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Rachael Forsyth

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    Green-tech launches a new watering solution for trees

    Green-tech has announced the launch of a new product for the landscaping industry – the Tree Irrigator. The innovative Tree Irrigator is a slow-release watering bag for trees with a diameter of between 3cm and 20cm. It works by delivering water to the root system which then reduces the effects of dehydration or transplant shock. Green-tech is the UKs leading supplier of landscaping materials with an impressive 16,000 products in its latest product catalogue. They have vast warehousing facilities in North Yorkshire; from where they offer world-wide delivery. The Tree Irrigator bag is an incredibly simple, yet clever concept. It…

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  • Design
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    Untitled Practice to transform Kingsbury and Market Square

    Untitled Practice (UP) is set to transform Kingsbury and Market Square in the heart of Aylesbury’s historic town centre conservation area. The landscape and architecture studio was appointed to undertake the 1.2 ha public realm improvement scheme following an open tender process run by the new unitary authority of Buckinghamshire Council. With a rich civic quality, Market Square is the focal point of the town with its distinctive Clocktower, Crown Court and Corn Exchange buildings. UP’s proposed scheme will tie this together with Kingsbury – the gateway to Aylesbury’s Old Town – to create a new town centre destination of…

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    Fifth Vectorworks design scholarship to open 1 December

    Continuing its commitment to cultivate future generations of designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will open submissions for its fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship on 1 December, 2020. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship invites undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design to submit either new or old projects. “Last year, we received over 1,600 submissions worldwide and we’re looking forward to getting even more submissions this year,” said Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for students to take the next step in their professional development…

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    The vital role for trees in urban environments

    Trees have always played a fundamentally vital role for all life on earth. The advent of Coronavirus in 2020, with people more confined to homes and local areas than ever before, has skyrocketed their benefits, particularly in urban areas. Rachel Jackson, Account Manager at Hillier Trees, discusses the rise in demand and how trees have given back to us in recent months. Loving trees was perhaps once considered the domain of environmentalists, but an enormous appreciation for them has now entered the mainstream. The extraordinary events of recent months have brought home their benefits, especially in urban areas. “I support…

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    Andrew Barringer and Kevin Harden Join CORE Landscape Products

    CORE Landscape Products are pleased to welcome both Andrew Barringer and Kevin Harden on board as they join as Sales & Marketing Manager and Sales Executive. Andrew brings many years of experience in the business to business sector, most recently with 7 years developing the trade division for Harrod Horticulture before joining CORE Landscape Products. He brings a huge amount of industry experience and relationships to CORE, along with strong links to The Society of Garden Designers and the British Association of Landscape Industries – having spent many years on the regional committee covering East Anglia. He has worked alongside…

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    Strong public support for £25m Workington redevelopment proposals

    Proposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Workington have received strong support from members of the public. Those who live and work in the town were invited to give their feedback on a number of projects which were proposed to submit to the Government’s Towns Fund, a £3.6bn pot which aims to level-up funding and opportunities for communities across the country. Workington was one of more than 100 towns across the country invited to bid to the fund and, if successful, could lead to an investment of around £25m in the town. The proposals were developed by the Workington Town Deal board, a mix of…

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  • Events
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    Kew Gardens’ Orchids 2021: Costa Rica

    Now in its 26th year, Kew Gardens’ annual festival, Orchids, will celebrate the rich and colourful culture of Costa Rica. Running between 13 March – 11 April 2021, visitors can escape the UK’s dreary winter weather and step inside a glasshouse filled with vibrant horticultural displays and animated soundscapes, transporting them to the tropics of Central America. The displays The route around the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be designed to recreate the country’s landscape, taking visitors from the southern shores, where the Pacific Ocean laps its world-renowned beaches, to the northern coastline that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea. Along the way, displays will feature…

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    New landscape for St George’s Hospital

    Award-winning landscape company take on the ambitious challenge of designing and constructing a new landscape for St George’s Hospital in just a matter of weeks. Although Bowles & Wyer are well versed in challenging landscapes, this must be their quickest landscape project yet. Just three weeks ago, the St George’s Hospital Charity contacted the firm regarding the renovation of the sloping landscape located in front of their main hospital entrance. Next week, construction begins after a whirlwind project brief, design and sign-off process. The project has come about thanks to new funding received from the Sir Captain Tom NHS fundraising earlier this year. Whilst the hospital enjoys a…

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    Win for ancient woodland on A27 Arundel bypass route

    The Woodland Trust says it is delighted threatened ancient woodland has had a reprieve with the choosing of the grey route for the A27 Arundel Bypass. Six route options had been proposed by Highways England for a road linking the existing dual carriageway on each side of Arundel in Sussex. All six options threatened irreplaceable ancient woodland or veteran trees. After public consultation in 2019, a route has now been chosen. It will affect a small number of veteran trees, but swathes of ancient woodland are now safe from the project. Responding to the announcement on the preferred option for…

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  • Environment
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    Environment Agency submits final plans for Otter Valley project

    A ground-breaking project to help the lower Otter Valley adapt to climate change and create an internationally important wildlife reserve has been submitted to planners. If approved, the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) will reconnect the River Otter to its historic floodplain and return the lower Otter Valley to a more natural condition. The scheme will create 55 hectares of mudflats, saltmarsh and other valuable estuarine habitats. LORP is a partnership between the Environment Agency, local landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust that currently manages the estuary. The Environment Agency has submitted plans to…

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    Centenary Fields WWI anniversary programme protects parks and green spaces

    A new report from greenspace charity Fields in Trust identifies 232 green spaces across the UK, totalling more than 660 hectares, which have been legally protected as part of the Centenary Fields World War I anniversary programme delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The report, presented as an online story map, reveals that the Centenary Fields programme has protected a total of 232 parks, memorial gardens, woodlands and other green spaces with a link to the Great War. From Cardiff to Shetland and Antrim to Kent, these precious green spaces are now legally protected forever, ensuring they will…

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    Green social prescribing pilots open for applications

    A trailblazing scheme of £4.27m launched Monday 5 October aimed at helping the mental wellbeing of communities hardest hit by coronavirus. The project will examine how to scale-up green social prescribing services in England to help improve mental health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and alleviate demand on the health and social care system. The fund, announced in July by Environment Secretary, George Eustice, is now officially open for funding applications from potential delivery partners. Expressions of Interest to become a ‘test and learn’ site for this pioneering social prescribing project are welcome from partnerships of local health, care and environment leads.…

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    Scientific research shows that greener front gardens reduce stress

    Including a few plants in a bare front garden could reduce your stress levels as much as eight weekly mindfulness sessions, new research by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and a collaboration of Universities (Sheffield, Westminster and Virginia) has shown. Researchers have found that a greener front garden can also make you feel happier, more relaxed and closer to nature. The four year scientific research project added ornamental plants to previously bare front gardens in economically deprived streets of Salford (Greater Manchester). 42 residents received: one tree (juniper or snowy mespilus), one shrub (azalea), one climber (clematis), sub-shrubs (lavender, rosemary),…

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    Prime Minister commits to protect 30% of UK land

    The Prime Minister is committing to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030. Existing National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas already comprise approximately 26% of land in England. An additional 4% – over 400,000 hectares, the size of the Lake District and South Downs national parks combined – will be protected to support the recovery of nature. The government will work with the Devolved Administrations to agree an approach across the UK, and with landowners and civil society to explore how best to increase the size and value of our protected land. The announcement…

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    Trades’ Coach reached finals of UK’s Best Business Women

    The Trades’ Coach, Alison Warner, has reached the finals of the UK’s Best Business Women awards for her work supporting trade and construction businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. A former troubleshooter for global brands such as Starbucks, Alison founded Evolve and Grow coaching company in 2010, and has since transformed the fortunes of businesses across the UK dramatically increasing turnover. Alison is one of just two business coaches to make it to the finals, beating thousands of entries from across the UK. The awards, which celebrate female entreprenership, are considered one of the UK’s most prestigious awards for business women…

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    New pop-up Community Garden to be installed in London

    A new pop-up green space is to be installed in the heart of the City of London at Moor Lane next week. The Moor Lane Community Garden has been developed through a co-design approach with local community and resident groups, the City of London Corporation and its cultural district, Culture Mile and award-winning landscape, art and architecture practice, Wayward. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Barbican and London Wall, this temporary installation responds to the area’s design and history, while exploring new and exciting ways to green our streets. The new urban green space will be a test bed for a future…

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    Meadfleet Joins One Planet Pledge

    Meadfleet have signed up to One Planet Pledge, an ambitious initiative to reach Net Zero by the year 2040. The climate crisis is a real and tangible threat to us all. The climate of the Earth changes naturally over long periods of time, but the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century. The amount of so-called ‘greenhouse gases’ in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide (CO2) has reached an unprecedented level due to factors including burning of…

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    London In Bloom judges back flower garden for key-workers

    London in Bloom judges have applauded a Square Mile ‘rainbow’ flower bed grown to honour key-workers fighting COVID-19. The tribute was planted by the Friends of City Gardens with the City of London Corporation. They said the ‘Grow a Rainbow’ bed at Festival Gardens was “particularly pleasing”, helping the public to “enjoy coming out of the gloom and difficulty of lockdown.” The City Corporation won seven awards for its open spaces overall and was crowned the Gold winner in the Town category. It also won prizes for managing West Ham Park in Newham, Queen’s Park in Brent, and Golder’s Hill…

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    Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020 report

    RBG Kew’s fourth State of the World’s report takes a deep dive into the state of the world’s plant and fungal kingdoms globally. The new data, the result of a huge and unprecedented international collaboration bringing together 210 scientists from 42 countries, show how we are currently using plants and fungi, what useful properties we are missing, and what we risk losing. Plants and fungi are the building blocks of life on planet Earth. They have the potential to solve urgent problems that threaten human life, but these vital resources are being compromised by biodiversity loss. The report highlights the pressing need to…

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    £80 million boost to towns

    Over a hundred towns in England to share £80 million to boost regeneration, helping them to build back better. The 100 towns in England will be given up to £1 million to kick start regeneration projects and give areas a boost, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced. This funding, which ranges from £500,000 up to £1 million per town, will be used to support projects that will make a difference to the area, such as new green spaces, the creation of pop-up businesses spaces, pedestrianising streets to encourage walking or cycling and creating of new community hubs to support those…

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    HS2 to host webinar on the new habitats created in West Midlands

    In the West Midlands, HS2’s landscape and ecology programme will create more joined up wildlife habitat including woodland, along with community spaces around the new railway for people to enjoy for years to come. Around 250,000 trees will be planted in the West Midlands and Warwickshire by HS2’s enabling works contractor LMJV (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd) and their team of ecologists and landscape architects, with 80,000 already planted. In addition, 40 ponds and many acres of wetland, heathland and meadow in the region have been created. New wildlife habitats in a variety of locations include new badger setts,…

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    Marketing undergraduate joins British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Following in the footsteps of three former Lancaster University undergraduates, Bethany Blakemore has joined the British Sugar TOPSOIL team for the placement year of her Business Management degree. Bethany’s degree course specialises in Marketing and Accounting & Finance and she will have the opportunity to apply her marketing knowledge in support of the TOPSOIL sales team. Her role will involve managing the website and social media accounts and working on TOPSOIL technical and sales literature. Andy Spetch, National TOPSOIL Manager, is delighted to be welcoming Beth to the team: “The decision to provide placements for business undergraduates at Lancaster University…

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    ECHO launches largest professional chainsaw

    ECHO has introduced a new professional chainsaw, the CS-7310SX, which is the largest in the current range and features a low emission, premium-grade 73.5cc engine with an output of 4.1kW. A heavy-duty, rear handle chainsaw the CS-7310SX is part of the ECHO X Series which designates it as a best-in-class product and as such it’s packed with features designed to increase the productivity of the professional user. ECHO says they have built this for the many arborists and landscapers using these types of saws regularly to fell large trees. They add that the professional-grade ECHO 2-stroke engine is designed and…

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    Band of Builders undertake landscaping job

    A Norwich father-of-four suffering from a rare neurological disorder will finally regain some of his freedom thanks to the efforts of a group of kind-hearted tradesmen and women. Chris Joy, 41, suffers from Cerebellar Ataxia – a rare degenerative neurological condition that only affects 10,000 people in the UK. The condition means that Chris, who worked as a plasterer until his condition made it impossible to continue, suffers from symptoms including loss of coordination, double vision, balance issues, speech issues and tinnitus and has to spend 50% of the time in a wheelchair. One of the main effects of the…

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    BLEC PBR150 makes the grade for landscape contractor Chemquad

    With two major soft-landscaping projects in the diary, the decision to purchase a Power Box Rake 150 (PBR150) from BLEC was a timely one for Worcester based contractors, Chemquad. Owner Tom Jennings estimates that the PBR’s ability to cultivate and grade even the most compacted ground saved one client almost £30,000, converting topsoil considered ‘unsalvageable’ into ground fit for seeding once again. Chemquad started out 21 years ago carrying out commercial weed spraying but now mainly undertake commercial landscaping projects large and small, for clients in and around the Midlands. “We have a couple of bits of BLEC kit on…

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