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    What can we expect from 2023?

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    Cultura goes into receivership

    Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractor Cultura Group has gone into administration, as of last Tuesday. Two years ago, the company underwent a rebrand from ESL Landscape Contractors to Cultura. It has been providing commercial landscape and private residential work to the private and public sector for three decades, with services such as hard and soft landscaping, arboriculture and grounds maintenance. A statement on its website says: “Andrew Andronikou and Brian Burke of Quantuma Advisory Limited, High Holborn House, 52-54 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6RL were appointed Joint Administrators of both Cultura Group Limited & East Sussex Landscapes Limited (“the Companies”)…

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    Angus Lindsay retires from idverde

    Today marks Angus Lindsay’s last day as group head of asset and fleet management with green service provider idverde. For the last 13 years, Angus has been instrumental in the company. He first joined English Landscapes – which later became known as The Landscape Group – in 2005, being part of the team to build the company to become more efficient and profitable to the point where it was an attractive acquisition for European company idverde in 2015. An agricultural engineer by trade, Angus first joined the landscaping industry when he returned from working abroad in the Middle East and…

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    What were the highlights of 2022?

    It has been a rollercoaster of a year, with arguably more lows than highs. But there have been highs – and this has perhaps been a year when the green agenda has been fought for most vocally too. When there were rumours of Liz Truss watering down or even scrapping the Environmental Land Management schemes, there was uproar from wildlife charities as well as the public. She was accused of an attack on nature and environmental vandalism.   To celebrate the late Queen’s jubilee earlier this year before Her Majesty sadly passed away, a nationwide tree planting scheme – the Queen’s…

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    A third of Brits unaware of biodiversity meaning

    A report by outdoor power product supplier Husqvarna has revealed that a third (33%) of Brits are unaware of the meaning of ‘biodiversity’. The study, which surveyed more than 4,000 garden owners across eight European countries, showcases that familiarity of biodiversity is relatively low in the UK compared to the other markets, with 37% of UK participants acknowledging that they don’t know what actions they could take to make their green space more biodiverse. 41% also admit that biodiversity has a minor or no effect on their choices when planning garden projects, despite ongoing warnings from leading scientists and experts…

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    FutureScape 2022 the most successful event yet

    This year’s FutureScape, in association with TREX, was a huge success, with thousands of visitors attending the event at the ExCeL London on 15 and 16 November. FutureScape 2022 boasted a series of seminars and award ceremonies, as well as leading exhibitors in the industry. Three new seminar theatres were added to this year’s event – the Lighting Zone, the Urban Greening Zone in association with Maylim, and the Training, Education and Employment Village in association with GoLandscape. Pro Landscaper’s Most Influential awards took place in partnership with tigerup!, revealing the top 25 most influential people in the industry, as well…

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    RHS Garden Wisley reveals plans for new Orchid House

    A new space dedicated to RHS Garden Wisley’s collection of more than 3,000 orchids is to be created inside the Glasshouse. “Currently there’s no dedicated space at Wisley for showing orchids that offers them the correct conditions,” explains Emma Allen, garden manager. “Given that orchids are the largest family in the plant kingdom, that they’ve had such a fascinating evolution and that they come from all over the world, it’s important that Wisley shows off its wonderful collection.” The new space will feature a curved path through artificial branches and arches planted with epiphytes, and faux rock walls with planting…

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    Applications open for new garden category at RHS Tatton Park 2023

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that applications for the new Terrace Garden category are now open for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2023, taking place from 19-23 July. “RHS Tatton Park is excited to announce that 2023 is the year of the Terrace Garden. The show is looking for new and experienced designers to showcase their big ideas and planting prowess in this brand new garden category,” says show manager Lex Falleyn. “This garden category seeks to explore how to maximise green space without compromising on practicality. We ask designers to propose beautiful planting options alongside clever…

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    New leadership for CIC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has appointed a new leadership team for its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Bola Abisogun OBE was elected as chair and Rebecca Lovelace was elected as deputy chair. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a collaborative forum and platform for members of all construction disciplines and professional bodies to identify and promote diversity policy and activities within the construction industry. With almost 30 years of industry experience Bola is a fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and the chair and founder of DiverseCity Surveyors (DCS), a…

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    Environment Secretary calls for action to protect and restore nature at COP27

    The Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey has called for renewed global action on nature as she set out a path forward for nature at COP’s Biodiversity Day yesterday. Outlining the importance of next month’s meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, she is calling on countries to come together at that summit and agree a robust global plan for tackling nature loss. While significant progress has been made, more action is needed from both the public and private sectors to bridge the reported $700bn funding gap needed to stop nature loss. Amongst a series of pledges, the UK…

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    Winners announced for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2022

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    Diversity, inclusivity and equality charter signed at FutureScape 2022

    Members from numerous industry associations have signed a charter committing to creating a more inclusive industry.   The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscaping & Garden Media profession was signed at FutureScape 2022 on Tuesday 15 November. The signing followed a seminar in which representatives from the British Association of Landscape Industries, the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and the Landscape Institute (LI) had shared how they have worked and are working towards making the industry more diverse, amongst tackling other industry topics.   The charter came about after the British Association of…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Most Influential revealed

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    Sanctuary and All About Plants gardens unveiled for Chelsea 2023

    The Sanctuary and All About Plants gardens will combine blue-sky thinking with practical gardening solutions for our changing times at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset. In the Sanctuary garden category. Hamptons Mediterranean Garden by Filippo Dester will transport visitors to a rural family garden with an outdoor kitchen surrounded by edible planting for alfresco dining. While Kazuyuki Ishihara makes a welcome return to RHS Chelsea with a garden inspired by the traditional satoyama landscapes found in the foothills of Japan. Animals will also have their own sanctuary with the RSPCA’s wildlife friendly garden by…

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    30 Under 30: What would make the landscaping industry better?

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    ASA rules against “recyclable” artificial grass

    The ASA has published its ruling against Perfectly Green, an artificial grass supplier which marketed one of its products as “recyclable”. Environmental campaign group Plastics Rebellion challenged the claims that Perfectly Green’s Soul Eco Grass could be advertised as recyclable, saying it was misleading as the “PP backing” referred to in the company’s tweet about the product referred to polypropylene. The group says this “complicated the recycling process”. Plastics Rebellion also said the product’s name was misleading as it implied that the artificial grass is eco-friendly. A statement from the group following the ruling says: “It doesn’t matter if something…

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    Deal agreed with Landsec for first phase of 24-acre site in Manchester

    The Mayfield Partnership has reached an agreement to fund the first phase of development at the 24-acre central Manchester site with Landsec, regeneration developer U+I’s parent company. The deal allows Landsec to begin drawing down land from an agreed first phase along the south side of the city-centre site that could total more than 800,000 sq ft of mixed-use development with a potential GDV of £400m. The first plots available for draw down from this agreement include two office buildings totalling 320,000 sq ft and a 581-space multi-storey car park, which were granted unanimous planning consent in January 2020. Subject…

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    RHS Garden Wisley researcher runner-up in national wildlife recording awards

    Imogen Cavadino has been named runner-up in the National Biodiversity Network Trust’s Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial for her work on slugs. The awards recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to wildlife recording and the understanding of the UK’s biodiversity. Imogen was given the award for her work investigating the diversity and ecology of slugs in Britain through two national recording projects and her contribution to communicating the important role they play in garden ecosystems. Imogen’s Slugs Count project generated over 3,000 records which will be added to national datasets this winter, the first time since the…

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    30 Under 30 Update: Lexi Harrison

    Lexi Harrison won the 30 Under 30 Awards in 2016 when she was just 26. She was originally employed as a business development executive, responsible for researching organisations and individual decision makers to identify new leads and markets. Since then, Lexi has progressed to focus more on developing the company internally. As Wright Landscapes has transitioned to no longer needing to place such a large focus on going out and winning work, Lexi has adapted with the company and has naturally progressed to playing a bigger role in how the company operates internally, which has proved to be one of…

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    Caribbean Blinds wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

    After a run of award success and recognition this year, Caribbean Blinds has now won The Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 2022 Scale Up Awards. The Scale-Up Awards, organised by Business Leader, are the first and only awards to focus on the scale-up sector, celebrating high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that run them. Held at London’s acclaimed Tobacco Dock, the ceremony attracted more than 450 business leaders, entrepreneurs and VIPs from across the nation. Hosted by comedian Russell Kane, Caribbean Blinds – a UK manufacturer of outdoor shading systems – received its award in front of notable attendees including Theo…

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    What is composite decking?

    Choosing new decking can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to deciding which material is most suitable for a specific application. From timber and PVC to wood composite, there are myriad choices now available. However, understanding how each is manufactured and from what, especially composite decking, can be just as confusing as choosing the right option. Here Jessica Brown, digital marketing manager at Ecodek, aims to clarify composite decking. Many people will have a preconceived idea of what a composite material is – made of plastic, unsustainable, harmful to the environment and ugly. However, the reality is quite the opposite.…

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    David Ward steps down from Beth Chatto role

    Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens’ garden and nursery director, David Ward, 64, has retired from the Grade-II listed site after nearly 40 years of service. The late Beth Chatto OBE VMH sometimes referred to David as her “birthday present” as he started working for her on 27 June – her birthday. David worked for Beth during the creation of both the Woodland and Gravel Garden at Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens in Elmstead Market near Colchester, Essex. It was David who steered Beth away from watering the Gravel Garden in a period of severe drought – reminding her that it…

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    Kings Landscapes goes into administration

    Commercial landscaping company Kings Landscapes has gone into administration as of 14 October. The Milton-Keynes based company, which was established 18 years ago, says “commercial pressures” were behind the decision. Managing director David Houghton says that delays in supply and payments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic meant its client base were unable to pay on time which left Kings Landscapes also falling behind on payments. Before closing its doors, Kings Landscapes completed all its existing contracts and the majority of its staff have gone on to find other work. David Houghton will continue in the commercial sector as a consultant…

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    Introducing Millboard Envello Cladding

    Millboard Envello Cladding takes its cue from the first-rate attributes of the Millboard decking range. Inspired by the beauty of nature but built to outperform it, the Millboard Envello® cladding range are moulded from selected timbers to look exceptionally like real wood, whilst avoiding the on-going maintenance associated with natural or wood-based products. Available in four beautiful colours and two striking ranges, Millboard introduces you to: Envello Board & Batten Ideal for both contemporary and traditional designs, Board & Batten has a tongue and groove profile that only requires fixings through the tongue, so the fixing is hidden. Envello Shadow…

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    Cranfield study establishes soil health benchmark for British Sugar TOPSOIL products

    A year-long scientific study into the amount of soil microbiology in TOPSOIL products has resulted in data that will assist product development and help customers to understand more about the health of the soils they specify or use. The study, which was overseen by senior research fellow of soil biology at Cranfield University Dr Mark Pawlett, commenced in November 2021 and statistically analysed four samples each of TOPSOIL’s Sports&Turf topdressing, Landscape20 general purpose topsoil, and HortLoam planting soil, taken at three-monthly intervals. At each sampling, the total microbial biomass of each product was measured to assess whether the processes critical…

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