What a difference a year makes This time last year, the south-east of England joined parts of the Midlands and East Anglia in drought and we were discussing the need for wise watering. All opportunities had to be taken to save water. Today we a...
Latest news and updates on the drought and how horticulture is coping.
Thousands of hours of volunteer work in parks help to prevent spending on tree-disease battle escalating even further.
Shelter, pollinators and drought alleviation can benefit from non-cropping trees, trust advises.
Defra has appointed two new ministers, George Eustice and Dan Rogerson. David Heath leaves after a year and Richard Benyon after three. Owen Paterson and Lord De Mauley remain in post.
Tree fatality in Peterborough should not be taken as a precedent in Kew Gardens case, says arboricultural consultant.
London Tree Officers Association lobbies water suppliers for exemption to safeguard young trees.
Water companies say householders should be careful with their water use to avoid up to 50 per cent surges in demand, because of increased showers and lawn watering. But hosepipe bans are not expected despite mid July seeing the first heatwave in ...
Sir Nicholas Bacon has been elected as president of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). He has been treasurer since July 2010. Bacon succeeds Elizabeth Banks, who has been president of the RHS since July 2010. He said: "I have been involved wi...
Landscapers say last year's rain and hosepipe ban are partly why material is gaining popularity.
Aeonium 'Poldark' was launched by Trewidden Nurseries. It is a multi-branching dark succulent that keeps its colour even in winter. Drought-tolerant and low-maintenance.
Wetlands was the most demanding project at the Olympic Park, says Gavin Jones at client day.
The theme for this year's Landscapes for Life Conference, at University College Suffolk on 16-18 July, is water.
Relaxed planting regimes, nature havens and move from wild flower meadows to more domestic look feature at 2013 show.
Getting through the drought
With hosepipe bans expected to remain in many areas of the country, the focus has switched to saving water, Graham Clarke reports.
With the rain keeping garden centre customers away, how are their nursery suppliers faring? Can this season's sales be rescued? Graham Clarke reports.
The latest equipment can help justify irrigation in water shortage-hit times, says Sally Drury.
While lobbying for hosepipe ban concessions continues, the focus has turned to alleviating drought impact on sports facilities, Hannah Jordan reports.
With drought leading to hosepipe bans, bedding plant suppliers are striving to maintain customer confidence, Hannah Jordan reports.
Drought warnings in English regions are cause for concern right across the country, says Sally Drury.
Research into efficient irrigation is producing hi-tech solutions that may help growers to cope with water restrictions, Claire Shaddick reports.
Opinion and comment
Many moons ago, I wrote a piece that I thought was rather cool and very much of our time.
The removal of VAT exemption on products worth up to £18 posted from the Channel Isles to the mainland is hitting employment and the islands' economy. The increase in postal charges will also become a drag on the mail-order plant trade.
Summing up perfectly the anger and frustration felt by landscapers and their suppliers across the hosepipe ban-hit regions this week, Palmstead Nurseries sales and marketing manager Nick Coslett spells out the situation thus: "Water companies have ma...
HW asked garden centre managers and industry representatives what has happened since the hosepipe ban was introduced on 5 April.
With drought declared in a number of areas of the country, we asked participants at the Managing as a Head Gardener seminar last week whether they thought water restrictions would be a problem.
After the nightmare that the hosepipe bans of 2006 unleashed on parts of the garden sector, the news that drip-watering systems are to be exempted at three of the seven water companies that have announced similar bans this week, is very welcome indee...
The Environment Agency has warned that water restrictions are still possible despite a wetter December.
This project developed and tested irrigation schedules for reduced, peat-free and industry standard growing media to help cut water use while maintaining or improving crop quality.
The four different growing systems being compared in the concept pear orchard at East Malling Research have been shown to have very different irrigation requirements, with significant drainage occurring in some of them.
Improved rootstocks are necessary to maintain sustainable and profitable top-fruit production.
Growers need to seek out practical and cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and cost. Climate concerns are a key issue and it is widely accepted that burning fossil fuels is a key contributor through the release of CO2 to the atmosphere.
An estimated 85 per cent of Rijnsburger dry bulb onion crops are irrigated following a recent move in the industry to production on light soils to improve quality and aid crop management. But there is little scientific evidence to support current irr...
Growers and researchers are well aware of the need to use water efficiently (HW, 20 May, 9 September and 11 November 2011). The present research examined how to deploy a limited number of moisture sensors to predict the substrate water content of a l...
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