Andrew McIndoe honoured with Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS

Hampshire-based garden writer, broadcaster, designer and former Hillier Director, Andrew McIndoe, has been awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal, one of the highest accolades in the world of horticulture. Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, presented Andy with the Veitch Medal at the prestigious RHS Awards ceremony in London, on Wednesday 22 […]








The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2017

On Wednesday 22nd February, butchers from across Hampshire gathered in Winchester to compete in the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition. The annual contest was organised by not-for-profit local food group, Hampshire Fare, to celebrate the county’s talented butchers. The competition attracted an impressive 201 entries from 38 butchers. Contestants entered their products into thirteen […]








RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden 2017 to Provide Vision for the Future

To meet the challenges of climate-change and rapid urban development, the Greening Grey Britain Garden, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May), sponsored by M&G Investments, showcases how and why plants, nature and gardens have never been needed more in our towns and cities. Professor Nigel […]








University of Southampton receives Royal Warrant to establish Regius Professor of Ocean Sciences

The UK’s Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP, has formally presented the University of Southampton with a Royal Warrant signed by Her Majesty the Queen, officially conferring Her Majesty’s recognition with the title of the Regius Professor of Ocean Sciences. Regius Professorships are rare and prestigious awards. This award was bestowed by Her Majesty […]








Zoooper-hero Gemma juggles work and college while playing mum to baby sloth

Sparsholt College’s Gemma Romanis has her hands fuller than the average student. Not only is Gemma on the first year of the College’s Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA), the official training course for zookeepers, but she’s also working full time as a keeper at Drusillas Park and raising a new-born […]








Sparsholt College named as Plant Heritage’s latest National Collection® Holders

Sparsholt College’s nationally renowned Horticulture department has added to its long list of accolades. Plant Heritage, the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity, has named the College’s apple cultivars, Malus domestica, as one of the latest additions to their National Plant Collections. Bred and grown in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight pre-1960, Malus domestica […]








The Mayor of Winchester’s Community Awards 2016/17

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, has announced the launch of the Winchester District Community Awards for 2016/17. Now a firm fixture in the city’s diary, the Mayor’s Awards recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals who give outstanding service to the people and places of the Winchester District. Cllr Rutter said: “The aim […]








Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record

Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. Thomson, 42, is currently in second place in the Vendee Globe just 70 miles behind French race leader Armel Le Cleac’h with 1,000 miles to go to the finish line. […]








The ‘Hillier’s Spring’ garden

The 2017 Hillier Chelsea Flower Show garden has been inspired by one simple word – Spring. The ‘Hillier’s Spring’ garden will bring together the word in all its meanings. From seasonality and the anticipation of the first growth, foliage and flower; to a sense of movement and dynamism, all fuelled with a spirit of excitement […]








Vendee Globe 2016 – 2017

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss was one of 29 sailors taking part in the gruelling Vendee Globe solo, non-stop around the world race. He smashed race records but his hopes to win the race, which would have made him the first British skipper in the race’s 27-year history to do so, were dashed as […]