Nina Mason

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    Perennial introduces ‘nudge’ to support the financial wellbeing of people in horticulture.

    Horticultural charity Perennial is introducing a new service called ‘nudge’ to support the financial wellbeing of people in the industry. The free, personalised financial management tool equips you with the skills and knowledge to take control of your money on a day-to-day basis. All those who work with plants, trees, grass or flowers can use it to help them navigate their everyday spending and future milestones. Perennial’s Health & Wellbeing Survey (2021) found that mental wellbeing and financial pressures are among the biggest perceived challenges for people working in horticulture; 85% of people’s mental wellbeing was poor or below average,…

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    RHS unveils show gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

    Sustainability and wellbeing will once again take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, taking place from 23-27 May. Restorative gardens, in particular, will be a key theme amongst the 12 show gardens announced by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at a press conference this month. Gold medal winner Tom Massey returns to the show with The Royal Entomological Society Garden, inspired by the biodiversity of brownfield sites. Design duo Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg are also returning to Chelsea with Horatio’s Garden, a wheelchair accessible space for patients recovering from spinal injury – a garden which Professor Alistair…

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    New charter announced for diversity, equality and inclusivity

    Representatives from a number of associations have agreed to sign a charter, with the intention of putting together guidance notes for implementing best practice or policies that can be aligned. The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscaping & Garden Media profession came about after BALI’s Access All Areas webinar last December. Associations and organisations including the LI, RHS, SGD and APL have all pledged their allegiance to the charter, which can be amended and added to over time. Other member organisations are also welcome to sign, though businesses and individuals are currently not being asked to…

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    RHS “immensely saddened” by passing of the Queen

    The palace has announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully yesterday at the age of 96. The UK’s longest serving monarch reigned for 70 years. She passed away peacefully at her Balmoral, her Scottish estate. The throne has been passed immediately to her son, King Charles III. Speaking on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the RHS released a statement yesterday: “It is with extreme sorrow and deep respect that the Society marks the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the RHS. “Her Majesty became Patron of the Society on accession to the…

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  • Design
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    Design heavyweights come together on landmark development at Raby Castle

    World-class and multi award-winning Italian garden designer Luciano Guibbilei has been selected to lead the extensive remodelling of Raby Castle’s historic Walled Garden. Hand-picked by Lady Barnard, Luciano will redesign the five-acre garden, which dates back to the 18th Century.    Redevelopment of the garden is part of a wider scheme at Raby Castle called The Rising, which will see several historic buildings sympathetically restored to their former glory and made available to the community and the wider public.    Acclaimed landscape architect Alistair Baldwin has also been brought in to redesign the extensive public areas around the new development, which…

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  • Environment
    Photo of Housebuilder unveils Urban Wildlife Strategy to be rolled out in Thames region

    Housebuilder unveils Urban Wildlife Strategy to be rolled out in Thames region

    Cala Homes Thames has launched its Urban Wildlife Strategy, outlining its intention to incorporate biodiversity improvement measures into every new home in the region. A 2021 study[1] estimated that the UK has lost almost half of its native biodiversity. Cala Homes Urban Wildlife Strategy, a first for the Cala Group devised by its Thames region, creates a design framework that establishes a biodiversity standard for every new home. The Urban Wildlife Strategy supplements the region’s objective for all sites to achieve biodiversity net gain and will be in addition to other planning requirements. Developed in collaboration with local wildlife groups,…

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    Stihl GB unveils plans for new headquarters

    Stihl GB has unveiled plans to build a new 11,500m2 purpose-designed headquarters and state-of-the-art warehouse facility near to its current premises in Camberley, Surrey. Due for completion in December 2022, the site will be home to nearly 100 employees and will boast dedicated dealer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible collaborative workspaces and a technical workshop. The new 9,000m2 warehouse space will utilise state-of-the-art picking and storage systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and the use of space. All logistics will now be consolidated onto one site, meaning a speedier and more efficient delivery service to the 700 strong STIHL dealer network.…

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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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    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
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    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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    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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    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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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

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    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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    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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    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 30u30@eljays44.com. 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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    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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