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Association of Professional Landscapers announces new Vice Chair and Officers for the 2015 APL Committee

This year’s Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 18 November, kindly hosted by FutureScape 2014, Sandown Park Racecourse.

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APL Chairman Mark Gregory comments, “Once again it was productive AGM detailing a successful year for the APL." 

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Young Landscaper named ‘Best in the UK’ at The Skills Show

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are delighted to announce that Robert Wylie from CAFRE, has been named the ‘Best in the UK’ in Landscape Gardening after winning Gold at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions

World Skills 2014

Robert beat students from Reaseheath College, Bishop Burton College and CAFRE to win the Gold Medal.  Jonathan Buchanan got Silver whilst Ronan McLarnon and Dean Thomson got joint Bronze.

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Wallflowers showcased at RHS Wisley for People’s Choice Award

A large display of over 3500 Wallflowers (Erysimum) were planted out last week at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley for the RHS People's Choice award which will showcase the different forms of Erysimum available on the market to visitors

Wallflowers at RHS Wisley

Every year the RHS and members of the HTA’s Seasonal Plants Group, organise a People’s Choice Award at RHS Garden Wisley. The spring 2015 plant is the Wallflower, and a number of HTA members submitted large quantities of plants and seeds to the RHS to germinate and grow on and plant.



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‘Making it Happen’ in 2015

A new business mentoring scheme ‘Making it Happen’ will be available to HTA members in 2015, which complements the well-established HTA Retail Business Improvement Scheme (RBIS) based on seven regional groups of members.

The ‘Making it Happen’ programme is based on 16 years’ experience by international garden centre consultants, Garden Retail Success Ltd and is championed in the UK by Steve Myatt.


‘Making It Happen’ enables garden retailers to work with the guidance

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Indian summer extends the season for gardeners

The November issue of HTA Market Update, published this week, reveals that garden centre sales for September are up 15% on last year following a dry and warm month, which has encouraged consumers to continue to invest in their gardens.

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The latest figures from the HTA Garden Retail Monitor show that garden retail sales are currently ahead by 10% (to the end of September) compared with 2013. This follows a rainy August where the national benchmark was at 2%. 

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NGGV Christmas card competition attracts record number of entries

A record number of entries came flooding in for the HTA’s National Garden Gift Voucher Design a Christmas Card Competition this year.

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The competition, which ended on 19 October, saw approximately 10,000 talented youngsters put felt tip pen to paper to design their own image of Christmas.

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