Industry responds to latest ornamental sector skills gap survey

A major survey investigating the future skills needs within UK ornamental horticulture is firmly underway, with over 300 businesses already providing insight about the potential training and resource gaps for the £24bn sector. Read more

Landscape Institute launches biosecurity toolkit to help landscape consultants protect UK ecosystems

The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants to prioritise action against pests and diseases that threaten our crops, trees, gardens and landscapes in every part of the plant supply chain. Read more

Marginal wetland habitat - a vector for Phytopthera ramorum credit Harry Watkins

Continual professional development on the slopes

APL Ski ALP Winter Workshop will be held from 1–8 February 2020 in St Christoph, Austria, and has simple aims; to promote learning, sharing of best practice and experience, knowledge improvement and to inspire. Read more

Thrive announced as Charity Partner for SGD Awards 2020

The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020, following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. Read more

Kingston Landscape Group Ltd takes home the Supreme Winner title at the APL Awards 2019

Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories. Read more

Kingston Landscape Group - Streatham Hill.

The APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is open for registrations!

Registration for the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition is now open for registration until 5 April 2019. Read more

Green-tech celebrates its 25th anniversary

2019 sees Green-tech celebrate 25 years of supplying the landscaping industry. Today it boasts a £14 million plus turnover and operates out of a purpose-built business park, employs in excess of 80 staff and sells over 13,000 products.  Read more

Green-tech celebrating their 25th anniversary

Winners announced in the SGD Awards 2019

Winners have been announced at the Society of Garden Designers seventh annual award ceremony where 18 designers and two landscape design companies were presented with awards in front of nearly 400 guests. Read more

Judges' Award for Adolfo Harrison MSGD for his creative approach to a small courtyard in West London

Hillier Sees Growth in Semi-mature Trees

Hillier Trees report signs of confidence and buoyancy in the market, with particular growth in demand for semi-mature trees, despite a backdrop of political uncertainty.   Read more

Corylus Columa

Speakers announced for SGD Spring Conference

A first-class line-up of speakers from the worlds of garden design, research and horticulture has been announced for the SGD Spring Conference on 27th April exploring the provocatively titled topic: ‘Sex in the Garden – flowers, fruit & foraging’. Read more

(L-r) Noel Kingsbury, Emma Desmier, Olivier Filippi, Henrik Sjöman.

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

New Green-tech Trade Centre opens up in North Yorkshire

Landscape supplier Green-tech opened up a Landscaping Trade Centre on Monday 3rd December 2018. The Green-tech Trade Centre will sell everything needed for commercial landscaping projects and customers will benefit from discounted trade prices. Read more

Frankie Helliwell

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

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

SGD Spring Conference live streaming reaches International audiences

The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was offered for the first time at the Society's Spring Conference has been hailed a great success after attracting delegates from all over the world including New Zealand, USA, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, The Netherlands, Estonia and Ireland.  Read more

Green-tech’s specification department expands to meet specifiers needs

Green-tech has a team of specification professionals, known as the gtSpecifier team.  They focus on technical specification and create landscape solutions for Landscape Architects, Contractors and Garden Designers. Read more

The gt Specifier team

SGD announces live-streaming of Spring Conference

The SGD Spring Conference will be available via live-streaming and on-demand for the first time on 27th April 2019, allowing the Society of Garden Designers to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience. Read more

Olivier Filippi

Boningale recognised at The National APL Awards

At the annual Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards this month, Shropshire’s Boningale Nurseries won the title of 2019 Supplier of Year for the Midlands and North in the coveted Grower of the Year category. Read more

A “festival of features” fuels the landscaping community at new FutureScape Spring event

A natural progression of the FutureScape family, FutureScape Spring signed off its first show this week on a wave of positive feedback from the landscape community Read more

Seminar in the Plant Theatre hosted by Jamie Butterworth (far right).

SGD announces new Beth Chatto Eco Award for SGD Awards 2020

The SGD has announced a new ecological design award for the SGD Awards 2020 in honour of visionary plantswoman, garden designer and author, Beth Chatto.   Read more

The Beth Chatto Gardens

Entries now open for the 43rd BALI Awards 2019

Entries are now open for the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards. The largest landscape industry awards in Europe returns and BALI Registered members can now download the 2019 Entry Guidelines at and enter their scheme(s). Read more

Bowles Wyer 2018 Grand Award winner

Second time win for Green-tech at ProLandscaper Business Awards

Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; has been named as the winner of the Industry Partnership category in the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2018. Read more

Pro Landscaper business awards Feb 19

BALI calls for dialogue to manage turf shortages

BALI calls for dialogue between turf suppliers and users to manage shortages.  The turf industry needs a warm, wet spring to recharge stocks. Read more

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019

Visionary garden designer, author and world-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf has been granted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers. Read more

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019.

BALI sponsors Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme 2019

BALI has been confirmed as Programme Sponsor for the 2019 Specifi Landscape Roadshow Programme, in a move that sees the two organisations joining forces to provide a unique meet the buyer experience for landscape architects, contractors and garden designers. Read more

Top garden trends for 2019 from the Society of Garden Designers

As we head towards the new year, some of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) leading designers share their predictions for the new trends in garden design for 2019, including the planting, materials and design styles we can expect to see in our gardens this year. Read more

Garden by Barbara Samitier MSGD

A stunning private garden in the Chilterns wins Grand Award for Bowles & Wyer

At the 42nd BALI National Landscape Awards, BALI Registered Contractor Bowles & Wyer received the coveted Grand Award for a Private Residence in the Chilterns, the stunning implementation of a garden design by BALI Registered Designer Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson. Read more

Private garden in the Chilterns - Bowles and Wyer

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

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