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    Design competition launched for £1bn Oxford Innovation District

    Oxford University Development (OUD), a £4bn joint venture between the University of Oxford and Legal & General Capital, has today announced the launch of an international design competition which aims to find a creative, forward-thinking masterplan team for its world-leading £1bn, 190-hectare, mixed-use Innovation District at Begbroke Science Park. The winning design team will set the bold ambition and design intent for a project that will transform the area around the University’s Begbroke Science Park, to the north of Oxford.  The project will also create a community of up to 2,000 quality homes, with new schools, public park and nature reserve. OUD’s…

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    FCI matchmakes the wedding flower market altogether in a global webinar

    Six hundred and forty-two delegates registered from 47 countries, proving that the wedding flowers market matters as we all move on from the virus chaos that stopped wedding celebrations worldwide in 2020. The conversation was on how the pandemic had impacted sales and what’s happening now, and what our industry can expect for months to come when the world continues to open its borders again. The webinar was a hybrid format streaming live from the Villa Mosconi Bertani estate in Italy to alternating interviews with wholesalers, horticulture trade show organisers, and magazine editors from their offices worldwide. Opening the event…

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    Two weeks to go: What’s on at FutureScape 2021

    Shaping the future of landscaping this November What can you expect? Seminars, live product and skills demos, a chance to test and trial equipment, tools and methods – all in a forum that is both familiar to you and inspiring. There will be new products and new suppliers; new questions to ask and new solutions to consider. Over the two days, you can expect event highlights including: Over 185 exhibitors showcasing every element in the landscape spectrum Live and interactive panel discussions with over 100 speakers Opportunities to network with 5,000+ professionals in your sector 45 seminars covering topics close to your…

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    Millboard passes the one million mark

    Millboard, the premium decking manufacturer, recently saw the one millionth decking board produced in 2021 roll off the production line. The achievement of this major milestone is indicative of the rapid growth of the business, with its first board only appearing in 2007 following a three-year research and development programme. Since then, Millboard has established an enviable reputation amongst architects and designers, who recognise the advantages of a product which looks like real wood but has significant advantages, including slip resistance and ease of maintenance. As a result, Millboard decking can now be found at prestigious sites ranging from Kew…

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    Preparing your CV and finding employment

    Now that your Career Development Plan (CDP) is ready, you can prepare your curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae or CV is Latin for ‘course of life’ and is a short-written summary of your career and experiences. The key to good a CV is to keep it simple, and your experiences structured towards the position you are applying for. No one CV should be the same. To successfully prepare your CV, you will need your CDP and of course the job advert. Every advert will have the position requirements and answering those through your experience will give you the best chance…

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    Over 100 leaders make landmark pledge to end deforestation at COP26

    In the biggest step forward in protecting the world’s forests in a generation, more than 100 leaders will commit to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 at an event convened by the Prime Minister at COP26 today. The pledge is backed by almost £14bn ($19.2bn) in public and private funding. Countries spanning from the northern forests of Canada and Russia to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will endorse the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use. Together, they contain 85% of the world’s forests, an area…

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    Extra funding to create jobs, expand woodlands and protect trees

    Action to get more trees in the ground, create more jobs and improve access to nature across the country has been stepped up (Sunday 31 October) with a new £6m ‘Trees Call to Action Fund’. Grants of £250,000 to £500,000 will be awarded to projects across England, at least three of which will be for new regional partnerships set up to create woodlands at a large scale and improve people’s access to nature, following the Forest for Cornwall and Great Northumberland Forest partnerships. The fund will competitively allocate funding to up to 24 regional or national projects managed by partnerships of environmental charities, not-for-profit…

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    UK Landscape Barometer August findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare August 2021 to August 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (October 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of August 2021, it is clear the material and labour shortages are continuing to have a negative impact on the industry as participants explain, and show, they are tackling the issue. Those feeling more confident dropped significantly, which may be disappointing to see given the small increase shown last month. However, demand is still there as many…

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    Johnsons of Whixley celebrates record year and new sales

    Johnsons of Whixley is celebrating a record year of sales after it achieved a turnover of over £15m (for the first time) during the company’s 100th year history. In addition to the record turnover, the commercial sales department is celebrating a successful ten years as revenue has grown by 50%, hitting more than £10m. Recently appointed sales director, and third-generation family member, Luke Richardson, said: “commercial sales have exceeded all expectations, driven by strong performance in our core business and new custom. Reorganising our structure gives us a great foundation to improve our service offering, further incorporate new technology and drive…

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    International Design competition for Piccadilly area opens

    Manchester City Council is inviting expressions of interest from urban design and landscape teams to transform the 10-acre site, with an estimated construction budget of around £25m. The move follows on from the Council’s announcement in the summer that it intended to hold a competition and marks the formal start of the process. The area covered also includes Mosley Street, Parker Street, the section of Portland Street which runs alongside Piccadilly Gardens and the section of Piccadilly which borders the Gardens. Its prominent gateway location means that it serves a unique range of functions including as a major route through…

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    Winners announced for this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation

    The winners have been announced for Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2021. The initiative, sponsored by Green-tech, is now in its seventh year. It aims to recognise, reward, and promote the young rising stars in the UK’s landscaping industry. Pro Landscaper’s managing director Jim Wilkinson said: “It’s been another unbelievable year, and the quality of young people working in the sector has been really proving. “There can be a lot of negativity surrounding encouraging the next generation into the landscaping industry – but we must be doing something right somewhere as the 30 new winners are stars…

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    Boost in Levelling Up Funded projects

    Regeneration projects are popping up all over the country at the moment as local councils bid for the Governments Levelling Up Fund. Key successful bids this week include: Leicester’s railway station revamp, Birmingham’s Moseley Road Baths and Balsall Heath Library restoration, and Portsmouth International Port’s crucial terminal extension. On Thursday this week (28 October) Leicester City Council announced it has successfully bid for £17.6m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund towards a £22m scheme to remodel the station’s entrance and create a more attractive new gateway to the city centre. The station will be restored to its Victorian glory by…

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    New carbon-cutting green spaces scheme launched

    A 42-acre wildflower meadow has been sown in land surrounding Epping Forest as part of a new scheme fighting climate change. The City of London Corporation, which protects Epping Forest and its adjacent ‘Buffer Lands’, sowed the meadow as part of its new Carbon Removals Project, which aims to remove carbon from the atmosphere by creating new wildlife habitats across its open spaces. The Carbon Removals Project is part of the City Corporation’s wider Climate Action Strategy which commits it to achieve net zero carbon emissions for its own operations by 2027 and to support the achievement of net zero…

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    Interview with Green-tech’s new managing director

    Co-founded in North Yorkshire in 1994 by Richard and Rachel Kay, the couple have been running the business ever since. Over the last 27 years, Green-tech has been growing in size and success year after year. Today, the company is a market-leading, popular and successful landscaping supplier, with a team of over 80. Kris has been welcomed with open arms at Green-tech, as he arrives with a huge wealth of knowledge. In his most recent job, he worked as a finance director at a freight forwarding firm. “The role gave me a good insight into the global supply chain problems…

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    Two ways to create the perfect rain garden

    Pro Landscaper has partnered with ACO Building and Landscape to bring you a series of articles that look at different aspects of garden design. The fifth and final piece will provide two tips on how to create the perfect rain garden. Long dry spells, followed by heavy, sustained rainfall, is becoming increasingly common in the UK. This presents a challenge to landscapers, who are tasked with designing a garden that flourishes and continues to look great throughout these two contrasting conditions. A solution that many are turning to is the rain garden, a system where all the excess rainwater is…

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    Former Daily Express building in the City of London to be redeveloped

    The City of London Corporation yesterday (26 October) approved the plans for a new 21-storey office-led development and rejuvenation of a listed former newspaper headquarters at 120 Fleet Street. The City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee supported the plans by CO-RE, which include detaching the Grade II* listed Daily Express building from River Court. The latter will be replaced with the new tower which will offer in excess of 61,000 sqm of high-quality office floorspace. The art deco Daily Express building will be transformed into a publicly accessible cultural destination with social and educational outreach. It will become home to a…

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    Self binding path gravel

    For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and is of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes beyond that, it has a wide range of…

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    Scotland’s biggest community buyout launches to double the size of nature reserve

    A community in Dumfries and Galloway is setting out to raise £2.2m to double the size of a vast new nature reserve, in stage two of the South of Scotland’s biggest ever community land buyout. The Langholm Initiative charity aims to buy 5,300 acres of Langholm Moor and three residential properties from Buccleuch, and so expand the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve to 10,500 acres. Success would boost plans for community regeneration, including nature-based tourism opportunities, and for tackling the nature and climate emergencies. “We’re aiming to repeat the impossible and open a new chapter in this inspiring story of hope and…

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    New ranking shows cities have become greener, but reversed course in 2020

    Husqvarna’s HUGSI report shows that cities around the world have become greener over the past 5 years, and their green spaces have become healthier. During this period, the amount of urban green space increased by almost 1.8 billion m2 globally. However, urban green space declined between 2019 and 2020 by 78 million m2. Charlotte, USA, is the greenest city on the index, followed by Durban in South Africa and Vilnius, Lithuania. Husqvarna’s HUGSI ranking uses AI and satellite data to monitor urban green spaces and their health in 177 cities in 60 countries across the globe. The pandemic has confined…

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    Talasey Group become National Landscaping Partner to the Band of Builders

    Talasey Group has announced that the company has become a National Landscaping Partner to the Band of Builders charity until December 2022. The charity, founded in 2016, aims to provide practical support to members of the construction industry and their families who have fallen on hard times. An initial project in 2016 went lead to the formation of the registered charity, affectionately known as ‘BoB’, which has carried out countless projects across the country to help members of the construction industry in need. For each project, volunteers give up their time and work for free to help one of their…

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    City space transformed to put people first

    New seating, green space and trees have been added at the corner of Barras Bridge and St Mary’s Place to provide a space where people can meet, while on the other side of the road outside Newcastle University’s Kings Gate building, further trees have been planted to provide shade and interest. Architecture students from the university played an important role in helping design the new public space by taking part in a number of design workshops looking at how the area could be used in a more beneficial and efficient way. Newcastle City Council’s transport and landscape design teams worked…

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    Arbor Forest Products showcases Trex with new NBS source profile 

    Independent timber importer and processor, Arbor Forest Products, is showcasing the very best of Trex composite decking through its new profile on NBS Source. The company, which is the UK’s sole distributor of Trex composite decking through its decking brand, Arbordeck, joined the leading platform this autumn. NBS Source combines NBS BIM Library, NBS Plus, and Product Selector in order to provide an easily accessible single source of product information for specifiers. The platform enables its busy users to find, select and specify the right products for the job, at any stage of the job, at the click of a…

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    Pro Landscaper Podium Awards shortlist announced

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    Price of a UK home skyrockets in the year to August

    House prices in England grew by 9.8% in the year to August 2021, up from 7.5% in July 2021. The North East was the fastest growing region, with annual growth of 13.3% in the year to August 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 7.5% over the year to August 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England increased by 3.2% between July and August 2021, compared with an increase of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (July and August 2020). On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in…

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    Landscapers can lead the charge in sustainable garden design

    When a client decides to get their garden landscaped, water mitigation and drainage systems are often not at the forefront of their mind. Many homeowners fail to consider that a sustainable drainage system is necessary to ensure that the landscaped area doesn’t suffer from water damage, which could ultimately result in the garden being destroyed. As sleek patio areas and gravel driveways continue to grow in popularity, ensuring that the area is capable of withstanding the erratic changes in the British weather is a must. Landscapers are in a position to show that managing water sustainably and responsibly does not have…

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