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    • 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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    • 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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    • Look out for revisited: Hugo Bugg

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    • Look out for revisited: Melissa Jolly

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    • Charlotte Murrell

      Look out for revisited: Charlotte Murrell

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    • Eden project

      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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    • The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

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    • Scotscape

      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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    • 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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    • New Year's Honours

      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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    • 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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    • Attenborough nature reserve

      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Phil Jones

      The BIG Little Interview – Phil Jones

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    • landscape gardener

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

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    • Garden Masterclass

      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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      Festive support available from Perennial this Christmas

      Perennial is ready to support families and individuals this Christmas who are feeling the festive strain or struggling with unexpected or life changing events such as redundancy or health issues.   The charity is offering people who work in or are retired from horticulture and are struggling financially this Christmas with up to £100 worth of supermarket vouchers. Perennial is also reminding everyone in horticulture about their wide-ranging tailored, one-to-one support this Christmas.   Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial, says:   “Christmas should be a time of fun and festivities for everyone working in horticulture but often the…

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    • Perennial launches it Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar

      A group of gardeners have stripped off for the Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar. It’s all to raise money for Perennial with proceeds helping fund support services for people facing a wide range of difficulties. The cheeky chaps went the full monty for photographer Debbie Jolliff at Fullers Mill, Perennial’s garden near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and MazeGarden near Chichester. The 2020 calendar follows the success of the group’s first naked outing five years ago and its popular follow up in 2018.   Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Perennial, said:   “It’s fantastic that this group of…

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    • Kate Gould explores the landscape and plants she discovered whilst climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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    • Majestic Trees

      Majestic Trees is offering to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery

      Majestic Trees is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery to learn about tree production. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees.   A student who has completed or is completing their studies in commercial horticulture and has a passion for trees should apply. Students that have previously worked on a tree nursery or studied courses more closely linked to tree production are especially encouraged.   Franziska Goeckeritz, a BSc Horticulture student at Scotland’s Rural College enjoyed a placement with Majestic Trees after applying for a scholarship with DCF.…

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    • David Attenborough

      LI to honour Sir David Attenborough with the Landscape Institute Medal

      The accolade recognises Sir David Attenborough phenomenal contribution to education and to connecting people, place and nature over multiple generations.    Throughout 2019, the year of the Landscape Institute’s 90th anniversary, it has focused on the transformative role the landscape profession has played in the UK and beyond.   It has also looked forward to the important role it will play in dealing with global issues – not least the climate and biological diversity emergency.   To mark this occasion, the LI has chosen a very special candidate for its prestigious Landscape Institute Medal.   The LI awards its medal to…

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    • YouTube stars lead global tree planting campaign #TeamTrees

      Hundreds of the internet’s biggest stars took to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch over the weekend to unveil #TeamTrees. A massive crowdfunding campaign to raise $20M to plant 20M trees by 2020. The campaign raised a staggering $5M within 48 hours of launch. Over $1.75M was raised on YouTube alone, a new record for fundraising on the site. For every $1 raised, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant one new tree in a forest of high need. If #TeamTrees raises all $20 million, that means 20,000,000 new trees go into the ground. Visitors to TeamTrees.org can easily donate to plant…

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    • 30 Under 30

      30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2019 winners announced

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