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12 Days of Christmas: February 2022

Pro Landscaper reflects on a challenging yet productive year for the industry

In a month that witnessed the publication of Pro Landscaper’s 125th edition, February 2022 brought a new CEO at Nurture Group, with founder Peter Fane replaced by Gareth Kirkwood OBE. Fane, who took up the position of Executive Chairman, said he believed the new CEO would “drive us forward and make an important contribution to the growth of the company”.

Meanwhile, Lynne Marcus, chair of the Society of Garden Designers, argued that artificial grass is causing too much industry damage for landscapers to continue promoting it. “It has always shocked me that people who are aware of the damage of plastic bags don’t mentally extrapolate this into the impact of covering their entire garden with plastic”, she said.

In other news…

The Heart of London Business Alliance unveiled ‘West End 2027’, a five-year manifesto to help the West End recover and thrive following the pandemic as a “global cultural and commercial powerhouse”.The manifesto included over 40 potential projects all designed to preserve and enhance the unique character of the central London area.

Elsewhere, the ‘Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach’ project received a £10m boost as it looked to restore woodlands, wetlands and farmland across the UK. The collaboration between the University of Exeter and the National Trust received funding through a grant from the Natural Environment Research Council.

Project lead Professor Kevin Gaston said the investment would give nature in the UK a “critical” boost.

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