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  • Design
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    Green light for new Leeds landmark

    A £270m development proposal to transform the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre has been granted full planning consent by Leeds City Council. The 2.8-acre strategic site, which has been used as a car park since the pools’ demolition in 2009, has been the subject of much scrutiny around its development potential due to its gateway location. DLA Architecture has designed the landmark development on behalf of Lisbon Street Developments, a joint venture partnership between Marrico Asset Management and Helios Real Estate. DLA submitted proposals earlier this year, fulfilling a pre-requisite that the scheme…

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    BBC and RHS extending partnership until 2025

    The BBC and RHS are extending their exclusive broadcast partnership for a further three years to bring gardening inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to millions of homes across the UK. The new contract, which starts in 2022, will see the BBC commit to broadcasting from the events until the end of 2024 and means the BBC retains its position as the exclusive broadcaster of RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Whilst RHS Chelsea Flower Show will continue with its standalone BBC programmes, RHS Hampton…

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  • Awards
    Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

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  • Awards
    Photo of Winners announced for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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

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  • Associations
    Photo of Winners of the SGD Awards revealed

    Winners of the SGD Awards revealed

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced the winners of the ninth annual SGD Awards at a live event in London celebrating standout projects from across the industry. The most prestigious award of the night – The Grand Award – was presented to Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD for a stunning sloped garden in London which the judges described as a ‘sexy, avant-garde design which has been flawlessly executed’. Kristina Clode won the coveted Judges’ Award for a school sensory garden and renowned garden designer, author and broadcaster David Stevens FSGD was presented with the SGD Lifetime Achievement Award marking a career that spans over…

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    Photo of Biotecture’s benefits of greening up supermarket car parks

    Biotecture’s benefits of greening up supermarket car parks

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    A landscaper’s role in habitat preservation

    Pro Landscaper has partnered with ACO Building and Landscape to bring you a series of articles that look at different aspects of garden design. This first piece will discuss ACO’s latest webinar series, ‘Habitat Matters’, and the role of everyone in the construction industry to address biodiversity. For the last decade, it’s become abundantly clear that the impact of climate change could be devastating for us all. With this year’s United Nations IPCC report stating that no area of the planet hasn’t witnessed the impact of climate change, industries need to come together to find more sustainable ways to continue…

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    Photo of RHS Garden Wisley boasts more than 100 Champion Trees

    RHS Garden Wisley boasts more than 100 Champion Trees

    The Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship RHS Garden Wisley is now home to more than 100 British Champion Trees. RHS Wisley is now one of the country’s top ten destinations to see the nation’s tallest and widest trees as officially recorded by The Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI). The Tree Register is a unique database of more than 250,000 of Britain’s most notable trees, which serves to record the nation’s tree heritage through the definitive list of champion trees, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Trees are measured for height and trunk girth, and a champion is defined as…

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    Photo of A wilder vision for Dartmoor revealed

    A wilder vision for Dartmoor revealed

    South West-based native woodland charity, Moor Trees, has unveiled its new vision for Dartmoor. The vision is of a landscape with restored woodland and scrub spreading up from the valleys, creating a more varied mix of habitats in which wildlife can flourish. It has been illustrated by noted Devon naturalist and wildlife artist, Mike Langman. Moor Trees director, Adam Owen, said: “Now that dramatic biodiversity loss and rapid climate change are widely accepted as genuine crises requiring urgent action, Dartmoor’s wide open spaces, along with those of Britain’s other upland National Parks, present a unique opportunity for us to respond…

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    Industry mourns the loss of Pete Stubbs

    Pete Stubbs sadly passed away on the evening of Sunday 26 September. Here, Nurture Landscapes – where Pete spent the last seven years – writes a tribute to the man who made a huge difference to the company and to the team. Over the past year or so Pete had suffered with some serious medical issues which had left him with no real immune system and after fighting hard over the past few weeks, he finally succumbed to COVID. Pete joined Nurture in March 2014 and played an integral part in shaping the Nurture business throughout the North and Scotland.…

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  • Design
    Photo of The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    TEP (The Environment Partnership) has completed landscape designs to support the planning application for the Eden Project’s new venture – Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire. TEP has been working alongside a multi-disciplinary design team, including the Eden Project’s own designers Grimshaw, Buro Happold and WSP.  The Eden Project has an holistic vision for its £125m regenerative Eden Project North in Morecambe, which was submitted for planning at the end of August and is due to open in 2024. The project will showcase sustainable design, reimagining the British seaside resort for the 21st century, and is expected to attract around…

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    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance appoints new Nottingham directors

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance has appointed Saj Raja and Mohammad Ikram as new regional managers of its Nottingham based location. The duo has taken charge of a leading grounds and winter maintenance service that has been operating in the Nottinghamshire area for over a decade. Mohammad Ikram, who will oversee operations in Nottingham, expressed his excitement to manage a “thriving grounds maintenance company” and has ambitious goals for the team and their future. “At Countrywide, we want to deliver the best standards and provide an excellent customer service,” he said. “Our expert operatives are ready to help customers, create more sustainable…

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    No barriers to investment in ESP-LXIVM real time proactive irrigation controller

    Rain Bird’s ESP- LXIVM two wire irrigation controller with smart valve technology features a Solenoid module (IVM-SOL) that remains in continuous two way proactive contact with the controller. This provides real-time, highly efficient irrigation with immediate diagnostic feedback to identify problems quickly, simplify troubleshooting, automatically restart irrigation without manual intervention and shut off valves to avoid leaks in the event of power failure. The availability of this unique solenoid technology, now at a highly competitive price thanks to manufacturing efficiencies, means that those involved in landscape and sports turf irrigation management can invest without compromise in Rain Bird’s most advanced…

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  • Environment
    Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

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  • Associations
    Photo of New RHS feature garden announced for Chelsea

    New RHS feature garden announced for Chelsea

    Revealed today, the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which takes the largest plot at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will highlight the vital importance of trees and woodlands to the environment. A towering green and purple woodland made up of 21 trees including multi-stemmed Swedish birch, hornbeam and beech will stand amid a carpet of grassland and a colourful wildflower meadow, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. More than 3500 plants will cover the 433m2 garden. This includes splashes of colour from Anemone ‘September Charm’, box ball hedges left untrimmed to reduce the possibility of blight and Saxifraga…

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  • Magazine
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    Pro Landscaper July 2021

    The way we live and work is changing, so our towns and cities surely need to change too. Lockdown has made us all stay locally rather than venture further afield, and we’ve realised we’re either fortunate to have so much on our doorstep or disappointed to find a lack of green space or local amenities, even within our nearest high street. Fortunately, the High Street Task Force was set up pre-pandemic and is working hard to regenerate these once-loved spots. We spoke to experts on the taskforce on pedestrianizing high streets, the benefits of temporary schemes and how to foster…

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  • Magazine
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    Pro Landscaper June 2021

    Every year, our June issue brings with it the launch of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards, a chance for us to recognise up-and-comers within the industry. This year is no different. The search for 30 rising stars below the age of 30 has begun, so if you want to put yourself or a colleague forward, please get in touch with us via [email protected] With more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, Arabella Lennox-Boyd reflects on the changes she’s seen over that time and her career highlights in our Let’s Hear It From, whilst Matthew Bennett…

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  • Magazine
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    Pro Landscaper May 2021

    We’ve all had the date of 17 May etched in our minds since Boris announced it was a stop on the roadmap to lifting restrictions. We’ve spent the last month huddled under umbrellas in pub gardens to avoid torrential rain, and now we’ll finally be allowed to drink and dine indoors. It has boosted confidence that all restrictions are likely to be lifted soon, hopefully at the end of June, and we will return to some form of ‘normality’. With hope on the horizon, our May issue felt like the perfect time to launch Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT…

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    6 Egg-cellent Houseplants for Easter

    After a long and difficult winter, it is clear we are all in desperate need of some colour and cheer – spring is finally here! Houseplants are a great way of decorating your home and table for Easter. They are an excellent gift for the season as Easter symbolises rebirth and hope – very much needed! Here is a selection from Ian Drummond that perfectly echo the occasion. 1 Lilium Longiflorum (Easter Lily) A beautiful plant for show at Easter. With their large white trumpet-shaped flowers that let out a wonderful fragrance, and the thick rigid stem covered in narrow…

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    Pro Landscaper April 2021

    By the time our April issue reached readers, spring was well and truly here. We’re coming across random gatherings of daffodils on our weekend walks now and there are Easter eggs in abundance on supermarket shelves. There’s more to look forward to as well with the first stop on the lockdown roadmap approaching later in the month. Perhaps less exciting, depending on how your business has fared throughout the pandemic, is the end of the fiscal year in a few days. Looking ahead to this, we asked our UK Landscape Barometer contributors whether they are looking to increase staff salaries…

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    Step aside sheds – it’s all about the shred this year

    In the midst of a home workout boom, Exo-Gym has launched, bringing a versatile gym rig to people’s gardens Fitness has been a hot topic over the last year. When the first lockdown was introduced 12 months ago, the British public seemed eager to find replacements for gym closures or simply for their typical daily steps. Public Health England announced its Couch to 5K was downloaded more than 850,000 times from March to the end of June, nearly double the amount from the same period last year, and Gyms are now set to reopen on 12 April with COVID measures…

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    Makita takes its training online for Eden partnership

    Last month, we joined Makita for a virtual training event. The power equipment manufacturer had recently been chosen by the Eden Project to supply its cordless machines to maintain the grounds, and Makita was wasting no time in ensuring the Eden team were up to date with the health and safety around using its kit. This training would normally be done in person, but ongoing lockdown restrictions meant two days of Zoom sessions instead – or at least until Makita can offer further face-to-face training. The team at Eden Project were asked to attend two BeSafe sessions – Construction and…

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    Pro Landscaper March 2021

    Last year, our inaugural Green Issue was published before the first national lockdown was announced. Back then, at the start of 2020, the conversation around the environment seemed unstoppable. Climate change protests were commonplace and reducing our carbon footprint was a hot topic at most industry events. One year later and we published our second Green Issue in the third national lockdown in the last 12 months. Whilst the world has changed perhaps permanently thanks to a global pandemic, we wanted to know what had changed in terms of sustainability. Had it remained at the top of the agenda or…

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  • Design
    Photo of Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    A renowned landscape architect has been appointed to transform the setting and grounds of Cuerden Hall and preserve the ancient woodland surrounding it. Colin Shenton, owner of the historic Grade II* listed countryside mansion situated in the Cuerden Valley near Chorley, Lancashire, has engaged Tom Stuart-Smith following a highly competitive design consultation process, in which four firms tendered for the project. Tom is an accomplished landscape architect and garden designer, delivering projects in the UK and worldwide – including the Queen’s Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle, the Garden of Illusion at The Connaught Hotel, the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal…

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    Government announces £20m SME Brexit Support Fund

    The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced a £20m SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU. This announcement follows extensive engagement with individual businesses, leading business…

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