Jessica Dean-Hill

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    Pro Landscaper November 2022

    November has arrived and with it comes a new issue of Pro Landscaper magazine! In this issue we announce the winners of this year’s Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: Next Generation, sponsored by Green-tech (page 33). We share the achievements and aspirations of each of our winners, who are all shaping the future of the industry. On top of this, we have a portfolio on The World Food Garden at RHS Wisley, designed by Ann-Marie Powell (page 71), which is one of three gardens at RHS Hilltop, ‘the UK’s first dedicated gardening science hub’. Our UK Landscape Barometer, found on…

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    Coming together as a community: McWilliam Studio’s Peace Garden at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Old Amersham

    McWilliam Studio, alongside generous donors, helped to create a Peace Garden for the children at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Old Amersham. Gavin McWilliam, from McWilliam Studio, tells us about his most recent pro-bono project Gavin McWilliam first became involved in creating a garden for St Mary’s C of E Primary School when he was asked by the school to look over some of the pupils’ designs for what they would want in the school’s peace garden. From the designs, Gavin picked out the elements which could be integrated into this garden with the goal of “interpreting…

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    Two historic estates are awarded for bringing historic plants back to life

    Plantsman Sir Edmund Loder’s globally important rhododendron hybrids, and two recently rediscovered Victorian fern collections, are awarded National Plant Collection status Two historic estates – Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Sussex and Canonteign Falls in Devon – have both been awarded National Plant Collection status by Plant Heritage, for bringing a globally renowned rhododendron hybrid collection and two Victorian fern collections back to life. Successful ongoing horticultural conservation work means that the three historic plant collections now have a secure future ahead and will remain in cultivation for future generations to enjoy. Grade I listed Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is…

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    SDG Autumn Conference explores connectivity in garden & landscape design

    Following the hugely successful SGD Symposium this summer, at which speakers and delegates explored how to create gardens that are good for the environment, the Society of Garden Designers’ Autumn Conference will examine how landscape design holds the potential for ensuring a sustainable future in a world of diminishing resources and climate change. The conference, titled Natural Networks: connectivity in landscape and garden design,  takes place at the Royal Geographic Society in London on Saturday 26 November. The day-long event, chaired by garden designer and educator Annie Guilfoyle, will hear speakers discuss the importance of connectedness in garden design through a range of public and private projects of different scales.  The line-up of acclaimed landscape architects and…

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    Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

    When complete, the scheme will deliver 33 units for light industrial and commercial use across 405,000 sq ft and a drive-thru food outlet. FI Real Estate Management received planning permission for the development from Chorley Borough Council in July and the development will be the largest ever built by their construction arm, FI Construction. FI Real Estate Management are proud to manage assets totalling more than £1bn and their founder and managing director, Tim Knowles said the Botany Bay development was one of the most important in the company’s 40-year history. Tim said: “We want to create the highest quality…

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    Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

    The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to approve the refurbishment and extension of Cripplegate House, which will create 15,471 square metres of high-quality, Grade A flexible office floorspace together with a new community and cultural space. The refurbished and extended building at 1 Golden Lane – proposed by Castleforge – will add an extra 2,485 square metres of space to the existing site to meet continuing strong demand from occupiers in the Square Mile. The scheme will form part of Culture Mile, with the community and cultural space at ground level set to be combined…

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    Ambitious growth plans at landscape architecture studio DEP flowing partnership buyout

    Manchester-based landscape architecture practice, DEP, has announced new ownership following a partnership buyout. DEP founder and director, Chris Podmore, has bought out former partner, Rory McVean, signalling a real step change for DEP and enabling ambitious future expansion plans and growth. Specialising in urban regeneration, landscape assessments, landscape planning, and project delivery, the practice was set up in 2010 and produces deliverable, sustainable and biodiverse schemes. DEP is currently working on The Galleries, the £135m mixed-use regeneration site in Wigan town centre, to help provide new homes, a public square and public realm. The team of eight has also recently…

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    Council’s push for green spaces after banning toxic weedkiller on all council property

    Westminster City Council has now banned a harmful weedkiller called glyphosate on all their managed outdoor space. This is one of several methods to improve green spaces and encourage native wildlife to flourish in Westminster. Glyphosate is a toxic substance in many commercial weedkillers and sprays. It has a significant environmental impact as it removes the habitats and food sources of a variety of native insects, contaminates water sources, and sustained exposure causes significant harm to key species, such as bees, that support our ecosystems. Consequently, the ban incorporates all products containing glyphosate on all council managed outdoor spaces and…

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    COSHH Cabinets in a hurry

    Anyone who works with Chemicals knows the importance of safe and secure storage. Health and Safety inspectors are also acutely aware of this and are quick to penalise any firm not storing chemicals in line with COSHH regulations. When you need to update your storage cabinets, time is of the essence, which is why First Mats offers COSHH Compliant Chemical Storage Cabinets with five working day lead times. COSHH Compliant Storage Cabinets COSHH is a law regarding the control of substances that are hazardous to health, including safe and secure storage. The HSE provides guidance on appropriate storage, with security…

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    National Trust’s first ever horticulture scholar begins work at world-renowned Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    The National Trust’s first ever horticulture scholar has begun work at world-famous Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent.     Claire Margetts was selected from 59 candidates as the inaugural recipient of the Sissinghurst Scholarship, designed to cultivate the Head Gardeners of the future. The scholarship is generously funded by donations and legacies.    Claire will now spend 18 months gaining practical hands-on experience in the art and craft of horticulture, with a particular focus on the approach of the garden’s founders, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson.    Claire said: “The pull of applying to be a part of the traditions and…

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    Sell canopies & kitchens, make money, have FUN!

    From kids camps to canopies with style! Applying an “above patio” sales strategy into their business plan 10 years ago, set Rod and Debs business Garden House Design apart from other traditional landscaping business models. Curating the very best innovative outdoor products has produced a strong product portfolio which is now widely desired by consumers and specified by fellow industry friends. Receiving RHS 5* star awards at Chelsea and Hampton Court for their trade stands, you know you’re in good hands. Building on their experience of sales, design and landscaping backgrounds means the customer journey, whether that be with a…

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    Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2022 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper has announced the winners of this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, in association with Green-tech. The initiative recognises those aged 30 and under who are making incredible contributors to the landscaping industry. It covers a vast range of sectors including garden design, landscape construction, grounds maintenance, landscape architecture, sales and services. Nina Mason, head of content, says: “The winners of this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation are vying to make a difference and have a wider impact on the industry. Their goals range from improving and increasing sustainable practices, raising awareness of mental health…

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    Creation of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

    The seedbed for the emergence of the British Landscape Industry was created during the Second World War by the Luftwaffe’s Blitz of London in 1940. The Blitz destroyed large urban areas throughout the entire County of London, in particular the central core, resulting in over 50,000 inner London homes being completely destroyed. Following World War II, London was presented with a real opportunity to amend the perceived failings of unplanned and haphazard development that had occurred as a result of the Industrial Revolution during the nineteenth-century. The creation of new housing developments was to be mostly concentrated within areas damaged…

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    Become a Perennial Mental Health First Aid Ambassador and support your employees with their mental health

    Perennial, the charity helping people in horticulture, is calling for organisations to become ambassadors and participate in its Mental Health First Aider training programme. As part of the charity’s health and wellbeing focus the programme aims to put more Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace. One in four people experience mental health problems which is the biggest contributor to ill health and is consistent with the people who come to us for support. Perennial’s Health & Wellbeing Survey (2021) found that mental wellbeing was among the biggest perceived challenges for people working in horticulture. 85% of people’s mental wellbeing…

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    Green-tech cast iron grilles add a long-lasting finishing touch at University Campus

    Green-tech shares one of the recently projects it was involved in, Scape Mile End Background: Scape is well known for providing exemplary student accommodation, with locations throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia. The new canal side accommodation at Mile End in London is situated on the Queen Mary University campus. Comprising 412 studio rooms and flats over two main blocks, it also offers communal and study areas, as well as a gym and spacious bike storage, an often-overlooked necessity in London. HG Construction have worked on nine previous Scape buildings, with a tenth at Leeds under construction. The emphasis on…

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    Work on public square underway as part £200m regeneration scheme

    Work is underway on a new public square next to the #BuiltByGMI apartment block at the £200m Becketwell regeneration project in Derby city centre. GMI Construction were joined by developers St James Securities as well as representatives from Derby City Council, D2N2, and other key stakeholders at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of building works on Springwell Square, which will be located on the site of the former Central United Reformed Church. Springwell Square will the centrepiece of the #BuiltByGMI development, adjacent to the two-bedroom Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, currently being built on the site previously occupied…

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    Introducing this year’s FutureScape Seminar Programme

    Celebrating a decade of FutureScape seminars, this November’s 2022 London event will introduce its most dynamic and diverse programme to date. Hard-hitting headlines across the two-day event Those familiar with FutureScape will be planning and packing their two-day schedules to maximise their take-homes once again. Time for exhibitors, time for networking and most importantly, time for the Seminar Programme. Covering 50 tailored topics, researched and selected in tune with every segment and every sector of the UK landscape industry. View the full seminar programme here.   Design and plant Topics including: A Lighter Footprint: Building More Sustainable Show Gardens The…

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    New Humphry Repton bust unveiled to celebrate inclusive shared landscapes in Wembley Park

    The Deputy Mayor of Brent, Cllr Orleen Hylton, unveiled a new bust of renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton in a ceremony in Wembley Park. London’s most exciting new neighbourhood welcomed visitors to the unveiling, which was followed by a walking tour of the area led by Julian Tollast, head of masterplanning and design for Quintain, developer of Wembley Park and former founding trustee of the National Park City Foundation. The presentation of the bust, which was created by professional sculptor Hannah Northam and donated by Haddonstone, leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework, follows Wembley Park’s win at…

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    New £1m RHS research project to accelerate horticulture’s transition to peat-free

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has appointed a peat-free postdoctoral fellow to help the horticultural trade transition to sustainable growing media. A £1m, co-funded, five-year project led by the charity will convene government, growers and growing media manufacturers through the Growing Media Association and horticultural product supplier Fargro to research sustainable alternatives to peat in large-scale commercial settings. Five growers initially will work alongside Dr Raghavendra Prasad who has joined the RHS’ 120-strong Science team at RHS Hilltop: Home of Gardening Science this month. They are: Allensmore, Hills Plants, Johnsons of Whixley, The Farplants Group and Vitacress who collectively produce…

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    UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

    The number of factors contributing to the lack of confidence within the landscaping industry keeps growing; the cost-of-living crisis, the threat of recession, the summer heat waves and overall uncertainty from clients themselves. Yet despite all of this, turnover remains steady with 50% of respondents reporting no change compared to last year and full-time staff continue to grow with 45% of respondents having more full-time staff than last year. The main consensus among our respondents is that they’re waiting for the new year to come with one stating, ‘I think clients are holding off with the uncertain times ahead and…

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    Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

    Wessex region has welcomed Swindon Council’s green light for 113 new homes on land in South Marston on the edge of Swindon. Planning approval was given for the Catsbrain Farm site at a meeting of the Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 11th October. The development will include a mixture of semi-detached, terraced and detached homes, which vary from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom dwellings. The six apartments will be located above a new retail store and close to the proposed access point on Kingsdown Road on the southern side of the site. This access to the development will be via a newly constructed…

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    Location Landscapes awarded the ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ at the ‘Employer Thank You Event’ at Sparsholt College

    Sparsholt College Group hosted its first ever Employer Thank You Event on campus to celebrate local employers from a variety of different industries who support our students with apprenticeships and work placements. Location Landscapes have said: “Location Landscapes are delighted to have been awarded the inaugural ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ award at the very first ‘Employer Thank You Event’ at Sparsholt College.  We have run an apprenticeship scheme for the last 8 years, during which we have nurtured the next generation of some very talented young horticulturists.  We are incredibly grateful to have had our commitment to education recognised,…

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    Johnsons staff members become mental health first aiders

    Employees at one of the UK’s largest commercial plant nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley have recently become mental health first-aiders ahead of World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October. Dave Barrett and Eleanor Richardson recently completed a two-day mental health course and became mental health first aiders. Johnsons consider mental health and employee well-being in the workplace a priority, the first aiders will be the go-to contacts for anyone who is going through some form of crisis or mental health issue at work. All 140 Employees at Johnsons will be encouraged to speak to the mental health first aiders who…

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    Kew Gardens’ iconic Orchid festival returns for 2023

    Back bigger and better than ever for 2023, Kew Gardens’ much-loved Orchid festival returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory from Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 March 2023. Taking inspiration from the beauty and biodiversity of Cameroon, Orchids 2023 is a vibrant celebration of colour to brighten up the winter months, and is the first time Kew’s Orchid festival will celebrate an African nation. Encompassing a series of stunning horticultural displays and living sculptures, the festival takes places across the ten different climatic zones which make up Kew’s state-of-the-art Princess of Wales Conservatory, replicating a series of fascinating global…

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    Arbor celebrates 70 years with expanded, greener lorry fleet

    Arbor Forest Products – a UK’s independent timber importer and processor – has put sustainability at the heart of its new fleet of lorries, highlighting both the company’s drive for greener thinking as well as its ambition to help customers meet ever-increasing environmental targets. Arbor’s commitment has also been recognised at this year’s coveted Timber Trades Journal Awards – an annual celebration of the best in the industry. The company has been nominated for an Environmental Achievement Award, a category that acknowledges excellence in the field of sustainable practice. Driving down emissions: 4,090 road miles reduction Successfully in business for…

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