Gemma Lloyd

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    Green-tech delighted to be back on the road and attending the Specifi events

    The Green-tech team are, once again, hitting the road to visit customers, suppliers, and attend trade events. Green-tech sales director, Richard Gill, commented: “It’s fantastic to be back out there. We really missed seeing everyone. We are starting to visit customers and suppliers and there’s a renewed energy about the business. It’s been a long time since Green-tech opened its doors to visitors and it feels amazing; there’s a real buzz around the place.” Green-tech signed up to attend the series of six Specifi events which kicked off at the end of August in Glasgow and was followed up last…

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    Bank breached in milestone moment for new wetland habitat

    The stretch of the tidal River Tamar that was converted to farmland in 1850 when an enclosing embankment was built, will now become part of the original flood plain as the conservation charity breaches the bank to allow the tide to flood in. The new 1.7 hectare intertidal habitat has been created thanks to a £250,000 partnership project with the Environment Agency and supported by Natural England and Plymouth University. The work forms part of a larger programme of habitat creation and improvement throughout the Tamar catchment which aims to create new intertidal habitat which will improve resilience to the…

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    Photo of Landform consultants join forces with Ann-Marie Powell & Gaze Burvill for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

    Landform consultants join forces with Ann-Marie Powell & Gaze Burvill for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

    Designed by Ann-Marie Powell and built by Landform Consultants, the Gaze Burvill garden display explores how recent events have triggered a recalibration in the significance of how our outside spaces are keeping us happy, healthy and connected to each other and nature. This will be the second time that multi award-winning Landform Consultants has constructed the Gaze Burvill tradestand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Managing Director, Mark Gregory said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with Gaze Burvill again, bringing Ann-Marie’s design to life on Main Avenue. Chelsea is the greatest flower show on earth and it provides the stage…

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    Horatio’s Garden the BBC Lifeline Appeal for September

    Horatio’s Garden has announced that it is the beneficiary charity of this month’s BBC Lifeline Appeal. Presented by their ambassador, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, the appeal brings Horatio’s Garden to life by telling the stories of three inspirational people, Craig, Pip and Scarlett.             To watch and support our BBC Lifeline Appeal, please click here How You Can Help The Horatio’s Garden BBC Lifeline Appeal is a chance for you, your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours to discover more about the incredible work of Horatio’s Garden and to see for yourselves just how vital their gardens…

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    House prices in July 2021

    England house prices grew by 7.0% in the year to July 2021, down from 13.2% in June 2021. The North East was the fastest growing region with annual growth of 10.8% in the year to July 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 2.2% over the year to July 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England decreased by 4.5% between June and July 2021, compared with an increase of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (June and July 2020). On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England…

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    Vectorworks launches 2022 version of BIM and CAD product line

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has launched Vectorworks 2022. With the aim to emphasise product quality improvements, superior performance and the user experience, this release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. In addition, Vectorworks also revealed that its comprehensive solution for designers working within multiple industries has been renamed to accurately reflect its full range of design and BIM capabilities. Vectorworks Design Suite, formerly Vectorworks Designer, offers all the up-to-date features of Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark and Spotlight, providing the entire suite of technology in one interface. Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, said:…

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    Photo of Gustafson Porter + Bowman appointed to design Brent Cross Town’s largest green space

    Gustafson Porter + Bowman appointed to design Brent Cross Town’s largest green space

    Argent Related and Barnet Council, who are jointly delivering the new £7 billion, 180-acre north London neighbourhood at Brent Cross Town, have selected landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman to design the scheme’s largest and most distinctive green space, the 44-acre Clitterhouse Playing Fields. The reimagined playing fields will be home to a wide variety of new sport and play facilities, a new network of walking and cycle paths, designated places for picnics and gatherings, as well as plenty of space to enjoy nature. Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s design will be informed by engagement with local people and community…

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    National Trust reveals blossoming ambitions for city of culture as ‘Project Blossom’ starts to take root around UK

    The new blossom garden in Charterhouse Heritage Park will mark Coventry’s tenure as City of Culture.  And, today, the locations and plans for blossom plantings in Newcastle, Nottingham and Plymouth, first announced in February, have also been revealed. The National Trust has also confirmed 46 new blossom projects which will be planted on the land in its care across the country over the next few months. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, CJ Wildlife and the National Trust, projects include: creating new orchards at Stourhead in Wiltshire and Antony in Cornwall; the creation of a new edible forest of fruit and nut…

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  • 30Under30
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    30 Under 30 deadline fast approaching: Monday 13 September

    There is still time to enter into Pro Landscaper’s 30Under30: The Next Generation 2021. Have you got an industry rising star working in your company, or could you that person? Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation is the only industry search for the most impressive young people in landscaping, and it shines a spotlight on the future of the industry. The awards also highlight the diversity of horticulture and those working within it. Winners have been propelled into the landscaping limelight, with most going on to even bigger and better things since collecting their award. Jim Wilkinson, managing…

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    The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced

    The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which takes the largest plot at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-26 September), sponsored by M&G, has been revealed and will highlight the vital importance of trees and woodlands to the environment. A lush, towering green and purple woodland made up of 21 trees including multi-stemmed Swedish Birch, Hornbeam and Beech will stand amid a carpet of grassland and a colourful wildflower meadow, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. More than 3500 plants will cover the 433m2 garden. This includes splashes of colour from Anemone ‘September Charm’, box ball hedges left untrimmed…

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    Material shortages continue to hold back construction output levels

    The latest official figures have revealed that construction output has fallen again, dropping for the fourth consecutive month. Output fell by 1.6% in July 2021 compared with June 2021, falling to £13,660 million, and follows the 1.3% monthly decline in June 2021. The monthly index in July 2021 fell for the fourth consecutive month following strong increases in February and March 2021: The level of construction output in July 2021 was below its pre-COVID-19 pandemic February 2020 level. New work, and repair and maintenance both contributed to the monthly decline, with anecdotal evidence from businesses suggesting that price increases and…

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    The National Landscape Awards celebrate 79 Award winning schemes at 45th anniversary

    The National Landscape Awards return to London venue to celebrate 79 Award winning schemes at 45th anniversary The British Association of Landscape Industries is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 National Landscape Awards. 79 Awards celebrating the best of the best the landscape industry has to offer have been bestowed across 53 of its Accredited members. Members will now compete to win the Principal Award for each of the 29 Awards categories, and for the highly coveted overall Grand Award at the ceremony later this year. In addition, Special Awards will be presented to the standout projects submitted.…

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    How to Tell the Difference Between Dormant and Dead Grass: The Homeowner’s How-to Guide

    Hibernation might make you think of a bear in a cave during winter, but did you know that your grass can hibernate too? Dormancy protects grass and conserves its energy in the off-season, but it can be confusing for a homeowner, as dead and dormant grass looks very similar.  Cool-season grasses, in particular, dry up and go dormant in the summer months. If you live in a warm climate, one obvious fix is investing in high-quality, warm-season grass seed to keep a green yard year-round. In the meantime, don’t go pulling up your grass just yet. There may be hope…

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    Photo of First minister opens Priory Bridge Landscaping’s latest project: Epilepsy Scotland’s Wellbeing Garden

    First minister opens Priory Bridge Landscaping’s latest project: Epilepsy Scotland’s Wellbeing Garden

    Lanarkshire based Priory Bridge Landscaping (PBL) designed and installed Epilepsy Scotland’s new SPIFOX Wellbeing Garden, which was revealed on Saturday 4 September. After initial contact and a period of consultation and direct negotiation, Jacqui Doyle (partner) of PBL got to work on designs to match the brief of: An accessible multi use space, Area for workshops & contemplation, A pizza oven for fun days, Sensory plants & seated areas for all users. The overgrown and uneven areas being transformed were a rear garden and an an unused tarmac carpark. Jacqui Doyle said: ‘‘The end result is beyond our own expectations.…

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    Ornamental horticulture and landscaping could be worth £42 billion by 2030 according to a landmark report

    The ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry is set to contribute nearly £42 billion to the UK and support over 760,000 jobs by 2030, according to a landmark report released today. The independent ‘Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and landscaping to the UK’ report was commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG). It found the industry could be worth £13bn more than in 2019 and support an extra 100,000 jobs. The report showcases an industry with the potential to make a huge contribution to the UK’s economic, social, and environmental renewal over the next decade. The…

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    Cultura expands certification with ISO 45001:2018

    Cultura has been awarded the prestigious ISO 45001:2018 certification, the new international standard for Occupational Safety and Health. This replaces its existing OHSAS 18001 certification. ISO 45001:2018 is a globally recognised occupational health and safety standard, developed by the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO). It was created to help reduce workplace risks, improve employee safety, and generally create safer working conditions. With this certification, Cultura demonstrates that the integrated management system and processes being implemented at all operational sites and business support offices meets the highest standards of safety management. One of the most notable tenets of this new certification…

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    Dan Riddleston RHS Chelsea Diary

    Like many other Chelsea Flower Show designers and contractors faced with the news that the event would be moving from May to September, the first challenge we tackled was the creation of a new autumnal planting plan. It’s a rare opportunity to work with a different seasonal palette at Chelsea and one that the nurseries and designers have really thrown themselves into. For The Florence Nightingale Garden, Robert Myers has chosen to replace the shady woodland garden planned for last year’s show with an autumn garden that has more open space and drifts of late-flowering perennials, grasses and bulbs. The…

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    New snow blades & spreaders for John Deere Gators

    John Deere and Douglas Dynamics, the parent company of US brands such as Western, Fisher and SnowEx, have entered into an allied partnership agreement for the Western Products range of snow and ice removal solutions for utility vehicles. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Western Products is the leading manufacturer of snow and ice control products. It offers a variety of front-mounted blades plus hopper and tailgate-mounted sand and salt spreaders, along with a wide selection of performance-enhancing snow plough and spreader accessories and parts. All Western products can be installed quickly and easily on John Deere’s range of Gator utility vehicles.…

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    Salford benefits from £30million boost from developers

    Since 2010 the city council has secured £29.9 million in Section 106 contributions from developers to mitigate the impact of development on local communities and to support more sustainable places. So far the council has spent £12 million on the local environment, £4 million on affordable housing and £2.3 million on community projects. Therefore, £11.6 million is still to be spent. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It is great news that we have managed to bring such a staggering amount of money in from section 106 agreements since 2010. We have a proven track record in bringing in money…

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    Marshalls plc launches Virtual Sample service using augmented reality

    Homeowners looking to invest in their gardens and driveways now have more planning tools at their fingertips thanks to the launch of an innovative augmented reality tool by Marshalls. Marshalls is investing in its digital transformation, and the launch of its new virtual sample service is a first for the industry and is the first phase of a major paving visualiser project. The new tool uses the latest in Augmented Reality technology and allows homeowners to see Marshalls paving, walling and edging products in full 3D and ‘place’ them in their own outdoor spaces, experimenting with colours, size and materials.…

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    UK Landscape Barometer records third consecutive confidence decrease

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare June 2021 to June 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time the survey was taken (August 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year The UK Landscape Barometer has reported that confidence has decreased for the third month in a row, now with only 31% feeling more confident. Unfortunately, this is a huge drop when compared to figures reported in May this year, where a staggering 92% of participants stated they were feeling more confident. It was after May that things appeared to deflate,…

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    Photo of Flagship nature restoration project to showcase ‘alternative future’ for the UK’s uplands

    Flagship nature restoration project to showcase ‘alternative future’ for the UK’s uplands

    A visionary landscape-scale restoration project has been announced, showcasing an ‘alternative future’ for the UK’s uplands. Wild Ingleborough aims to restore an iconic area in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, around Ingleborough – the second highest peak in the Dales. The project, which is a partnership between WWF, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, The University of Leeds, the United Bank of Carbon and The Woodland Trust, promises to be an important venture for people, nature and climate; working together with local communities including farmers to share skills and knowledge that will create a wilder future for Ingleborough. The…

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    Schools to march for climate action as part of Great Big Green Week

    Organised by the Climate Coalition, the Great Big Green Week will run from 18th to 26th September and aims to biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK. Thousands of events are due to take place across the UK to celebrate how people are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces. In Leicester, the city council has successfully bid for funding to host a week of activities aimed at children and young people and offer grants for local schools and groups to hold their own events. The week’s activities  launch in Leicester on Monday 20th September with a…

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    Ultra Decking launches a new pricing structure to support fitters and landscapers in 2022 

    Ultra Decking, the UK’s premium composite decking and accessories manufacturer, is pleased to announce the launch of an exclusive price scheme to support fitters and landscapers. Raw material shortages, difficulties in getting trucks and machinery, and price hikes have all been problematic for landscapers and fitters. Plus the pandemic, massive consumer demand for outdoor materials, labour difficulties, and logistics and transportation constraints have created an especially challenging situation, resulting in widespread shortages. This situation has caused fitters & landscapers to spend time sourcing products, lowering their productivity and causing possible loss to business due to stock not arriving on time…

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    VIDEO: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2021

    The Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on 30 July 2021. The event brought the landscaping community together for an afternoon of celebrating the high standards set within the landscaping industry. Among the winners were: W Crowders & Sons Ltd, Sarah Eberle Landscape & Garden Design, Maylim Ltd, Tony Benger Landscaping Ltd, Glendale Services, Landscapia Ltd, Connick Tree Care, Acre Landscapes Limited, VaRa Garden Design, Mitie Group PLC, Green-tech, ASA Landscape Architects, and Ground Control. After an enormously successful event this year, we’re looking towards The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 which will return to…

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