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    How to futureproof your landscaping project

    As we know, biodiversity and biodiversity net gain (BNG) are both hot topics at the moment. December’s COP15 ended with a landmark agreement to guide global action on nature through to 2030. While it will be a big challenge, BNG delivered in the right way, offers a genuine opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to nature’s recovery. Here are my top tips on how landscape architects can be ready for what’s big in biodiversity in 2023. Together is Better The great thing about BNG is that it combines the skillsets of the landscape architect and the ecologist. Understanding the legal…

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    12 Days of Christmas: December 2022

    As we prepared to bid goodbye to 2022, Pro Landscaper appointed James Groves as its new editor, with head of content Nina Mason moving to oversee content across publisher Eljay44’s wider portfolio.  Our final edition of the year presented Pro Landscaper’s 25 Most Influential for 2022, led by Landform Consultant’s Mark Gregory, the University of Sheffield’s Nigel Dunnett and garden designer Sarah Eberle. Andrew Wilson weighed in on the ups and downs of teaching garden design. In other news… Regrettably, landscaping and grounds maintenance contractor Cultura Group entered receivership just before Christmas, reflecting the reality of a challenging 12 months…

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    12 Days of Christmas: November 2022

    FutureScape’s tenth anniversary delivered the most successful iteration yet, with thousands of visitors attending the event at the ExCeL London on 15 and 16 November. Three new seminar theatres were added to the 2022 event – the Lighting Zone, the Urban Greening Zone in association with Maylim, and the Training, Education and Employment Village in association with GoLandscape. In Pro Landscaper’s November 2022 edition, Christopher Martin explored how we can create public spaces for those with autism, while Noel Kingsbury asked whether we could think more radically about large-scale planting. Our penultimate issue of the year also marked the British…

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    12 Days of Christmas: October 2022

    In October, Pro Landscaper announced the winners of 2022’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, in association with Green-tech. The initiative recognises those making incredible contributions to the landscaping industry. It covers a vast range of sectors including garden design, landscape construction, grounds maintenance, landscape architecture, sales and services. Meanwhile, with temperatures soaring across the UK and weather warnings being issued for extreme heat as record highs were set throughout summer, Pro Landscaper’s October edition looked at how companies are designing and building public spaces with climate change in mind. Elsewhere, Christopher Martin looked at how we could use the…

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    12 Days of Christmas: September 2022

    Autumn brought the beginning of a new chapter at Pro Landscaper; our September 2022 edition was the first following a significant rebranding. While our overall look underwent considerable change, the biggest focus was the flow of the magazine, enhancing the reading experience with streamlined and refocused approach to content. As part of the September issue, Chris Churchman pondered the landscape industry’s role and achievements in shaping the natural environment. Meanwhile, we took a look at Singapore’s fantastic Gardens by the Bay. In other news… Pro Landscaper looked at the significance of UK manufacturing, and also asked whether smart gardens could be…

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    12 Days of Christmas: August 2022

    As we hurtled towards autumn, Pro Landscaper caught up with Gareth Kirkwood, eight months into his tenure as CEO of Nurture Group after Peter Fane stepped down in January. “History is littered with organisations who have grown faster than the rate they can cope with”, he said at the time. “We’re building a platform for future growth.” As ever, our August 2022 edition featured a wide variety of key talking points affecting our industry. In this issue, Jason Knights stated that government inaction means businesses must take charge of biodiversity. Meanwhile, Nick Coslett highlighted the opportunities that solar panels can…

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    12 Days of Christmas: July 2022

    By the time a record-breaking, scorching July arrived, Ground Control’s Marcus Watson had completed his 1,400-mile cycle ride in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and penned a two-part series for Pro Landscaper, drawing parallels for business and personal success. Our July 2022 edition featured garden designer Mark Draper celebrating 30 years at Graduate Gardeners. Meanwhile, on the back of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andrew Wilson pondered ‘the art of perfection’ and asked whether we should relax more. In other news… The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs published a review exploring how the horticulture sector can make use of…

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    12 Days of Christmas: June 2022

    Summer 2022 delivered an important reshuffle of the Pro Landscaper team, with Jessica Dean-Hill arriving as editorial assistant. In our June edition, May & Watts reflected on a 25-year journey in the landscaping industry, with a particular focus on the growing climate for private and commercial garden spaces. Meanwhile, Christopher Martin called on the industry to reduce noise pollution and “reap the biodiversity benefits”. “What I do not think we fully grasp yet, is the risk posed to the environment, to society, and to us physically from urban noise”, he said. In other news… The landscaping industry paid its respects…

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    12 Days of Christmas: May 2022

    As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returned to its traditional May date for the first time since 2019, Pro Landscaper’s RHS special followed suit. A key highlight was Project Giving Back, a new initiative funding 12 gardens to offer charities the chance to promote themselves after what would have been a difficult couple of years for many of them. The 2022 iteration of the show was Sue Biggs’ last as director general of the RHS, handing over the reins after over a decade at the helm. In other news… Ground Control became certified as a B Corp, joining a growing cohort…

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    12 Days of Christmas: April 2022

    Spring continued our return to physical events with the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022, bringing the landscaping community together for an afternoon to celebrate the excellent standards set within the industry. After another enormously successful event in 2022, we’re looking towards The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2023, which will move venues to Old Billingsgate on 21 April.  Pro Landscaper’s April 2022 edition, meanwhile, saw Peter Reader move to “debunk the fairytale of farming”. “We lambast other countries for the destruction of their native environments, and yet we continue to destroy our own,” he said. Our ‘Let’s Hear it From’ for…

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    12 Days of Christmas: March 2022

    Back in March, the landscaping community gathered at Sandown Park Racecourse for a day full of networking, debates, educational seminars, and inspirational talks. Futurescape Spring 2022, which hosted over 100 exhibitors, was the first to take place since 2019 following COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, Pro Landscaper’s Green Issue – the third annual edition dedicated to the industry’s ever-evolving approach to sustainability – featured a UK Landscape Barometer special. According to the barometer, a whopping 80% of suppliers responding to our survey believed they were going ‘above and beyond’ to be environmentally friendly. Even more (90%) claimed they were making an effort…

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    12 Days of Christmas: February 2022

    In a month that witnessed the publication of Pro Landscaper’s 125th edition, February 2022 brought a new CEO at Nurture Group, with founder Peter Fane replaced by Gareth Kirkwood OBE. Fane, who took up the position of Executive Chairman, said he believed the new CEO would “drive us forward and make an important contribution to the growth of the company”. Meanwhile, Lynne Marcus, chair of the Society of Garden Designers, argued that artificial grass is causing too much industry damage for landscapers to continue promoting it. “It has always shocked me that people who are aware of the damage of…

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    12 Days of Christmas: January 2022

    With an ever-subsiding threat of further lockdown restrictions, the arrival of 2022 offered some cautious optimism for the twelve months ahead. As ever, Pro Landscaper sought to accentuate that much-needed industry positivity as we entered a new year. In our January 2022 edition, Sue Morgan featured as Pro Landscaper’s first Let’s Hear it From of the year, having landed her “dream job” as CEO of the Landscape Institute in August 2021. Meanwhile, freelance designer, writer and researcher Noel Kingsbury called on the UK to follow in the footsteps of mainland Europe to develop a “viable” strategy for large-scale perennial planting,…

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