Amy Fitz-Hugh

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    Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

    Parks staff in Exeter are moving away from traditional petrol-driven equipment and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. It is investing in battery powered equipment such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. The plan is to introduce battery powered strimmers, chainsaws, mowers and pruning shears in the future.   The council is looking to be a carbon neutral city by 2030. Using battery powered equipment will help towards this and it is also cheaper to run, quieter and causes less vibration for the operator.   The public & green space team in Exeter currently have two battery powered hedge…

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    Funding awarded to improve Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden

    Plans to restore and enhance Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden have been awarded funding.   The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £214,400 to progress plans to improve and enhance the historic garden and apply for a major National Lottery grant bid for £3.4 million.   Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, equalities, communities & culture committee said:   “This is fantastic news for the city and an important step in securing the future of this important and well-loved public space.    “The project presents a landmark opportunity to change people’s understanding and valuing of…

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    Gillespies unveil three new visions of Northampton Market Square

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    Founder of Scape Design visits Plumpton College students

    Students at Plumpton College were visted by four time RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner James Basson. James, alongside partner Helen Basson, is also the founder of Scape Design. A garden design company which specialises in sustainable, ecological and low maintenance gardens. The ethos of Scape Design is to blend gardens into their surroundings, hand selecting the correct plant palette to ensure that it is perfectly adapted to each garden. By studying the biodiversity of plants and interaction of elements, Scape Design integrate local materials and select the correct plants for the surroundings in order to lessen the need…

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    A look at the D Turf Care System

    SCH Supplies tells Pro Landscaper about its D Turf Care System.  The D Turf Care System comes with a variety of interchangeable attachments, from corers, slitters, aerators, sorrel rollers and more.This cost effective solution allows you to care for your grass in numerous ways, all in one machine. The robust frame has a category one three point linkage tractor mounting as standard, with other categories supplied upon request. A weight tray is incorporated in the design which gives the option to add up to 250kg of top weight to gain the desired penetration depth.This tray is also extremely useful for…

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  • Environment

    What is biodiversity net gain?

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  • Awards
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    Nurture Landscapes features on Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list

    Nationwide landscaping and grounds maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes has returned to the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list, coming 65th overall.   This is the company’s third inclusion in the past six years, and marks its highest position. Nurture was first listed in the table in 2014, achieving a ranking of 92 out of 100, and then in the following year, when it ranked 98th.   The league table recognises fastest-growing sales over the latest three years of UK companies, with several leading names appearing on lists both past and present.   First established in 2008, Nurture Landscapes…

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    Landscape Institute Awards

    Landscape Institute Awards winners announced

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    Green-tech’s new initiative to support BALI Chalk Fund

    November marks two years since Green-tech launched its new range of specialist tree anchoring kits at Futurescape exhibition.   Developed in partnership with Anchor Systems (International) Ltd, the tree anchoring kits have been well received and installed in many projects throughout the UK.   The range has recently been extended to include a Drop-Man anchoring kit and a large tree securing system which is designed for trees outside of the standard range. Each anchor is capable of holding loads of up to 45 tonnes and can be used in multiples. To celebrate the success of their anchor range they have…

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  • Awards

    Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

    Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November. The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business…

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    Talasey Group becomes a patron of the Saints Foundation

    Talasey Group has become a patron of the Saints Foundation – the charity of Premier League team Southampton Football Club. The foundation is the club’s way of giving back by using the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton. It helps people to fulfil their potential to be more-involved, healthier and more-empowered members of the community. Talasey Group will use its bronze patronage as a springboard to get involved in a range of events, such as charity fundraising activities for the foundation, as well as networking with other local businesses and raising its profile…

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    The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

    The UK has been gifted 6,500 sakura trees by Japan as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project. The project will see the planting of the trees across the UK’s parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK. The sakura cherry trees will be distributed to 400 schools and 160 sites across the UK. The first trees were planted at a ceremony at The Regents park in London.    His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine, as well as the Founder and Joint Chairman of Sakura Cherry Tree Project…

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  • Associations
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    Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced that entertainer Nigel Mead will be hosting The SGD Awards 2020. This is the second time that Nigel will host the event, following a year of sell-out performances in Washington, Jamaica, Miami and Prague.   Nigel has performed all over the World for stars including Steven Spielberg, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Sting, Robert De Niro and over 40 Kings & Queens. He is also a member of th Inner Magic Circle, a position held by only 250 magicians in the world.   A shortlist of 23 projects will be vying for the prestigious…

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    November’s Agenda

    Marcus Watson, managing director, Ground Control Part of our industry’s role in society is that we care for our environment and we must take the issue of biosecurity and imported pests extremely seriously, above commercial considerations. Oak Processionary Moth, whilst largely contained within the M25, has recently seen outbreaks further afield, in part due to the planting of infected imported specimens. As an industry, we can make a large positive impact on preventing the import and spread of this injurious pest, above and beyond the recommendations and obligations from DEFRA. Specifically, only sourcing specimens from the UK grown outside infection…

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    VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

    Salford City Council has released aerial footage to encourage people to visit the city’s green spaces. These spaces have seen over £127 million of investment in recent years. This includes £10.2m flood protection scheme at the Wetlands in Kersal which provides more protection to 1,400 homes and 500 businesses. The basin is opened when river levels rise. It can capture up to 650m  litres of water and release it slowly when the river levels drop. And also featured is Peel Park, one of the first public parks to be opened in the country in 1846. In 2013 the park was…

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  • Events
    Party for Perennial 2020

    Tickets now on sale for Party for Perennial 2020

    Part for Perennial is taking place on Thursday 23 January at Ev Bar near London’s South Bank. The ticket price includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and Turkish mezze, plus the chance to win some amazing prizes in the Party for Perennial raffle. All proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle help Perennial support people in horticulture. The 2020 Party for Perennial is made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Boningale Nurseries and Platipus Anchoring.   Anita Bates, Perennial’s Director of Marketing and Development comments: “Our annual party in January has become a not-to-be-missed date in the diary. It’s…

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    FutureScape

    A week after the greatest ever FutureScape

    To say it has taken the last week to recover for FutureScape 2019 is an understatement. Months of organising, preparation, worry and sleepless nights and it seem it’s all over with the flick of a light switch. However you judge it, FutureScape 2019 was a roaring success, with more visitors than ever, more exhibitors with a wider variety of products than ever and complete industry engagement. FutureScape is a total team effort, from selling the exhibitor stands, to producing the content programme, marketing the event, visitor engagement, building the stands, producing the presentations, being the smiling face on reception –…

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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    Sir David Attenborough backs £1m nature reserve appeal

    Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, has added his backing to an urgent appeal for funds to secure the long-term future of Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire.   The reserve is situated in the village of Attenborough on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. It has been cared for almost 60 years by local charity Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – which now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the site. Sir David has a long association with the reserve stretching back to 1966 when, as controller of BBC2, he returned to the village from which his…

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    Video: Reviving Berrington Hall

    Berrington Hall is home to one of only two curved walled gardens by Capability Brown. The team are now re-establishing the garden and have opened it to the public. It is the only one open to the public and is one of Capability Brown’s final designs – but there is still work to be done. The Georgian garden restoration project will see this rare curved wall garden as well as the pleasure grounds, conserved and restored to enhance the interest and beauty Berrington Hall holds. In November’s issue on page 59-60 you can read more about the gardens and future…

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  • Associations

    Nick Bundy of Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes is named APL WorldSkills UK Champion

    Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, took home the Gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final last week.   The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day, then the competitors had 16 hours to individually build a garden from scratch designed Holly Youde, Urban Landscape Design.   This year’s competitors were:   · David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)   · Elliot Johnson, Reaseheath College   · Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham   · Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College   · Marc Brown, CAFRE   · Nick Bundy, Gadd…

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  • Design

    Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for UK’s third largest arena complex

    YTL has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council to repurpose the Brabazon aircraft hangars at the former Filton Airfield, delivering a new entertainment complex for Bristol and the South West. Landscape architect Grant Associates has worked in partnership with lead Architect Grimshaw, Manica Architecture and OPS Engineers to create the design concept for the project.   YTL’s vision is for the Arena Complex to be capable of hosting up to 17,080 people, putting Bristol on the world map for large-scale events, while also celebrating the site’s place in aviation history.   Sustainability is a…

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    Greenfingers Charity to rejuvenate remembrance garden

    Greenfingers Charity has designated much needed funds to extend and update the Remembrance Garden at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands.   Rainbows Hospice provides vital care and support to families impacted by life-limiting conditions and offers end-of-life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care, as well as psychological and bereavement support, outreach and sibling support.     Greenfingers Charity has commissioned VaRa Garden Design to re-design the Remembrance Garden. It will be working within the brief set by hospice staff to create “a garden which will reflect the beauty of each child whose memory…

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  • Associations

    Landscape Institute to plant trees to mark the 90th birthday of the Institute

    In conjunction with the Luton Parks Service, the Landscape Institute will plant nine mature trees in Luton to mark the 90th birthday of the Landscape Institute. The project is kindly sponsored by Marshalls, and will comprise part of the creation of an arboretum in Wardown Park, Luton. The arboretum seeks to inform and educate local visitors on the value of trees. In particular relation to health, air quality, wildlife and biodiversity. The project aims specifically to connect children with nature whilst providing an educational resource in relation to climate change and the causes of pollution.   It is intended that pupils…

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    New hope for trees affected by ash dieback

    New research has identified the genetic basis of resistance to ash dieback in UK trees, opening up new avenues for conservation. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sequenced the DNA from over 1,250 ash trees to find inherited genes associated with ash dieback resistance.   The study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, showed that resistance is controlled by multiple genes, offering hope that surviving trees could be used to restore diseased woodlands, either by natural regeneration or selective breeding.   Professor Richard Nichols, author of the study from Queen Mary University of…

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