Emily Maltby

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    Create dazzling displays with colourful cornus

    To create a beautiful garden with year-round appeal it’s essential to pick the best plants, and few celebrate the seasons more than colourful cornus, the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for November. Commonly called dogwoods, these reliable and hardy shrubs provide a luscious leafy backdrop to summer flowers.  As a final fanfare their foliage is transformed into a rainbow of colours through autumn before fluttering away to reveal brilliant wand-like stems. This seasonal transformation is just the start of a host of new planting partnerships that can be enjoyed right through until spring. During winter the brightly…

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    Return to nature at the world’s most beautiful Arctic retreat

    An artist’s retreat, founded by Norwegian composer and musician Håvard Lund, provides a tranquil haven to focus on creative pursuits. Completed in August 2016, the retreat, aptly named Fordypningsrommet or ‘room for deeper studies’ started out with just six mono-functional Kebony clad houses. Growing demand has since led to the completion of three more buildings and now the retreat is able to accommodate up to 12 guests. Situated north of the Arctic Circle on the stunning island of archipelago Fleinvær, which encompasses between 200 and 300 islands, the artists’ retreat blends seamlessly into the surrounding rocky landscape. Each house is built…

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    Ahoghill crowned RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions

    Last night, Ahoghill in County Antrim, was awarded the ultimate prize in community gardening when it was named the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions. The Northern Irish town was given the accolade at the RHS’ 2016 Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony hosted by TV Gardening Expert Chris Beardshaw. Ahoghill was also awarded a Gold medal for their entry. Representing the Ulster region, Ahoghill was one of only six areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the coveted Champion of Champions category of the awards and its success confirms its position as arguably the…

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    Exceptional landscapes on show at awards exhibition

    An exhibition celebrating the best work of landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers is opening Thursday 3 November at the Building Centre in London as part of the Landscape Institute’s shortlist for its annual awards.  The projects to be exhibited and in line for recognition include: The Crown Estate London Ecology Masterplan part of an ecology project, ‘Wild West End’ to encourage birds, bees and bats back into this iconic area of London. Through a holistic approach, the masterplan provides a strategy for enhancing landscape and ecological value through green infrastructure, providing ecosystems for wildlife…

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    Web management of irrigation systems with Rain Bird IQ-Cloud

    Remote real time management of commercial and sports turf irrigation systems has become a practical reality with Rain Bird’s latest IQ-Cloud solution. An installation can now be managed remotely by a computer connected to the internet using a web enabled desktop computer or a tablet and smartphone when mobile. IQ-Cloud ensures significant savings in water consumption thanks to its ability to schedule automatically irrigation programs based on internet based weather information as well as idata from a weather station. IQ-Cloud can be used to manage commercial landscapes, parks, hotels, leisure complexes, sports stadia or other amenities and has multi-user capability.…

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    Local communities to vote on grant funding for greenspace projects

    North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is currently working with Hertfordshire Council’s Countryside Management Service (CMS) to deliver improvements to Walsworth Common in Hitchin, improving access provision and restoring habitats for the benefit of local wildlife. CMS has been successful in the first stage of a grant application to the “Bags of Help” initiative, run by Tesco and Groundwork, which awards money raised from the 5p bag levy to environmental and greenspace projects. Walsworth Common has been shortlisted along with two other projects, to compete for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000. Between Monday 31 October and Sunday 13 November, shoppers…

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    British Sugar TOPSOIL’s HortLoam chosen for new edible garden project

    HortLoam – British Sugar TOPSOIL’s new BS3882:2015 compliant planting topsoil launched in June – has been chosen as the base planting medium for the new Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex. It has been mixed in a ratio two parts HortLoam with one part native clay and green waste compost to provide an open, friable and humus-rich medium ideal for growing vegetables from around the world. The new garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust plc, which has enjoyed a long relationship with the RHS and helped develop several gardens at RHS Garden Wisley, has…

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    SureSet – Recent and upcoming staff changes at SureSet Permeable Paving

    Recent and upcoming staff changes at SureSet Permeable Paving A summary of staff changes at SureSet… Even though change is constant and unavoidable, there’s always mixed feelings when colleagues move on to new challenges. They will inevitably leave a gap in your Team, you may miss their humour or morning cuppa, you might feel excited for their new adventure or be curious about what new talents their replacement will bring to the company. In SureSet’s Sales Team, their Business Development Manager, Hugh Haines left last month. While his role has not been directly replaced, any correspondence should be directed to…

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    Mayor announces London Living Wage increase as thousands more benefit

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced an increase in the London Living Wage, which has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour. He also revealed that another 309 employers signed up to pay their staff the capital’s hourly rate over the last 12 months. That brings the total number of accredited businesses in London to 1,033 and means that London accounts for over one third of businesses paying the Living Wage in the United Kingdom. Since 2011 the London Living Wage has increased by 17.5 per cent and more than 60,000 workers in the capital have benefited from…

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    Train station improvements on track in Halifax

    Plans for major upgrades to Halifax train station are set to move a step closer, as Calderdale Council’s Economy and Investment Panel is asked to give the go ahead to carry out more detailed feasibility work. On Thursday 20 October, the Panel discussed the exciting proposals for a complete revamp of Halifax Station and the surrounding area. The vision is to improve journeys for passengers, reduce travel times, create a more attractive environment, improve links with key attractions and boost the local economy. Subject to approval, this would be achieved through a number of improvements, including: A new, high-quality, modern…

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    £15.7m Remembrance Centre opens this Friday

    The National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, took a giant step forward in the realisation of its Remembrance vision on 21 October. Following a successful fundraising campaign and a final generous contribution from The Royal British Legion to close the appeal, the doors opened on the Arboretum’s £15.7 million Remembrance Centre and visitors are now able to embark on an emotional journey of discovery. The iconic new building was designed by the prestigious Glenn Howells Architects, and brought into reality by Stepnell, the main construction contractor for the project. At the heart of the Remembrance Centre is…

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    Playscheme undertakes management shift for growth

    York based play equipment company, Playscheme sets its sights firmly on the horizon for further growth, as its change in strategy brings a management reshuffle with the appointment of a new managing director. Playscheme, a family-run company in Elvington, come with 24 years’ experience in creating inspiring outdoor play areas for schools, nurseries and public places. Transforming spaces all over the country, they create custom-made play schemes that are not only imaginative, but also exhilarating and educational. Involved in huge projects such as the Horrible Histories Maze at Warwick Castle and Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby, their skill and…

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    Flower Council at FleurEx 2016: Recap

    Although FleurEx 2016 was aimed at florists, there is plenty that efig members can take from the show and particularly the trends which the Flower Council presented there. efig presented three of our four Style Trends for 2017, and we asked Ian Drummond, Gold Medal winner and Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower show last year, and of course known to efig in his role as Creative Director at Indoor Garden Design and as our Ambassador. Ian was there to interpret the Flower Council’s 2017 Style Trends by designing three bouquets for four of the trends. Each one represents…

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    See Capability Brown in a new light

    Light artist Creatmosphere is creating a special light show at Compton Verney to be called ‘IN LIGHT: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape’. The mansion, Capability Brown chapel and bridge will be lit in vibrant ways for people to play and appreciate the magnificent architecture. There is an interactive element, where visitors will also be able to take over the light controls and light up various parts of the house and trees in exciting ways. Finally, an illuminated field of solar jars will be created during on-site workshops and displayed across the lawns. Visitors will be able to create these solar jars artworks, on…

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    Eco-friendly grounds maintenance for the solar industry

    Solar farms offer huge opportunities for creating eco-friendly landscaping according to Twig Group, specialists in ecological contracting and grounds maintenance. The company, which is based in Horsmonden, Kent is working with the top five solar companies in the UK and has seen its customer base throughout the solar industry grow substantially across the country in the past two years. Key to this success is Twig Group’s extensive experience in wildflower and grassland management and focus on ecologically sustainable and cost-effective management of solar panel farm sites, encouraging the development of sustainable eco-systems under the panels themselves. Recently published research by…

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    Planners and developers ‘must rethink relationship between town and country’

    The importance of having green infrastructure plans was one of the conclusions that came out of an event held at LUC as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. The practice hosted a discussion, chaired by Kate Ahern, director of landscape planning, on the topic ‘Putting the “green” into infrastructure’. Speakers included Nicholas Falk, chair of URBED; Mike Grace, head of profession at Natural England; David Green, landscape assessment manager, HS2; Hugh Ellis, head of policy, Town and Country Planning Association; and, Emma Luke, principal consultant at LUC. Conclusions from the debate included an agreement that developers and planners must rethink…

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    Compton Acres named TripAdvisor’s top UK tourist attraction

    Recognising the extensive rejuvenation and refurbishments efforts made by current owners Bernard and Kaye Merna, Compton Acres has been announced as the UK’s top tourist attraction by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Topping a list of prestigious UK tourist attractions, the popularity rating of Compton Acres is based on search activity to their website which has increased by 150% in the last 12 months. Built in 1924 by a wealthy margarine entrepreneur, the private gardens entered a long period of decline following the Second World War. Taking on the challenge Bernard Merna, a chartered surveyor, and Kaye Merna purchased…

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    New online tool set to unlock design innovation for the landscape sector

    A new online tool will be launched next week that will see landscape architects and contractors accessing more design freedom than ever before. Launched by one of the UK’s leading providers of wall, roof and landscaping innovations – Wienerberger – the mix and texture generator is available to inspire the user with design ideas, allowing them to establish concepts and achieve a visual representation via the Wienerberger website. The user will be able to select a pre blended mix of pavers for their next landscape scheme and also use the tool to demonstrate to the client the perfect blend for…

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    Red Cross Garden wins London in Bloom small park award

    Red Cross Garden in Bankside has been named London in Bloom small park of the year as part of the RHS annual Britain in Bloom award scheme. The Red Cross park was originally built by social reformer and National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill in the 1800s. It was renovated and restored in 2005 and is now looked after by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST). Paul Ely, director of BOST, said: “This is a wonderful achievement, which recognises the dedication and commitment of numerous volunteers who work so hard to keep the garden in top condition. “We are also the proud…

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    Quotations invited for Plymouth scheme

    Plymouth City Council is inviting expressions of interest for the creation of play space and community space at the heart of its Red Brick Estate in Barne Barton. The residential estate was built in the 1990s, replacing a 1950s secondary school. The competition seeks to transform the 0.5ha former playing field, providing a stronger identity for the estate along with an imaginative play area for local families. The brief requests an ‘original and distinctive proposal for improvements that activate the space, enhance the function and identity of the field and encourage greater use by the community’. Proposals should include a…

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    Jellicoe lecture tackles community engagement

    An inspiring Jellicoe lecture took place this year, on Wednesday 19 October at Leeds Beckett University, with more than 250 attendees hearing from leading educationalists and community activists on innovative approaches to engaging communities with the landscape. The lecture also drew on the tercentenary of the birth of Capability Brown to discuss new ways of involving communities. The audience first heard from educationalists Sara Main and Rachel Parkin who work with disadvantaged groups that would not otherwise access the beautiful setting of Chatsworth House. The Chatsworth House project is reaching out to deprived communities and refugees to encourage them to…

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    Award-winning garden designer celebrates most successful year

    An award-winning garden designer is celebrating her busiest year yet after completing the highest number of projects to date. Helen Taylor, of Helen Taylor Landscape and Garden Design, has over 25 years’ experience landscape and garden design and creates high-quality gardens for homeowners in Yorkshire. Helen worked on planting seven garden projects earlier this summer – the busiest period of planting since moving to Yorkshire over 18 years ago. She is also celebrating the first anniversary working with her husband Ian Campbell, a landscape designer who joined the business in June 2015 as the number of garden design enquiries increased.…

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    Hardscape unveils Materials Lab for hard landscaping inspiration

    Hardscape, one of the UK’s premier, award-winning provider of landscaping materials and expertise, has announced the launch of its Materials Lab, a dedicated space for inspiration, advice and networking for those interested in hard landscaping. Over 30 guests attended the launch event which took place on 20 October to celebrate the creation of visionary hard landscaping spaces. The Materials Lab showcases the range of natural and man-made, ethically sourced materials available from Hardscape to enhance public realm and regeneration projects. Hardscape previewed cutting-edge 3D technology at the event featuring digital models of stone and hard landscaping materials. Representatives from landscape…

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    Mobilane Green Screen sustainable security fencing on display at Futurescape

    The ultimate in secure sustainable security fencing will be on display at the FutureScape event, which takes place Tuesday 15th November at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey. Visitors to the Mobilane stand (70) will be able to see the multiple uses and applications for the company’s market leading Green Screen, which has become the sustainable fencing solution of choice for domestic, public sector and commercial applications including housing development, schools, hospitals, car parks and roadside verges. Mobilane’s Green Screen is a pre-cultivated screen which features a galvanised high carbon steel weldmesh that supports 65 ivy plants, each of which is trained…

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    New research shows value of greenspaces, as MPs debate the future of parks

    New research by Vivid Economics published today by the National Trust reveals the true value of a large city’s network of public parks and greenspaces – and shows that cutting parks budgets is counter-productive, costing more than it saves. This evidence comes as MPs on the influential House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee today begin hearing evidence for their inquiry into the funding crisis facing public parks. Recent Heritage Lottery Fund research showed that many councils face unsustainable cuts to their parks budgets of up to 20% – with some councils facing very large cuts of 50-100% by…

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