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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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  • Royal Bath & West Show

    Top awards for idverde at Royal Bath & West Show

    idverde’s Robin Ware has won Gold and the People’s Choice Award for his ‘Pop Up Garden’ at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show.   Robin, who is currently studying for his Level 2 Landscaping qualification through idverde’s Performance Campus, with support from our training partner Element Skills Training, is based at idverde’s Chippenham contract.   Based on the theme of ‘Re-use and Recycle’, Robin’s design featured chairs and planters made from wooden pallets. As well as flower planters made from plastic bottles and tyres, and a wall made from glass bottles. The 3m x 3m garden was constructed in…

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  • Beth Chatto

    Beth Chatto OBE to be awarded Iconic Horticultural Hero Award at RHS Hampton Court

    Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this July. Beth, who sadly passed away in 2018, aged 94, was the founder of the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market and her “right plant in the right place” ethos has inspired generations of gardeners. As part of the 2019 festival the RHS will reveal a drought-resistant garden in tribute to the late Beth Chatto. The garden will champion her ethos of sustainable planting when gardening in difficult conditions.   Beth’s vision of sustainable gardening and “right plant…

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  • Piet Oudolf and Thomas Piper

    Behind the scenes of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

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  • Woodland Trust volunteers

    Woodland Trust recognised for its work with volunteers

    The Woodland Trust has been recognised for the opportunities it gives to volunteers.   The charity has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This is after being assessed against a range of best practice standards and having proved to excel in the areas of recruitment, safety standards, management, support, recognition and value.   The charity has 3,226 roles for volunteers who undertake invaluable work for trees and woods and nature across the UK. Without them its fight to protect and create woodlands would not be as strong.   Paul Taylor, National volunteering manager at the Woodland Trust said:…

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  • Young Horticulturalist of the year 2019

    Richard Moore wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019

    Kew Botanical horticulturist and Pershore graduate, Richard Moore has won the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2019.   Richard, who graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Horticulture in 2017, will receive the £2,500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust. He will be able to use it to fund horticultural travel anywhere in the world.   Richard said: “Being a part of the Young Horticulturist of the Year has been an incredible experience which has pushed me to improve my horticultural knowledge. It has allowed me to make many new friends and connections within the horticultural industry”…

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  • Jo Thompson celebrates 10 years at Chelsea

    Over the last decade Jo Thompson has established her reputation as one of the UK’s leading landscape and garden designers. During which time she has triumphed at Chelsea: winning four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals, as well as in ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   May 2019 sees her once again at the horticultural helm at Chelsea – this time designing the Wedgwood Garden.   As well as the Wedgwood Garden in the main show ground, Jo’s work can also be seen across the road at Chelsea Barracks. This is in the form of…

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  • Online voting opens for Landscape Institute Board and Council elections

    Voting for the Landscape Institute (LI) Advisory Council and Board of Trustees elections 2019 is now open. This year, LI members will cast their votes to fill 11 positions: President Elect Vice-President Honorary Secretary 7 Ordinary Advisory Council Members (Chartered) 1 Ordinary Advisory Council Member (Student) All Landscape Institute (LI) members will receive an email directing them to the LI elections website, where they can access candidate statements, videos, and links to vote for the positions they are eligible to elect. (If you have not received your email, please contact Mi-Voice support: [email protected] or +44 (0)2380 763987.) There are a total of 20…

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