Rachael Forsyth

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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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    Green-tech launches an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic tree shelters

    The newly launched Bio-Earth Tree Shelter is a biodegradable plastic-free tree shelter. An environmentally-friendly alternative to the traditional plastic products used to protect young trees and hedges. Green-tech has been involved in its development over the last two years to meet the growing demand from the landscaping and forestry industries to reduce the plastic tree shelter shelters used as essential protection during tree planting. The Bio-Earth Tree Shelter is made from a special water-proof FSC-approved cardboard which is 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable. Its lifespan is dependent upon planting conditions and location but is typically 3 years. Once the tree…

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    Ground Control ushers in new managing director

    Ground Control has appointed a new managing director, as Jason Knights steps into the role of former MD Marcus Watson – big, and environmentally friendly, shoes to fill. We speak to Marcus about why he’s stepping down and to Jason about how this transition was achieved smoothly, as well as how he plans to grow the company over the coming years. Marcus, what made you decide to step down as MD? If someone had told me 10 years ago the things we would achieve together and the fun we’d have, I’m not sure I’d have believed them. I’ve had a…

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  • Design
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    Your Garden Made Perfect on BBC Two

    Following on from the wildly successful Your Home Made Perfect, BBC Two is providing a nation now enthralled by gardening with Your Garden Made Perfect. Airing on Thursday 4 February, it will be jam packed full of tips and tricks to inspire viewers. When discussing 2020, there aren’t a huge number of highlights. But one which has been unanimously echoed across the industry is the public’s newfound appreciation of green spaces – and more specifically, their gardens. Using the latest visual technologies, homeowners will be presented with two vastly different designs from prominent garden designers so they can visualise what…

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    Jade Goto responds to lockdown through landscape

    We speak to designer Jade Goto about the landscape she created in response to the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown. What inspired this conceptual design? The global lockdowns have highlighted the human need for outside spaces and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing. My response to the first global pandemic was to create a landscape that interpreted my personal experience of these strange and uncharted times.  What was your experience with the global lockdowns? My experience of the lockdowns, like everyone’s, has changed over the last year. Professionally, the confinement to our homes has led more people to reevaluate…

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    Pond Liner from FLP adds tranquil touch to Devon farmhouse

    FLP, a brand of leading landscape supplier Green-tech has supplied the pond liner for a stunning new pond installed in a farmhouse located in South Devon. SWP Hydraulics from Devon approached FLP after an internet search. Their sales advisor provided guidance on measurements to work out the correct size needed. The pond is 29 meters long, 10 meters wide and 1.5m deep and after discussion an order was placed for 0.75mm Green Seal EPDM liner which has a reassuring 20-year guarantee. EPDM is a synthetic rubber membrane liner ideal for lining ponds, lakes, lagoons and streams. Ideal for aquatic installations, EPDM is…

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    First Hillier Trees in Place at Maggie’s Centre Southampton

    The first of more than 100 British-grown trees supplied by Hillier Trees have been delivered to their final destination at the new Maggie’s Centre in Southampton. The Centre and surrounding grounds, which will be the first for Maggie’s in the South of England, is designed to create a tranquil oasis for visitors. The Centre is being created in partnership between award-wining architects AL_A, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Sarah Price, one of the country’s most sought-after landscape designers. The design will create an oasis in the grounds of the hospital’s suburban campus. Almost three quarters of the 1,470m2…

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    Scholarship applications for the DLF final call

    With just three weeks left to apply for a scholarship, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is urging students to take advantage of available funding. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, so 2021 is the perfect time to invest in personal development and look at developing skills for the future. DCF has awarded almost £100,000 over the last ten years towards study tours, work placements, college tuition, accommodation fees, books, equipment, and extra training courses. This year there are seven fantastic scholarships to apply for. These include: · British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary – £1,000 – for students…

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    Smiths’ self binding path gravel

    Smiths Bletchington talks us through its self-binding path gravel.  For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ gives superb results and 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, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes beyond that, it has…

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    Vision set out for the South of Ashford Garden Community

    A Five Year Vision & Strategy setting out how three major combined developments in the south of Ashford will come together, has been adopted by Ashford Borough Council. The Strategy received major endorsements by partners including private developers and the Chilmington Management Organisation, ensuring a commitment to achieving the vision for the South of Ashford Garden Community (SAGC). This strategy represents the aspirations of local residents, local organisations and key partners who are looking to ensure that these developments come forward with quality in mind, where infrastructure is planned and delivered in tandem with new homes, as the community grows.…

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    New Highdown Gardens taking shape

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    NeoTimber® announce the launch of their approved installer scheme

    Midlands-based composite decking brand – NeoTimber®, is seeking to grow its network of landscapers throughout the UK with the launch of its approved installer scheme. Offering a “no-thrills” programme which has trade professionals’ best interests at heart, the company seeks to strengthen ties through offering exceptional service and first-class product support. Operating in an increasingly competitive market, the company are providing a scheme that cuts through the noise and is built around landscapers’ core needs. While the market may be awash with installer schemes making elaborate claims that they are certain to transform landscapers’ businesses, NeoTimber’s approach is simple: to…

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    Spreading Christmas Cheer with sensory garden

    The Spirit of Christmas is alive as landscape supplier Green-tech joins other businesses in the landscape industry to answer the call from the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to design and build a surprise sensory garden for the Taylor Johnson family, whose 5-year-old son Joshua has severe complex physical and neurological disabilities.  Leading this amazing DIY-SOS style project is Sussex-based landscaping firm Conquest Spaces who set out to do something for the local community this year and asked the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to refer a family in need of a new garden. Joshua Taylor Johnson from Haywards Heath…

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    Edward Street Quarter air-purifying tactics

    Edward Street Quarter, the mixed-use development currently being built at the former AMEX House site in central Brighton, will introduce ground-breaking ways to improve the air quality in and around the site. To further reduce air pollution, the new neighbourhood’s design will introduce 16 species of native and non-native trees, in a mix of deciduous and evergreen, to its three predominantly green spaces – including field maple, weeping birch, Himalayan cedar, dawn redwood, Scots pine, hazel and pin oak. The average reduction of particulate matter near a tree is between 7 per cent and 24 per cent, according to a…

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    PWP Landscape Design wins Grand Award for Private Garden in Yorkshire

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has awarded its ultimate accolade to Registered Contractor PWP Landscape Design for its stunning BALI National Landscape Awards 2020 entry, a Private Residence in Yorkshire. The formal garden won the Grand Award after being entered into the Domestic Garden Construction – Costs Between £100k-£250k category, sponsored by Registered Affiliate Van den Berk Nurseries. PWP Landscape Design’s Grand Award project saw the installation team tackle an extensive formal garden with a strong axis and layout, providing an enviable outlook from the house with colour and year-round interest. Aggregates, soil, turf, porcelain paving, steels and…

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    Resilience sees commercial nursery overcome challenges of 2020

    The group managing director of leading commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has hailed the hard work and resilience of his staff as the business recorded ‘remarkable’ sales figures despite the pandemic, extreme weather and continuing uncertainty around Brexit. Graham Richardson said everyone within the firm had been absolutely determined to maintain operations despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020. As Johnsons approaches its centenary in 2021, Mr Richardson said sales of £13.2m up to the year end on September 30th had been the second highest in the company’s history. A total of 5.3 million plants had been sold, with almost 500 new…

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    Cotswold dry stone walling

    SMITHS Bletchington talks to us about its 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…

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