FutureScape

  • Photo of 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 opens for applications

    30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 opens for applications

    Join the exclusive club of award-winning individuals recognised for their contribution to the next generation of the landscaping sector. Applications are now open for 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018! This is your chance to nominate either yourself or a colleague to receive industry-wide recognition with the leading awards for young people in the sector. 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, presented at the renowned FutureScape event, is an incredible way to bolster a personal resume, network with industry professionals, and receive coverage within Pro Landscaper magazine. If you or your chosen colleague work in any capacity within the…

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    Registration open for 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018

    Registration for the 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards is now open. Following three groundbreaking years of showcasing young talent in the landscaping industry, Pro Landscaper is thrilled to announce their return at this year’s FutureScape in November. Previous winners have proclaimed the benefits that winning has given them. Lexi Harrison of Hultons Landscapes says: “[Winning the award] was perfect for raising my profile within the industry.” Michael Buck of Hortus Loci goes onto say the awards: “Provided me with a fantastic platform for networking with likeminded people and facilitated the promotion of the industry when talking to the…

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  • Photo of Green-tech sponsors the new FutureArc seminar area at FutureScape

    Green-tech sponsors the new FutureArc seminar area at FutureScape

    Green-tech will be exhibiting at Futurescape next week and is sponsoring the FutureArc seminar area, in association with the Landscape Institute. FutureArch is a new addition to the event this year. It is being held in association with the Landscape Institute and aims to shed light on the future of the architectural side of the landscaping industry, and consider how minor changes will be of benefit in the future. A series of focused seminars and topical industry discussions will be held throughout the day at FutureArch by a host of industry experts. Green-tech can be found on stands 17,18 and…

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    FutureScape 2016 Show Guide

    Welcome to our FutureScape 2016 show guide in association with CED Stone Group. Our 52-page supplement includes everything that you need to know about the event, held on 15 November at Sandown Park Racecourse, including our unique and comprehensive seminar programme with over 30 individual sessions from leading professionals. The seminars cover a variety of subjects, from presenting your designs to clients and tips on how to save money, to the future of arboriculture and architectural industries. Brand new to this year’s event is FutureArch, held in association with the Landscape Institute. This section aims to shed light on the…

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  • Photo of FUTURESCAPE – THE UK’S BIGGEST LANDSCAPING TRADE EVENT

    FUTURESCAPE – THE UK’S BIGGEST LANDSCAPING TRADE EVENT

    FutureScape, the UK’s number one landscaping industry event, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Tuesday 15 November, at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. FutureScape is an event which brings the whole landscaping industry together for a one-day event and offers an unrivalled seminar programme with lively talks and debates. The event has grown year on year, and 2016 promises to be bigger than ever before. This year, 200 brands from all aspects of the industry are exhibiting at FutureScape 2016, some of which will be offering exclusive equipment demonstrations so that you can see a range of industry leading products…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute respond to Sajid Javid’s £5bn fund

    Landscape Institute respond to Sajid Javid’s £5bn fund

    Sajid Javid’s launched of a £5bn fund to help build more than 250,000 new homes. The Communities Secretary wants to build homes on abandoned shopping centres, in run down town centres and other brownfield sites. £2bn of the money will be used to build roads and other infrastructure so new building works can proceed. The remaining £1bn of the Home Builders Fund will go in loans to small building companies to get construction underway. £2bn will be spent separately on using surplus land owned by the State for fast track building projects. Pro Landscaper spoke to Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of…

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  • Photo of BALI set to launch new careers initiative GoLandscape at FutureScape in November

    BALI set to launch new careers initiative GoLandscape at FutureScape in November

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is delighted to announce that it will be launching its new education and skills initiative, GoLandscape, this November at one of the industry’s leading trade shows, FutureScape 2016. GoLandscape aims to combat the ever increasing skills shortage prevalent within the landscaping industry in the UK by linking students from schools and colleges directly with BALI Registered Contractors, Designers, Affiliates and Training Provider members that have all identified specific vacancies that require specialist skills and relevant qualifications. GoLandscape will provide real guidance through a series of online and offline resources that directly links students…

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    FutureScape Seminars information

    FutureScape is approaching soon! Taking place on the 15 November at Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey, the event will consist of many different exhibitors and seminars. Schedules for all seminars that are taking place can be found on the FutureScape website here. To give some idea as to what the seminars will entail, in the morning in Seminar Room One we have: Passion is in the Plants takes place at 10am, it is back for a third year and brings a new panel of passionate plant experts to the stage. They will be taking questions from the curator Jim Wilkinson…

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  • Photo of BALI-NCF to host Landscape Summit at FutureScape 2016

    BALI-NCF to host Landscape Summit at FutureScape 2016

    BALI-NCF is hosting the Landscape Summit at FutureScape 2016. Following on from the success of last year’s seminar, BALI-NCF will have two topics to discuss at FutureScape: ‘The apprenticeship levy – What does it mean for the landscaping and grounds maintenance industry?’ and ‘Managing our green spaces – The client contractor relationship’. The apprenticeship levy consists of all information concerning apprenticeship fees, funding, levy and digital vouchers. The seminar will feed into discussions on the implications for employers, both levy and non-levy paying, in the landscaping and grounds maintenance industry. Also explored will be the viewpoint of the contractor in…

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  • Photo of Bristol installer scoops top prize in competition marking Bradstone’s 60th year

    Bristol installer scoops top prize in competition marking Bradstone’s 60th year

    Landscape installer, Robert Knight of Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services, has won an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4×4 pick-up truck as part of a celebratory competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone. To celebrate its Diamond year, Bradstone offered all UK landscape designers and installers the chance to win one of two Isuzu trucks when purchasing Bradstone paving. Robert Knight, who owns Bristol-based Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services in Bristol, is the first of two lucky competition winners. He was presented with the keys to his new Isuzu truck this week at Travis Perkin’s Southmead…

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  • Photo of Local authority and private sector collaborate over green space challenges

    Local authority and private sector collaborate over green space challenges

    70 senior local authority officers and their service delivery partners gathered together for a seminar at Kew Gardens recently to address and find workable outcomes to the key challenges faced in managing and maintaining the UK’s parks and open spaces. This industry ‘first’ was organised by BALI-NCF, the National Contractors’ Forum. The seminar entitled ‘Managing our Green Spaces: Are we Fighting a Losing Battle?’ sought to promote collaboration between the private and public sectors in identifying the major areas of change necessary to continue to meet the quality and service delivery expected by key stakeholders. The day commenced with a…

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  • Photo of James Hewetson-Brown argues why wildflower turf is good for urban areas at FutureScape 2015

    James Hewetson-Brown argues why wildflower turf is good for urban areas at FutureScape 2015

    Managing director of Wildflower Turf Ltd James Hewetson-Brown spoke about why wildflowers are good for designing in urban areas at FutureScape 2015. He began the seminar by explaining that the soil system for wildflower turf is a thin layer of compost as the growing medium and they mix the wildflower seeds in it. James pointed out that wildflowers grow well when there is no competition and problems arise when wildflowers are under pressure to grow in the soil system. He continued the seminar by focusing on the benefits of wildflower turf, in particular the health benefits of planting in urban…

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  • Photo of John Wyer talks earning a living at Futurescape 2015

    John Wyer talks earning a living at Futurescape 2015

    John Wyer, founder and co-owner of Bowles & Wyer, aimed his Futurescape 2015 seminar at designers and contractors, focusing on whether skills are undersold or undervalued and how this can be resolved. He discussed the disadvantages of a price-driven market compared to the advantages of a quality-driven market, suggesting that being the cheapest may not always be the best. The seminar was filled with useful business advice for the landscaping industry, with John briefly discussing the two sides of taking commission payments and going on to discuss why the designer should not be the supplier, as well as how to…

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  • Photo of Three plant experts put themselves in the shoes of garden designers at FutureScape 2015

    Three plant experts put themselves in the shoes of garden designers at FutureScape 2015

    Three passionate plant experts took to the stage at The Passion is in the Plants debate that delved into how nurseries work with landscapers and garden designers. Richard McKenna from Provender Nurseries, Angela Halksworth from Tendercare Nurseries Ltd and Nick Coslett from Palmstead answered questions from Jim Wilkinson and the audience. The three experts started off explaining what they would want from nurseries if they were garden designers themselves and what they find most frustrating when designers and landscapers make an order. An overall response was that they would want to deal with someone who is interested in the project…

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  • Photo of Robert Webber talks garden lighting at FutureScape 2015

    Robert Webber talks garden lighting at FutureScape 2015

    The founder of Scenic Lighting Robert Webber shed some light on the art of garden lighting for the audience at FutureScape 2015, using examples of projects undertaken by his own company before taking questions from the audience. He divided up the seminar into his three simple principles: functional lighting, which helps its user carry out basic tasks in the garden and tends to be high up and bright as well as on its own circuit; aesthetic lighting, which is used to help create a certain mood or atmosphere to fit in with the client’s requirement; and feature lighting, which is…

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  • Photo of Garden designers talk money at FutureScape 2015

    Garden designers talk money at FutureScape 2015

    One of the most popular seminars had a completely new panel this year. In The Detail is in the Design, garden designers Matthew Childs, Ruth Willmott, Jilayne Rickards and Paul Harris shared their expert knowledge and success in the industry. Eljays44’s Jim Wilkinson and the audience picked their brains in the hour-long session. Jim kicked off the debate where the panellists revealed how they would design a garden if they were given a budget of £50,000. Experimenting with new materials was favoured by Paul and Matt but Jilayne and Ruth opted for more traditional and simple designs. When discussing how…

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  • Photo of Beauty is in the Build returned for FutureScape 2015

    Beauty is in the Build returned for FutureScape 2015

    Returning for its third year, The Beauty is in the Build seminar at FutureScape event 2015 saw a panel of three managing directors of landscaping companies discuss the industry, focusing particularly on the business side of construction. Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson introduced the debate before inviting the audience to question the panellists, Mark Gregory of Landform Consultants, Norman Hambrook of Hambrooks Landscapes and Charles Benton of Benton Landscapes. The panel shared a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Mark started by summing up the state of the landscaping industry over the past year and talked about taking the right…

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  • Photo of Panel of three discuss behind the scenes of show gardens at FutureScape 2015

    Panel of three discuss behind the scenes of show gardens at FutureScape 2015

    FutureScape 2015, held on 17 November, featured a fascinating three-way presentation offering tips on how to become involved in designing show gardens for events such as RHS Hampton Court and Chelsea. First to speak was Hampton Court manager Dave Green, who took delegates through the process of submitting ideas for show gardens, as well as outlining what the RHS expects. According to Dave, criteria for selection includes not only the design itself, but also the designer’s history and background. Next up was Rae Wilkinson who discussed her experience of bringing her design to fruition at Hampton Court. According to Rae, she…

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  • Photo of Advice and amusement with Ann-Marie Powell at FutureScape 2015

    Advice and amusement with Ann-Marie Powell at FutureScape 2015

    Pro Landscaper’s own FutureScape event was a huge success, with around 1,500 visitors and over 150 stands. The sixteen seminars were equally as popular, with talks from industry leaders and debates focusing on the hottest topics in the landscaping sector. The most-anticipated seminar of the day was Let’s Hear it Live, a real-time interview with Ann-Marie Powell, conducted by Jim Wilkinson. Ann-Marie is a well-loved personality in the sector, and delegates were both enlightened and hugely entertained by musings on her career – beginning with time she spent travelling the globe, falling in love with gardens during her youth. From there,…

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  • Photo of Six days until FutureScape returns

    Six days until FutureScape returns

    Be sure not to miss out on the fabulous seminar programme at FutureScape this year, the event is being held at Sandown Racecourse in Esher, Surrey on Tuesday 17th November. Below are the details of the seminars that are taking place in Seminar Room 3. 10am: Value Sustainable Landscapes Maggie Fennell GreenSky Manager at Boningale looks at how to link the design, installation and maintenance cost to client benefits for green roofs and modern sustainable landscaping. 11am: The Subtle Art of Lightscaping Philip Milner runs the technical arms of Lighting for Gardens and boasts many years of experience advising electricians,…

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  • Photo of FutureScape returns next week with an exciting seminar programme

    FutureScape returns next week with an exciting seminar programme

    This year’s FutureScape on Tuesday, November 17 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, offers a jam-packed seminar programme. Below are the details of the seminars that are taking place in Seminar Room 2. Vectorworks 2016 In September 2015, Vectorworks Inc introduced the latest release of its flagship 2D/3D CAD software for garden for garden and landscape designers: Vectorworks Landmark. Kate Pearson will be talking about new features, upgrades to the hardscape tools, planning tools and site modelling tools. Time: 10am Landscaping – Engaging the Community Landscape architect Adam White shares his experience of designing bespoke nature play spaces…

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  • Photo of Make sure you register to see Ann-Marie Powell at FutureScape

    Make sure you register to see Ann-Marie Powell at FutureScape

    RHS award-winning garden design Ann-Marie Powell is taking to the to the stage at this year’s Let’s Hear It Live at FutureScape on Tuesday, November 17th 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey. She will be questioned by Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson and will offer an insight into her career in garden design and her television presenting roles. She has been awarded gold medals at RHS Chelsea and most recently at RHS Hampton Court in 2015. She is also a well-known author, journalist and broadcaster, most recently presenting the BBC RHS Chelsea coverage and The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge…

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  • Photo of Don’t miss the new panel debate Show Gardens at FutureScape

    Don’t miss the new panel debate Show Gardens at FutureScape

    New to this year’s FutureScape on Tuesday, November 17th 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse is a panel debate focusing on how to plan, design and build a garden for the RHS events. The Show Gardens debate panel includes the RHS Hampton Court Palace show manager, a gold-winning landscaper and a designer who designed her first show garden this year. Room: Seminar Room 1 Time: 3pm See below for more information on our panellists. Dave Green, show manager of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Dave Green is show manager for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and has been…

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  • Photo of Make sure you register to see The Detail is in the Design at this year’s FutureScape

    Make sure you register to see The Detail is in the Design at this year’s FutureScape

    Four of the UK’s leading designers will be discussing who and what inspires them, how they have successfully built their careers, their own experiences of show gardens and how to work best with landscapers in this year’s The Detail is in the Design at FutureScape on Tuesday, November 17th 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse. The event aims to throw a positive light on the garden design industry and provide expert knowledge which the audience can use in their own businesses. Don’t miss the chance to pick the brains of Jilayne Rickards, Paul Harris, Ruth Willmott and Matthew Childs at 11am…

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  • Photo of Don’t miss Mark Gregory, Norman Hambrook and Charles Benton at FutureScape 2015

    Don’t miss Mark Gregory, Norman Hambrook and Charles Benton at FutureScape 2015

    The Beauty is in the Build is back again at this year’s FutureScape. Two experienced landscapers and a businessman take part in the lively discussion on the state of the construction side of the landscape industry. This year, managing directors Norman Hambrook, Mark Gregory and Charles Benton will be in the hot seat ready to answer the audience’s questions. It all kicks off on Tuesday, November 17th 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, at 10am in Room 1. Below are the panellists taking part in this year’s Beauty is in the Build: Norman Hambrook is the managing director…

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