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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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    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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    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
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    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
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    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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  • Build
    Photo of The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

    The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

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    Silent Struggles of the Self-Employed

    Claire Vokins shares her experience of being self-employed throughout the pandemic and the struggles this has brought with it – and why it’s so important that we’re honest when someone asks how we are How are you? How many times have you been asked that question over the last 10 months or so? How many times have you asked it? How many times have you asked with the expectation that someone may just say, “Yeah, I’m good, cheers, you?” And you’ve been relieved at that answer. How many times have you responded the same way? But wished you had said…

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    Pro Landscaper February 2021

    It’s somewhat surreal to be going into February 2021 with the UK in its third national lockdown. And yet, here we are, once again being told to stay indoors to save lives and protect the NHS. Unfortunately for many, the fun of homeschooling is added to the equation. So, we thought we’d introduce a children’s colouring competition from our February issue – not only for a short distraction but to introduce them, albeit in a small way, to horticulture. When your issue arrives, the picture to colour is on the same piece of paper as your address. (And sorry, the…

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    Plans accelerate for a car-free Strand

    Work is set to start on the £18m reimagining of Strand Aldwych in central London, turning this polluted traffic bottleneck into a car-free public space. Westminster City Council’s plans, developed with local partners and by LDA Design, WSP and Norman Rourke Pryme, describe the scheme as a “massive shot in the arm for the local economy”. It is hoped the new design will boost a part of the city affected during the pandemic by loss of trade and footfall. Reclaiming part of the Strand from traffic will create a unified cultural and educational district, with public realm that can host…

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    Newly created town studies its tree population

    A new town in East Devon has decided to take a serious look at its tree population, in an effort to keep itself green well into the future. Cranbrook has a population of circa 5,000 and this is set to more than triple by 2030. However, as the town becomes more built up and the demand for housing increases, competition for space will inevitably grow and the town’s trees will become an ever-more valuable resource. In partnership with Cranbrook Town Council, East Devon District Council commissioned consultancy Treeconomics to carry out a tree valuation survey of the town. The team…

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  • Events
    Photo of Chelsea Flower Show’s autumn move supported by Yeo Valley

    Chelsea Flower Show’s autumn move supported by Yeo Valley

    Following the RHS’ announcement that its Chelsea Flower Show will now take place in the autumn, Yeo Valley Organic has agreed to adapt its plans for the Yeo Valley Organic Garden for the postponed event. The show garden, inspired by the real Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Somerset, has been designed by Tom Massey and Sarah Mead. It highlights the importance of soil health in reversing climate change and tackling global biodiversity collapse. Sarah Mead, who designed the real Yeo Valley Organic Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and who works with her husband Tim in the Yeo Valley Organic…

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    Ground Control selected to join leading global environmental group

    Ground Control has won global recognition for accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) as part of the company’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint. In being granted membership to The EV100 Group, Ground Control has joined other companies such as Openreach, Centrica, Costain, EDF Energy, E.ON, GSK and DHL which are helping the UK to reach its net-zero goal by both transitioning to 100% electric vehicles and putting in place the infrastructure to achieve this change. The EV100 Group is working to make electric transport the new normal by 2030 and brings together forward-thinking companies dedicated to accelerating the transition…

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    Global Stone acquires Digby Stone

    Global Stone (Colchester) Ltd has announced that it has acquired Digby Trading Ltd (Digby Stone) as of Thursday 28 January. Digby Stone was established in 2008 by Darren and Claire Digby and has rapidly become one of the leading suppliers of natural stone and porcelain paving in the UK. Darren said: “We have built a very strong and loyal customer base during this time but recognised that we needed to strengthen our supply chain to retain consistent high levels of customer service. The constant challenge facing Digby Stone moving forward was to secure continuity of supply through a combination of…

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  • Awards
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    Horticulture trainees shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS 2021

    Four horticulture trainees have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (the ALBAS). The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony taking place on Thursday 4 March 2021. The horticulture trainees that have reached the final are Maureen Brown, Martin Collie Stewart, Matthew Houston and Natalia Reifart-Bieganowska. Maureen Brown, aged 33 from Galashiels, has been doing an SVQ Level 3 in Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces at James Gardening & Landscaping, through Borders College. Martin Collie Stewart, aged 18 from Rosshall Academy in Glasgow, has been doing an NPA in Horticulture at Glasgow Clyde College.…

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    Top 6 Houseplants of 2021

    Houseplants are hotter than ever right now and are the perfect friend for the home office or as part of an interior design scheme. Bringing some green into your home is proven to offer a great deal benefits for our mental health and well being. Ian Drummond shares his top houseplants for 2021 1 Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’ (Mother-in-law’s tongue ‘Moonshine’) Striking, silver-leaved, sword like foliage originating from the barren landscapes of Africa. It thrives in very arid conditions, meaning it can live happily in our centrally heated homes.  It is a very low maintenance plant and easy to care for. 2 Asplenium antiquum (Bird’s nest fern)…

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    Greenfingers charity to benefit from support from Scotscape Groundscape

    Scotscape Groundscape has announced that it will be donating 1% of the annual value of every new Annual Garden Maintenance Contract it wins to charity Greenfingers. Greenfingers is national charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and benefit from. Greenfingers createa  outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with their family, friends and siblings. Linda Petrons, director of fundraising and communications at Greenfingers, says: “On behalf of us all at Greenfingers Charity, I would to say a huge thank you to Darren…

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    Tivoli white paper explores managing outdoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond

    Tivoli Group Ltd has launched a new white paper, ‘Managing outdoor spaces: Lessons from Coronavirus’. It explores what is best practice for outdoor space management with changing COVID restrictions. One effect of coronavirus restrictions has been a steady increase in public use of parks and open spaces. So, as restrictions continue to change, what’s the best way to manage outdoor spaces to support communities and ensure value for money? To answer this question, Tivoli reflected on lessons since March 2020 and collated the experiences into a free white paper guide on managing outdoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond. The guide…

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