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    • Woodlands Trust

      Woodland Trust appoints new CEO

      The Woodland Trust the appointment of Dr Darren Moorcroft, currently director of estate and woodland outreach, as chief executive.  He will take up the role on 1 October 2019.   Having worked in conservation for over 20 years, Darren’s experience has already helped the Trust plant over 3 million trees in 2018 with schools, local communities and landowners. He has established the UK’s most ambitious landscape programme – the Trust’s Northern Forest Programme which will see 50 million trees planted along the M62 corridor, enabled the Trust to buy its first mountain at Ben Shieldaig, and spearheaded the UK’s first Young People’s…

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    • Paul Downer

      Paul Downer receives prestigious award from Writtle University College

      On 6th September 2019 Paul Downer, Managing Director and owner of Oak View Landscapes Limited, was honoured at the Writtle University College (WUC) Graduation Ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral with an honorary Fellowship.   The criteria for awarding an Honorary Fellowship includes recognition for those who have: served WUC with distinction in an honorary capacity, made a contribution over a substantial period of time, promoted the welfare of students enhanced the prestige of the university college contributed to the growth, prosperity, interests or welfare of the university college. In Paul’s case, his nomination was for three areas. Distinction in the landscape…

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    • European Garden Award

      The RHS has won a European Garden Award

      The RHS has won a European Garden Award in the category ‘Europe’s Heritage of Gardens and Gardening’.   This prestigious international prize is awarded by the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN), led by the Schloss Dyck Foundation, Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Culture in Juechen (Germany).   The RHS was chosen from a shortlist of three in the category ‘Europe’s heritage of gardens and gardening,’ which broadly covers the RHS Gardens and Shows as well as the work the charity does across training, education and raising awareness of gardening, so the win is a significant recognition of the RHS’s…

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    • Deere & Company

      Deere & Company board elects John May as CEO

      The Deere & Company board of directors has elected John C May as a member of the board, effective immediately, and to the position of chief executive officer, effective November 4, 2019. May has served as Deere’s president and chief operating officer since April 2019.   “John’s record of success and proven leadership skills make him highly qualified to lead Deere and guide its success in the years ahead,” said Samuel R Allen, chairman and chief executive officer.   “His experience in precision agriculture, information technology and overseas operations will be instrumental in driving the company’s digitalisation journey and extending…

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    • British Sugar TOPSOIL appoints new sales manager

      Kevin Harden, formerly responsible for business development and key accounts at Harrowden Turf, has joined British Sugar TOPSOIL as a Sales Manager. Kevin’s role will be to generate new business for British Sugar TOPSOIL’s production facilities at Bury St Edmunds and Wissington near King’s Lynn. Kevin will be working alongside National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch and colleagues Natalie Gudgin, Grace Townsend and Kim Campton. Kevin is very much looking forward to his new role: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be joining a company for which I have always had the very greatest respect.…

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    • Rachel de Thame to open 2019 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

      This year RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show will be opened by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame.   More than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a wide range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants.    In the National Dahlia Society Show’s floral marquee visitors can view more than 100 vibrant competition classes of dahlias in all shapes, sizes and colours. On 7 and 8 September, visitors can bring their most impressive home-grown specimens to be judged by an expert panel in the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition Creations by the Surrey region of…

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    • APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

      WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place from 22-27 August and representing the UK in Landscape Gardening were 2017 APL WorldSkills UK competitor Sam Taylor and 2016 competitor Shea McFerran.   The duo did a fantastic job and achieved an amazing fourth place as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill level.   Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran said: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the…

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    • Des Stokes promoted to key account director at Global Stone

      Global Stone are delighted to announce that Des Stokes has been promoted into the role of key account director. Des has been with Global Stone for over nine years and has 25 years experience within this industry. His new role sees him responsible for new business development within the independent merchant landscaping sector as well continuing his responsibility for managing the External Sales team. Under new ownership since late 2018 Global Stone has an ambitious growth target and the contribution that Des will make in this new role will be key in helping drive sales to achieve this.

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    • 2019 APL WorldSkills finalists announced

      Heats for the APL WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. The final heat of the competition took place at the end of July, and over the three days 14 competitors from colleges around the UK took part in industry led training sessions and tests.Tests included paving, disc cutting, carpentry, garden design and a plant ident. The test pieces directly assessed the competitors on what they had been taught, which focused on the latest developments and innovations in the…

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    • Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge

      Kate Savill & Tamara Bridge win Great Gardening Challenge

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    • John Melmoe to join Bowles & Wyer as a non-executive director

      Bowles & Wyer and Melmoe have revealed that they had been in informal discussions for a few months, before a joint decision was made to work together. “John Melmoe’s addition to the B&W team is a huge boost for us” said Bowles & Wyer Chief Executive, John Wyer. “We have always admired Willerby Landscapes, who built up an unrivalled reputation and sustained growth under John’s direction. We felt that there was a strong overlap between the two companies – we have a lot of shared values and both have developed business models built around long-term partnering with clients. We’re really…

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    • Garden designers

      VIDEO: SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

      The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Featuring interviews with three registered members of the Society – Lee Bestall MSGD, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and Adolfo Harrison MSGD – the film highlights the process and stages involved in commissioning a registered member from the initial brief through to the finished garden. Shot on location in London, Sheffield and Hampshire, the film features interviews with clients who share their positive experiences of working with two of the designers featured in the film and the…

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    • Kristian Reay RHS Young Designer Of The Year Interview

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    • Judging panel returns for 2019 Arbordeck Awards

      As the summer hots up, the decking season is in full swing: and so are the Arbordeck Awards, with several proud installers already having submitted their entries to this year’s scheme. Once again, four expert judges will be on hand to cast their eyes over the best of the UK Trex and Arbordeck softwood timber decks, looking out for the most creative designs, the best use of space, and the highest quality of installation. Sarah Francis, product marketing manager at Arbor Forest Products returns as head judge, alongside Pro Landscaper Magazine’s managing director, Jim Wilkinson, Trex’s market manager, Alan Hodkinson,…

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    • Green-tech's new starters

      16 new starters join Green-tech in the first six months of 2019

      Since January of this year Green-tech has welcomed 16 new starters and seen three promotions.   The new starters are across all departments and include Tim Howcroft who joins on a secondment to fulfil a newly created position as warehouse systems manager. Tim will oversee the setting up of a more advanced warehousing operation which will become effective once the phase 2 warehousing is built for Green-tech.   Joshua Hebden, Joshua Rimmer, John Turton, AJ Paralimnitis and Jack Isaac have all joined the ever-expanding warehouse team. This is to accommodate increased dispatch hours and a notable upturn in the number…

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    • APL WorldSkills 2019 final national heat announced

      Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, Highgrove Landscaping Ltd, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College – Pershore College, Wiltshire College and Writtle University College. The 14 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are: Daniel…

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    • Caribbean Blinds MD Named Young Business Person of the Year

      Caribbean Blinds talks to Pro Landscaper about how the company has grown and how the managing director, Stuart Dantzic, has been named Young Business Person of the Year. Caribbean Blinds, established in 1987, are the UK’s leading family owned designer, manufacturer and installer of luxury external shading systems. From stylish patio awnings that provide instant shade and shelter, to innovative external blinds that keep buildings cool and award winning louvered roofs (Outdoor Living PodTM) that enable year round use of outdoor spaces, Caribbean Blinds have the perfect external shading system for every application, requirement and budget. Stuart Dantzic took the…

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    • LCGD

      LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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    • Kew Guild honours Tim O’Hare

      The Kew Guild – the association for alumni of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – is recognising the outstanding contribution to the environment of soil and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. This exclusive class of membership is limited to just 25 at any one time and is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient.   Tim qualified as a soil scientist more than 25 years ago and since starting his own consultancy, Tim O’Hare Associates, in 2006 he has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of the most iconic and influential landscape…

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    • Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL named RHS vice president

      Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent, OBE DL has been appointed Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it was announced earlier this week. The honorary role of Vice President is awarded in recognition of distinguished service and support for the charity’s mission to inspire everyone to grow. A keen gardener and long-time education champion, Baroness Floella Benjamin was made an RHS Ambassador in 2016 to support the benefits of gardening for young people and communities. Since then she has supported the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Greening Great Britain – a call for the creation of more…

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    • Madeleine Evans

      [email protected] elects a new committee

      Following [email protected]’s AGM, it has announced that Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services accepted the role of chair for a second year.   Madeleine said: “I am pleased to accept the role of chair again this year and hope to be able to devote more time to promoting the association and supporting members with our events. As well as encouraging more members to get involved in whatever ways they can. The first opportunity for this will be National Plants at Work Week in July when I hope even more members than last year will take part.”   To support Madeleine, David…

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    • andrew wilson

      Andrew Wilson: It’s worse than I thought

      Andrew Wilson looks at our attitude towards plants in our wider environment and ponders on the concept of ‘plant blindness’. Originally, I was an urban boy growing up in St Helens which, although it has its good points, is basically an industrial town. I remember being fascinated by plants and gardens but suddenly felt disadvantaged when I started studying landscape architecture. Many fellow students came from rural backgrounds and it seemed they had an innate knowledge of trees and plant species in the wider landscape. Gradually, with study and experience, that plant knowledge has expanded dramatically, but mainly because I’m…

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    • New Chair

      New Chair appointed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Board

      Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.   Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.   Dame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018. As well as Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011. She is also the Lead Independent Director for…

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    • Alan Titchmarsh to open Harlow Carr Flower Show

      The RHS has announced that gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh is to open the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show at 10.30am on 21 June. This is to mark 70 years of the North Yorkshire garden.The RHS Ambassador and Vice-President, who celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 May, will give a talk about his life in horticulture. As well as putting the final touches to a floral cake to open the show.   The Northern Horticultural Society leased the land for RHS Garden Harlow Carr from the Harrogate Corporation in 1949 and the garden opened to the public in 1950. Once…

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    • Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

      On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019. Successful candidates President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%) Vice President Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%) Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%) Non-Chartered Board Member Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed Advisory Council Ordinary Members Catherine Birkin CMLI,…

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