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    Construction output bounces back as material shortage softens

    Monthly construction output increased by 3.5% in volume terms in November 2021, which is the largest monthly rise seen in construction output growth since March 2021. Anecdotal evidence suggested the strong demand for work, in combination with supply chain bottlenecks for certain products easing and the unseasonal mild and dry weather were the main reasons for the increase. The increase in monthly construction output in November 2021 came solely from an increase in new work (5.7%) as repair and maintenance saw a slight decline of 0.2% on the month. Because of the strong November 2021 monthly growth, the level of…

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    Optigrun launch new RIBA approved Blue Roof CPD

    Optigrun, the specialist green roof systems supplier, has launched a new RIBA approved CPD seminar, Understanding blue roofs – From design to application. Increases in our urban population, the density of urban development and the effects of climate change are all placing additional pressure on our public surface water drainage systems. Designed and installed correctly a blue roof can provide a very successful surface water management solution for modern construction projects. This CPD session discusses the principles of a blue roof, their environmental and ecological benefits and the importance of the specification process. To find out more or to book…

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    Hossein Arshadi retires from Hillier

    After more than 40 years of working for Hillier Nurseries, Hossein Arshadi has retired from his position as board member and Hillier Trees Amenity Director. Hossein made significant contributions to the industry throughout his career and played a pivotal role in establishing Hillier as the largest tree nursery in the UK. He was responsible for the development of the Hillier tree nursery sites. The first was Andlers Ash Farm in Liss in 1984, a tree field production unit that, thanks to Hossein’s work, now boasts the largest choice of semi-mature trees in the UK. Then, in 1989, he established Broadmead…

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    Graphic designer transforms garden into a home-working haven

    Inspired by the ‘new normal’ of remote-working, graphic designer Steven Haygarth has transformed the top of his south-facing garden into a home-working haven, using eco-friendly and low maintenance composite decking and cladding products. Steven is not alone in creating his garden office space, according to research, 13% of  home-working Britons are expected to invest in purpose-built outhouses in 2021; providing comfortable and functional work spaces, amid the calming influence of nature. Constructed using Composite Prime’s sustainable HD Clad® Pro cladding system, Steven’s new office shed is made from FSC® 100% hardwood flour and recycled plastic, which combines to produce a…

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    Jeff Carter promoted to associate director at Azpects

    Azpects Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Carter from technical manager to associate director. Jeff remains the lead for products and technical support at Azpects, and his promotion reflects his experience and expertise. Jeff is the longest serving employee at Azpects, and his conscientious work has been critical in growing the company from its humble beginnings to the successful enterprise that it is now. Azpects is the market leader in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard landscaping. Paul Taylor, managing director of Azpects, commented: “The directors wish to congratulate Jeff on his well-deserved…

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    The Meta Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

    Award-winning landscape designer Joe Perkins MSGD, has been commissioned for Meta’s Main Avenue garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 (May 24-28). Joe has won three awards with his Chelsea debut for Facebook in 2019, with the Space to Grow garden, including an RHS Gold medal, Best Construction and the coveted Best in Category, a first for any Chelsea Flower Show newcomer. The Meta Garden: Growing the Future is being supported by the National Forest, which will rehome the garden after the Chelsea Flower Show as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign, focused on planting trees to celebrate The…

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    Free virtual RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice event

    If you are a student, graduate, or horticulturist looking to further your career and horticultural knowledge then the RHS’ free virtual RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice event, taking place on Thursday 13 January 2022 at 6:30pm, will present you with all the tools you need to discover more about the work-based RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice. The event will give interested applicants the chance to hear first-hand from RHS Diploma students (past and present) about their experience on the course, and provide the opportunity to understand more about exactly what is involved. Great keynote speakers are lined up, including RHS…

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    Kew Gardens £1 entry for people in receipt of Universal Credit or Pension Credit

    From today, a new low-cost entry is being introduced for a visit to Kew Gardens and its sister site, Wakehurst in Sussex, for people in receipt of Universal Credit or Pension Credit. The offer is part of a suite of new pricing aimed to make both gardens more accessible to people of all ages and all incomes to enjoy a great day out in nature. This was part of the promises made by Kew when it launched is Manifesto for Change in early 2020 stating that ‘Kew must be accessible to a wide range of audiences’. Kew Gardens boasts over…

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show set to make a wild comeback

    Blossoming hedgerows, lush woodland and wildflower meadows will give the 2022 show its most naturalistic feel in recent years Wildlife-friendly hawthorn looks to be among the horticultural stars of this year’s RHS Chelsea, which returns to the spring season after a two year absence Gardens teeming with native plants that benefit wildlife will take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, sponsored for the first time by The Newt in Somerset, as the show makes its anticipated return to the spring season, 24 – 28 May 2022. Garden designers at the world’s most famous flower show are encouraging…

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    Protecting and enhancing the environment to be at the heart of new infrastructure developments

    Plans to ensure wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in developments have been set out in a consultation launched today by Environment Minister Rebecca Pow. The proposals set out in the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation will help communities, planners, developers and Local Planning Authorities ensure new developments are “nature positive” – which means putting nature and biodiversity gain at the heart of all decision-making and design. Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before – protecting existing habitats and ensuring that any impacts on biodiversity are compensated for with natural…

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    Houseplant Appreciation Week: What will be most popular this year?

    Each year Houseplant Appreciation Week reminds us of all the benefits house plants have to offer and how important it is for us to keep fresh, vibrant, greenery in our homes. Year after year, costumers are on the search for a new type of plant to bring home. The love for houseplants grew intensely throughout 2021 and, for so many of us, they were the only source of contact we had with nature throughout the lockdowns. Along with some helpful maintenance tips, here are six fantastic houseplants Ian predicts will be popular throughout 2022: CISSUS RHOMBIFOLIA – GRAPE IVY This…

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    Wildlife left reeling by fires and storms – the ‘new climate normal’, warns the National Trust

    Although the year’s weather was uneventful at times, a handful of events and some unseasonal conditions caused devastation to important landscapes, coastline, and resulted in various ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ for our wildlife. Warmer, wetter winters are resulting in diseases such as ash dieback taking hold and causing significant loss of trees, impacting landscapes and homes for nature. The dry March and even drier April saw wildfires take hold at two significant landscapes cared for by the conservation charity – the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and Marsden Moor in Yorkshire, devastating 200ha and 520ha (two square miles) of moorland respectively.…

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    What to expect in 2022? Landscapers reveal their predictions

    After a chaotic two years, packed full of ups and downs, it’s safe to say a lot has changed. Activity, focus, trends and the way we work has shifted. As we enter into 2022 you may wonder – what could be expected from this year? We ask landscape company directors Mark Youde, director of Urban Landscape Design, Marc Lane, managing director of Landscapia, and Alistair Bayford, business development director of Maylim, about what they think the next year will bring. The impact of the pandemic sparked a wide spread new-found love and value for outdoor space. In turn, this led…

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    House price growth in 2021

    Areas with the biggest house price growth of 2021 have seen the value of homes rise by three times the national average, according to the latest data from Halifax. Taunton in Somerset saw house prices grow by the fastest rate (21.8%) over the course of the last year, compared to an average of 6.2% nationwide. In cash terms prices in Taunton rose by £56,546 to £315,759. With its good links to the M4, nature, and rural surroundings, the Wiltshire town of Chippenham also benefited from the ‘race for space’ amongst buyers, with the biggest increase in house prices in cash…

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    12 Days of Christmas: Biggest and best FutureScape event held at the ExCeL London

    For the first time ever, the FutureScape event took place in its new venue at the ExCeL in London. The long awaited event was full of networking, exhibitors, seminars, and tool showcasing. We welcomed thousands of visitors and the two-day event was a huge success. As the UK’s largest expo and trade event, FutureScape is an occasion designed to inspire, educate, and open up discussion through seminars and live debates. The event provides an excellent opportunity to fuel business development. Renowned for our seminar programmes headlined by top names in their fields, FutureScape 2021 included four theatres for visitors to…

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    New employability scheme helps to tackle city environment

    A new employability project aiming to support people into permanent jobs is also helping to improve the environment of hundreds of smaller open spaces in Glasgow. Over 70 people have been recruited to the Citymakers scheme, which is being managed by Jobs and Business Glasgow with support from Glasgow City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability department. The scheme gives those who have been jobless but ready for work a chance to gain paid employment and learn new skills alongside council’s parks and streetscene teams. Based on a 26-week-long programme of work, the project sees small teams clearing and enhancing areas…

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    Glade of Light memorial opens to the public

    Work has taken place since March last year to create the beautiful garden space which honours those affected by the Manchester terror attack. Now work has finished, the fences around the site are being taken down and people will be able to visit to pay their respects. An official opening event for the memorial is planned for spring 2022, ahead of the fifth anniversary. The centerpiece of The Glade of Light is a white marble ‘halo’ bearing the names of the 22 people who lost their lives. Families of those who lost loved ones have been able to place personalised…

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    Government unveils plans to restore 300,000ha of habitat

    The Government has unveiled the next stages of its plan to reward farmers and landowners for actions which benefit the environment, supporting sustainable food production alongside vital nature recovery and work towards net zero. Two new environmental land management schemes will play an essential role in halting the decline in species by 2030, bringing up to 60% of England’s agricultural soil under sustainable management by 2030, and restoring up to 300,000ha of wildlife habitat by 2042. The Local Nature Recovery scheme will pay farmers for locally-targeted actions which make space for nature in the farmed landscape and countryside such as…

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    12 Days of Christmas: Sue Biggs revealed her retirement next year

    Towards the end of the year, director general of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Sue Biggs, announced she will be retiring in June 2022. Over the past 11 years, Sue has been working on modernising and growing the RHS. Championing improvements in gardens, flower shows, community initiatives and educational programmes, Sue raised standards of horticulture and science, and helped inspire gardeners and young horticultural professionals too. Now, she leaves the charity in a strong and financially robust place, with record membership numbers. During 2021, Sue was a top columnist in Pro Landscaper magazine, discussing her views, thoughts and life at…

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    Former managing director of The AA Roadside Services to help Nurture Group reach new heights

    With a BA from the University of Strathclyde and MBA from Lancaster University, Gareth Kirkwood OBE has enjoyed an extensive career spanning more than three decades. In that time, he has overseen sizeable expansions and transformation at some of the world’s most recognised names, including 22 years at British Airways, including four years running BA’s regional airline, six years at the helm of its World Cargo division and a further two as director of operations. The AA’s work to support the nation through the pandemic, including free breakdown cover for NHS staff, support for London and East of England ambulance…

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    12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

    In January 2021, the RHS postponed the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 108-year history. The event was rescheduled to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic. Celebrating in September, the event was very different to the usual spring event. Certain the show would mark a moment in history, the RHS believed the event would showcase the best of autumn horticulture, with many seasonal highlights including Salvias, Asters, Dahlias, grasses and fruit and vegetables. However, the movement of the show certainly presented difficulties. We interviewed garden designer, Sara Edwards, and she…

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    “Wee Forests” created in Edinburgh

    The City of Edinburgh Council, Earthwatch Europe, NatureScot and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust have kickstarted planting “Wee Forests”, a project building densely packed native forests in urban spaces. A Wee Forest is made up of 600 densely packed native trees in a space the size of a tennis court and is capable of attracting over 500 animal and plant species within the first three years. It also provides rich opportunities for engaging young and old alike with the environment and sustainability. These forests have been made possible through support from the BlackRock Charitable Trust, the OVO Foundation, and the…

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    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper launched the Green Up campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force. With the global temperature rising, ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, and sea levels rising – time’s up. We decided action was needed, and that’s why Pro Landscaper launched the ‘Green Up’ campaign in September, an initiative to help improve biodiversity within supermarket car parks. Over the years we’ve noticed despite Tesco’s partnership with WWF, Aldi and M&S’ carbon neutrality, and Sainsbury’s becoming a Principal Supermarket Partner of COP26, there doesn’t seem to be the same regard for what’s on their doorstep. Today, there are 103,000 public and private surface car parks across…

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    12 Days of Christmas: Landscape Institute appointed new CEO

    During February 2021, The Landscape Institute (LI) announced its CEO Dan Cook was leaving the association after five years in the role. Dan was described as an excellent leader during a time of “positive transformation” in a statement released by the LI. Dan explained his enjoyment working as CEO, and added: “I’m particularly pleased with the changes we’ve made as an organisation. Now, the LI is more current, modern and relevant.” Around six months later, The LI announced the appointment of their new CEO, Sue Morgan. Joining the LI from the Design Council, Sue came prepared with over 25 years’…

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    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    August was a special month for Pro Landscaper Magazine, as Eljays44 celebrated the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the magazine has come far, constantly developing and enabling people to share, inspire and be positive about the effects landscaping has on the UK. The team at Eljays44 couldn’t be prouder of everything Pro Landscaper has achieved so far. The anniversary issue was bursting with great content, including testimonials, amazing industry standout events, and the top 10 memorable moments for Pro Landscaper (which include awarding outstanding businesses, the magazine’s developments, and a royal engagement). In honour of the celebratory issue,…

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