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  • Photo of idverde digs deep to help people in horticulture as a Platinum Perennial Partner

    idverde digs deep to help people in horticulture as a Platinum Perennial Partner

    idverde, the UK’s leading green space management company, is delighted to have become a Platinum Partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Dedicated to supporting more than 7,000 colleagues across the UK and Europe, idverde is the UK’s leading grounds maintenance and landscaping provider. The company also grants up to £40,000 per year to local projects via its Community Investment Fund, a charitable initiative aimed at empowering communities to deliver sought after projects to improve their green spaces and boost wellbeing. idverde HR Director, Andrea Gomm, says:“We know that…

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  • Photo of Tivoli commences trial of electric fleet

    Tivoli commences trial of electric fleet

    Tivoli has introduced a long-term modernisation programme for equipment and vehicles with a view to replacing them with electric or hybrid versions where possible, helping the company to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next 12 months. A company-wide assessment of its existing equipment is underway, and the company is looking to bring in electrified replacements where possible. This is an ongoing project that the company says is likely to require an investment of around £15m in the future. Tivoli is actively looking to work with a small number of OEM partners that meet expectations for reliability,…

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  • Photo of Tobermore increases production capacity to meet surge in demand

    Tobermore increases production capacity to meet surge in demand

    Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore has invested £10m in expanding its manufacturing facilities. The company is ramping up production in response to a surge in market demand for its hard landscaping products. Construction of Tobermore’s new multi-million pound factory is currently underway with project completion scheduled for the end of the year. The new plant will have a gross internal floor area (GIFA) of 4416m2 and is expected to create dozens of local jobs across numerous departments including production, dispatch and haulage, as well as sales and administration. The one-acre expansion to Tobermore’s headquarters brings the total site area to…

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  • Photo of Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG

    Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG

    Weston Ground Maintenance has recently received its new 31HP petrol SCAG Turf Tiger 52 for carrying out the work that the company undertakes. Dave Bill, the owner, explained that a succession of machines over the years have come and gone and steadily he has built up a picture of his ideal machine and, when the time came for a new purchase and when he was disappointed with the service of one dealer, he took the advice of a friend in another grounds maintenance company who said “try SCAG – they’re bulletproof”. He had a machine demonstration by Dominic Mason; petrol…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Manoj Malde

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Manoj Malde

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Manoj Malde, Manoj Malde Garden Design www.manojmaldegardendesign.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – whos’ your favourite person to be locked up with? Jacinda Ardern because out of all the Prime Ministers of all the different countries she seems to have integrity. Other world leaders could take a few lessons from her. If it’s not her, then it would have to be Henry Cavill because he is just great eye candy (are you really going to print that?). One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? Zoom meetings will definitely continue. They have really kept…

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  • Photo of Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers

    Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers

    Drivers are at risk of sun damage while travelling, as temperatures across the UK are set to soar, new research finds. More than one in four (28%) UK motorists have burnt through a van or car window, according to new research from Confused.com. However, it seems that people are completely unaware of the risks, as more than two in five (44%) didn’t know you can get sun damage while driving with the windows closed. To explore the issue further, Confused.com conducted an experiment with the help of Melanoma UK. The results of the experiment found drivers can still develop sun damage…

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  • Photo of Land Design Partnership reveals rebrand

    Land Design Partnership reveals rebrand

    Long established landscape contractor The Land Design Partnership Ltd has announced that the business has undergone a rebrand. The multi-award-winning company was established 33 years ago and since then has been delivering a first-class service throughout the South East, creating life-changing landscapes for commercial and private clients. Managing director Pete Jones comments: “After 27 years of the current branding, it is time to refresh things to better reflect the current aspirations of the business and those of our fantastic team. The business has built a strong reputation, both in the industry and with our key clients over the years. This…

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  • Photo of New RHS president puts diversity as a priority

    New RHS president puts diversity as a priority

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today appointed Keith Weed as its new president. Keith is committed to increasing the gardening charity’s focus on sustainability and helping to mitigate climate change as a key priority, as well as improving diversity within the industry. He will be calling on all gardeners, both existing and the many recent new gardeners, to help the gardening revolution grow by not only continuing to make gardens and local areas more beautiful but to make the environment more sustainable too. Keith Weed says: “The UK has led the world over many centuries in innovating and creating…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Shane McCormick

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Shane McCormick

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Shane McCormick, Talasey Group www.talasey.co.uk   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Just my family, I don’t need anyone else. One thing that’s changed in daily routine that will continue post-lockdown? Zoom, and Microsoft Teams chats – can’t beat them How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? At least 10. Best new series or book you’ve discovered? Married at First Sight Australia! I know… What do you miss most about pre-lockdown life? Giving my son a cuddle as he doesn’t live with us. DIY or…

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  • Photo of Charity sanction pays for mass tree-planting in East London

    Charity sanction pays for mass tree-planting in East London

    A computer support company in Brentford that broke the law around recycling has paid money to help fund several thousand new trees on the other side of London, at Ilford. EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd failed to register the packaging waste it produced between 2002 and 2003 and from 2008 to 2015. Companies with a turnover above £2m, handling more than 50t of packaging in the previous calendar year, must register with an accredited compliance scheme, and recover and recycle packaging waste. The Environment Agency dealt with EMC’s failure to comply with the law through a civil sanction called an…

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  • Photo of CORE Landscape Products details its Tree Root Protection System

    CORE Landscape Products details its Tree Root Protection System

    CORE Landscape Products fills us in on its CORE Tree Root Protection System. The CORE Tree Root Protection® (TRP) System is a CE certified cellular confinement system that provides guaranteed protection for the roots of mature trees from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It distributes the weight of the traffic which in turn prevents subsoil compaction around the roots. With the correct fill material, it is completely porous, allowing continued water permeation and gaseous exchange to ensure the protected tree stays healthy. The system forms a high load bearing, shallow permeable sub-base above ground.   Why is Tree Root Protection Needed?…

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  • Photo of £20m in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

    £20m in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

    Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20m of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has announced. Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track. It is part of the government’s plan to support businesses on the road to recovery. The government has previously launched the £2bn Kickstart…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ann-Marie Powell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ann-Marie Powell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Ann-Marie Powell, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens www.ann-mariepowell.com   You’re self-isolating – who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My other half Jules is wonderfully supportive. He listens as I offload my fears, he updates me only on the news he thinks I need to know, he encourages me, and never lets me get away with it when I tell him I can’t do something – all whilst keeping me constantly amused. He’s my hero. Besides him, I have loved hanging out with the wonderful community of 10,000 folk each day on my personal Instagram…

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  • Photo of ICL launches new multi-surface cleaner

    ICL launches new multi-surface cleaner

    ICL has announced the launch of CleanShield, an alcohol-free, multi-surface cleaner which has been independently proven to be effective against 99.9% of bacteria, spores, viruses and fungi. It is widely documented that the most common way that microorganisms, particularly bacteria, are spread and cause infection is on hard surfaces and carried on people’s hands. Preventing infection and managing the spread of germs from hands and surfaces is therefore important in all environments. CleanShield is designed to bring broad spectrum pathogen protection and biological cleanliness to large areas in an instant. This high-performance sanitising solution has been independently proven to be…

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  • Photo of Scotscape merges future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group

    Scotscape merges future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group

    Cultura Group and Scotscape Landscaping Ltd  – the landscape construction division within the Scotscape Group – have announced that they are merging Scotscape Landscaping Ltd’s future landscape construction operations into Cultura Group. This is a strategic move, both for Scotscape and Cultura Group, which they say will not only improve the landscape service offering of both companies but enable Scotscape to focus on its urban greening and maintenance operations, areas in which it has become one of the leading providers in the UK. Cultura Group will provide landscape construction and associated services to the existing customer base of the combined…

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  • Photo of New advice for safe management of Scotland’s parks and green spaces

    New advice for safe management of Scotland’s parks and green spaces

    A new guide helps park managers and local authorities to safely manage and reopen facilities at Scotland’s country parks, gardens and wider green spaces. Access to the country’s outdoor spaces has been vital for many in staying active and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. And while most spaces remained open, facilities such as play areas, cafes, tennis courts and bowling greens were closed to the public. The new Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during Covid-19 guide has been compiled by greenspace scotland. It brings together the latest advice from the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, sportscotland, VisitScotland and a…

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  • Photo of RHS launches new careers resource to help attract people to industry

    RHS launches new careers resource to help attract people to industry

    The RHS has created a new careers resource with more than 60 individual films showcasing some 45 different horticultural careers, as a survey shows that almost three in 10 (28%) people say not knowing enough about careers in the industry puts them off working in horticulture. The top two things putting people off a career in horticulture, which is currently suffering a skills crisis, is lack of knowledge, both in not knowing enough about plants or gardens (40%) and not knowing enough about careers in horticulture (28%). Almost one in four (24%) would also be more likely to consider a…

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  • Photo of Join a webinar with Cleve West and Cityscapes

    Join a webinar with Cleve West and Cityscapes

    Next Tuesday, listen to multi-award-winning garden designers Cleve West talk to Cityscapes director Darryl Moore about his new book, ‘The Garden of Vegan’, published by Pimpernel Press. The book investigates the interconnections between food, health and the environment, through our relationships with non-human animals. Cleve charts his personal journey to becoming vegan, his successful career as a garden designer, his animal advocacy and his approach to gardening in a way that respects all lifeforms.shutter Join the conversation on Tuesday 28 July at 7:30pm via a free Zoom webinar. Register here.

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  • Photo of Online garden design service for landscapers launches

    Online garden design service for landscapers launches

    A new service has launched which enables landscapers to offer garden design services under their own branding. My Garden Design is an online platform which allows the landscaper to upload the client brief, along with ‘before’ photos and site survey details to the website. An online garden design questionnaire breaks down the client brief into a series of yes/no answers. Once all the information has been gathered, qualified garden designers will turn the information into a concept plan. The completed garden design will carry the landscaper’s own logo and contact details. Creator Paul Baker, who is a director of both…

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  • Photo of Sudbury manufacturer reveals major factory extension plans

    Sudbury manufacturer reveals major factory extension plans

    Caribbean Blinds has announced plans for a 10,000 sq ft extension of its existing factory site in Sudbury, due to commence in October this year. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2021, this vast space will support the external shading systems manufacturer’s plans for growth, enabling the business to create more products in line with targets, whilst keeping lead times short. Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean Blinds, says: “As the fastest growing external shading company within the UK, this extension will allow for our ongoing development and provide us with the production capacity to supply expected demand. This…

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  • Photo of Green-tech becomes a Platinum Partner of Perennial

    Green-tech becomes a Platinum Partner of Perennial

    Green-tech has announced that it has increased its support to Perennial during these particularly challenging and unprecedented times. Perennial is the only charity in the UK helping all those who work in or are retired from horticulture and their dependent families. It steps in to help by providing free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance. Green-tech, a leading supplier to the landscaping industry, is a long-term supporter of Perennial and has now decided to increase its contribution to the charity to that of a Platinum Partner. Chairman, Richard Kay comments: “Perennial supports a great many people and is going…

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  • Photo of Wildflower webinars a thriving success

    Wildflower webinars a thriving success

    Landscaping professionals are invited to immerse themselves in a popular programme of free, online webinars hosted by Hampshire-based organisation, Wildflower Turf Ltd. The Wildflower Turf Tech Talk Webinar Programme offers the landscaping community an opportunity to come together virtually to increase their knowledge base. The UK’s leading wildflower turf experts are passionate about offering a focused, information-led series that challenges, informs and inspires. To date, the webinars have been incredibly well attended attracting more than 700 devotees. With an option to attend the webinars live, or to listen after the event, the online sessions are presented in an accessible and…

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  • Photo of GGM Groundscare announces new jobs and recruitment to support business growth

    GGM Groundscare announces new jobs and recruitment to support business growth

    Award-winning specialist tractor and grounds maintenance machinery dealer GGM Groundscare has announced it has expanded its team. It has appointed two new service engineers, both recruited during the lockdown, and created positions for three new apprenticeships in a bid to support continued business growth and offer job opportunities in both Colne and Haydock. Andy Crabtree and Chris Sumner, have both joined the 39-strong team as field service engineers based at the Haydock depot to support the increasing level of business from the site and both bring a wealth of valuable experience to the company. GGM Groundscare is also currently recruiting…

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  • Photo of Get a free second battery with ECHO

    Get a free second battery with ECHO

    ECHO is offering a free second battery worth up to £199 when you buy a selected ECHO 58V kit of power tool, battery and charger. The offer is available on the ECHO 58V chainsaw (CS-58V4AH) where you get a free 4Ah second battery, and power blower (PLB-58V2AH), double-sided hedgetrimmer (HT-58V2AH) or trimmer (DST-58V2AH) with free second 2Ah battery when purchased with a battery and charger. There are lots of benefits with battery products, namely low noise, low vibration and low running costs combined with zero emissions when in use, plus they are easy to use, with no fuel and no…

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  • Photo of ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    Soaring lockdown littering levels led to an astonishing 258.4* tonnes of rubbish collected from London’s eight Royal Parks in June alone – the equivalent in weight of 20** new London buses, or 74 elephants. This represents an increase of 32% compared with June 2019. And it took staff 11,078*** hours (the equivalent of 15 months) just to clear the litter left on the grass – in addition to the time spent emptying bins. The Royal Parks has welcomed increased numbers of visitors to the parks during the peak of the pandemic, providing a boost to physical and mental wellbeing. However,…

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