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George Davies Turf supports local schools for Wildflower Week

George Davies Turf supports local schools for Wildflower Week

Ahead of Wildflower Week 2024, which runs from 1 to 8 May, George Davies Turf has set out to deliver 20 rolls of wildflower turf to six schools across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The donated turf aims to enhance picnic, play, and forest school areas whilst also increasing biodiversity by restoring native ecosystems and providing an...

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30 Under 30 – A catch up with Georgia Gilbert

30 Under 30 – A catch up with Georgia Gilbert

Georgia Gilbert is continually pushing herself to succeed. The 30 Under 30 winner was recently appointed as the wildflower technical manager at John Chambers Wildflower Seed, a brand supplied exclusively by Green-tech Ltd. Now with more responsibility within her role and the opportunity to be actively involved in industry events, Gilbert oversees...

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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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Communities at the heart of new County Durham Woodlands

Communities at the heart of new County Durham Woodlands

A series of new community woodlands have been established across Country Durham in a bid to improve community access to nature. Roughly 24,000 mixed native trees and shrubs were planted across nine sites between February and April last year. Planting comprised around three hectares of new woodland per site and was carried out by contractor...

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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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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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Parents call on government to improve access to nature

Parents call on government to improve access to nature

New research reveals more than three-quarters of children want to spend more time in nature, a consensus backed by parents as they urge for improved access to nature. The National Trust is calling on the government to make good on its promise for every person to be 15 minutes away from nature after its latest findings show nearly two-thirds (63%)...

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Blenheim Palace Butterfly House undergoes transformation

Blenheim Palace Butterfly House undergoes transformation

Blenheim Palace unveils a new look for its Butterfly House, revitalising the space in an aim to make it more accessible and immersive for visitors, as well as improving the environment for its winged inhabitants. Head gardener Andy Mills has collaborated with senior gardener Chris Horne, who has looked after the Butterfly House for over 10 years,...

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New insight guide launches for biodiversity net gain

New insight guide launches for biodiversity net gain

Pro Landscaper launches a new guide for biodiversity net gain (BNG), offering practical guidelines and comprehensive insight on the new government legislation. The guide looks to offer practical insights into the rules and regulations of BNG, following its rollout last month, providing readers with an acute understanding of how to navigate this...

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How to create gardens for wildlife

How to create gardens for wildlife

Studies show that the rate at which once-common British species of wildlife are facing extinction. Over a third (41%) of UK species have declined since 1970. The number of hedgehogs alone has fallen by a staggering 95% since 1950. However, with 87% of households across the UK having some form of garden space, domestic garden design can play a...

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£750,000 boost to biodiversity across Northumberland nature reserves

£750,000 boost to biodiversity across Northumberland nature reserves

A Northumberland nature charity has been awarded £750,000 to restore habitats and enhance biodiversity across three of its reserves, creating new employment opportunities. Northumberland Wildlife Trust says the money awarded from Defra’s Species Survival Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Trust, will go towards restoring habitats, enhancing...

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“Urban green spaces are on the decline” says EFRA

“Urban green spaces are on the decline” says EFRA

In a letter addressed to the Environment Secretary, it was stated that urban green spaces were under “serious threat”, and little improvement had been made over the last seven years to halt their decline. In the letter, penned by Sir Robert Goodwill MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee, urban green spaces...

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New biodiversity rules to absorb 650,000 tonnes of carbon each year

New biodiversity rules to absorb 650,000 tonnes of carbon each year

New natural habitats created through the new biodiversity net gain (BNG) rules could absorb over quarter of a million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, according to new research from Joe’s Bloom. The legislation, which was introduced last month, could see over 15,000ha of biodiversity established each year across England. The tech start-up’s...

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