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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer -

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New body launched to support Business Improvement Districts -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown -

Friday, January 19, 2018

idverde adopts chemical-free weed control solution -

Friday, January 19, 2018

HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

APL announces spring seminar Faking It -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 competition launches -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two weeks left to share views on plans for Bristol’s parks -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Carillion’s liquidation and its effect on the landscaping industry -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perennial offers support following Carillion collapse -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brighton & Hove City Council produces plan to protect Stanmer Park’s woods -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Liverpool sets out 15-year plan for growth -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gristwood and Toms champions international accreditation programme -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Green-tree launches bespoke soil for Rain Gardens -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • SGD Spring Conference

    Speakers announced for SGD Spring Conference 

    An international line-up of speakers from the USA, UK and Sweden has been announced for the SGD Spring Conference on 21 April 2018. Titled ‘A Light Touch’, the conference will examine the art of understatement in garden design, exploring how landscapes can be crafted with minimal intervention, by drawing on a site’s natural features and embracing the wider landscape. The conference will look at the work of a range of designers and practices that have employed the artful skill of editing to great effect.  Joining the discussion, acclaimed Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell will discuss his interest in combining architecture and…

  • Lemon Tree Trust Garden

    UK not-for-profit spearheads movement to green refugee camps in Northern Iraq

    In the midst of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes and for some to seek refuge in neighbouring Northern Iraq, a small UK-based not-for-profit organisation is using urban agriculture and horticulture to bring together communities and restore dignity to broken lives. The Lemon Tree Trust is led in the UK by Dr. Mikey Tomkins, an urban agriculture expert who has been using gardening and gardening competitions within the camps to inspire refugees to ‘grow home,’ and to highlight the potential for primary food production and large scale agriculture. Dr. Tomkins…

  • Pellenc

    Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer

    Double A has recently been appointed as the authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc, in the North East of Scotland. Double A is a family run business owned by Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen. They started the business working from home in 1996 and have since seen it grow into one of the largest turf dealerships in the UK. The company now operates from two depots, situated in Cupar and Aberdeen, and has built up a complete portfolio of products and services for customers covering all aspects of the business, including service…

  • Liverpool

    New body launched to support Business Improvement Districts

    The BID Foundation has launched this week to meet challenges facing high streets and commercial districts up and down the country. Against a backdrop of ever more difficult trading conditions and local government cuts, the new industry-led body will help Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) manage town and city centre retail, leisure, and other commercial areas more effectively. The BID Foundation is an alliance of leading BIDs and the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, which has been appointed as its independent operator. The BID Foundation was set up in response to wide-scale consultation and is led by an elected council of…

  • Cardiff

    Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project

    Cardiff Council has secured support from its City Deal partners to help deliver a £180m investment project which could create more than 30,000 jobs in the city centre over the next 10 to 15 years. The Cardiff Capital Region has agreed in principle to give £40m towards securing match funding which will be used to deliver a new Central Transport Interchange at the heart of Cardiff’s city centre Core Employment Zone. The new interchange will ensure residents from across the Cardiff Capital Region have fit-for-purpose, public transport access to the new jobs which will be created in the city. Cardiff…

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SGD Spring Conference

Speakers announced for SGD Spring Conference 

Jan 20, 2018

An international line-up of speakers from the USA, UK and Sweden has been announced for the SGD Spring Conference on 21 April 2018. Titled ‘A Light Touch’, the conference will examine the art of understatement in garden design, exploring how landscapes can be crafted with minimal intervention, by drawing on a site’s natural features and embracing the wider landscape. The conference will look at the work of a range of designers and practices that have employed the artful skill of editing to great effect.  Joining the discussion, acclaimed Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell will discuss his interest in combining architecture and…

Lemon Tree Trust Garden

UK not-for-profit spearheads movement to green refugee camps in Northern Iraq

Jan 20, 2018

In the midst of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes and for some to seek refuge in neighbouring Northern Iraq, a small UK-based not-for-profit organisation is using urban agriculture and horticulture to bring together communities and restore dignity to broken lives. The Lemon Tree Trust is led in the UK by Dr. Mikey Tomkins, an urban agriculture expert who has been using gardening and gardening competitions within the camps to inspire refugees to ‘grow home,’ and to highlight the potential for primary food production and large scale agriculture. Dr. Tomkins…

Pellenc

Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer

Jan 20, 2018

Double A has recently been appointed as the authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc, in the North East of Scotland. Double A is a family run business owned by Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen. They started the business working from home in 1996 and have since seen it grow into one of the largest turf dealerships in the UK. The company now operates from two depots, situated in Cupar and Aberdeen, and has built up a complete portfolio of products and services for customers covering all aspects of the business, including service…

Liverpool

New body launched to support Business Improvement Districts

Jan 19, 2018

The BID Foundation has launched this week to meet challenges facing high streets and commercial districts up and down the country. Against a backdrop of ever more difficult trading conditions and local government cuts, the new industry-led body will help Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) manage town and city centre retail, leisure, and other commercial areas more effectively. The BID Foundation is an alliance of leading BIDs and the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, which has been appointed as its independent operator. The BID Foundation was set up in response to wide-scale consultation and is led by an elected council of…

Cardiff

Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project

Jan 19, 2018

Cardiff Council has secured support from its City Deal partners to help deliver a £180m investment project which could create more than 30,000 jobs in the city centre over the next 10 to 15 years. The Cardiff Capital Region has agreed in principle to give £40m towards securing match funding which will be used to deliver a new Central Transport Interchange at the heart of Cardiff’s city centre Core Employment Zone. The new interchange will ensure residents from across the Cardiff Capital Region have fit-for-purpose, public transport access to the new jobs which will be created in the city. Cardiff…

banks

Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown

Jan 19, 2018

With construction juggernaut Carillion closing its doors, 30,000 subcontractors have been left stranded with outstanding debts being left unpaid, forcing some companies to scale back and make extensive redundancies. Lloyds Banking Group has released a statement, pledging £50m to aid firms connected with Carillion prior to its demise. This isn’t a hand out however, as the fund comprises of loan capital set aside that allows companies to borrow without and arrangement fees or repayments for six months. This will likely sustain companies, preventing them from descaling until the government or another construction giant such as Balfour Beatty step in to…

idverde

idverde adopts chemical-free weed control solution

Jan 19, 2018

idverde has been providing grounds maintenance services to Hammersmith & Fulham Council since 2008, at sites including parks, sports pitches, and over 190 housing sites. In light of the uncertainty surrounding the chemical weed killer, glyphosate, and linked with its goal of being the greenest borough in the country, in June 2016 Hammersmith & Fulham Council banned the use of products containing glyphosate in grounds maintenance operations in the borough (with the exception of the treatment of non-native invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed). As glyphosate is found in almost all chemical-based weed treatments, finding an effective alternative weed control…

HortAid

HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial

Jan 18, 2018

The Party for Perennial, taking place tonight in London, kicks off Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign known as HortAid. With some exciting challenge events lined up for 2018, Perennial is encouraging the horticulture industry to get behind their trade charity and do something this year to raise money for the only charity that supports everyone in the industry when they are facing crisis. All funds raised make a real difference to the lives of the people that Perennial supports and last year’s HortAid campaign raised over £92,000 in voluntary donations. Anita Bates, Ddrector of marketing and fundraising at Perennial comments: “At the beginning of a New Year it is the perfect…

landscaper

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

Jan 18, 2018

The shortlists have been announced for the highly anticipated Pro Landscaper Business Awards, celebrating the great accomplishments of businesses in the landscaping industry. The ceremony will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at the stunning East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. The Pro Landscaper Team would like to thank all of the entrants and congratulate all of the shortlisted companies on their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all of the shortlisted companies there and bringing the industry together for the ceremony. The short listed companies are as follows:   Landscape Company – Less £1m Turnover: Acre Landscapes Burnham Landscaping The…

Hillier

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Hillier, the most successful exhibitor in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has announced details of its 2018 garden. “STIHL Inspiration” by Hillier will take on a more rustic theme than previously featured in Hillier’s exhibits with corten steel throughout, and orange and blue flowering plants will add warmth alongside the traditional feature of Hillier’s mature trees. Hillier holds the record for the most consecutive Chelsea gold medals and hopes the 2018 show will see it receiving its 73rd. Keen to boost interaction with the exhibit, Sarah Eberle, who is the lead designer for Hillier for the third…

APL announces spring seminar Faking It

Jan 18, 2018

Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Taking place on 20 February, this ‘Faking It’ seminar will focus on all aspects of artificial landscaping including artificial grass, composite decking, porcelain and the great artificial plant debate. Mark Gregory, twenty-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and previous Chairman of the APL, will be hosting a range of presentations, panels and Q&A sessions throughout the day, making the seminar more engaging and interactive. The seminar will look at…

RHS

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants

Jan 18, 2018

The importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today will be showcased at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. Garden designs at the worlds most famous flower show demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help mitigate against major environmental challenges as well as reminding us of the simple beauty of gardens and the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing. The power of plants to improve people’s lives is embodied in ‘The Lemon Tree Trust Garden’…

News

SGD Spring Conference

Speakers announced for SGD Spring Conference 

An international line-up of speakers from the USA, UK and Sweden has been announced for the SGD Spring Conference on 21 April 2018. Titled ‘A Light Touch’, the conference will examine the art of understatement in garden design, exploring how landscapes can be crafted with minimal intervention, by drawing on a site’s natural features and embracing the wider landscape. The conference will look at the work of a range of designers and practices that have employed the artful skill of editing to great effect.  Joining the discussion, acclaimed Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell will discuss his interest in combining architecture and…

Lemon Tree Trust Garden

UK not-for-profit spearheads movement to green refugee camps in Northern Iraq

In the midst of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes and for some to seek refuge in neighbouring Northern Iraq, a small UK-based not-for-profit organisation is using urban agriculture and horticulture to bring together communities and restore dignity to broken lives. The Lemon Tree Trust is led in the UK by Dr. Mikey Tomkins, an urban agriculture expert who has been using gardening and gardening competitions within the camps to inspire refugees to ‘grow home,’ and to highlight the potential for primary food production and large scale agriculture. Dr. Tomkins…

Pellenc

Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer

Double A has recently been appointed as the authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc, in the North East of Scotland. Double A is a family run business owned by Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen. They started the business working from home in 1996 and have since seen it grow into one of the largest turf dealerships in the UK. The company now operates from two depots, situated in Cupar and Aberdeen, and has built up a complete portfolio of products and services for customers covering all aspects of the business, including service…

Liverpool

New body launched to support Business Improvement Districts

The BID Foundation has launched this week to meet challenges facing high streets and commercial districts up and down the country. Against a backdrop of ever more difficult trading conditions and local government cuts, the new industry-led body will help Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) manage town and city centre retail, leisure, and other commercial areas more effectively. The BID Foundation is an alliance of leading BIDs and the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, which has been appointed as its independent operator. The BID Foundation was set up in response to wide-scale consultation and is led by an elected council of…

Cardiff

Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project

Cardiff Council has secured support from its City Deal partners to help deliver a £180m investment project which could create more than 30,000 jobs in the city centre over the next 10 to 15 years. The Cardiff Capital Region has agreed in principle to give £40m towards securing match funding which will be used to deliver a new Central Transport Interchange at the heart of Cardiff’s city centre Core Employment Zone. The new interchange will ensure residents from across the Cardiff Capital Region have fit-for-purpose, public transport access to the new jobs which will be created in the city. Cardiff…

banks

Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown

With construction juggernaut Carillion closing its doors, 30,000 subcontractors have been left stranded with outstanding debts being left unpaid, forcing some companies to scale back and make extensive redundancies. Lloyds Banking Group has released a statement, pledging £50m to aid firms connected with Carillion prior to its demise. This isn’t a hand out however, as the fund comprises of loan capital set aside that allows companies to borrow without and arrangement fees or repayments for six months. This will likely sustain companies, preventing them from descaling until the government or another construction giant such as Balfour Beatty step in to…

idverde

idverde adopts chemical-free weed control solution

idverde has been providing grounds maintenance services to Hammersmith & Fulham Council since 2008, at sites including parks, sports pitches, and over 190 housing sites. In light of the uncertainty surrounding the chemical weed killer, glyphosate, and linked with its goal of being the greenest borough in the country, in June 2016 Hammersmith & Fulham Council banned the use of products containing glyphosate in grounds maintenance operations in the borough (with the exception of the treatment of non-native invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed). As glyphosate is found in almost all chemical-based weed treatments, finding an effective alternative weed control…

HortAid

HortAid 2018 gets under way at the Party for Perennial

The Party for Perennial, taking place tonight in London, kicks off Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign known as HortAid. With some exciting challenge events lined up for 2018, Perennial is encouraging the horticulture industry to get behind their trade charity and do something this year to raise money for the only charity that supports everyone in the industry when they are facing crisis. All funds raised make a real difference to the lives of the people that Perennial supports and last year’s HortAid campaign raised over £92,000 in voluntary donations. Anita Bates, Ddrector of marketing and fundraising at Perennial comments: “At the beginning of a New Year it is the perfect…

landscaper

Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the highly anticipated Pro Landscaper Business Awards, celebrating the great accomplishments of businesses in the landscaping industry. The ceremony will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at the stunning East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. The Pro Landscaper Team would like to thank all of the entrants and congratulate all of the shortlisted companies on their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all of the shortlisted companies there and bringing the industry together for the ceremony. The short listed companies are as follows:   Landscape Company – Less £1m Turnover: Acre Landscapes Burnham Landscaping The…

Hillier

Hillier set to inspire at RHS Chelsea 2018

Hillier, the most successful exhibitor in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has announced details of its 2018 garden. “STIHL Inspiration” by Hillier will take on a more rustic theme than previously featured in Hillier’s exhibits with corten steel throughout, and orange and blue flowering plants will add warmth alongside the traditional feature of Hillier’s mature trees. Hillier holds the record for the most consecutive Chelsea gold medals and hopes the 2018 show will see it receiving its 73rd. Keen to boost interaction with the exhibit, Sarah Eberle, who is the lead designer for Hillier for the third…

APL announces spring seminar Faking It

Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Taking place on 20 February, this ‘Faking It’ seminar will focus on all aspects of artificial landscaping including artificial grass, composite decking, porcelain and the great artificial plant debate. Mark Gregory, twenty-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and previous Chairman of the APL, will be hosting a range of presentations, panels and Q&A sessions throughout the day, making the seminar more engaging and interactive. The seminar will look at…

RHS

2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show champions the immense power of plants

The importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today will be showcased at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. Garden designs at the worlds most famous flower show demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help mitigate against major environmental challenges as well as reminding us of the simple beauty of gardens and the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing. The power of plants to improve people’s lives is embodied in ‘The Lemon Tree Trust Garden’…

Ascot Spring Show

Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 competition launches

The 2018 ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition was launched yesterday at Ascot Racecourse, ahead of the build of the gardens at the brand-new Ascot Spring Garden Show this April. The annual competition, now in its eighth year, is organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. It celebrates young British ‘green’ talent and sees six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create show-stopping, sustainable gardens that will be seen by thousands of visitors at the show. The launch kicked off with an introduction by TV gardener and event organiser,…

Stoke Park

Two weeks left to share views on plans for Bristol’s parks

People in Bristol have two more weeks to have their say on new plans for the city’s parks and green spaces. So far 1,266 citizens have shared their views on the proposals via Bristol City Council’s Consultation Hub. The Council needs to reduce spending on parks by at least £2.868m a year by April 2019. This means services will need to be run in a very different way, working more closely with communities and seeking opportunities to generate income, as well as making services as efficient as possible. The current consultation, which is open until 29 January, outlines a number…

carillion

Carillion’s liquidation and its effect on the landscaping industry

Pro Landscaper investigates the construction company Carillion’s demise, the detrimental effect this is set to have on public and private sector projects and how this effects the landscaping community. Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company has declared itself insolvent as of Monday 15 January when the company ran out of funds to pay off the £1.6bn debt it owed banks. The backlash of this is having a knock-on effect that is being felt across many UK industries due to the company being involved in many private and public-sector projects. The construction giant was heavily involved with development projects including…

Perennial

Perennial offers support following Carillion collapse

The collapse of construction firm Carillion poses a threat to horticulture businesses that had contracts with the company. Many of the large construction projects Carillion was delivering have significant landscaping and nursery supply elements, leaving companies unsure whether they will get paid and jobs at risk. For individuals who find themselves facing redundancy and/or financial hardship as one of the knock on effects of this action, Perennial is here to help. The UK-wide charity is dedicated to helping everyone in the horticulture industry when they are in difficulty. Britain’s second largest construction firm, which employs 20,000 people in the UK,…