Nina Mason

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    Glasgow Botanic Gardens now home to two robotic lawnmowers

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is the latest high profile location in the UK to introduce Husqvarna Automower® to its maintenance process. It joins a growing number of places which are adopting robotic lawnmowing technology. Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow and managed by Glasgow City Council, covers 50 acres and is renowned internationally for its architecturally outstanding glasshouse, tropical plant collections and rose gardens. To add to the already impressive location, Glasgow City Council has recently installed two Husqvarna Automower® robotic lawn mowers, to ensure year-round results are delivered to the Garden’s lawns. The battery-powered robotic lawnmowers…

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    Wild Coast to Coast challenge takes Rolawn’s fundraising to new levels

    To mark the 20th year of its nominated charity Greenfingers, the team at Rolawn has stepped up its fundraising efforts with multiple events throughout 2019. The latest – a two-day, 170-mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge – took place last weekend and raised £903, taking the total raised in the year to date to £1,860. On Saturday 10 August, four cyclists – Alan Featherstone, Mark Hatfield, Steve Handley and Kierron Moore – set off for Bridlington from Morecambe, with Mike Smith and Jonathan Hill providing both technical and moral support along the route. The team battled torrential rain and gales,…

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    GreenBlue Urban launches RootSpace Generation 2

    GreenBlue Urban is launching the next generation of RootSpace® system, the most innovative soil cell in the industry. It is essentially a pavement support system, designed for maximum soil and rooting volume, to be ‘utility friendly’, with economic freight and industry-leading strength characteristics. RootSpace Generation 2 features the following improvements: New 400mm high version to enable a wider range of tree pit depths – now five different height configurations Faster, simpler and easier assembly process Further increase the load bearing capacity Enable easy re-excavation for maintenance of utilities Full structural capabilities are available but by way of an example, the…

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  • Associations

    James Scott on the value of professional trade associations

    After participating as a speaker at Pro Landscaper LIVE Kent, James Scott considered the value of being a member of a professional trade association. Here, the managing director of Hertfordshire-based The Garden Company shares his thoughts. Last month I was invited to take part in a seminar discussion at a Pro Landscaper LIVE event. Our theme was ‘the real value of trade associations’. Along with fellow speakers Wayne Grills of BALI, Rod Winrow of the APL and Ramon Lawal of Outdoor Creations, we had a lively debate with our audience, ably chaired of course by Jim Wilkinson of Pro Landscaper.…

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    Green-tech’s ISO accreditation renewed

    Green-tech has passed the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 vigorous audit and remains an accredited company – one of only a few in the landscaping industry. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are amongst ISO’s most well-known standards. They are implemented by more than a million organisations in over 170 countries. The standards and audit process has been amended slightly and Green-tech has successfully demonstrated its compliance with the changes. This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading certification body, and demonstrates Green-tech’s commitment to ISO 9001:2015 customer service and quality in delivery and ISO 14001:2015 environmental…

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    Planning permission granted for Guildhall memorial space

    The design for developing the Guildhall memorial space, at the entrance to the city centre war memorial and Victoria Park, has been granted planning permission. Over the next year the site will become an inviting reflective space that allows the Cenotaph to be more visible and prominent from further away, whilst also being a place to sit and walk through to the park. Proposals for the site of the former Drift bar were revealed to the public in March this year and included a walkway, trees and benches. The Cenotaph is an important part of memorial events in the city…

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    Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Gloucester Gate Playground, to the East of ZSL London Zoo, is to receive a complete refurbishment over the next five months. The metal, sterile and flat feel of the former playground will be replaced with a landscaped space that children of all abilities can play in, is rich with planting, and features equipment made from natural materials such as rope, bark and willow. The new playground will be almost double the size of the former playground. It will feature water and sand play, climbing equipment, a zip line and a willow den. It will also feature all the traditional favourites…

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    Robotic mowers revive lawns at Hatfield House

    Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House has deployed a number of robotic lawnmowers over the past year in order to maintain the property’s lawns. Head gardener Andrew Turvey saw an opportunity last year to galvanise the gardens of the Jacobean property, which was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I. Following a Husqvarna demo day in North London organised by dealer RT Machinery, he chose to install Husqvarna Automower®. Andrew tested two Husqvarna Automower® products on the north side of Hatfield House, a location which was challenging for the grounds team to maintain…

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    Mayor of London launches Good Work Standard

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Good Work Standard, a benchmark for high employment standards, with fair pay at its heart. He has urged employers of all sizes and sectors to join him in his mission to make London the best city in the world in which to work. The Good Work Standard has a set of criteria covering fair pay and conditions, wellbeing, skills and progression, and diversity and recruitment. It has been developed in collaboration with London’s employers, trade unions and professional bodies and sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to achieve,…

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    Basingstoke MP views plans for new mental health hospital gardens

    Basingstoke MP Maria Miller recently toured Southern Health’s specialist mental health unit, visiting the gardens of Parklands which are set for a major makeover. The revamp is part of a join project with military charity Help for Heroes and Sparsholt College’s horticulture team, which has won numerous Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Together, they plan to transform the tired, under-used spaces at Parklands into a special sensory garden for military patients and a second more social, active outdoor space for other patients and visitors. Parklands is home to a general inpatient mental health ward as well as…

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    £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

    New natural play equipment and SuDS form part of the £120k landscaping project which has been completed on the Lancaster Estate in Southwark. Residents have been working with Southwark Council, local ward members and the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the project, It is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme. The funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratts. It follows an investment of £150k into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017. Cllr…

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    Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

    Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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    Bristol to consider new approach towards city’s trees

    Enhancing the care of Bristol’s trees and expanding the city’s planting programme will be among proposals considered by the Mayor and Cabinet next week. If approved, a new tree strategy would outline the authority’s approach to tree removals, pruning, inspections and planting in greater detail. It would also explore how new areas of woodland and sites for more street trees will be identified. Next Tuesday’s meeting will decide whether to pursue an initial £4m five-year contract for maintaining all trees on council land. A new approach to both increasing the city’s canopy and managing existing trees is also set to…

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    £11m initiative launched to save green spaces

    A multi-million pound initiative to secure the future of the UK’s urban parks and green spaces is launched today. In the first project of its kind in the UK, eight urban areas are joining forces in a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. The Future Parks initiative is investing more than £6m of National Lottery and government funding. The National Trust has also pledged £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management. The…

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    Helen Mirren lends support to RHS campaign to help halt spread of Xylella

    Dame Helen Mirren has added her voice to an RHS campaign urging holidaymakers not to bring plants back from abroad this summer to help halt the spread of the deadly bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The multi-award-winning actress has witnessed the devastating impact of Xylella in Italy, where it is thought more than 11 million olive trees have already fallen victim. The disease prevents plants from transporting water and is known to infect more than 500 different plant species, with garden favourites lavender, oleander, rosemary and flowering cherry all at risk in the UK. If found in the UK, all host plants…

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    Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

    Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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    Revisiting The M&G Garden

    It’s been one whole week since the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its doors to the press, and what a week it’s been. A bustling show ground, multiple medal celebrations, and even a proposal on one of the show gardens made this year’s event one of the most memorable yet. And without a doubt, one of the highlights for the Pro Landscaper team was Andy Sturgeon picking up Best in Show and his eighth Gold medal for The M&G Garden. One of our features writers, Rachael, was even spotted in the crowd by the BBC watching Andy receive the award.…

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    Kubota UK announces appointment of two new dealer managers

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    Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Boningale Nurseries has been sharing its green roof expertise to university students this month. Landscape architects and project managers at Birmingham City University heard how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife. The university invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars on sustainable construction. The aim is to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in cities. Maggie explains: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national…

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    Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • Events
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    Join us at Pro Landscaper LIVE

    Following the success of the Pro Landscaper LIVE events last year, the Pro Landscaper events team is delighted to announce that 2019 will see the return of the regional events. Pro Landscaper will be taking to the road to educate, inform and inspire the landscaping industry in Bristol, Northampton, Cheshire and Kent. Much like 2018, the afternoon will take the form of a welcome lunch, a number of topical seminars and an industry debate including some of the most influential landscapers, garden designers, landscape architects, contractors and suppliers within the landscape sector. The day will be finished off with a drinks…

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    Green-tech and gt Specifier assist York City Council

    Green-tech and gt Specifier have assisted York City Council with urban landscaping in the town centre. York City Council is in the process of regenerating parts of the Shambles in Roman city York in North Yorkshire – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate. The direction of traffic was recently changed along Fossgate to reduce the volume and the area was overhauled, including relaying the road surface and repaving the York stone paths, widening the footpaths, and introducing street furniture and tree planting. It is hoped this will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the…

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    Water Garden Ltd wins Otterbine Contractor of the Year 2018

    Portsmouth based family business Water Garden Ltd has won Reesink Turfcare UK’s Otterbine Contractor of the Year award. The company achieved the highest Otterbine sales figures for 2018 thanks to its knowledge of the product, belief in the brand and support from Otterbine and its UK distributor Reesink Turfcare. Andy Staves, managing director of Water Garden Ltd, says: “We were delighted to hear we’d won the award as the whole team has been working really hard this last year. We pride ourselves on having an expert group of staff who have a deep technical understanding of all the products we…

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    London College of Garden Design to open new college in Melbourne

    The London College of Garden Design has today announced plans to open a new partner college in Melbourne. The new London College of Garden Design Melbourne will open its doors in March 2020 with a unique new two-year Garden Design Diploma which will be led by a new director, leading Australian designer Brent Reid, supported by practising design, horticulture and technical professionals. UK director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “We have explored a number of opportunities to take our unique training to a wider audience over the past two years. Australia quickly became our first priority and Melbourne, with its rich…

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