Landscape Insight December 2017 - Page 15

MONTH IN REVIEW GOVERNMENT We need to see robust action by the EU against the disease. ’’ UK SECURES INCREASED PROTECTION AGAINST XYLELLA DISEASE Increased protections against the plant disease, Xylella, which afects olive, cofee and citrus trees has been approved. The European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) has approved (Thursday 19 October) increased prevention against Xylella fastidiosa. The plant disease has afected olive plantations in southern Italy and is killing plants and trees in areas across Europe. Last month, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove wrote to the European Commission stating that if EU protections were not increased, the UK would consider its own national measures, which may include the suspension of high risk imports. The disease, which could be deadly to the country’s oak trees, were be diicult to eradicate if it was to arrive. The new measures incorporates proposals from the UK, includes strengthened movement requirements on high risk plants and requires quicker responses to potential indings of the disease. Gove said: “Xylella poses a serious threat to our plants, trees and horticulture sector and as I made clear to Commissioner Andriukaitis last month, we need to see robust action by the EU against the disease. I am therefore pleased this has been taken forward.” Michael Gove, Environment Secretary TREES CAMERON GARDENS CRANE OSMANTHUS MULTISTEM INTO ANNABEL’S ROOF TERRACE DEPARTURE NICK MATTINGLEY STEPS DOWN AS RHS SHOWS DIRECTOR Nick Mattingley will be stepping down from his role as the show’s director at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at the end of November. Mattingley joined the RHS as head of shows in February 2015 following a career in which he organised large scale events such as the British Military Tournament, English Heritage Picnic Concerts and Natural History Museum Ice Rink, as part of the Arts and Enter- tainment team at IMG. He was promoted to shows director in 2016. The RHS said: “Nick Mattingley, shows director will be leaving the RHS at the end of November 2017. The RHS Shows team are continuing to plan the 2018 Shows as normal and are delighted with interest from exhibi- tors, designers, sponsors and growers wanting to be at Chelsea next year. The recruitment process has begun to ill the shows director role.” The team at Cameron Land- scapes & Gardens spent the weekend craning the central tree into the new Annabel’s Roof Ter- race garden in Mayfair. The tree - an Osmanthus Mul- tistem - will provide a focal point for the terrace, the aim of which is to provide visitors with a tran- quil and serene space in contrast to the urban surroundings. This atmosphere will be supported by the sound of running water from the water feature. The living conditions of under loor heating and a retractable roof have had to be taken into account while sourcing the tree and plants. Whilst working on the design of the new Annabel’s roof terrace, the team at Cameron Gardens considered several factors, name- ly the atmosphere desired, the architecture of the new building, the need for the design to support and complement the functional- ity of the space. The plants’ living environment; varying day and night temperatures and humidity levels, and the practicalities of creating an established garden in central London were also considered. To enable maximum 76Pf"G2v7Bvrf"FP&WV&VBV&W"b6fW'2@&VVFVBf"f6F'26ЦW&v&FV226W&6VB֗bG2BFW'26VFrV&W"bFV6&FfRW&0BƖF2FV6V&W"#rG66R6v@