• Provender

    Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor continue competition

    Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continue into the 8th year of Student Design Competition. Judges selected Clare Waters’ winning design from over 45 designs. The students of Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design each had 5 minutes to present their design to the panel. Each student was then given a Q&A session with feedback from the judging panel. The judging was held over 2 days at the Regent’s Park campus.   The judging panel consists of Liz Hughes at Provender Nurseries, Judy Fish of CEPC at Regent’s Park and Ric Glenn at CEPC, Regent’s Park.   The panel had…

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  • The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

    The UK has been gifted 6,500 sakura trees by Japan as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project. The project will see the planting of the trees across the UK’s parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK. The sakura cherry trees will be distributed to 400 schools and 160 sites across the UK. The first trees were planted at a ceremony at The Regents park in London.    His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine, as well as the Founder and Joint Chairman of Sakura Cherry Tree Project…

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  • Landscape Institute to plant trees to mark the 90th birthday of the Institute

    In conjunction with the Luton Parks Service, the Landscape Institute will plant nine mature trees in Luton to mark the 90th birthday of the Landscape Institute. The project is kindly sponsored by Marshalls, and will comprise part of the creation of an arboretum in Wardown Park, Luton. The arboretum seeks to inform and educate local visitors on the value of trees. In particular relation to health, air quality, wildlife and biodiversity. The project aims specifically to connect children with nature whilst providing an educational resource in relation to climate change and the causes of pollution.   It is intended that pupils…

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  • New hope for trees affected by ash dieback

    New research has identified the genetic basis of resistance to ash dieback in UK trees, opening up new avenues for conservation. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sequenced the DNA from over 1,250 ash trees to find inherited genes associated with ash dieback resistance.   The study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, showed that resistance is controlled by multiple genes, offering hope that surviving trees could be used to restore diseased woodlands, either by natural regeneration or selective breeding.   Professor Richard Nichols, author of the study from Queen Mary University of…

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  • David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root planting

    David Austin Roses have announced that its range of bare root roses now comes in sustainable packaging.   Without the need for a pot, these dormant plants have until now been packaged in an inner carrier made of plastic, accompanied by paperwork protected in a separate plastic covering. Designed to lock in vital natural moisture and prevent dehydration during delivery and storage, these carriers provide vital protection in transit.   Richard Austin, head of marketing explains this more:   “Removing these carriers in their entirety wasn’t an option but we knew a plastic-free solution was out there. We wanted something…

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  • Aerial gardeners plant orchids in the treetops at Eden

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  • Highdown gardens

    Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens collected

    Seeds from an extremely rare plant at Highdown Gardens have been sent to a special bank to help preserve the species.   Experts from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens visited the Worthing gardens to train volunteers in how to collect seeds which could be used for propagation at later stages.   The Kew experts are part of the Botanic Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank project at Wakehurst. There a growing collection of seeds from around the world, aiming to provide a safety net for species at risk of extinction.   Saving the many exotics at Highdown is part of the new project…

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  • Hundreds of Houseplants Set To Invade RHS Garden Wisley

    Hundreds of houseplants will be growing, overflowing and taking over the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley from 25 January to 1 March 2020.   A lost and abandoned Victorian house has been overrun by houseplants. Every room is filled with plants we know and love, grown wildly out of control. From a parlour palm lounging in an armchair to a giant fern taking a bath, this is a world where the plants set the rules.   The exhibition Giant Houseplant Takeover, created by the Glasshouse team, is aimed at inspiring everyone to think about quirky and innovative ways to grow…

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  • Stanmer Park

    Horse power arrives in Stanmer Park, Brighton

    A team of heavy horses are the latest recruits to the council’s countryside team at Stanmer Park.   Led by Dan and Jess Brown, the Comptois horses will spend the next three weeks helping to clear sycamore and ash trees thinned out as part of the park’s Woodland Management Plan.   Horses have traditionally been used to move logs from woodland to avoid using heavy machinery and minimise damage to the other trees and the forest floor.   The selective thinning of the trees will make space for planting a range of species and allow younger trees to thrive.  …

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  • alpine blue-sow thistle

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to save rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle

    Conservationists at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working to ensure the survival of the rare and endangered alpine blue-sow thistle in Scotland are attempting to establish a new population of the species. The beautiful but elusive flower has now been planted along a small gorge at the Water of Clunie in the centre of the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, where it is hoped it will thrive.   Alpine blue-sowthistle (Cicerbita alpina) is an extremely rare plant in the UK, with only four populations known to survive naturally in the wild, on ledges and in gullies on remote mountains in the…

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  • Highdown Gardens

    £1m project to rejuvenate Highdown Gardens due to begin

    Highdown Gardens in West Sussex will be closing for improvement works to take place. In order to deliver on a £1m project to protect the fragile plant collection and enhance the visitor experience the Gardens will be closed from December 21 and will reopen in late summer next year.   The improvements will be funded by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The work will include building new greenhouses to help the propagation and preservation of extremely rare plants from around the world, building a brand new visitors’ centre, explore and digitise the archive of this fascinating landmark, create…

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  • RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

    As the UK works towards ambitious tree planting targets, the RHS has announced it is recruiting a tree scientist to advise gardeners on the species best suited to withstand and help minimise the impact of climate change.   A five-year fellowship, jointly funded by the charity and by the horticulture industry, through the generous support of Frank P Matthews Nursery, will identify those trees that will perform well in the future amid more extreme weather events and a changing climate.   The research conducted will provide gardeners, industry and policymakers with planting guides specific to varying situations.   Mark Gush,…

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  • The Woodland Trust restores arboretum in Wales

    The National Lottery support has enabled the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) to bring the historic gardens of Cefn Ila back to life, restoring wildlife habitats and creating acres of new native woodland. Cefn Ila near Usk in Monmouthshire was once the site of a 19th century mansion and gardens. It belonged to the novelist and adventurer Edward Trelawny and was later acquired by Gerard Gustavius Ducarel, the 4th Marquis de la Pasture, whose family had escaped from France during the Revolution. Between the 1940s and the 1970s it was used as a maternity hospital.   The Woodland Trust acquired the…

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  • Living Wall

    McLaren and Biotecture complete work on Europe’s largest living wall

    In the July 2019 issue of Pro Landscaper on pages 84-85 we looked at Europe’s largest living wall that was underway to be installed. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has revealed its £90 million expansion, delivered by green infrastructure company, Biotecture, and McLaren Construction is now complete. The £1.5 million living wall, which measures 25,000 square feet and features 120,000 plants, reduces air pollution and aids biodiversity. Spanning the walls of the new entrance promenade, walkways and many of the 50 new stores, the vertical gardens make this one of the world’s greenest shopping centres.   Richard Sabin, Managing Director of…

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

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  • Mobilane install ivy green screens at school in Sheffield

    Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.   The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and…

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  • Hackney

    5,000 new street trees to be planted in Hackney

    Hackney Council is set to plant 5,000 new street trees by 2022. This will increase canopy cover by 50% in the single largest investment in trees in the history of the borough. Also, the council will deliver an additional 1,000 high-quality trees in parks and green spaces, and work with local volunteers and the third sector to deliver many more. The new commitment expands the council’s existing promise to plant 1,000 trees by 2022. It will see the same number of street trees planted in the next three years than have been planted since 2000. The programme will take a science-based approach to tree…

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  • Woodland Carbon Guarantee

    £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme launched

    The government today (Monday 4 November) launched a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change.   The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and create new woodland in return for payments as those trees grow.   It gives land managers in England the long-term financial income they need to invest in carbon sequestration – the process by which trees lock up and store carbon from the atmosphere.   Successful participants will be offered the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to the government over 35 years…

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  • Anglesey Abbey

    Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden prepares for three-year refresh

    The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey is marking the 21st anniversary of its renowned Winter Garden by embarking on a three-year project to refresh the popular feature. The garden features approximately 150 plant species chosen for their winter colours, scents and textures.   Formerly named the Fairhaven Centenary Walk, the Winter Garden was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Lord Fairhaven, who went on to leave Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966. The then Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, officially opened the garden on 5 November 1998 by planting a…

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  • Tree Cities of the World

    Tree Cities of the World programme unveiled

    Trees for Cities leads the Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation have unveiled their Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom. It is an initiative to recognise cities and towns across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. Trees for Cities is leading the initiative to recruit and support cities throughout the UK to apply for designation.   To achieve recognition, cities must meet the programme’s five…

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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 can easily donate to plant…

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  • Halloween

    Petrifying plants

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  • Perth

    Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

    The Scottish city of Perth has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 55th annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.   The ‘Fair City’ wowed RHS judges with its urban green spaces, pollinator-friendly planting and campaign to raise awareness of and collect plastic waste.   Sustainability is at the heart of Perth’s approach. Parks, gardens and biodiversity hotspots line the River Tay, some of which are designed to mitigate flood risk. Also many seasonal bedding displays have been swapped for plants including foxgloves, Salvia and flowering shrubs to provide year-round food…

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  • Liverpool’s Allerton Oak crowned England’s Tree of the Year

    Liverpool’s lofty Allerton Oak has been crowned England’s Tree of the Year.   The tree, which stands in the city’s Calderstones Park received 34% of more than 11,000 votes cast in the Woodland Trust’s annual competition. It will now represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year contest which begins in February 2020.   Adam Cormack, Head of Campaigning, at the Woodland Trust said:   “The Allerton Oak is a spectacular example of a city tree. It has stood in Calderstones Park for centuries and has an intriguing story. Trees are an important part of the urban landscape…

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  • Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

    Alternative methods of controlling weeds in Exeter city are to be trialled following concerns about glyphosate.   A motion calling for a trial of alternative methods of weeds suppression and management has been backed by the City Council. The trials will be carried out over the next three years. The city council will assess the success or otherwise of the planned reduction strategy in glyphosate use with regular progress reports to the Scrutiny Committee.   The motion that received unanimous backing from the City Council said that there was “increasing evidence of the dangers to both human health and biodiversity…

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