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  • Environment
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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

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  • Associations
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    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
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    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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    6 Plants Perfect for Valentine’s Day

    This year’s Valentine’s Day gift does not have to be a bouquet of roses to stir the heart! Why not branch out and consider a houseplant for the one that you love? Plants need affection and care to flourish just like any great relationship. Ian Drummond shares his swoon-worthy selection   1 Anthurium This stunning plant originates from Colombia and Ecuador and is often used in floral displays. It has stunning bright red flowers and heart-shaped leaves. What’s not to love! 2 Hoya Kerrii (Sweetheart Plant) This cute heart-shaped plant is a slow growing semi succulent. Once it becomes mature its…

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    Scotland gardens explored in new BBC TV series

    Murdo Macdonald, from Edinburgh, makes his debut as a presenter of a new series called Gàrraidhean Mòra na h-Alba/ Gardens of Scotland on BBC ALBA this month. It celebrates some of Scotland’s most important gardens due to their design, plant-life, setting and history. Sixty-three-year-old Murdo said: “Scotland is famed for its landscapes, for natural habitats of variety and great beauty. We also have an incredible history and culture of cultivation, of gardening and plant collecting. “I’ve had a pretty varied career, from army officer to estate factor. I’ve worked across the UK and further afield but it’s only now that…

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  • Environment
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    Natural flood management methods feature on BBC’s Countryfile

    The series of methods including leaky dams, tree planting and Sphagnum moss were featured on Sunday’s Countryfile as part of a pilot project in Crompton Moor, Oldham aiming to show natural flood management options. The project is a partnership between City of Trees, the Environment Agency, EU LIFE IP Natural Course programme, Oldham Council, The Unity Partnership (Local Lead Flood Authority), Moors for the Future, the Friends of Crompton Moor and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Three natural flood management methods are being trialled on the moor to reduce the impact of flooding on the communities in the valley below. The…

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  • Environment
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    Mitie Landscapes launches UK’s first zero emission gritting service

    Mitie has launched the UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use, using an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt. The service uses the first zero emission gritter of its kind – a 100% electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached. Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy, meaning the service is truly zero emission. The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of…

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  • Associations
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    CIH appoints new development officer

    The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has announced the appointment of Helen Sessions as development officer. Helen brings a wealth of horticultural experience to the Institute and will be a key figure in the promotion of routes to chartership, CIH representation within the horticultural industry and in the active growth of special interest groups. Helen is a chartered horticulturist with an honours degree in Horticulture, gained at Writtle College, Chelmsford. She has more than 15 years’ experience in horticultural buying and supplier management and has worked as a consultant for a number of companies. She has worked in commercial horticulture…

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  • Associations
    Photo of Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    Greener Recovery Festival hosted by Landscape Institute in March 2021

    The Landscape Institute is inviting built environment professionals to the Greener Recovery Festival. Registration is now open for the virtual event, which takes place on 22-26 March between 9am-1pm. The Greener Recovery festival will welcome a diverse and international audience on an accessible online platform. Exceptional thought leaders will gather to debate ‘greener recovery’ with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation and natural capital accounting. Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra, will be giving a keynote speech on ‘Natural Capital approach to Green Recovery’. Doctor…

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    Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants retires from RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    After almost three decades and 24 RHS Gold medals, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants has this week announced its retirement from exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hardy’s was due to present its finale exhibit at Chelsea in May 2021 with its largest ever exhibit, sponsored by Candide. Now that the flower show has been postponed until September due to COVID restrictions, Hardy’s has decided to bow out now. Hardy’s final exhibit was scheduled to have been its largest ever at 160sqm, which is ¾ the size of a Main Avenue show garden. As with all Hardy’s exhibits, the display…

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    Photo of Rolawn turf to be used at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    Rolawn turf to be used at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    UK supplier Rolawn is supporting the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, as it refurbishes the world-renowned Magnolia Avenue and the Jermyn’s House lawn. More than 1,000m2 of turf and 40 bulk bags of topsoil will be donated, allowing the Gardens to progress the enormous task of returfing the Magnolia-lined walkways and lawned area, immediately behind the iconic building that was once the home of Sir Harold Hillier. Bequeathed to Hampshire County Council, the Gardens is run as a charity which relies on donations like this to continue their work maintaining the world-renowned horticultural collection for future generations. Jonathan Hill,…

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    Azpects Ltd ramps up restructure

    Azpects Ltd, creator of EASYJoint, has ramped up its restructuring plans for the year by growing its production team as well as enhancing key support and procurement functions. Former field sales coordinator, David Hobrough, has been promoted to the newly-created role of sales support manager and will be responsible for overall sales team support, as well as managing merchandising requirements alongside the newly-appointed marketing team. Additionally, long-serving assistant operations manager, Kerri Skelton, has been promoted to procurement and logistics manager, with a focus on purchasing, stock control, and UK and international shipping. Two new operators have been added to the…

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  • Build
    Photo of Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Work is set to begin to deliver a green space in the heart of Longbridge Town Centre. St. Modwen has appointed contractors Ground Control to create a new public space, including the extension of Austin Park, a new walking and cycling route underneath the Bristol Road, footpaths, seating and play equipment. Landscaping plans include the planting of 46 new trees, 3,500 new shrubs and plants, 6,500 new bulbs and enough wildflowers to cover more than three tennis courts, while additional seating for up to 80 people is set to be installed. The design will enhance the quality of the town…

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  • Apprentices
    Photo of Ground Control supports apprentices with learning difficulties

    Ground Control supports apprentices with learning difficulties

    On the eve of National Apprenticeship Week, Ground Control has announced its involvement in an industry-first scheme to help support apprentices with learning difficulties. Ground Control staff have already successfully supported, mentored and now employed the first graduate of the program, 20-year-old Wayne Gorman. Following close on his heels are two more pupils from The Westminster School – 19-year-old Jordan Brown has completed his supported internship and is transitioning to his grounds maintenance apprenticeship scheme while Kenny Hanney’s career has begun via the internship program. Under the scheme, Ground Control provides practical help and advice to participants throughout their apprenticeship…

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    Furnitubes launches new CPDs and masterclasses

    Furnitubes has launched a new selection of educational and informative CPDs and masterclasses. The sessions are interactive and can be tailored to suit individual requirements. Held with Furnitube’s technical experts, they are designed to explore a range of topics and provide solutions to a range of common questions to help landscape architects with their specifications. Improve your knowledge of modular solutions vs traditional methods of planter construction – and specify with confidence with the How to solve common issues with steel planter walls CPD. Explore the possibilities of transforming rooftop spaces and the long term benefits to the environment and…

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  • Associations
    Photo of Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    The Landscape Institute has announced that its CEO Dan Cook will be leaving the association in April after five years in the role. A statement released b the Landscape Institute said that Dan “has been an excellent leader during a time of positive transformation at the LI and we’ll be sorry to see him go”. Dan Cook said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last few years with the LI and the changes we’ve made as an organisation. I’ve been particularly pleased that we’ve made the LI more current, modern and relevant. We’ve sought to have strong employer and industry engagement, and…

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