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  • Environment
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    Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries has revealed it has passed its ISO 14001 Environmental Audit this year with its prime objective for 2021 being further peat reduction and taking it below 50%. The Hereford-based business has been awarded a certificate for its Environmental Management System, which meets requirements for the production and supply of container-grown stock to garden centres and amenity markets. Steve Reed, production director container division at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to announce we’ve just passed our ISO 14001 Environmental Audit for the 10th year running with our prime objective being peat reduction, followed by a continued decrease in the…

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    Builders’ merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    A builders’ merchant is celebrating five years of supporting the Rainforest Trust. EnviroBuild is making its annual donation to the non-profit organisation, not only to fund crucial projects but also to offset the carbon footprint of its own production processes since the company was founded in 2015. The London-based supplier has been donating 10% of its profits to the trust for the past five years. To date, it has helped to protect almost 63 million trees and has supported multiple Rainforest Trust projects. With more than 60 years’ experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild aims to provide top-quality products, without…

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    Landscape designs of the future

    Andreas Ramsauer of Groundheat Landscapes explains ground source heat pumps and their numerous benefits To reach the new Government targets on reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions there will need to be a major shift in the way we heat our homes and move away from gas and fossil fuels to alternatives such as heat pumps. This article will propose how the landscape industry could play a vital role and take advantage of the potential new boom in designing and installing the ground source heat pump systems. The Ground Source Heat Pump Association says there has been, up to now, a…

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    Marshalls plc announces investments of more than £30m in 2021

    Hard landscaping business Marshalls is investing more than £30m this year to increase capacity for existing product ranges, build on its sustainable processes and boost product and digital innovation. One of the largest investments will be at the Marshalls site in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, where the installation of a dual block plant is expected to increase site capacity for the South East region and operational network as a whole. The investment, £20m over three years, will fund the installation of exclusive patented machinery; Marshalls will be the first in the UK to install the technology. Not only will this project…

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  • Associations
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    [email protected] celebrates Houseplant Appreciation Week

    For 2021, [email protected] has put together a series of dedicated weeks, kicking off with Houseplant Appreciation Week from 10-15 January. This follows on from the American one day celebration of the same name and coincides with Houseplant Week UK. Its mission throughout this week has been to promote the benefits of houseplants which have made a big comeback in terms of popularity. It has been promoting their many benefits daily via its website and social media platforms. It also has a section on its website which lists much of the collected research over the years plus a section which shows [email protected]’s…

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  • Design
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    Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Jacob Betts, a trainee landscape designer for Urban Earth South West Limited, has graduated from The Oxford College of Garden Design with Distinction. Oxford College’s Principal, Duncan Heather, said: “Jacob has excelled on this course. It has been a real pleasure to watch his growth in real time, from a competent landscape contractor to a highly gifted artist and designer. A personable young man, who is producing professional work of an extremely high calibre. I wish him every success for the future.” Urban Earth director, Phil Yolland said: “Jacob is exactly the kind of person we are looking to have in our business;…

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  • Business
    Photo of DLA restructures to set clear path for succession

    DLA restructures to set clear path for succession

    DLA Architecture has completed a restructure of the business with a re-brand and succession plan. The practice has evolved its brand from DLA Design to DLA Architecture, giving more clarity on its offering to commercial and public sector clients. It has also identified key people within the business to carry forward the succession strategy for the future DLA Architecture has been established for more than 40 years with offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. The award-winning practice employs over 75 architects, landscape architects, architectural technologists and graphic designers. During the last 12 months the DLA leadership team – comprising Mark…

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  • Environment
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    PM commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is announcing today that the UK will commit at least £3bn to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Programmes supported by the funding will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and…

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    Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control, a leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, has announced the appointment of a new managing director, with Marcus Watson handing over to Jason Knights this month.   Marcus’ tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. He continues to be a significant shareholder and non-exec director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.   “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change,” said Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish. “His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well…

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  • Environment
    Photo of Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – are being set out today by Environment Secretary George Eustice in his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. The way that plants and animals grow is controlled by the information in their genes. For centuries, farmers and growers have carefully chosen to breed stronger, healthier individual animals or plants so that the next generation has these beneficial traits – but this is a slow…

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    Isuzu Truck expands its dealer coverage in the North Midlands

    Isuzu Truck UK has announced that Isuzu Central, an operating division of Allports Group, has now been appointed as a full sales, service and parts dealer for the Isuzu Truck marque in the North Midlands. This forms part of its recent dealer expansion programme in the UK and will cover Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. Isuzu Central will be representing ITUK, with the company handling both truck product sales and after sales service from the Allports Group four-acre dealer site in Stoke. “Working closely with the Allports Group, we were keen to raise the profile of Isuzu in this area as…

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    Photo of HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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    12 Days of Christmas – December

    Festive celebrations this year have been a little, shall we say, limited? Our usual Christmas parties were shifted onto Zoom, and yuletide treats were consumed outdoors, two metres away from those outside our bubble as we tried to protect our mulled wine from being a cup of frozen rain. So, with our December issue, we wanted to bring you some Christmas cheer with a dazzling portfolio from Indoor Garden Design. The London-based company had transformed St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with breath-taking Christmas trees decked in magnificent baubles. And for those who had their holidays in the sun cancelled, there is…

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    12 Days of Christmas – November 2020

    November is usually one of our busiest months. The magazine is typically jam-packed, and alongside this we produce a show guide for our leading landscaping trade event FutureScape and a brochure for our annual small project BIG IMPACT Awards. Well, we still did all of these things as we took our event and awards ceremony online (which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds). We also revealed the winners of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2020, sponsored by Green-tech, which included our youngest winner ever at just 18 years’ old. To add more to our plate,…

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    12 Days of Christmas – October 2020

    With three months to go until the UK was due to leave the EU single market, our Nurture contributors used our October issue to debate the impact Brexit will have on imports – and it might not be all bad. Both Lewis Normand and Nick Coslett looked at the pros and cons of the new rules and regulations on importing plants and trees coming into effect from 1 January 2021 (a thread we continued recently, when the deadline was less than two weeks away). We also reignited the discussion around a gender gap in the industry – statistics suggest one…

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    12 Days of Christmas – September 2020

    Eager to keep diversity at the top of the agenda – and to find out exactly how our associations are addressing the lack of it in the industry – our September issue delved into how horticulture can be more inclusive, and why it perhaps hasn’t appealed in the past. Juliet Sargeant wrote a foreword to the feature, arguing that we can’t keep saying “it will take time to change” – the time for change is now. We also showcased a project built by Ground Control to support and thank our key workers. The NHS Tranquillity Gardens were originally destined for…

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    12 Days of Christmas – August 2020

    August usually marks flower show season coming to a close, so in this month’s issue we interviewed a garden designer who is quickly becoming a household name – Tom Massey. He spoke about his show garden experience so far, the disappointment of Chelsea being cancelled this year, but also his plans to return to next year’s show. There was also a special focus on the capital in this issue. For our London supplement, we talked to Tony Woods of Garden Club London, which is known for taking care of its staff – and there couldn’t be a better time to…

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    Pro Landscaper January 2021

    Phew! It’s finally the start of a new year and we can leave 2020 behind us. Coronavirus might still be front-page news, and a new tier might have been created recently, but a vaccine is on its way and we’re looking ahead to what will hopefully be a fantastic year for horticulture. It’s not just us, either. For our January issue, we asked industry experts what their predictions are for the next 12 months, and most of these were around a growing demand for sustainable and natural gardens. Contributor Katie Flaxman also hopes for the public to further connect with…

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    12 Days of Christmas – July 2020

    Not everything was cancelled in 2020. Pro Landscaper still launched the search for this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winners in our July issue, to highlight those in the industry under the age of 30 making a difference, in spite of COVID-19. The development of RHS Garden Wisley continues too. We interviewed Mark Gregory of contractor Landform Consultants; and later, in a webinar for FutureScape VIRTUAL, we visited the site and more of the team behind the project. Speaking of online events, Lewis Normand explored the potential, and the positive environmental impact, of travel free shows throughout lockdown…

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    12 Days of Christmas – June 2020

    Lockdown continued as we published our June issue. We spoke to Duncan Carrier of Carrier Landscapes on how his company is proving resilient in the face of adversity. We also shared ideas for upskilling throughout furlough, including courses which had scrapped their fee for a limited period. Angus Lindsay spoke about how people’s changing perceptions of green spaces could alter the way we design these spaces in the future, whilst Andrew Wilson shared a newfound passion for online learning as the London College of Garden Design was still unable to welcome back its students. What else? June was a pivotal…

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    12 Days of Christmas – May 2020

    In what should have been an RHS Chelsea Flower Show special, our May issue featured an interview with decorated Chelsea contractor Mark Fane of Crocus. We revisited his show successes, how the flower show had changed over the two decades since his first show garden, and the ways Crocus is handling the pandemic. Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS, also wrote a heartfelt apology to those impacted by Chelsea’s cancellation. She went on to say how grateful she is for the digital platforms which allow the RHS, and others, to share advice with a new and engaged gardening audience,…

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    12 Days of Christmas – April 2020

    ‘Unprecedented’ was likely the most-used word throughout April, and rightfully so. Our April issue was to be the first one our readers would receive in lockdown, when we could only leave our homes for essential trips and seeing anyone who we didn’t live with was absolutely forbidden. (You remember lockdown, we don’t need to remind you). One positive is that it gave everyone a little bit more time to read their favourite magazine. In this issue, we featured interviews with Alasdair Cameron of Cameron Landscapes and Gardens and GRDN, a small project BIG IMPACT Award winner in 2019. Jo Manfredi-Hamer…

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    12 Days of Christmas – March 2020

    Where do we even begin when talking about March 2020? Let’s start with our favourite part, our first ever Green Issue. We asked the industry what it was doing to combat climate change, and we published the results of our Green Poll. This revealed that a whopping 71% would turn down a client if they could not be convinced to choose more environmentally friendly options, pushing profits down the priority list. We also heard from nurseries about what they’re doing to improve their sustainability, and Adam White – then president of the Landscape Institute – gave us an update on…

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    12 Days of Christmas – February 2020

    We looked to the year ahead in our February issue, with our Nurture contributors talking about biosecurity, COP26 and the need for landscape to be carefully considered when incorporated into housing developments. New APL chairman David Sewell spoke to us about his plans to grow the association’s membership, and Jon King of East Midlands Landscaping explained how his company had grown in this month’s Let’s Hear It From and how it achieves a work/life balance. What else? In our last full month of being able to attend large gatherings, we held a ceremony in London where we announced the winners…

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    12 Days of Christmas – January 2020

    At the beginning of the year, Pro Landscaper celebrated its 100th issue. Wrapped in a golden cover, our January 2020 issue marked a milestone for the magazine and we couldn’t be more proud of how far Pro Landscaper has come since it first launched in September 2011. That doesn’t mean we weren’t thrilled with the inaugural issue, of course; in fact, we even copied it 99 issues later by re-interviewing Mark Gregory, who was our first Let’s Hear It From interviewee. We also spoke to the company behind the first cover, Keyscape, who sent in a portfolio to us nine…

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