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Thrive – Using Gardening to Change Lives

Posted Wednesday, 30 November, 2011 at 9:11 pm

As my wife is an occupational therapist I can see the value of the work therapists can make on assisting others to develop their skills.  Thrive does fantastic work and I would recommend you view their site and see the incredible work they do.

Thrive is a small national charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people.

Their activities are varied but focus on championing the benefits of gardening to individuals and organisations.  They also teach techniques and provide practical applications so that anyone with a disability can take part and enjoy gardening. A research programme underpins Thrive’s work to provide evidence and improve understanding.

Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things. It can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life.

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Plant Heritage

Posted at 9:01 pm

The history of Plant Heritage (NCCPG)

Formerly known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), the organization adopted the name of Plant Heritage in 2009.

It was founded as a registered charity in 1978 to combine the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists with the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners, Plant Heritage’s aims are to: encourage the propagation and conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles; encourage and conduct research into cultivated plants, their origins, their historical and cultural importance and their environments; and encourage the education of the public in cultivated plant conservation.

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Royal Institute of British Architects

Posted Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 at 8:48 am

About the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The Royal Institute of British Architects promotes the design and building of better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members in the UK and overseas at the peak of their profession.

With Government support they work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

Holding one of the largest and most important collections of architectural drawings, photographs and archives in the world.  The promote better design through various awards including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize that are designed to help people view their surroundings in a completely new way.

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Arboricultural Association

Posted Sunday, 27 November, 2011 at 6:31 pm

About the Aboricultural Association

As a world leading authority on arboricultural best practice, the Arboricultural Association delivers professional standards and guidance, ensuring responsible management of trees.

The Arboricultural Association was founded in 1964 and is the largest body in the UK for the amenity tree care professional.  A range of membership grades exists linked to National Qualifications Framework levels.  Members can progress through the membership grade structure as their career progresses in either civic or commercial employment at craft, technical, supervisory, managerial or consultancy level. There are approximately 2,000 Arboricultural Association members.


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About the British Association of Landscape Industries

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) was established in 1972 as the UK’s representative trade association for the landscaping sector. Our membership comprises interior and exterior landscapers, grounds maintenance contractors, and companies supplying industry-related products and services. And they all have one thing in common: a commitment to delivering professional excellence by continually raising standards across the industry.

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About the Association of Professional Landscapers

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) was founded in 1995 as a specialist national group within the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and now represents the UK’s best individual landscape professionals and their companies. The APL provides advice, education, research, public relations, benchmarking indexes and representation services to its members and is the only landscaping scheme operator of TrustMark, a Government endorsed initiative promoting professional trades people to consumers. The APL is made up of around 180 companies who design, construct and maintain gardens and open spaces for domestic and commercial customers. The Association is passionate about supporting members and helping them to provide the highest quality designed and constructed gardens to their customers.

Whilst working for Notcutts Landscapes,  Mark Pumphrey was awarded various awards from the Association for work including the principle award , best soft landscaping scheme and best garden under £50,000.

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 About the Society of Garden Designers

Through accreditation procedures, conferences, journals, regionally based training events and local networking groups, the Society of Garden Designers addresses current issues, engages with the wider industry and broadens the understanding and knowledge of all aspects of garden design.

The Society of Garden Designers was founded in 1981. It operates as a Company limited by guarantee, governed by Memorandum and Articles of Association and managed by a board of directors.

There are nine voluntary Members voted onto Council for a term of approximately three years and each Council Member is assigned a role with committees to oversee.  A salaried administrative group deals with day to day operations.

Approximately eleven Members are appointed as voluntary Regional Co-ordinators to liaise with all Members, Council and Committees. They also organise workshops, seminars and local level network groups which address a variety of needs and issues.

Membership is international, but predominantly based in the UK. All members are required to abide by the code of professional conduct and good practice. There are currently 1700 members of which nearly 200 are Registered Members and Fellows.

Only Registered Members and Fellows are listed in the Designer search.

Registered Members: MSGD are professionally qualified garden designers assessed and approved by the SGD

Mark Pumphrey is a full member of the Society of Garden Designers.


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