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      Hillier appoints a leading gardening PR specialist for RHS Chelsea 2017

      The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 will see Hillier seeking to continue its winning streak by achieving its 72nd consecutive gold medal at the show. To help make the 2017 show even more memorable, Hillier has enlisted the services of one of the UK’s leading gardening pr specialists, Paskett Public Relations, which is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. Hillier has once again appointed Sarah Eberle, Chelsea’s most decorated designer, for the show and Paskett PR will be working with closely with Sarah and the rest of the Hillier team to help promote all aspects of the show garden. Chris Francis,…

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      John Melmoe to retire from Willerby Landscapes

      After 40 years working in the horticultural landscaping industry, 33 of which has been with Willerby Landscapes as managing director, John Melmoe is handing over the reins to the Willerby Management team following his decision to take early retirement in March 2017. The company has been working towards the smooth transition of responsibilities during the past three years by recruiting key management positions to support the continued growth of the business. Having secured a number of prestigious landscaping projects over years and winning accolades in the process, Willerby Landscapes management team are now firmly placed to continue on these successes…

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      Proposed green M42 service station will create over 300 jobs

      Planning application submitted for new environmentally responsible motorway service area at junction 4 of the M42 that will create more than 300 local jobs. Applegreen plc has now submitted a planning application to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for a new Motorway Service Area (MSA) at land adjacent to junction 4 of the M42, near Shirley. The proposal includes a new amenity building with a grass covered canopy and extensive on and off-site landscaping including earth mounds and tree planting that will screen the facility from the M42 and also from communities to the east of the site. The plans also…

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      Iseki TG series of medium range tractors

      Iseki, renowned manufacturer of groundcare tractors and mowers, has introduced a new series of TG tractors, ideal for municipal and grounds maintenance applications as well as light agricultural use. The new range of tractors will be showcased at LAMMA 2017 at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Iseki mowers and tractors are distributed in the U.K and Europe by Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment. The new TG6 series, which replaces the TG5, features a range of four compact tractors – the TG6370 IQ, TG6400 HST, TG6490 IQ, TG6490 HST, TG6620 HST and TG6670 HST. The…

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      Grosvenor & TDAG Conference features Sacre as presenter

      Chairman of the Arboricultural Association and sales director of Barcham Trees Keith Sacre will make a presentation entitled ”What can we plant now for future resilience?” at a tree conference organised by Grosvenor and the Trees and Design Action Group, and supported by Barcham Trees. The event takes place on Friday, 18 November at 70 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JP from 9.15am to 2.30pm. The workshop will consider what resilient and long-lived canopy cover legacy we will leave in our towns and cities for future generations. Speakers will explore the issues with which we are faced and seek to develop…

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      GoLandscape website set to go live at FutureScape 2016

      The highly anticipated new careers initiative from BALI, GoLandscape, will launch at FutureScape on Tuesday 15th November at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey. Final touches are being applied to the official GoLandscape website which is due to go live over the weekend. The website acts as the main portal for the GoLandscape initiative and provides helpful guidance on the multiple career paths available in the landscaping industry, including the required qualifications and links to the course providers. The website will be continually updated with new projects and inspirational stories from a wide mix of personalities from across the industry, all…

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      European funding approved to make Colwyn Bay a must visit destination

      Colwyn Bay will be transformed into a must-visit destination thanks to new funding for the Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project – that was the message from the First Minister as he visited the development. The project will enable almost 1km of existing promenade to be transformed by summer 2017. The development will see the re-emergence of Colwyn Bay as a tourism and watersports destination for the North Wales coast, complementing the increasing reputation of North Wales as an adventure tourism destination. North Wales was recently named by the Lonely Planet as one of the best places to see in 2017 with…

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      David Keegan Garden Design scoops Northern Design Award

      The Northern Design Awards is a prestigious yearly event sponsored by RIBA and the Landscape Institute that brings together architects, designers, property developers and retailers in a celebration of northern design and style. Open to landscape architects, landscape design practitioners and garden designers based in the North. Judges were seeking captivating entries of exceptional spaces created on any budget. David Keegan Garden Design has scooped this year’s 2016 award for “Best Residential Landscape Design” David won the award for his project, “The Eco Garden.” He described his project as the perfect balance between low maintenance, whilst also creating a perfect…

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      Traditional design is paving the way

      Domestic hard landscaping manufacturer Bradstone is reporting an increased level of interest in traditional paving following a successful 2016 spring/summer season. Toby Stuart-Jervis, commercial director for Bradstone, commented: “This year, there has been a marked renewed interest in traditional designs. In terms of our own sales, our Old Town and Old Riven collections, both traditional in design, have outperformed our expectations.” Old Town is a concrete paver that authentically recreates the appearance of old timeworn York flagstones, featuring a riven appearance, tooling marks and weathered edges. Its profiles are faithful replications with individual character, lifted from natural stone flagstones that…

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      CLG Committee to quiz local authority and planning experts for Parks inquiry

      Planning experts will join councillors and local authority officials in giving evidence to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee about the future of public parks on Monday 14 November at 4pm. The  public session can be watched live and on demand at Parliament TV. Representatives from the Gardens Trust, Landscape Institute, Town and Country Planning Association and Royal Town Planning Institute will be asked about planning protections for parks as well as about different models for park management and funding. They will also discuss what role the national government should play in supporting parks. Councillors from Birmingham and Kent…

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      The Thames Promenade, A new green link from Barnes to Chiswick

      A passionate team of residents has a vision to restore the unused Victorian rail bridge spanning the Thames between Barnes and Chiswick and transform it into a garden walkway linking the two neighbourhoods. The Thames Promenade will be a haven for wildlife, providing horticultural interest for children and adults alike as well as promoting biodiversity. It is a truly grassroots project with expertise in developing the green corridor provided by charitable organisations, small businesses and volunteers drawn from the local community. They would be responsible for the planting and maintenance of the site under a Friends of Thames Promenade group,…

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      Major plans to improve Piccadilly Gardens revealed

      Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (L&G), in partnership with Manchester City Council, have today revealed multi-million-pound plans to regenerate Piccadilly Gardens. Piccadilly Gardens is a heavily-used key public space in Manchester city centre with a footfall of around 310,000 people a week – around 16 million people a year. Under the proposals there would be £2m worth of investment in improvements to Piccadilly Gardens to make them more attractive and welcoming to families while deterring anti-social behaviour. The Garden improvements are part of a wider £10m investment by L&G which also includes plans to introduce family restaurants and…

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      Husqvarna updates full range of Personal Protective clothing

      Husqvarna — one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products — makes updates to its entire range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for professionals and demanding users, allowing them improved protection and comfort. Out of the range, Technical Extreme receives a major update that improves protection without sacrificing mobility. Husqvarna Technical Extreme gets a great new feature in this update: Tech-Knee. Technical Extreme is Husqvarna’s ultimate range of protective clothing, made especially for professionals who work in the toughest environments on a daily basis. With Tech-Knee technology, Technical Extreme now grants professionals enhanced saw protection, thanks…

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      Paxman Landscapes shortlisted in six categories of the APL Awards 2017

      There’s no better gratitude for a successful season of hard work and endeavour than the recognition of your industry associates. In Paxman Landscapes case, they have this in bucketloads – six times over! The company’s landscape creations have been selected for the shortlist in six categories of the Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2017. The award categories are distinguished by overall value, size and type of project for each entry. Three of the projects built in the past twelve months by the Paxman Landscapes team are vying for a top podium finish. The winners will be announced at an Awards…

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      Green-tech unveils bumper 2017 Product Catalogue

      Green-tech has announced that its new 2017 Green-tech printed catalogue is back from the printers and is being mailed out to landscaping contractors, architects and garden designers across the UK, along with its latest Tree Planting Packages offers. The catalogue is crammed with over 6000 products for rural and urban tree planting, tree irrigation and ground, wind, weed and erosion control; as well as grounds maintenance. The soils, growing media and barks is now a much larger section and the wildflower and conservation section has been extended to include an urban habitat range. The new 2017 product catalogue is packed…

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      Plant Heritage awards five new National Plant Collections

      Leading plant conservation and membership charity Plant Heritage welcomes a further five Collections into its flagship nationwide scheme. The fabulous five include: Two collections of Camassia – bulbous hardy perennials with show-stopping starry blooms in spring/early summer Wisteria spp & cvs. – spectacular climbers thriving in a cool Cumbrian garden 700ft above sea level Narcissus, Backhouse Heritage Daffodils – an historic group of plants rescued from extinction by a dedicated family descendant of the Backhouse family Malus domestica cvs. bred and grown in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight pre-1960 – a geographically defined collection of apple cultivars looked after…

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      Etesia UK takes on Oeliatec environmentally-friendly weed control range

      Leading groundscare machinery distributor Etesia UK has taken on the distribution for the Oeliatec environmentally-friendly weed control range in the UK and Ireland. The Oeliatec Company, based in Brittany France, has developed machines for environmentally-friendly weed control, without the use of any chemicals. Economic and ecological, Oeliatec offers you innovative weed control solutions. Thermal weed control or killing weeds with hot water causes the explosion of plant cells and the breakdown of proteins. Hot water weed control requires fewer treatments compared to traditional chemical treatments and cost’s significantly less in comparison to other alternatives. All Oeliatec weed control machines kill…

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      Kubota engines announces major new partnership with Mitchell Powersystems

      Kubota, the globally renowned manufacturer of world-class oil and water-cooled diesel and dual fuel engines, has announced a new strategic partnership with engine and transmission specialists Mitchell Powersystems. The agreement will establish Mitchell Powersystems as the official National distributor of Kubota engines in Scotland. Mitchell Powersystems will provide Kubota’s current and future full range of oil and water cooled diesel and dual fuel engine solutions, along with delivering full customer care support services including the distribution of spare parts to regional engine dealers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and end user customers across a wide range of industry sectors in this…

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      A growing recognition of biophilia is driving Planteria success

      Planteria, one of the UK’s largest and most experienced commercial planting experts, says a growing recognition of the benefits of plants in the workplace is driving uptake of innovative new systems such as Mobilane’s LivePicture, LivePanel and LiveDivider. A family run business preparing to celebrate its 40 anniversary in 2017, Planteria was one of the first commercial planting companies in the UK. Based in Stansted, the company operates polytunnels, a greenhouse and a floristry workshop, and has a nationwide network of technicians. “The importance of biophilia in the work environment is growing,” explains Katie Le Chevalier, Business Development Manager at…

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      November Issue – Pro Landscaper

      INFORM ■ Agenda: Do you think the apprenticeship levy will benefit the landscaping sector? ■ News: Our monthly roundup of industry news including the latest updates from efig, SGD, BALI, RHS, Parks Alliance and APL. ■ Let’s Hear It From: Nigel Bowcock of Acre Landscapes. ■ View From The Top: Phil Jones warns of the disgruntled employee, who projects his or her discontent not to the employer but to the customer. ■ Hort Couture?: Andrew Wilson explores the education of gardeners vs. garden designers, and asks: can one really do the others work without further training? ■ State of Nature:…

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      APL Awards 2017 – The finalists

      The shortlist is in for the APL Awards 2017. The standard of entries exceeded expectations and yet again there were a record breaking number of submissions for the judges to deliberate over. On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard as chief judge, Bob Sweet, Steve Smith, Robin Templar-Williams, and the APL’s National Business Manager, Phil Tremayne. The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 17 March 2017 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL. Shortlisted are: Project Value under £20,000 Ayegardening Ltd   Conquest…

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      UK flood report calls for more tree planting

      Confor has welcomed a Westminster committee flood report that proposes increased tree planting as part of a range of measures to reduce future risks. The forestry trade body submitted evidence to the EFRA committee and its chair, Neil Parish MP participated in a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry (APPGF) to discuss flooding. The APPGF discussed proposals in Confor’s 2016 report, Forestry and Flooding, which called for greater tree planting to reduce future flood risks and highlighted a series of case studies from England, Scotland and Wales. “I am very pleased that the committee has taken our…

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      New Green Roof research identifies plugs are the best way to establish healthy soil ecosystems

      Maggie Fennell, Head of Boningale GreenSky, reveals the findings of a first-of-its-kind PhD study that was recently conducted with University of Sheffield’s Animal and Plant Science Centre to identify the best way to ensure that beneficial micro-organisms thrive on green roofs. How to introduce micro-organisms on to a green roof in a beneficial and cost-effective way has long been a problem for green roof specialists. These valuable microbes, bacteria and fungi combine to improve plant nutrient uptake, which means that flowering performance on a green roof is likely to benefit. They can also help plants develop natural resilience to stressful…

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      Barcham’s Keith Sacre presents at FutureArb

      Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees, and newly appointed chairman of the Arboricultural Association, is one of the presenters of a seminar entitled ‘The Future of Arboriculture’ taking place at the FutureArb exhibition to be held at Sandown Park racecourse on Tuesday 15 November 2016. The seminar takes place in Room 3 from 10.00 to 1045am, and involves a debate on where arboriculture is heading and the challenges it faces. Barcham Trees (Stand 15) is also exhibiting at FutureArb, part of the fifth FutureScape event, which is expecting more than 160 exhibitors. To register online, please go to www.futurescapeevent.com

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      Morgan Stanley garden from RHS Chelsea to appear on DIY SOS

      On next week’s BBC DIY SOS Big Build on 10 November 8pm, the DIY SOS team join forces with two world famous British institutions: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show as Nick Knowles and the team transport Chris Beardshaw’s gold medal winning Morgan Stanley garden across London and crane it over buildings and rebuild on the hospital’s roof top. For hundreds of families, Great Ormond Street Hospital has become a second home; for parents that means being by their bedside around the clock and for children, it results in a constant treadmill…

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