Jessica Dean-Hill

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    Funding secured for next stage of Lichfield Canal restoration

    HS2’s Community & Environment Fund has provided a £75,000 grant to restore the Darnford Moors section of the canal, transforming the area into a wildlife haven. Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) has been awarded £116,200 to create an ecology park at Darnford Moors. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is providing a grant of £41,200, with match funding of £75,000 from HS2’s Community and Environment Fund (CEF). This will enable LHCRT to make habitat improvements to the Darnford Brook wetlands, existing woodland and hedgerows from Darnford Lane to past the lift bridge. It will also enable the Trust…

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    RHS Announces Winning Partner Garden of the Year 2022

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is delighted to announce that Nant y Bedd, a small nature-friendly garden within the Brecon Beacons National Park in Monmouthshire, Wales, has been voted overall winner in the RHS Partner Garden of the Year Competition 2022. Lovingly created by Sue and Ian Mabberley and perfectly encompassing the ‘Feel Good’ theme of the competition, Nant y Bedd captured the hearts of voters with its tranquillity and natural elements. Located high up in the Black Mountains, the garden is intended to blend into its surroundings, featuring a natural swimming pond, potager and edible forest garden. The winners…

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    RHS Harlow Carr announces plans for historic Harrogate Arms

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has this week filed a planning application to re-establish the historic landscape connection between RHS Garden Harlow Carr and the former Harrogate Arms, bringing the beautiful Grade II listed building back into use for the first time in a decade. Originally built in 1844 by then-owner of the estate Henry Wright, the Harrogate Arms and the nearby Bath House were set in pleasure gardens which are now part of RHS Harlow Carr. Reconnecting the landscape to the buildings represents an important link with the garden’s past and the local heritage of Harrogate as a spa…

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    Archdesk launches ‘Archdesk Essentials’ to help contractors beat the recession

    The Bank of England has forecast a “very challenging” two-year recession – but technology presents an opportunity. Archdesk has launched Archdesk Essentials, a product for specialist contractors to help them during the recession and beyond. Construction is often the first industry hit by a recession as investment into infrastructure, development and refurbishment declines. Archdesk Essentials is a business and project management platform for contractors. Everything is managed in one place, with tools like dashboard reporting on live project financials. This solves a big problem that will hurt more in a recession where rising inflation and material costs drive people out…

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    Pro Landscaper December 2022

    Our December issue of Pro Landscaper takes a look back at our successful FutureScape event in 2022 as well as planning for the future. Looking Back at FutureScape, found on page 11, is a brief overview of event. With a multitude of awards and seminars, its hard to fit it all in one place! Scan the QR codes within the piece to see the results of some of our awards. If you missed FutureScape this year, have no fear as the event will return in 2023 starting with FutureScape Spring from 14 March to 15 March. Looking into the future,…

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    The rising stars of Raby Estates’ renovation programme

    Raby Castle and Estate, in the heart of County Durham is supporting the expertise of local contractors in all areas of its five-year renovation scheme known as The Rising, as well as across the Estate’s agricultural enterprises. The Rising, which began its works in 2021 will see the restoration and modernisation of several historic buildings, plus the creation of a café and thoughtfully designed visitor centre, retail and event spaces as well as surrounding landscaped areas. Working with local contractors is the sign of positive things to come at Raby Castle and Estate, says CEO Duncan Peake, “We want to…

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    Photo of Nurture Group completes sixth acquisition of year – leading midlands landscaper Fallons Grounds Maintenance

    Nurture Group completes sixth acquisition of year – leading midlands landscaper Fallons Grounds Maintenance

    Green services provider, Nurture Landscapes Group, has added to their portfolio and national footprint with the acquisition of Coventry-based Fallons Ground Maintenance Ltd. This, its sixth acquisition this year, places the independently owned, national landscaping and horticultural services group firmly amongst the fastest growing businesses in its industry with group revenue set to top close to £130m this year. With annual sales of £2.6m, Fallons is focused primarily on providing high-quality services to a broad spectrum of corporate clients throughout the Midlands region. Founded in 1976 in the heart of Coventry, Bill Fallon started Fallons Grounds Maintenance originally as an…

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    Protecting biodiversity and habitats with pioneering partnership

    Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialist idverde is celebrating five years of partnership with RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). Bringing together the commercial breadth of idverde and the specialist knowledge of the RSPB has created significant nature conservation achievements across the county, bringing businesses and public organisations into direct contact with their local environment and improved habitats for the species that are critical to our survival. The nature-based solutions provider first teamed up with the RSPB to support its team in managing green spaces with its contract with the London Borough of Bromley in 2017, which included…

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    CED Stone Group support Peter Donegan at Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

    CED Stone Group are proud to announce their sponsorship of leading garden designer Peter Donegan’s show garden at Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2023 in Australia. Located in the world heritage site of Carlton Gardens and The Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden show is the largest and most prestigious horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere. The show is held over five days and features the industry’s finest landscape and floral talent from Australia and worldwide. This year Peter Donegan became the first Irish garden designer in the show’s history to be invited and accepted to…

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    HS2 events announced to get feedback on new Euston station designs

    HS2 Ltd is gearing up to welcome the local community to a series of events to share details of the developing design for the new HS2 Euston station. The team will be revealing updated plans for both the station building and the surrounding urban realm, and want to hear from the local community and public about the proposals. The events are part of the year-long engagement programme, as the final touches are made to the proposals for the station design. HS2’s station at Euston will not only be a vital new transport hub, it will also revitalise the Euston area,…

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    Gift of precious Peace Lantern to be presented to Kew Gardens by Portland Japanese Garden

    On Thursday, 8 December 2022, Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden will present a masterfully crafted Peace Lantern to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The lantern’s dedication is part of Japan Institute’s Peace Symposium, “Peacemaking at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature”, co-presented by Kew and open to the public at Guildhall in London on 6 December. The Peace Lantern is inspired by one which Portland received from Mayor Ryōzō Hiranuma of Yokohama in the years following World War II. The Peace Lantern broadcasts a hopeful message for the future and Japan Institute has commissioned one of Japan’s greatest…

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    Tyler Grange achieves coveted B-Corporation certification

    Acknowledging its commitment to its people and the planet, environmental consultancy Tyler Grange has achieved certification as a B-Corporation. B-Corp recognises firms that are reinventing the world of work for good, and only businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability make the grade. Tyler Grange achieved an impressive B-Corp Impact Assessment (BIA) score of 91.3 – placing it in top spot amongst all those certified firms working within the UK environmental sector. The median score for ordinary businesses that complete the B-Corporation BIA is 50.9 and an 80+ score is…

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    Pro Landscaper Business Awards: Training and development within commercial landscaping

    Training and development are much needed foundations within all businesses, and commercial landscaping companies are no different. A great example of this in action is Maylim, the winner of the 2022 Pro Landscaper Business Award for the category of Commercial Landscaping Company. Maylim “places a significant importance on sourcing and retaining top talent within the industry and also on the development, training and progression of colleagues”. A clear example of this is the implementation of its Development Journal Program introduced in 2021 with its HR partner, Aspiring HR. Breaking down its programme, Maylim said: “The programme consists of employees having…

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    Good Things

    At Foxwood we take machinery very seriously. All of our products are manufactured in Europe to a very high standard so you can rest assured that when you purchase a Foxwood chipper you are getting the best machine for your business. Foxwood are set to dominate the compact chipper market due to their ergonomic design, unique features and extreme durability. Our Ethos is “do it once, do it right” we understand that to run a professional business our customers need quality tools that won’t let them down Hand made in Europe by skilled tradesmen, you can feel the quality workmanship,…

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    Perennial launches Christmas appeal in response to the worst cost of living crisis seen in a generation

    In the lead up to Christmas, Perennial, the charity helping people in horticulture, is launching an urgent appeal in response to the worst cost of living crisis seen in a generation. People in horticulture are on some of the lowest incomes in the UK and the impact of the crisis is being felt across the industry as we approach the festive period.     The charity is calling for donations to support its services and prevent people in horticulture from struggling emotionally and financially this season and beyond.     The pressures of Christmas combined with the strain of increased energy bills,…

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    Carbon calculators won’t solve construction’s carbon problem says Soben

    Global construction consultancy, Soben, is calling for industry-wide improvements to how carbon is calculated and reduced, as it launches a new Carbon Cost Management service. Led by ex-Bouygues Energies & Services UK sustainability lead, Dr Bonahis Oko, Soben’s challenge comes at a time of increasing pressure on the industry to focus its net zero efforts on reducing emissions from embodied carbon. The construction industry will face renewed pressure to support the transition to net zero following the meeting of world leaders at COP27 this month. The industry’s role in meeting global goals has the potential to be significant, with construction remaining…

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    GREEN ROOFING: The Topic of the Future and Immensely Valuable

    Sustainability and ecology are becoming increasingly important in modern architecture. At the same time, urban planning solutions are urgently required to counteract the consequences of climate change such as heavy rainfall events and overheating of cities. This means that designers and architects will have to focus even more on roofs and podium decks with regard to rainwater management. It is necessary to increasingly specify blue/green roofs such as the ZinCo system build-up “Stormwater Management Roof”. This system build-up can not only store large volumes of rainwater and release them again over pre determined periods but also reduces the urban heat…

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    ‘No need to panic as housing market remains strong’, says expanding housebuilder

    Widespread panic was unnecessarily spread throughout the UK as predictions that the housing market would suffer in the current economic climate were ‘way wide of the mark’, it has been claimed. This was the opinion of Nicky Gordon, the managing director of rapidly expanding Cumbrian housebuilder Genesis Homes, who has been buoyed by recent reports of house prices remaining stable amidst a suggested fear in some national media outlets that asking prices would be slashed to tempt buyers, while lenders have also started to reduce interest rates on mortgages to encourage movement in the market. Nicky said: “Widespread fear has…

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    From seeds great partnerships grow

    On the occasion of the State Visit to the UK, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa joined the Earl of Wessex on a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to learn about the links that are helping science conservation efforts between the UK and South Africa. They were welcomed by the Secretary of State of the Environment, the Rt Hon. Thérèse Coffey MP, and led on the tour by Kew director, Richard Deverell, and the chair of the board of trustees at RBG Kew, Dame Amelia Fawcett. South African plants on display at Kew On the visit, the guests were…

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    Arbor Forest Products announces winners of fifth anniversary Arbordeck Awards

    Arbor Forest Products has announced the winners of the 2022 Arbordeck Awards, including the results of the first ever public vote in celebration of the awards’ fifth anniversary. Kent-based Browns Landscapes and Decking scooped the top Deck of the Year prize, which includes a money-can’t-buy trip for two to Washington, D.C. complete with a visit to the inspirational Trex University in Virginia. Browns Landscapes and Decking’s Sole Street deck also came top in the Top Spec Trex Deck category and was awarded silver in the Best Large Trex Deck category, both of which were voted for by the public. The…

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    Marshalls Landscape Protection’s new managing director – Chris Churm

    Responsible for the day-to-day management and trading performance of Marshalls Landscape Protection and Marshalls Natural Stone, Chris Churm took on the role of managing director of the two businesses in June 2022.  Strategically experienced, Chris joined Marshalls in 2006 and has worked across the company in a diverse range of roles. From commercial regional trading manager, engaging with specifiers and commercial contractors across all Marshalls’ catalogues, to national accounts director, managing national builders’ merchant focused sales teams. And most recently, trading director, responsible for the business with domestic installers, including the Marshalls Register of Accredited Landscape Contractors, before taking up…

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    Win a luxury Christmas hamper by completing the quick Beauxfort survey

    Christmas is fast approaching; the streets are beginning to be lit with festive cheer. Why not take a few minutes out of your day to complete the brief Beauxfort survey to enter the prize draw for a Luxury Christmas Hamper. This festive delight will impress your family or host this season. Equally, if you are feeling a little naughty, you can enjoy it all to yourself. To give you a little taste of the delicious holiday treats on offer: A selection of Severn and Wye smoked salmon Hearty handmade cheeses Wessex honey glazed gammon Maxwell & Franks double chocolate cake…

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    Re-flow field management at Futurescape 2022

    The Re-flow team returned to FutureScape this year, held once more at the ExCeL London. The event celebrated the latest in landscaping innovation, showcasing the newest technology, incredible water features, luscious trees and new technological solutions driving the industry forward. Among these was Re-flow, presenting its field management software for landscaping. Professionals came in droves to the Re-flow stand – among them some familiar faces and some new – drawn in by an impromptu magic trick, Lego minifigure or the opportunity to see the software in action. Among these familiar faces was Re-flow’s long-term client, Tony Benger Landscaping, which has been…

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    Hillier Nurseries purchase 200 new acres of Hampshire land for tree production

    Hillier Nurseries has completed the £4 million purchase of a 200-acre farm in Liss, Hampshire. Just two miles from the main production site, Flexcombe Farm is where Hillier plan on planting around 30,000 new trees this winter. This purchase brings Hillier Nurseries’ land total to nearly 1,000 acres, continuing to increase the company’s tree-growing capacity and cementing itself as the largest ornamental tree nursery in the UK. The land at Flexcombe Farm was previously used for the production of cattle, meaning that Hillier will be the first to plant trees at the site. This will ensure that the soil is…

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    Tender Opportunity: Crystal Palace Park Grounds Maintenance, Tree Surveying, Tree Works and Heritage Conservation Works

    Contract Type and Summary:  Crystal Palace Park Trust will take on the custodianship of Crystal Palace Park from April 2023. The Trust is seeking to appoint a team of Providers to work with them in partnership in the management, maintenance and enhancement of the Park. Specifically the Trust is seeking to award contracts under four principal Lots: Lot 1 Grounds Maintenance Lot 2 Tree Surveying. Lot 3 Tree Works. Lot 4 Conservation Works to Historical Assets and Facilities Location of Contract: Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2GA Tender Portal:  To register your interest in this tender and obtain tender documentation please…

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