Recruitment Crisis causes nursery to give away £100,000 of garden plants free

A local family-run garden centre business is being forced to giveaway £100,000 worth of Garden Plants for FREE this weekend as they cannot recruit enough nursery staff to look after the plants if returned to their nurseries for the winter.

Team leader Matt Pollard explains “In any usual year we would return these plants to our nursery to cut them back and grow them on for future...

Devon's Best Churchyard 2020 winner's plaque in the churchyard at Northam

Northam named Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2020

Local countryside and conservation charity Devon CPRE is delighted to announce that St Margaret’s Church at Northam is the Winner of this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. At the weekend a sustainable oak plaque and a cheque for £200 was awarded to representatives of the community of volunteers who help maintain this beautifully biodiverse churchyard on the north Devon coast....

Cotehele gardening volunteers are winners

The Cotehele gardening volunteers have won the Cornwall Today Volunteers’ Cup 2016’ at the spring flower show in Boconnac, Cornwall. The show and award ceremony took place over the weekend of 2/3 April.

‘The award is thoroughly deserved for the volunteers’ tremendous efforts in creating the dried flower garland here at Cotehele last Christmas’, says Chris Groves, Senior Gardener at the...

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival

After the success of last year, Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Powderham Castle is back and bigger than ever on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May!

There will be explosive 'daytime fireworks' with coloured smoke and showering steamers down from the Gate House. Toby and the Countess of Devon will be cutting the ribbon.

Teign Trees will be swining from the trees at the entrance of the castle! There will also be live music from the Cataclews and much more.

Topsham Flower Club are decorating the Chapel at Powderham with incredible flower arrangements themed on the work...

Long service awards for city gardeners

Three of Plymouth City Council’s most experienced gardeners have received official recognition from The Royal Horticulture Society (RHS).

The three were nominated by the Council to officially recognise all their hard work and dedication in keeping Plymouth looking great.

The Royal Horticulture Society’s long service award is awarded to anyone who has completed forty years of...

Popular garden waste scheme restarts

Plymouth’s popular garden waste collection is starting up again from 30 March.

This year the scheme will be extended by a month until the end of November so that people can sweep up autumn leaves and put their garden to bed for the winter.

The collection operates every fortnight – the same week that people’s recycling is collected.

The service starts just ahead of the...

Gardeners beware: The slugs are coming!

Gardeners should start preparing early for their great slug and snail hunt this year as winter temperatures have provided the perfect conditions for their arch enemies.

According to Wyevale Garden Centres – the UK’s largest garden centre group - last year, gardeners spent £11.6 million in their battle to protect their botanical spaces, battling over 30 species of slugs including a...

Be careful what you grow in your garden

BBC Breakfast News ran a story on this week about Japanese Knotweed and that property owners could now be fined if they do not deal with an infestation on their property. We thought you might like some additional information.

The new Government guidance advises that Council Officers and police will have the power to issue Community Protection Notices for “invasive non-native species”....

Look before you strim, says RSPCA

The RSPCA is warning gardeners to tread carefully to avoid harming the wildlife which may be living in their gardens.

Every year we receive calls about animals with distressing and often fatal garden injuries which in most cases are completely avoidable.

Past cases include a toad with its hind legs chopped off by a strimmer, a hedgehog burnt in pampas grass clearance, a...

RHS calls on garden lovers to take part in unique climate change study

Scientists from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the University of Reading are asking anyone interested in gardens and gardening, whether allotment holders or those who enjoy visiting gardens, to take part in a unique survey designed to improve understanding of how climate change may affect gardens and green spaces in the future.

The information gathered will enable the RHS to...