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Farrer On ... Need, not liability, should define play areas

18 April 2014

I have just seen another £200,000 spent on a playground, once again resulting in an area of rubber surfacing covered in boring, risk-averse play equipment surrounded by fencing.


Prospectus offers fresh hope

18 April 2014

Arguments over whether the Government's attempt to unlock large-scale housing development by supporting the creation of three garden cities will make a lasting difference to the housing shortage will no doubt rumble on well beyond this Easter bank ho...

According To Dixon ... Rethink needed on agroforestry decision

According To Dixon ... Rethink needed on agroforestry decision

18 April 2014

Continual rain over three winter months flooded large areas, devastating lives, homes, businesses and communications.


Anne Stone and David McLellan

04 April 2014

Anne Stone has joined the HDC field vegetables team and David McLellan has joined the crop-protection research programme.

Seabrook On ... The frustrations of a fast-changing world

Seabrook On ... The frustrations of a fast-changing world

04 April 2014

Life must be a lot easier and more enjoyable for those of us who are laid back and do not care about things. The older I get the more frustration is experienced by the ways of the modern world.

According To Barrell ... Contrasting approaches to heritage trees

According To Barrell ... Contrasting approaches to heritage trees

04 April 2014

There is a hidden threat to our heritage trees. The National Trust has a reputation for delivering the highest standards in conserving architectural heritage, but it seems that philosophy is not so rigorously applied to environmental assets.


Chris Francis, centre director, Hillier

04 April 2014

Chris Francis, a former Garden Centre Group regional director, has joined Hillier as a centre director.

Hopes rise after cracking start

Hopes rise after cracking start

21 March 2014

What a brilliant start to the season the garden industry has enjoyed over the past fortnight. And what a contrast to the circumstances the garden industry found itself in a year ago.

According To Seabrook ... Events offer guide to state of the industry

According To Seabrook ... Events offer guide to state of the industry

21 March 2014

There are several events over the course of the year that act as a good barometer to measure how sections of the trade are faring.

Securing the benefits of higher demand

Securing the benefits of higher demand

13 March 2014

Latest assessments forecast UK growth at 2.7 per cent for the next 12 months, well ahead of the rest of Europe. If that prediction comes to pass, we can expect promising demand for plants, but who will supply them?


Kate LoweKate Lowe

Profiling garden retail's finest

07 February 2014

For the past five years, Horticulture Week's annual Garden Retail Top 100 has tracked the fortunes of all the leading garden centres across the UK's garden retail industry.


Pushing plants up the climate change policy agenda

24 January 2014

As flood warnings remain in place across many areas of the UK, the subject of urban cooling and the crucial role that plants can play in its support may not be uppermost in the minds of those concerned with the built environment.


Professor Geoff Dixon

Dixon On ... Taking steps to boost horticulture's image

22 November 2013

Politically, horticulture's image has lacked punch and impact. Yes, Parliament's British fruit industry group and the gardening and horticulture groups led by Laura Sandys and Brian Donohue ably raise the flag. But they compete against a huge number ...


Dixon on...The vagaries of the weather strike again

22 August 2013

Hot summers are good for horticulture, or are they?


Peter SeabrookPeter Seabrook

Seabrook On ... Grower caution could still spell shortages

21 February 2014

While the general feeling in the trade is optimistic our success this spring is, as always, dependent on the weather. After all the rain and mild temperatures the chances of a prolonged cold spell look less likely.


According to Seabrook...Mourning the loss of a strong work ethic

30 January 2014

In a recent research paper, Rose grower Robert Mattock makes a powerful case to train craftspeople for the garden and horticultural industries. It is a well-researched and sound argument to return to the hands-on apprenticeships of yesteryear and the...


Andrew HewsonAndrew Hewson

Hewson On ... Clean stock always was key to success

07 March 2014

If there is an "everyday" pest that strikes fear into the hearts and minds of growers, gardeners and amenity folk alike, it is black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus).


According To Hewson ... Things are starting to look up, so go for it

24 January 2014

I'm sure I'm not the only one astonished to read that shoppers splashed some £2.7bn last Boxing Day - a record amount and one of the biggest ever days for retailers.


Jeremy BarrellJeremy Barrell

Barrell On ... Reversing council tree-planting failures

07 February 2014

A new British Standard is about to be published and it is different from anything seen in the past.


According to....Jeremy Barrell

01 November 2013

Tree and landscape professionals are failing to understand and conserve the cultural capital the UK's rich heritage of old trees contains.


Noel FarrerNoel Farrer

According To Farrer ... The poor deserve decent public space too

10 January 2014

During a recent resident consultation event I was reminded of the wholesale discrimination against people simply because they are poor and live in a deprived area.


Farrer on...Changing times for landscaping profile?

03 October 2013

Has landscape ever had such primacy and support? The debate at Open House London this year asked: "Is London building a sterile city?" The pre-debate poll registered 52/48 per cent yes/no.


Tim EdwardsTim Edwards

According To Edwards ... Ministers left behind as debate moves on

25 October 2013

The murky waters of the peat or sustainable growing media discussion are starting to clear.


According To Edwards ... An Olympic legacy for the amenity trade

16 August 2013

One year on from the Olympics, Defra has published a document called The Legacy: Sustainable Procurement for Construction Projects. The Olympics were a great success, not least for the landscape they were set in and for the way in which that landscap...


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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 18 April 2014

NEWS: Garden centres look forward to late Easter sales bonanza

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Why the Customer Rights Bill should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat

MARKET REPORT: Glasshouses

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: Government prospectus offers potential boost across disciplines

EDIBLES: Helping cut food waste - latest packaging addresses concerns over waste issues

PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum