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    • Photo of What Lies Beneath – An Exclusive Collaboration Between The APL and Professor David Stevens

      What Lies Beneath – An Exclusive Collaboration Between The APL and Professor David Stevens

      In their 25th anniversary year, the APL has joined forces with award-winning garden designer Professor David Stevens to create a ground-breaking show garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020.   ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a completely unique show garden that will demystify its build for show visitors.   As visitors walk through the beautifully presented garden, experiencing all the elements, including a raised glass fronted pool, green living wall, a steel walkway and a paved driveway, they’ll be able to view a reconstruction of the underlying foundations in an eye-level cross-section.   Visitors will come away with inspiration. Along with…

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    • Photo of Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

      Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

      Hundreds of Bristol residents have called for the organisers of the recent Greta Thunberg climate strike to pay for the damage caused to College Green.   15,000 people attended the strike in Bristol on Friday, turning the popular green space into a mudbath and angering many of its residents.   Initially, a fundraiser was set up to cover the cost of repairs, however calls have been made for the rally organisers to pay for the damage instead.   Residents have commented the irony of the situation, with thousands turning up to talk about the planet dying, but destroying a much-loved…

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    • Photo of Creating a Biodiversity Improvement Zone

      Creating a Biodiversity Improvement Zone

      Plans to improve wildlife habitats by managing green spaces and verges in the borough are being considered by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The council is exploring the opportunity to create a Biodiversity Improvement Zone for Hatch Warren and Beggarwood. They are putting forward several open space areas and verges to be cut differently during the growing season from April to September. These areas will be monitored to measure the benefits. This is anticipated to encourage the growth of a greater range of plant species and additional habitats for wildlife. The pilot project aims to build on the excellent work…

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    • Photo of Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

      Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

      A significant step in the progress of the West End Project has been taken with the start of works to rejuvenate Whitfield Gardens.   This renewed public space forms part of the biggest council-led public realm and transport scheme the borough has ever seen.   The West End Project is addressing traffic congestion, road safety, poor air quality and the fact that this area has less than the Camden average of public open space.   Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden says:    “It is exciting that the work to improve Whitfield Gardens and restore the iconic…

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    • Photo of Bristol Agrees Next Steps to Emergency Climate Action

      Bristol Agrees Next Steps to Emergency Climate Action

      The first city-wide collaborative approach to addressing the climate emergency in Bristol has been published. The new One City Climate Strategy was agreed by the Bristol Environmental Sustainability Board. It sets out a pathway of action on how Bristol can become carbon neutral and climate resilient.   The strategy looks to accelerate and coordinate climate action in the next few years. It describes the challenges along with the opportunities for investment and job creation as Bristol moves towards clean energy and away from polluting fossil fuels within the city.   It is the first of its kind as it looks…

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    • Photo of Landscaping Equipment – Should I Buy For My Business or Hire?

      Landscaping Equipment – Should I Buy For My Business or Hire?

      JPS explain the pros and cons when it comes to buying and hiring landscaping equipment for your business.  For today’s landscape gardener, having access to the right equipment is key. It isn’t enough to rock up at a client’s property with a spade, a hoe, a pair of secateurs and a wheelbarrow anymore. With modern power tools, jobs that used to take all day can now be breezed through in an hour or less. And your customers know it – if you don’t have the right equipment, they will find someone who does.   The plant equipment available these days…

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    • Photo of Isuzu Scoops National Industry Awards

      Isuzu Scoops National Industry Awards

      At the recent Great British Fleet Awards 2020 ceremony, held at the Novotel in West London, Isuzu Truck UK scooped one of the top prizes. Isuzu’s Grafter 3.5 tonne truck range won the coveted title of ‘Light Truck of the Year’ at the prestigious ceremony.   Award judges commented that: “Isuzu’s forward control light truck continues to grow in popularity. The 3.5 tonne Grafter provides impressive payload, with compact overall dimensions, making it ideal for urban use.”   The award ceremony is in its second year and recognises those at the top of the game in the fleet vehicle sector.…

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    • Photo of Can Composite Decking Withstand British Weather?

      Can Composite Decking Withstand British Weather?

      *DeckPlus tell us more about their composite decking and its benefits*  If you’re a Brit installing gardens, you’ll want to make sure the garden features you’re installing can cope with the temperamental British weather. From scorching summers to torrential downpours, we often go from one extreme to another in a short space of time. One problem with traditional timber decking is that it doesn’t cope very well with the challenges of British weather. When wood takes on water it can become swollen and bowed, when it freezes it can crack and splinter, and in bright, direct sunlight it can become…

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    • Photo of Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

      Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

      Gold medallist nursery Primrose Hall Peonies collaborates with award winning British jewellery designer Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020.   ‘Treasure Every Moment’ is a walk through exhibit showcasing a bespoke, hand-made jewellery collection. Designed around peonies and made by British, award-winning designer, Theo Fennell.   The exhibit will be innovative, exciting and interesting to visitors, showcasing a wide range of rare and unusual peonies, including some from the National Collection of Itoh hybrids. Visitors will be able to view these rare and unusual breeds of peony with magnifying glasses.   The exhibit will also feature a British designed and…

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    • Photo of James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

      James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

      James Scott, MD and principal designer at The Garden Company Ltd, shares his views on climate change and what we as an industry should be doing. As garden designers and landscapers, what more can we do to tackle climate change and improve the sustainability of our industry? It’s a formidable challenge for us all and no doubt one that we are already tackling as individuals and businesses in some shape or form. I feel sure that the participants at the FutureScape Summit headed home with the good intention to do more. In my view, a long-term, effective solution to these…

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    • Photo of Gray-Nicolls Launch Tree Legacy Programme

      Gray-Nicolls Launch Tree Legacy Programme

      Cricket gear supplier Gray-Nicolls has launched a new tree legacy initiative that aims to help to create a more sustainable and green environment.   The Gray-Nicolls Tree Legacy Programme will see a new willow tree planted for every international century scored by a Gray-Nicolls ambassador. A further tree of any species will also be planted locally to offset the loss of the willow when harvested for bats in around 20 years’ time.   The Tree Legacy Programme begun on 21 Febuary 2020. Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook visited Robertsbridge to plant 33 willow trees – one for each of…

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    • Photo of Green Urbanisation Roadshow Sets New Route to Resilient Future

      Green Urbanisation Roadshow Sets New Route to Resilient Future

      This March sees Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation hosting its first series of seminars, aimed at tackling the crucial subject of managing climate change and extreme weather events.   Titled ‘Realising Resilience – An Introduction to Green Urbanisation’, the seminars bring industry experts on green infrastructure, flood and drought resilience, urban realm landscaping and wellbeing design to London, Birmingham and Manchester.   Free to attend, the 3-hour seminars take place on Monday 16 March, Wednesday 18 March and Friday 20 March in Manchester, Birmingham and London respectively.   The programme highlights include presentations on:   Investment in Green Infrastructure in…

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    • Photo of ​£17m Budget Pledge to Address the Climate Emergency in Bury

      ​£17m Budget Pledge to Address the Climate Emergency in Bury

      Bury Council has announced a multi-million pound set of proposals set to address the Climate Emergency.   The Climate Emergency, which the council declared last summer, committed Bury to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.   Under plans recently passed, the council will allocate significant funds for a range of measures, all aimed at reducing the council’s carbon emission and improving air quality.   The main proposals are:   £500,000 to fund a 2-year tree planting programme. £600,000 to create a Community Climate Capital Fund. This will provide local community groups with one-off funding for projects linked with carbon neutrality, renewable…

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    • Photo of Green Space Valued at £1billion for Wellbeing in Derry and Strabane

      Green Space Valued at £1billion for Wellbeing in Derry and Strabane

      Research has found that green and blue infrastructure owned by Derry City and Strabane District Council will provide £1 billion in benefits, set to improve the wellbeing of local citizens over the next decade.   The findings were highlighted at the launch of council’s Natural Capital Account. The report was developed by Vivid Economics in conjunction with the council and Community Planning stakeholders. It is accompanied by a Green Infrastructure Plan. This aims to protect, improve and increase green and blue spaces, providing a multitude of environmental, recreational, economic, health and wellbeing benefits.   The report estimates that for every…

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    • Photo of Plans to Improve Biodiversity and Community use of Ridgegrove’s Green Spaces

      Plans to Improve Biodiversity and Community use of Ridgegrove’s Green Spaces

      A special workshop has been organised to give members of the public the opportunity to help transform community green spaces in a district site in Launceston.   Experts from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus are hosting the public workshop this weekend, aiming to collate inspiration and ideas from local residents for revamping the green spaces around the Ridgegrove housing estate. The project, part of the Growing Communities Through Nature scheme, will also include the creation of a new green space on Ridgegrove Lane. The workshop will give local community members the opportunity to discuss how to build, grow and…

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    • Photo of Fields in Trust is Supporting Campaigners to Protect Parks and Green Spaces

      Fields in Trust is Supporting Campaigners to Protect Parks and Green Spaces

      Fields in Trust is supporting campaigners to protect much-loved parks and green spaces under threat with a new guide to the planning system published today.   “Watch this Space” will help community campaigners to celebrate and support their local parks. It includes a self-help guide to campaigning for green spaces at risk of loss to development.   “Watch this Space” is a free online resource, published in three editions to reflect the different Home Nation planning regulations in England, Scotland and Wales. It provides signposts to additional support available to campaigners and examples of successful community-led initiatives to save threatened…

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    • Photo of 6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

      6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

      Last November, we announced that FutureScape, the UK’s largest landscaping show, will be no longer be held at Sandown Park Racecourse, and the new setting needed to align with the company’s ethics and sustainability practices. With the ExCeL London being selected to play host to the two-day event, here are some of the reasons why the ExCeL is a sustainable, ideal venue for FutureScape 2020: Between January and December 2017, the ExCeL recycled more than 2,615t of waste. Further assisting with recycling, dedicated bins can be located on site and in its offices for mixed recyclables, general waste, cardboard, plastic…

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    • Photo of Environmental Bill Takes A Step Forward Following Second Reading

      Environmental Bill Takes A Step Forward Following Second Reading

      The UK has moved a step forward today with the Second Reading of the Environmental Bill.   Environment Secretary George Eustice says:  “The Prime Minster is clear and so am I. We will deliver the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on Earth. This transformative Bill is at the heart of our work. It will see us recycling more and wasting less, breathing cleaner air, planting trees, safeguarding forests, and supporting nature recovery. Working to tackle climate change and reach net zero emissions. “And this is just the start. 2020 is a massive year for our natural environment. The…

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    • Photo of Bermondsey Build to Rent Scheme Given Green Light

      Bermondsey Build to Rent Scheme Given Green Light

      Former biscuit factory to be transformed into a new neighbourhood 3 acres of public and play space, 141 new trees are to be installed and no private cars on the site Circa 1,400 jobs created on completion and a further 1,500 during construction Phase one to include new rental homes, a secondary school and employment space Planning consent has been granted to Grosvenor Britain & Ireland for a Build to Rent neighbourhood in Bermondsey centred around 1,548 new rental homes. This follows the decision by the Mayor of London in May 2019 to call in the application and act as…

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    • Photo of Wild Oxfordshire Biodiversity Conference

      Wild Oxfordshire Biodiversity Conference

      Wild Oxfordshire, a conservation charity, is calling for groups to protect and enhance green spaces across the country.   On March 28, the charity is hosting a neighbourhood planning and greenspaces conference. Costing £20 for Wild Oxfordshire members and £40 for non-members, the event will be taking place at Benson Village Hall. The conference will explore how the community can reverse biodiversity loss.   It says it is “set to provide you with all the information you need. Whether you’re wondering where your parish can start with its plans or you’re curious as to how you can protect and enhance…

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    • Photo of FutureScape Spring Showguide Out Now

      FutureScape Spring Showguide Out Now

      In 3 weeks’ time, our landscaping community descends on Sandown Park Racecourse for FutureScape Spring. The first event of the landscaping year, this year’s show boasts a programme of panelists and debates against a backdrop of the industry’s leading suppliers and influential organisations in the exhibitor halls. The Show Guide: Your key to FutureScape Spring Loaded with details on the event, how to get there, what you’ll want to see and who will be there to tempt you, the Show Guide outlines the Seminar Programme, events and exhibitor portfolio. With such an intensely rich agenda in this 1-day event, the Guide will…

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    • Photo of Exclusive Results of our Green Poll

      Exclusive Results of our Green Poll

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    • Photo of idverde Supports Colchester’s Tree Giveaway Event

      idverde Supports Colchester’s Tree Giveaway Event

      idverde says it was delighted to sponsor Colchester Borough Council’s free tree giveaway again this year. This year’s event took place on Saturday 22 February at the Colchester United JobServe Community Stadium and saw the Council give away 10,000 trees, shrubs, and fruit bushes to Colchester residents, community groups, schools, and town and parish councils. To mark the start of a new decade, and as part of the Colchester Woodland Project, 10,000 trees, shrubs, and fruit trees were available. These include field maple, hazel cobnut, hornbeam, holly, rowan, lavender, hawthorn, raspberry, blackcurrant, and gooseberry bushes.   The event is now…

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    • Photo of Conference Puts Nature at Top of Planner’s Agenda

      Conference Puts Nature at Top of Planner’s Agenda

      Surrey Nature Partnership held its inaugural Biodiversity & Planning Conference in February. More than 120 environmental experts and planning officers attended. The event prioritised sharing best practice in environmental planning to ensure nature’s recovery. Attending professionals included local authority planning officers, ecological consultants, wildlife specialists, academics and landscape architects.   Speakers presented big picture planning and environmental legislation change. The conference also showcased examples of nature’s recovery on mineral extraction sites and in urban development projects.   Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, chief executive of Surrey Wildlife Trust, says:   “The ultimate goal would be to achieve biodiversity net gain in every…

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    • Photo of Dr. Darwin’s Medicine Chest Awarded National Plant Collection Status

      Dr. Darwin’s Medicine Chest Awarded National Plant Collection Status

      A historical collection of 40 herbal plants referenced in the writings of Dr. Erasmus Darwin, has been accredited as a National Plant Collection® by horticultural charity Plant Heritage.   The new collection reflects the pioneering but gruesome medical practices of the 18th century. Offering visitors a rare insight into the thoughts of medical practitioners in Darwin’s era.   Dr. Darwin’s Medicine Chest collection showcases both native herbal plants and some which would have been recent introductions to the UK.   Examples include Squill, believed to relieve water retention, Blessed Thistle, used in small doses to try and revive an appetite,…

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