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March sees outdoor garden centre categories suffer

March sees outdoor garden centre categories suffer

The GCA's March figures show March 2015 sales were down on March 2014.

David Cameron visits Wyevale Garden Centre

David Cameron visits Wyevale Garden Centre

Conservative leader Cameron follows chancellor George Osborne in visiting a Wyevale on the election trail.

Lower hectarage and "value-added mentality" urged for Irish potato sector

Lower hectarage and "value-added mentality" urged for Irish potato sector

Irish potato growers should reduce their planting area and seek ways of adding value to their crop, according to a senior researcher at sector development body Teagasc.

New funding to address knowledge gaps in tackling Scotland's tree diseases

New funding to address knowledge gaps in tackling Scotland's tree diseases

The Scottish Forestry Trust has launched a fund to support postgraduate research on tree health issues in Scotland.

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Seabrook On ... Suitable settings for paying our respects

Seabrook On ... Suitable settings for paying our respects

One of the disadvantages of growing old is the frequency of funerals, two on consecutive days this month. The late Eileen Sexton was a true lady - wife of Jack and mother to John and Val - who built backdrops, overhead walkways and some of the gardens for Sun Flower Street displays, not to mention building the David Stevens-designed best-in-show Chelsea gardens for B&Q. Eileen and friends raised thousands of pounds for charity staffing the Chelsea show walkways.

Pay move will improve appeal

Pay move will improve appeal

In 1826 an architect writing in The Gardener's Magazine bemoaned the fact that a journeyman gardener who has "gone through a course of practical geometry and land surveying, has a scientific knowledge of botany and spent his days and his nights in reading books connected with his profession gets no more than two shillings or two and sixpence a day". Meanwhile, he noted, a bricklayer who has "not the least knowledge of figures or geometry" received from five to seven shillings a day.

According to Barrell...Urban trees let down by policy failures

According to Barrell...Urban trees let down by policy failures

From biosecurity to planning guidance to climate change resilience, Government policy on urban trees is in disarray.


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