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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.

2014 NGGV

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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Christine Walkden champions tree planting this November

November is a great month to start thinking about the year ahead and is often considered as nature’s time to plant, due to moderate temperatures and rainfall.

Plant of the Month 2014

It’s also a good time to plant trees before the ground gets too hard or frozen, making them the ideal choice for the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Month for November.

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APL Tatton Garden nominated for prestigious award

The APL Precious Resources garden from RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2013, has been shortlisted for a major national garden award.

Willow Wood Garden

The garden sponsored by was donated to Willow Wood Sensory Garden project which has been shortlisted for the 2014 Society of Garden Designers award for “Designing in the Community”. 

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Association of Professional Landscapers AGM takes place at FutureScape

This year’s Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 November and is being hosted at FutureScape 2014, Sandown Park Racecourse.

APL logo portrait (new)

APL members should confirm their attendance along with any committee nomination forms to by 3 November 2014. The AGM starts at 9.00 am.


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Recruit and Retain is key theme at APL Networking Seminar

Provender nurseries once again played host to this year’s Autumn APL Seminar, which focused on Recruiting and Retaining Staff.

APL Networking Seminar 22 October 2014

The line up of speakers informed a group of APL members and APL Exhibitors about how to attract the right staff for your business, and keep them motivated to encourage career progression.


The evening was started off with a presentation by  Dan Lally of Slic Training on

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Bigger, Stronger and Better Together

‘Bigger, stronger and better together’ was a key theme throughout the HTA Garden Futures Conference which took place on 15 October at RIBA in London, with much of the day’s content about collaboration and cooperation for the good of the industry

HTA Garden Futures Conference October 2014

In his opening address HTA President Stan Green encouraged delegates to be imaginative and proactive in promoting and shouting about the huge benefits of horticulture so that more attention is paid to the industry. ‘We can achieve much more and are better together’ he said. TV Gardener

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