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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper September

    Pro Landscaper September

    Whilst there’s an entire campaign to eradicate the use of artificial grass, the considerable carbon footprint of cement is slipping somewhat under the radar. Transitioning away from it might not be easy – or cheap – but alternatives are starting to hitting the market, so we hear from those who are trialling them and who are determined to reduce their use of cement. In this issue: Can the industry become cement free? A few alternatives were trialled at Chelsea and some companies are reducing their cement usage away from shows too. Healing with Horticulture. There are ways to make any…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper August 2023

    Pro Landscaper August 2023

    It might be tough to consider when you’re the owner of a budding company, but building a succession plan from the start can help to ensure you’re leaving a legacy. Be it selling up, passing it down to a family member or opting for the ever-popular employee ownership trust (EOT), we speak to people who have chosen their exit plan and how their company will continue to thrive. Making an Exit. Business owners share their succession plans, including Robert Crowder following the recent acquisition by RSK. Let’s Hear It From. Holland Landscapes’ Paul Baker talks taking over from his dad,…

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    Pro Landscaper July 2023

    Has housebuilding ever been such a hot topic? Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has faced a backlash for dropping ambitious housebuilding targets; then there’s Michael Gove’s rejection of developments that aren’t aesthetically pleasing; and the countdown is nearly over for biodiversity net gain becoming official for new housing developments. So, we’re exploring the sector this month. In this issue: Leading the Way. Barratt Developments has been driving biodiversity on its developments for years, explains senior landscape architect Brian Hawtin. Off Limits! Should we give the green light for building on the green belt? Let’s Hear It From…Samantha Hursey. The operations director…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper June 2023

    Pro Landscaper June 2023

    One of the biggest challenges in the industry, we’re often told, is finding the right candidates for the roles available. Why is our sector struggling to attract talent? And what can we do about it? For a start, better value ourselves – at least, that seems to be the suggestion of one of our features this month which looks at whether the grounds maintenance sector is in a race to the bottom. In this issue: On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! It’s a competitive sector, but are grounds maintenance companies tendering with impossibly low prices, and could this be damaging…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper May 2023

    Pro Landscaper May 2023

    The RHS is a topic that will always have our industry talking, but this year, the headlines are more encouraging than ever. For the first time in the Chelsea Flower Show’s 110-year history, there will be more female (58%) garden designers competing than male (42%). We hope to see you there! In this issue: Our RHS preview – complete with foreword by new director general Clare Matterson – looks ahead to the captivating gardens on show at this year’s event Let’s Hear It From… Malcolm Anderson. Adding a Chelsea twist to our flagship interview series, Pro Landscaper sits down with the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper April 2023

    Pro Landscaper April 2023

    The April edition of Pro Landscaper is as varied and all-encompassing as ever, from making a success of a family-run business to the art of landscaping uniforms. A personal highlight, alongside captivating chats with HG Landscapes’ Jeremy Howgrave-Graham and Majestic Trees’ Eliot Barden, was a compendium of insights into the origins of the Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. How the latter remains a UK anomaly is as confusing as it is surprising; could other cities, towns and villages follow suit? Also in this issue: What does it take to run a successful family-owned company, and what are the disadvantages? We…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper March 2023

    Pro Landscaper March 2023

    Welcome to the Green Issue of Pro Landscaper! This issue focuses on the industry’s dedication to its sustainability and environmental credentials. Pro Landscaper explores to what extent show gardens are ‘going green’, and addresses the ever-increasing controversy surrounding the green credentials of artificial grass. We also hear from Alexandra Noble, a 30 Under 30 alumna and award-winning landscape designer, as part of our Let’s Hear It From interview series. Here, she reflects on her career and how “green spaces have never felt more vital for our wellbeing”. Our March 2023 edition additionally provides an update on the state of play…

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    Pro Landscaper February 2023

    Pro Landscaper’s February issue has arrived with some fantastic features investigating what 2023 has in store for the industry. Our second edition of the year attempts to answer one of the industry’s most pressing questions: Is the commercial landscaping industry in crisis? With a handful of companies collapsing last year, what can others do to avoid the same fate? Also featured is our Soil Special, with one article – Dishing the Dirt – analysing the changes the sector witnessed in 2022 and what suppliers anticipate in 2023. Elsewhere, Adam Vetere reflects on travelling the world, seven-figure commissions and the art…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper January 2023

    Pro Landscaper January 2023

    Welcome to the first issue of Pro Landscaper in 2023! This month we welcome our new editor James Groves to the team, who hopefully many of you will get the chance to speak to or meet over the coming months. In the meantime, our first issue of the year features some fantastic articles for you to get stuck into. On retiring from idverde, Angus Lindsay completes his final column for the magazine on page 77, having written more than 100 articles for Pro Landscaper over the last few years. In addition to this, our feature ‘On Course for Success’ on…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper December 2022

    Pro Landscaper December 2022

    Our December issue of Pro Landscaper takes a look back at our successful FutureScape event in 2022 as well as planning for the future. Looking Back at FutureScape, found on page 11, is a brief overview of event. With a multitude of awards and seminars, its hard to fit it all in one place! Scan the QR codes within the piece to see the results of some of our awards. If you missed FutureScape this year, have no fear as the event will return in 2023 starting with FutureScape Spring from 14 March to 15 March. Looking into the future,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper November 2022

    Pro Landscaper November 2022

    November has arrived and with it comes a new issue of Pro Landscaper magazine! In this issue we announce the winners of this year’s Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: Next Generation, sponsored by Green-tech (page 33). We share the achievements and aspirations of each of our winners, who are all shaping the future of the industry. On top of this, we have a portfolio on The World Food Garden at RHS Wisley, designed by Ann-Marie Powell (page 71), which is one of three gardens at RHS Hilltop, ‘the UK’s first dedicated gardening science hub’. Our UK Landscape Barometer, found on…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper October 2022

    Pro Landscaper October 2022

    The October issue of Pro Landscaper is here! This month, we revealed a new charter has been launched following BALI’s Access All Areas webinar last year. The ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscaping & Garden Media professions’ has received widespread support from organisations across the industry. The complete feature can be found on page 11. Our cover feature ‘Weathering the Storm’, found on page 87, questions how companies are designing and building public space with climate change in mind, focusing on the heatwaves which England experienced over the summer. We also have a fantastic portfolio from…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper September 2022

    Pro Landscaper September 2022

    The September issue of Pro Landscaper comes with a fantastic new design! You’ll discover a new layout, new features and an overhauled front cover. But don’t worry, we’re still keeping all our reader’s firm favourites too. We have kept our iconic black and white logo, focusing our redesign more on the flow of the magazine, bringing forward features such as the UK Landscape Barometer and News, for instance, and leaving you waiting a little longer for the main interview. We would love to hear feedback on the redesign from our readers, so please do get in touch! In addition to…

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  • Pro Landscaper August 2022

    In this issue of Pro Landscaper, we take a look at CW Studio’s 10-year journey in our Landscape Architect’s Journal, as well as publishing the second instalment of ‘Achieving Success: Lessons from the Saddle’ by Marcus Watson. Our Let’s Hear It From section in this issue features Gareth Kirkwood, CEO of The Nurture Group, who is ‘bringing a wealth of expertise to ensure the green service provider is at the top of its game’! Full feature can be found on page 14. In addition to this, Nick Coslett explores how ‘solar panel installations could offer opportunities for landscapers’ in his…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper July 2022

    Pro Landscaper July 2022

    The July issue has suitably arrived in the middle of a heatwave. With climate change and sustainability being on the forefront of the industry’s mind it is no surprise that this issue features ‘Benchmarking Biodiversity in Gardens’ by Matt Haddon. In this issue we have a fantastic portfolio from Smart Home Garden found on page 50 as well our Let’s Hear It From with garden designer Mark Draper who is celebrating 30 years at Graduate Gardeners. ‘Achieving Success: Lessons from the Saddle (Part 1)’ by Marcus Watson is a two-part series focusing on Watson’s bike ride for charity and how…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper June 2022

    Pro Landscaper June 2022

    Summer is here! As the weather continues to get warmer it is no surprise that greenery is on the forefront our minds. Within this issue, Thomas O’Mahony comments on cities aiming to ‘incorporate green infrastructure’ in his article ‘Greening our Cities’, taking a closer look at successful projects and biodiversity. Staying on the theme of greenery, Lewis Normand ‘explains why nurseries have little choice but to up their prices’ in his article ‘Why Are My Plants More Expensive In 2022?’ In addition to this, we have a portfolio, ‘Ahead of the Curve’ by the multi-award-winning company Butler Landscapes which follows…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper May 2022

    Pro Landscaper May 2022

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back and with it comes Pro Landscaper’s feature special! After being cancelled the last two years (2020-2021) it is exciting to see what the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has in store. Starting from page 75, we have dedicated this section of Pro Landscaper to the flower show with a number of special features including an interview with Hattie Ghaui on Project Giving Back (p.77). This issue features the final column by Sue Biggs titles ‘Handing Over The Baton’ as she steps down as director general of the RHS, as well as ‘Downlighting Guidance’ from…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper April 2022

    Pro Landscaper April 2022

    With longer, lighter days, spring has finally arrived! Along with our April issue of Pro Landscaper – a Manchester Special. Our Special discusses all the latest developments in and around the city of Manchester. From the RHS Garden Bridgewater’s long journey to opening, the Castlefield Viaduct’s regeneration – set to boast an elevated park by Summer this year, to finding out all about idverde’s maintenance and sustainable goals at Manchester City Football Club training grounds. It’s jampacked! In our Let’s Hear it From this month, we speak to the BBC’s Your Garden Made Perfect newest addition, Oliver Bond, about how…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper March 2022

    Pro Landscaper March 2022

    This is the third annual Green Issue of Pro Landscaper dedicated to the industry’s approach to becoming more environmentally friendly. The jam packed 140-page issue is full of discussion, innovation, and all things sustainable. As concern rises for the significant amount of greenwashing in the works, garden designer Rachel Bailey discusses the need for companies to lower their carbon footprint, and why she is determined for her design practice to be as green as possible. It has become increasingly apparent over recent years that a roadmap to sustainability is far from anything simple. With the effects of climate change showing…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper February 2022

    Pro Landscaper February 2022

    Our February issue is here! We’re slap bang in the middle of winter and already 2022 has been jam-packed with biodiversity commitments and pledges to protect the environment and its future. The idea of ‘rewilding’ has certainly grown in popularity over recent months. In our inform section Chris Churchman explains why rewilding is necessary but “not at the cost of replacing farmland.” Can we trust the government to fund our landscape as they say? Speaking of rewilding, Lewis Normand ponders why green spaces remain so poorly funded, particularly after numerous lockdowns emphasised their value and importance to our future. And,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper January 2022

    Pro Landscaper January 2022

    Happy New Year! As we dust off the memories of the last twelve months, we step forward into a whole new year. Whilst there’s a few things we’re carrying over into 2022 – the pandemic and material shortage for starters – if there’s one thing we’ve learnt from 2021 it’s that the industry is resilient and always looking ahead. At FutureScape in November, a series of insightful seminars hooked our visitors. However, seminar ‘One Industry: Future Collaboration’ in particular proved very popular. Focusing on the future and collaboration in the industry, representatives from four industry trade associations sat on one…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper December 2021

    Pro Landscaper December 2021

    Welcome to the last Pro Landscaper of 2021, our Small Business themed issue! It’s certainly been another memorable year. Though it might have got off to a bad start as we entered the third national lockdown in January, the industry was still able to make the most of the new appreciation for green spaces. As the months went by, 2021 saw the return of the trade exhibitions, flower shows, and a landscaping boom. Needless to say, we’re all looking forward to seeing what 2022 will bring. In our Educate section, we include a number of insightful Small Business Specials. Covering…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper November 2021

    Pro Landscaper November 2021

    November is an exciting month for Pro Landscaper – it’s full of celebration! Not only do we host the UK’s leading trade event, FutureScape, but in recent years we have been able to introduce three award ceremonies, each recognising different aspects of the landscaping sector. This issue includes all the details and information on the shortlists this year for small project BIG IMPACT and the Podium Awards. In addition, the talented winners of this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards are also announced (see page 85). Furthermore, November marked the first anniversary of the UK Landscape Barometer. For…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper October 2021

    Pro Landscaper October 2021

    Well, it’s safe to say we are well and truly in the early days of Autumn. The dark mornings have crept in, and its certainly feeling a little chillier. This month was the first ever autumnal RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and the most exceptional show gardens were on display. Full of show-stoppers – we’ve got all the winning details inside! We decided to take a look at what’s going on over-seas too. ‘Between Heaven and Earth’ by McWilliam Studio was an incredible eye catcher at the Shenzhen Flower Show in China, winning Gold and Best in show. The design inspired…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Magazine September 2021

    Pro Landscaper Magazine September 2021

    Our September issue is dedicated to industry staff and training. This month, we’re looking at recruitment stats, extracurricular training, and training academies. For years, the skills gap in the sector has been apparent, and together we’ve certainly be talking about it. One company, Urban Landscape Design, decided to take matters into their own hands and set up The Landscape Academy, aiming to offer high quality training to help raise standards and improve the perception of the industry from those on the outside looking in. Now, Lantra approved! Speaking of high quality, September is a month we’ve all been waiting (and…

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