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Bring the scent of Christmas to your garden with Sarcococca

A fragrant plant for the garden at this time of year is the evergreen shrub Sarcococca, which has been named HTA Plant of the Month for December.

Plant of the Month 2014

Commonly known as ‘Sweet Box’ or ‘Christmas box’ this plant has delicate white flowers that bloom over winter and early Spring.   


Perfect planted by the edge of a path or close to the front door, where its stunning vanilla scent and glossy

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HTA supports Natural Buzz campaign

Communities across Wales are set to benefit from Natural Buzz; a pollinator initiative launched last week run by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the HTA and Green Space Wales.

Funded by the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund, the initiative aims to deliver action on the ground to benefit biodiversity and deliver community benefits to the surrounding areas, while raising awareness of the importance of pollinators for the local environment.


As part

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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.

APL logo

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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Plant Carrier Bags from Alpha Packaging

Alpha Packaging have begun taking orders for the improved Plant Carrier Bags ready for Spring 2015

Plant Carrier Bags

Following the success of last spring's 'Plant Carrier Bags', Alpha Packaging are now taking orders ready for next Spring, with an expected delivery date of March 2015.

After feedback from many HTA customers the bag has now been improved with a larger base and reduced angles to accommodate

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