Nina Mason

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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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  • Events
    Photo of Malvern Spring Festival 2021 cancelled by the RHS

    Malvern Spring Festival 2021 cancelled by the RHS

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed that this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival will not take place due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The news comes after this morning’s announcement that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be postponed from May to September. In a statement, the RHS has said: “With fantastic support from our garden designers, nurseries and traders we had hoped to go ahead with reduced numbers and the addition of an extra day but it has become clear with the current level of uncertainty around outdoor events that we are not going to be…

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    Pro Landscaper launches children’s colouring competition

    Starting from the February issue – which should arrive on your doorstep this week – children aged 10 and under can enter into a colouring competition, with chances to win a prize each month. The picture to colour appears on the back of the carrier page, which arrives on top of your magazine. The same picture will run for the March issue, so there is plenty of time to send in entries. There are two prizes available each month – a £20 Amazon voucher for those aged five and under, and another voucher for the same value for those aged…

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    Photo of Chelsea Flower Show 2021 postponed to September

    Chelsea Flower Show 2021 postponed to September

    For the first time in its 108-year history, the RHS is postponing RHS Chelsea Flower Show to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic. The 2021 show, which would have taken place between 18 May and 23 May, has been moved to run from 21 September to 26 September. The RHS will still hold the world famous event at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Before postponing the show, the RHS had planned to introduce new health and safety measures to the event, such as reducing visitor numbers and spreading the Show over an extra day. However,…

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    Pro Landscaper launches into consumer market with Dream Garden

    Pro Landscaper, the leading B2B brand in the landscape and horticulture sector, is launching into the consumer sector with a new brand Dream Garden. For the last 10 years Pro Landscaper has been immersed in the ‘green’ sector, centring on garden design and landscaping in the commercial and domestic realms. One of the major issues concerning the profession is the lack of ‘value’ in private outdoor space, and gardening TV programmes popping up every season professing that homeowners can have a ‘wow factor’ garden for a couple of thousand pounds, has done nothing to help the industry’s professionalism. We believe…

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    National Garden Scheme launches 2021 online garden events

    Following the success of the charity’s online events in 2020, the National Garden Scheme is kicking off the new gardening year with a series of online talks and events. Bringing the best of gardens, garden owners and experts together to share their insights and passion for gardens and gardening, the digital events series will continue throughout the year. “The importance of gardens and gardening for our health and wellbeing came to the fore in 2020 and, as the uncertainty is set to continue, we’re supplementing our hugely popular garden visits with a series of informative talks and events that will…

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    London Stone announces new hire Paula Chalmers

    London Stone has announced that Paula Chalmers has joined its business development team. Employed as a landscape consultant, Paula will be identifying and developing new client relationships in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and East London. Paula brings 20 years of experience working within the landscaping and construction industry and offers a unique combination of skills. With significant experience working for CED Stone Group and Total Protection, Paula previously held positions as marketing manager and depot & operations manager, where she handled company rebrands, client relations, lead generation and logistics to name just a few. “This role places me in the heart…

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  • Environment
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    Green Achiever Gold Award for Rolawn for second time

    For the second consecutive year, Rolawn is celebrating the success of its environmental strategy, having retained the Green Achiever Gold Award with Diamond Banner accreditation. The award, which follows an annual independent audit by The Green Achiever Scheme, recognises Rolawn’s continuing improvement on the environmental front. Paul Dawson, Rolawn’s managing director, commented: “Green Achiever is a voluntary scheme in which Rolawn participates so that customers have evidence that the company’s environmental policy is actively practiced. Environmental responsibility is integral to Rolawn’s operations. The business works closely with experts in the field not just to ensure compliance with the latest regulations…

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    WATCH: Rosebank – The Success from FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    Back in November 2020, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 became the first ever digital exhibition in the UK’s landscaping industry. One of the most popular sessions from the event was Rosebank – The Success, in which Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson visited the offices of Rosebank Landscaping, a dynamic design and build business based in London. Jim spoke with co-owners Matt Keightley and Cameron Wilson about the start of the business, their endearing friendship and their values, all of which led to the almost-instant success of the business. The resulting interview was video recorded and presented at FutureScape VIRTUAL. Childhood friends Matt and…

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  • Environment
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    Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries has revealed it has passed its ISO 14001 Environmental Audit this year with its prime objective for 2021 being further peat reduction and taking it below 50%. The Hereford-based business has been awarded a certificate for its Environmental Management System, which meets requirements for the production and supply of container-grown stock to garden centres and amenity markets. Steve Reed, production director container division at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to announce we’ve just passed our ISO 14001 Environmental Audit for the 10th year running with our prime objective being peat reduction, followed by a continued decrease in the…

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  • Environment
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    Envirobuild builder’s merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    Envirobuild is celebrating five years of supporting the Rainforest Trust. EnviroBuild is making its annual donation to the non-profit organisation, not only to fund crucial projects but also to offset the carbon footprint of its own production processes since the company was founded in 2015. The London-based supplier has been donating 10% of its profits to the trust for the past five years. To date, it has helped to protect almost 63 million trees and has supported multiple Rainforest Trust projects. With more than 60 years’ experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild aims to provide top-quality products, without the negative…

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    Landscape designs of the future

    Andreas Ramsauer of landscape company Earth Heat Landscapes explains ground source heat pumps and their numerous benefits To reach the new Government targets on reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions there will need to be a major shift in the way we heat our homes and move away from gas and fossil fuels to alternatives such as heat pumps. This article will propose how the landscape industry could play a vital role and take advantage of the potential new boom in designing and installing the ground source heat pump systems. The Ground Source Heat Pump Association says there has been, up…

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    Marshalls plc announces investments of more than £30m in 2021

    Hard landscaping business Marshalls is investing more than £30m this year to increase capacity for existing product ranges, build on its sustainable processes and boost product and digital innovation. One of the largest investments will be at the Marshalls site in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, where the installation of a dual block plant is expected to increase site capacity for the South East region and operational network as a whole. The investment, £20m over three years, will fund the installation of exclusive patented machinery; Marshalls will be the first in the UK to install the technology. Not only will this project…

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  • Associations
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    Houseplant Appreciation Week celebrated by [email protected]

    For 2021, [email protected] has put together a series of dedicated weeks, kicking off with Houseplant Appreciation Week from 10-15 January. This follows on from the American one day celebration of the same name and coincides with Houseplant Week UK. #HouseplantWeekUK celebrates the best in indoor gardening and helps you choose the right plant for your home. Its mission throughout this week has been to promote the benefits of houseplants which have made a big comeback in terms of popularity. It has been promoting their many benefits daily via its website and social media platforms. It also has a section on its…

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  • Design
    Photo of Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Jacob Betts, a trainee landscape designer for Urban Earth South West Limited, has graduated from The Oxford College of Garden Design with Distinction. Oxford College’s Principal, Duncan Heather, said: “Jacob has excelled on this course. It has been a real pleasure to watch his growth in real time, from a competent landscape contractor to a highly gifted artist and designer. A personable young man, who is producing professional work of an extremely high calibre. I wish him every success for the future.” Urban Earth director, Phil Yolland said: “Jacob is exactly the kind of person we are looking to have in our business;…

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  • Business
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    DLA restructures to set clear path for succession

    DLA Architecture has completed a restructure of the business with a re-brand and succession plan. The practice has evolved its brand from DLA Design to DLA Architecture, giving more clarity on its offering to commercial and public sector clients. It has also identified key people within the business to carry forward the succession strategy for the future DLA Architecture has been established for more than 40 years with offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. The award-winning practice employs over 75 architects, landscape architects, architectural technologists and graphic designers. During the last 12 months the DLA leadership team – comprising Mark…

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    Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is announcing today that the UK will commit at least £3bn to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Programmes supported by the funding will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and…

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    Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control, a leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, has announced the appointment of a new managing director, with Marcus Watson handing over to Jason Knights this month.   Marcus’ tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. He continues to be a significant shareholder and non-exec director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.   “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change,” said Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish. “His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well…

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    Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – are being set out today by Environment Secretary George Eustice in his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. The way that plants and animals grow is controlled by the information in their genes. For centuries, farmers and growers have carefully chosen to breed stronger, healthier individual animals or plants so that the next generation has these beneficial traits – but this is a slow…

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    Isuzu Truck expands its dealer coverage in the North Midlands

    Isuzu Truck UK has announced that Isuzu Central, an operating division of Allports Group, has now been appointed as a full sales, service and parts dealer for the Isuzu Truck marque in the North Midlands. This forms part of its recent dealer expansion programme in the UK and will cover Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. Isuzu Central will be representing ITUK, with the company handling both truck product sales and after sales service from the Allports Group four-acre dealer site in Stoke. “Working closely with the Allports Group, we were keen to raise the profile of Isuzu in this area as…

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  • Environment
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    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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    12 Days of Christmas – December

    Festive celebrations this year have been a little, shall we say, limited? Our usual Christmas parties were shifted onto Zoom, and yuletide treats were consumed outdoors, two metres away from those outside our bubble as we tried to protect our mulled wine from being a cup of frozen rain. So, with our December issue, we wanted to bring you some Christmas cheer with a dazzling portfolio from Indoor Garden Design. The London-based company had transformed St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with breath-taking Christmas trees decked in magnificent baubles. And for those who had their holidays in the sun cancelled, there is…

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    12 Days of Christmas – November 2020

    November is usually one of our busiest months. The magazine is typically jam-packed, and alongside this we produce a show guide for our leading landscaping trade event FutureScape and a brochure for our annual small project BIG IMPACT Awards. Well, we still did all of these things as we took our event and awards ceremony online (which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds). We also revealed the winners of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2020, sponsored by Green-tech, which included our youngest winner ever at just 18 years’ old. To add more to our plate,…

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    12 Days of Christmas – October 2020

    With three months to go until the UK was due to leave the EU single market, our Nurture contributors used our October issue to debate the impact Brexit will have on imports – and it might not be all bad. Both Lewis Normand and Nick Coslett looked at the pros and cons of the new rules and regulations on importing plants and trees coming into effect from 1 January 2021 (a thread we continued recently, when the deadline was less than two weeks away). We also reignited the discussion around a gender gap in the industry – statistics suggest one…

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    12 Days of Christmas – September 2020

    Eager to keep diversity at the top of the agenda – and to find out exactly how our associations are addressing the lack of it in the industry – our September issue delved into how horticulture can be more inclusive, and why it perhaps hasn’t appealed in the past. Juliet Sargeant wrote a foreword to the feature, arguing that we can’t keep saying “it will take time to change” – the time for change is now. We also showcased a project built by Ground Control to support and thank our key workers. The NHS Tranquillity Gardens were originally destined for…

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