Joe Wilkinson

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    Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride on mower

    Kubota UK continues to expand its extensive range of  machinery solutions with the launch of its new professional zero turn ride on mower. Designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, the ZD1211 offers exceptional quality and performance, combined with easy to complete maintenance. Engineered to create a superior cut every time, the ZD1211 is equipped with a three-blade, 140 mm deep, 1.5m rear discharge deck, and optional mulching kit. This is combined with Kubota’s unique baffling system, a new technology that has been specifically designed and developed in the UK to maximise mulching performance. The ZD1211’s innovations go…

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  • Awards

    Lotus Design Studio awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

    Lotus Design Studio of London has won Best Of Customer Service on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The RHS multi-award, gold medal winning design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz…

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    Horticulture and agriculture students’ study trip to Spain

    Horticulture and agriculture students have learnt more about the commercial production and exportation of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables during a study tour to Almeria in Spain,  home to over 30,000ha of protected cropping. During the five-day long trip, the BSc (Hons) Horticulture and MSc Postharvest and Crop Production students gained an insight into major producers and processors. These included one of the largest exporters in the world and a company that produces tomatoes exclusively for Tesco in the UK. Henry Matthews said: “This study trip is designed to provide students with in-depth focus on the most up-to-date approaches…

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  • Design

    Five key garden design trends from the society of garden designers awards 2017

    How will our gardens grow in 2018? What are the new trends in garden design right now?  Inspiration can be found in the award-winning gardens revealed at this year’s Society of Garden Designers Awards, where some of the best landscape and garden design projects were celebrated. Planter Gardening – Bold, multi-layered steel planting systems were key features in two of the award-winning gardens at the Society of Garden Designer Awards this year. Designer Emily Erlam used blocks of angular steel planters, deep filled with plants, shrubs and trees to create a densely planted roof terrace, while Ian Kitson FSGD snaked sculptural Corten…

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    300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

    City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.  The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

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    Alpha Rail sales administrator celebrates 20th anniversary

    An employee of Huthwaite based metal railings and gates manufacturer, Alpha Rail is celebrating 20 years’ service with the company. Yvonne Wardle, joined Alpha Rail in February 1998, initially working in the sales department at its old factory on Urban Road in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, where she was responsible for administration duties such as filing, answering phone calls and inputting data into the computer. Now, with twenty years’ experience under her belt, Yvonne takes care of processing orders, chasing quotations and pricing for pedestrian guardrail enquiries. Commenting on her role, Yvonne said, “I’ve always enjoyed the varied workload – it makes every…

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  • Design

    Isola Garden Design moves to Stoneleigh Park

    An award-winning garden design and landscape company has put down new roots in Warwickshire. Isola Garden Design has moved to Stoneleigh Park, which is home to a number of leading national organisations within the land-based sector including the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). The company was founded by James Brash, from Leamington, in 2006 and has since built an impressive portfolio of high-end garden design and builds for private homes across Warwickshire, Solihull, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Isola is known for its innovative and thoughtful designs, from traditional country to contemporary townhouse gardens. Its accolades include a Silver Gilt…

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    Green-tech revisits Nottingham Trent University two years after supplying tree planting materials

    Nottingham Trent University city site is located in the heart of Nottingham city centre with 30 buildings surrounded by 5.1 hectares of open space. The heart of the campus underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2015 which included two new state-of-the-art buildings in the Clifton complex with beautiful landscaped outdoor spaces where Green-tech supplied the landscaping materials. The landscaping works for this area including the planting of 50 mature trees. Larger, more established trees were specified to maximise aesthetic and biodiversity value. The landscaping contract was awarded to Ulyett Landscapes Limited, a long established landscaping company based in the East…

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    Turkish Delight as flag is raised at its first international award-winning park

    Incilipinar Park in Denizli is the first Turkish park to be awarded the coveted Green Flag Award, joining the very best green spaces across the world. The Green Flag Award is the international mark of a quality green space, judged by green space-expert volunteers, across eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome. Incilipinar Park in Denizli was visited by a team of international judges (including Mike Bent of Bury Council, England and Harry Schrotenboer of Almelo Council, Netherlands) who were impressed by the standards and management of the park.  One of the largest…

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    idverde sponsors Colchester’s popular tree giveaway scheme for a second year

    idverde’s Colchester team was delighted to join its client, Colchester Borough Council, to deliver the annual Trees for Years event on Saturday 3 February. Now in its twelfth year, this much-loved scheme provides over 2,000 free trees and fruit bushes to local residents, community groups, schools and town or parish councils. This year’s event saw 2,018 trees available for free, and over 700 local residents braved the cold on the day of the giveaway, many arriving in advance of the advertised opening time of 10am to bag up to three trees for individuals, or 15 per school, community group, or parish…

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  • Build

    Wetlands project opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

    An £8.7m visitor centre to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London. Because the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites it needed protection to separate public areas from CNI zones, for which Thames Water has ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing. Binns have installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets,…

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    Glendale Horticulture

    Glendale Horticulture strengthens management team

    Following the untimely death of Tony Hewitt, Executive Chairman of the Parkwood Group, in late December, Glendale Horticulture are taking action to reorganise and bolster the senior management team. “Tony had been actively involved in managing the business and it’s important that additional resource is added to the team to ensure we drive the business forward and exceed our commitments for the coming season” says Mike Brunskill, Director. Andrew Bennett is being welcomed back to the business into the role of sales director. Andrew, who is well known in the industry, will contribute his substantial experience and key customer facing…

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    Makita’s 18V LXT brushless power cuts wheelbarrow effort

    Makita has harnessed the impressive power of the incredibly successful 18v brushless motor to reduce the task of pushing a fully laden wheelbarrow across a building site, a garden or rough pasture. Designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z will prove popular in many operating fields.  Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front wheel to ensure the maximum possible traction to the heavily ribbed agri-tyre.  This barrow has…

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  • Events

    RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 highlights announced

    From 6-10 June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with exciting new content including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and over 100 varieties of orchid, to satisfy inquisitive minds and fulfil the senses. During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener the Chatsworth Estate boasted one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK, and at this year’s show Celebrity Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will join forces with Double H Nurseries to bring one of the UK’s largest orchid displays back to the…

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    10,000 new trees to boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West

    Highways England is starting a major programme of tree and shrub planting along the A30 and A38 in a bid to connect a 105 mile corridor of wildlife habitat. The work is taking place at 21 sites in Devon and Cornwall and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting will provide around three extra miles of vegetation and connect over 105 miles of habitat on the verge and land adjacent to the A30 and A38. The scheme is being delivered under Highways England’s…

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  • RHS reveals 2018 Britain in Bloom finalists

    Planters poised and dibbers at the ready as 76 community gardening groups prepare to battle it out in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 2018 Britain in Bloom competition. Now in its 54th year, the nationwide competition pits rural villages, urban corners and city centres against one another across a range of criteria that includes horticultural know-how, community engagement, efforts to bolster biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Finalists are put forward to the national final based on their progress locally and will be scored by a team of RHS national judges in the summer. In 2018 the finalists will compete across…

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    Smiths self binding path gravel

    Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes…

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    Michael Gove visits the UK’s largest new forest

    Michael Gove has seen more than 1.3 million trees growing at the UK’s largest modern forest in the Ochil Hills in central Scotland. Confor arranged the visit to Jerah to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of modern productive forestry to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Gove was accompanied by Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, the trade body for the UK’s £2bn forestry and wood-using industry, briefed Mr Gove about the scheme’s benefits for the environment, economy and local community – along with Tim Liddon, of Tilhill Forestry, which…

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  • Awards

    TOPSOIL sponsors student success at SGD Awards

    At the sixth annual awards ceremony of the Society of Garden Designers, held on Friday, 2 February, British Sugar TOPSOIL’s Andy Spetch presented Nicky Burridge with the Student Design – Commercial award. Nicky graduated in 2017 with a Distinction for her Diploma in Garden Design from the London College of Garden Design. British Sugar TOPSOIL sponsored the award under its ‘HortLoam’ premier planting soil brand, a product that is becoming increasingly popular with garden designers for tree, shrub, perennial and vegetable planting schemes. Nicky, who holds a BSc in 3D Design and an MSc in Light and Lighting, worked as a…

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    Eden Project signs historic agreement involving world’s largest indoor waterfall

    The Eden Project took a major step towards establishing its first overseas attraction on Thursday February 1, during Prime Minister Theresa May’s trade delegation to China. David Harland, Eden Project International Limited chief executive, signed an historic agreement with Zhao Lintao of China Jinmao Holdings Limited, Eden’s partners in the landmark new attraction in the coastal city of Qingdao. Zhao Lintao is general manager of Eden Qingdao. The agreement sets out the terms of the future development of the Eden Project in Qingdao, including design, construction and operation of the attraction. The signing ceremony took place at the British Ambassador’s…

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    Confor says imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years

    Imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years, to safeguard the health of UK forests, according to a new report by industry body Confor. The UK’s elm, larch and ash trees have all been devastated by imported pests and diseases, and there are many more which threaten both timber businesses and native wildlife. Confor’s new report, available here, outlines the problems and identifies how to resolve them. One of the threats is imported plants in soil-filled pots, widely used by gardeners and landscapers. These enter the country with few checks or regulations and pose…

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    Nurture Landscapes

    Nurture Landscapes acquires Gavin Jones to create £65m group

    Gavin Jones becomes part of the Nurture Landscapes group of companies as from 1 February 2018. This transaction brings together two leading privately owned companies that share the same passion for delivering a high-quality service and building long-term relationships with clients. The combined Group will have sales of £65m, employ 1,000 staff and service over 3500 clients across the UK. Gavin Jones has a reputation for excellence and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. The company will continue to trade under the name Gavin Jones as a wholly owned trading subsidiary of Nurture Landscapes Holdings Ltd. Nurture Landscapes has…

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    Ministry of Justice launches new facilities management company

    Enacting the government’s robust contingency plans, the Ministry of Justice has announced the creation of a new government owned facilities management company. The new company will take over the delivery of the prison Facilities Management (FM) services previously provided by Carillion such as cleaning, reactive maintenance, landscaping and planned building repair work. Around 1,000 staff, including 100 contractors, who were previously employed by Carillion will now move across to the new company, Gov Facility Services Limited, with their terms and conditions of employment preserved. These services, which are provided to 52 prison establishments located across South West, South Central, Kent &…

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    New Rain Bird XFCV dripline with heavy duty check valve ensures highly effective irrigation of sloped landscapes

    The popularity of drip irrigation systems continues to increase as the industry recognises the benefits of dripline compared with other types of irrigation. Not only does drip irrigate plants directly for the most effective watering, but it also ensures that virtually no water is lost through evaporation and water run off is minimised. These highly efficient systems are also attractive to installers thanks to their ease of installation. Until now, however, using drip irrigation on sloped landscapes has been problematical because of the pooling that can be caused at the bottom of the slope. This is because water continues to…

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    Makita launches twin 18V (36V) split-shaft LXT multi-tool

    Makita has launched a 36v cordless multi-tool system for landscape maintenance operations together with a range of quick-fit attachments including the newly introduced Brush Cutter and Linetrimmer in addition to the Cultivator, Pole Saw, Hedge Trimmer and lawn Edging Tool.  The pole extension allows even greater reach for the Pole Saw and Hedge Trimmer. With the move to battery powered grounds maintenance machines becoming ever more popular, particularly at the demand of municipal authorities and public bodies, Makita offers a range of 18v tools and, more recently, an expanding inventory of twin 18v machines to give 36v power.  The power…

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