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Buyers' guide - Tractors

Buyers' guide - Tractors

Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Chainsaws

Buyers' guide - Chainsaws

Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters

The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

Parks & Gardens In Depth

Market report - Kit for artificial pitches

Market report - Kit for artificial pitches

Maintenance is essential for getting the best use from synthetic playing surfaces, Sally Drury advises.

According to Dixon...Social horticulture shown at its very best

According to Dixon...Social horticulture shown at its very best

Magic is happening in Somerset.



Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.

Barrell On....why highway tree inspection regimes must be protected

Barrell On....why highway tree inspection regimes must be protected

When a death arises in unnatural circumstances, an inquest is a fact-finding public inquiry to establish who has died as well as how, when and where the death occurred (

Kit Tests:  Utility vehicles

Kit Tests: Utility vehicles

Electric, diesel and heavyweight models put through their paces, but which fares best? Sally Drury reports

What Kit

Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment.

Kevin Line's Blog

Kevin Line

Head gardener Kevin Line explores his passion for and experiments with plants

Sally DruryAsk Sally Drury

Horticulture week's equipment expert answers your questions

Parks & Gardens Comment

The high value of collaboration

If there was any doubt that collaboration pays, two important developments within horticulture's wonderfully diverse but, for far too long, dangerously fragmented industry should settle the matter for good.

Barrell On ... Vigilance needed in tree-risk management

The recent inquest into the death of a young woman at Kew Gardens in 2012 caused by a falling branch from a mature cedar raised important tree-risk management questions. After lengthy proceedings, a jury found that there was insufficient evidence to decide on the cause of branch failure.

Data brings crisis to the fore

It is almost exactly a year since the Parks Alliance was formed, bringing key professional bodies within the parks and allied sectors together to lobby, engage and communicate on behalf of embattled urban parks and green spaces.

Sargent's Solutions

Alan Sargent

Your professional gardening and landscaping problems solved.

Green Space Management

Sid Sullivan

Consultant Sid Sullivan advises on parks management, including best practice in tendering.

Green Flag Awards

Green Flag Awards

See the full list of winners and case studies on award-winning parks.

Make Parks A Priority

Campaign: Make Parks A Priority

Horticulture Week's campaign to protect urban parks from decline

Forthcoming Events

Barcham's 2015 Big Barn conference

  • Ely, Cambridgeshire

BCPC Congress 2014: Precaution or Innovation?

Carrot Variety Demonstration and Trade Exhibition

  • Huntapac Produce, situated on the B5246, Holmeswood Road, Tarleton, Lancashire, L401TG