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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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“UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood” granted planning permission

“UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood” granted planning permission

A multi-use “walkable neighbourhood” in Lewes, East Sussex has been granted planning permission a year after proposals were first announced. The Phoenix will see a 7.9ha brownfield site turned into 685 ‘highly energy-efficient’ homes that will be the UK’s largest timber-structure neighbourhood where pedestrians will be prioritised over cars....

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Setting the course for 2024

Setting the course for 2024

As the industry prepares to chart the course of change with new initiatives and legislations on the horizon, it is no surprise a number of companies are setting out their goals for the year ahead with the ecological and economical climate in mind. We heard from a number of recognised companies within the industry to find out their goals for 2024....

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Get involved: Tell us your sustainability achievement!

Get involved: Tell us your sustainability achievement!

In our annual Green Issue, Pro Landscaper is looking to highlight the environmental achievements companies have made in the last 12 months. These can be actions that have reduced the business’ carbon footprint, implementing practices that made landscape construction more sustainable, switching to ‘greener’ products and tools, or finding ways to...

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Environment charities falling short on racial diversity, study finds

Environment charities falling short on racial diversity, study finds

Around one in 20 people employed in the environment charities sector identified as an ethnic minority last year, compared with one in eight in the wider UK workforce. The second instalment of the RACE (racial action on the climate emergency) Report- which collected data from April to October last year- shows 6% of employees identified as people...

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Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Tyler Grange announces new managing director

Co-founder Jon Berry has been appointed as managing director of environmental consultancy Tyler Grange. He supersedes his fellow co-founder Simon Ursell, who has moved into the position as chair. The two set up Tyler Grange 14 years ago alongside Julian Arthur, who will retain his role as technical director. It has since become a B Corp, renowned...

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