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  • Photo of New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide highlights the need for biodiversity to be considered at the early stages of planning home developments in order to reduce carbon emissions, encourage wildlife, and help reverse habitat decline. The impact of COVID-19 has shown the need for more accessible green and nature rich space. Over the last 50 years 58% of UK species have declined, and urbanisation is considered to be a key cause of this decrease due to the challenge it poses to local wildlife. The continued expansion of urban area acts as a challenging place for wildlife as it tackles with air, noise and light…

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  • Photo of Sustainable new London landmark – One Waterloo

    Sustainable new London landmark – One Waterloo

    Planning consent for the building of One Waterloo in London has been granted. Initially, HB Reavis was granted planning permission for what is presently known as Elizabeth House in October 2019. After working out agreements with Lambeth Council, the scheme is now to be known as One Waterloo and is planned to become an approx. 123,000m2  multi-purpose destination. Located next Waterloo Station, the development has a primary focus on health and wellbeing with an aim of adding value to the local area by creating affordable workspaces. With three acres of outdoor space, the site will include a revitalised Victory Arch…

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  • Photo of Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output was off to a good start this year – outperforming the overall economy in January 2021 despite the disappointing entrance into a third national lockdown. The sector grew by 0.9% in the month-on-month all work series, projecting a rise to £13,639 million according to the Office for National Statistics. This promising return to monthly growth follows the 2.9% fall in December 2020. Prior to this there were seven consecutive periods of monthly growth. However, this is still 2.6% below the pre-COVID February 2020 level. The level of new work was 6.4% below this whilst repair and maintenance work…

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  • Photo of HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    The HS2 team will create 127 hectares of new habitats to lift the local natural environment. It’s called The Colne Valley Western Slopes project. It will be a major contributor in meeting the HS2 carbon reduction targets by delivering ecological gain.   This scheme will reduce the carbon footprint by reducing road haulage and waste treatment activities. It will allow habitats to sequester carbon by replacing arable land with natural habitats.   Plant species and habitats are being selected to be resilient to a changing climate.   65,000 trees and shrubs of 32 species will be planted together with 3.5km…

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  • Photo of Hospital to get two new healing gardens

    Hospital to get two new healing gardens

    Bowles & Wyer are nearing completion on another hospital project. The design team at Bowles & Wyer have created two new gardens for Harefield Hospital. The hospital carries out major heart and lung transplant operations during normal times. It has more recently converted some wards into caring for COVID-19 patients.   Design Director at Bowles & Wyer, James Smith, comments ‘The nature of the pandemic has made external spaces an even more precious resource. We very much hope the garden brings some positivity to people in their most difficult of times.’   Harefield Healing Garden, the larger of the two…

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  • Photo of Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Work is set to begin to deliver a green space in the heart of Longbridge Town Centre. St. Modwen has appointed contractors Ground Control to create a new public space, including the extension of Austin Park, a new walking and cycling route underneath the Bristol Road, footpaths, seating and play equipment. Landscaping plans include the planting of 46 new trees, 3,500 new shrubs and plants, 6,500 new bulbs and enough wildflowers to cover more than three tennis courts, while additional seating for up to 80 people is set to be installed. The design will enhance the quality of the town…

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  • Photo of The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

    The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

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  • Photo of Landscape industry pulls together to build surprise garden for family in need

    Landscape industry pulls together to build surprise garden for family in need

    Businesses in the landscape industry are joining forces with the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to design and build a surprise garden for the Taylor Johnson family, whose five-year-old son Joshua has severe complex physical and neurological disabilities. The surprise will also help mark the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity 20th Anniversary this month. Lockdown has affected many families, but for those without access to a garden, staying home has undoubtedly been a challenge. Sussex-based landscaping firm Conquest Creative Spaces set out to do something for the local community this year and asked the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to…

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  • Photo of Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    A grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has thrown a lifeline to a project to restore the only surviving ‘Capability’ Brown curved walled garden, at the National Trust’s Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. The project had been at risk of delay due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the conservation charity, but a £269,000 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund has ensured work can continue to restore and conserve this rare survivor of Georgian garden design. Berrington Hall near Leominster sits within the last garden and landscape to be designed by the renowned 18th…

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  • 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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  • Photo of Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. Data from the search engine revealed interest in the term ‘decking’ had doubled within the homes and interiors category in the five days following the UK lockdown announcement on March 23. Composite Prime sales director Charles Taylor said: “This backs-up an increase in consumer enquiries we have been receiving. For both samples and for customers wanting to know where to buy our products. “It’s good news for timber merchants and builders merchants who are able to continue…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

    RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

    The bulk of Family Action’s award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been relocated to its permanent home at the Silkmore Children’s Centre in Stafford. The Family Monsters Garden, designed by Alistair Bayford of idverde which also built the garden, won a Gold medal and Best Artisan Garden. It will now reside in front of the Children Centre on the grounds of Silkmore Primary School. idverde installed the trees, boulders and soil over the last two weeks. Due to the closure of schools and necessary social distancing measures in place, local families are helping to create the…

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  • Photo of APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

    APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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  • Photo of Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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  • Photo of Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

    Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

    Work has begun on the multi-million pound restoration of North Marine Park, on South Shields’ seafront.   The £3.2million scheme will reinstate some of the historic park’s original Victorian features as well as introducing new elements.   The work, which will be carried out by Esh Construction, will be undertaken in phases, meaning the park can remain open to visitors.   The first phase will focus on restoration of the grand promenade staircase and surrounding area, including new paths, terrace, landscaping and street lighting. This will involve major earthworks to regrade the existing steep embankment.   The project, which is…

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    Company Profile – Langlea

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  • Photo of Brambledown Landscapes create new 10 mile stretch of coastal footpaths

    Brambledown Landscapes create new 10 mile stretch of coastal footpaths

    Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd were appointed as Main Contractors on 4 phase project to create 10 miles of new Coastal footpaths by Stockton Borough Council.   In a Grand opening ceremony carried out by Natural England’s Chair Tony Jupiter, the new coastal footpath runs along the Tees estuary.   The route will pass key tourist attractions such as the Transporter Bridge, the RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve and the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, helping people to explore the natural and diverse wildlife which have made the area their home.   Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper said: “This stretch will give walkers…

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  • Photo of 91 awards announced for the BALI National Landscape Awards 2019

    91 awards announced for the BALI National Landscape Awards 2019

    Out of 145 entries submitted in 2019, 91 National Landscape Awards have been bestowed on 63 members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), with several members winning an award in multiple categories. Since the event was brought back in-house in 2018, numerous records have been achieved including the most entries received in the past 10 years as well as the highest number of entries from first time entrants at 51 – 35% of the total entries – and an incredible record of 34 international entries. Notable wins include five awards for registered contractors Nurture Landscapes, four awards for…

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  • Photo of APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

    APL WorldSkills Competitors triumph in Kazan

    WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place from 22-27 August and representing the UK in Landscape Gardening were 2017 APL WorldSkills UK competitor Sam Taylor and 2016 competitor Shea McFerran.   The duo did a fantastic job and achieved an amazing fourth place as well as receiving the Medallion of Excellence, showing that they are working to an international skill level.   Speaking of the competition, Shea McFerran said: “Competing at WorldSkills Kazan has been the toughest experience for me yet, but when it finished both Sam and I got the biggest buzz. To know our work was judged to be the…

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  • Photo of Biodiversity net gain report

    Biodiversity net gain report

    Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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  • Photo of Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Gloucester Gate Playground, to the East of ZSL London Zoo, is to receive a complete refurbishment over the next five months. The metal, sterile and flat feel of the former playground will be replaced with a landscaped space that children of all abilities can play in, is rich with planting, and features equipment made from natural materials such as rope, bark and willow. The new playground will be almost double the size of the former playground. It will feature water and sand play, climbing equipment, a zip line and a willow den. It will also feature all the traditional favourites…

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  • Photo of £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

    £120k of landscaping completed in Southwark

    New natural play equipment and SuDS form part of the £120k landscaping project which has been completed on the Lancaster Estate in Southwark. Residents have been working with Southwark Council, local ward members and the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) on the project, It is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme. The funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratts. It follows an investment of £150k into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017. Cllr…

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  • Photo of Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

    Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

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  • Photo of LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

    The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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