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Ancient woodland purchased to support nature-based therapy

Ancient woodland purchased to support nature-based therapy

The Wilderness Foundation UK (WFUK) has today, Earth Day, acquired over 90 acres of semi-natural woodland in Essex for the benefit of people and wildlife. Mann Wood at Great Leighs, Essex comprises 92 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland, established over the last 30 years by the previous owner, David Boyle DL, through the combination of four...

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Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Small spaces and community gardening celebrated at first RHS Urban Show

Show manager Lex Falleyn explains how the Royal Horticultural Society’s latest event could help to inspire greener cities.  Overpriced coffee, crowded transport and a lack of parking – these might be true of most cities, but they’re not what’s forcing people to leave them. A recent study by property developer Landsec revealed that a third (33%)...

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HTA urges government to consider UK growers when discussing peat ban

HTA urges government to consider UK growers when discussing peat ban

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is imploring the UK government to give in-depth consideration to the UK’s growers when discussing the ban on peat. Parliament met on Tuesday 16 April to discuss the prohibition of the sale of peat products, whereby Theresea Villiers MP put forward a Ten-Minute Rule Motion. Fran Barnes, chief executive of...

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Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Why Depot Mayfield is the right venue for the first RHS Urban Show

Nearly two years ago, Manchester opened its first park in the city in more than 100 years. A 6.5-acre derelict brownfield site was transformed into a biodiverse haven as part of a 24-acre multi-use development – and instead of being an afterthought, Mayfield Park was the centrepiece, marking the start of what could become a series of green...

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Plant Heritage seeks donations for vital plant conservation work

Plant Heritage seeks donations for vital plant conservation work

Between 18 - 25 April, conservation charity, Plant Heritage, is calling for members of the public to support its ongoing plant conservation work as part of the Big Give’s Green Match Fund campaign. This year’s campaign is focused on environmental issues and solutions, highlighting the pivotal role plants play in tackling the biodiversity and...

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9 top tips for balcony gardens according to Chelsea designers

9 top tips for balcony gardens according to Chelsea designers

Designed to showcase how size needn’t be an issue when it comes to creating a usable outdoor space, the Balcony and Container Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show aim to inspire urban dwellers who might have limited access to a garden.  Within the confines of a 5m x 2m space, designers will use a variety of planting schemes and techniques to...

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12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

12 things to expect from the National Trust this year

From appearing on TV shows to creating new outdoor spaces to exhibiting on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the National Trust has a busy year for its gardens and parklands. Here are just 12 of its plans announced for 2024.   A show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Prolific garden designer Ann-Marie Powell has created a...

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How can we protect soil to maximise carbon sequestration?

How can we protect soil to maximise carbon sequestration?

Garden designer Rachel Bailey shares how the landscaping industry can play its part in protecting one of its unsung heroes - soil. From working with the existing soil on site to avoiding compaction, there's plenty that can be done to ensure that soil is able to provide its wealth of benefits, including an incredible ability to sequester carbon....

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Land Studio to deliver “nature-led” project on the Welsh coast

Land Studio to deliver “nature-led” project on the Welsh coast

Land Studio is partnering with Gwynedd Council to deliver a new design for the public realm space at the Viaduct Gardens in Barmouth, mid Wales. The Chester based studio’s plans will look to alleviate historic flooding issues through the use of open and covered SuDs systems. Surface water collected will be retained in new coastal themed planting...

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Discover the Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery

Discover the Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery

When garden designer Miria Harris suffered a stroke in 2019, this was only the beginning of her battle for survival. Left with the inability to speak or form words, Harris was scared that she was losing her mind; but despite a relatively quick return to her normal state, it was the stroke that led to the discovery of the hole in her heart that...

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Nature needs a lifeline, says new Campaign for National Parks report

Nature needs a lifeline, says new Campaign for National Parks report

New report finds national parks across England and Wales are struggling to restore nature as a result of insufficient funding and outdated design. National parks currently cover 10% of England and 20% of Wales, but only 6% of their combined land coverage is being effectively managed for nature, according to the Campaign for National Parks’ (CNP)...

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Crocus bids farewell to the Chelsea Flower Show

Crocus bids farewell to the Chelsea Flower Show

Long standing supplier and landscaper for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Crocus, has today announced to Gardens Illustrated that it will be stepping back after this year’s upcoming show. Since its founding in 2000 by Mark Fane and Peter Clay, Crocus has been a staple at Chelsea, supplying plants and building gardens for the last 22 shows. Fane...

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EGO expands its ride-on range with new tractor mowers

EGO expands its ride-on range with new tractor mowers

Following the success of its zero-turn mowers, battery-powered outdoor equipment manufacturer, EGO Power Plus is expanding its ride-on range with two new tractor mowers. The twin-blade tractor mowers utilise up to six EGO ARC Lithium™ 56V portable batteries, offering the same power and performance as a petrol counterpart.  Group product director...

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Grant Associates appointed to reimagine Greek campus

Grant Associates appointed to reimagine Greek campus

Landscape architects Grant Associates has been appointed alongside lead architects Bennetts Associates to revitalise the Anatolio College campus, Greece. The design centres on a ‘forest campus’ theme, refreshing the original spaces identity, as well as improving upon the existing architecture. Other key objectives include, further integrating...

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Hiding beneath the mask, build an understanding of autism with Chelsea’s National Autistic Society Garden

Hiding beneath the mask, build an understanding of autism with Chelsea’s National Autistic Society Garden

Offering the industry an opportunity to break new ground as designers, landscapers, and architects – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show presents the enjoyment of the creative freedoms that are involved in making a show garden whilst also affording a chance to challenge the industry’s traditions and to push for innovation in sustainable design.  And with...

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RHS announces new sustainability award at Chelsea

RHS announces new sustainability award at Chelsea

In an effort to recognise the environmental ingenuity of its gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is introducing a new sustainability focused award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ‘The Environmental Innovation Award’ looks to celebrate “the examples of excellence in progressive environmental ingenuity” on display at the show,...

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Yorkshire garden design company celebrates 20 years in business

Yorkshire garden design company celebrates 20 years in business

Award-winning Yorkshire based garden design company, Bestall & Co celebrates its 20th anniversary with founder, Lee Bestall, reflecting on the journey. Bestall, who is also a member of BALI and chairman of the Yorkshire and North East region for the organisation, wrote on LinkedIn today: “20 years ago today was my first day in business. I...

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Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

Michael Lote on making his design and build debut at Malvern

It’s Michael Lote’s year, with an APL Award and the Matthew Bradley Memorial Cup already under his belt and his first design and build show garden still to come  Against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Malvern Hills, Michael Lote will be returning to build a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this year. He’s already done so twice...

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UK horticulture to be hit again by cost hike, says the HTA

UK horticulture to be hit again by cost hike, says the HTA

Concerns are growing for UK horticulture as it prepares to take yet another hit from the rise in import costs. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has today in a statement expressed its concern for the sector following the announcement of the common user charge (CUC). As part of the import controls under the Border Target Operating Model...

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