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  • Photo of Green light for new Leeds landmark

    Green light for new Leeds landmark

    A £270m development proposal to transform the former International Swimming Pool site at Lisbon Street in Leeds city centre has been granted full planning consent by Leeds City Council. The 2.8-acre strategic site, which has been used as a car park since the pools’ demolition in 2009, has been the subject of much scrutiny around its development potential due to its gateway location. DLA Architecture has designed the landmark development on behalf of Lisbon Street Developments, a joint venture partnership between Marrico Asset Management and Helios Real Estate. DLA submitted proposals earlier this year, fulfilling a pre-requisite that the scheme…

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  • Photo of BBC and RHS extending partnership until 2025

    BBC and RHS extending partnership until 2025

    The BBC and RHS are extending their exclusive broadcast partnership for a further three years to bring gardening inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to millions of homes across the UK. The new contract, which starts in 2022, will see the BBC commit to broadcasting from the events until the end of 2024 and means the BBC retains its position as the exclusive broadcaster of RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Whilst RHS Chelsea Flower Show will continue with its standalone BBC programmes, RHS Hampton…

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  • Photo of Millions of funding for projects to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

    Millions of funding for projects to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

    Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in communities across England thanks to funding through the Nature for Climate Fund. Over £12m will be allocated to the successful applicants to four funds supporting tree planting efforts for future generations. 260,000 trees will be planted outside of woodlands as part of the Local Authority Treescapes Fund with 139 local authorities awarded a share of the now £4.4 million pot across 42 projects. Projects will support a variety of ways to get trees in the ground, from natural regeneration and traditional planting to community engagement. Local residents, schools and environmental groups…

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  • Photo of Victoria North: Planning application for new sustainable neighbourhood

    Victoria North: Planning application for new sustainable neighbourhood

    This initial phase of works has been made possible through a £51.6m funding award from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which will address a series of infrastructure constraints and allow the delivery of new homes and green spaces, including the first phase of a new City River Park within the Red Bank neighbourhood – part of the wider Victoria North programme of development. The planning application seeks approval for enabling works including invasive tree and vegetation removal, creation of a temporary haul road and demolition of the Creamline Dairies buildings, in association with the future delivery of the new Red Bank neighbourhood. The application includes a commitment to increase biodiversity by at least 10% as a result of the overall development. Red…

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  • Photo of Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

    Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

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  • Photo of Tivoli pledges support to Aird na Cille re-wilding project

    Tivoli pledges support to Aird na Cille re-wilding project

    Tivoli Group Ltd has announced it has pledged to support a unique nature conservation initiative to re-wild land on the Aird na Cille Peninsula in the Western Isles. The re-wilding project, which commenced in 2012, aims to breathe new life into a virtually tree-free landscape, encourage biodiversity by responsible hands-on custodianship, re-establish a part of the island’s ancient natural heritage, and create a long-term legacy for future generations to enjoy. Aird na Cille point is a 25-acre peninsula of glacial-carved rock on the southern coast of the Isle of Scalpay off Harris in the Western Isles. The land consists of…

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  • Photo of Average UK house prices hits record high

    Average UK house prices hits record high

    The latest house price data, published by HM Land Registry for September 2021, shows that average house prices in the UK increased by 11.8% in the year to September 2021, up from 10.2% in the year to August 2021. Because of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on both the number and supply of housing transactions, we might see larger revisions to the published House Price Index (HPI) estimates than usual. It is worth noting that the monthly property transactions statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs show that the number of transactions in September 2021 were higher than average. As…

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  • Photo of Forestry Commission acts on new tree disease in Cumbria

    Forestry Commission acts on new tree disease in Cumbria

    Woodland managers, landowners, the forest industry and tree nurseries are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission (FC) and Forest Research (FR) identified the tree pathogen Phytophthora pluvialis in woodlands in Cumbria. The UK Chief Plant Health Officer has confirmed the findings, following routine Forestry Commission plant health surveillance activities. Phytophthora pluvialis is a fungus-like pathogen known to affect a variety of tree species, including western hemlock, Douglas fir, tanoak and several pine species (in particular radiata pine). It is reported to cause needle cast (where needles turn brown and fall off), shoot dieback, and lesions on the…

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  • Photo of Pip Probert encourages designers to apply to exhibit at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2022

    Pip Probert encourages designers to apply to exhibit at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2022

    This year, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is putting a greater emphasis on sustainability and is introducing ‘Greener Front Gardens,’ a new garden category focused on utilising front gardens for environmentally friendly gardening. As the show creeps closer, the RHS is looking for designers to take up the challenge of incorporating more green gardening practices into their show gardens. Pip Probert started designing show gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2005 and has exhibited at the show ever since. She now has 37 show gardens to her name and medals to match, giving her a wealth of experience…

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  • Photo of Edinburgh awarded highest global rating for climate action

    Edinburgh awarded highest global rating for climate action

    Edinburgh is one of just 95 cities world-wide to be placed on the 2021 A List by CDP – an international charity which runs the world’s largest environmental disclosure system for companies and cities. The coveted A-List position recognises that Edinburgh has: Publicly disclosed a city-wide emissions inventory Set an emissions reduction target – for Edinburgh, this is a target of net zero emissions by 2030 Published a climate action plan, Edinburgh’s 2030 Climate Strategy, which sets the strategic direction for reducing the city’s emissions and becoming resilient to future climate change Completed, and is in the process of updating…

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  • Photo of Nurture Landscapes breaks new ground with latest acquisition, Rokill Pest Control Services

    Nurture Landscapes breaks new ground with latest acquisition, Rokill Pest Control Services

    Completed in November, the Nurture Group acquired Rokill Pest Control Services, which will see Nurture Landscapes enter a new market to support the continuation of the company’s growth post COVID-19. Founded 41 years ago by chairman Alec McQuin, Rokill Pest Control Services is one of the largest independently owned pest control companies in the UK. Working across the Midlands and the South of England, Rokill provide commercial and domestic pest and bird control services. Respected throughout the industry for providing a quality service to the highest standards, Rokill have been holders of the Royal Warrant for the provision of Pest…

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  • Photo of The FutureScape event in pictures

    The FutureScape event in pictures

    The long awaited FutureScape event took place in its new venue at the ExCeL in London, on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier this week. Full of networking, exhibitors, seminars, and tool showcasing, the two-day event was a huge success. As the UK’s largest expo and trade event, FutureScape is an occasion designed to inspire, educate, and open up discussion through seminars and live debates. Working as a fantastic place to network with others in the industry, we give a variety of exhibitors a place to showcase their work through demos and displays, and provide an opportunity to fuel business development. Today,…

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  • Photo of City of London Corporation approves 24-storey office tower as developer confidence in the square mile soars

    City of London Corporation approves 24-storey office tower as developer confidence in the square mile soars

    The City of London Corporation has approved plans for a 24-storey office-led development on Houndsditch in the Eastern Cluster, the seventh tall building to be approved this year. The Planning and Transportation Committee backed Brockton Everlast’s scheme, designed by architects AHMM, which offers more than 56,500 sqm of office space as well as flexible retail/café space, community space, basement cycle parking and new public realm. The office areas are flexible and adaptable, specifically designed to meet new ways of working and to meet the demands of different types of business occupiers including incubators, start-ups and SMEs. Incubator space will be…

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  • Photo of Hillier Nurseries welcomes new sales manager to Amenity team

    Hillier Nurseries welcomes new sales manager to Amenity team

    Hillier Nurseries has announced the expansion of its Amenity team, following two record-breaking years of sales, with the appointment of new sales manager, Gareth Ashenhurst. Gareth, who joins Hillier from James Coles and Sons where he held the position of sales manager, will be bringing his expertise to a similar role at Hillier Nurseries. The former Leicester Tigers rugby player started working in the James Coles sales team in 2008. Initially he joined the company’s tree production division where he led on the development of Coles’ pot-in-pot container tree unit. Following this, he moved into the sales team, and later…

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  • Photo of New Futurescape venue declared a success by Green-tech

    New Futurescape venue declared a success by Green-tech

    Green-tech announces FutureScape 2021 as a success for them, as they exhibit in the new FutureScape venue, ExCeL London. Showcasing its range of John Chambers wildflower seed, Green-tree topsoil, grass protection products and green roof portfolio, Green-tech’s sales director, Richard Gill, commented: “It was fantastic to see so many exhibitors and visitors attend Futurescape. It was a great event for us – we had plenty of footfall and we all enjoyed seeing people in person rather than over a screen. It was a jam-packed event with plenty going on for visitors.” Green-tech’s business development manager, Mark Wood, joined the Great…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

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  • Photo of Winners announced for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards

    Winners announced for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards

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  • Photo of Bailey Streetscene: St Marks student village

    Bailey Streetscene: St Marks student village

    Bailey Streetscene furthers their expertise and extended experience in the student accommodation sector providing a substantial external furniture package to a newly developed student village at the University of Lincoln. The £75m scheme from Bowmer Kirkland will deliver 10 separate buildings containing almost 1,400 student flats and is the first phase of a £150m revamp of the nearby St Marks retail park. The Greengate range of seating and picnic sets have been supplied throughout the scheme in shades of yellow, green, and blue and clad with durable Sapele hardwood toppers. The units have been positioned to create large runs of…

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  • Photo of Cultura Group welcomes Pete Jones as head of its private garden construction division

    Cultura Group welcomes Pete Jones as head of its private garden construction division

    Cultura Group has welcomed Pete Jones to the business to lead its Private Garden Construction Division. Holding a key position, Pete will strengthen Cultura’s capabilities in delivering large, high quality garden construction projects. He will also be responsible for creating and managing strategic partnerships with prestigious garden design practices, garden designers and landscape architects. Pete has 25 years of experience in the private and commercial landscape construction industry; for the last 16 years at Land Design Partnership, the last three years as managing director, based in Kent. His extensive background in the private garden sector means that Pete understands the…

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  • Photo of RHS partners up with Inspiring the Future

    RHS partners up with Inspiring the Future

    The RHS has joined forces with Inspiring the Future to help encourage children in schools and colleges to pursue a carer in horticulture. Inspiring the Future enables schools to connect with inspirational volunteers from the world of work quickly and easily, in school or virtually, revolutionising the way in which young people get insights into exciting and unique careers, and inspiring them to be ambitious. Chris Moncrieff, head of horticultural relations at the RHS, said: “The idea of this partnership was born out of a Desert Island Discs episode. Sue Biggs was on the show about a year ago, and…

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  • Photo of Construction output grows despite supply chain problem

    Construction output grows despite supply chain problem

    Monthly construction output grew 1.3% in volume terms in September 2021, compared with August 2021. This is the first monthly increase since June 2021 and the largest since March 2021, when output increased by 4.8%. New work and repair and maintenance both grew on the month, increasing by 1.3% and 1.2% respectively. Despite the monthly growth, declines in both July 2021 (1.2%) and August 2021 (0.7%), saw quarterly construction growth fall 1.5% in Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2021, compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2021. This is the first quarterly fall since Quarter 2 2020, after four successive…

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  • Photo of Help save Lorraine

    Help save Lorraine

    Lorraine Hartley, a caring, popular and very well-known face in the horticultural industry, has been given only six months to live after the diagnosis of stage 4-5 lung cancer in March 2020 spread into her spinal cord, ribs, lymph nodes, and the most recent find of eight tumours in her brain. Now, Lorraine’s husband, David Topping, has set up a fundraising page to help raise funds to pro-long Lorraine’s life. Please see here: Fundraiser by David Topping : Help save Lorraine Hartley (gofundme.com) The heart-breaking news was given to Lorraine and her husband when she was 26 weeks pregnant with…

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  • Photo of Swanscombe Peninsula confirmed as Site of Special Scientific Interest

    Swanscombe Peninsula confirmed as Site of Special Scientific Interest

    Natural England has confirmed Swanscombe Peninsula as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its national importance for plants, geology, birds and invertebrates – including one of the rarest spiders in the country. The decision was taken by Natural England’s board at a public meeting and marks the last step in the designation process after the site was notified as a SSSI in March. A valuable green space abundant in wildlife lying close to major urban areas, the 260 hectare site alongside the Thames Estuary forms a corridor of habitats connecting Ebbsfleet Valley with the southern shore…

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  • Photo of Search is on for a head gardener at Wales’ Bodnant Garden

    Search is on for a head gardener at Wales’ Bodnant Garden

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  • Photo of Environment Act becomes law

    Environment Act becomes law

    Legislation, the Environment Act, that will protect and enhance our environment for future generations has now passed into UK law. It will halt the decline in species by 2030, require new developments to improve or create habitats for nature, and tackle deforestation overseas. It aims to help us transition to a more circular economy, incentivising people to recycle more, encouraging businesses to create sustainable packaging, making household recycling easier and stopping the export of polluting plastic waste to developing countries. These changes will be driven by new legally binding environmental targets, and enforced by a new, independent Office for Environmental…

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