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  • APHA at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has commissioned a novel garden at the RHS Chelsea flower show. The “Beyond our Borders” garden shows one way in which the UK government is working with overseas botanic gardens to protect our environment against alien pest and diseases. In regions throughout the world, iconic British tree species are being used as ‘early warning’ sentinels (soldier or guard) to monitor and identify potential new plant pest and diseases that could threaten our natural environment. In the Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Garden section, the eye-catching and innovative display features three different climatic zones (Australasia,…

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  • Aralia Garden Design

    How Gardens are Built – Episode 1

    Ever wondered how gardens are built? Aralia brings you the first episode in a short series of videos following the progress of the construction of a contemporary courtyard garden belonging to a 14th century property in rural Essex. These broadcasts will give you an brief insight into the detail, complexity and skill required to execute a high quality garden design from start to finish. For more information, please visit www.aralia.org.uk

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  • Enfield council win bid to build new park’s games area

    A new multi-use games area will be installed at Palmers Green park after the council successfully bid for £45,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The improvements to Hazelwood Recreation Ground off Hedge Lane, will significantly improve the current five-a-side grass football pitch and tarmac basketball area, be free to use all year round and will tackle problems with waterlogging on the football pitch in the winter. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “It’s vitally important that we instil in residents and especially young people the importance of keeping active and the council…

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  • Landscape Institute opens new exhibition: Rethinking the Urban Landscape

    The opening of the Landscape Institute/ The Building Centre exhibition Rethinking the Urban Landscape, was a great success with a large and varied crowd. Speaking at the opening, LI president Noel Farrer said: ‘This exhibition makes the case for landscape-first thinking. Many of the projects that you can see here appointed the landscape architects first.’ He praised the large and well-known projects, such as the Olympic Park, but added, ‘It is in the smaller-scale interventions that landscape genius is revealed. Landscape is communal. It really changes lives.’ He added, ‘The measure of success of the exhibition will be if we stimulate…

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  • Reading university revamps campus with Bituchem

    Reading University is benefiting from Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold hard landscaping material as part of a £276 million investment into the University’s student accommodation. Natratex Cotswold was used across 2600sq.m of the Whiteknights campus to provide an aesthetically pleasing and durable pedestrian area that complemented the designs of the existing and new halls. The development increases the number of student rooms to 4,950 and has been awarded BREEAM excellent status due to environmentally sustainable features such as roof top solar panels, energy efficient boilers and heat recovery ventilation systems. Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold product echoes the development’s sustainable ethics being environmentally friendly…

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  • Latest design for Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

    Trees sprout out of the rainbow-coloured cubes that make up the facade of this bank in northern Tokyo – the fourth building that architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has designed for Sugamo Shinkin. Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French designer based in Tokyo, applied her signature colour spectrum to the facade of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Nakaaoki, but also developed a pixellated composition of walls, windows and planting boxes. Her concept was to create a rhythmic facade that resonates with the busy nature of the site, located beside a traffic interchange where cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians are regularly passing by. The result is a grid of projecting and recessed cubes…

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  • Garden Bridge: why we should be brave

    It takes guts to build something extraordinary – have we lost the courage to dream? Asks Mary Keen London seethes with innovation. Famous for writers and painters who break new ground, for fashion, music and design, this is the city where everyone wants to live. Enthusiasm for the new is, of course, always retrospective. Most people only applaud something once they have got used to an idea. Thousands went online to predict disaster before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but the execution of Danny Boyle’s aim: “to reveal how peculiar and contrary we are – and how there’s also,…

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  • The overgrown memorial ground in Stortford that’s become a garden sanctuary

    A £10,000 injection of funds has enabled an overgrown historic burial ground in Bishop’s Stortford that was being used by drug-takers and rough sleepers to be transformed into a garden sanctuary for quiet reflection. The work on the Newtown Road memorial garden was carried out by landscape gardening company The Landscape Concept (TLC), from Standon, on behalf of the town council.  During the project, it was discovered that a tree had damaged the wall backing onto the Citizens Advice Bureau office in South Street. Emergency work was carried out to stabilise it and the council will be appointing a contractor…

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  • Quadron and Friends get Growing in Grange Park

    Grounds maintenance contractor, Quadron Services, was delighted to assist the Friends of Grange Park Play Area by sponsoring their autumn bulb planting event at Grange Park in Old Coulsdon, Croydon. Quadron donated 3,500 crocus and daffodil bulbs, as well as tools, gloves and other materials for the ‘Growing in Grange Park’ event, which took place on Saturday 8th November. Over 200 local residents braved the cold and showery weather to plant the bulbs, as well as enjoying activities including face painting and a cake stall arranged by the park’s Friends group. Adrian and Brian from Quadron’s Croydon contract led the…

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  • Brett Landscaping keeps true to Art Deco inspired development

    A paving solution from Brett Landscaping – including its new Black Fleck design – has been specified to add a touch of class to the exterior design of a dramatic Art Deco-inspired seafront development in West Worthing, West Sussex. The suitability of the paving, comprising Brett Piatto in addition to Black Fleck, was found to offer the ideal accompaniment for Roffey Homes’ lavish new apartment complex – the penthouse of which was recently sold for in excess of £1m. The development is named ‘Vista Mare’ and has been recently constructed within an area where striking Art Deco architecture has long…

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  • Creating your own landscape – bartholomew landscaping

    Barry Burrows from bartholomew landscaping reveals some of the secrets to being at home with your own landscape and making it work all year round. These days, gardens and outdoor spaces are designed as multi-functional spaces to function as a changing backdrop to provide colour, space, fresh air, light, shade, play areas, private areas, food, scent and entertainment to any house.   Personally, I like to think of a garden as a private haven and a public display, to bring it alive the house and garden should complement each other and create a seamless flow. Make your space work for…

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  • WorldSkills

    And they are off! APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show

    The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title. After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show…

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  • Garden Bridge one step closer to being built

    Lambeth Council is expected to grant planning permission to the Garden Bridge today. The increasingly controversial structure is a Thomas Heatherwick-designed footbridge that will span the Thames from Temple tube station to the South Bank, just in front of the ITV studios. Here’s a round-up of some of the major objections. Ironically, for a garden, the bridge’s construction will involve cutting down at least 27 mature trees on the South Bank. The application says this loss will be “outweighed by the significant amount of new planting and urban greening”. The 270 trees on the bridge will be restricted to 15m…

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  • WorldSkills

    APL WorldSkills UK finalists going for Gold at Skills Show

    The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists are ready to compete at The Skills Show between 13-15 November at the Birmingham NEC where one of them will win Gold and be crowned ‘Best in the UK’ in front of 75,000 people. Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE were all put through to the final after successfully reaching the qualifying benchmark at the APL Landscape Gardening competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July and will compete at the final at The Skills…

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  • Truro’s Boscawen Park play area design is revealed

    THE design of a £200,000 makeover for a major Truro park has been revealed. The Friends of Boscawen Park announced earlier this year that they had secured funding from Truro City Council, Cornwall Council and the Sita Cornwall Trust to overhaul the play equipment. To help choose the design they held an exhibition during Truro Day at the park and invited members of the public to select which equipment should be included. Now the Friends have settled on a final design which is revealed here for the first time. Hundreds of people gave their feedback on plans submitted by six…

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  • Work starts on the UK’s first Public Natural Swimming Pond at King’s Cross

    Work has begun this week on the UK’s first ever public natural swimming pond, as part of an exciting art project within the innovative King’s Cross Development.  The natural, chemical-free pool has been designed and built by Europe’s leading natural pool designers BIOTOP and its UK partner, Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd. Working in conjunction with the King’s Cross Development Partnership, and contractors Carillion, the Kingcombe Aquacare team has begun the first stages of ground works for the complex construction of the 411 m2 pool. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, when the pond will then…

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  • Sir John Soane’s listed Walpole Park officially reopens

    Located in the heart of Ealing, the recently transformed Walpole Park officially opened to the public today (24th October 2014). The redevelopment of Walpole Park is part of the major restoration of Sir John Soane’s historic country home Pitzhanger Manor, a Grade I listed structure which stands on the northeast side of the public park. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is being separately developed as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Grants programme, with the recent award of a £4.42m grant towards the £10.5m project cost. Pitzhanger Manor and the grounds which now constitute the 12-hectare park were bought…

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  • Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership wins MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Award

    The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership has been named Public-Private Partnership of the Year in the MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Awards.  The Awards recognise developers and their public and private sector partners for their contributions to revitalising cities and towns across the UK. The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership is the most significant body of its type in the UK today, responsible for co-ordinating the activity of multiple landowners and public authorities – committed to delivering a lasting legacy for local communities. The Partnership, established in 2010, includes over 200 people and is arguably the largest body of this nature in the UK;…

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  • Center Parcs flip for the pancake house’s new green roof

    A sustainable green roof at the new £250 million Center Parcs is set to thrive after Shropshire-based Boningale Nurseries supplied more than 7,000 plants for the extensive green roof. The new resort, which opened at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, in 2014, features a green roof on top of the Pancake House, one of the restaurants on site. The Albrighton-based nursery, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists, was asked by green roofing installers ABG to supply the SkyPlugs – robust plant plugs that Boningale Greensky, its green roof division, has developed specifically for green roofs – for the…

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  • First Touch Garden Opening

    At the end of September CED Stone Group were invited to attend the official opening of The First Touch Garden at St. George’s hospital in West London. We were delighted to accept. First Touch is a charity dedicated to the neonatal ward at St. George’s Hospital, and they have spent nearly 20 years dedicating their time to raising awareness and money to fund equipment and projects to improve outcomes for the babies treated in the ward and their families. Many of these babies are born prematurely, some of whom at only 24 weeks (40 weeks is considered normal). However, with…

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  • Britain’s Best Lawn Shortlist Announced

    Earlier this year outdoor petrol powered equipment manufacturer, Briggs & Stratton, launched its annual search to find Britain’s Best Lawn. Now, after months of lawns being tended to across the country, the Britain’s Best Lawn shortlist has been announced, with Facebook voting now open! Launched in April 2014, the competition has proved a huge success and entries have been whittled down to just three stellar lawns from around the UK. For the first time in the competitions nine year history, the judging panel which includes horticultural expert and journalist Martin Fish, will this year be joined by an extra judge…

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  • The Water Test on Permeable Paving by SureSet Uk

    SureSet permeable resin bound paving allows water to drain freely through the surface – meeting the requirements of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS). By encouraging the rapid drainage of water, SureSet permeable resin bound paving eliminates the problems caused by standing water and contributes to flood prevention. SuDS is an approach to water management introduced by the Environment Agency in recognition of the need to manage surface water run-off more effectively. The benefits of permeable paving were highlighted in a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change which called on its wider use to help prevent flooding and pollution.…

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  • Historic Boringdon Hall Develops Classic New Landscape

    The grounds at Boringdon Hall Hotel, the seductive manor house in Devon, have recently been redeveloped. The premises boast a stunning new landscape consisting of beautiful paving supplied by world class manufacturer, Tobermore. Established in 1942, Tobermore supply a broad ranging collection of block paving, paving flags, kerbing and walling products to the commercial and private markets throughout the UK and Ireland. The history of Boringdon Hall is exceptional. The grand Devonshire manor became crown property following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Luxury and style come together at Boringdon Hall, with exquisite Elizabethan architecture, imposing stone towers, secret archways, two tantalising restaurants and lavish four-poster suites which hint at…

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  • New memorial garden to open in Huddersfield’s Ravensknowle Park

    A special memorial garden is to open this weekend in a Huddersfield park. The Tolson Memorial Garden, created to commemorate the servicemen and women who have lost their lives since the end of World War II, is being officially opened on Sunday, October 12, in Ravensknowle Park. The garden, situated behind the Tolson Museum, is designed to create a place of tranquillity and contemplation with grassed areas and flower beds encircled by accessible pathways and traditional-style stone walls. The design incorporates three small flower beds, which are being planted by the Friends of Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park group, pupils…

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  • Quality & Service Ltd receive two RHS Britan in Bloom Awards

    Green Park, Reading (the 195 acre prestigious Business Park owned by Oxford Properties) is celebrating winning not one, but two awards within the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaign 2014:- Thames & Chilterns in Bloom 2014 – Regional Award for Best Business Park The Gold Award in the Commercial Landscape category – Reading in Bloom 2014. Leading independent commercial landscape company Quality & Service Ltd (trading as Q&S), in partnership with Broadgate Estate, delivers the landscaping for Green Park. Sue Payne, Managing Director of Q&S, is delighted to have received these official recognitions “We are extremely proud of our landscaping team…

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