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Met Office say September is set to be driest on record

Early Met Office figures show this is set to be the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country.

It is also likely to finish in the top five warmest, with UK mean temperatures significantly above the monthly average.

Using figures from 1-28 September, the UK as a whole has received 19.4mm of rain, which is just 20% of the normal amount of rainfall we'd expect for the month. Prior to this, the driest…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 30, 2014 at 7:33 — No Comments

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.

“If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 30, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

New employment rights set to come in enabling accompanied ante-natal appointments

New employment rights are set to come into force from October 1, 2014, that allow staff the chance to take time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to an ante-natal appointment.

Government guidance explains how an employee who has a qualifying relationship with a pregnant woman or her expected child is able to take unpaid time off during working…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 29, 2014 at 11:14 — No Comments

Consumers face 'lost decade' as spending squeeze bites

British consumers face another three years of squeezed spending, an influential report suggests, amounting to a "lost decade" for households.

Annual wage growth is likely to remain well below the 4.5%-to-5% rises seen before the financial crisis struck in 2008, the EY Item Club survey says.

This will slow consumer spending growth over the next two years.

Median pay in real-terms is forecast to fall from £18,852 in 2008 to £17,827 by 2017, the survey suggests.



Added by Landscape Juice on September 29, 2014 at 10:07 — 2 Comments

RHS Chelsea garden finds a home with Help for Heroes charity

The award-winning ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designed by Matthew Keightley, of Maidenhead-based landscaping firm Farr and Roberts’, has been moved to a Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester where it will help servicemen, women and Veterans who have suffered life-changing…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 29, 2014 at 7:25 — No Comments

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Industry Shows Support For New SALTEX

The recent announcement that SALTEX (Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition) will be moving from Windsor to the NEC Birmingham, has been met with enthusiastic support from both exhibitors and visitors. The new look SALTEX will take place on 4 and 5 November 2015.

The announcement has been well received by exhibitors, with close to 100 already committed to exhibiting at the 2015 event - which will incorporate a wide range of educational seminars and turf debates, the unique ‘Ask…


Added by Fusion Media on September 26, 2014 at 9:42 — No Comments

A Forgotten Landscape partnership project secures investment

More than £1 million has been awarded to a project to preserve and protect the unique landscape and heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels between Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston in Bristol.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that a partnership of private and public organisations, hosted by South Gloucestershire…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 26, 2014 at 7:12 — No Comments

Horticulture Matters report highlights battle to fight skills crisis

The industry group behind the Horticulture Matters report has published an update following the launch of the project last year.

Backed by groups such as the RHS, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and Lantra, the updated report highlights some of the work undertaken, and the challenges the…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 24, 2014 at 14:07 — No Comments

Pensioner unwittingly grows cannabis plant from bird seeds

A pensioner from Exmouth has unwittingly grown a 5ft (1.5m) tall cannabis plant from a pack of bird seeds.

Patricia Hewitson, from Exmouth, contacted BBC Radio Devon's gardening programme asking for help identifying "a weed".

After discovering it was an illegal cannabis plant the police were involved.

Officers said Mrs Hewitson was growing the plant illegally but in good faith.

BBC:… Continue

Added by Landscape Juice on September 23, 2014 at 9:06 — No Comments

Ray Bradbury poem about George Bernard Shaw's spade unearthed

A spade once owned by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, which was hymned in verse by a subsequent owner, Ray Bradbury, will be auctioned in Los Angeles later this week.

Bradbury, a lifelong fan of Shaw’s, was given the spade as a Christmas present. Shaw had used the tool to plant a mulberry tree on his 80th birthday, in 1936.

In the lengthy, unpublished poem, titled GBS and the Spade, Bradbury wrote of how, holding it, he could feel the Nobel laureate’s… Continue

Added by Landscape Juice on September 23, 2014 at 8:34 — No Comments

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Sherriff Amenity Announce Appointment of Amenity Specialist

Sherriff Amenity is pleased to announce the appointment of new amenity specialist Craig Spooner, who will be responsible for covering the East Anglian area for the company. Craig joins from Limagrain, the largest seed company in Europe.

With an impressive employment history including greenkeeping positions at a string of golf clubs such as The Forest of Arden, The Isle of Purbeck and Leatherhead, Craig landed the role of Head Greenkeeper at Bourn Golf Club near Cambridge, where he…


Added by Fusion Media on September 22, 2014 at 14:31 — No Comments

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SISIS Osca Chosen to Maintain Synthetic Pitches at St Georges Park

Following trials held by FIFA on synthetic surface maintenance equipment, Alan Ferguson, Head of Grounds and Estate at St George’s Park - the FA’s National Football Centre, has chosen a SISIS Osca tractor mounted oscillating brush for use on their indoor and outdoor synthetic pitches.

An advocate of both natural and synthetic maintenance equipment from SISIS, AIan has held a strong relationship with the company since his time as head groundsman at Ipswich Football Club.…


Added by Fusion Media on September 22, 2014 at 10:41 — No Comments

Finding details of the air quality near where you live and work

If you are outside working then the quality of the air that you breath may be something to consider.

Defra provides health advice and a wide range of information to the public on air quality so you can take appropriate action where necessary.

The air quality forecast and health advice is updated daily and can be found on the UK Air website,, and on the Defra air quality Twitter feed, @Defraukair.

People should use this resource for regular… Continue

Added by Landscape Juice on September 18, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

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Etesia UK Announce Pellenc ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ Promotion

Etesia UK has announced a special offer which will enable anyone to trade in their old petrol machine which can be used as a cash discount on a brand new Pellenc battery-powered model.

This special offer will allow you to swap your old petrol chainsaw, hedge trimmer or brush cutter for a brand new Helion hedgecutter (£100 discount), Airion leaf blower (£100 discount) or an Excelion 2000 brushcutter (£175 discount).

With no…


Added by Etesia UK on September 18, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Guide to running urban food growing traineeship launched

A new guide aimed at organisations hoping to train the next generation of urban farmers has been launched.

The document highlights the importance of training in the horticulture and food growing sector and includes case studies of people who have gone through training programmes in London.

Titled Future Farmers; a guide for running an urban food growing traineeship – it has been launched by the Mayor of London’s food advisor, Rosie Boycott.

Chair of London Food… Continue

Added by Landscape Juice on September 17, 2014 at 8:18 — No Comments

August was hottest on record worldwide, says Nasa

August 2014 was marginally the warmest August worldwide since records began 130 years ago, according to new data from Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Temperatures measured by government meteorological offices using land, sea and satellite data suggest this year’s global high was very close to those of 2011, 2008, 2006 and 2003.

Overall, temperatures were 0.70C above the 1951-1990 baseline temperature average.

The Guardian:… Continue

Added by Landscape Juice on September 17, 2014 at 7:41 — No Comments

Early estimate of visitor numbers to IoG Saltex put at 7,485

An un-audited count of visitors to the IoG Saltex event found that 7,485 individuals visited the show.

Hort Week reports that the number is down on last year, but is up on 2012 when the show saw 6,441 visitors.

The IoG Saltex show announced a few weeks ago that…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 15, 2014 at 8:06 — No Comments

Demand for agricultural products drives 'shock' tree loss in tropical forests

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

The authors say that consumer demand in Europe and the US for beef, leather and timber is driving these losses.

The vast majority of this illegal deforestation for commercial agriculture took place in Brazil and Indonesia.

BBC: Demand for agricultural…


Added by Landscape Juice on September 12, 2014 at 7:46 — No Comments

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Regeneration Scheme Injects Life Back Into Castlerock

The four year regeneration of Castlerock, the tranquil coastal town which lies along the north coast of Ireland, has injected new life into the quaint, picturesque area over the summer of 2014.

In October 2009, Colin Buchanan & Partners Ltd were commissioned by Coleraine…


Added by Tobermore on September 11, 2014 at 16:22 — No Comments

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Dennis and SISIS Appoint New Export Sales Administrator

Due to the continued success of the Dennis and SISIS brands, the company is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Ambler as export sales administrator. The newly created role also signals the company’s rapid growth in the export market.

After spells of working for a fine art shipping company and a high level auction house in London, Stephanie (Steffi) has spent the last six years working in the export department at Royal Crown Derby.

“I’m very excited about this new…


Added by Fusion Media on September 11, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

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