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12 Days of Christmas: January 2022

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

With an ever-subsiding threat of further lockdown restrictions, the arrival of 2022 offered some cautious optimism for the twelve months ahead.

As ever, Pro Landscaper sought to accentuate that much-needed industry positivity as we entered a new year. In our January 2022 edition, Sue Morgan featured as Pro Landscaper’s first Let’s Hear it From of the year, having landed her “dream job” as CEO of the Landscape Institute in August 2021.

Meanwhile, freelance designer, writer and researcher Noel Kingsbury called on the UK to follow in the footsteps of mainland Europe to develop a “viable” strategy for large-scale perennial planting, stating that a “fixation” on their use could be doing more harm than good.

In other news…

National England spearheaded the launch of three “vital” nature recovery projects aimed at tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis. The five-year projects — which received an £11m boost from EU LIFE — hope to restore river, coastal and moorland habitats and improve river water quality.

Meanwhile, Mitie was named in the top 5% of the most sustainable businesses in the world. ESG rating agency Sustainanalystics rated the company as having ‘negligible risk’ in six of the eight areas assessed.

It was a positive start to 2022 for the facilities management and professional services company, which was also recognised as one of the UK’s top employers for the fourth year in a row.

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