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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.

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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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Landscapers: when the time comes to recruit, will you be ready?

Recruiting or sub-contracting work is something that every company or sole-trader must do at some point to grow their business.

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Following demand for insight into this topic the APL Seminar at Provender Nurseries on Wednesday 22 October, will focus on recruiting and retaining staff.

The seminar will explain recruitment agencies and their processes, de-mystify apprentice schemes and determine whether sub-contracting is best for your business. 

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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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Neil Bragg receives Pearson Memorial Medal at HTA Garden Futures Dinner

Respected soil scientist and national expert in growing media, Neil Bragg, has been awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal in recognition for his outstanding commitment to the horticultural industry.

Neil Bragg

Neil, who has recently stepped down as Chairman of the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) after six years, is a Director of Bulrush Horticulture. During his time at the HDC he oversaw the move of the company from Kent to Stoneleigh, a move that reduced the cost burden and allowed more of the precious funds to be spent directly on research projects. The challenging role at HDC required much skill to bring together a new regime and it was Neil's clear strategic thinking that mapped a way through the difficulties to real success.

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Sandy Shepherd joins HTA Board

Sandy Shepherd from Ball Colegrave has joined the HTA Board as a Director.

Sandy Shepherd

As Managing Director for Ball Colegrave since 2001 Sandy brings more than 30 years horticultural business knowledge to the organisation having previously held senior management positions in KinderGarden Plants, Jiffy and Lows of Dundee.


Ball Colegrave is the UK’s leading

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Landscapers: Do you know how to recruit the best staff for your company?

Many people would agree that a key part of any company is the people; however finding the right people can be a challenge.

APL Networking Seminar Autumn 2013, Provender

Due to popular demand for insight into this topic the APL Seminar at Provender Nurseries on Wednesday 22 October, will focus on recruiting and retaining staff.


Delegates will benefit from an evening full of industry expert advice complimented

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