• Photo of Investing in outdoor space for long term gains

    Investing in outdoor space for long term gains

    A house with quality outdoor space is extremely desirable and outdoor space often dictates the saleability of a property. Having access to a garden alone can add a substantial amount of value to a property yet for maximum benefit, investing some quality time and money into an outdoor space can result in longer-term success; recent research suggests that a well-maintained garden can increase a property’s value by upwards of 20%. Creating a profitable garden does not always have to come at a high-expense or through self-teaching the art of topiary. An outdoor space that requires little maintenance but is still…

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    How smart home will soon become the norm

    Our world is consistently changing and evolving, between artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality, we are constantly connected through technology. But what is already in place in terms of smart homes and what can we expect to see in the years to come? What is a smart home? According to the dictionary, “A smart home refers to a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection using a mobile or other networked device.” A smart home helps you manage your home via the internet with multiple applications. You can control…

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  • Photo of How to start a horticulture business

    How to start a horticulture business

    Opening a new business may be stressful but if you think you’ve got the talent and the resources then you should definitely give it a go. The horticulture industry is valued at more than £5bn each year and employs in excess of 50,000 people. Between garden centres and plant nurseries, there are many opportunities out there. But what does it take to open a business in this industry? We’re sharing some expert tips to help you make the right decisions. Skills Before committing, you need to know if you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. The most…

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    How do gardens make a difference?

    It’s a spring day in Horatio’s Garden at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury. A light breeze ruffles the long grasses on the herbaceous border, and the air hums with the sound of insects and birdsong. Usually, this garden – and its sister gardens in the Glasgow, Stoke Mandeville and Oswestry regional spinal treatment centres – would be filled with people. Patients, visitors, staff and volunteers alike enjoy the beautiful grounds, created by award-winning landscape designers, whether they’re looking to socialise or simply to snatch some peace and quiet in a restful natural setting. Throughout the year,…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 9th April

    Coronavirus Webinar – Pro Landscaper online panel session Thursday 9th April

      Join the second in our series of webinars on dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak. Register here  

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  • Photo of Survey Reveals the True Horror of Coronavirus Pandemic to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry

    Survey Reveals the True Horror of Coronavirus Pandemic to the Ornamental Horticulture Industry

    Sales for ornamentals growers are expected to be down around 50% this year with some expecting a far greater fall in sales.  96% of countries responding predict their industry will be severely impacted.  The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has surveyed its grower association members and other industry associations to understand the impact of COVID-19 and what is happening in different countries. Although still early into the crisis for many countries the timing is critical with the normally busy Spring season and many flower-giving celebrations being directly hit. 70% of respondents expect to see growers going out of business…

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  • Photo of Council’s New Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan Will Help Protect Environment

    Council’s New Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan Will Help Protect Environment

    As global attention focuses ever more closely on the environment, Belfast City Council has published its first Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan. Helping protect green spaces, rivers and other natural assets in the city.   Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson, said:   “Our new Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan is about protecting our environment and improving quality of life.   As the city develops, we need to carefully balance the needs of our residents and our valuable natural habitats. Aiming to protect and create spaces for recreation, improve air quality and encourage wildlife to thrive.…

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  • Photo of Sharrocks Expand with Acquisition

    Sharrocks Expand with Acquisition

    F. R. Sharrock Limited, have acquired the assets of Jacobsen Direct UK in a deal. This will also see responsibility for the distribution of Jacobsen machines & products in the Staffordshire, Shropshire & Derbyshire.   Commenting on the deal, James Sharrock, Managing Director of F. R. Sharrock Limited said:   “Jacobsen Direct UK have done an outstanding job in building direct relationships with landscapers.   These new machines, incorporating knowledge gained in the Utility sector with Ransomes, has produced some of the most innovatively engineered, well-built and robust machines I have seen in my 30 years in the industry.  …

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  • Photo of Works Begin for Poole Life Project

    Works Begin for Poole Life Project

    The latest stage of the Poole Park Life project which focuses on improving access in and around the park, is due to start week commencing 23 March 2020.   The works form part of a £2.7 million National Lottery grant. Awarded to the council in 2017 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for vital improvements to the infrastructure of the park, with Access; Play; Lakes and Lagoons; Heritage and Landscape; and Geese and Wildlife all consulted upon.   The initial stage of the Access works began in February. Starting with the removal of 33…

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  • Photo of Wood Awards 2020 Launches Call for Entries

    Wood Awards 2020 Launches Call for Entries

    The Wood Awards has now launched its 2020 call for entries.   2020 is the 50th anniversary of this prestigious competition. It celebrates excellence in British architecture and product design using wood. Anyone involved in a UK-based wood project is invited to enter and has until 22nd May to submit their applications. There is no entry fee and entrants may submit more than one project.   The wood awards were Established in 1971. They recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but…

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  • Photo of Gardeners World Live 2020 Cancelled

    Gardeners World Live 2020 Cancelled

    River Street Events has taken the decision that, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, it is no longer possible to hold BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020. It is with extreme regret that the decision has been made to postpone the shows until June 2021. Exhibitors and sponsors are being contacted personally.   Anyone who has booked tickets to attend BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be contacted within 14 days regarding refunds. READ NEXT: CORONAVIRUS EFFECT ON EUROPEAN PLANT TRADE   A huge amount of planning has gone into the development of the show, which was scheduled to have…

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  • Photo of Jack Dunckley’s RHS Winning Show Garden

    Jack Dunckley’s RHS Winning Show Garden

    Jack Dunckley has been the inspiring force behind a magnificent show garden near Oxford. The story came to light when Jack was reminiscing on social media about his RHS award-winning show garden ‘Deserts Delight’.  A follower of his commented that this garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival had in actual fact inspired him to produce his very own creative piece in his back garden.   Steve Moodey, had worked in a garden centre for 12 years but found that rare or unusual plants were hard to find.  After seeing how well a Musella Lasiocarpa grew in his sisters garden, this prompted his…

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  • Photo of FlowerTrials® Board Release Coronavirus Statement

    FlowerTrials® Board Release Coronavirus Statement

    Following the general guidelines relating to the COVID-19 Corona virus in The Netherlands, the FlowerTrials Board has collectively decided to wait until April 6th before taking a final decision on whether to cancel the physical FlowerTrials event completely or go ahead.   The situation is monitored on a daily basis. Any amendment to this decision will be communicated immediately. READ NEXT: SGD POSTPONE SPRING 2020 CONFERENCE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS  The organisation continues to share the upcoming plant innovations for the season via newsletters and social media posts. Alongside this the website offers an extensive overview of all upcoming breeding achievements…

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  • Photo of Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

    Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

    An open Letter from Sue Biggs, RHS Director General. Regarding the creation of an online Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 18-23 May 2020. Dear gardening friends and horticultural community, All of us here at the RHS have been extremely touched and moved by all the support, kindness and offers for help from the horticultural industry. Our members, volunteers, show visitors, the BBC and so many more following the sad cancellation of RHS Chelsea Flower Show and our other shows and garden events until 30 June due to Covid-19. When so many people, businesses, charities and everyone in the horticultural industry…

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  • Photo of The Landscaping Industry’s Response to the Coronavirus

    The Landscaping Industry’s Response to the Coronavirus

    The coronavirus outbreak is sending ripples round the world affecting hundreds of millions of people. Spreading far beyond its origin in China, we are currently waking up to a world of uncertainty. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an epidemic, which quickly became a global pandemic, emerged from a densely populated manufacturing and transport hub in central China and has since spread worldwide. In contrast to the Western Africa Ebola emergency in 2013 – more deadly, but less contagious, COVID-19 presents larger economies with dilemmas. Corporate titans have warned that the virus is set to hurt profits as the authorities battle…

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  • Photo of National Trust to Open All Gardens for Free

    National Trust to Open All Gardens for Free

    The National Trust will, where possible, open as many of its gardens and parks for free. However, they will be closing its houses, cafes and shops to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus.   Following the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, Director General Hilary McGrady announced that the National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafes and shops, would close by this Friday (March 20).   McGrady said the charity would work hard to keep as many of the Trust’s gardens and parklands open, free of charge. Alongside coast and countryside, encouraging the nation to enjoy open space, if…

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    Combatting COVID-19

    Following the postponement of FutureScape Spring, we delve into how coronavirus is causing concern in the horticulture industry as well as how companies are tackling the virus head on The impact of coronavirus has been universal. From supermarket shelves being stripped bare to international flights being cancelled and whole offices being deserted in favour of working from home, fears of the deadly virus spreading further are leading to drastic action. Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared pandemic by the WHO on 11 March as it continues to spread to numerous countries across the globe. The death toll has surpassed 8,000 worldwide; in…

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  • Photo of Urban Landscapes Could Grow Fruit and Veg for 15% of the Population

    Urban Landscapes Could Grow Fruit and Veg for 15% of the Population

    Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban landscapes could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’.   In a study published in Nature Food, academics investigated the potential for urban horticulture. Done so by mapping green spaces and grey spaces across the city.   They found that green spaces including parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland cover 45 per cent of Sheffield.   Allotments cover 1.3 per cent of this, while 38 per cent of green space comprised of domestic gardens.   The team…

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  • Photo of Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

    Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

    Watford Borough Council has unveiled its plan to increase the town’s tree canopy cover from 18% to 20% over the next ten years after an ambitious Tree and Woodland Strategy was agreed at Cabinet.  Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town while Watford’s older tree population will continue to be maintained and conserved for future generations.   The council currently manages thousands of trees across 506 hectares of public open space. Including the woodlands of Whippendell Wood, Harebreaks Wood, Albans Wood and woodland areas in Oxhey Park, and Orchard Park. Whippendell Wood…

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    City Living Development Announced

    An multi million pound city living development has been announced for City of Wolverhampton’s Canalside Quarter.   Placefirst, an award winning build to rent developer, has revealed the first image of the Canalside project. A scheme to deliver 350 high quality homes on 5 acres of landscape off Lower Horseley Fields in the city centre.   It will feature a mix of new build homes and sensitive restoration of heritage properties. Canalside is designed to build upon the architectural character of the area aligned to the historic canal network. Providing a new canalside promenade and a mix of semi private…

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  • Photo of European Tree of the Year Awards 2020 Results

    European Tree of the Year Awards 2020 Results

    The Czech Guardian of the Flooded Village has won the European Tree of the Year 2020.   The prestigious title of the European Tree of the Year is heading to the Czech Republic. With a gain of 47,226 votes, the pine called Guardian of the Flooded Village left the other rivals far behind.   Silver medal goes to Croatia. Where Gingko from Daruvar obtained 28,060 votes. Close behind in third place the Russian Kalmykia can celebrate, the local Lonely Poplar ended up with 27,411 votes. A total of 285,174 votes were cast during the popular contest this year.   Closure…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds to Sponsor Pro Landscaper Business Awards Category

    Caribbean Blinds to Sponsor Pro Landscaper Business Awards Category

    The fourth annual Pro Landscaper Business Awards will be taking place at East Wintergarden on Friday 23 April 2021. The event will once again bring the landscaping community together. Celebrating the excellent standards set within the sector.   We are pleased to announce Caribbean Blinds will be sponsoring the landscape company under £1m turnover category.   Dedicated to external shading for over 30 years, the company’s foundations are built upon providing innovative solutions. Delivering energy saving benefits which don’t compromise on quality, style or value for money. READ NEXT: PRO LANDSCAPER BUSINESS AWARDS 2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED    Stuart Dantzic, managing…

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  • Photo of Out and About – Sculpture at Wisley

    Out and About – Sculpture at Wisley

    On Monday 9 March we attended the launch of Sculpture at Wisley. ‘The Four Seasons’ by American sculptor and filmmaker Philp Haas reimagines paintings nearly 500 years old. READ NEXT: RHS CANCEL UPCOMING SHOWS AND GARDEN EVENTS  Although it was a rainy evening, the sculptured busts didn’t disappoint. Each towering at 4.5m they are made from items which relate to the season of which they represent – Summer with peachy cheeks and a dimpled pear chin and Winter with mushroom lips. Running from the 9 March to 30 September visitors will be able to experience the sculptures as they and…

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  • Photo of Anchorsholme Park Set to Reopen

    Anchorsholme Park Set to Reopen

    From Monday 6 April, people will get the opportunity to see first-hand what a 5-year upgrade project at Anchorsholme Park looks like as it opens back up to the public for the first time since 2015.   A new café, outdoor seating areas, children’s playground and sports area are just some of the new facilities that visitors will be able to enjoy. The major £200m project aimed to enhance the town’s sewer system, including building a major underground storage tank, helping to improve Blackpool’s bathing waters and creating a better environment for all.   Steve Wong, area stakeholder manager for…

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  • Photo of European Forum on Urban Forestry

    European Forum on Urban Forestry

    With over 100 attendees, up to 50 speakers and 20 poster presentations, as well as fringe events held across the city, the 23rd European Forum on Urban Forestry is set to be a landmark occasion for the city of Manchester.   The European Forum for Urban Forestry (EFUF) has been running since 1998. The four-day event attracts delegates from around 30 countries. Attendees come not only from across Europe, but from as far afield as China, Canada and New Zealand.   A firm fixture for the international Green Infrastructure community. EFUF attracts a diverse audience of all those interested in…

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