Rachael Forsyth

  • Environment
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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Dr. Duncan Slater, senior lecturer in arboriculture at Myerscough College, tells us why he’s fully behind the Green Up Campaign and offers some key solutions to tree planting which would stop our supermarket car parks being full of dying trees. Why do you feel like the Green Up campaign is needed? Unfortunately, these high public-use areas, which are owned by commercial enterprises, are very often neglected after the initial installation of the landscaping scheme. They often lie at the heart of a town centre, or are key to how a retail area look for visitors and yet they are highly…

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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

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    Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

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  • Environment
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    Pro Landscaper magazine’s Green Up Campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force – and so it should be. The global temperature is rising, ice sheets are shrinking, glaciers are retreating, sea levels are rising. Time’s up. At Pro Landscaper magazine, we are constantly striving to showcase people, projects and initiatives which are joining this ambitious but wholly necessary fight against climate change. In fact, our ‘Green’ issues of Pro Landscaper dedicate themselves solely to all things sustainable, ecological, biodiverse and environmentally friendly. But we’re always asking our readers and ourselves what more we can do. That’s why we’ve launched the Green Up Campaign, committed…

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    The Landscape Institute Awards 2021

    The Landscape Institute Awards are all about celebrating people, place and nature, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them.   The transformative power of landscape is never more important than in times of crisis. LI Awards 2021 will celebrate the exceptional contribution of landscape designers, managers, planners, researchers and more across the world. Join the online ceremony on 25 November.

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    Arbor Forest Products’ Arbordeck Awards return

    Arbor Forest Products has announced the return of its annual Arbordeck Awards for 2021, giving landscapers the opportunity to showcase their best decking projects at FutureScape and be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize package. And this year, there are more chances to win than ever before thanks to the introduction of two brand new categories. Installers can now enter the TrexPert of the Year and Top Spec Trex Deck categories, as well as existing categories Best Large Trex Deck, Best Small Trex Deck, Best Commercial Trex Deck, Best Trex Design Solution, and Best Arbordeck Softwood Timber…

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    Perennial’s Health and Wellbeing Survey

    Perennial is reaching out to people working in horticulture to find out about the health and wellbeing challenges they face through its Health and Wellbeing Survey. It is encouraging everyone who works in horticulture to take part in the anonymous survey to provide a greater understanding of the challenges people are facing and the issues affecting them. The insights will be shared with the industry and help Perennial develop services to support people working in horticulture. Developed in partnership with the Stress Management Society, the Health and Wellbeing Survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous and…

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  • Rising material costs set to define the construction market for the next three years

    With the UK construction industry recovering faster than expected, Arcadis, a leading company delivering sustainable design for natural and built assets, has cautioned that the window of opportunity for investment in ‘shovel ready’ schemes could close very quickly as the industry becomes overwhelmed from the demand. This enormous demand and rising material costs indicate that prices could still rapidly increase, making inflation a defining feature of the market over the next three years. Infrastructure is especially vulnerable due to the pressure around material availability and a shortage of specialist skills – hence why price increases of 3% and 5% are…

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    Flood risk mapping natural capital

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research, considers the role of natural capital when it comes to environmental trends, including flood risk, and how they’re planning to track this.  As the UK embraces the biodiversity measures set out by the draft Environment Bill, attention is increasingly being focused on the contribution of natural capital to long term environmental trends and how to track them over time. Landowners and land managers, as well as landscape and development professionals, need to be aware of this requirement and must consider that effects may not be site-specific, but can lead to…

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  • Promotion
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    Cotswold dry stone walling

    Cotswold Stone is and has been one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly, it is being used for a variety of modern construction work, for example: building of new…

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    Measurement in the carbon challenge

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research considers how complex it is to accurately measure the results of carbon zero initiatives.  The landscaping industry is facing the challenges drafted by the Environment Bill, that requires a demonstrable improvement in the natural capital of areas subject to intervention or construction, with a number of measures. Last week we analysed how biodiversity objectives can be set out and tracked over time, this week we’ll consider the complex task of objectively and accurately measuring the results of carbon zero initiatives and carbon sequestration such as improving peatland, grasslands or planting woodlands.…

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    Primethorpe Paving: Why the paving industry boomed during the pandemic

    The paving industry is one of the few industries to reap the benefits of a national lockdown. With people stuck inside their homes – home design and in particular exterior improvements have been keeping a lot of people occupied and have given a sense of productivity at a time when there were few other options available for most. Many have felt a need to revamp their living space into a place they’re proud of, and with the gradual loosening of restrictions, the nation has been preparing their gardens and outdoor spaces for when friends and family can finally mingle once…

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    Biodiversity Net Gain: the burden of proof

    Dr Abigail Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Natural Capital Research talks of the importance of benchmarking biodiversity. Biodiversity is now regarded as critical natural capital asset by government – enshrined in policy and a mandatory condition of planning permission in the 2019 Environment Bill. Government house building targets remain aggressive – still pegged at 300,000 per year by the mid-2020s – and this will mean that whether those targets are specifically reached, many  thousand hectares of land will be developed for housing, often impinging on formerly rural plots. Policymakers, mindful of the impact on biodiversity, have put rules in place…

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    Hedges for every location

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    Ground Control: becoming carbon neutral

    We speak to director Kim Morrish and environmental lead Chris Bawtree about how Ground Control achieved the phenomenal goal of becoming carbon neutral four years ahead of schedule and what advice they have for companies looking to do the same. Firstly, congratulations, it’s a phenomenal achievement. What were the steps that Ground Control took to become carbon neutral? Chris: The starting point for us was making sure we were engaged with a credible organisation who could give us independent third-party guidance and assurance but that could also evaluate what we were doing. We chose The Carbon Trust. We started working…

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    International Women’s Day

    This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was #ChooseToChallenge. Organisations and individuals were offered the opportunity to “strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with a hand high to show their commitment to choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, questions stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world”. We took a look at how some companies within our industry celebrated International Women’s Day. At Pro Landscaper, we’re celebrating the inspirational women who form the backbone of the Pro Landscaper team. This week, you’ll hear from co-founder Lisa Wilkinson, head of content Nina Mason, head of sales Jess McCabe and HR business partner Alex…

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    Marcus Watson: Accelerating the pace of change

    Marcus Watson of Ground Control explains how we must accelerate the pace of change to create a sustainable world. Since I handed over the role of Ground Control’s managing director to Jason Knights in January 2021, I have been afforded the luxury of reflecting about the incredibly important roles we and governments have to play in the green recovery as we head towards an environmentally sustainable future. To protect and indeed enrich our way of life in harmony with nature and to safeguard the all-important biodiversity of the world we inhabit, we must first and foremost solve the most important…

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    Self binding path gravel

    Self Binding Path Gravel is becoming a very popular aggregate in garden designs, mainly due to the many garden make-over programmes that can be seen on television. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and is of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths to the bottom of the garden or greenhouse. Its versatility enables it to be used for tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives a firm…

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    Celebrating blossom with the National Trust

    After the success of #BlossomWatch in 2020, when thousands captured and shared images of trees in bloom across social media, the National Trust is inviting people to celebrate blossom season once again.  Emulating Hanami, the ancient Japanese tradition of viewing and celebrating blossom as the first sign of spring, the conservation charity is encouraging everyone to take a moment to pause, actively notice and enjoy the fleeting beauty of blossom.   The National Trust has also compiled a list of top five blossom trees suitable for home gardens, recommended by Senior and Head Gardeners at gardens in its care in England, Wales and…

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    Bobbing Forest lands at Floriade Expo 2022

    After five years of floating in the Rotterdam Rijn Harbour, the life artwork project ‘Bobbing Forest’ was relocated to the lake Weerwater at Floriade Expo 2022 in Almere. Courtesy of the municipality Rotterdam who loaned the ‘Bobbing Forest’ for a period of two years. The artwork created by the company Mothership consists of 20 recycled sea buoys from the North Sea filled with 20 Dutch elm trees. These floating trees provide extra greening, compensation of CO2 and reduction of particulate matter. During the Floriade Preview 2021 and the Expo in 2022, visitors can view the art installation from the cable…

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    Brexit stops nursery plant supply to Northern Ireland

    One of the UK’s Leading commercial nurseries, Johnsons Of Whixley, has had to stop supplying plants to Northern Ireland after new Brexit restrictions came into play in January. Before Brexit, the company sold half a million pounds worth of plants a year to Northern Irish customers, but new and impractical restrictions have put a wedge between long-standing trading relationships. The new legislation stops nurseries like Johnsons supplying Rootball, Bare Root and Container plants into the EU and now Northern Ireland. Plants which originate from a bare root young plant, or those that have had any contact with the soil, even…

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    Great survey ratings for Green-tech despite pandemic

    The results from Green-tech’s annual survey have been revealed and reaffirms their position as the UK’s landscaping supplier of choice. The survey was sent to Green-tech’s customers at the end of 2020 and explores opinions on their business, from their salespeople and communication to their stock availability, delivery service and prices. Green-tech is delighted that 99% of those who answered the survey said they would recommend the company. Other headline figures include: 95% think the Green-tech product range is good or excellent. 97% say Green-tech is an easy business to deal with. 98% rate the sales support and knowledge as…

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    Avant UK announcement

    Seemingly against all odds, despite the global turmoil generated by COVID-19 pandemic Avant UK clients, users, owners and operators in several industry sectors saw yet again another growth year. Avant’s offering is available across the UK in 30 outlets from Somerset to Scotland. Avant boasts a strong dealership network covering all sectors from farming to construction, landscaping to property maintenance. Avant offers local UK support from a strong established dealership providing sales, service, technical support and hire. As the Avant UK network goes from strength to strength, it can now offer the same level of service with the launch and…

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    Virtual ‘school’ launches for Trades and Construction Businesses

    A new online training academy designed exclusively for the trades and construction sector launched on Tuesday 26 January. In a first for the industry, the Build and Grow Academy is set to be the go-to place for business owners to get the skills and knowledge to transform their business and get ahead of their competition. The Build and Grow Academy is the latest brainchild of entrepreneur and best-selling author Alison Warner, known as the ‘Trades Coach. The UK’s leading business coach for the trades and construction industry, Alison has turned around the fortunes of hundreds of businesses, achieving record sales…

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    VALE ATV weed spraying system

    VALE Engineering supplies high-specification Yamaha ATV quad bikes fitted with weed spraying equipment that can save time, staff resources and money – according to Paul Eccles of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. VALE Engineering’s latest weed spraying ATV, the PKL450, complies with all current emission standards whilst also being a significant step forward in terms of comfort and safety for the user. The PKL450 has rapidly become the equipment of choice for clients in the local authority, housing association, grounds maintenance and leisure sectors. The PKL Spraying System is generally considered to be one of the most robust and reliable in…

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