 he has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of the most iconic and influential landscape…

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