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  • Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019

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  • Woodland Trust volunteers

    Woodland Trust recognised for its work with volunteers

    The Woodland Trust has been recognised for the opportunities it gives to volunteers.   The charity has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This is after being assessed against a range of best practice standards and having proved to excel in the areas of recruitment, safety standards, management, support, recognition and value.   The charity has 3,226 roles for volunteers who undertake invaluable work for trees and woods and nature across the UK. Without them its fight to protect and create woodlands would not be as strong.   Paul Taylor, National volunteering manager at the Woodland Trust said:…

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  • Talasey Group

    Talasey Group celebrates 15 years in business

    Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June. The anniversary represents the landscaping supplier’s continued success and ability to exceed customer expectations with a diverse product portfolio and exceptional service.   Back in 2004, Founder and CEO, Mark Wall established Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd. In a short space of time, Natural Paving Products had developed 5 additional product brands (Pavetuf, Vitripiazza, Baksteen, Luxigraze and Resiscape). With such a diverse product portfolio the company rebranded to Talasey Group in 2018. Natural Paving continues as the sub-brand for the company’s stone offer.   The company has grown at a rapid…

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  • Reducing roadside noise at Fresh Wharf, Barking with NoiStop® from Mobilane

    Flanked by transport links and with direct access to the A406 North Circular, the construction of the new residential development at Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, Essex has taken consideration of the resulting traffic noise for its residents. Installed along the perimeter of the development by Billericay Fencing Limited, the resulting 500lm expanse has been soundproofed using Mobilane NoiStop® noise reducing acoustic wall.   NoiStop® Green for instant peace, privacy and security   With the sound from the traffic, the 4m high NoiStop® Green panels now form a sound pollution barrier. It not only shields against noise but absorbing the…

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  • Tree Charter

    Edinburgh becomes first Scottish council to support Tree Charter

    Councillors from across the political spectrum in Edinburgh are adding their signatures to a UK-wide Tree Charter for Trees, Woods and People today. This makes them the first local authority in Scotland to do so.    Elected members from all parties are signing the Charter today. This is alongside a meeting of the Full Council at Edinburgh’s City Chambers on the Royal Mile.    Signing the Charter was first proposed in a motion to Council by Green Group Councillor Claire Miller on 22 November 2018.    Cllr McVey said: “Edinburgh is the UK’s greenest city, with more trees than people,…

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  • AHS granted The Royal Warrant of Appointment

    UK’s number one supplier for ornamental bark and woodchip, Amenity Horticultural Services Ltd. (AHS), has been granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, as a supplier of Horticultural Products. AHS, based in Northiam, East Sussex, is an award-winning, market leader and has been providing sustainable solutions to the landscaping, construction and horticultural industries for more than 27 years. Nick Guest, managing director of AHS, said: “This is an absolute honour and fantastic achievement; I am incredibly proud. “We do our utmost to ensure the highest possible standards are delivered in both quality and service; to receive…

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  • New cool Garden

    New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

    A new Cool Garden designed by Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. The new garden, centred on the use of water, will feature plants with blue, white and pastel coloured flowers complemented by grey foliage. It will provide a calming contrast to the fiery colours of the nearby Hot Garden.   The main theme of the garden is how gardeners can deal with heavy rainfall. Which is a typical occurrence in Devon but also an increasing challenge elsewhere in the UK because of climate change.   It’s the first garden at Rosemoor to be…

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  • Pro Landscaper redesign

    Have you seen Pro Landscaper’s new look?

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  • Kew and Hay Festival partnership

    Kew Gardens and Hay Festival announce partnership

    A new partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Hay Festival has been announced. The partnership was launched in Wales with a Kew-sponsored discussion, featuring Kew International Medal winner, Mary Robinson, in conversation with climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh. The discussion focused on Mary’s latest book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future.   The partnership will go global at Hay Festival events in Mexico, Peru and Colombia over the course of the next year. A series of Kew branded, environmentally focused discussions and lectures will help to foster an understanding of the importance of protecting…

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  • Young Horticulturalist of the year 2019

    Richard Moore wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019

    Kew Botanical horticulturist and Pershore graduate, Richard Moore has won the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019.   Richard, who graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Horticulture in 2017, will receive the £2,500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust. He will be able to use it to fund horticultural travel anywhere in the world.   Richard said: “Being a part of the Young Horticulturist of the Year has been an incredible experience which has pushed me to improve my horticultural knowledge. It has allowed me to make many new friends and connections within the horticultural industry”…

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  • RHS calls on volunteers to spot spittlebugs

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners, nature lovers and citizen scientists to help the UK respond to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that results in the disease and death of many popular garden plants.   The charity, working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs thousands of volunteers to help map the distribution of spittlebugs. It is one of the chief carriers of Xylella, that can be found in gardens, meadows, grasslands and woodlands from April to late June.   Spittlebugs, also called froghoppers, are small, sap-sucking insects that can transmit Xylella as…

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  • Work on £5.8m Grey To Green Phase 2 begins

    Phase 2 of the Grey To Green’ scheme gets under way in Sheffield’s historic Catlegate.   The scheme will also link Castlegate to the under-used Victoria Quays area and transform the almost redundant former inner ring road with sustainable drainage, floral meadows, segregated cycle lanes and public art. It will also significantly improve the approach to the Castle House Kollider/Kommune on Snig Hill.   Contractor North Midland Construction began work after £5.8m funding was confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund. £2.8m of which is Sheffield City Region Local Growth Funding, as well as contributions from Sheffield City Council and  Canal and Rivers Trust.   Fifty-seven new trees…

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  • Dura Composites

    Last chance to enter Dura Composites prize draw

    Today is the last day to enter Dura Composites prize draw. It is offering the chance to win a free CAD deck design, when ordering a free sample of Dura Deck Resist or Dura Deck Eco. Customers will be automatically entered into a prize draw for the chance to get their new garden decking designed, for free, by the experts at Dura.   Customers can simply go to the website, fill in the form with their personal information, and choose their desired deck and colour.   A name will be randomly selected from those that have requested samples, and one…

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  • People's Choice

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award winners

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  • Kubota UK announces appointment of two new dealer managers

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  • Rea Valley

    Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

    Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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  • Still no cure for Xylella, says EFSA

    The European Food and Safety Authority has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU. EFSA’s Plant Health Panel (PLH) used computer modelling to simulate how X. fastidiosaspreads across short and long distances under different conditions. The modelling showed the importance of implementing control measures, such as those specified by the European Commission, to prevent further spread and even eradicate outbreaks. It illustrated the relative effectiveness of using different-sized buffer…

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  • Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Boningale Nurseries has been sharing its green roof expertise to university students this month. Landscape architects and project managers at Birmingham City University heard how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife. The university invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars on sustainable construction. The aim is to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in cities. Maggie explains: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national…

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  • anti-slip decking

    Multi-million pound project puts best foot forward with anti-slip decking

    A £140 million shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire, has used Antislip Plus Smooth decking from Marley to provide a durable and effective external anti-slip surface for visitors. Rushden Lakes, at Nene Valley in Northamptonshire offers over 400,000 sq.ft of retail and restaurant accommodation, together with leisure activities which are all set against the backdrop of a lake. Since opening in 2017, the shopping centre and nature reserve has proved increasingly popular, welcoming more than 4.5 million visitors, with an estimated 30,000 people using the bridge at Rushden Lakes each month. The unique project, which comprised a 30-acre development, also…

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  • GreenBlue Urban launches showroom

    GreenBlue Urban has announced that it is launching its first ever showroom in Farringdon, London. They announced it at Clerkenwell Design Week and it will be located at 117 St John’s Road, EC1V 4Ja.   The London based showroom will be the only place in the UK to showcase a range of tree pit products that enable healthy uncompacted aerated soil for extensive urban tree canopy growth.   Working alongside its sister company Kinley the showroom will also display a range of outdoor inspired products to assist specification of edging, tiling and planters.   The showroom will host an array…

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  • Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

    Andy Sturgeon has scooped the title of Best in Show for The M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Celebrating nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden is a vibrantly green and lush environment, featuring a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world. Its dramatic composition offers a variety of textures and designs, with burnt oak timber sculptures slicing through the natural woodland.   A decorated designer, Andy Sturgeon was awarded Best in Show when he last exhibited at the world famous Flower Show with The Daily Telegraph Garden in…

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  • 25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    World-leading rose breeder, David Austin Roses has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This is the 25th in its history of exhibiting.   The Secret Garden themed display features a beautifully fluid, circular design, at the heart of which two  striking new characters from David Austin’s English Rose collection are to be seen in bloom for the first time. Rosa Eustacia Vye (Ausegdon) and Rosa Gabriel Oak(Auscrowd) are both named after beloved characters from Thomas Hardy’s works. They create a stunning centrepiece of scent and colour in a setting befitting a moment of quiet reflection.…

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  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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  • Tivoli and Scottish Water

    Tivoli wins planned grounds maintenance contract for Scottish Water

    Tivoli has commenced operations as the new grounds maintenance service provider for Scottish Water. It will be looking after over 3,000 sites throughout Scotland.   The contract will run from 1st February 2019 until 31st January 2021 with a possible 5-year extension. It sees Tivoli completing scheduled grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at Scottish Water sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. Teams have been in-place and mobilised since 8 April, following a full suite of site audits.   Six tenders were submitted in total, with Tivoli coming out as the highest scoring bidder. This was after…

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  • Countrywide

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Welsh Council

    Countrywide Grounds, the UK’s leading professional grounds maintenance contractor, has recently won a new flexible grass cutting contract up to four years with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to help reduce its costs.   This agreement also allows the number of cuts to be reduced in future years so can be tailored to reflect ongoing budget challenges. Grass cutting of verges and small areas of open land will take place nine times this year. Meaning the Council will save £100,000 on last year’s costs, when grass was cut using agency staff.   The new contract, which started 6 weeks ago,…

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