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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rosalind Rosewarne

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rosalind Rosewarne

    Rosalind Rosewarne, Rosewarne Gardens & Associates www.rosewarnegardens.com  So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Now that would be telling! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Video calls, so much better to be able to see people as well as hear them. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?Too many, limiting coffee to mornings only. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Reading all the garden, design and planting books I have stacked up on the ‘to read’ pile – currently Matt Keightley’s…

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  • Photo of RHS Launches ‘Grow at Home’ to provide support to gardeners during lockdown

    RHS Launches ‘Grow at Home’ to provide support to gardeners during lockdown

    Over the coming weeks and months, the RHS, the UK’s gardening charity, is more committed than ever to continue to help and support the nation to get gardening and grow a new generation of gardeners. The RHS believes that there are thousands more people taking up gardening as it sees visits to some of its advice pages on rhs.org.uk increase almost as much as 500%. With over 1 million visits to RHS gardening advice pages, there are hundreds of thousands more users looking for help from the RHS to grow plants and garden, compared to the same period last year.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Adam Pike,Operations Manager – Arborcare www.arborcareherts.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Family breakfast. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Tea between 10 to 15 which is less than when I’m in the office. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Terry Pratchett books. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Work. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the launch of LI Campus, a brand-new digital resource. Campus is a compendium of educational content for landscape professionals. The platform gives users immediate access to a huge range of content, encompassing the past three years of LI events, conferences and CPD days. Staying connected in a time of crisis In recognition of the huge pressures the COVID-19 crisis is placing on the landscape sector, this new service will be free to LI members who order a 12-month subscription before 30 June 2020. ‘A major part of the LI’s mission as a professional body is…

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  • Photo of NGS President Mary Berry makes appeal to support its gardens

    NGS President Mary Berry makes appeal to support its gardens

    Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme has launched a new appeal aimed at supporting NGS gardens during the current Coronavirus crisis which has forced closure of their gates. The Support Our Gardens Appeal is aimed at keeping our stunning gardens ‘virtually’ open through the coming weeks and to raise funds to replace lost income from gardens not opening. Speaking from her home, Mary said: “Right now people are not able to visit the gardens and there is no money being raised. In fact, as things are, the charity’s income is likely to be down by 80% during 2020.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Judy Shardlow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Judy Shardlow

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Judy Shardlow – Heartwood Garden Design www.heartwoodgardendesign.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My husband aka the junior gardener. He’s very capable in the garden these days and has always supported my garden design business. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I’m in my garden every day! Before this I was spending more time on the computer, so that’s one good thing. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? A lot! About 10-12 mugs…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 16th April

    Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 16th April

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  • Photo of John Chambers Wildflower Seed supports ‘Seeds of Hope Scotland’ during challenging times

    John Chambers Wildflower Seed supports ‘Seeds of Hope Scotland’ during challenging times

    A newly founded not-for-profit project has triumphed in the speedy distribution of wildflower seed gift packets to households across Scotland, the initiative has been developed to bring the joy of wildflowers to those currently self-isolating due to the COVID-19 virus. The team behind John Chambers Wildflower Seed was only too keen to support this project through the supply of its ‘Cornfield Annuals Mix’ for distribution. Seeds of Hope Scotland is particularly passionate about wildflowers and the simple pleasure they can bring. They are working to provide up to 10,000 isolated people with a free packet of wildflower seed, and the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Keith Robertson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Keith Robertson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview  Keith Robertson – Keith Robertson Landscaping LTD So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife Rachel and our dog Toby. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over?  Watching less telly. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?  8 cups of tea. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered?  Book – Fire Hawk by Geoffrey Archer. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? My swimming to keep fit and going to pub at the weekend.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Ann Rowland

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview – Ann Rowland

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with…Ann Rowland – Landscape Perspective www.landscapeperspective.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Myself! Seriously the whole family is fine…no one has killed anyone yet… Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Get the family to do more round the house so I don’t have to get up at 6am to get it all done before work… How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Same number, 2 coffees 1 tea, but more biscuits…oh dear… Best new…

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  • Photo of Looking for some good news?

    Looking for some good news?

    It’s tough to stay positive when coronavirus is having such a huge impact on our lives, but there are some silver linings out there despite the pandemic. Here are just a few to give you a much-needed boost   Ann-Marie Powell, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens My new personal project, My Real Garden – trying to keep gardening in the public eye and to keep me sane. Encouraged by friends, I thought I would start up an online presence to support people beginning to garden for the first time by demonstrating the projects that I’m doing in my real garden, in real…

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  • Photo of Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    The Harrier range, manufactured by Hayter, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since launching its original model in 1970, the Harrier has won various accolades through the years, including the prestigious BAGMA award; in 1998 the Harrier was awarded the ‘Product of the Decade’ title, after a nationwide dealership vote. In 1960, the Hayter company was granted the Royal Warrant for the supply of machinery to HM Queen Elizabeth II, an honour that is still retained, 60 years later. Craig Hoare, sales and marketing manager at Hayter, says: “We are really excited to be celebrating 50 years of the…

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  • Photo of RHS postpones Hampton Court and cancels Tatton

    RHS postpones Hampton Court and cancels Tatton

    Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and current uncertainty about events, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has made changes to the schedule of some of its summer flower shows. To continue trying to support British nurseries and bring some of the charity’s much loved gardening shows to its members and wider public this year, the RHS has decided that: 2020 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will be postponed to 10–15 September (it was scheduled  7 – 12 July) 2020 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show will be cancelled this year (it was scheduled 22 – 26 July) 2020 RHS…

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  • Photo of RHS urges gardeners to support independent nurseries

    RHS urges gardeners to support independent nurseries

    With upcoming RHS shows cancelled and garden centres across the country forced to shut, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) urges gardeners across the UK to buy plants online directly from the UK’s many specialist nurseries who are struggling to survive in the current climate. Following the cancellation of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, thousands of quality plants grown to fill the 12,000m2 Great Pavilion will remain unsold or go to waste if they can’t find a home. Many of these award-winning nurseries have launched or made improvements to their mail order and online offering in order to sell their surplus…

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  • Photo of Ann-Marie Powell launches new blog in lockdown

    Ann-Marie Powell launches new blog in lockdown

    Award-winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell is using the current lockdown to start up a new project which focuses on keeping gardening in the public eye. ‘My Real Garden’ – which consists of a blog as well as feeds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – is aimed at helping people to learn the basics of looking after their gardens. Ann-Marie will be helping to support the industry by promoting suppliers and growing the public’s love of horticulture. “The project began when we first went into lockdown two weeks ago,” explains Ann-Marie. “I was suddenly getting bombarded with texts and messages from…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Angus Lindsay

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Angus Lindsay

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  • Photo of Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. Data from the search engine revealed interest in the term ‘decking’ had doubled within the homes and interiors category in the five days following the UK lockdown announcement on March 23. Composite Prime sales director Charles Taylor said: “This backs-up an increase in consumer enquiries we have been receiving. For both samples and for customers wanting to know where to buy our products. “It’s good news for timber merchants and builders merchants who are able to continue…

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  • Photo of Government releases advice for social distancing in construction

    Government releases advice for social distancing in construction

    The government has released the following advice for those working within the construction sector during the coronavirus pandemic Construction work plays an important role in ensuring public safety and the provision of public services. It can continue if done in accordance with the social distancing guidelines wherever possible. Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the site to continue to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission. If you…

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  • Photo of New soil guide poster from British Sugar TOPSOIL

    New soil guide poster from British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Following the recent launch of its SubSoil products for the landscaping and construction sectors, British Sugar TOPSOIL has created an A3 laminated poster to assist site managers in sourcing and using subsoil and topsoil. The poster is a visible checklist for site managers and covers site assessment, site preparation, ordering soil, and placing it correctly. It also contains helpful questions to ask soil suppliers before placing an order, and a list of information the supplier will need to ensure a problem-free delivery. The poster is available to download for free as a PDF from the TOPSOIL website. Substantial laminated copies,…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 9th April

    Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 9th April

      Join the second in our series of webinars on dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak. Register here  

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  • Photo of Recipients of prestigious RHS awards announced

    Recipients of prestigious RHS awards announced

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced this year’s recipients of the prestigious RHS Annual Awards for exceptional contributions to horticulture. Internationally recognised as being among the highest distinctions within the sector, 12 RHS accolades were awarded to those who have demonstrated horticultural excellence, personal endeavour and industry passion throughout their careers. The most prestigious RHS accolade, The Victoria Medal of Honour, was awarded to three distinguished British horticulturists: RHS vice president Jim Gardiner, president of the Alpine Garden Society and former curator of RHS Garden Rosemoor Christopher Bailes and Jim (James) McColl, known for his involvement in BBC Scotland’s…

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  • Photo of How could coronavirus impact the commercial sector?

    How could coronavirus impact the commercial sector?

    Phil Jones of ESL Landscape Contractors discusses the impact coronavirus could have on the commercial landscaping industry and how his company remains robust despite COVID-19 The current situation is worrying for all business owners and employees in the landscape industry. First and foremost, the responsibility we all feel for the health of our staff and their families is a burden above anything else in order of priority. It doesn’t help that some decisions are being left to landscape contractors to make for themselves, with some customers closing sites and others choosing not to. At the end of the day, however,…

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  • Photo of Ecology consultant appointed on Severn Trent Water & Hafren Dyfrdwy framework

    Ecology consultant appointed on Severn Trent Water & Hafren Dyfrdwy framework

    Ecology consultant RammSanderson has been appointed onto a framework of suppliers to Severn Trent Water (STW) and Hafren Dyfrdwy (HD). This appointment means that the company is approved to supply ecological and arboricultural services on STW and HD projects for up to the next three years as part of the AMP 7 programme. STW has announced that it will invest more than £6bn between 2020 and 2025 on new and existing assets like pipes, treatment works and reservoirs. It currently provides more than eight million people across the Midlands, from the outskirts of Sheffield, down to Bristol, and into north…

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  • Photo of RHS Garden Bridgewater opening moves to 2021

    RHS Garden Bridgewater opening moves to 2021

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that the opening date for RHS Garden Bridgewater has been postponed to Tuesday 11 May 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. To ensure the health and safety of its staff and contractors and following UK government advice regarding social distancing, the RHS has been operating at limited capacity at its Salford site, delaying the build of its fifth garden which was originally due to open this July. The new government measures have paused some projects and slowed others and when it does open in spring 2021, the creation of…

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  • Photo of Plants from show garden at cancelled RHS Malvern to be relocated

    Plants from show garden at cancelled RHS Malvern to be relocated

    Plants from a show garden due to appear at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival are being re-homed. The event was set to take place from 7-10 May until it was cancelled by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) amid rising fears of widely attending events further spreading COVID-19. Garden designer Jane Scott Moncrieff is now working with Merlin Griffiths, the well-known barman from First Dates, and the garden’s primary sponsor Avallen Spirits – which has a target to plant 10,000 wildflowers by 2022 to help halt the declining bee population – on what they are calling ‘Plan Bee’. The first phase…

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