History and modernity intertwine

In a bumper edition this week, we get a glimpse at the latest developments at the Trentham Estate where the team led by Michael Walker are following an ambitious programme to reveal the best of this important Capability Brown landscape - work which includes opening up vistas obscured by decades of Rhododendron ponticum and conifer growth.

The team are steering clear of the dangers of 'museumification', instead allowing the landscape to live and evolve with the assistance of star planting designer, (and new HW columnist - see opposite) Nigel Dunnett. Dunnett is set to more than double the 10,000sq m of annual meadow he created at Trentham last year to great visitor acclaim.

Says Walker, the driving force hasn't just been to get back to Capability Brown but "to understand a very complex historical landscape." For more on the latest developments see pages 10-11.

Other highlights in this edition include our special eight-page report on the burgeoning biocontrols market which is estimated to be growing by more than 15 per cent each year. According to bio-pesticide expert Dr Roma Gwynn, the global market for bio-pesticides will reach £2.3bn by 2017. Meanwhile Fargro's Dr Joshua Burnstone says increasing investment means "we may well be seeing a transition from the era of chemical control to the era of biological control."

See our review of product choices available for growers in the UK, plus the latest research on how best to use bio-pesticides - and the hands-on experiences of a dozen major growers from the ornamental, fruit and vegetable crop sectors.

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