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Rachael Forsyth

  • Apprentices
    Photo of Prestigious prize helps Eden apprentice

    Prestigious prize helps Eden apprentice

    Eden horticulture apprentice Patricie Zeleznikova has won The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Horticulture for her outstanding work on a forest garden at the project. During her two years at Eden, Patricie worked on the forest garden seen by around one million visitors a year as they wind their way towards the Visitor Centre. Her apprenticeship finishes at the end of this month (September 2020) and she plans to donate the award prize towards a new forest garden in Cornwall which she and fellow Eden apprentice Liz Mortimer are planning to design together. The award was made by the…

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    Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

    Global workwear brand Dickies is calling on tradespeople to nominate someone whose work inspires them as part of a new campaign celebrating those who love what they do and take pride in their work. The global campaign, United by Inspiration, United by Dickies, features footage of 10 of Dickies’ community of makers from around the world showing their skills, including British stonemason Rob Maxfield. In light of global restrictions on social contact, the footage was shot by the makers themselves and aims to highlight how those who make a living with their hands can continue to inspire each other despite…

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    Doosan Launches New HB-series Hydraulic Breakers

    Doosan Infracore Europe has launched the new HB-series hydraulic breaker range for the European market. The new range of five HB-series breakers provides a novel concept with high performance and a simplified design, specifically optimized and fully certified for Doosan excavators with carrier weights from 1.2 to 15 tonne. As a result, Doosan HB breakers offer the highest possible productivity, whether the operator is demolishing concrete or breaking rocks. The high quality of the breakers is backed by an industry-leading 2 year warranty and they are available at cost-effective prices, providing customer benefits in terms of total cost of ownership.…

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    Green-tech’s Green-tree roof garden substrate

    Client: Dandara Living Landscape Contractor: Palmer Landscapes Green-tech has announced that their Green-tree roof garden substrate was used in the award-winning scheme installed by Palmer Landscapes. Leodis Square, Sweet Street, Leeds is a city centre development project, comprising four apartment blocks of up to 12 storeys high. The development is also home to two podium gardens; situated on the roofs of the on-site car parking, which form the courtyards for the apartments. Palmer Landscapes is a commercial landscape contractor with 50 years’ experience behind them. The Leodis Square project took two years to complete and won them a 2020 BALI…

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    Photo of Kubota upgrades its popular G-Series line-up

    Kubota upgrades its popular G-Series line-up

    Building on its reputation for developing innovative solutions for customers in the Groundcare market, Kubota is pleased to announce the launch of its newly updated and popular G-Series range of mowers. These mowers have been specially developed to meet the professional groundcare needs of key customer segments such as councils, contractors and large property owners. There are two models in the new G-Series line-up, G231 and G261, both available with low and high dump grass collectors. These models have eye-catching developments such as a new hydrostatic transmission (HST) designed to increase traction and grip. The mowers are also equipped with…

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  • Environment
    Photo of England’s not so green and pleasant land

    England’s not so green and pleasant land

    New research from Friends of the Earth supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery shows 1 in 5 people in England struggle to access quality green space – be it private gardens, public parks or open fields. The report ranks neighbourhoods from A (the best access to green space) to E (the least access to green space). Almost 11 million people live in E rated neighbourhoods with an additional 7.7 million in D rated neighbourhoods. List of E rated neighbourhoods by local authority is available here or in map form here. Bringing together official data on the availability of green space to…

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    Photo of London Stone and Stark & Greensmith announce collaboration

    London Stone and Stark & Greensmith announce collaboration

    Nationwide hard landscaping materials supplier London Stone have joined forces with Stark & Greensmith, known across the sector for their decorative garden screening and panels. The partnership sees Stark & Greensmith’s exciting and innovative range of products being added to London Stone’s e-commerce platform. Customers can now purchase Stark & Greensmith’s inspiring range of panel kits and screening products along with London Stone’s range of porcelain, natural stone, and composite decking products. Nationwide delivery across the range is standard. “We’re thrilled to officially align London Stone and Stark & Greensmith on our e-commerce platform,” says Steven Walley, managing director of…

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    Photo of GGM Groundscare makes commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030

    GGM Groundscare makes commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030

    Award Winning GGM Groundscare has taken its dedication to being an eco-friendly organisation to the next level and commit to a drive to improve its green credentials even further. The Colne based organisation already boasts an impressive record for environmental awareness and over the lockdown period the business has taken stock and investigated ways to enhance this, undertaking several new measures including investing in renewable energy, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions and helping improve air quality locally. The move came after the company completed a full energy and environmental audit and joined the Chamber of Trade’s Green Rose programme,…

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  • Environment
    Photo of Wetland restored as part of No Net Loss project

    Wetland restored as part of No Net Loss project

    Work to restore important wetland habitats at Forest Farm has been completed as part of the ‘No Net Loss’ project, funded by Network Rail. The project has also seen almost 1000 native trees planted to increase species diversity at the site and 5,500 bluebell, snowdrop, wild garlic, wood anemone and primrose bulbs planted at the Cardiff Council owned Nature Reserve, to benefit the biodiversity of the habitat. The pipework feeding the wetland ponds, which are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including Kingfishers, Herons and Otters, were previously blocked and the water levels too low. With the help of…

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    Furnitubes manufacturer touch-free sanitiser dispenser

    As good hand hygiene remains critical in the prevention and control of Covid-19, a UK-based street furniture manufacturer has launched a range of touch-free sanitiser dispensers to help reduce the risk of contamination. During lockdown, Furnitubes adapted its ZenithⓇ bollard to accommodate large refillable hand sanitiser bottles. They have since developed the range to include smart black option Catherine Barratt, Managing Director at Furnitubes said: ‘With hospitality and retail re-opening but the threat of a second wave very real, we wanted to create a touch-free sanitiser dispenser that would become a smart, permanent solution for busy public areas. The Zenith hand…

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    Begonia ‘Sweet Spice (TM) Bounty’ royalties donated

    Plant sales of Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM Bounty’ have been donated to the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK.   Plant breeder, Kerley & Co, set out to donate 50% of the royalties received from wholesale distributor, Ball Colegrave, to DCF for two years.   This year £660 was gratefully received by DCF which will go towards its Student Scholarships.  Specialising in breeding patio plants grown from cuttings, Kerley & Co is a growing family business based near Cambridge. Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM’ Bounty is a new variety of vegetatively-propagated Begonia bred by Tim Kerley, a partner in the business and also the first recipient of DCF’s Markham-Colegrave Scholarship.   Ball Colegrave (formerly Colegrave Seeds), is the UK’s leading wholesale distributor of seed and plants to commercial growers and local authorities and was founded in 1962 by the late David Colegrave and his wife Nancy. Tim Kerley comments: “We are delighted…

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  • Awards
    Photo of Regius Keeper is named Scotland’s Public Sector Leader of the Year

    Regius Keeper is named Scotland’s Public Sector Leader of the Year

    Simon Milne MBE has been named Scotland’s top public sector leader at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Awards. The accolade for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) Regius Keeper comes less than a week after the organisation secured a £50m investment from Scottish Government for its innovative Edinburgh Biomes project and marks another landmark in the Garden’s 350th anniversary year. Having earlier in the evening scooped the title of Regional Director of the Year for Edinburgh & Lothians, in a virtual ceremony acknowledging the very best in Scotland’s business, across 12 key director categories, the overall award recognised the major…

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    Scottish Government investment in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Scottish Government funding of £50m will sustain the place of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) at the vanguard of global action to combat the climate emergency and address the biodiversity crisis. The Low Carbon Fund backing covers five years’ work on the visionary Edinburgh Biomes initiative, creating world-class facilities producing climate, economic, wellbeing and environmental benefits, as part of Scotland’s a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. By supporting the Edinburgh Biomes project in the institute’s 350th anniversary year, it will safeguard the Garden’s public Heritage Glasshouses while enhancing research facilities and addressing weaknesses in its aging infrastructure. It also…

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    Photo of Ground Control trials industry-leading de-icing technology

    Ground Control trials industry-leading de-icing technology

    Ground Control‘s commitment to caring for the environment will see the country’s biggest winter maintenance provider trial a number of industry-leading, green technologies over the coming months in a move towards making its gritting business carbon neutral. Ground Control and The Gritting Company will replace the secondary diesel engine routinely used to dispense salt or grit on one of its trucks with a fully electric drive, offering six to eight hours of continuous use on a single charge. Another gritting vehicle will be equipped with brine tanks, allowing the operator to dispense the liquid brine followed by a reduced amount…

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    Photo of Heming Engineering named as dealer for world’s first fully electric skid steer loader

    Heming Engineering named as dealer for world’s first fully electric skid steer loader

    Family-run Cotswold company Heming Engineering Ltd is showing the way in challenging times for the economy by being named as a dealer for the world’s first fully electric skid steer loader. The company – which has been in business for 52 years and is based in Willersey, near Broadway – is adding to its burgeoning sales portfolio by becoming sole dealer in five counties for the state-of-the-art Elise 900 loader made by Kovaco Electric Company, which is headquartered in Prague in the Czech Republic. The loader is 100 per cent electric, operates for more than eight hours on one charge…

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  • Awards
    Photo of Mark Lane scoops Landscape Designer of the Year Award

    Mark Lane scoops Landscape Designer of the Year Award

    BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane has been awarded the title of Landscape Designer of the Year 2020 in the prestigious BUILD Architecture Awards. The Canterbury-based TV broadcaster, who runs Mark Lane Designs Ltd, is renowned for his sustainable and beautiful garden and landscape designs, which respect the natural world. The award judges recognised Mark and his company for its expertise, dedication to client service and satisfaction, and commitment to excellence, quality and innovation. Mark says: “I am thrilled to be chosen for this award, which recognises garden design firms that design gardens that are in-keeping with the surrounding environment,…

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  • Build
    Photo of Country Gardens market is still strong

    Country Gardens market is still strong

    Award-winning landscape company says that the demand for country house gardens has proved strong all the way through the recent COVID-19 crisis and continues to develop. With particular expertise in designing and constructing country gardens in the Home Counties, Bowles & Wyer share their insight on how the market has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. “People have a renewed interest in using their gardens in the last few months” says Bowles & Wyer CEO, John Wyer, “At the start of lockdown, it was the only space available to most homeowners. Since then, with an emphasis on entertaining in the garden, we have seen…

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  • Environment
    Photo of The Royal Parks creates car-free spaces to preserve parkland

    The Royal Parks creates car-free spaces to preserve parkland

    The Royal Parks charity (TRP) has begun five important trials to reduce cut-through motor traffic on park roads. This includes making The Mall car-free on weekends during daylight hours, and opening up new car-free spaces for visitors to enjoy the natural environment. The trials across six of the Royal Parks to close sections of roads will begin on 15th August and will last six months, concluding in February 2021. Drivers will be able to park in car parks as usual although access routes to certain car parks will be restricted. Reducing cut-through traffic has long been an aspiration. As a result…

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    New podcast for trades and construction business owners launches

    A new podcast for trades and construction business owners has launched providing vital support and motivation for the industry during the pandemic. The Evolve and Grow podcast has been set up by The Trades Coach, Alison Warner, who hosts a series of compelling conversations with guests from successful business owners to leading industry figures. Alison said: “This is a brand-new podcast for the trades and construction industry sharing valuable tips and advice on how to grow a sustainable business, and strike a healthy work life balance. “It’s the perfect medium for busy people on the move, you can download an…

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    Photo of Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks

    Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks

    Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks have been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, be it river banks, railway and road embankments and bridge abutments. Smiths’ tells us how the way in which this stone product is being used is changing.  Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used to enhance any smaller landscape or garden project. With the ability to…

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    Photo of idverde digs deep to help people in horticulture as a Platinum Perennial Partner

    idverde digs deep to help people in horticulture as a Platinum Perennial Partner

    idverde, the UK’s leading green space management company, is delighted to have become a Platinum Partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Dedicated to supporting more than 7,000 colleagues across the UK and Europe, idverde is the UK’s leading grounds maintenance and landscaping provider. The company also grants up to £40,000 per year to local projects via its Community Investment Fund, a charitable initiative aimed at empowering communities to deliver sought after projects to improve their green spaces and boost wellbeing. idverde HR Director, Andrea Gomm, says:“We know that…

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    Photo of Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers

    Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers

    Drivers are at risk of sun damage while travelling, as temperatures across the UK are set to soar, new research finds. More than one in four (28%) UK motorists have burnt through a van or car window, according to new research from Confused.com. However, it seems that people are completely unaware of the risks, as more than two in five (44%) didn’t know you can get sun damage while driving with the windows closed. To explore the issue further, Confused.com conducted an experiment with the help of Melanoma UK. The results of the experiment found drivers can still develop sun damage…

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    Photo of ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    Soaring lockdown littering levels led to an astonishing 258.4* tonnes of rubbish collected from London’s eight Royal Parks in June alone – the equivalent in weight of 20** new London buses, or 74 elephants. This represents an increase of 32% compared with June 2019. And it took staff 11,078*** hours (the equivalent of 15 months) just to clear the litter left on the grass – in addition to the time spent emptying bins. The Royal Parks has welcomed increased numbers of visitors to the parks during the peak of the pandemic, providing a boost to physical and mental wellbeing. However,…

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    Wildflowers for The Queen – a celebration of wildflower meadows

    Famed for his portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and the Dalai Lama, Hugo Rittson-Thomas celebrates a very different cultural icon in his new book: the wildflower meadow.  In partnership with conservation charity Plantlife, and with a foreword by their patron HRH The Prince of Wales, Wildflowers for The Queen, by fine-art photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, celebrates the unsung beauty and diversity of wildflower meadows. The book is inspired by the achievements of the Coronation Meadows established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2013. He explains: “The idea of the Coronation Meadows initiative was a simple one: to find the…

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    95 years of Fields in Trust

    Through the COVID-19 lockdown people have realised just how valuable local parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing and as places to meet loved ones safely. Green space charity Fields in Trust, who are celebrating their 95th anniversary next week, are calling for the revaluing of parks and green spaces to take account of what they contribute to communities – not just what they cost to maintain. As the UK was rebuilding after World War I and a devastating influenza pandemic, the future King George VI convened the inaugural meeting of Fields in Trust (then known as the National…

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