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Nina Mason

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    New South Africa Garden at Eden

    A new garden full of flowers from South Africa is now open at the Eden Project Biomes. In the latest addition to Eden’s 30-acre outdoor garden, the newly-cleared 800sqm area is being planted with many of the trees, shrubs and flowers which define the beauty and diversity of the country’s landscapes. The new garden is inspired by the Veld, a wide range of habitats in South Africa from the mountains to the coast. It is set just outside the Rainforest Biome – the world’s largest indoor rainforest – next to a newly-created entrance to the Biome, designed to enable effective…

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    Mitie Landscapes boosts greener cities with latest launch

    Mitie has launched a Plan Zero City Landscaping Service designed to deliver sustainable services for customers with net zero carbon ambitions, by helping reduce emissions in high-pollution areas such as cities and urban environments. The service uses only electric vehicles (EV), battery-powered equipment, such as electric trimmers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers, commits to using no single-use plastic and will generate zero landfill waste. This is part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to champion sustainable services for customers, as well as reaching its own net zero carbon emissions target by 2025. The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service has also replaced…

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    Millboard unveils new immersive website

    Millboard has launched a new customer-focused website. Built on customer research and feedback, the new site is designed to be effortless and intuitive, providing inspiration for homeowners and industry professionals alike. Caroline Birdsall, Millboard’s marketing manager, says: “Millboard has undoubtedly established itself as a premium brand and we needed the look and the feel of the website to reflect that. But we also wanted it to do more than that, and to include more of what our customers have told us they’d like to see.” The new website uses high-definition photography and video, and hosts an inspiration section containing projects, galleries…

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    Pro Landscaper August 2020

    The August issue brings with it stories of success and ending of eras. Our interview with Phil Jones, for instance, explores the rebrand of ESL Landscape Contractors to Cultura Group and how this better reflects the company’s ethos. We also hear from Tom Massey of Tom Massey Studio, who has gone from strength-to-strength since becoming one of Pro Landscaper’s inaugural 30 Under 30: The Next Generation. Last month, the industry also celebrated the achievements of Adam White as he passed his Landscape Institute presidency over to Jane Findlay of Fira. In his column, he reflects back on the last two…

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    Applications open for Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

    Applications are open for the £92m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. This is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including designed landscapes such as parks and gardens. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The new Fund is part of the wider £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden at the beginning of July, which is the government’s biggest ever one-off investment in the sector. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is…

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    £1.3bn investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs

    Tens of thousands of new homes and other vital infrastructure projects have been given the green light with nearly £1.3bn of investment confirmed today by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The move is part of the government’s plan to deliver upgrades to local infrastructure and boost skills to help fuel a green economic recovery. More than 300 successful projects in England are being told they will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.…

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    New call for London’s fleets to turn engines off when parked

    A new London-wide campaign has been launched encouraging businesses to tackle air pollution caused by idling engines. The call for action comes amidst emerging evidence that air pollution is linked to poor recovery and higher infection rates of COVID-19 due to damage caused to the lungs. Idling Action’s #enginesoff campaign asks firms to pledge that their fleet drivers and other employees will not leave their engines on when parked. The Idling Action Project, jointly led by the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Camden, and supported by the Mayor of London, has been running since 2016. It sees…

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    Landscape a key focus for new almhouses regeneration

    Southwark Charities has unveiled emerging plans for rebuilding its almshouses. The aim is to deliver a highly sustainable, socially responsible mixed used scheme at the site on Nicholson Street in Blackfriars. The sensitive design of the proposed building will release one-third of the site to garden and public realm for the enjoyment of the residents and local community alike. Southwark Charities’ almshouses provide accommodation for older people of limited means who have been resident in the borough for at least five years, enabling them to live safely and independently for as long as possible, for a modest maintenance charge. The…

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    Tivoli commences trial of electric fleet

    Tivoli has introduced a long-term modernisation programme for equipment and vehicles with a view to replacing them with electric or hybrid versions where possible, helping the company to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next 12 months. A company-wide assessment of its existing equipment is underway, and the company is looking to bring in electrified replacements where possible. This is an ongoing project that the company says is likely to require an investment of around £15m in the future. Tivoli is actively looking to work with a small number of OEM partners that meet expectations for reliability,…

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    Tobermore increases production capacity to meet surge in demand

    Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore has invested £10m in expanding its manufacturing facilities. The company is ramping up production in response to a surge in market demand for its hard landscaping products. Construction of Tobermore’s new multi-million pound factory is currently underway with project completion scheduled for the end of the year. The new plant will have a gross internal floor area (GIFA) of 4416m2 and is expected to create dozens of local jobs across numerous departments including production, dispatch and haulage, as well as sales and administration. The one-acre expansion to Tobermore’s headquarters brings the total site area to…

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    Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG

    Weston Ground Maintenance has recently received its new 31HP petrol SCAG Turf Tiger 52 for carrying out the work that the company undertakes. Dave Bill, the owner, explained that a succession of machines over the years have come and gone and steadily he has built up a picture of his ideal machine and, when the time came for a new purchase and when he was disappointed with the service of one dealer, he took the advice of a friend in another grounds maintenance company who said “try SCAG – they’re bulletproof”. He had a machine demonstration by Dominic Mason; petrol…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Manoj Malde

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Manoj Malde, Manoj Malde Garden Design www.manojmaldegardendesign.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – whos’ your favourite person to be locked up with? Jacinda Ardern because out of all the Prime Ministers of all the different countries she seems to have integrity. Other world leaders could take a few lessons from her. If it’s not her, then it would have to be Henry Cavill because he is just great eye candy (are you really going to print that?). One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? Zoom meetings will definitely continue. They have really kept…

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    Land Design Partnership reveals rebrand

    Long established landscape contractor The Land Design Partnership Ltd has announced that the business has undergone a rebrand. The multi-award-winning company was established 33 years ago and since then has been delivering a first-class service throughout the South East, creating life-changing landscapes for commercial and private clients. Managing director Pete Jones comments: “After 27 years of the current branding, it is time to refresh things to better reflect the current aspirations of the business and those of our fantastic team. The business has built a strong reputation, both in the industry and with our key clients over the years. This…

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    New RHS president puts diversity as a priority

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today appointed Keith Weed as its new president. Keith is committed to increasing the gardening charity’s focus on sustainability and helping to mitigate climate change as a key priority, as well as improving diversity within the industry. He will be calling on all gardeners, both existing and the many recent new gardeners, to help the gardening revolution grow by not only continuing to make gardens and local areas more beautiful but to make the environment more sustainable too. Keith Weed says: “The UK has led the world over many centuries in innovating and creating…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Shane McCormick

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Shane McCormick, Talasey Group www.talasey.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Just my family, I don’t need anyone else. One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? Zoom, and Microsoft Teams chats – can’t beat them How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? At least 10. Best new series or book you’ve discovered? Married at First Sight Australia! I know… What do you miss most about pre-lockdown life? Giving my son a cuddle as he doesn’t live with us. DIY or…

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    Charity sanction pays for mass tree-planting in East London

    A computer support company in Brentford that broke the law around recycling has paid money to help fund several thousand new trees on the other side of London, at Ilford. EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd failed to register the packaging waste it produced between 2002 and 2003 and from 2008 to 2015. Companies with a turnover above £2m, handling more than 50t of packaging in the previous calendar year, must register with an accredited compliance scheme, and recover and recycle packaging waste. The Environment Agency dealt with EMC’s failure to comply with the law through a civil sanction called an…

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    CORE Landscape Products details its Tree Root Protection System

    CORE Landscape Products fills us in on its CORE Tree Root Protection System. The CORE Tree Root Protection® (TRP) System is a CE certified cellular confinement system that provides guaranteed protection for the roots of mature trees from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It distributes the weight of the traffic which in turn prevents subsoil compaction around the roots. With the correct fill material, it is completely porous, allowing continued water permeation and gaseous exchange to ensure the protected tree stays healthy. The system forms a high load bearing, shallow permeable sub-base above ground.   Why is Tree Root Protection Needed?…

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    £20m in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

    Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20m of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has announced. Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track. It is part of the government’s plan to support businesses on the road to recovery. The government has previously launched the £2bn Kickstart…

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    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ann-Marie Powell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Ann-Marie Powell, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens www.ann-mariepowell.com   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My other half Jules is wonderfully supportive. He listens as I offload my fears, he updates me only on the news he thinks I need to know, he encourages me, and never lets me get away with it when I tell him I can’t do something – all whilst keeping me constantly amused. He’s my hero. Besides him, I have loved hanging out with the wonderful community of 10,000 folk each day on my personal Instagram…

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    ICL launches new multi-surface cleaner

    ICL has announced the launch of CleanShield, an alcohol-free, multi-surface cleaner which has been independently proven to be effective against 99.9% of bacteria, spores, viruses and fungi. It is widely documented that the most common way that microorganisms, particularly bacteria, are spread and cause infection is on hard surfaces and carried on people’s hands. Preventing infection and managing the spread of germs from hands and surfaces is therefore important in all environments. CleanShield is designed to bring broad spectrum pathogen protection and biological cleanliness to large areas in an instant. This high-performance sanitising solution has been independently proven to be…

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    Scotscape merges future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group

    Cultura Group and Scotscape Landscaping Ltd  – the landscape construction division within the Scotscape Group – have announced that they are merging Scotscape Landscaping Ltd’s future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group. This is a strategic move, both for Scotscape and Cultura Group, which they say will not only improve the landscape service offering of both companies but enable Scotscape to focus on its urban greening and maintenance operations, areas in which it has become one of the leading providers in the UK. Cultura Group will provide landscape construction and associated services to the existing customer base of the combined…

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    New advice for safe management of Scotland’s parks and green spaces

    A new guide helps park managers and local authorities to safely manage and reopen facilities at Scotland’s country parks, gardens and wider green spaces. Access to the country’s outdoor spaces has been vital for many in staying active and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. And while most spaces remained open, facilities such as play areas, cafes, tennis courts and bowling greens were closed to the public. The new Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during Covid-19 guide has been compiled by greenspace scotland. It brings together the latest advice from the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, sportscotland, VisitScotland and a…

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    Photo of Take your horticultural career to the next level and apply to become a Master of Horticulture today!

    Take your horticultural career to the next level and apply to become a Master of Horticulture today!

    If you’ve worked in horticulture for four or more years and are looking to grow your career, expand your knowledge and gain new skills alongside your full time job then the RHS Master of Horticulture (MHort) Award could be the next step to help you achieve your career goal and become top in your profession. With the deadline to get on to this year’s course fast approaching, the RHS Education team is reminding industry professionals to get their applications in by 3 August. The MHort is the Royal Horticultural Society’s most prestigious award, designed for industry professionals who wish to…

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    RHS launches new careers resource to help attract people to industry

    The RHS has created a new careers resource with more than 60 individual films showcasing some 45 different horticultural careers, as a survey shows that almost three in 10 (28%) people say not knowing enough about careers in the industry puts them off working in horticulture. The top two things putting people off a career in horticulture, which is currently suffering a skills crisis, is lack of knowledge, both in not knowing enough about plants or gardens (40%) and not knowing enough about careers in horticulture (28%). Almost one in four (24%) would also be more likely to consider a…

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    Join a webinar with Cleve West and Cityscapes

    Next Tuesday, listen to multi-award-winning garden designers Cleve West talk to Cityscapes director Darryl Moore about his new book, ‘The Garden of Vegan’, published by Pimpernel Press. The book investigates the interconnections between food, health and the environment, through our relationships with non-human animals. Cleve charts his personal journey to becoming vegan, his successful career as a garden designer, his animal advocacy and his approach to gardening in a way that respects all lifeforms.shutter Join the conversation on Tuesday 28 July at 7:30pm via a free Zoom webinar. Register here.

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