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  • Photo of Combatting COVID-19

    Combatting COVID-19

    Following the postponement of FutureScape Spring, we delve into how coronavirus is causing concern in the horticulture industry as well as how companies are tackling the virus head on The impact of coronavirus has been universal. From supermarket shelves being stripped bare to international flights being cancelled and whole offices being deserted in favour of working from home, fears of the deadly virus spreading further are leading to drastic action. Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared pandemic by the WHO on 11 March as it continues to spread to numerous countries across the globe. The death toll has surpassed 8,000 worldwide; in…

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  • Photo of Urban Landscapes Could Grow Fruit and Veg for 15% of the Population

    Urban Landscapes Could Grow Fruit and Veg for 15% of the Population

    Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban landscapes could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’.   In a study published in Nature Food, academics investigated the potential for urban horticulture. Done so by mapping green spaces and grey spaces across the city.   They found that green spaces including parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland cover 45 per cent of Sheffield.   Allotments cover 1.3 per cent of this, while 38 per cent of green space comprised of domestic gardens.   The team…

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  • Photo of Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

    Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

    Watford Borough Council has unveiled its plan to increase the town’s tree canopy cover from 18% to 20% over the next ten years after an ambitious Tree and Woodland Strategy was agreed at Cabinet.  Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town while Watford’s older tree population will continue to be maintained and conserved for future generations.   The council currently manages thousands of trees across 506 hectares of public open space. Including the woodlands of Whippendell Wood, Harebreaks Wood, Albans Wood and woodland areas in Oxhey Park, and Orchard Park. Whippendell Wood…

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  • Photo of City Living Development Announced

    City Living Development Announced

    An multi million pound city living development has been announced for City of Wolverhampton’s Canalside Quarter.   Placefirst, an award winning build to rent developer, has revealed the first image of the Canalside project. A scheme to deliver 350 high quality homes on 5 acres of landscape off Lower Horseley Fields in the city centre.   It will feature a mix of new build homes and sensitive restoration of heritage properties. Canalside is designed to build upon the architectural character of the area aligned to the historic canal network. Providing a new canalside promenade and a mix of semi private…

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  • Photo of Brooklands Park Transformation 2020

    Brooklands Park Transformation 2020

    Full details of the plans to transform Brooklands Park into a spectacular destination have been published.   The £3m plan is detailed on a map published on Worthing Borough Council’s. The park will be fit for playing, resting and learning with a number of new glades, new picnic areas, an adventure playground and a state-of-the-art cafe just some of the new attractions planned.   A contemplation garden either side of the Teville Stream is also to be created with new planting adding to a sensory nature of the entire park.   Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, Cllr Edward…

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  • Photo of European Tree of the Year Awards 2020 Results

    European Tree of the Year Awards 2020 Results

    The Czech Guardian of the Flooded Village has won the European Tree of the Year 2020.   The prestigious title of the European Tree of the Year is heading to the Czech Republic. With a gain of 47,226 votes, the pine called Guardian of the Flooded Village left the other rivals far behind.   Silver medal goes to Croatia. Where Gingko from Daruvar obtained 28,060 votes. Close behind in third place the Russian Kalmykia can celebrate, the local Lonely Poplar ended up with 27,411 votes. A total of 285,174 votes were cast during the popular contest this year.   Closure…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds to Sponsor Pro Landscaper Business Awards Category

    Caribbean Blinds to Sponsor Pro Landscaper Business Awards Category

    The fourth annual Pro Landscaper Business Awards will be taking place at East Wintergarden on Friday 23 April 2021. The event will once again bring the landscaping community together. Celebrating the excellent standards set within the sector.   We are pleased to announce Caribbean Blinds will be sponsoring the landscape company under £1m turnover category.   Dedicated to external shading for over 30 years, the company’s foundations are built upon providing innovative solutions. Delivering energy saving benefits which don’t compromise on quality, style or value for money. READ NEXT: PRO LANDSCAPER BUSINESS AWARDS 2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED    Stuart Dantzic, managing…

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  • Photo of BALI Issue Coronavirus Statement

    BALI Issue Coronavirus Statement

    With COVID-19 now classed by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic, and as a result of the UK Government’s recently published guidance for businesses and individuals to help suppress the spread of infection, the management team at the British Association of Landscape Industries has now implemented its Business Continuity Plan to ensure we maintain the highest level of service to our members and industry stakeholders.   The Plan sees the introduction of several temporary measures. Designed to minimise disruption in the delivery of core services.   Internally, all meetings at Landscape House have been cancelled with immediate effect…

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  • Photo of Out and About – Sculpture at Wisley

    Out and About – Sculpture at Wisley

    On Monday 9 March we attended the launch of Sculpture at Wisley. ‘The Four Seasons’ by American sculptor and filmmaker Philp Haas reimagines paintings nearly 500 years old. READ NEXT: RHS CANCEL UPCOMING SHOWS AND GARDEN EVENTS  Although it was a rainy evening, the sculptured busts didn’t disappoint. Each towering at 4.5m they are made from items which relate to the season of which they represent – Summer with peachy cheeks and a dimpled pear chin and Winter with mushroom lips. Running from the 9 March to 30 September visitors will be able to experience the sculptures as they and…

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  • Photo of Harrowden Turf Adopts New Delivery Mapping Technology

    Harrowden Turf Adopts New Delivery Mapping Technology

    Businesses buying from Harrowden Turf and its online brand – Turfonline – can now book their exact delivery location using the latest location mapping technology – “what3words”   No longer will they need to know the exact address or a postcode. By using “what3words” both customer and business will know exactly where to deliver to the closest three metres.   Harrowden Turf has followed the emergency services, the RAC and hundreds of other businesses in adopting “what3words” as the definitive location finder.   Stuart Ridd-Jones – Harrowden Turf Managing Director said:   “Turf deliveries can go anywhere. Particularly when we…

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  • Landform Consultants to Build Three New Gardens at RHS Wisley

    Award-winning landscape company, Landform Consultants has broken ground on a prestigious 15-month project. Delivering three gardens that will surround the UK’s first dedicated scientific centre of excellence at RHS Garden Wisley   Landform Consultants is working in collaboration with the RHS and designers, Ann-Marie Powell and Matt Keightley, to build three educational gardens that will encircle the new building.   Managing Director of Landform Consultants, Mark Gregory, said:   “I started my horticultural journey at RHS Garden Wisley 40 years ago. It is an absolute honour to return to this cathedral of horticultural excellence. Delivering these three gardens by such…

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  • Photo of Anchorsholme Park Set to Reopen

    Anchorsholme Park Set to Reopen

    From Monday 6 April, people will get the opportunity to see first-hand what a 5-year upgrade project at Anchorsholme Park looks like as it opens back up to the public for the first time since 2015.   A new café, outdoor seating areas, children’s playground and sports area are just some of the new facilities that visitors will be able to enjoy. The major £200m project aimed to enhance the town’s sewer system, including building a major underground storage tank, helping to improve Blackpool’s bathing waters and creating a better environment for all.   Steve Wong, area stakeholder manager for…

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  • Photo of RHS Cancel Upcoming Shows and Garden Events

    RHS Cancel Upcoming Shows and Garden Events

    Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and ongoing situation with COVID-19, all RHS Shows, Garden events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020. RHS Gardens remain open, with a number of increased precautionary measures in place.   This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people. Health and safety of members, visitors, exhibitors and staff remains their number one priority.   With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impact on emergency services and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will…

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  • Photo of European Forum on Urban Forestry

    European Forum on Urban Forestry

    With over 100 attendees, up to 50 speakers and 20 poster presentations, as well as fringe events held across the city, the 23rd European Forum on Urban Forestry is set to be a landmark occasion for the city of Manchester.   The European Forum for Urban Forestry (EFUF) has been running since 1998. The four-day event attracts delegates from around 30 countries. Attendees come not only from across Europe, but from as far afield as China, Canada and New Zealand.   A firm fixture for the international Green Infrastructure community. EFUF attracts a diverse audience of all those interested in…

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  • Photo of Plans Lodged for High-Tech Swansea Building

    Plans Lodged for High-Tech Swansea Building

    Plans for a groundbreaking Swansea city centre building allowing high tech and creative businesses to grow have been submitted for planning permission.   The planning application shows a glass-fronted structure rising six stories, while the plans feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting Swansea Council’s commitment to green infrastructure. The building’s working title is 71 and 72 Kingsway.   The council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto…

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  • Photo of Climate Emergency, Actions and Investment in Sheffield

    Climate Emergency, Actions and Investment in Sheffield

    A climate emergency was declared in Sheffield in January 2019. A new commitment was made to bring forward the city’s carbon neutral target from 2050 to a minimum of 2030.   Under this commitment, projects are already in progress and Sheffield City Council has committed £43 million from its capital budget to address climate issues in the city. Here’s some of the current list of actions the council has begun to undertake: Trees, woodlands and green spaces Over the next ten years, the council will plant 100,000 trees as part of its Trees and Woodland Strategy as part of its…

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  • Photo of SGD Postpone Spring 2020 Conference due to Coronavirus

    SGD Postpone Spring 2020 Conference due to Coronavirus

    Due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Society of Garden Designers has taken the precaution of postponing the SGD Spring 2020 Conference. Due to take place on April 25 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The conference – ‘Colour: the art, science & experience’ – will now take place on Saturday 18 July at the same venue.   Tickets already purchased will automatically be transferred to the new date. Anyone who cannot attend on July 18 and requires a refund should inform the SGD by Tuesday 31st March for a full refund. Any cancellations received after this date…

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  • Photo of Why Reclaimed Teak is This Year’s Hottest Garden Furniture Trend

    Why Reclaimed Teak is This Year’s Hottest Garden Furniture Trend

    Jo Alexander Teak Garden Furniture explains the benefits of reclaimed Teak.  Teak has long been a favourite material of furniture manufacturers. When it comes to durability and resilience for use outdoors, teak garden furniture stands in a class of its own.   This is all thanks to the unique properties of teak lumber. A tight grain structure and high oil content combine, making teak exceptionally strong and water resistant. As a result, anything made from it is extremely hard wearing in all weather conditions.   Teak requires little maintenance for years if not decades on end. As an added bonus,…

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  • Photo of APL Awards 2020 Winners Announced

    APL Awards 2020 Winners Announced

    The APL’s annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 13 March at The Brewery, London, celebrating and recognising the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Simply Green Landscapes, based in Berkshire, took the Supreme Winner award for the ‘Waterways’ project. This entry was also the winner of the Hard Landscaping and Project Value over £250,000 categories.   The clients wished for a low maintenance garden which reflected and enhanced the distinctive architectural design of their house. They were keen on a seamless transition from inside to outside and ease of access around the house.…

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  • Photo of A Brand-New Introduction to Wyevale Promotional Range for 2020

    A Brand-New Introduction to Wyevale Promotional Range for 2020

    Wyevale, one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has added a brand-new introduction to its promotional range: Agapanthus ‘Poppin’ Purple’. The new Agapanthus will be available from April (2020) onward.   Colin Stanley, retail sales manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said:   “We’re delighted to add Agapanthus ‘Poppin’ Purple’ to our range. It’s a truly stunning plant and was recently crowned Best New Perennial at the 2020 IPM Essen, the world’s leading horticultural trade fair.   “Unlike any other purple varieties, this Agapanthus will rebloom throughout the season. It has intense, metallic, ‘true’ purple flowers. The flower heads form in…

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  • Photo of Gloucester City Sets Out the Path to Carbon Neutral

    Gloucester City Sets Out the Path to Carbon Neutral

    Gloucester City Council will kick-start its carbon neutral journey. This comes after the council presented a comprehensive roadmap to the cabinet.   The city council announced a climate emergency in July 2019, joining many other local authorities around the country, they are committing to follow the science of climate change.   This new report sets out what the city council will need to do as it works towards becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030. The report includes options for how to get Gloucester as a whole carbon neutral by 2050. It features a series of projects that could be…

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  • Photo of FutureScape Spring postponed

    FutureScape Spring postponed

    “With much regret, Eljays44 has decided to postpone FutureScape Spring at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey on Tuesday 17 March 2020. We are currently working with the venue to secure a date in early July and will let you know of the new date very shortly. You will no doubt understand that we have taken this decision in light of the effect that the Coronavirus (COVID19) is having on the UK. Over the last two days, we have had over 20% of FutureScape Spring exhibitors making the decision not to attend as well as some of the speakers cancelling. We…

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  • Photo of Renfrewshire Green Spaces Set for £135,000 Investment

    Renfrewshire Green Spaces Set for £135,000 Investment

    Renfrewshire’s green spaces are set for £135,000 investment thanks to a community fund. This is following successful applications to the council’s £1.87million Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund.   More than £120,000 is set to be invested in four projects. These will improve the play equipment for young people and upgrade the infrastructure in parks across Renfrewshire.    Sandyflats Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) has been awarded £50,000, allowing them to radically redesign their local play park. This will go towards creating more inclusive equipment for children of all ages, and potentially a community garden in…

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  • Photo of Sustainable Design Solutions in Response to the Climate Crisis

    Sustainable Design Solutions in Response to the Climate Crisis

    Supported by Zero Waste Scotland, a free symposium for all stakeholders in the landscape industry, is being held on May 14 in Glasgow to address the current climate crisis.   The event has been arranged to explore how the landscaping industry can reduce both its environmental impact and become more sustainable.   The symposium will be a combination of talks by leaders in the field and delegate participation.   Speakers Include: Clive Bowman. Coming from a landscape architecture background, Clive is an advocate for circular economy construction for Zero Waste Scotland. Dr John Brennan. Architect and senior lecturer in environmental…

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  • Photo of National Botanic Garden of Wales to Mark 20th Anniversary with Opening of Restored Regency Parkland

    National Botanic Garden of Wales to Mark 20th Anniversary with Opening of Restored Regency Parkland

    The National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first botanic garden to be created in the new millennium, is kicking off a year of 20th anniversary celebrations. The celebrations will see visitors explore 300 acres of restored Regency parkland, revamped bog and Japanese gardens. There will also be the chance to enjoy a May Bank Holiday birthday party at 2000 admission prices.   20th birthday. Ex-staff and former volunteers will take part in a special day of celebrations on Sunday May 24th. The 20th anniversary of the opening of the Garden. The public are invited too, with a special offer “Year…

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