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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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Medals haul for HTA members at Hampton Court

Members of the HTA have come out on top at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with many winning medals for their floral displays.

David Austin Roses at Hampton Court 2014

Rose growers were celebrating in the Festival of Roses and Floristry tent as David Austin Roses scooped Gold and Best Rose Exhibit for their showcase of English Roses. Silver Gilt Flora medals also went to HTA members Bill Le Grice Roses, Fryer's Roses and Harkness Roses for their arrangements.

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Strong show for APL members at RHS Hampton 2014

Members of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are celebrating their success once again at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which takes place this week (8-13 July).

Hampton YGYB - 2014

The APL's success at Hampton Court continued with am impressive accolade of Best in Show, Best in Category, two Gold medals, four Silver Gilt medals and three Silver Flora medals, taking their tally to a 26 medals in the past three years of the show.

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