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    Petrifying plants

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  • Photo of Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

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

    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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  • Photo of Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

    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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  • Photo of Johnsons team up with Evoke to create an outdoor learning area in West Yorkshire

    Johnsons team up with Evoke to create an outdoor learning area in West Yorkshire

    Johnsons of Whixley has recently teamed up with Evoke Landscape Design Ltd to create an outdoor learning area at Hightown Junior Infant & Nursery School, Liversedge.   The junior school already has an extensive allotment and orchard on the grounds as well as an area for rearing chickens and ducks.   The new area designed by Bradford landscape design business Evoke will further enhance the outdoor learning space and hopes to encourage wildlife. With 120 used tyres from a local garage added to create a living retaining wall around the new area, the tyres have been filled with sensory plants…

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  • Photo of The UK’s first houseplant hotel suites open

    The UK’s first houseplant hotel suites open

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  • Photo of Bernhard’s Nurseries keeps growing

    Bernhard’s Nurseries keeps growing

    Rugby based Bernhard’s Nurseries has had another big year supplying show gardens, with success in over 20 gardens across RHS Chelsea, Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Tatton Park and plans for an even bigger 2020 are already in place.   Sales manager Lewis Normand, who coordinates all show garden projects told us: “We’ve really enjoyed working with some amazing designers this year, and we feel that we have produced some pretty special plants for them. Next year we have further expansion plans thanks to our general manager, John Marsden who is actively adding to our infrastructure.”   This means that Bernhard’s…

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  • Photo of Planting Healthy Air in Schools scheme launched

    Planting Healthy Air in Schools scheme launched

    Trees for Cities has teamed up with Mapping for Change and Lancaster University to launch an innovative new programme called “Planting Healthy Air in Schools”. This will help improve the air quality and outdoor experience of children and teachers in some of London’s most polluted schools.   Through Planting Healthy Air in Schools, Trees for Cities will test green infrastructure, design and planting techniques to screen airborne pollution. The project will redesign parts of the playground where air quality is particularly poor. By planting trees and other vegetation to filter out airborne pollutants, as well as creating woodland shelters and…

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  • Photo of Plant takes botanical world’s first selfie at ZSL London Zoo

    Plant takes botanical world’s first selfie at ZSL London Zoo

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  • Photo of Shell to fund Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits

    Shell to fund Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits

    Scottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy. Shell confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits. This has sparked a controversy amongst industry experts. Responding, Scottish Green land reform spokesperson Andy Wightman said: “No wonder the Scottish Government has been so reluctant to begin a transition away from fossil fuels. They are in bed with the big businesses responsible. “First, we saw how BP sponsored a discussion on how to reach net zero at SNP conference, and now we…

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  • Photo of Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

    Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

    A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20%…

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    Bring biophilia to your office

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  • Photo of Eden gives bees a chance with new observation hive

    Eden gives bees a chance with new observation hive

    The Eden Project is celebrating becoming a protected bee reserve for an important local honey bee by unveiling a new observation hive which will enable visitors see how these fascinating creatures live.   The Great Hive Mind is a striking installation made from reclaimed scaffolding poles. It contains an observation hive which is home to a colony of around 25,000 bees expected to rise to more than 50,000 by next summer. It is situated in Eden’s Outer Estate in a field full of wild flowers above Eden’s Wild Chile area and was unveiled at a launch event on October 9.…

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  • Photo of Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

    Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

    Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity. The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area. As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas. One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network. The…

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  • Photo of More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

    More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

    Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.   Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.   Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to…

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  • Photo of RHS grows houseplant and floristry offering

    RHS grows houseplant and floristry offering

    The Royal Horticultural Society is to expand its houseplant and cut flower offering as it responds to changing habits among the UK’s 27 million gardeners. Acknowledging the popularity of indoor displays on social media, the increasingly limited access to outdoor growing space and an ever expanding interest in the health and wellbeing benefits of plants, the charity has pooled a group of professionals from across the industry to serve on its Houseplant and Cut Flower Advisory Group. Including botanist James Wong and designer Jonathan Moseley, the group will advise on houseplant and floristry provision across RHS retail, gardens, shows and…

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  • Photo of 55,000 free trees to be given away to Londoners

    55,000 free trees to be given away to Londoners

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced that 55,000 free trees are available for Londoners. This is for individuals to plant in their gardens and shared green spaces, and for larger community led ‘plant-athons’.   The 55,000 free trees are part of a total of 95,000 new trees the Mayor is helping Londoners plant this autumn and winter, including during National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December 2019). The Mayor is working with the Woodland Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to provide 30,000 free trees for Londoners to plant in their gardens. A further 25,000…

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  • Photo of Prince Harry encourages people to “look up” and share the beauty of trees

    Prince Harry encourages people to “look up” and share the beauty of trees

    HRH The Duke of Sussex has partnered with National Geographic to become guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account on Monday September 30th, as people from all over the world are encouraged to ‘look up” and share the beauty of trees.   Working with Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, The Duke of Sussex will take control of the Nat Geo Instagram account, which reaches over 123 million followers, to curate a new set of beautiful images of forest canopies, all taken by National Geographic photographers.   This partnership…

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  • Photo of Over half of Europe’s native trees face extinction

    Over half of Europe’s native trees face extinction

    Over half (58%) of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction. This is according to assessments of the state of the continent’s biodiversity published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The introduction of invasive species, unsustainable logging and urban development are key threats causing the decline of tree species such as the horse-chestnut across Europe.   The newly published European Red List of Trees evaluated the conservation status of all 454 tree species native to the continent. It found that two fifths (42%) are regionally threatened with extinction. Among Europe’s endemic trees 58% were found to be…

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  • Photo of 250,000 new plants to put Chatsworth’s Arcadia in full bloom

    250,000 new plants to put Chatsworth’s Arcadia in full bloom

     A series of huge new plantings, including more than 250,000 flowering perennials, shrubs and trees in Chatsworth’s world-famous 105-acre garden is set to transform an overlooked, undeveloped 15-acre area at its heart, now named Arcadia.   More than 80,000 plants will be used during the first phase of Arcadia, which starts in September and continues through into spring 2020. Working to a plan by the celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart Smith and supported by the Gucci fashion house, Arcadia will include the creation of new, meadow-like glades connected by woodland walks and featuring a major new sculpture installation. It is…

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  • Photo of Public vote for their favourite clematis in RHS People’s Choice Award

    Public vote for their favourite clematis in RHS People’s Choice Award

    The public has crowned their favourite new Clematis in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards.   Visitors to the trial fields at RHS Garden Harlow Carr voted in their thousands across 28 latest varieties of clematis put to the test this summer.   Clematis KINGFISHER (‘Evipo037’) wowed visitors with its profusion of indigo flowers and creamy yellow anthers. Runner up Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska-Curie’ was described by one voter as “spectacular – like a bride in bloom” while Clematis Zara = ‘Evipo062’ secured third place with its abundance of delicate lilac flowers and a long flowering life.  …

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  • Photo of The Woodland Trust calls for one million people to plant a tree

    The Woodland Trust calls for one million people to plant a tree

    The Woodland Trust is launching a “Big Climate Fightback”. The campaigns aim is to get one million people to join the fight against climate change by pledging to plant a tree by Saturday 30 November 2019.   The day falls in National Tree Week, a week of tree planting organised by the Tree Council and is also Tree Charter Day – a national day of celebration of trees and woods.   The Woodland Trust will be hosting public tree planting days across the UK on 30 November. There will be at least one event in each of Northern Ireland, Scotland…

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  • Photo of The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

    The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

    The Royal Parks have collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music to create the Music for Trees app. The app will allow visitors to listen to music under the trees of The Regent’s Park as well as learning about the trees.   The geo-location app will come to life in Gloucester Gate, situated in the north-east corner of The Regent’s Park. This area of parkland is home to over 30 species of trees that include walnut, hornbeam, ash and London plane.   The initiative was the idea of The Royal Parks’ Arboricultural Officer, Matt Steinmann. He wanted visitors to notice…

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    5 trees for outstanding autumn colour

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  • Photo of New floral displays brighten up Luton Airport Parkway station

    New floral displays brighten up Luton Airport Parkway station

    Luton Airport Parkway station has been given a colourful makeover thanks to the installation of new floral displays.   A team of Govia Thameslink Railway staff cleared five sacks worth of debris and litter from undergrowth at the front of the station. They then installed 10 wooden planters full of locally-sourced flowers and shrubs.   Now that the area has been cleared, staff intend to sow wildflower seeds to encourage bees and other insects. Two bird boxes have also been put up in the surrounding trees as part of the gardening project.   Luton Airport Parkway Station Manager Joe Healy…

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