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      The Future Landscape Conference in pictures

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      Paving Superstore offers its top tips for quality paving

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      Planting Healthy Air in Schools scheme launched

      Trees for Cities has teamed up with Mapping for Change and Lancaster University to launch an innovative new programme called “Planting Healthy Air in Schools”. This will help improve the air quality and outdoor experience of children and teachers in some of London’s most polluted schools.   Through Planting Healthy Air in Schools, Trees for Cities will test green infrastructure, design and planting techniques to screen airborne pollution. The project will redesign parts of the playground where air quality is particularly poor. By planting trees and other vegetation to filter out airborne pollutants, as well as creating woodland shelters and…

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      FutureScape seminar programme – Room Two: Inspire

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      Plant takes botanical world’s first selfie at ZSL London Zoo

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      Shell to fund Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits

      Scottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy. Shell confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits. This has sparked a controversy amongst industry experts. Responding, Scottish Green land reform spokesperson Andy Wightman said: “No wonder the Scottish Government has been so reluctant to begin a transition away from fossil fuels. They are in bed with the big businesses responsible. “First, we saw how BP sponsored a discussion on how to reach net zero at SNP conference, and now we…

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      Government introduces new Environment Bill

      The government has introduced an Environment Bill to Parliament to tackle climate change. The Environment Bill is said to help ensure that we maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive.   Legislation will also create, legally-binding environmental improvement targets. A new independent Office for Environmental Protection will be established to scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action against public authorities, if necessary, to uphold environmental standards. The office’s powers will…

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    • Awards

      Ann-Marie Powell nominated as a Woman of the Year

      Ann-Marie Powell has been nominated as a Woman of the Year at the annual Women of the Year Lunch and Awards sponsored by Barclays.  The annual event was held on Monday 14 October at the Royal Lancaster London. It s the longest running celebration of extraordinary women in the UK. Each year a nominating council elects just 450 women from all walks of life to attend The Women of the Year Lunch, each handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only themselves but also the millions of extraordinary…

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      Eljays44

      FutureScape makes its mark at events industry awards

      FutureScape, the premier B2B event for the landscape industry was shortlisted in three categories at the 2019 EN Indy Awards. On Friday 11 October at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London, Eljays44 director Jamie Wilkinson picked up the award for Best Show Director for FutureScape, with the event also receiving a special commendation in the Best Brand Expansion category. FutureScape, launched in 2012, is recognised as the leader in its field and these most recent accolades have now helped to further raise the profile of the landscape sector in the events industry. Jamie Wilkinson, Director and Show Director commented:…

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    • Events

      FutureScape seminar programme – Room One: Business

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      FutureScape seminar programme – Pro Landscaper Theatre

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      Carbon capturing peat bog helps fight against climate change

      Glasgow council and a small team of volunteers have been working to ensure Glasgow’s largest peat bog remains in pristine condition.   Commonhead Moss covers a 25 hectare habitat at the far north-east corner of the city and plays a vital role in carbon capture for the city. It is also has a unique biodiversity and plays host to rare species such as bog rosemary and green hairstreak butterfly.   Believed to have existed for at least 4,500 years, the bog has the potential to capture over 100 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year. But for the bog to…

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      idverde acquires TCL Group

      idverde have confirmed the acquisition of TCL Group. Under the leadership of TCL’s Executive chairman, Simon Cashmore, TCL has established itself as a niche national provider of landscaping, play products and grounds maintenance services to a diverse UK customer base.   With Regional hubs in Derby, Northampton, Dorking and Melksham, TCL has annual sales of £65m and employs over 850 colleagues, delivering its products and services to a range of blue chip and public sector clients. This acquisition expands idverde’s UK portfolio of services, providing a complementary offer to existing clients in both companies and further develops idverde’s extensive national…

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    • Design

      Millboard launches powerful new Outdoor Design Hub

      Millboard today launches a brand-new informative resource for professional landscapers, architects, interior designers and master builders.This Hub of educational materials is free and provides a single source for desktop learning, covering a broad range of useful and up-do-date information related to the world of outdoor design.   Visitors can browse for inspiration, catch up on the latest regulatory news and pick up CPD points.   Marketing Manager Caroline Birdsall comments: “We’re thrilled to have created such a valuable facility for the industry – we hope that it’s of use to a wide range of people, whether they are looking for…

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    • Arboriculture

      Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20%…

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       Kate Gould and Keith Chapman have conquered Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Perennial

      Kate & Keith are proud to announce they have submitted Kilimanjaro, the worlds tallest free standing mountain in aid of Perennial –the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough. After five days of climbing, tents & long drops, below freezing temperatures and suffering with altitude sickness, it really was the kind donations and key sponsors, Thompsons & Deepdale as well as the good work that Perennial does that kept them moving to the top! Both Kate & Keith have said it is the hardest challenge they have ever undertaken including building three…

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      Eden gives bees a chance with new observation hive

      The Eden Project is celebrating becoming a protected bee reserve for an important local honey bee by unveiling a new observation hive which will enable visitors see how these fascinating creatures live.   The Great Hive Mind is a striking installation made from reclaimed scaffolding poles. It contains an observation hive which is home to a colony of around 25,000 bees expected to rise to more than 50,000 by next summer. It is situated in Eden’s Outer Estate in a field full of wild flowers above Eden’s Wild Chile area and was unveiled at a launch event on October 9.…

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      Eden Project North

      Morecambe community to engage in Eden Project North conversations

      Eden Project North is moving forward as the people of Morecambe are being asked to share their ideas.   The project aims to combine indoor and outdoor experiences which connect people with the significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing wellbeing.   It will look to inspire connection with the natural world through a series of zones. The zones will be housed in mussel shell-shaped domes and linked together with an entrance area known as the Bay Hall.   The Above the Bay area will be an environment filled with plants and art exhibits. Showcasing natural abundance and…

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    • Associations
      BALI and Adtrak

      BALI and Adtrak collaborate to provide members with digital support

      The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has relaunched its strategic alliance with Adtrak.   This collaboration will provide BALI members with access to digital support packages specifically designed for landscaping professionals.   The digital package titled ‘BALI Digital in association with Adtrak’, enables BALI members to benefit from three web design options. This includes a one-page website promoting a specific landscaping product, a 10-page website specifically designed to generate leads and the third would be a project specific website ideal for landscaping businesses with a more bespoke offering.   After first announcing a partnership with BALI in October 2016,…

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    • Events
      FutureScape exhibitors

      FutureScape exhibitors 2019

      As the single most important landscaping event in your business calendar,  FutureScape 2019 will continue to be the UK’s largest and most comprehensive landscape show, bringing the whole industry together on one day, in one place. Expect a packed programme again this year, with first-time and returning exhibitors with new products and concepts to showcase and a listening ear to find the best solutions for any landscaping dilemmas you might be facing. Take a look at the video below to see who will be exhibiting at this years show. To register for your free ticket click here. 

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      Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity. The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area. As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas. One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network. The…

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    • Design
      Mayfield

      Planning application submitted for first phase of Mayfield

      The £1.4bn transformation of Mayfield into a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester has taken a significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the first phase of development at the site. The application includes the creation of Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new park in more than 100 years. This will be created on the banks of the River Medlock running through the heart of the 30-acre regeneration scheme. The first phase of development also includes a high quality, nine-storey, 70,000 sq ft office building overlooking the new park, and a 545-space…

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      More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

      Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.   Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.   Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to…

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      RHS grows houseplant and floristry offering

      The Royal Horticultural Society is to expand its houseplant and cut flower offering as it responds to changing habits among the UK’s 27 million gardeners. Acknowledging the popularity of indoor displays on social media, the increasingly limited access to outdoor growing space and an ever expanding interest in the health and wellbeing benefits of plants, the charity has pooled a group of professionals from across the industry to serve on its Houseplant and Cut Flower Advisory Group. Including botanist James Wong and designer Jonathan Moseley, the group will advise on houseplant and floristry provision across RHS retail, gardens, shows and…

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      Eco Landscapes joins forces with Nurture Landscapes

      Eco Landscapes has joined forces with the Nurture Landscapes Group in a collaboration which will continue to strengthen and enhance the service portfolio to clients across the South of England for both companies. St Albans-based Eco Landscapes was founded in 2008 by Alex Ufton. The majority of the business is made up from the delivery of landscape maintenance to offices, industrial parks and retail parks across the South. In addition to some static sites, and sits perfectly alongside Nurture’s client base. Alex will remain with Nurture, focusing on the company’s existing clients and new business development. The operational and management…

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