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    • Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

      Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November. The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business…

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    • Talasey Group becomes a patron of the Saints Foundation

      Talasey Group has become a patron of the Saints Foundation – the charity of Premier League team Southampton Football Club. The foundation is the club’s way of giving back by using the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton. It helps people to fulfil their potential to be more-involved, healthier and more-empowered members of the community. Talasey Group will use its bronze patronage as a springboard to get involved in a range of events, such as charity fundraising activities for the foundation, as well as networking with other local businesses and raising its profile…

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    • The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

      The UK has been gifted 6,500 sakura trees by Japan as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project. The project will see the planting of the trees across the UK’s parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK. The sakura cherry trees will be distributed to 400 schools and 160 sites across the UK. The first trees were planted at a ceremony at The Regents park in London.    His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine, as well as the Founder and Joint Chairman of Sakura Cherry Tree Project…

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    • Nigel Mead

      Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced that entertainer Nigel Mead will be hosting The SGD Awards 2020. This is the second time that Nigel will host the event, following a year of sell-out performances in Washington, Jamaica, Miami and Prague.   Nigel has performed all over the World for stars including Steven Spielberg, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Sting, Robert De Niro and over 40 Kings & Queens. He is also a member of th Inner Magic Circle, a position held by only 250 magicians in the world.   A shortlist of 23 projects will be vying for the prestigious…

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    • Salford Council

      VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

      Salford City Council has released aerial footage to encourage people to visit the city’s green spaces. These spaces have seen over £127 million of investment in recent years. This includes £10.2m flood protection scheme at the Wetlands in Kersal which provides more protection to 1,400 homes and 500 businesses. The basin is opened when river levels rise. It can capture up to 650m  litres of water and release it slowly when the river levels drop. And also featured is Peel Park, one of the first public parks to be opened in the country in 1846. In 2013 the park was…

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    • Party for Perennial 2020

      Tickets now on sale for Party for Perennial 2020

      Part for Perennial is taking place on Thursday 23 January at Ev Bar near London’s South Bank. The ticket price includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and Turkish mezze, plus the chance to win some amazing prizes in the Party for Perennial raffle. All proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle help Perennial support people in horticulture. The 2020 Party for Perennial is made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Boningale Nurseries and Platipus Anchoring.   Anita Bates, Perennial’s Director of Marketing and Development comments: “Our annual party in January has become a not-to-be-missed date in the diary. It’s…

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    • FutureScape

      A week after the greatest ever FutureScape

      To say it has taken the last week to recover for FutureScape 2019 is an understatement. Months of organising, preparation, worry and sleepless nights and it seem it’s all over with the flick of a light switch. However you judge it, FutureScape 2019 was a roaring success, with more visitors than ever, more exhibitors with a wider variety of products than ever and complete industry engagement. FutureScape is a total team effort, from selling the exhibitor stands, to producing the content programme, marketing the event, visitor engagement, building the stands, producing the presentations, being the smiling face on reception –…

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    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

      RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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    • Attenborough nature reserve

      Sir David Attenborough backs £1m nature reserve appeal

      Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, has added his backing to an urgent appeal for funds to secure the long-term future of Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire.   The reserve is situated in the village of Attenborough on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. It has been cared for almost 60 years by local charity Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – which now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the site. Sir David has a long association with the reserve stretching back to 1966 when, as controller of BBC2, he returned to the village from which his…

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    • Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

      Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week.   The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day, then the competitors had 16 hours to individually build a garden from scratch designed Holly Youde, Urban Landscape Design.   This year’s competitors were:   · David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)   · Elliot Johnson, Reaseheath College   · Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham   · Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College   · Marc Brown, CAFRE   · Nick Bundy, Gadd…

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    • Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for UK’s third largest arena complex

      YTL has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council to repurpose the Brabazon aircraft hangars at the former Filton Airfield, delivering a new entertainment complex for Bristol and the South West. Landscape architect Grant Associates has worked in partnership with lead Architect Grimshaw, Manica Architecture and OPS Engineers to create the design concept for the project.   YTL’s vision is for the Arena Complex to be capable of hosting up to 17,080 people, putting Bristol on the world map for large-scale events, while also celebrating the site’s place in aviation history.   Sustainability is a…

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    • SGD Autumn Conference reaches new global audiences

      The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was available at the society’s Autumn Conference on the 16 November, has exceeded expectation. It attracted 79 delegates from 15 countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Norway, Israel and Spain. Introduced at the Spring Conference in April 2019, the live streaming service allows the SGD to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, supporting existing members and reaching new global audiences. Following the event, recorded sessions are available to download via an on-demand archive for attending delegates and new purchases with access for up to 12-months. Craig Moyes, chief operating…

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    • John Chambers Wildflower Seed helps Grassington sow a new meadow

      John Chambers Wildflower Seed, part of the Green-tech family, has donated a custom mix of native wildflower seed to create a new wildflower meadow in Grassington. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has worked in partnership with Grassington in Bloom and children from Grassington Primary School to create the new area with species-rich wildflowers on Springfield Road. The meadow is part of a network of wildlife friendly patches across the Dales that aims to reverse the decline in pollinators. Catherine Mercer, YDMT’s Bee Together officer, says: “What has really blown me away about this project is the support and enthusiasm from…

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    • Landscape Institute to plant trees to mark the 90th birthday of the Institute

      In conjunction with the Luton Parks Service, the Landscape Institute will plant nine mature trees in Luton to mark the 90th birthday of the Landscape Institute. The project is kindly sponsored by Marshalls, and will comprise part of the creation of an arboretum in Wardown Park, Luton. The arboretum seeks to inform and educate local visitors on the value of trees. In particular relation to health, air quality, wildlife and biodiversity. The project aims specifically to connect children with nature whilst providing an educational resource in relation to climate change and the causes of pollution.   It is intended that pupils…

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    • New hope for trees affected by ash dieback

      New research has identified the genetic basis of resistance to ash dieback in UK trees, opening up new avenues for conservation. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sequenced the DNA from over 1,250 ash trees to find inherited genes associated with ash dieback resistance.   The study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, showed that resistance is controlled by multiple genes, offering hope that surviving trees could be used to restore diseased woodlands, either by natural regeneration or selective breeding.   Professor Richard Nichols, author of the study from Queen Mary University of…

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    • David Sewell sworn is as APL chairman and Holly Youde as vice chair

      The APL Annual Members Meeting took place on Tuesday 19 November at FutureScape. Chairing the meeting was David Sewell, The Gardenmakers, who was officially sworn in as APL Chairman, taking over from Rod Winrow at the end of his tenure.  David Sewell said of his new role as Chairman: “I’m very excited to be taking over from Rod as Chairman of the APL. This is a great privilege for me.   “Under Rod’s tenure, our association has continued to grow and thrive, and I’m honoured to be carrying on with that work. I’m also delighted that Holly has taken up…

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    • FutureScape

      FutureScape changes venue and format for 2020 and beyond

      It’s big change at FutureScape, as Eljays44 Ltd has announced a new venue and new format for 2020 and beyond. FutureScape has been held at Sandown Park Racecourse since 2014, and as the 2019 show was yesterday, the future looks big for the event. ExCel will play host to the two-day show going forward, with the first show in the new venue and with the format on the 17 and 18 November 2020. Commenting on the change, award-winning show director Jamie Wilkinson said: “The move in venue and the increased duration of the event will really allow us to further…

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    • David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root planting

      David Austin Roses have announced that its range of bare root roses now comes in sustainable packaging.   Without the need for a pot, these dormant plants have until now been packaged in an inner carrier made of plastic, accompanied by paperwork protected in a separate plastic covering. Designed to lock in vital natural moisture and prevent dehydration during delivery and storage, these carriers provide vital protection in transit.   Richard Austin, head of marketing explains this more:   “Removing these carriers in their entirety wasn’t an option but we knew a plastic-free solution was out there. We wanted something…

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    • Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Award winners announced

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    • Distinction for Green-tech apprentice

      Apprentice George Goodier has passed his course with the highest honours and has accepted a permanent contract with Green-tech as a sales advisor.   George joined the company in 2017 in the dispatch department and undertook a Level 2 Customer Care practitioner apprenticeship. He has since moved into the sales department.   George has successfully demonstrated excellent customer service skills and behaviour as well as strong product knowledge. He has consistently provided service in line with Green-tech’s high customer service standards and strategy.   Managing Director Rachel Kay comments:   “Apprenticeship schemes are working well for our business and our…

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    • Aerial gardeners plant orchids in the treetops at Eden

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    • Highdown gardens

      Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens collected

      Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens have been sent to a special bank to help preserve the species.   Experts from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens visited the Worthing gardens to train volunteers in how to collect seeds which could be used for propagation at later stages.   The Kew experts are part of the Botanic Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank project at Wakehurst. There a growing collection of seeds from around the world, aiming to provide a safety net for species at risk of extinction.   Saving the many exotics at Highdown is part of the new project…

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    • snowdonia

      Wales’ national parks and other landscapes are to receive a £4m funding boost

      The Deputy Minister of Wales made the announcement at the annual Designated Landscapes seminar held in Snowdonia National Park. This additional investment for 2019/20 is on top of the more than £3m of Welsh Government funding that was also provided to National Parks and AONBs in March 2019. The funding will enable  key improvements – with many of the proposals supporting Welsh Government priorities, including decarbonisation and greening measures, improved tourism infrastructure, enhanced biodiversity and further support for access and recreation.     The Designated Landscapes have made a significant commitment to supporting this concerted effort as they seek to balance…

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    • BALI launches Digital Marketing Masterclasses

      BALI and Adtak have teamed up to launch a one-day digital marketing workshop for landscape industry professionals. It will provide the latest tools and tips on ways to stay ahead of the competition online. Join BALI’s marketing team, qualified digital marketing consultant Andrew Lloyd Gordon and digital marketing agency Adtrak for a six-hour  workshop at BALI Registered Affiliate Majestic Trees in St Albans and Talasey Group in Doncaster. Exclusive to BALI members, this brand new BALI workshop has been designed to offer delegates who have an intermediate knowledge of digital marketing a chance to learn new skills and discover innovative ways to…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL partners with Perennial

      British Sugar TOPSOIL has partnered with Perennial to help boost funds by donating £1 for every bulk bag of their topsoil sold between September 2019 and September 2020. The partnering agreement was signed by British Sugar TOPSOIL’s National Sales Manager Andy Spetch and Perennial’s Corporate Partnership Manager Phil Swainston. Phil visited British Sugar’s Wissington factory and topsoil manufacturing facility near King’s Lynn, Suffolk. Phil was able to see how British Sugar TOPSOIL re-uses the rich arable soils brought in with the sugar beet by farmers in East Anglia to produce high quality, BS3882:2015-compliant topsoils and topdressing for the landscaping, construction…

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