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New TrustMark tool helps over 65's find trusted landscapers

TrustMark and Age UK have launched a new TrustMark directory to help older people find trusted landscapers more easily.

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The tool which can be found on Age UK's website gives older people a trusted resource to turn to when looking for quality tradespeople by providing them and their families with a selection of vetted traders in their area.

By using the tool the user has the assurance that they are hiring people who have passed the most stringent business and customer service checks, but have also had previous work checked onsite by qualified inspectors.

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Solve shady garden spaces with a Rhododendron

Encourage your customers to brighten up the shadier parts of their gardens this spring with a rhododendron, the HTA's Plant of the Month for April 2015.

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Ancient Greek meaning ‘Rose Tree' the rhododendron is both evergreen and deciduous. 

The family includes azaleas which are ideal for smaller gardens, and fit nicely with the industry Love the Plot You've Got campaign, as well as many larger-leafed rhododendrons which lend themselves well more open spaces.

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HTA National Plant Show - Putting Plants in the Spotlight

With spaces selling fast growers from across the UK are encouraged to sign up to exhibit at this year’s HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 23 and 24 June 2015.

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So far over one hundred companies have signed up to exhibit. These include: Allensmore Nurseries, Anglia Group of Nurseries, Ball Colegrave, Blackmoor Nurseries, Channel Island Plants, David Austin Roses, Farplants, Gardeners Kitchen, Johnsons of Whixley, Kernock Park Plants, Lovania Nurseries, New

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WorldSkills UK garden revealed for landscape gardening competition

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is delighted to reveal the WorldSkills UK garden for the 2015 Landscape Gardening competition semi-final which takes place at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July.

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The garden has been designed to test the competitors in every aspect of landscape design including:

§  Plan and mark out, including height measurements.

§  Hard landscape features including,

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HTA statement on glyphosate

Following recent media coverage around the use of glyphosate the HTA has issued the following statement.

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We urge gardeners to use the same common sense when applying glyphosate which they would apply to using any kitchen or garden chemical products. Past studies have not proved that using glyphosate poses any real danger to humans even in a recent review of many products used in the home and on pets,

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Love the Plot You’ve Got gets off to a flying start at Good Life Live

The Love Your Plot You’ve Got campaign got off to a flying start at the weekend at the Good Life Live/Edible Garden Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

Love the Plot You've Got

The industry wide campaign highlights inspirational options for transforming small outdoor spaces. Alongside the 'before' plot are spaces themed around entertaining, growing your own, using containers and decorating a balcony.

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