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.
Cleaning equipment company identifies significant growth potential for future watering sales.
Second day of inquest into 2012 death at Kew of Erena Wilson hit by a falling branch, hears further evidence13 June 2014
The second day of the resumed inquest into the death of Erena Wilson at Kew Gardens in London on 23 September 2012 has heard conflicting evidence about whether summer branch drop was the cause of her death.
Stagnant water in water butts could be to blame for a potential increase in mosquitoes, scientists have warned.
Chelsea Flower Show Best Show Garden winner Luciano Giubbilei has said he could not have made his garden without masterful English horticulture and Great Dixter.
A group of landscape member organisations is moving closer to establishing a pan-landscape group with a draft strategy drawn up around three main aims.
Advancing technology and falling costs are helping bring about a boom in "indoor farms" in the USA and elsewhere, according to organisers of the world's largest conference on the subject.
Collaboration critical for water-sensitive urban design, Ecobuild Future Cities seminar hears.
Landscape industry discussion on contract types turns into passionate debate on who should profit from supply of plants.
A shortlist of 20 water sensitive designs has been selected in a competition to find imaginative ideas to transform the world's largest enclosed docks.
The Landscape Institute and Arboricultural Association have joined together with 15 other professional organisations, who regularly work together on projects designed to manage water, prevent flooding and increase resilience, to ask for proper long-t...
The Sustainable Water Industry Group is calling on experts to look at how to create "green urban oases" at a conference this Friday, 17 January. "The accepted reality is we must move towards sustainable cities, reduce per capita consumption of water...
The Landscape Institute has used the recent flooding to repeat calls for the government to "end the paralysis on flooding and water". President Sue Illman issued a statement in which she said the floods once again exposed the UK s lack of resilienc...
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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