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  • Photo of BBC Two’s Your Garden Made Perfect

    BBC Two’s Your Garden Made Perfect

    When discussing 2020, there aren’t a huge number of highlights. But one which has been unanimously echoed across the industry is the public’s newfound appreciation of green spaces – and more specifically, their gardens. Following on from the wildly successful Your Home Made Perfect, BBC Two is providing a nation now enthralled by gardening with Your Garden Made Perfect. Airing on Thursday 4 February, it will be jam packed full of tips and tricks to inspire viewers. Using the latest visual technologies, homeowners will be presented with two vastly different designs from prominent garden designers so they can visualise what…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper launches into consumer market

    Pro Landscaper launches into consumer market

    Pro Landscaper, the leading B2B brand in the landscape and horticulture sector, is launching into the consumer sector with a new brand Dream Garden. For the last 10 years Pro Landscaper has been immersed in the ‘green’ sector, centring on garden design and landscaping in the commercial and domestic realms. One of the major issues concerning the profession is the lack of ‘value’ in private outdoor space, and gardening TV programmes popping up every season professing that homeowners can have a ‘wow factor’ garden for a couple of thousand pounds, has done nothing to help the industry’s professionalism. We believe…

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  • Photo of National Garden Scheme launches 2021 online garden events

    National Garden Scheme launches 2021 online garden events

    Following the success of the charity’s online events in 2020, the National Garden Scheme is kicking off the new gardening year with a series of online talks and events. Bringing the best of gardens, garden owners and experts together to share their insights and passion for gardens and gardening, the digital events series will continue throughout the year. “The importance of gardens and gardening for our health and wellbeing came to the fore in 2020 and, as the uncertainty is set to continue, we’re supplementing our hugely popular garden visits with a series of informative talks and events that will…

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  • Photo of London Stone announces new hire Paula Chalmers

    London Stone announces new hire Paula Chalmers

    London Stone has announced that Paula Chalmers has joined its business development team. Employed as a landscape consultant, Paula will be identifying and developing new client relationships in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and East London. Paula brings 20 years of experience working within the landscaping and construction industry and offers a unique combination of skills. With significant experience working for CED Stone Group and Total Protection, Paula previously held positions as marketing manager and depot & operations manager, where she handled company rebrands, client relations, lead generation and logistics to name just a few. “This role places me in the heart…

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  • Photo of Rolawn awarded Green Achiever Gold Award for second year

    Rolawn awarded Green Achiever Gold Award for second year

    For the second consecutive year, Rolawn is celebrating the success of its environmental strategy, having retained Green Achiever’s coveted Gold Award with Diamond Banner accreditation. The award, which follows an annual independent audit by The Green Achiever Scheme, recognises Rolawn’s continuing improvement on the environmental front. Paul Dawson, Rolawn’s managing director, commented: “Green Achiever is a voluntary scheme in which Rolawn participates so that customers have evidence that the company’s environmental policy is actively practiced. Environmental responsibility is integral to Rolawn’s operations. The business works closely with experts in the field not just to ensure compliance with the latest regulations…

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  • Photo of Is it time UK Parliament introduced a Minister for Horticulture?

    Is it time UK Parliament introduced a Minister for Horticulture?

    Lewis Normand will be the subject of Pro Landscaper TV’s first Let’s Hear It From on Tuesday 26 January. He’ll be talking us through why a Minister for Horticulture would be of benefit. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE In 2018 UK Horticulture was valued by the Horticultural Trades Association at £24.2bn per year. UK Horticulture employs more than half a million people, representing one in every 62 jobs. Even ignoring the financial value of horticulture to the economy, the environmental, social, cultural, leisure, culinary and aesthetic value of the industry should not go unnoticed or unheard. Where many other industries…

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  • Photo of WATCH: Rosebank – The Success from FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    WATCH: Rosebank – The Success from FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020

    Back in November 2020, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 became the first ever digital exhibition in the UK’s landscaping industry. One of the most popular sessions from the event was Rosebank – The Success, in which Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson visited the offices of Rosebank Landscaping, a dynamic design and build business based in London. Jim spoke with co-owners Matt Keightley and Cameron Wilson about the start of the business, their endearing friendship and their values, all of which led to the almost-instant success of the business. The resulting interview was video recorded and presented at FutureScape VIRTUAL. Childhood friends Matt and…

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  • Photo of Jade Goto responds to lockdown through landscape

    Jade Goto responds to lockdown through landscape

    We speak to designer Jade Goto about the landscape she created in response to the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown. What inspired this conceptual design? The global lockdowns have highlighted the human need for outside spaces and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing. My response to the first global pandemic was to create a landscape that interpreted my personal experience of these strange and uncharted times.  What was your experience with the global lockdowns? My experience of the lockdowns, like everyone’s, has changed over the last year. Professionally, the confinement to our homes has led more people to reevaluate…

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  • Photo of Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries has revealed it has passed its ISO 14001 Environmental Audit this year with its prime objective for 2021 being further peat reduction and taking it below 50%. The Hereford-based business has been awarded a certificate for its Environmental Management System, which meets requirements for the production and supply of container-grown stock to garden centres and amenity markets. Steve Reed, production director container division at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to announce we’ve just passed our ISO 14001 Environmental Audit for the 10th year running with our prime objective being peat reduction, followed by a continued decrease in the…

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  • Photo of Builders’ merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    Builders’ merchant donates to Rainforest Foundation

    A builders’ merchant is celebrating five years of supporting the Rainforest Trust. EnviroBuild is making its annual donation to the non-profit organisation, not only to fund crucial projects but also to offset the carbon footprint of its own production processes since the company was founded in 2015. The London-based supplier has been donating 10% of its profits to the trust for the past five years. To date, it has helped to protect almost 63 million trees and has supported multiple Rainforest Trust projects. With more than 60 years’ experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild aims to provide top-quality products, without…

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  • Photo of Landscape designs of the future

    Landscape designs of the future

    Andreas Ramsauer of Earth Heat Landscapes explains ground source heat pumps and their numerous benefits To reach the new Government targets on reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions there will need to be a major shift in the way we heat our homes and move away from gas and fossil fuels to alternatives such as heat pumps. This article will propose how the landscape industry could play a vital role and take advantage of the potential new boom in designing and installing the ground source heat pump systems. The Ground Source Heat Pump Association says there has been, up to now,…

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  • Photo of FLP Pond Liner adds tranquil touch to Devon farmhouse

    FLP Pond Liner adds tranquil touch to Devon farmhouse

    FLP, a brand of leading landscape supplier Green-tech has supplied the pond liner for a stunning new pond installed in a farmhouse located in South Devon. SWP Hydraulics from Devon approached FLP after an internet search. Their sales advisor provided guidance on measurements to work out the correct size needed. The pond is 29 meters long, 10 meters wide and 1.5m deep and after discussion an order was placed for 0.75mm Green Seal EPDM liner which has a reassuring 20-year guarantee. EPDM is a synthetic rubber membrane liner ideal for lining ponds, lakes, lagoons and streams. Ideal for aquatic installations, EPDM is…

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  • Photo of Marshalls plc announces investments of more than £30m in 2021

    Marshalls plc announces investments of more than £30m in 2021

    Hard landscaping business Marshalls is investing more than £30m this year to increase capacity for existing product ranges, build on its sustainable processes and boost product and digital innovation. One of the largest investments will be at the Marshalls site in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, where the installation of a dual block plant is expected to increase site capacity for the South East region and operational network as a whole. The investment, £20m over three years, will fund the installation of exclusive patented machinery; Marshalls will be the first in the UK to install the technology. Not only will this project…

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  • Photo of plants@work celebrates Houseplant Appreciation Week

    [email protected] celebrates Houseplant Appreciation Week

    For 2021, [email protected] has put together a series of dedicated weeks, kicking off with Houseplant Appreciation Week from 10-15 January. This follows on from the American one day celebration of the same name and coincides with Houseplant Week UK. Its mission throughout this week has been to promote the benefits of houseplants which have made a big comeback in terms of popularity. It has been promoting their many benefits daily via its website and social media platforms. It also has a section on its website which lists much of the collected research over the years plus a section which shows [email protected]’s…

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  • Photo of First Hillier Trees in Place at Maggie’s Centre Southampton

    First Hillier Trees in Place at Maggie’s Centre Southampton

    The first of more than 100 British-grown trees supplied by Hillier Trees have been delivered to their final destination at the new Maggie’s Centre in Southampton. The Centre and surrounding grounds, which will be the first for Maggie’s in the South of England, is designed to create a tranquil oasis for visitors. The Centre is being created in partnership between award-wining architects AL_A, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Sarah Price, one of the country’s most sought-after landscape designers. The design will create an oasis in the grounds of the hospital’s suburban campus. Almost three quarters of the 1,470m2…

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  • Photo of Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Jacob Betts, a trainee landscape designer for Urban Earth South West Limited, has graduated from The Oxford College of Garden Design with Distinction. Oxford College’s Principal, Duncan Heather, said: “Jacob has excelled on this course. It has been a real pleasure to watch his growth in real time, from a competent landscape contractor to a highly gifted artist and designer. A personable young man, who is producing professional work of an extremely high calibre. I wish him every success for the future.” Urban Earth director, Phil Yolland said: “Jacob is exactly the kind of person we are looking to have in our business;…

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  • Photo of DLA restructures to set clear path for succession

    DLA restructures to set clear path for succession

    DLA Architecture has completed a restructure of the business with a re-brand and succession plan. The practice has evolved its brand from DLA Design to DLA Architecture, giving more clarity on its offering to commercial and public sector clients. It has also identified key people within the business to carry forward the succession strategy for the future DLA Architecture has been established for more than 40 years with offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. The award-winning practice employs over 75 architects, landscape architects, architectural technologists and graphic designers. During the last 12 months the DLA leadership team – comprising Mark…

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  • Photo of Final call for DCF scholarship applications

    Final call for DCF scholarship applications

    2020 was a challenging year for everyone, so 2021 is the perfect time to invest in personal development and look at developing skills for the future. With just three weeks left to apply for a scholarship, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is urging students to take advantage of available funding. DCF has awarded almost £100,000 over the last ten years towards study tours, work placements, college tuition, accommodation fees, books, equipment, and extra training courses. This year there are seven fantastic scholarships to apply for. These include: · British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary – £1,000 – for students…

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  • Photo of PM commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    PM commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is announcing today that the UK will commit at least £3bn to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Programmes supported by the funding will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and…

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  • Photo of Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control, a leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, has announced the appointment of a new managing director, with Marcus Watson handing over to Jason Knights this month.   Marcus’ tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. He continues to be a significant shareholder and non-exec director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.   “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change,” said Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish. “His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well…

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  • Photo of Smiths’ self binding path gravel

    Smiths’ self binding path gravel

    Smiths Bletchington talks us through its self-binding path gravel.  For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility goes beyond that, it has…

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  • Photo of Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife

    Plans to consult on gene editing – which could unlock substantial benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food – are being set out today by Environment Secretary George Eustice in his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. The way that plants and animals grow is controlled by the information in their genes. For centuries, farmers and growers have carefully chosen to breed stronger, healthier individual animals or plants so that the next generation has these beneficial traits – but this is a slow…

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  • Photo of Isuzu Truck expands its dealer coverage in the North Midlands

    Isuzu Truck expands its dealer coverage in the North Midlands

    Isuzu Truck UK has announced that Isuzu Central, an operating division of Allports Group, has now been appointed as a full sales, service and parts dealer for the Isuzu Truck marque in the North Midlands. This forms part of its recent dealer expansion programme in the UK and will cover Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. Isuzu Central will be representing ITUK, with the company handling both truck product sales and after sales service from the Allports Group four-acre dealer site in Stoke. “Working closely with the Allports Group, we were keen to raise the profile of Isuzu in this area as…

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  • Photo of HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas – December

    12 Days of Christmas – December

    Festive celebrations this year have been a little, shall we say, limited? Our usual Christmas parties were shifted onto Zoom, and yuletide treats were consumed outdoors, two metres away from those outside our bubble as we tried to protect our mulled wine from being a cup of frozen rain. So, with our December issue, we wanted to bring you some Christmas cheer with a dazzling portfolio from Indoor Garden Design. The London-based company had transformed St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with breath-taking Christmas trees decked in magnificent baubles. And for those who had their holidays in the sun cancelled, there is…

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