Simply Green Landscapes takes home the Supreme Winner title at the APL Awards 2020

The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 13 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Read more

 Simply Green Landscapes

BALI-NCF members trim the number of incidents by 61% in the last three years

The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) National Contractors Forum (BALI-NCF) has revealed the number of incidents involving its members and hedge trimmers may have decreased by as much as 61% since 2017. Read more

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Askham Bryan College students join Green-tech for National Tree Planting Week

To celebrate National Tree Planting Week, Green-tech invited eight Level 2 Arboriculture students from Askham Bryan College to their premises in North Yorkshire for a practical tree planting session. Read more

The students from Askhham Bryan College withe some of the Green-tech staff

All change for the APL Committee and APL Awards 2020 Finalists announced at FutureScapes

The APL Annual Members Meeting took place today at FutureScapes, Sandown Racecourse, Escher. Chairing the meeting was David Sewell, The Gardenmakers, who was officially sworn in as APL Chairman, taking over from Rod Winrow at the end of his tenure. Read more

David Sewell and Holly Youde

Green-tech supply landscaping materials for new sustainable-living neighbourhood in Cambridge

Eddington is Cambridge’s newest neighbourhood with something for everyone. It is promoted as ‘a whole new area of Cambridge, designed for twenty-first century sustainable living’. Read more

Help shape the future of our industry apprenticeships

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a major review of apprenticeships for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care in England and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is now encouraging its members to have their say through an online consultation. Read more

Trailblazers HTA 2019

Society of Garden Designers announces finalists in SGD Awards 2020 

A shortlist of 23 projects has been announced across 13 award categories include a cliff garden in Bermuda, a roof garden and basement courtyard in an old factory building in London, a family garden on an exposed cliff top overlooking the North Sea and a modern meadow. Read more

BALI National Landscape Awards 2019 tickets now on sale

Tickets for this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards, the largest landscaping Awards ceremony in Europe, are now on sale. Read more

BALI National Landscape Awards 2018

APL a place to meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year, the APL are once again building A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, taking place from 2-7 July.  The garden is designed by Cherry Carmen Garden Design, and the main contractor on the garden is Kebur Landscape Division. Read more

APL Hampton Court Garden 2019

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

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

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

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

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

The APL ‘A Place to Meet Again’ garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Returning once more to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the APL is building the ‘A Place To Meet Again’ garden. Designed by Mike Long and built by Kebur Landscape Division, the garden focusses on upcycling and repurposing materials in order to reduce landfill and challenge innovation. Read more

A Place to Meet Again - Image Credit Mike Long

Speakers lift the lid on the use of colour in the garden at SGD Spring Conference

Speakers to lift the lid on colour in the garden at the SGD Spring 2020 Conference, looking beyond fashions and trends to explain how good use of colour can play a major role in the success of a garden or landscape project.   Read more

Steve Martino

Society of Garden Designers announces winners at the SGD Awards 2020

Winners have been announced at the Society of Garden Designers eighth annual award ceremony where 19 Awards were presented. Read more

Garden by John Davies - winner of the Public or Commercial Space Award & The Grand Award

Ground Control awarded BALI’s highest accolade for The Children’s Garden at Kew

BALI Registered Contractor Ground Control has been awarded the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious Grand Award at the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards 2019. Read more

Ground Control collecting Grand Award

Nick Bundy is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week, taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE from 21-23 November at the NEC Birmingham. Read more

Simon Abbott, Nick Bundy & Phil Tremayne.

Introducing the Hort Academy from Bowles & Wyer

Landscape company Bowles & Wyer has introduced the Hort Academy - a pioneering training programme for landscape and horticultural professionals designed to tackle the widening skills gap in the horticulture industry.  Read more

SGD unveils new website

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has launched a new comprehensive website to offer a more user-friendly experience to members and consumers alike. Read more

Announcing BALI Digital in association with Adtrak

BALI has today relaunched its strategic alliance with Nottingham-based digital marketing agency, Adtrak. Adtrak’s collaboration with the landscaping association aims to help BALI members succeed online, providing them with access to digital support packages specifically designed for landscaping professionals. Read more

Employer Excellence Winner in the BALI National Landscape Awards

Leading landscape supplier Green-tech has been announced as a winner in the 2019 BALI National Landscape awards ‘Employer Excellence – turnover over £2.5m’ category. Read more

SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Read more

Helen Elks-Smith discussing plans with clients

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

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

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

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

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

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