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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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    • Melanoma

      Broaching the c-word

      Shane McCormick, southern sales director of the Talasey Group, shares his story of being diagnosed with melanoma to encourage others within the industry to be more aware of the dangers of sun exposure. It was a Friday morning in late April when Shane McCormick was first diagnosed. The ex-landscaper, now southern sales director of the Talasey Group, was due to spend the weekend in Cornwall with his wife and friends. The car was packed, and routes were planned. The last thing for Shane to do was to attend a hospital appointment. Three weeks beforehand, he’d visited his doctor to ask…

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    • Horatio's Garden

      Horatio’s Garden receives Royal Patronage

      Horatio’s Garden is delighted to announce the news that Princess Eugenie has become the charity’s Royal Patron.   Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres.   Having undergone surgery for scoliosis in 2002 at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie has had a small glimpse of how it feels to be confined to a hospital bed and understands the healing powers that gardens offer.   This news is extremely timely for Horatio’s Garden as the charity is within touching distance of raising the total funds needed…

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    • Lim In Chong joins the Show Gardens Assessment Panel at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      Internationally acclaimed garden designer Lim In Chong (Inch) has announced that he’ll join the panel of Show Garden assessors at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019. As a recipient of renowned international awards for his designs including twice winning the Gardening World Cup, Inch will bring a new dimension to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Assessment Panel.   The Assessment Panel will survey each of the Show Gardens. These include the headline Watchmaker’s Garden, the five APL Avenue gardens, the Canal & River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden and many more. The activity culminates with an Awards Ceremony hosted…

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    • Mark Draper

      Mark Draper to run Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK

      In May Mark Draper will be running the Stroud Trail Ultra 40 marathon for Cancer Research UK. Pro Landscaper caught up with Mark to find out more about why he’s doing it and how he’s been training.  I’ve been running now for several years, I find it a great way to switch off and it also keeps me reasonably fit. After completing numerous 10K’s, half Marathons and 5 marathons, I thought I would give an ultra-marathon a go. The training for the Ultra has been quite intense, five days a week, up to 60 miles in a week, with some…

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    • Paul Stone

      Paul Stone appointed as new head of horticulture at Eden

      Award-winning garden designer Paul Stone has been appointed Head of Horticulture at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   With a 30-year record of building gardens, twice winning best in show at the Hampton Court Flower Show and four times winning gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, Paul is a well-known face in the horticulture world.   In his new role, Paul is in charge of a team of 50, working within the Eden Project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the outdoor gardens, 250-acre outer estate and the Eden nursery at nearby Pentewan.   Paul has been part of the Eden horticultural…

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    • Borde Hill

      Michael Marriott to hold a talk at Borde Hill’s Rose Garden

      At Borde Hill Garden this summer one of the world’s most respected rose experts, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, will be providing a talk and exclusive guided tour of Borde Hill’s renowned Rose Garden on 20th June.   In June, Borde Hill’s 750 + strong rose collection will be in full bloom, filling the gardens with heavenly scent. The Rose Garden at Borde Hill has been carefully developed over the last decade. It comprises formal beds bordered by box and lavender, red brick paths and is an array of obelisks and trellises adorned with roses.   The design was…

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    • Xardin

      Xardin supports new talent at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      This year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show in April will see award winning landscape construction and horticultural specialists, Xardin Garden, launch its programme to support new designers and artists entering the horticulture industry.   The inaugural programme, complete with bursary, enables designer Brent Purtell to create his first show garden called “The Xardin Urban Gallery” . This will showcase his take on urban regeneration for the Royal Horticultural Society. Brent recently qualified at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design after he decided to choose a new career making gardens. Edward Mairis, owner of Xardin said: “We celebrate the achievements of the…

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    • AVS

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping welcomes new managing director

      AVS Fencing & Landscaping has set itself up for a year of growth and change, as it welcomes new managing director Stewart Pierce. Stewart Pierce will oversee the brand’s strategic development plans and rebrand.  He joins AVS with 30 years of industry experience.    In his previous role as the financial and commercial director of Parker Building Supplies, he was responsible for their key growth strategy programme and staff development pathway. He will be responsible for driving the business forward and for the continuation of the rebrand and branch upgrades, as well as a widening of the product offering. Stewart Pierce…

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    • Piet Ouldolf

      A new feature-length documentary to be released about Piet Oudolf

       Five Seasons:The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is an immersion in the life and work of the most influential landscape designer of the last 50 years. Piet is responsible for New York’s High Line and many other iconic urban spaces. Closer home, Piet designed the landscaping for the entire site at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. He is in great demand for his revolutionary ideas of what gardens and public spaces can be, and the impact they can have. More than just a movie for gardeners, Five Seasons changes the way all of us think about and ultimately see beauty itself.  …

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    • specification

      Green-tech’s specification department expands

      Green-tech has a team of specification professionals, known as the gtSpecifier team. They focus on technical specification. They create landscape solutions for landscape architects, contractors and garden designers.   gtSpecifier was established to meet the growing demand of specifiers requiring assistance at the specification, estimating and drawing stages of their projects.   The specialist team has the product knowledge and technical expertise to provide advice, guidance and recommendations for bringing landscape designs to fruition. They have the know-how to source the best solutions for a project, working within budget.   The gtSpecifer team has recently restructured and expanded. It is…

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    • Wyevale Nurseries

      Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

      Robin Trumper celebrated his retirement after 39 years of service at Wyevale Nurseries.   Robin, who was an amenity & landscape sales executive at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, started working at the firm in October 1980.   Andy Johnson, managing director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Robin has been an incredibly loyal and committed member of the sales team for nearly 40 years. With an encyclopaedic-like knowledge of plants, suppliers and the history of production methods.   “He was always willing to give an opinion and answer all manner of questions to help colleagues and customers alike. Robin had been considering…

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    • Lee Ferry

      Graffiti to brighten up Harrogate Spring Flower Show

      Mural artist Lee Ferry will be wowing visitors to this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25-28 April) with ideas for transforming the bleakest of back streets with his own brand of garden graffiti. The show’s theme for 2019 is #kerbcouture, exploring how the urban environment could be revolutionised by the use of plants and flowers. Lee aims to inspire visitors to cheer up dreary courtyards and bare garden walls by creating a colourful street mural live during the show.   After starting out as a cartoonist and sign-writer, Lee formed his company, Custom Artwerk, seven years ago. His work has…

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    • Masterclass With Thomas Rainer, ‘Planting In A Post-Wild World’

      Join Landscape Architect, author, and teacher, Thomas Rainer, for a day exclusively focused on the tips, tricks, and design strategies to create more layered, beautiful plantings. Whether your goal is increased resiliency, lower maintenance ecological plantings, or more intensely floriferous perennial borders, the lessons of this day will equip you with a broader toolkit of planting design skills. The day will be split into different sessions. Morning Session: The Big Picture, A New Paradigm in Planting Design Rebuilding Abundance: A Designer’s Guide to Developing Dynamic Plant Communities This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function…

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    • climate change

      Landscape Institute 2019 elections

      Nominations for the 2019 LI elections have opened. The Landscape Institute has called for nominations to its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 session years. LI Board and Council play a crucial part in running the Institute. Alongside the LI staff team, Trustees and Council members help the LI to deliver its purpose under Royal Charter, achieve its business objectives, and equip the profession to meet future challenges. Nominations close on 11 April 2019. The elections will take place online throughout May. Every two years, the LI elects a new generation of officers and Council members…

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    • Natural England

      New data from Natural England shows importance of green spaces for children

      New data by Natural England shows the majority of children and young people are regularly spending time outdoors.   This came from Natural England’s Monitoring of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) report. It found that 70% of all children in England under the age of 16, and 64% of young people aged 16-24 are said to be spending time outside at least once a week. But, there are still clear inequalities with children living in lower income areas. This is due to them being less likely to visit the natural environment compared with those living in areas of higher…

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    • Perennial Marathon Month

      Perennial’s Marathon Month for June 2019

      To help mark Perennial’s 180th anniversary, it has launched Perennial Marathon Month. A new virtual fundraising event taking place throughout June 2019. Perennial is challenging people to walk or run a marathon within a month and the best part is, every step counts.   Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says:   “We know how busy life can be, especially for people who work in horticulture, and it can be difficult to fit training and fundraising in to life’s many demands. But so many people tell us they would raise money for Perennial if they had the time. So we’ve…

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    • Talasey Group

      BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

      The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched another Regional Centre of Excellence at the HQ for Talasey Group in Doncaster.   Regional Centres of Excellence have been quick to open at various locations across the UK. This will give BMF members in the local area access to BMF training and events closer to home.   The launch of a centre at Talasey Group emphasises the network’s significant growth in the past year.   It also provides BMF members based in and around Yorkshire with a convenient facility, from which to attend events and training.   Talasey Group offer a diverse…

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    • Shared parental leave

      What is Shared Parental Leave ?

      Shared parental leave provides an opportunity for eligible parents to take advantage of additional flexibility in the way they choose to care for a new arrival to the family. It allows parents to share caring responsibilities evenly or have one parent taking the main caring role, depending on their preferences and circumstances. Unlike maternity/adoption leave, eligible employees can stop and start their shared parental leave and return to work between periods of leave with each eligible parent able to submit three notices booking periods of leave (although an employer may allow more). In April 2015, the government allowed new parents…

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