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Chartered Institute of Horticulture awards Services Contract to the HTA

The Board of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture has announced that it will be transferring its membership secretariat services to the HTA from 15 December 2015.

Chartered Institute of Horticulture logo

The decision was supported by membership and work has started to transfer services from Capel Manor College and includes membership administration, event management, and communications. Members will be informed by letter of the change and their subscription benefits will continue as normal.


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‘Tis the season for the scent of Sarcococca

Ending the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Month campaign in style is Sarcococca, Plant of the Month for December and a great addition to a winter garden.

Plant of the Month 2014

Commonly known as ‘sweet box’ or ‘Christmas Box’, this evergreen shrub is very sweetly scented with an aroma of vanilla essence. Its fragrant white flowers decorate the garden over winter and early spring, followed by red and black berries.

While boasting scent and

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Will Burberry takes home Gold at APL WorldSkills UK Final

Will Burberry, Gardenscapes, has been announced as ‘Best in the UK’ in landscaping gardening after winning gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills UK final.

APL WorldSkills UK 2015 Final Gold winner Will Burberry, Gardenscapes

Mark Chapelhow, Wildroof Landscapes took silver, and Noel Taggart, CAFRE, took bronze.

The APL WorldSkills final took place last week from 19-21 November at the NEC in Birmingham. Over the four days, one of which being a training/prep day, the competitors had 16 hours to build a garden designed

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APL WorldSkills UK final gets underway!

The 2015 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC with five landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title.

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After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the five students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 16 hours over the next 3 days.

This morning has been a morning of familiarisation and fence practice. They were also

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Association of Professional Landscapers announces new Vice Chair for the 2015 APL Committee

This year’s Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Annual Review took place on Tuesday 17 November, kindly hosted by FutureScape 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey.

APL logo portrait (new)

APL Chairman Mark Gregory comments, “Once again it was a very productive Annual Review detailing a successful year for the APL, which has seen us continue to raise the APL brand at many events across the UK including Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, Gardeners World Live in the midlands to Hampton

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Keep it relevant and inspire your customers - HTA Marketing Forum 2015

Over 100 delegates from across the industry came together this week for the HTA Marketing Forum 2015 which took place at Chesford Grange, Warwick.

HTA Marketing Forum 2015

Over 100 delegates from across the industry came together this week for the HTA Marketing Forum 2015 which took place at Chesford Grange, Warwick. The event, themed ‘tools for success', brought together keynote speakers, industry experts and practitioners to look at ways in which businesses

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