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South West Growers Show launches Scholarship with David Colegrave Foundation

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is delighted to announce the launch of the new South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship to support students of horticulture.

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The Scholarship offers £1,500 to students studying commercial or production horticulture in the UK.

David Jackson, SWGS Chairman, said, "Over recent years there has been a sharp decline of young people entering the industry and we, as a group of growers ourselves, feel it is important to support those studying commercial or production horticulture. The SWGS Sponsored Scholarship will satisfy both organisations aims by encouraging a new generation of horticulturists".

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Katie Melua champions Hydrangeas in August

The hydrangea has been named as HTAís Plant of the Month for August and these big, long lasting summer blooms are being championed by one of Britainís most successful recording artists, Katie Melua.

Katie Melua Hydrangea

There are two types of flowering hydrangeas - Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms and lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads. Over the winter, hydrangeas will lose their leaves but being fully hardy will re-leaf the following year. Flower colour changes depending

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WorldSkills UK: APL WorldSkills UK finalists revealed

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists have been revealed at RHS Flower Show Tatton.

World Skills

Following a 22 hour build in sweltering temperatures at the show, Robert Wylie of CAFRE was declared the top scorer of the Landscape Gardening Competition, organised by the APL.

However, due to the high standard of work and all six students reaching the qualifying benchmark for the finals, Richard Carden from Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will now progess and compete again at the final at The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, where one of them will win Gold and be crowned the UK's Best Landscape Gardener.

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Hortipak signs 3 year deal to support HTA National Plant Show

The HTA is delighted to announce that Hortipak has signed a 3 year sponsorship deal as Headline Partners of HTA National Plant Show demonstrating their continued support of the event.

NPS entrance

The HTA National Plant Show, which celebrated its 5th birthday this year, brings together the best from the UK plant supply chain providing plant buyers with an unrivalled opportunity to plan and select stock for the 2015 season.

Hortipak, part of the Ryedale Group is a family run printing

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Keep up to date with latest issues affecting British Ornamental Plant Producers

Retailers, growers and suppliers to the garden industry are invited to attend the British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP) AGM & Technical Seminar which takes place on Thursday 25 September 2014 at the Oak Tree Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

BOPP - field of blue crop

The event will bring guests together to learn about and discuss the current issues affecting the industry and also provide an update on the strategy and activities of the BOPP Scheme.


New for the event this year will be the chance for delegates to attend two

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WorldSkills UK: APL WorldSkills UK kicks off at RHS Tatton

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition heats have kicked off at RHS Flower Show Tatton.

WorldSkills start

Organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, the heats were officially started on 22 July by celebrity gardener Chris Collins in front of the gardening press.

Richard Carden from Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Sparsholt College and Dean Thomson, Jonathan

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