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      Exclusive results of our mental health poll

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    • Photo of How can you support your staff’s mental health?

      How can you support your staff’s mental health?

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    • Photo of Remembering John O’Conner

      Remembering John O’Conner

      John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd has announced its chairman, John O’Conner, passed away on 24 March 2020. The Hertfordshire-based company sent the following tribute to remember the life and legacy of John: John was admitted to the Lister Hospital on 12 March after being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Due to underlying health issues he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit but died following a short battle with the illness. John was an immense character and much loved family man who will leave a long and lasting memory for all who met and knew him. Originally from a farming…

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      12 self-help resources for mental wellbeing

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    • Photo of APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

      APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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    • Photo of Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has today (3 February) confirmed Sir William Worsley as the new chair of the Forestry Commission. The announcement comes as Sir Harry Studholme’s time as Forestry Commission chair ends after seven years in post. Sir William Worsley will step down as the government’s Tree Champion, a position he has held since June 2018, when he takes on his new role. Commenting on his appointment, Sir William said: “Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general wellbeing and providing a renewable resource in the timber they…

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    • Photo of Johnsons appoints full-time plant health specialist

      Johnsons appoints full-time plant health specialist

      Johnsons of Whixley has appointed a plant health specialist. It is one of the first businesses in the industry to take on a permanent member of staff in this role. Rebekah Robinson joins North Yorkshire-based Johnsons from the Royal Horticultural Society.   Her appointment is particularly timely as 2020 has been decreed the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations.   Rebekah will take a role in ensuring all plants produced at the company’s sites in Whixley, Cattal and Roecliffe are in peak condition. As well as ensuring Johnsons’ employees are appropriately trained on plant health issues such…

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    • Photo of Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS

      Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS

      Two trainees, Lee McPherson and Ross Yuile, from the horticulture industry have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills). The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March 2020.   Lee, aged 49 from Edinburgh, has been doing an SVQ in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces with East Lothian Council through SRUC.   Lee said: “I started gaining an interest in horticulture when I was a young boy, living in Kent, and helping my dad with the gardening and propagation of Fuschias. I can think of no…

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    • Photo of The RHS Garden for Friendship unveiled for 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Garden for Friendship unveiled for 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

      The RHS Garden for Friendship designed by award winning garden designer Jo Thompson, in collaboration with TV and BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball, will celebrate how you can make great friends through gardening at the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS and NHS will be joining forces through the RHS Garden for Friendship to promote gardens and gardening for good mental health. This is something that both Zoe and Jo believe strongly in and attracted them to this project. The RHS Garden for Friendship will reflect an urban street and promote greening up front gardens, balconies, window boxes…

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    • Photo of Look out for revisited: Hugo Bugg

      Look out for revisited: Hugo Bugg

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    • Photo of Look out for revisited: Melissa Jolly

      Look out for revisited: Melissa Jolly

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      Look out for revisited: Charlotte Murrell

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    • Photo of Gordon Seabright to step down as Eden Project Chief Executive

      Gordon Seabright to step down as Eden Project Chief Executive

      It has been announced that Gordon Seabright is stepping down from the role of Chief Executive of Eden Project Limited from the end of January after five and a half successful years.   Gordon Seabright said: “It has been an enormous privilege to lead the Eden Project, but after five and a half years I feel the time is now right for me to pass the baton on to my successor. We have built a resilient platform from which Eden can now deliver on its ambitious plans, both in the UK and internationally. I am immensely proud of the commitment…

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    • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

      The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

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    • Photo of Andrew Maskell joins the Scotscape Group

      Andrew Maskell joins the Scotscape Group

      Andrew Maskell has joined the Scotscape Group of Companies as design and development director for the LivingPillar™.   Andrew is a chartered landscape manager and horticulturist. He also has extensive experience in the landscape sector. Working within the industry since 1994, he has worked from grass roots obtaining a BSc 1st class Honours degree in Landscape Management. He has been involved in projects covering a broad spectrum of landscapes. These include urban greening, residential, theme parks, prisons, golf courses, schools, hotels, parks, smart green infrastructure and London squares. His career has taken him from designing tiger enclosures to teaching horticulture,…

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    • Photo of Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park. Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he…

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    • Photo of New Year’s Honour for Kew’s Tony Kirkham

      New Year’s Honour for Kew’s Tony Kirkham

      Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum, gardens and horticultural services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2020. This is for his invaluable contribution to horticulture over the last 41 years. During his tenure at RBG Kew, it has been said that Tony has brought unbridled ambition, ideas and creativity to his work. At Kew, around the UK and indeed globally Tony has championed education in arboriculture as well as transforming practices in tree management and the control of pests and diseases. Among his many achievements at Kew, in…

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    • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

      The BIG Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

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      Eight gardens to visit throughout the festive season

      One of the ultimate joys of the festive period, is undoubtedly the outstanding light displays. From dancing fairy lights to enchanted winter wonderlands, the shows are being switched on far and wide. Here are Pro Landscapers’ top 8 unmissable festive garden displays! Christmas at Kew Where? Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey When? Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020 Why? Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. Walk under the larger-than-life…

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    • Photo of Sir David Attenborough backs £1m nature reserve appeal

      Sir David Attenborough backs £1m nature reserve appeal

      Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, has added his backing to an urgent appeal for funds to secure the long-term future of Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire.   The reserve is situated in the village of Attenborough on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. It has been cared for almost 60 years by local charity Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – which now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the site. Sir David has a long association with the reserve stretching back to 1966 when, as controller of BBC2, he returned to the village from which his…

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    • Photo of Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

      Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

      Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week.   The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day, then the competitors had 16 hours to individually build a garden from scratch designed Holly Youde, Urban Landscape Design.   This year’s competitors were:   · David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)   · Elliot Johnson, Reaseheath College   · Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham   · Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College   · Marc Brown, CAFRE   · Nick Bundy, Gadd…

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    • Photo of David Sewell sworn is as APL chairman and Holly Youde as vice chair

      David Sewell sworn is as APL chairman and Holly Youde as vice chair

      The APL Annual Members Meeting took place on Tuesday 19 November at FutureScape. Chairing the meeting was David Sewell, The Gardenmakers, who was officially sworn in as APL Chairman, taking over from Rod Winrow at the end of his tenure.  David Sewell said of his new role as Chairman: “I’m very excited to be taking over from Rod as Chairman of the APL. This is a great privilege for me.   “Under Rod’s tenure, our association has continued to grow and thrive, and I’m honoured to be carrying on with that work. I’m also delighted that Holly has taken up…

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    • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Phil Jones

      The BIG Little Interview – Phil Jones

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    • Photo of New investigation reveals new landscape gardening businesses have an average survival rate of 87%

      New investigation reveals new landscape gardening businesses have an average survival rate of 87%

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    • Photo of Garden Masterclass 2020 schedule announced

      Garden Masterclass 2020 schedule announced

      Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle and horticulturalist, writer and researcher Noel Kingsbury have announced the 2020 Garden Masterclass schedule, running from April to November. New venues for the Garden Masterclass include Exbury gardens, Lowther Castle, Denmans, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Blarney Castle, June Blake’s garden, Hestercombe, Hayne, Coughton Court and Wildside. Events will also take place internationally.   There will be a special focus on the use of trees and shrubs, with new themes that include designing and specifying natural swimming pools and planting designing for the public realm. Some events will be specifically tailored to landscape architects and…

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