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Nina Mason

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    Waterscape’s irrigation expertise features at TV centre

    Waterscapes designed the irrigation system for the television centre in White City, after being appointed by landscape architecture firm Gillespies. The project required the most suitable irrigation products to meet the demands of the varied landscapes at the centre. Having also been appointed by the landscape contractor Gavin Jones Limited, Waterscapes worked with it to manage the time critical installation phases of the project. “The attention to detail shown by Waterscapes, their professionalism and choice of the highest quality irrigation products were key to the success of the project,” said Mike Veness of Gavin Jones. The Grade-II listed BBC Television…

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    Former RHS show manager joins Provender Nurseries

    Provender Nurseries has strengthened its online presence with the newly appointed online sales manager, Lizzy Patterson. The position is new to Provender Nurseries and has been created in order to improve the customer journey on Provender Nurseries’ website. The role involves close contact with the sales director, marketing manager, business development manager and online sales order processors. The new role will involve overseeing many aspects of Provender Nurseries website including: managing and supporting the online sales orders, organising promotions, dealing with any customer issues on the website and maintain and facilitate continuous development of the website and inventory. Lizzy joined…

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    Tivoli to deliver scheduled winter maintenance services for Scottish Water

    Tivoli will provide scheduled winter maintenance services at more than 30 key sites throughout Scotland for the 2020-2021 winter season, strengthening its partnership with Scottish Water. Tivoli has delivered planned grounds maintenance for Scottish Water since 1 February 2019, including grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at over 3,000 sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. The dedicated Tivoli teams will now deliver gritting, snow clearance, and supply gritting materials to main Scottish Water sites this winter. Tivoli subscribes to premium Met Office data services to ensure that sites are maintained in line with the most accurate and…

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    Plant Healthy e-learning modules launched

    In the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Plant Health Alliance has launched five Plant Healthy training modules. The modules cover a range of subjects fundamental to the management of plant health and biosecurity in the UK. Starting with regulations and controls, the modules progress to cover how to conduct a Pest Risk Analysis for a horticultural business or organisation’s site. A site can be a nursery, garden centre, landscaper’s or arborist’s yard, or a public garden. Also covered are the types of harmful organisms and how they spread. Information is provided on good plant biosecurity practice in relation…

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    Cundall achieves world-first carbon neutral certification

    Cundall was certified carbon neutral in September – the first consultancy in the world to achieve this Carbon Trust certification. All direct emissions resulting from the business, indirect emissions from the purchase of electricity, and all business travel are included in the calculation of the practice’s carbon footprint across all its offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, MENA, Asia and Australia. In order to meet the requirements of the internationally accepted PAS 2060 Standard for carbon neutrality, Cundall undertook a detailed carbon footprint analysis of its entire business operations and set science-based targets to achieve absolute reduction against all three scopes approved by the…

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    Landscape Associates uses tech to stay on top

    Award-winning landscape contractor Landscape Associates has deployed mobile workflow solution ‘Fieldmotion‘ throughout its business. This is as a means of reducing, time, paper, hassle and ultimately cost, whilst improving communication, reporting and compliance. Managing director Richard Curle says: “The business has grown steadily over the years, and we are immensely proud of what we do as a team; however, it got to the stage four years ago that I knew I needed some support to ensure I was keeping all the plates spinning. We engaged the services of NAG Solutions to audit our current systems and make recommendations for improvements. The…

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    Caribbean Blinds scoops national Real Homes Awards 2020

    Caribbean Blinds is celebrating a national win at the Real Homes Awards 2020. The Sudbury based external shading expert won the title of ‘Best Garden Buy’ for its most sought-after terrace covering, the Outdoor Living Pod™. The Real Homes Awards, which attracts hundreds of entries, aim to find and name the very best home products across every category, unveiling the most inspiring ideas and reviewing everything the consumer might need to finish their home. The Outdoor Living Pod™ scooped the Real Homes top spot in the garden category, offering more unique features, greater comfort, enhanced durability and better value for money than…

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    Nationally important wildflower grasslands get increased protection

    Two nationally rare flower-rich grasslands have gained national protection in recognition of their national importance for wildlife, Natural England has announced. Dallow Downs & Winsdon Hill (DD&WH), a chalk grassland on the western outskirts of Luton, and Cowslip Meadow, a flower-rich meadow located in a residential area to the north of Luton, have gained national status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s with flower-rich grassland now only covering a mere 1% of the UK’s land area. Today’s move will see around 48ha of land receive strong legal protection…

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    Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for 1,300 new homes in South Dublin

    Grant Associates is working with Fletcher Priest Architects to design the masterplan for a new community in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, South Dublin for developer Quintain Ireland Ltd. When complete, Cherrywood Village will include over 1,300 homes, three public parks and over 50,000 sq ft of retail and civic amenities as well as primary and post-primary schools. The masterplan builds on the principles set out by the Strategic Development Zone status for the area. Fletcher Priest and Grant Associates are coordinating their work with the design team for this wider area, including Dublin-based Architectural practices Urban Agency and O’Mahony Pike Architects. Green and blue infrastructure…

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    Vectorworks receives nine nominations for Construction Computing Awards

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is celebrating its nominations for the 2020 Construction Computing Awards. Vectorworks, Inc. and its products Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Landmark received nine nominations in BIM, architectural and innovation categories, among others. Additionally, the Vectorworks Nomad app is nominated in the Mobile Application category and Jonathan Reeves of Jonathan Reeves Architects received two nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer. The Construction Computing Awards, also known as ‘The Hammers’, is now in its 15th year. The awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions used in the effective design,…

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    Plans unveiled for a greener, more accessible Regent Street

    The Crown Estate and Westminster City Council have unveiled plans to transform London’s iconic Regent Street. The plans form part of a shared vision to deliver a greener, cleaner, safer and more accessible West End. Set to be completed before Christmas, the new designs will deliver significant improvements for safety, accessibility and air quality. Wider pavements will be introduced, creating approximately 5,000sqm of additional space for pedestrians, to improve visitors’ experience, support social distancing and improve accessibility. Traffic will be reduced, with road space cut to a single vehicle lane in each direction, and cycle lanes will be introduced as…

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    Azpects adds to marketing team

    Azpects Ltd has welcomed Chloe Crease and Natasha Pratley to lead the company’s marketing and communications. Azpects is a specialist in developing and manufacturing products for outdoor hard landscaping and is the creator of EASYJoint, a leading paving jointing compound. Chloe has worked in PR and marketing for 14 years across agency and large corporation roles and is a chartered PR practitioner. Natasha has worked in marketing for a decade, encompassing roles in the charity, oil and energy, and IT sectors. Chloe and Natasha will be responsible for building the Azpects brand, as well as developing and delivering the company’s…

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    Increased works delay reopening of Woburn Abbey and Gardens

    Woburn Abbey and Gardens will now open a year later than planned. The extended works to refurbish the site have pushed back the opening to spring 2022. Its garden show has also been postponed as a result and will now take place on 25 and 26 June 2022. The historic family home and award-winning gardens are currently closed to visitors as the site undergoes its biggest refurbishment since it was first opened to the public in 1955. Woburn Abbey and Gardens has been recognised as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Best Visitor Attraction. Based on a full year of…

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    Demand for compliant public space bolsters Midlands landscape architect

    Midlands-based landscape architect Influence has experienced business growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand for compliant outdoor space within commercial developments increases. The chartered landscape architect and environmental planner has seen a 20% increase in live projects compared with the same period last year, following a surge in commercial enquiries throughout the pandemic. Founded in 2008 and with offices in Nottinghamshire and London, Influence offers specialist landscape architecture, urban design, environment planning and expert witness. Due to the introduction of social distancing measures, the requirement for the development of public outdoor spaces has increased, with public realms now requiring specific…

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    Ronjack brings Oakio composite decking to UK

    Ronjack is bringing the USA’s fastest-growing composite decking brand to the UK. As the exclusive UK supplier of Oakio wood composite products, Ronjack is using its nationwide distributor network to bring the brand direct to landscapers and gardeners. “Oakio is the next generation in composite decking,” explains RonJack’s managing director, Katie Morley. “The low-maintenance, non-slip decking has taken the American market by storm, so this established brand offers an easy bolt-on for landscaping and gardening companies. “It’s easy and straightforward to install, and super-low maintenance, so perfect for busy families.” The Oakio decking collection features four individual product ranges –…

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    Report uncovers environmental impact of petrol tools

    The UK’s most widely used petrol-powered outdoor power tools have been put to the test, as part of a new report published by EGO. Bringing together evidence, insight and expert opinion, ‘The Report’ uncovers the environmental impact of petrol-powered tools – and outlines consumer attitudes when it comes to tackling climate change. The research shows that more than 89% of tools used by councils in the UK are powered by petrol engines which collectively use more than 600,000L of fuel every year, and are used to maintain public spaces, parks and even school playing fields. When subject to emissions tests,…

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    Landscape Institute launches international ideas competition on ‘Transforming the Urban Landscape’

    The Landscape Institute (LI), has launched an international ideas competition to find creative solutions for green spaces, streets and squares in response to COVID-19. The ‘Transforming the urban landscape’ ideas competition – partnered with sponsors GreenBlue Urban, Hardscape, Selux and Vestre – challenges entrants to use their creativity and experience to create a vision for how our new world might look taking account of the intersection between health, climate and biodiversity crises we are facing today. “COVID-19 is a wake-up call, requiring us to re-think the meaning of public space in our towns and cities. We need new public space norms,…

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    Natural England sets out fresh vision for our natural environment

    Helping all children, wherever they live, to enjoy the benefits of a thriving natural environment is at the heart of Natural England’s vision for the next five years, published this week. ‘Building Partnerships for Nature’s Recovery’ sets out Natural England’s blueprint for a more resilient and more accessible natural environment by 2025. Recent NE surveys have found approximately one-third of parents wish their children could spend more time outside in nature to support their physical and mental health. The report also found a striking 20 percentage point difference in the time children from the most affluent areas spend outside every…

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    Choosing Caribbean Blinds’ award-winning Outdoor Living Pod™

    Caribbean Blinds tells us why its Outdoor Living Pod™ is a must have addition to enable year-round outdoor living We will all remember the summer of 2020 – COVID-19 lockdown, no overseas travel, amazing weather and a new appreciation for our homes and gardens. Caribbean Blinds enjoyed a surge in sales for its outdoor living solutions but the unique Outdoor Living Pod™ came in to its own. But it wasn’t just a favourite with the customers – it also attracted the attention of Real Homes magazine and as a result, the team at Caribbean Blinds is enjoying its recent success…

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    The Landscaper’s Circle launches new initiative to aid Perennial

    The Landscaper’s Circle has launched an initiative to further a discussion about mental health in the industry and give back to Perennial. The Success Collection features daily and weekly planners created specifically for landscapers and garden designers, with custom sections such as ‘materials to order’ and ‘this week’s projects’. With every planner bought, 50% of the profits go straight to Perennial to help its continued support to people in horticulture. Helping people in horticulture for over 180 years, Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough and…

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    Keyline Plastics Specialist now open

    Keyline Civils Specialist, a UK supplier of civils and drainage products and solutions, has opened its first dedicated Keyline Plastics Specialist branch. This aims provide an even more extensive range of stock and a higher standard of support and expertise for plastic procurement. The first of these dedicated branches is in Gravesend, where the Keyline Plastics Specialist offers an increased range of plastic civils and drainage products from UK manufacturers. The targeted product range includes underground drainage, utility ducting, stormwater management solutions, duct and access chambers, channel drainage, manhole covers and gully grates, geotechnics, service pipes and accessories. This specialised…

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    Kenton Rogers named specialist consultant at Nature Based Solutions Institute

    Kenton Rogers of Treeconomics has been named as the first specialist consultant to join the newly-formed Nature Based Solutions Institute based in Barcelona, which offers a wide range of services across Europe. The Institute, founded in 2020 by Johan Östberg and Cecil Konijnendijk, developed from a strong desire to support the greening of cities with the best available knowledge and practice. Nature-based solutions, ranging from planting a single tree to the development of green infrastructure for an entire city or urban region, are needed to tackle the grand challenges human society is facing. They are natural solutions to urban problems.…

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    British Sugar TOPSOIL to support HighGround charity

    British Sugar TOPSOIL has announced it will be supporting HighGround in 2020/21. The charity strives to improve the wellbeing and employment prospects of serving military personnel and veterans using the green environment. Having recently presented Perennial with a cheque for £3,029, raised by donating £1 for every bulk bag of its TOPSOIL products sold between September 2019 and September 2020, British Sugar TOPSOIL will continue the scheme to help HighGround. Anna Baker Cresswell, executive director of HighGround, says she is very proud that the charity she founded in 2013 continues to provide the horticultural therapy service for injured serving personnel…

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    Public love for nature during COVID-19 highlighted by new survey

    Natural England’s new People and Nature Survey has highlighted the importance of nature to the public. It revealed that during April-June 2020, almost nine in 10 adults in England reported that protection of the environment is important to them personally. Nearly three quarters of adults were concerned about biodiversity loss in England. Almost nine in 10 of adults in England reported that being in nature makes them very happy. Four in 10 adults reported spending more time in nature than before the coronavirus pandemic, with health and wellbeing amongst the main reasons for getting outside. Urban green space (such as…

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    London Stone acquires Chelmer Valley

    Nationwide hard landscaping materials supplier London Stone has acquired Chelmer Valley Brick Co. Ltd. The Essex-based company specialises in the supply of clay pavers to the domestic and commercial markets across the UK. Chelmer Valley was incorporated in 2002 by Paul Menzies, who says: “Chelmer Valley is the UK market leader for clay paving, so it felt like a natural choice to share resources and knowledge with a similar, burgeoning business like London Stone, who are renowned for their excellent service and quality products. Both businesses share a similar customer base of garden designers, landscapers and landscape architects, and we…

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