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Designs approved for Walsall Town Centre as part of £1.5bn investment

Designs approved for Walsall Town Centre as part of £1.5bn investment

Walsall Town Centre is undergoing a series of improvements as part of the borough’s £1.5bn programme of investment. The £11.4m Connected Gateway project will reconfigure the walkway between the railway and bus stations in Park Street, making it straighter and wider for a more ‘attractive arrival experience.’ ‘More greenery’ will be added here and...

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Plans approved for new UEL health campus with 40% green space

Plans approved for new UEL health campus with 40% green space

The London Borough of Newham has granted planning permission for a new health campus at the University of East London (UEL), with approved plans including 40% green space and the planting of 50 trees. The development at Water Lane in Stratford will also include the construction of a new academic building as well as improved lighting and safety...

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Gillespies working on “landmark” conservation visitor attraction

Gillespies working on “landmark” conservation visitor attraction

Planning permission is being sought for an ‘immersive’ new visitor attraction by the owners of a farming estate in the market town of Oakham. International landscape architecture practice Gillespies has been brought on board to restore an area of parkland landscaped by Humphry Repton in the 18th century and to create a nature and wildlife reserve...

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Inturf partners with Palmer Nurseries to reach “a wider audience”

Inturf partners with Palmer Nurseries to reach “a wider audience”

Leeds based Palmer Nurseries has announced that it will be the West Yorkshire stockist for Inturf’s Classic turf. Director Ben Palmer says adding turf to its “horticultural hub” is a step forward in it becoming a “one stop shop for landscaping needs” at its site on Calverley Lane in Leeds. The Classic turf does not use plastic or netting, which...

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Husqvarna launches latest robotic mower for professional sector

Husqvarna launches latest robotic mower for professional sector

Husqvarna has released a new wire-free professional robotic mower for smaller commercial areas. The Automower® 520 EPOS uses Husqvarna’s virtual boundary technology to mow the lawn, covering 5,000sqm in 48 hours. It can also use systematic cutting to create patterns, something which Husqvarna says its customers have been requesting. Pre-set...

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19 Key Takeaways from SoilsCon 2024

19 Key Takeaways from SoilsCon 2024

SoilsCon returned this week after a four-year hiatus, much to the delight of its 150 delegates. Organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare, the one-day conference not only reaffirmed existing knowledge but also brought with it a whole host of new information on soil. There’s too much to list in one article – you’ll just have...

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Perennial launches Stihl equipment replacement fund in new partnership

Perennial launches Stihl equipment replacement fund in new partnership

A new equipment replacement fund will donate Stihl tools and PPE to those in need. The initiative is part of a new partnership between horticultural charity Perennial and kit brand Stihl GB. There’s been a 21% increase in individuals from the sector seeking Perennial’s support and a significant rise in those accessing its online tools, says...

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Community gardener launches new online course

Community gardener launches new online course

Tayshan Hayden-Smith has today launched a new online course to educate and inspire people to transform community spaces. The community gardener and founder of Grow2Know has created the course with Annabel Kindersley, the co-owner of beauty retailer Neal’s Yard Remedies, for charity platform Earthed. INeal’s Yard Remedies created its first...

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Meet the landscaper using YouTube to show what it takes to grow a business

Meet the landscaper using YouTube to show what it takes to grow a business

Viewers can follow the highs and lows as Olly Gregson expands Hardwood Landscapes and pursues his budding property development company Not that long ago, Olly Gregson had no personal social media accounts. The 27-year-old had shied away from being in front of a camera and was uncomfortable sharing parts of his life on the internet. He didn’t even...

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Jo Thompson to use augmented reality in Shenzhen Flower Show garden

Jo Thompson to use augmented reality in Shenzhen Flower Show garden

Augmented reality (AR) is being used to create an “intricate brick pavilion” for Jo Thompson’s show garden at this year’s Shenzhen Flower Show. The British landscape designer is collaborating with Princeton University’s Form Finding Lab and researchers from the University of Bergamo and Pergaso University to help create the ‘I Live with Nature’...

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Environmental horticulture could exceed £41bn by 2030, says HTA

Environmental horticulture could exceed £41bn by 2030, says HTA

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has started its anniversary celebrations at the Garden Press Event today with a reminder of how much environmental horticulture is worth to the UK economy. Contributing £28bn, supporting 674,000 jobs and generating £6bn in revenues, environmental horticulture “encompasses economic vitality, environmental...

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“UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood” granted planning permission

“UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood” granted planning permission

A multi-use “walkable neighbourhood” in Lewes, East Sussex has been granted planning permission a year after proposals were first announced. The Phoenix will see a 7.9ha brownfield site turned into 685 ‘highly energy-efficient’ homes that will be the UK’s largest timber-structure neighbourhood where pedestrians will be prioritised over cars....

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