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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
      Photo of Brambledown Landscapes and local school help improve Stockton estate

      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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      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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      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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      Photo of Kebur Garden Materials expand natural stone and porcelain collection

      Kebur Garden Materials expand natural stone and porcelain collection

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      Plans for inclusive play area at Denehurst Park

      Plans for an inclusive play area at Denehurst Park are underway. The state-of-the-art facility will be the borough's first inclusive scheme. A £98,048 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund is funding the development and the council has match funded the project. Rochdale Borough Council and Friends of Denehurst Park are celebrating the bid to transform the current play area. The equipment will be adapted for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. Positioned next to the current play area, the pirate theme playground will include a sectioned off area for toddlers and…

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      Landscaping project at new hospice

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      Kew Gardens birthday

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      Lottery funding for parks

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      Photo of idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

      idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

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    • Awards
      Photo of Roy Lancaster award to celebrate young horticulturists

      Roy Lancaster award to celebrate young horticulturists

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has introduced a new award to recognise outstanding young horticulturists. The Roy Lancaster Award, in honour of the lifelong plantsman’s enthusiasm for promoting horticulture among young people, will sit alongside the Society’s highest honours. It will be presented for the first time at the annual RHS awards ceremony in March 2019 which celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture. The award is open for nominations for those who have made an exceptional contribution to the practice, science or promotion of horticulture and are under the age of 35. Roy Lancaster said: “I am…

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      Photo of Monsanto court case highlights need to move towards eco-friendly alternatives

      Monsanto court case highlights need to move towards eco-friendly alternatives

      The recent Monsanto court case underlines the importance of the TCL Group’s role in working towards greater use of environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional weed killer.   Member company Burleys has become one of the few contractors nationwide to use an award-winning system.   It uses a combination of hot water and foam to ‘cook’ weeds on contact.   Burleys has been working with the charity Pesticide Action Network UK.   The charity is campaigning to reduce herbicide use across the country.   It has trialled the Foamstream system with Lewes District Council. Lewes is working towards eliminating pesticides. Foamstream…

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      Photo of Tivoli launches, following acquisition of ISS Landscaping

      Tivoli launches, following acquisition of ISS Landscaping

      Following completion of its acquisition of ISS Landscaping 1 June Tivoli (Tivoli Group Limited) has launched and begun trading. Tivoli Group Limited is owned by private individuals as part of the Sullivan Street Partners portfolio of companies. Sullivan Street Partners also manage Orbis Protect, a leading vacant property security business and take active roles in their businesses. As a well-funded independent business, the new company will cement its place as the UK’s leading specialist grounds maintenance provider. The strategy is to continue to self-deliver grounds maintenance, landscape construction, arboriculture, winter maintenance and interior plants and floristry services to its public…

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      Pro Landscaper’s Podium Landscapes

      FEATURES Designing rooftops: Adolfo Harrison Gardens Building podiums: Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants Top tips: Expert advice for podiums   PORTFOLIOS In High Office: Gardenlink Breathing Space: Matthew Wilson Gardens Luxury Living: Aralia   TECHNICAL Correct soil: Jonathan Bourne of Bourne Amenity The right plants: Plants for podiums Solid foundations: Karl Harrison of Exterior Solutions Latest Products: Top picks for podiums   To view the Podium Landscapes supplement digitally, please click here.

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      March issue – Pro Landscaper

      INFORM Agenda: In the wake of the collapse of Carillion, would you forfeit your own payment terms for the opportunity to work for a large service provider? Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017: Read all the coverage from our brand new event The Chelsea Diaries: Robert Barker and Ed Burnham share their progress as they plan their Chelsea debuts Let’s Hear It From: Maylim View From the Top: Nick Temple-Head considers Carillion’s collapse and what it means for the industry Risky Business: David T Binks provides a framework on reducing business risk National Park City: Daniel Raven-Ellison tells us why London…

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