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    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part five

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of six (Richard McKenna – Provender Nurseries, Romy Rawlings – Vestre, James Hewetson-Brown – Wildflower Turf, Jonathan Bourne – Bourne Amenity, Giles Heap – CED Stone Group, Steven Walley – London Stone, Steve McCurdy – Majestic Trees and Debs Winrow – Garden House Design) on how the coronavirus pandemic is effecting the supply chain within the landscaping industry and how the suppliers are overcoming the issues and restrictions currently in place.    

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    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part four

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of six (Phil Tremayne, Geoff Webb, Daniel Cook, Adam White, Wayne Grills and Sarah Morgan) on how the leading industry associations are helping their members through the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Tremayne – The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) https://www.landscaper.org.uk/ Geoff Webb – Grounds Management Association https://www.thegma.org.uk/ Daniel Cook – Landscape Institute (LI) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ Adam White – Landscape Institute (LI) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ Sarah Morgan – Society of Garden Designers (SGD) https://www.sgd.org.uk/ Wayne Grills – British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) https://www.bali.org.uk/  

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    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part three

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of five (Craig Nester, David Sewell, Martha Krempel, Karen McClure and Herman Pobrati) on how small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can prepare for business post coronavirus pandemic. Craig Nester – Habitat Landscapes https://www.habitatlandscapes.co.uk/ David Sewell – The Garden Makers https://uk.linkedin.com/in/david-sewe… Martha Krempel – Martha Krempel Garden Design http://marthakrempelgardendesign.com/ Karen McClure – Karen McClure Garden Design https://www.karenmcclure.co.uk/ Herman Probrati – Acacia Landscapes https://acacia-gardens.co.uk/ You can listen to the podcast version here

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    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part two

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson hosts a panel of industry experts, David Dodd, Holly Youde, Paul Cowell, Tim Howell, Richard Kay, Helen Elks-Smith & Tom Williams from a wide range of sectors within the landscaping industry on how they are dealing with the current coronavirus pandemic and what measures they are putting into place for life post-pandemic. For this session. there was a complete cross section of businesses, from small contractors, garden designers, landscape architects, landscapers, and suppliers to large contractors. Again, they answered the interactive questions and shared their experience whilst also discussing measures that they’ve put in place to…

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    WATCH: The first Pro Landscaper Online Summit

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews Mark Gregory, John Wyer, John Melmoe, Phil Jones and Ken White on how the large scale domestic and commercial landscape contractors can prepare for business post coronavirus pandemic. The Pro Landscaper online summits are focused on helping the UK landscaping sector navigate its way through these turbulent and unprecedented times. This one, the first session, looked at the larger domestic and commercial contractors, the panel with over 150 years’ experience answered interactive questions, sharing past experiences and discussing possible outcomes. You can listen to the podcast version here

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    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Johnstone Landscapes Ltd

    For the final interview in this series, we speak to Tess and Andrew Johnstone from Johnstone Landscapes Ltd. Established since 1990, the company designs and builds gardens across the South of England, with a 50/50 between commercial and private work. It has eight staff and Tess and Andrew took the decision a few years ago to develop the business by focusing on the type of contracts that fit their portfolio rather than purely increasing the team numbers. Tess explained that after the announcement by the government on Monday night (23 March), they decided to, where possible, wrap up on their…

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    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Conquest Creative Spaces

    Since the age of 19, Ross Conquest has been running his own business based in West Sussex. Conquest Creative Spaces has experienced a tremendous few years, going from helping other landscapers build their RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens to being the main contractor, delivering gardens at the world’s most prestigious garden show. Often referred to as ‘the future of landscaping’, Ross and his team have built up a great reputation, and up until a month ago 2020 looked like it was going to continue in the same vein. The team was in great shape, the order books were healthy and…

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    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Oak View Landscapes

    During these extremely tough and challenging times we hear from Paul Downer, owner of Oak View Landscapes, this year’s Pro Landscaper Business Awards Supreme Winner. Essex-based Oak View offers a hard and soft landscape installation service for landscape architects, commercial developers and private clients. The company has seen steady growth; it recently invested in a new purpose-built office and last year was awarded Investors in People Gold accreditation. Paul is currently a director (and past president) of BALI and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. Paul, as honest and frank as ever, said: “I don’t mind…

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    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Fresh Horticultural Careers

    The next in our series on combatting coronavirus is Marian Barker, owner of Fresh Horticultural Careers which provides professional, efficient and cost-effective staffing solutions for the horticulture industry, recruiting both temporary and permanent staff for established industry companies. Marian has a wealth of experience in recruiting for the horticulture sector and has seen many ups and downs within her career of more than 20 years. Marian said that 2008/09 was a very tough time as the market really slowed down but a least there were still small pockets of work and the maintenance part of the business kept them going,…

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    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Green-tech

    Today we catch up with Richard Kay, Chairman of Green-tech Ltd, one of the UK’s largest landscape suppliers offering over 13,000 products to the landscaping sector. It supplies to projects of all sizes and the company prides itself on customer service and delivering as promised. Green-tech has seen progressive growth over the last few years and the start of this year was no exception of course until a few weeks ago, when the world changed. Richard explains how the last couple of weeks have affected Green-tech and how it has reacted. The first step was to put in place their…

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    A letter from the UK’s Secretary of State to construction workers

    To everyone working in the UK’s construction sector, In these challenging times, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working tirelessly within the construction industry. Delivering on large or small construction sites across the country, in builders’ merchants and logistics providers, or producing construction and mineral products. Our country and our economy needs all our support. And the construction industry has answered the call to action. Whether by building temporary hospital wards, installing complex and life-saving oxygen systems, constructing the infrastructure that society needs to function or ensuring that people have safe and healthy homes to live…

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    FutureScape Spring postponed

    “With much regret, Eljays44 has decided to postpone FutureScape Spring at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey on Tuesday 17 March 2020. We are currently working with the venue to secure a date in early July and will let you know of the new date very shortly. You will no doubt understand that we have taken this decision in light of the effect that the Coronavirus (COVID19) is having on the UK. Over the last two days, we have had over 20% of FutureScape Spring exhibitors making the decision not to attend as well as some of the speakers cancelling. We…

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    Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020 winners announced

    The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. Eighteen awards were presented at the third annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 7 February. The highly coveted Supreme Winner was Oak View Landscapes, which topped the Landscape Company £2m – £10m Turnover category. Marian Barker, of headline sponsor Fresh Horticultural Careers, commented: “Not only is this business committed to its staff and customers but also the industry as a whole, either by…

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    Redbacks introduces new Kneeler Mat

    Redbacks Cushioning Ltd, designers of the ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology, offers a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling. Recently introduced is the new ‘Kneeler mat’. It’s an everyday tool for landscapers whose jobs entail kneeling for any length of time. It also has many applications in and around the home, garden and office.   Giving long term anti-fatigue support and great cushioning comfort from kneeling in any position, the mat features 28 multi-directional leaf springs held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix.   Unlike rubber matting, foam or gel based products which can…

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  • Environment
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    Brambledown Landscapes and local school help improve Stockton estate

    Brambledown Landscapes were appointed as main contractors at Portrack Estate in Stockton.   They contract was for £100k of environmental improvement works in the estate. It also included improvements to the outside of shopfronts.   The project overseen by Groundwork North East took around 3 months to complete.   The scheme involved steel fencing and chicanes to prevent motorcycles from using footpaths. Hedge planting and tree and shrub planting was also included.   Improving the outlook of large parts of the Portrack Estate was the sole focus of the project. Community engagement was high on the agenda.   Pupils from…

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    Landform and Johnsons earn soft landscape contract for Aberdeen hospital

    Landform Ltd has teamed up with Johnsons of Whixley Ltd. This is to complete the soft landscape contract for the new hospital and cancer treatment centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The new ‘Baird Family Hospital’ will replace the existing ageing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.   Landform Ltd is working through main contractor Graham Construction. It secured the soft landscape works and a new pedestrian steel and timber bridge.   Landform Ltd works with Johnsons of Whixley on a regular basis and were chosen to supply 1000’s of plants for the project.   Plants supplied by Johnsons of Whixley Ltd have beautified the…

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    Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor continue competition

    Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continue into the 8th year of Student Design Competition. Judges selected Clare Waters’ winning design from over 45 designs. The students of Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design each had 5 minutes to present their design to the panel. Each student was then given a Q&A session with feedback from the judging panel. The judging was held over 2 days at the Regent’s Park campus.   The judging panel consists of Liz Hughes at Provender Nurseries, Judy Fish of CEPC at Regent’s Park and Ric Glenn at CEPC, Regent’s Park.   The panel had…

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    Taylor Wimpey applies for landscaping around 250 new homes

    Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has submitted an Approval of Matters specified in Conditions (AMC) application to the City of Edinburgh Council for the provision of 250 new homes. Planning Permission in Principle is already secured for this development. The planning application sets out detailed proposals for landscaping and building materials.   The proposed development aims to deliver 250 new homes, 25% of which will be affordable.   This detailed application for the west of Edinburgh represents a significant investment in the local area by Taylor Wimpey East Scotland. It includes an extensive landscape framework that will include the creation of…

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    Ben Cumberland re-joins Eljays44’s Pro Landscaper brand

    Eljays44 is delighted to welcome Ben Cumberland back into the business. Ben, who also worked for the company for two years starting in 2014, has been away from the business for three years. In this time, Ben had a stint in the armed forces, worked at another media business and moved to Leeds to work in the event market. He says: “I’m excited to be back at Eljays44 Ltd and working with the Wilkinsons. Eljays44 is where I started my career in advertising sales and publishing and have some great memories from working here in the past. “I’ve decided to…

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    Report highlights London’s rise up the green roof league table

    Goodman’s Fields – Berkeley Homes North East © A new report highlighting the increasing number of green roofs in London has been launched by London’s deputy mayor for the environment. The report reveals that the total area of green roofs in London is higher than in other cities around the world which are well known for such developments, such as Copenhagen, Toronto and Singapore. Launching the report Shirley Rodrigues, who was leading the Greater London Authority’s Environment Team when the first green roof policy was included in the London Plan in 2008, said she had been delighted to see green…

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  • Associations
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    RHS membership hits half a million mark

    Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) celebrates reaching a record membership of half a million, suggesting the UK’s leading gardening charity is now more accessible and relevant to people than it has ever been in its 215-year history. RHS director general Sue Biggs says: “We’re delighted to reach a milestone 500,000 members because it marks progress towards achieving our goal to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. “We’re fiercely committed to getting as many people gardening as possible because of the immense positive difference plants and gardens have on our health…

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    Mayor’s green fund helps schools fight toxic air

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    Eljays44 Ltd celebrates its 8th birthday this week

    This week, Eljays44 celebrates its 8th birthday and what an incredible journey it has been! Starting back in 2011 as a small family run business, Eljays44 began its mission of ‘Connecting Horticulture’ through a variety of media. Both print and digital.

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    Make your mark at FutureScape Spring

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  • Awards
    Photo of Celebrating the Eljays44 Company Value Awards and record ever year

    Celebrating the Eljays44 Company Value Awards and record ever year

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