Matthew Wood is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

Matthew Wood, Apprentice at Myerscough College, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week, taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE from 15-17 November at the NEC Birmingham. Read more

Matthew Wood, Apprentice at Myerscough College

BALI GoLandscape pledges support to YMCA Training to champion industry apprenticeships

The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships being undertaken in the UK. Read more

£11.6bn landscape services industry must be taken seriously says BALI

A new industry report, commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Round Table Group (OHRTG), to establish the total size, breadth and contribution of the UK’s ornamental horticulture and landscaping sector, has led BALI, a member of the commissioning group, to now call on government officials to give meaningful support to landscaping in the UK. Read more

BALI CEO Wayne Grills

APL landscapers given exclusive access to John Lewis Home Solutions scheme

The HTA has announced a partnership with John Lewis that gives APL landscapers the exclusive right to design, build and maintain gardens for customers of the John Lewis Home Solutions scheme. Read more

Announcing the winners of this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards

With the awards ceremony fast approaching, 67 BALI members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) have now been informed they have won a BALI National Landscape Award, with some members successful in more than one category. Read more

BALI Awards Adjudication Panel

Tender published for design and build of Beijing Expo Garden

The UK has published a tender in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for the design and build of a UK garden and pavilion at the Beijing International Horticultural Expo in 2019. Read more

Tim Briercliffe Secretary General of the AIPH dicusses plans for Beijing Expo

Xylella found in Germany

The HTA and leading nurseries are to pilot a Plant Health Management System as the potentially devastating Xylella disease is found in Germany Read more

Xylella fastidiosa symptoms on Prunus

Government bureaucracy could lead to nurseries dumping trees says HTA

Growers are angry that their efforts to convince government to take a simple, common sense approach to tree planting grants are falling on deaf ears. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

Good first half for Marshalls

Landscaping products specialists Marshalls saw its first half revenue grow 11 per cent. Read more

Barton Grange to sell three nurseries

Barton Grange group is to sell Garden Centre Plants and two nurseries belonging to Northern Liners. This will allow the group to concentrate on the garden centre at Brock and its substantial landscaping business. Read more

SGD launches new membership film

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has released a new membership film designed to promote the benefits of registered membership and support members, and other designers in profession, who are considering undertaking the SGD adjudication process to become fully registered members. Read more

APL Awards 2019 – The shortlist…

The shortlist for the APL Awards 2019 has been announced! With the standard of entries always improving year on year, choosing the shortlist was harder than ever for our judging panel. Read more

World-renowned Designers explore Geometry in Garden Design at SGD Conference

A distinguished line-up of speakers will explore the use of geometry in garden design at the SGD Autumn Conference on 17th November 2018, sharing examples of their work to show how the relationship between shapes and lines is at the heart of garden and landscape design.  Read more

Garden by Cristina Mazzucchelli Credit Matteo Carassale

Jacksons Fencing teams up with Titchmarsh to garden for a worthy cause

Jacksons Fencing helps create dream garden for hit ITV show Love Your Home and Garden. The redesign opens up the garden for an elderly couple, one of whom lives with dementia. Read more

Jacksons Tongue and Groove panels

Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five internationally acclaimed designers each renowned for the way in which they use geometry in their work, have been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Geometry – new angles on gardens & landscape’ taking place on 17th November at the Royal Geographical Society in London.   Read more

Italian designer Cristina Mazzucchelli.

BALI partners with Capel Manor College to launch Landscape Construction Diploma

BALI, through its nationwide GoLandscape initiative, has supported BALI Training Provider member Capel Manor College in developing and launching a brand new Advanced Diploma in Landscape Construction (Level 3). Read more

Decking - Capel Manor

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

An outbreak of Xylella would mean a 5 year ban on plant movements

The HTA plant conference was told that many parts of the industry are ignorant of the threat from Xylella. An outbreak would mean a 5 year ban on the movement of plants for businesses within 10K. Read more

Infected olives in Italy

The UK is on high alert for Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa has the potential to have huge implications for the UK horticultural trade. Landscapers, designers, retailers and anyone directly importing plants are now subject to the same stringent measures as growers and suppliers. Read more

AMA identifies trends that will benefit sales of landscape materials

AMA Research suggests that sales of landscaping materials will grow more modestly after a volatile period but says trends like artificial grass will benefit the market. Read more

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

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