BALI LISS/CSCS cards get smarter

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has today announced its adoption of Go Smart and SkillSight, developed by Reference Point, to enhance its Land-Based Industry Skills Card Scheme (LISS). Read more

PB Forestry and Landscaping

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

Green-tech open day hailed a success

Green-tech opened the doors to its offices, production facilities, warehousing and distribution operation last week. More than 150 customers and suppliers attended the open day at Green-tech‘s purpose built business park in North Yorkshire. Read more

Celebrations as 2017 BALI National Landscape Award winners announced

60 BALI members have now been informed they have won a BALI National Landscape Award, with some members successful in more than one category. This year’s Awards sees 80 National Awards bestowed upon BALI members by the adjudication panel, which is chaired by landscape consultant and former senior lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College, Greg Allen. Read more

BALI Awards Judges

Denmark's leading climate-friendly landscape architects to speak in UK for the first time

Award-winning Danish landscape architecture studio SLA, responsible for some of Scandinavia's most contemporary and climate-friendly urban landscapes and public spaces, will be speaking in the UK for the first time at the SGD Autumn Conference in November.

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Employers congratulated on new industry-led apprenticeship standards following Government approval

With Government approval secured for the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards for arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscaping, those employers involved in the initiative are being congratulated on their success. Read more

Speakers and delegates at the Trailblazer Apprenticeship launch to training providers

2017 APL WorldSkills semi-finalists announced

Landscapers of the future demonstrated their skills over the past 3 months at regional heats hosted by CAFRE, Gardening Scotland, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College and Pershore College for the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition. Read more

Gardening and landscaping trades massively undervalued in UK, survey finds

British garden design and landscaping have a formidable reputation across the world, as witnessed by a global audience of 372 million for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Their work remains poorly understood by the wider public in the UK, however, according to an AXA survey*. Read more

Memorial garden wins top show garden honours

Top honours in the 2017 Harrogate Flower Show Gardens has gone to 6 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps with a Gold Award for A Homecoming Prayer. Read more

 A homecoming prayer – 6th Regiment Logistic Corps, Dishforth

Garden Design Course run by We Are the Garden Makers

Garden Design An Introduction - This course aims to provide learners with the techniques and skills to design a garden for a particular client. Read more

Brewin Dolphin brings sculptural riverside garden to RHS Chatsworth with Jo Thompson 

Multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson has been chosen by Brewin Dolphin to create its inaugural garden at the first annual RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Read more

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

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

BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 is a sell-out event

The highly anticipated 41st BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 promises to be a phenomenal event, having reached BALI’s full house capacity. Read more

Students and apprentices once again impress to make the APL WorldSkills finals!

Having battled through the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers, eight skilled young apprentices and students have made it through to the final showdown in front of 70,000 spectators at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham (Nov 16-18). Read more

Shine a light on garden design

Retailers, garden designers and landscapers are this month (September, 2017) invited to a free event at one of the UK’s leading nurseries to explore the use of lighting in outdoor spaces. Read more

Paul Willavoys of Landscapeplus

APL and HTA members have reason to celebrate
at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is taking place this week (19 – 23 July) and HTA and APL members have been showcasing their skills in the floral marquee and gardens. Read more

Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five world-class speakers from the UK, Scandinavia and Australia have been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Water Ways’, exploring different aspects of water in the garden and landscape. Read more

Tom Stuart-Smith MSGD

APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners World Live once again impresses the judges!

The five gardens built on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live have once again impressed our judges, with this year’s results improving on last year. Lanwarne Landscapes have taken home the Best Construction award as well as a Silver-Merit, and two of our gardens, Living Gardens and Big Fish Landscapes, taking home a Gold. Read more

BALI’s Scotland success story as Tangible Garden takes Best New Show Garden 2017

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is delighted to announce that BALI Designer member Lynn Hill’s Tangible Garden, built by Registered Contractor Endrick Landscapes, has won Best New Show Garden and a Silver Gilt medal at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh. Read more

Tangible Garden

Award nomination for APL Awards

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards has been shortlisted in a national awards scheme. The APL Awards, which recognise excellence in landscaping amongst members of the association, has been shortlisted in the category of 'Best Awards by an Association' at The Awards Awards 2017. Read more

World-class American speakers secured for SGD Spring Conference

This spring, the Society of Garden Designers is bringing four world-class speakers from the United States to stand alongside some of our own British talent at the SGD Spring Conference, making it a unique opportunity not to be missed, or likely to be repeated.  Read more

Hallie Boyce and Judy Venonsky from The OLIN Studio

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

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