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Exciting New Initiative to Boost Nature on Your Doorstep

Over 800 pre-paid ‘Nature Starter’ packages are being made available to communities acrossWales.The packages will include native plants and seeds, peat-free compost, tools and even bug and bee hotels. Starter packages look to include all materials needed to create a community nature area.Keep Wales Tidyis offering support and advice on how to install the packages.Keep Wales Tidy says it will

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Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

Qualifications with low or no enrolments could see funding withdrawn in drive to level up skills and opportunities. More than 5,000 qualifications which are not being taken by anyone or are being studied by less than 100 students each year may lose government funding, under plans announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Thegovernmentis seeking views from the education sector on

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Applications open for The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.

Every year the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), jointly award an internship of a lifetime – The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.   $4,500 USD is granted for the opportunity to organise a work placement in a horticultural business. This year current or recent UK based horticultural students can apply to experience production horticulture in the US/Canada.   Past winner, James Crawford,

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NEW PARTNERSHIPS BOOST ROYAL FORESTRY SOCIETY ONE-DAY COURSES

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has partnered with the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), Cumbria Woodlands and Forest Service Northern Ireland to extend its range of one-day courses. RFS Courses Co-ordinator Claire Street says:“All our courses are delivered by recognised experts in their fields and are based on skills and needs identified by forestry professionals and woodland owners. “We

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Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through

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RHS to recruit record number of apprentices

The RHS is preparing for its largest intake of apprentices, increasing the number to 16 across its five gardens in 2020 and 18 in 2021. This includes RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex and RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. Apprentices work full-time for two years alongside

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Bradstone launches 2020 Training Academy

Bradstone has opened the doors to its 2020 Training Academy and is encouraging merchants to secure a place now. The Bradstone Training Academy will run from 21 January to 5 February 2020. It is open to all merchants looking to expand and improve their knowledge and skills within the ever-evolving hard landscaping industry. The training is running at five Bradstone sites across

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FutureScape Round Up 2019 – Room One: Business

This year’s FutureScape was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best yet. Thousands of visitors attended the UK’s leading landscaping trade event at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 19 November. Some of the country’s top suppliers showcased their innovative products across the various exhibitor stands and a selection of the industry experts shared their knowledge in the fantastic

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Founder of Scape Design visits Plumpton College students

Students at Plumpton College were visited by four time RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner James Basson. James, alongside partner Helen Basson, is also the founder of Scape Design. A garden design company which specialises in sustainable, ecological and low maintenance gardens. The ethos of Scape Design is to blend gardens into their surroundings, hand selecting the correct plant palette to ensure that it is perfectly adapted

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