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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Dr. Duncan Slater, senior lecturer in arboriculture at Myerscough College, tells us why he’s fully behind the Green Up Campaign and offers some key solutions to tree planting which would stop our supermarket car parks being full of dying trees. Why do you feel like the Green Up campaign is needed? Unfortunately, these high public-use areas, which are owned by commercial enterprises, are very often neglected after the initial installation of the landscaping scheme. They often lie at the heart of a town centre, or are key to how a retail area look for visitors and yet they are highly…

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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

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  • Environment
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    Pro Landscaper magazine’s Green Up Campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force – and so it should be. The global temperature is rising, ice sheets are shrinking, glaciers are retreating, sea levels are rising. Time’s up. At Pro Landscaper magazine, we are constantly striving to showcase people, projects and initiatives which are joining this ambitious but wholly necessary fight against climate change. In fact, our ‘Green’ issues of Pro Landscaper dedicate themselves solely to all things sustainable, ecological, biodiverse and environmentally friendly. But we’re always asking our readers and ourselves what more we can do. That’s why we’ve launched the Green Up Campaign, committed…

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    The Landscape Institute Awards 2021

    The Landscape Institute Awards are all about celebrating people, place and nature, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them.   The transformative power of landscape is never more important than in times of crisis. LI Awards 2021 will celebrate the exceptional contribution of landscape designers, managers, planners, researchers and more across the world. Join the online ceremony on 25 November.

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    Arbor Forest Products’ Arbordeck Awards return

    Arbor Forest Products has announced the return of its annual Arbordeck Awards for 2021, giving landscapers the opportunity to showcase their best decking projects at FutureScape and be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize package. And this year, there are more chances to win than ever before thanks to the introduction of two brand new categories. Installers can now enter the TrexPert of the Year and Top Spec Trex Deck categories, as well as existing categories Best Large Trex Deck, Best Small Trex Deck, Best Commercial Trex Deck, Best Trex Design Solution, and Best Arbordeck Softwood Timber…

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    Perennial’s Health and Wellbeing Survey

    Perennial is reaching out to people working in horticulture to find out about the health and wellbeing challenges they face through its Health and Wellbeing Survey. It is encouraging everyone who works in horticulture to take part in the anonymous survey to provide a greater understanding of the challenges people are facing and the issues affecting them. The insights will be shared with the industry and help Perennial develop services to support people working in horticulture. Developed in partnership with the Stress Management Society, the Health and Wellbeing Survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous and…

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    New product innovations for the perfect landscape project

    Pro Landscaper has partnered with ACO Water Management to bring you a series of tips and advice to help deliver effective drainage in landscaping projects. As demand for home improvement projects continues to surge, it’s important for landscapers to ensure they are keeping up with the latest product innovations. In the final part of the series, we explore ACO’s latest developments and explain how they can enhance a project. RainDrain® Corner Units ACO’s top-selling RainDrain® range has been enhanced thanks to the launch of three new corner units. For landscapers, this is particularly useful for those who use ACO’s discreet…

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  • Rising material costs set to define the construction market for the next three years

    With the UK construction industry recovering faster than expected, Arcadis, a leading company delivering sustainable design for natural and built assets, has cautioned that the window of opportunity for investment in ‘shovel ready’ schemes could close very quickly as the industry becomes overwhelmed from the demand. This enormous demand and rising material costs indicate that prices could still rapidly increase, making inflation a defining feature of the market over the next three years. Infrastructure is especially vulnerable due to the pressure around material availability and a shortage of specialist skills – hence why price increases of 3% and 5% are…

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    Classic British-made garden planters that will last a lifetime

    Struggling to source durable and stylish garden planters, window boxes or water butts for clients or perhaps even your own home? Check out Arthur Jack & Co’s traditional outdoor range made from heavy gauge galvanised steel – all are long-lasting as well as stylish and have the bonus of being made in Britain by artisan metal craftsmen. Boasting planters in five sizes, two styles of water butt (that you will not want to hide away), and window boxes designed to fit most sills, the range has a host of clever design features to ensure everything performs as well as it…

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    Flood risk mapping natural capital

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research, considers the role of natural capital when it comes to environmental trends, including flood risk, and how they’re planning to track this.  As the UK embraces the biodiversity measures set out by the draft Environment Bill, attention is increasingly being focused on the contribution of natural capital to long term environmental trends and how to track them over time. Landowners and land managers, as well as landscape and development professionals, need to be aware of this requirement and must consider that effects may not be site-specific, but can lead to…

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    Pro Landscaper TV – Supply Line: GreenBlue Urban

    In the first of the Supply Line series, Jim Wilkinson speaks with the urban specification consultant at Sussex-based GreenBlue Urban. Urban tree enthusiast, Howard Gray, has been closely involved in trees for most of his life. Having personally planted many trees in urban areas, Howard feels passionately that we all are responsible to future generations to give them the quality urban canopy that we all enjoy and that all  sectors of the industry need to work together to ensure this happens. Fully conversant in arboriculture and urban forestry, Howard understands the constraints encountered in our urban environment and able to…

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    Pro Landscaper TV – Climate Change: The Story So Far

    Pro Landscaper’s head of content Nina Mason plays host to three experts on sustainability and climate change in a webinar looking at what some of the businesses in the sector have done so far to combat the effects of climate change. Joining Nina on Tuesday 11 May 2021 is Ben West, the managing director of Landscape Solutions, Romy Rawlings, the commercial director of Vestre and Darren Daley, the head of client services at Ground Control. Ben West spent his formative years tramping the woods, fields and waterways of Staffordshire and studied environmental management at Keele University prior to relocating to…

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    Cotswold dry stone walling

    Cotswold Stone is and has been one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly, it is being used for a variety of modern construction work, for example: building of new…

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    Measurement in the carbon challenge

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research considers how complex it is to accurately measure the results of carbon zero initiatives.  The landscaping industry is facing the challenges drafted by the Environment Bill, that requires a demonstrable improvement in the natural capital of areas subject to intervention or construction, with a number of measures. Last week we analysed how biodiversity objectives can be set out and tracked over time, this week we’ll consider the complex task of objectively and accurately measuring the results of carbon zero initiatives and carbon sequestration such as improving peatland, grasslands or planting woodlands.…

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    Millboard London Showroom reopens

    Following the relaxation of lockdown laws, the Millboard London Showroom on Clerkenwell’s Goswell Road has reopened for business. Callers to the centre are once again able to view the company’s ranges of high-end decking and cladding, subject to pre-booking their visit and the usual social distancing and mask-wearing rules. Showroom Manager Trevor Shephard is delighted to be able to welcome visitors once more. He said ‘Millboard has actually done very good business during the various lockdowns and restrictions that have had to be imposed to fight the pandemic, but it’s great to once again be able to meet with people…

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    VIDEO: Live. Life. Outside.

    Millboard decking: inspired by the beauty of nature, but built to out-perform it.  

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    DuoSpan and DuoLift prove to be a popular combination

    Since its introduction a year ago, Millboard’s DuoSpan subframe system has won consistently excellent reviews from deck installers. DuoSpan comprises high strength aluminium beams and joists which combine with Millboard’s unique PlasPro material – made from 100% recycled plastic – to enable an almost infinite range of designs. From simple decks to structures incorporating steps, screening, seating, pergolas and planters, with straight lines or curves, the various components combine to make construction simple and quick. Millboard has carefully thought through every element of the system to maximise its flexibility and ease of use, with a range of fixed and flexible…

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    Primethorpe Paving: Why the paving industry boomed during the pandemic

    The paving industry is one of the few industries to reap the benefits of a national lockdown. With people stuck inside their homes – home design and in particular exterior improvements have been keeping a lot of people occupied and have given a sense of productivity at a time when there were few other options available for most. Many have felt a need to revamp their living space into a place they’re proud of, and with the gradual loosening of restrictions, the nation has been preparing their gardens and outdoor spaces for when friends and family can finally mingle once…

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    Landscape is essential to our wellbeing

    Caroline Birdsall, Marketing Director at decking manufacturer Millboard, considers the link between wellbeing and the urban landscape, brought to the fore by our experience during the pandemic. The majority of the world’s population lives in urban environments, and the proportion is set to grow to two-thirds by the middle of the century. This shift to urban living has led to challenges that in many ways we are still struggling to come to terms with. Although even rural environments are man-made, they have slowly evolved over thousands of years, giving time for people to evolve with them. Cities, especially today’s high…

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    Outdoor leisure spaces: why the experience goes way beyond equipment

    Now, more than ever, the UK needs to have welcoming, safe and engaging outdoor leisure spaces to help people cope with, and overcome, COVID-19. Throughout this challenging time, most will all have witnessed just how much the public has embraced the opportunity to get outside and exercise, both to manage mental health and improve physical health.  Regardless of whether it is walking, cycling or running, a large percentage of the population has started to enjoy their local outdoor environment in a manner, and frequency, that has never before been evident. There now exists a real opportunity that these lifestyle changes…

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  • Associations
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    BALI National Landscape Awards are open for entries

    Accredited members can now enter the 2021 National Landscape Awards, the largest of their kind anywhere in Europe, and with the announcement of entries opening there are also a number of exciting opportunities for 2021. Due to the effects of COVID-19, Contractor, Designer and International members, for 2021 only, now have the opportunity to submit a scheme that has achieved practical completion in the last 24 months, instead of the normal 12 months affording members more flexibility in what has been a difficult year. With sustainability becoming increasingly important within the industry, alongside the 32 categories available to enter, a…

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  • Awards
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    Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards launch for 2021

    Entries are now open for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2021. The ceremony will take place at FutureScape Expo 2021 on Tuesday 16 November from 12pm-2pm. This initiative heralds the smaller projects that often slip under the radar or don’t qualify for entry in the industry association awards due to size or value. This year, Pro Landscaper has raised the budget limit from £25,000 to £30,000 in four of the seven categories. A new category – Sustainable Garden under £30,000 – has also been added for 2021. The ‘Big Impact’ of each entry will be appraised by leading…

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    Biodiversity Net Gain: the burden of proof

    Dr Abigail Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Natural Capital Research talks of the importance of benchmarking biodiversity. Biodiversity is now regarded as critical natural capital asset by government – enshrined in policy and a mandatory condition of planning permission in the 2019 Environment Bill. Government house building targets remain aggressive – still pegged at 300,000 per year by the mid-2020s – and this will mean that whether those targets are specifically reached, many  thousand hectares of land will be developed for housing, often impinging on formerly rural plots. Policymakers, mindful of the impact on biodiversity, have put rules in place…

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