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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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  • Photo of Combatting COVID-19

    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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  • Photo of City Living Development Announced

    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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  • Photo of Plans Lodged for High-Tech Swansea Building

    Plans Lodged for High-Tech Swansea Building

    Plans for a groundbreaking Swansea city centre building allowing high tech and creative businesses to grow have been submitted for planning permission.   The planning application shows a glass-fronted structure rising six stories, while the plans feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting Swansea Council’s commitment to green infrastructure. The building’s working title is 71 and 72 Kingsway.   The council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto…

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  • Photo of Treescapes 2020 – Bringing Research and Practice Together

    Treescapes 2020 – Bringing Research and Practice Together

    A unique two-day conference, Treescapes 2020, is being led by PhD students from a number of UK universities for foresters, land managers and researchers. It aims to stimulate lasting conversations between the research and forestry practitioner communities.   Panel discussions will be chaired by Professor Nicola Spence, Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer. Along with biological anthropologist, author and well known broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, who is also Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.   Keynote speakers include: Jaboury Ghazoul, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes at the University of Edinburgh. Chris Quine, Chief…

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  • Photo of Barcham Trees Cancel Big Barn Conference Due to Coronavirus

    Barcham Trees Cancel Big Barn Conference Due to Coronavirus

    Barcham Trees had been immensely looking forward to welcoming hundreds to the nursery and hosting an enjoyable, memorable event for the industry. However, due to recent events regarding the COVID-19 virus, the team have had to look long and hard at the implications of going ahead with the Big Barn Conference. It is with considerable regret, the Barcham Trees team have decided to cancel the event, scheduled to be held June 17 2020. We are all aware of the uncertainty surrounding the future and the many unknowns surrounding COVID-19 and its spread. It is impossible to forecast its development accurately…

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  • Photo of LUC Signs Pledge to Net Zero Commitment

    LUC Signs Pledge to Net Zero Commitment

    Award-winning environmental consultancy LUC has continued its efforts to reduce carbon emissions by signing up to ‘Pledge to Net Zero’.   The campaign requires science-based targets from its signatories and aims to tackle greenhouse gas emissions within their organisations.   The pledge recognises the need for organisations from the environmental services sector to take a leadership role in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.   LUC currently has a net carbon footprint, after carbon offsetting, of 330 tonnes across its six offices. The main carbon reduction measures it has undertake to date have centred around:   The installation…

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  • Photo of UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund 2021-2026

    UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund 2021-2026

    The UK Government has announced a £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.   Biodiversity is declining worldwide, faster than at any other time in human history. In the last 50 years, human pressures have increased while animal populations, on average, have been reduced to more than half.   To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced a £220 million International Biodiversity Fund at the 2019 UN General Assembly. This includes a new £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund that is planned to restore key landscapes and their ecosystems. • READ NEXT: WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN? •  …

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  • Photo of FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 has joined forces with the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA). The association will have a dedicated area at FutureScape Expo 2020, held at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre on 17 and 18 November 2020. SPATA was established in 1961 and today the role of the Trade Association is to work with companies involved in building swimming pools and spa pools so that they are working to British and European Standards. Members are expected to work to SPATA Standards and also to abide by a Code…

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  • Photo of HTA Launches ‘Million Planting Moments’ Camping

    HTA Launches ‘Million Planting Moments’ Camping

    The HTA are encouraging the nation to get planting this autumn. With the launch of its ‘million planting moments’ campaign.   Set to take place between 19 to 27 September 2020. The aim of the week is to encourage everyone young and old, expert and novice to take the opportunity to plant at the traditional ‘natural’ planting time of year. The week culminates in Million Planting Moments Day on Sunday 27 September.   The campaign, which takes place during the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), builds on the momentum around tree planting in the UK, recognising that all plants…

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  • Photo of Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

    Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

    Smiths tell us more about its Self Binding Path Gravel.   For a modest outlay, Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel (or SBPG) gives superb results and of sensational quality. With its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation, making it a perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets.   Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its…

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  • Photo of HS2 Ltd Caught Using Pest Controllers to Scare Birds from Nesting

    HS2 Ltd Caught Using Pest Controllers to Scare Birds from Nesting

    A pest control contractor employed by HS2 has been spotted flying hawks over Broadwells Wood in Warwickshire to deter birds from nesting in an astonishing move that “smacks of a cowboy operation, not a Government infrastructure project”, says the Woodland Trust.   But, while the practice is highly dubious, the more worrying question is why – HS2 had publicly committed to translocating soils from this ancient woodland as part of their compensation package. This can only be done when the wood is dormant – late autumn/early winter. According to Woodland Trust, attempting to clear the wood of nesting birds indicates…

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  • Photo of Worthing Conference Told of Councils’ Commitment to Combating Climate Change

    Worthing Conference Told of Councils’ Commitment to Combating Climate Change

    We owe it to all generations to make our planet greener and cleaner, a packed climate conference was told in Worthing.   Leader of Worthing Council Daniel Humphreys outlined to delegates at the Zero2030 conference what Adur & Worthing Councils are doing to build a more sustainable environment and combat climate change.   He noted that the Councils had declared a climate emergency in July last year. It has pledged two million pounds over the next few years to build on their carbon reduction plans.   They have also committed to moving towards zero carbon energy use across Adur and…

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  • Photo of Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

    Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

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  • Photo of Nurture Landscapes Group Expands Nationwide Growth

    Nurture Landscapes Group Expands Nationwide Growth

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