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The Water Saving Garden: Protecting a scarce resource

The Water Saving Garden: Protecting a scarce resource

It was whilst frantically watering her plants in 40-degree heat that Sam Proctor had the idea for a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her pots were drying out quickly and she was having to use copious amounts of tap water to keep them alive. “I thought it was mad to be using drinking water to water them, when we know that London and the...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Stuart Booth

Little Interviews Expanded – Stuart Booth

Launched at FutureScape 2023, the Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards highlight the future of landscaping. These awards are on a mission to showcase the most important innovation and initiatives across the UK landscaping sector, from design, to construction, to product supply and manufacturing. We look for great stories of...

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Water-saving makes a splash at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Water-saving makes a splash at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

With 90% of natural disasters being water-related, the importance of water conservation has never been clearer. The gardens struggling for moisture in the summer are the same ones drowning in the spring, with Mark Gregory, managing director of Landform Consultants and decorated RHS garden builder, recalling this past winter as the hardest due to...

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Eden Project turns to geothermal energy

Eden Project turns to geothermal energy

The Eden Project has turned to geothermal energy this winter in what it says is a major step in the organisation’s pathway to achieving net zero and realising its goal of becoming climate positive by 2030. For the first time in the UK since 1986, geothermal energy was used to heat the biomes, offices, and new plant nursery at the site in...

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RHS reveals winner of Chelsea’s first green award

RHS reveals winner of Chelsea’s first green award

The World Child Cancer Nurturing Garden has won the inaugural Environmental Innovation Award at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Open to all those in the Show and Sanctuary Garden categories which underwent the Green Garden Audit this year, the new award recognises the efforts of designers and contractors to reduce the environmental impact of...

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17 Key Highlights from Chelsea Press Day

17 Key Highlights from Chelsea Press Day

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has returned to the Royal Hospital Chelsea show ground this week and there's already plenty to talk about from the world renowned show. Press day saw a series of launches, celebrations and awards being announced. Here are our top highlights: 1 Crocus going out on a high  It has been at all 22 shows that have taken...

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Third of gardeners struggling with water shortages, finds WaterAid

Third of gardeners struggling with water shortages, finds WaterAid

WaterAid has revealed that a third (35%) of garden enthusiasts have struggled with water shortages and more than a third (38%) have experienced increased heat stress. An overwhelming majority (82%) have noticed their garden, plants or home-grown produce being affected by hotter summers and prolonged heavy rainfall, with 60% being concerned about...

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Green-tech helps to create the UK’s ‘greenest’ school

Green-tech helps to create the UK’s ‘greenest’ school

After suffering a devastating fire in October 2020, St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby, has been rebuilt into the UK’s ‘greenest’ school. The multi-million-pound school is the country’s first biophilic school and has been purpose built as part of a pilot project for the Department for Education. Biophilic design focuses on enhancing...

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School Kitchen opens new kitchen garden to feed young minds

School Kitchen opens new kitchen garden to feed young minds

School Kitchen, the new food delivery initiative in York, has opened its new kitchen garden at Carr Junior School, with the help of a landscape gardener. Produce from the kitchen garden will be used by both School Kitchen for its four restaurants, as well as by pupils for school cookery classes, with any surplus going to parents in need. The...

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Sustainability at forefront of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Sustainability at forefront of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Taking place next month, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is highlighting its sustainability ethos, with more gardens revealed for this year’s show putting it at the forefront. Announced at its annual Spring Conference yesterday, the society will be giving new life to old show gardens, with its 'RHS Chelsea Repurposed: Feature Garden', made almost...

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Harry Holding launches new LDN Horticulture

Harry Holding launches new LDN Horticulture

Garden designer and Pro Landscaper's 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winner, Harry Holding has a new horticulture venture. LDN Horticulture is set to provide aftercare and garden maintenance services across London with its team of horticultural professionals. It aims to prioritise sustainability, working with ecologically sensitive practices...

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Plant Healthy announces new director

Plant Healthy announces new director

Malcolm Catlin has been revealed as the new project director for Plant Healthy to oversee the progress of the certification scheme and the Plant Health Management Standard, effective from 29 April. He says that “there is an urgent need to increase the awareness and coverage of Plant Healthy across the board.” Catlin will be working closely with...

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Garden designer Hana Leonard on Planet vs Plastics

Garden designer Hana Leonard on Planet vs Plastics

Horticulture is creating a “sea of plastic", says garden designer Hana Leonard - and it's not the only one. Greenpeace reckons nearly two billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households on a daily basis, after carrying out The Big Plastic Count in 2022.  Seeking to put this waste to good use, Leonard – director of Secrets of...

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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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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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Designing a show garden for relocation

Designing a show garden for relocation

Designed initially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, the Talitha Arts Garden is a celebration of the creative arts, uniting sculpture, performance, and plants and their therapeutic power to restore the lives of those who have suffered trauma.  Designed “backwards”, Joe and Laura Carey of Carey Garden Design Studio, based their ideas and...

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What it means to be B Corp certified for Austin Design Works Ltd

What it means to be B Corp certified for Austin Design Works Ltd

It’s been a “journey of discovery,” says Rachael Emous-Austin, co-director of Austin Design Works Ltd with her brother Matthew Austin. The architecture and landscape architecture design studio, based in the heart of the Cotswolds , recently achieved the highly sought after B Corp status, awarded to those who ‘balance profit with people and the...

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Rymer Trees eyes peat-free growth in third year

Rymer Trees eyes peat-free growth in third year

Suffolk-based nursery Rymer Trees has announced that it has “ambitious growth plans” for the year ahead. Founded just three years ago, the peat-free grower sees its third year of operation as a chance to expand. In December, the Plant Healthy certified nursery began sowing more than 30 tree and hedging species. It is aiming to produce around...

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‘Urgent’ action needed says new LI and BALI report

‘Urgent’ action needed says new LI and BALI report

New report tackling carbon reduction in the landscape sector launched by the Landscape Institute (LI) and British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).  The report, Landscape and Carbon is positioned as a direct response to the UK’s target to reach net zero by 2050. It outlines the actions being undertaken by the sector and how best...

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Meet the women behind the Young People in Horticulture Association

Meet the women behind the Young People in Horticulture Association

It’s hard to believe that five years ago, the Young People in Horticulture Association (YPHA) didn’t exist. But since it was first founded at the start of 2020, it has grown to more than 800 members – that's hundreds in the horticulture industry who have joined a community of like-minded people.   And that’s exactly what Mollie Higginson and...

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How Quality & Service Ltd is working with nature

How Quality & Service Ltd is working with nature

Quality and Service (Q&S) Ltd is striving to become “the landscape service provider of choice” but without compromising on its environmentally friendly approach. The privately-owned company works without the use of chemicals, implementing sustainable, biodiverse rich working practices that “aim to challenge the status quo.” With the wholesale...

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