The APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is open for registrations!

The WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition, run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is a great opportunity for trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas alongside planning and material management competing to be the best in the UK. Read more

TV Gardener David Domoney becomes brand ambassador for Pavestone

David Domoney, who is a Chartered Horticulturist and landscaping expert on ITV’s Love Your Garden, has teamed up with leading paving company Pavestone to promote beautiful patios with inspiring content, videos and blogs for publication online and in print. Read more

APL Awards 2018 – Speaker announcement

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are delighted to announce that Chris Collins of CM Horticulture will be returning to the APL Awards 2018 as the speaker and co-presenter. Read more

Chris Collins of CM Horticulture

APL 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. Read more

Garden Trends for 2018 from the Society of Garden Designers

As we head into the new year with thoughts of warmer weather and time spent outdoors, some of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) leading designers give their predictions on the hot new trends in garden design for 2018, including the planting, materials and design styles we can expect to see in our gardens this year. Read more

Garden by Adolfo Harrison MSGD

Industry asks, should we have apprentices for managerial positions?

Following the successful launch of the arborist, forest operative and horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeships in England, earlier this year, the employer-led partnership behind the initiative is now asking the question, does industry require apprenticeships for managerial or advanced technical roles? Read more

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

Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build is the Supreme Winner at the APL Awards 2018

Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build, based in Berkshire, took the Supreme Winner award for their project: Dean Grange. This entry was also the winner of the Project Value Over £200,000 category. Read more

Ryan Alexander Landscape Design & Build - Award

Green-tech Wins Supplier Category in ProLandscaper Business Awards 2017

Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech has been announced as the winner of the supplier category in the ProLandscaper Business Awards 2017 which took place last week in London. Read more

Richard Gill, Chris Swan, Barry Browne and Drea Questari

Society of Garden Designers announces winners at the SGD Awards 2017

The Society of Garden Designers has announced the winners of the SGD Awards 2017 at its sixth annual award ceremony in London.  Read more

Judges’ Award

Launching BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s Young Landscapers Award

BBC Gardeners’ World Live organisers are excited to announce the launch of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, supported by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). The brand-new competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live is a platform to promote excellence in the landscaping industry and support up and coming landscapers. Read more

Five landscaping companies announced to take part in APL Avenue competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018

For the third year running, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with the much-anticipated Show Garden competition, APL Avenue. Read more

Living Gardens ‘It’s not just about the beard’ garden which won gold on APL Avenue last year.

APL Awards 2018 – The finalists

The finalists for the APL Awards 2018 have been announced! The standard of entries exceeded expectations and yet again there were a record breaking number of entries for the judges to deliberate over. Read more

Creative Landscape Co – Supreme Winner 2017

Adam McGarry wins the Gold at the APL WorldSkills UK Final

Adam McGarry of Wiltshire College has been announced as ‘UK Champion’ in this year’s landscaping competition after winning gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills UK final. Read more

(L-r) Phil Tremayne, Adam McGarry and Simon Abbott

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

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