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    • Aberdeen City

      Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

      The art of conservation, a visionary thinker and Britain’s greatest gardens will be explored in a series of public talks in the Granite City this autumn. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust – which is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland – is hosting “Aberdeen Heritage Lectures” in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Robert Gordon University, where the lectures will take place. In “From Walling Brick to PhD. What’s the Point?” which was held on October 9, Tim Meek described the importance of lime harl and other traditional coatings as surface finishes throughout Scottish history. Tim’s work includes…

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    • 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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    • Eden Project North

      Morecambe community to engage in Eden Project North conversations

      Eden Project North is moving forward as the people of Morecambe are being asked to share their ideas.   The project aims to combine indoor and outdoor experiences which connect people with the significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing wellbeing.   It will look to inspire connection with the natural world through a series of zones. The zones will be housed in mussel shell-shaped domes and linked together with an entrance area known as the Bay Hall.   The Above the Bay area will be an environment filled with plants and art exhibits. Showcasing natural abundance and…

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    • New film from Sir David Attenborough and The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery

      Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts has made a short film with the charity to provide answers to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK.   In the film Sir David calls for powerful new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more and for a Nature Recovery Network.   Sir David Attenborough says in the film:   “A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival. We need wild places to thrive. Yet many of our systems and laws have failed the natural world.…

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    • Renson’s got you covered

      Renson’s premium ambassador Garden House Design had a client who wanted to create a private spa area including a hot tub in their garden as their property is located amongst a busy urban setting. With an understanding of what the client wanted, Garden House Design suggested the Renson Camargue, an aluminium louvered canopy, to sit over the client’s hot tub. It was ideal not only to meet its client’s requirements, but also a beautiful and contemporary solution with exceptional design flair. The Camargue’s design provides sun protection and ventilation according to the needs of the environment and the client. The…

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    • 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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    • HS2

      The Government announces its approach to ancient woodlands during the Oakervee Review

      The Government has announced that it has assessed 11 ancient woodlands, parts of which were due to be affected by preparations to build HS2, during the period of the Oakervee review. It has said that work will now be deferred to Autumn or Winter 2020 on five of these sites, and to early 2020 on six of the sites.   The work affecting 11 ancient woodlands will be deferred as follows: Five sites to be deferred to Autumn / Winter 2020   Roughknowles Wood North Wood Un-named copse off Drayton Lane Rookery Wood Burnt Firs Six sites to be deferred…

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    • LOROS Hospice creates new remembrance garden

      Coles Nurseries along with East Midlands Landscaping were contacted by LOROS to assist and support with the building of a remembrance garden for their “Always Remembered” event in Jubilee Square, Leicester. The theme for this year’s event was the “Robin”.   LOROS Hospice is a local charity that every year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.   LOROS, East Midlands Landscaping and Vince from Coles Nurseries agreed on a range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous lines to create the…

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    • Topping out ceremony held for National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Osborne held a topping out ceremony this week (Tuesday 24 September) to mark the completion of the steel structure for the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey.   The new Centre, which will open in 2021, will be a ground-breaking centre for horticultural science and learning. Helping to inspire the next generation of horticulturists and showcasing the RHS’s previously unseen scientific work.   Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne and Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS tightened the final bolt of the steel frame of the building…

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    • Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT awards shortlist announced

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    • 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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    • VIDEO: New Forms Gardens

      On Wednesday 28 August Pro Landscaper visited London Bridge station to see the launch of the New Forms gardens. The gardens were commissioned by Team London Bridge, with support from Network Rail, and were delivered by Cityscapes. The four garden installations were designed by Ula Maria, Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson, reusing materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The launch event was a great chance to see the hard work that had gone into creating these temporary installations. Watch the video below to see what the gardens look like and hear more about the…

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    • Charity Horatio’s Garden open their fourth garden

      Horatio’s Garden Oswestry was officially opened on Sunday 22 September 2019, by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy. The garden aims to support spinal injury patients and their loved ones spending time in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.   The charity aspires to establish a Horatio’s Garden at each of the 11 spinal centres across the UK. It has gardens currently open in Salisbury, Scotland and Stoke Mandeville. They also have projects planned for London and Cardiff, which are due to be complete by 2022.   Their latest garden has been designed by…

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    • The Big Climate Fight Back

      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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    • Brambledown Landscapes create new 10 mile stretch of coastal footpaths

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd were appointed as Main Contractors on 4 phase project to create 10 miles of new Coastal footpaths by Stockton Borough Council.   In a Grand opening ceremony carried out by Natural England’s Chair Tony Jupiter, the new coastal footpath runs along the Tees estuary.   The route will pass key tourist attractions such as the Transporter Bridge, the RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve and the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, helping people to explore the natural and diverse wildlife which have made the area their home.   Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper said: “This stretch will give walkers…

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    • HS2

      Transport Secretary halts destruction of ancient woodlands by HS2 until review concludes

      Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has ordered that removals of ancient woodlands for HS2 be stopped during the independent review into the project. This is unless they are shown to be absolutely necessary to avoid major cost and schedule impacts, should the scheme proceed as planned.   The Transport Secretary told HS2 Ltd to review its ancient woodlands clearance programme – and assess what removals can be halted until after the examination of HS2, led by Doug Oakervee, has reported in autumn.   He recognised the concerns of local residents and campaigners that clearing ancient woodland is irreversible.…

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    • Andy

      Andy Sturgeon – Making the modern garden

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    • LI launches new case studies directory

      A new case study directory and editor for Landscape Institute registered practices are now live.   The editor allows registered practices to upload any number of projects, showcasing them to fellow members, clients and the public. The directory displays all case studies from LI registered practices with an active membership, as well as LI Awards winners and projects featured as case studies in official LI publications.   The directory and the editor are sleeker and easier to use for both practices and visitors. There is an intuitive new category selection to help classify and find projects of a certain type, as well…

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    • Bursary

      LDA Design launches bursary to support landscape architecture students

      To celebrate its 40th year, LDA Design is awarding five one-year bursaries worth £2,000 each to support and encourage those studying landscape architecture or urban design in the UK, at undergraduate or post-graduate level. In addition, we will also offer the recipients the opportunity of paid work experience with us.   LDA Design have said:   “We are committed to encouraging a wider range of students into our professions. We intend for one or more of the bursaries to be allocated to students who have faced challenges to pursuing higher education.   To help the selection process, we are setting…

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    • Green-tech supply Green-tree soils for £30m refurbishment programme

      One of the UK’s busiest retail sites, Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees, is undergoing its biggest overhaul for 30 years. Owner, leading UK property company British Land has undertaken a £30m programme of enhancements, of which £1.6m has been allocated to new landscaping, over a period of 18 months and 12 phases.   The majority of the landscaping centres around the new car parking layout, which has been totally re-designed to improve accessibility, traffic flow and reduce ‘conflict’. It is being carried out by Gavin Jones Limited.   Two key pedestrian routes have been added as well as an open-air courtyard,…

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    • £1.3m project Biophilic Wales given the go-ahead

      A £1.3m project, Biophilic Wales, that promises to boost the well-being of Welsh people, plants and pollinators has been given the green light.   ‘Biophilic Wales’ is being led by the National Botanic Garden of Wales and funded by Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being Grant. The main delivery partners in the project are Swansea Bay University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales and Swansea University.   The overall aim of Biophilic Wales is to increase the well-being of people, biodiversity and the environment, throughout Wales, using three interconnected work packages: Inspiring Spaces, Grasslands for Life and Plants for People.…

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    • South Wales’ ‘lost peatlands’ granted funding to help restore it

      Funding will help restore over 540 hectares of neglected landscape and habitat, once known as the Alps of Glamorgan.   The Lost Peatlands of South Wales project is aiming to restore a historic peatland landscape.   The project has been awarded £260,000 by The National Lottery to develop its plans further. It can then apply for a larger grant of over £1.8million once its plans are fully developed.   This grant is the first major award given in The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new focus areas of Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf. These have been identified as the two areas in…

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    • Heatherwick studio designs a gigantic planted pergola

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    • Hundreds of trees planted in a pilot to help reduce flood risk

      Hundreds of trees have been planted as part of the first project to trial natural flood management techniques to help improve protection for the people of Leeds and living near the River Aire. The pilot site on a working farm at Eshton Beck, Gargrave now has 650 new trees planted by staff and trainees from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and volunteers. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has also worked on three further pilots on the same site, with a whole host of volunteers from the Environment Agency, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Water, The Conservation Volunteers, Craven Conservation Group and SCAPA, a firm based…

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    • Raingarden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh proves success

      A new, experimental Raingarden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has proved its worth during recent heavy rainfall. It may also influence future site management and planting schemes for coping with climate change.   The Raingarden, completed in spring this year, features a range of carefully selected plants in a special mix of soil, compost, sand and gravel.  Following the August downpours, the garden successfully absorbed the excess water that fell, reducing floods on nearby paths and capturing rainwater for the benefit of the plants that grow there.   Measuring 20m long by seven metres wide, the Raingarden is…

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