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    Millboard launches new cladding collection

    Millboard has launched a suite of cutting-edge cladding materials. Available in two styles (‘V Groove’ and ‘Board and Batten’) and a wide range of colours, it provides assurances of UV resistance and eliminates the risk of warping, twisting or rotting. The cladding has been hand-moulded from carefully selected natural timbers, to provide an unmistakably organic look. A year in development, this product is designed to stand the test of time and to require minimal maintenance. The distinctive chamfered cut of the profiles enables the rain to wash the boards, dramatically reducing the need for manual cleaning. The boards are made…

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    [email protected] launches its Christmas Week

    The coming week is [email protected]‘s Christmas Week. The online event, from 9-14 November, will focus on adding Christmas cheer to the workplace. Despite COVID-19 and now a second national lockdown, the association hopes to inspire businesses to celebrate the Christmas season at work. Over the coming weeks, some businesses will remain open whilst others will temporarily close with staff working from home. A spokesperson for [email protected] says: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have some Christmas cheer installed to welcome workers who have to go into work or those coming back at the beginning of December? “We are sure that a…

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    GeoCeramica paving tops off Greenford Quay development

    Brett Landscaping has supplied its GeoCeramica porcelain paving for the roof terraces and public spaces of a major new mixed-use development in London, overlooking the Grand Union Canal. More than 1400m2 of GeoCeramica has been installed across the communal areas of the £151m Greenford Quay development, with 150m2 used to provide a highly aesthetic finish to the communal roof terrace on the tallest tower in the scheme. Greenford Quay is one of the UK’s largest ‘Build to Rent’ schemes with 1,965 new homes being built across seven main buildings within wide public realm spaces. The aim of the development is…

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    Photo of Biggest ever nationwide initiative to restore nature in England launches

    Biggest ever nationwide initiative to restore nature in England launches

    In the first of its kind, an England-wide initiative has been launched to recover nature across the UK. It is the biggest initiative to restore nature ever to be launched in England. The Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership, led by Natural England, brings together representatives from more than 600 organisations to drive forward the restoration of protected sites and landscapes and help provide at least 500,000ha  of new wildlife-rich habitat across England from doorstep to landscape, as set out in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The partners, alongside Defra, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission, will be…

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    Photo of Composite Prime launches reward scheme for installers and stockists

    Composite Prime launches reward scheme for installers and stockists

    Sustainable composite decking and cladding manufacturer Composite Prime has launched a new reward scheme for landscaping professionals and timber and builders merchants. The scheme has been set up to give both consumers and professionals who purchase Composite Prime products the opportunity to enter into monthly prize draws to win a range of products. Stockist sales teams and staff members are also included in the scheme, with those who receive the most customer referrals from submissions also winning. Entrants can enter with each proof of purchase or sale of Composite Prime products. Prizes include a Lay-Z Spa, waterproof Sonos Move speaker,…

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    RHS confirms gardens will remain open

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has confirmed that its gardens will remain open for visitors during the new month-long lockdown across England, which starts today. RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor reopened in June, having closed on 23 March when the first UK lockdown began. Safety measures were put in place, such as social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers. The charity says it is awaiting on further government advice and clarifications as to whether it can run its Glow illuminations events in the gardens and open for Glow in the evenings. Enclosed areas of…

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    Nurture Landscapes Holdings recognised in ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2020

    Nurture Landscapes Holdings Limited has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2020. The report recognises the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic SMEs, highlighting the regional and sector diversity and the entrepreneurial spirit shown by these companies. To be featured in the report, businesses had to demonstrate strong revenue growth over the last three years and outperform their sector peers, creating a unique list of the UK’s most innovative SMEs. Nurture Landscapes provides landscape maintenance, winter gritting and plant display services to the corporate sector. Gavin Jones – part of the group –…

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    Photo of Tivoli helps a small business to grow during the COVID crisis

    Tivoli helps a small business to grow during the COVID crisis

    As part of its response to COVID-19, Tivoli decided to invest in hi-vis vests with a ‘2 metres please’ social distancing message, and protective facemasks for all operatives as added protection to keep them safe while at work. Lytham Embroidery – a small business based in the North that had seen a drop off in business during lockdown – worked overtime to produce the branded PPE that was needed as quickly as possible. Because of the size of the order and the urgency to get the items out to Tivoli operatives, Lytham Embroidery needed more staff, so it offered the…

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    New biocide gains momentum following positive user feedback

    Following its recent launch, new biocide Enclean has made a successful introduction into the amenity sector following positive reports from early adopters, confirms agronomist Robert Bone, amenity specialist with Agrovista. Robert, who has more than 35 years of industry experience, first saw the biocide in its development phase 18 months ago and was impressed with both its speed of action in eradicating algae and its positive effect on dealing with other green deposits that often build up on hard surfaces. “I followed Enclean’s progress across a number of trials during 2019 and although it’s designed primarily to remove algae, trials…

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    Winners announced for this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation

    Pro Landscaper has announced its 2020 winners of the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30: The Next Generation initiative. The initiative, sponsored by Green-tech, is now in its sixth year, and aims to recognise, reward, and promote the rising stars in the UK’s landscaping industry. Pro Landscaper’s managing director Jim Wilkinson comments: “Firstly, massive congratulations to all of this year’s winners. What a year to win, with all that the world has thrown at us, and to see so many brilliant entries really reflects amazingly on this sector. “During these extremely tough and unpredictable times, the performance of this year’s winners…

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    Photo of Shortlist revealed for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020

    Shortlist revealed for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020

    Pro Landscaper has revealed the shortlist for its small project BIG IMPACT Awards. For the third year in a row, the awards will celebrate projects with a value under £25k, which often go underappreciated. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday 18 November at 5pm as part of the FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 event, which will take place online from 17 to 19 November. Jim Wilkinson, managing director of Eljays44 which hosts the awards, says: “Now in its third year, Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards has really established itself as an essential part of the UK landscaping diary. “We…

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    RHS Malvern Spring Festival to return in 2021

    Following on from the sell-out success of the socially distanced, outdoor Malvern Plant and Garden Fair in September, the Three Counties has announced the return of RHS Malvern Spring Festival next year from May 5-9 2021. RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2021 will be running for an additional fifth day next year, with reduced visitor numbers and morning or afternoon ticket options. The revised measures will ensure plenty of space for visitors to explore the show gardens, specialist plant nurseries, alfresco eateries and retail stands. The traditional Floral Marquee will be reimagined with the open-air Specialist Nurseries Arena with more than 70 RHS-award-winning…

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    MCM launches new recycled aggregate

    With site drainage considerations particularly crucial at this time of year, it is worth considering a permeable recycled aggregate alternative to keep your landscape and groundworks free-draining this season. An effective site drainage component and cheaper than a primary equivalent, soil and aggregate supplier MCM‘s 2/6mm permeable aggregate bedding layer helps grounds teams, builders and landscapers meet sustainability targets on site, reducing the drain on natural resources by opting for a secondary aggregate. A bonus for the environment bottom lines. Available direct from MCM as an underlayer for block paving and driveways, this recycled aggregate is ideal for landscaping projects as…

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    Horticulture nominations open for new look ALBAS 2021

    Lantra Scotland is again running its ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) to find and celebrate Scotland’s top rural learners and their achievements. The ALBAS will be online for the first time, with the virtual ceremony taking place on Thursday 4 March 2021. Now in their 19th year, the awards cover a range of rural industry categories, including agriculture, animal care, aquaculture, environmental conservation, equine, fisheries management, game and wildlife, horticulture, land-based engineering and trees and timber. As well as prizes for Overall Winner, Runner-up and Modern Apprentice of the Year, there will also be the Anna Murray Award…

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    The weird and the wonderful – six spooky plants for Halloween

    Not all Halloween decorations need to be fake spider webs and witches’ hats! Why not consider using ‘scary’ and dramatic looking house plants and create a display that mixes pumpkins and gourds? Here are six suggestions from Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design   1 Tacca Chantrieri (bat flower) A truly unusual plant with bat flowers that has whiskers which spread 30cm across and can grow up to 60cm tall. Give your plant plenty of light – keep it moist at all times and your plant will keep on giving you lots of these eerie looking flowers. 2 Calla Lily…

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    Photo of Waterscape’s irrigation expertise features at TV centre

    Waterscape’s irrigation expertise features at TV centre

    Waterscapes designed the irrigation system for the television centre in White City, after being appointed by landscape architecture firm Gillespies. The project required the most suitable irrigation products to meet the demands of the varied landscapes at the centre. Having also been appointed by the landscape contractor Gavin Jones Limited, Waterscapes worked with it to manage the time critical installation phases of the project. “The attention to detail shown by Waterscapes, their professionalism and choice of the highest quality irrigation products were key to the success of the project,” said Mike Veness of Gavin Jones. The Grade-II listed BBC Television…

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    Photo of Former RHS show manager joins Provender Nurseries

    Former RHS show manager joins Provender Nurseries

    Provender Nurseries has strengthened its online presence with the newly appointed online sales manager, Lizzy Patterson. The position is new to Provender Nurseries and has been created in order to improve the customer journey on Provender Nurseries’ website. The role involves close contact with the sales director, marketing manager, business development manager and online sales order processors. The new role will involve overseeing many aspects of Provender Nurseries website including: managing and supporting the online sales orders, organising promotions, dealing with any customer issues on the website and maintain and facilitate continuous development of the website and inventory. Lizzy joined…

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    Photo of Tivoli to deliver scheduled winter maintenance services for Scottish Water

    Tivoli to deliver scheduled winter maintenance services for Scottish Water

    Tivoli will provide scheduled winter maintenance services at more than 30 key sites throughout Scotland for the 2020-2021 winter season, strengthening its partnership with Scottish Water. Tivoli has delivered planned grounds maintenance for Scottish Water since 1 February 2019, including grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at over 3,000 sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. The dedicated Tivoli teams will now deliver gritting, snow clearance, and supply gritting materials to main Scottish Water sites this winter. Tivoli subscribes to premium Met Office data services to ensure that sites are maintained in line with the most accurate and…

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    Plant Healthy e-learning modules launched

    In the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Plant Health Alliance has launched five Plant Healthy training modules. The modules cover a range of subjects fundamental to the management of plant health and biosecurity in the UK. Starting with regulations and controls, the modules progress to cover how to conduct a Pest Risk Analysis for a horticultural business or organisation’s site. A site can be a nursery, garden centre, landscaper’s or arborist’s yard, or a public garden. Also covered are the types of harmful organisms and how they spread. Information is provided on good plant biosecurity practice in relation…

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    Cundall achieves world-first carbon neutral certification

    Cundall was certified carbon neutral in September – the first consultancy in the world to achieve this Carbon Trust certification. All direct emissions resulting from the business, indirect emissions from the purchase of electricity, and all business travel are included in the calculation of the practice’s carbon footprint across all its offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, MENA, Asia and Australia. In order to meet the requirements of the internationally accepted PAS 2060 Standard for carbon neutrality, Cundall undertook a detailed carbon footprint analysis of its entire business operations and set science-based targets to achieve absolute reduction against all three scopes approved by the…

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    Landscape Associates uses tech to stay on top

    Award-winning landscape contractor Landscape Associates has deployed mobile workflow solution ‘Fieldmotion‘ throughout its business. This is as a means of reducing, time, paper, hassle and ultimately cost, whilst improving communication, reporting and compliance. Managing director Richard Curle says: “The business has grown steadily over the years, and we are immensely proud of what we do as a team; however, it got to the stage four years ago that I knew I needed some support to ensure I was keeping all the plates spinning. We engaged the services of NAG Solutions to audit our current systems and make recommendations for improvements. The…

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    Caribbean Blinds scoops national Real Homes Awards 2020

    Caribbean Blinds is celebrating a national win at the Real Homes Awards 2020. The Sudbury based external shading expert won the title of ‘Best Garden Buy’ for its most sought-after terrace covering, the Outdoor Living Pod™. The Real Homes Awards, which attracts hundreds of entries, aim to find and name the very best home products across every category, unveiling the most inspiring ideas and reviewing everything the consumer might need to finish their home. The Outdoor Living Pod™ scooped the Real Homes top spot in the garden category, offering more unique features, greater comfort, enhanced durability and better value for money than…

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    Nationally important wildflower grasslands get increased protection

    Two nationally rare flower-rich grasslands have gained national protection in recognition of their national importance for wildlife, Natural England has announced. Dallow Downs & Winsdon Hill (DD&WH), a chalk grassland on the western outskirts of Luton, and Cowslip Meadow, a flower-rich meadow located in a residential area to the north of Luton, have gained national status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s with flower-rich grassland now only covering a mere 1% of the UK’s land area. Today’s move will see around 48ha of land receive strong legal protection…

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    Photo of Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for 1,300 new homes in South Dublin

    Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for 1,300 new homes in South Dublin

    Grant Associates is working with Fletcher Priest Architects to design the masterplan for a new community in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, South Dublin for developer Quintain Ireland Ltd. When complete, Cherrywood Village will include over 1,300 homes, three public parks and over 50,000 sq ft of retail and civic amenities as well as primary and post-primary schools. The masterplan builds on the principles set out by the Strategic Development Zone status for the area. Fletcher Priest and Grant Associates are coordinating their work with the design team for this wider area, including Dublin-based Architectural practices Urban Agency and O’Mahony Pike Architects. Green and blue infrastructure…

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    Photo of Vectorworks receives nine nominations for Construction Computing Awards

    Vectorworks receives nine nominations for Construction Computing Awards

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is celebrating its nominations for the 2020 Construction Computing Awards. Vectorworks, Inc. and its products Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Landmark received nine nominations in BIM, architectural and innovation categories, among others. Additionally, the Vectorworks Nomad app is nominated in the Mobile Application category and Jonathan Reeves of Jonathan Reeves Architects received two nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer. The Construction Computing Awards, also known as ‘The Hammers’, is now in its 15th year. The awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions used in the effective design,…

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