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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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  • Government fund

    Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

    A new £10 million Government plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced on Sunday 19 May. Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by 2022. The scheme, will be administered by the Forestry Commission. It will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish…

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  • Back to Nature Garden

    RHS Back to Nature Garden to be donated after Chelsea

    Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre has won a national competition to win the RHS Back to Nature Garden from the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The competition is part of the NHS and RHS partnership to raise awareness of gardening for good mental health.   The news comes as a Mori Poll shows that nearly 80% of people who garden say gardening has a positive impact on their mental health. This year some 23 Trusts entered the competition to try and win the RHS Garden.   The RHS will relocate plants and landscaping from the 2019 RHS Back to…

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  • Green-tree

    Freeland Horticulture helps Green-tree soil expand its distribution network

    From next week, one of the UK’s leading soil brands – Green-tree topsoil, a division of Green-tech – will be available through an additional Ten Freeland Horticulture soil production sites. Freeland Horticulture is the largest soil supplier in England and Wales and has been supplying the landscape and housing market since 1994. Green-tech has joined forces with Freeland Horticulture to distribute its award-winning British Standard topsoil from Freeland’s ten production sites across the country. The addition of the new distribution sites will strengthen the Green-tree brands’ coverage of topsoil for landscape projects, green roofs and urban tree planting in the…

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  • SoilsCon 2019

    SoilsCon 2019 – back by popular demand!

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  • sector skills gap survey

    Industry responds to latest ornamental horticulture sector skills gap survey

    A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is underway. Over 300 businesses have already provided insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector.   The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) commissioned the study.   The Ornamental Horticulture Sector stakeholder group is seeking to investigate the future skills needs of the Ornamental Horticulture sector. This is in terms of key skills and the requirements and challenges facing the sector in the future (including scenarios and implications for future workforce change).   BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills said: “Results from this survey…

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  • Top 10 walks in England

    TV presenter Kate Humble and The Forestry of England have created a list of top 10 walks for your wellbeing in honour of mental health awareness week and also for national walking month. 1.    Alice Holt Forest – Lodge Pond trail (2.5 miles) Starting from the hustle and bustle of the play areas this scenic walk leads you into the heart of the woodlands to enjoy peaceful broadleaf woods and mature pine forests. 2.    Blackwater, New Forest – Walk the Tall Trees trail (1.5 miles) Walking the circular ‘Tall Trees Trail’ will take you through an impressive section of the…

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  • RHS Wisley

    New Welcome Building at RHS Garden Wisley

    A new, state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey), to be opened on June 10. It will be opened by founding RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh.   A bigger Plant Centre covering 5000sqm will stock tens of thousands of plants. As well as featuring displays by specialist UK growers all year round. Alan Titchmarsh says: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These…

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  • Applications now open for RHS Master of Horticulture programme

    Applications are now open for the RHS Master of Horticulture 2019 programme. The prestigious degree-level qualification saw a record number of applications in 2018 for the 40 places available. Delivered mostly online and commencing in October, the three-year course is designed to work around a full-time job and hone candidates’ managerial and business skills; crucial to reaching the top levels of professional horticulture or launching a successful horticultural business. The RHS Master of Horticulture programme increasingly attracts applicants from across the world with this year’s graduates including professionals from the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, National Trust properties…

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  • Tree of the year

    Tree of the year nominations open

    The Woodland Trust is searching for the most loved, visually stunning tree, with the most fascinating story, for Tree of the Year 2019. Now in its sixth year, Tree of the Year highlights and celebrates special trees across the UK. A tree may be a village’s oldest inhabitant, a founding figure in a region’s identity, or a landmark in the nation’s story. Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/ from 7 May 2019 until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote. Last…

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  • Savills and David Harber garden

    The Savills and David Harber Garden to feature largest green wall ever seen at Chelsea

    The Savills and David Harber Garden will feature one of the largest green walls ever seen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   Measuring 32m x 3m = 96m, the wall will house over 3,000 individual plants. This will include ferns, grasses, ivies and herbaceous flowering plants. All of which have been carefully selected both for their aesthetic and importance to British woodland eco-systems.   With floor space at a premium, especially in London, and as space to curate a garden is becoming increasing hard to find, particularly in urban areas, the way that plants are integrated has begun to change…

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  • Watch your Back!

    The Watch Your Back! campaign has launched

    The Watch Your Back! sun protection campaign for gardeners is back in major UK garden centres from the 11th May. The campaign uses humour to alert people to the danger of sunburn, which can increase the risk of melanoma by 50%.   David Domoney, Adam Frost and David Stevens appear on posters in over 300 garden centres with the message; Don’t be REDiculous – avoid a garden sunburn!   The campaign, devised by the Melanoma Fund, offers expert and targeted advice on sun protection, and tips on early detection for all those who love being in the garden.   David…

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