Resolva Liquid Shots back on TV from today!

The 30 second TV advert will appear on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky over the next 3 weeks, during programmes like the much anticipated new series of Great British Bake Off, NCIS and Modern Families reaching over 29m consumers.

The advert will remind consumers that Resolva Liquid Shots offer an easy way to apply concentrated weedkiller. Pre-dosed with just the right amount for a 10L watering can, there’s no mess and no measuring, giving consumers peace of mind they are applying the right amount.

Resolva Liquid Shots is the perfect solution to big weed problems. The advert features the famous weed characters who taunt and tease a man on his driveway. The weed attack continues until our hero thinks to use the Resolva Liquid Shots, with visible results in 24 hours, he gains control and stands tall, proud of his weed-free drive.

Daniela Constantine, Brand Manager for Resolva said: “With a £1m TV advertising campaign, reaching over 29m viewers, customers will be actively seeking our products in your stores. Remember to stock up in time for the weekend.”

Order the Resolva Liquid Shots range, including Resolva 24H, Resolva Path & Patio and Resolva Lawn Weedkiller Extra Concentrate Liquid Shots through your Westland sales representative today.

Be Sure with Gro-Sure – £1m TV and national press spend!

Garden retailers can ‘be sure’ they are stocking the right products this spring, with £1m pledged for Gro-Sure’s TV and national press campaign.

The Be Sure with Gro-Sure® campaign is back on TV screens with a series of 10 second TV adverts, supported by national advertising. These will drive 14m consumers to your doors. It is estimated that 2 out of 3 consumers will see the adverts at least once.

The adverts each feature different gardeners who are not sure how to achieve success in their gardens. Gro-Sure® products provide reassurance and a solution to their problems. There are 2 separate 10 second adverts to promote Gro-Sure® Smart Lawn Seed and Gro-Sure® Easy Containers Compost. They will be aired from April 24 to May 29, including key Bank Holiday weekends.

Jen Richardson, Senior Marketing Manager for Gro-Sure said: “Our research tells us that regardless of gardening experience, many of us are unsure how to get the best results. Gro-Sure® packets feature our ‘Grow with Certainty’ promise, meaning consumers are given reassurance they have picked the right product.”

First Screening of Westland SafeLawn TV advert

Westland Safe Lawn is the safer and natural way to feed your lawn. It’s made from 100% natural ingredients, great for households who want a great looking lawn but are put off using chemicals due to safety concerns about children and pets.

The campaign introduces Lawn Man, a big, friendly character, made entirely from lawn. He puts up with a lot. Kids and pets tearing around on him, ball games and harsh weather conditions. In the advert he is worn and tired. He longs to be loved and to be part of the family again. Enter Westland SafeLawn. After just one application, he comes to life, revived and ready to play!

It will be on a TV screen near you from Wednesday:

Emmerdale  – on ITV1 across all active regions at 19:15 on 12th April

The Book Thief (Film) – on Channel 4 at 19:40 on 15th April

Five Gold Rings (Quiz with Phillip Scofield) – ITV1 19:45 on 16th April

The Blacklist: Redemption  – on Sky1 at 21:11 on 12th April

Xpose – TV3 in ROI  20:14 14th April

Doctor in the House – Be3 in ROI 18:15 16th April

Horticultural breakthrough for conservation of Scotland’s rare aspen tree

In an exciting step forward for the biodiversity of Scotland’s forests, Trees for Life has successfully encouraged the rare but ecologically important aspen tree to flower under controlled conditions – enabling it to produce much-needed seeds that can be used for propagation.

Trials to stimulate aspen branches to flower at the charity’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston, near Loch Ness, have progressed significantly this spring, following some initial success and experimentation over the past two years.

Trees for Life may now be able to secure its own source of aspen seed to dramatically increase the availability of aspens for planting in native woodlands and to strengthen the species’ genetic diversity.

“This is a major breakthrough for us that offers hope for the beleaguered but hugely important aspen tree in the Highlands,” said Doug Gilbert, Dundreggan Operations Manager at Trees for Life.

“Having a seed supply to grow a new generation of aspen will help us transform the fortunes of a beautiful tree that provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms including mosses, lichens and invertebrates – many of which are rare and endangered in Scotland.”

Aspen is thought to have suffered more from deforestation than any other native tree in Scotland ­– largely because it rarely flowers or set seeds in the country, for reasons that are still unclear. This means that once it has been lost from an area, aspen is very unlikely to return on its own.

In Scotland, aspen reproduces mainly by new shoots growing from the roots of mature trees. As these shoots remain joined to the parent tree, the new trees are all the same organism – restricted to growing on the edge of existing aspen stands, and limiting the aspen’s genetic diversity.

“Across the Highlands, aspen has been reduced to small fragmented stands – sometimes a handful of old trees growing off the same root system – that are geographically isolated and unable to provide the habitat for the many species that depend on them,” said Doug Gilbert.

Growing new trees from seed is a key solution, but collecting seeds from aspen in the wild is almost impossible. The few aspen that flower in the Highlands are often in remote or inaccessible locations, and – as male and female flowers can appear at different times – pollination rarely takes place. Even when it does, the period for seed collection is extremely short and easily missed.

For the past 26 years, Trees for Life has instead had to rely on taking root cuttings to propagate new aspens for its forest restoration work. This is labour intensive and time consuming, making aspen saplings expensive and less available than other trees that are readily propagated from seed.

However, the charity is now successfully stimulating female and male aspen branches to flower at a scale that should produce a significant amount of seed.

Unlike most trees ­– where male and female flowers occur on the same tree – aspens are either male or female. Trees flower in March and April, before the leaves appear, with both male and female trees producing catkins. Pollinated female catkins ripen in early summer and release tiny seeds – each weighing about one ten-thousandth of a gram.

Under carefully controlled conditions, Trees for Life has now successfully hand pollinated female aspen catkins with pollen collected from male trees. Those catkins will ripen in a few weeks time to produce seeds, which will be sown in the Dundreggan Tree Nursery to produce a new generation of young aspen trees.

Trees for Life has previously grown 3,000-4,000 aspen trees a year for planting in the Caledonian Forest. Being able to grow aspens from seed would allow the charity to significantly increase this number, as well as enhancing the aspen’s genetic diversity.

This is major progress in a project to restore aspen to the Highlands, which Trees for Life launched in 1991. The project has also involved innovative aspen grafting experiments, carried out in partnership with John Parrott of the charity Coille Alba, who has also pioneered much of the work around stimulating aspen to flower under controlled conditions.

Volunteers grow more than 60,000 trees a year at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Tree Nursery, including during the charity’s popular Conservation Weeks. To find out more about Trees for Life’s award-winning work to restore the Caledonian Forest and how to help, see www.treesforlife.org.uk.

GRANGE’S URBAN RANGE BRINGS STYLE TO SMALL SPACES

Following a period of consumer research, Grange Fencing introduced a minimalistic range of garden structures and planters for 2016, designed to make best use of city gardens. Now, with the growing trend for outdoor living, the company’s Urban range is more in demand than ever before.

Comprising of a Pergola, Planter, Arch and Screen, the Urban range can be used to help define even small outdoor spaces in terms of a series of outdoor ‘rooms’. Whether dining under the modern Pergola or tending to flowers in the screen-styled Planter, the Urban range can be used to break up patio and garden spaces, without being too overbearing. Featuring clean, sharp lines and an open slatted design, this progressive range is ideal for garden lovers living in more built up, Urban areas where space is at a premium.

Speaking of the Urban range, which will be on display at this year’s Garden Press Event, Grange head of marketing, Rob Giles said, ‘ The Urban range is the result of extensive research and customer feedback and I think the positive reception it continues to be met with is indicative of this.  The collection was selected to be a central feature of our stand at this year’s Garden Press Event as we are keen to demonstrate the way in which more decorative products can be used to create on-trend yet practical outdoor spaces, no matter what sized area you have to work with.”

For more information about the Urban range, visit www.grangefen.co.uk where a short, informative video about the collection can also be found. Retailers interested in working with Grange should contact the company on 01952 588 088 or email sales@grangefen.co.uk.

Resolva Liquid Shots back on TV!

The largest growing concentrate weedkiller brand* is set to grow even further in 2017 with another £1m spend on TV.

Set to reach over 14m consumers from April 24 to May 6, the advert will remind consumers that Resolva Liquid Shots offer an easy way to apply concentrated weedkiller. Pre-dosed with just the right amount for a 10L watering can, there’s no mess and no measuring, giving consumers peace of mind they are applying the right amount.

Resolva Liquid Shots is the perfect solution to big weed problems. The advert features the famous weed characters who taunt and tease a man on his driveway. The weed attack continues until our hero thinks to use the Resolva Liquid Shots, with visible results in 24 hours, he gains control and stands tall, proud of his weed-free drive.

Daniela Constantine, Brand Manager for Resolva said: “With a £1m TV advertising campaign, reaching over 14m viewers, customers will be actively seeking our products in your stores. Don’t leave them disappointed!”

Order the Resolva Liquid Shots range, including Resolva 24H, Resolva Path & Patio and Resolva Lawn Weedkiller Extra Concentrate Liquid Shots through your Westland sales representative today.

Astronaut reveals identity of space seeds recently grown by pupils

rhs rocket scienceTim Peake reveals whether the red or blue seed packet contained the space seeds grown for project by Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening and UK Space Agency

A special message from British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will today be sent to over 600,000 young people who took part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening and UK Space Agency experiment, Rocket Science.

The message will provide the answer to the highly anticipated question – were the seeds that were sent to space in the blue packet or the red packet?

The answer can now be revealed below.

Before Tim embarked on his Principia mission to the International Space Station, he flipped a coin to decide which colour packet would contain the space seeds, and the answer has been a closely guarded secret ever since.

The seeds in question are 2kg of rocket seeds (Eruca sativa) which were sent to the International Space Station (ISS), ahead of Tim, on 03 September 2015. They remained on-board for six months until they returned to Earth with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on 03 March 2016. The seeds were then packaged into the coloured packet, determined by Tim’s coin flip, and 2kg of rocket seed that had remained on Earth was packaged into the other.

Throughout April and May this year, over 8,500 schools and educational groups grew the seeds alongside each other to investigate the impact of microgravity, radiation and space travel on seed germination and growth.

Over 5,400 schools have now successfully added their experiment data to a national online database, to be analysed by biostatisticians. The results, which will be published later in the autumn, will help to form a clearer picture of the potential for astronauts to grow their own food to sustain them on long-term missions.

Tim, who returned to Earth on Saturday 18 June, said of the experiment: “Throughout my time on the ISS I have kept an eye on the Rocket Science project via social media. It’s been amazing to see so many young people engaging in a science experiment of this scale and I’m sure we have successfully created a few more future scientists, horticulturists and hopefully astronauts to continue work like this in years to come.”

RHS Skills Development Manager Claire Custance said: “Results from Rocket Science will be published later this year in a full report which will also contain the positive impacts the project has had on the young people that participated, as well as comments from the Royal Horticultural Society, UK Space Agency and European Space Agency.

“Whatever the result may be, for us, the most important outcome of this experiment is that is has enabled hundreds of thousands of young people to engage with real plant science that has not been done in UK schools before. We hope this project has helped them to see the fundamental importance of plants in our daily lives, as well as sparking their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as a whole. We will be thrilled to know that Rocket Science has encouraged young people to continue to explore, question, discover and look for answers.”

Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager said: “We are delighted with the tremendous levels of participation in the Rocket Science project, and await the results with great interest. Through the experiment, children have learnt about the importance of good scientific experimental protocol and about the challenges of feeding astronauts whilst they explore other planets. We hope that many of the 600,000 children who have taken part in Rocket Science will go on to be the scientists and engineers of our future and become a part of the UK’s booming space sector.”

Pansy and Viola Festival 2016 Event – Saturday 12th March to Sunday 20nd March

meadow croft garden centreThis will be our 13th festival we are planning to show off some of the new trailing varieties in all their glory. This is an annual event and shall return each year during the same time frame.

Violas and pansies are very important plants in our gardens. During the long frosty months of winter and early spring, they are among the hardiest, longest flowering and most colourful plants we have, and thanks to the plants breeders, available in an astonishing range of colours.

The festival is the public face of the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in Great Britain, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world. Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time.


Previous Pansy & Viola Festival Filmed by GCTV

Visitors to the festival play an important part, by voting for their favourite varieties from amongst those displayed. The votes are counted and the annual ‘Top Ten’ of the ‘Festival Favourites’ published in the gardening press.

Meadow Croft Garden Centre
Woodham Road
Battlesbridge
Wickford
SS11 7QU

Five simple steps to transform gardens into ‘hedgehog havens’

defra 2013Small changes to our outdoor areas and gardening habits can help create a ‘hedgehog haven’ and protect this iconic animal, announced Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Speaking today, the Environment Secretary lent her support to campaigns encouraging local communities to work together to look out for the hedgehog and make gardens as welcoming as possible. From letting grassy areas grow wild to providing food and shelter, she explained the simple steps we can all take to protect hedgehogs.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

Hedgehogs are one of our most treasured animals and play an important role in both this country’s heritage and natural environment.
Glimpsing hedgehogs in my garden is one of my fondest childhood memories and inspired me to learn more about the world around me.
I want to ensure children for generations to come can enjoy this special sight, but this can only happen if everyone does their bit to look out for these important creatures – that’s why we have developed these simple tips to help adults and children alike learn more about our precious wildlife and how we can all support it.
Defra has worked with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to provide five easy ways everyone can help hedgehogs thrive in back gardens.

The five tips for creating a hedgehog haven in your garden are:

  • Let areas of garden grow wild to mimic hedgehogs’ natural habitat
  • Provide shelter in the colder months through logs piles and compost heaps
  • Use garden chemicals such as slug pellets carefull
  • Leave out water and foods such as boiled eggs, chopped nuts and sultanas
  • Consider planting hedgerows to help hedgehogs move between gardens
    Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society said:

We are delighted that the Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss is speaking out on how to help hedgehogs.
With their population falling by a third in urban areas and by half in rural areas since 2000, doing all we can to help Britain’s only spiny mammal is more important now than ever.
I hope these tips will inspire people to find out more and perhaps even become a Hedgehog Champion themselves at www.hedgehogstreet.org.
These tips come ahead of plans to provide one million native British trees to schools and local communities as part of a new Government campaign later this year to connect children with nature and the environment. They also support Defra’s 25 year environment plan which will be published later in the year as part of a comprehensive, long-term vision to protect and enhance the country’s natural environment.

Tim Peake Calls on Schools to Sign Up for Space Science Mission

rhs logo 2015Schools across the UK will today receive a special video message from British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake. Tim, who is currently on board the International Space Station, will call on them to help the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with a space food mission.

This special mission is part of RHS Campaign for School Gardening and UK Space Agency educational initiative Rocket Science, which will give up to half a million young people the chance to grow rocket seeds that have travelled in space.

The video message will come direct from the Columbus module, a laboratory on the space station, which is orbiting the Earth at 17,000 mph. In the unique broadcast, Tim will be seen floating in the laboratory with the rocket seeds while encouraging schools to get involved in this exciting project.

In September 2015 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station where they will orbit the Earth until March 2016, when they are due to return with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
In April this year, up to 10,000 schools will grow and compare the seeds flown to space with seeds that have stayed on Earth as part of the nationwide experiment.

Participating schools will receive a teaching pack containing a packet of seeds from space and a packet that have remained on Earth, a booklet outlining the main experiment, a poster to record results, stickers and more.

Following the experiment procedure, pupils will embark on a 35-day voyage of discovery to find out what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space in the future. Results will be collected and analysed by biostatisticians and published later in 2016, feeding into the real life work going on in space science research.

Astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station with Rocket Science seeds

Astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station with Rocket Science seeds

Two additional suites of resources (aimed at primary and secondary aged pupils) are available to download from the European Space Education Resource Office UK website to enhance learning around the issues of growing food in space, nutrition and plant mutations.

Claire Custance, RHS Skills Development Manager, said: “Working with the UK Space Agency provides a unique opportunity for schools to engage young people in horticulture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. Educators can use this experiment and our suites of age-specific resources to teach the curriculum in a new, innovative way using real world issues of food security and the possible future settlement of humans on another planet. I encourage schools across the country to answer Tim Peake’s call and sign up to this very exciting project!”

Children and young people of all ages (from early years right up to university level) and all abilities are welcome to take part in the initiative. To register for Rocket Science, organisations will be asked to either log into the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website or become a member of the Campaign. Membership is free and includes many benefits including a free welcome pack.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening will be accepting applications for Rocket Science until March 2016 when the seeds return to Earth. Find out more and sign up here: https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Rocket-Science-Application-Form

Organisations can follow the mission with the RHS and get involved on Twitter by tweeting @RHSSchools, using #RocketScience, by blogging about their own seed growing journey of discovery, and sharing the results of their food growing experiments online.