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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Lee Bestall

    Lee Bestall, Bestall & Co Bestall.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Mi Julie, she’s amazing. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Have more virtual meetings with virtual backgrounds. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Less. Increased water intake as I now have an en-suite desk! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Killing Eve. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Hugs. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Nope. Can’t decide. What time is wine…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Bo Cook

    Bo Cook, Bo Cook Landscape & Garden Design www.bocook.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My 2 girls. I have a 7 and a 21 year old, and although both their needs are VERY different, we are just about swimming along smoothly. It has been reassuring that we have not imploded yet! The small one has attended many of my industry Zoom meetings! As has the dog! It is our #NewNormal! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Working in my PJs! No, seriously, sitting in…

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    John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) acquires Westlea Landscaping

    On Wednesday 8th April 2020, John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd purchased 100% of the shares of Westlea Landscaping Limited. Westlea is a trusted regional grounds maintenance service provider with a thirty years of track record for delivering exceptional customer service from its base in the Swindon area. Like JOC, Westlea it has built its reputation on delivering quality while looking after the people it employs. We believe that culturally and commercially Westlea will find a good home with John O’Conner. The acquisition will help strengthen the companies offering in the Wiltshire and South West region and operationally it will be…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ed Burnham

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Ed Burnham, Burnham Landscaping Ltd www.burnhamlandscaping.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Literally my best mate. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Video calling and conferencing. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 5/6 same as usual. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Tiger King. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? The rest of my family. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is wine o’clock? Midday (3 kids in…

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    Lockdown Little Interview with Rachel Pocock

    Lockdown Little Intervbiew with Rachel Pocock, VaRa Garden Design www.varagardendesign.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My 3 children (although all are nearly adults really!) – with 2 away at university I feel like I’m getting an extra bonus bit of family time now all 5 of us are home. I thought those days were gone. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? To meal plan. It means less time spent on trips to the shops, and I use what’s at the back of the cupboard and freezer and I…

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    How do gardens make a difference?

    It’s a spring day in Horatio’s Garden at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury. A light breeze ruffles the long grasses on the herbaceous border, and the air hums with the sound of insects and birdsong. Usually, this garden – and its sister gardens in the Glasgow, Stoke Mandeville and Oswestry regional spinal treatment centres – would be filled with people. Patients, visitors, staff and volunteers alike enjoy the beautiful grounds, created by award-winning landscape designers, whether they’re looking to socialise or simply to snatch some peace and quiet in a restful natural setting. Throughout the year,…

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    How to Design a Restorative Garden by James Smith

    In challenging times gardening can be a powerful therapeutic tool.  It’s well known that the process of gardening – digging, weeding, planting seeds and staying connected with nature – is good for one’s overall health and wellbeing.   But the way we design our gardens and the features we choose to incorporate can also be restorative – from the sensory quality of certain plants to the calming nature of water and the soothing power of different colours. James Smith, design director at landscape company Bowles & Wyer has designed a number of restorative and healing gardens for hospitals to inspire good…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Sam Day

    Sam Day, Location Landscapes www.locationlandscapes.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? I think Sandy Toksvig would be fantastic to spend any amount of time with.  Vast and varied knowledge and a brilliant  sense of humour. Having said that, I should probably say my wife…. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I love my new “constant snacking” routine but that isn’t beneficial to my health! I think I’ll try to calm down more when assessing tasks. I try to do too much at once. I need to…

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    New TDAG videos available

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some TDAG members are making the talks they gave in early March at Futurebuild 2020’s Urban Forest Pavilion available online: some are in simple slide format, others feature slides with voiceover recording and a few where captured live as video recordings.  Check the page dedicated to the Futurebuild 2020 Urban Forest Pavilion Workshops to download or watch. More videos will be added as presenters are able to make them available. Presentations available so far include: Green Streets – Learning from Leeds City Region, presented by Professor Alan Simson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry, Leeds…

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    Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30 winner Richard Moore takes a tour of the woodland at RBG Kew

    Richard Moore is a botanical horticulturist at RBG Kew and was one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Class of 2019. Whilst we are all missing the pleasure of visiting the country’s beautiful parks and gardens, he has produced a video walk through the bluebells to lift our spirits. As the nation now has another period of lockdown to get through we can at least see a snapshot of the natural beauty at RBG Kew that is for now behind closed doors. Richard says: “Join me for a walk through the beautiful conservation area at Kew Gardens…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Elaine Bailey

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Elaine Bailey, Elaine Bailey Garden Design www.elainebaileygardens.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with?  My husband or my dog – hard to choose. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Exercising at home! So easy! No faff! How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?  Double the previous amount which was already a lot. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered?  Big Little Lies, The Night Manager. What do you miss most about life before lockdown?…

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    Perennial Coronavirus COVID-19 news update

      Perennial’s helpline is operating as usual on 0800 093 8543 or visit www.Perennial.org.uk to fill out the contact form. The confidential helpline is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. As we enter the next 3-week lockdown period money worries may be causing concern and anxiety.  This is a good time to review finances, especially if the current situation has caused a reduction in income.  Having a good handle on your finances can help improve your mental wellbeing too so it is worth taking the time to review them and we’re here to help you. There are some simple…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Terry Burns

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Terry Burns, Operations Manager, idverde idverde.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife (hope she sees this). Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? More use of Microsoft Teams and Zoom to replace phone calls, much better to speak to people face to face albeit from afar. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Lost count after 8. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? The English Game on Netflix (it’s a bit of football…

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    Phil Isherwood creates heartfelt message for NHS

    Phil Isherwood of Phil Isherwood Turfcare in Clitheroe, Lancashire, has used his Rigby Taylor TinyLineMarker (TLM) robotic line marking machine and Impact paint to mark a ‘Thank you, NHS’ message on Clitheroe Rugby Club’s pitch. Phil provides a range of services to the turf industry – including work at the rugby club – and he has created the message to thank the NHS. “They do amazing work,” he says in an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph, “and deserve the recognition and applause they are getting. I just want to say thank you for working on the front line and helping…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Anji Connell

    Anji Connell, ACID+ http://www.anjiconnellinteriordesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with?  Me – I can do what I like, when I like! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Slower living. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? The same, too much! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered?  The Morning Show and Unforgettable. What do you miss most about life before lockdown?  Being able to travel, and to explore wherever I am. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening.…

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    Nine ways you can help trees while you #StayHome

    Whilst it’s essential that everyone who is able to stays at home while we weather this coronavirus outbreak, there are still ways to take care of and appreciate trees from the comfort of your own home. The Tree Council has gathered a few ideas inspired by suggestions from its tree wardens Ian Hopcraft, Dave Ellwand and Simon Ambrose. Enjoy a tree meditation Locate the tree nearest your house. Maybe it’s the branches of a street tree outside your window. It may be a box hedge in your front garden. Carefully (and observing all social distancing guidelines) take time observing it.…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ben Shaw

    Ben Shaw, Account Director, Adtrak www.adtrak.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with?  My son – we have very similar interests and he is competitive too. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Daily exercise – making time for yourself. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 3- but we are recycling our tea bags! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Sherlock. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Face to face meetings and the freedom to travel as and when…

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    Millboard helps Rapid Relief charity in food box donation to homeless

    Millboard has joined forces with global charity Rapid Relief Team to provide relief for the most vulnerable in society in the wake of COVID-19. The company has donated funds to the charity and has helped them to pack 1,000 boxes to be distributed to homeless people. Last Wednesday, Millboard opened its doors to the Rapid Relief Team and hosted a food boxing initiative in a unit normally used for producing landscaping materials. Seven members of Millboard’s team; Harvey Douglass, Russell Porter, Bruce Bartlett, Stefan Holmes, Nathan Martin and Jordan Taylor spent the evening with the disaster relief group, packing boxes…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rosalind Rosewarne

    Rosalind Rosewarne, Rosewarne Gardens & Associates www.rosewarnegardens.com  So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Now that would be telling! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Video calls, so much better to be able to see people as well as hear them. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?Too many, limiting coffee to mornings only. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Reading all the garden, design and planting books I have stacked up on the ‘to read’ pile – currently Matt Keightley’s…

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    RHS Launches ‘Grow at Home’ to provide support to gardeners during lockdown

    Over the coming weeks and months, the RHS, the UK’s gardening charity, is more committed than ever to continue to help and support the nation to get gardening and grow a new generation of gardeners. The RHS believes that there are thousands more people taking up gardening as it sees visits to some of its advice pages on rhs.org.uk increase almost as much as 500%. With over 1 million visits to RHS gardening advice pages, there are hundreds of thousands more users looking for help from the RHS to grow plants and garden, compared to the same period last year.…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Adam Pike,Operations Manager – Arborcare www.arborcareherts.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Family breakfast. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Tea between 10 to 15 which is less than when I’m in the office. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Terry Pratchett books. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Work. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is…

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    Landscape Institute launches new online learning platform LI Campus

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the launch of LI Campus, a brand-new digital resource. Campus is a compendium of educational content for landscape professionals. The platform gives users immediate access to a huge range of content, encompassing the past three years of LI events, conferences and CPD days. Staying connected in a time of crisis In recognition of the huge pressures the COVID-19 crisis is placing on the landscape sector, this new service will be free to LI members who order a 12-month subscription before 30 June 2020. ‘A major part of the LI’s mission as a professional body is…

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    NGS President Mary Berry makes appeal to support its gardens

    Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme has launched a new appeal aimed at supporting NGS gardens during the current Coronavirus crisis which has forced closure of their gates. The Support Our Gardens Appeal is aimed at keeping our stunning gardens ‘virtually’ open through the coming weeks and to raise funds to replace lost income from gardens not opening. Speaking from her home, Mary said: “Right now people are not able to visit the gardens and there is no money being raised. In fact, as things are, the charity’s income is likely to be down by 80% during 2020.…

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