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  • Photo of Green-tech delighted to be back on the road and attending the Specifi events

    Green-tech delighted to be back on the road and attending the Specifi events

    The Green-tech team are, once again, hitting the road to visit customers, suppliers, and attend trade events. Green-tech sales director, Richard Gill, commented: “It’s fantastic to be back out there. We really missed seeing everyone. We are starting to visit customers and suppliers and there’s a renewed energy about the business. It’s been a long time since Green-tech opened its doors to visitors and it feels amazing; there’s a real buzz around the place.” Green-tech signed up to attend the series of six Specifi events which kicked off at the end of August in Glasgow and was followed up last…

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  • Photo of Bank breached in milestone moment for new wetland habitat

    Bank breached in milestone moment for new wetland habitat

    The stretch of the tidal River Tamar that was converted to farmland in 1850 when an enclosing embankment was built, will now become part of the original flood plain as the conservation charity breaches the bank to allow the tide to flood in. The new 1.7 hectare intertidal habitat has been created thanks to a £250,000 partnership project with the Environment Agency and supported by Natural England and Plymouth University. The work forms part of a larger programme of habitat creation and improvement throughout the Tamar catchment which aims to create new intertidal habitat which will improve resilience to the…

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  • Photo of Landform consultants join forces with Ann-Marie Powell & Gaze Burvill for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

    Landform consultants join forces with Ann-Marie Powell & Gaze Burvill for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

    Designed by Ann-Marie Powell and built by Landform Consultants, the Gaze Burvill garden display explores how recent events have triggered a recalibration in the significance of how our outside spaces are keeping us happy, healthy and connected to each other and nature. This will be the second time that multi award-winning Landform Consultants has constructed the Gaze Burvill tradestand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Managing Director, Mark Gregory said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with Gaze Burvill again, bringing Ann-Marie’s design to life on Main Avenue. Chelsea is the greatest flower show on earth and it provides the stage…

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  • Photo of Horatio’s Garden the BBC Lifeline Appeal for September

    Horatio’s Garden the BBC Lifeline Appeal for September

    Horatio’s Garden has announced that it is the beneficiary charity of this month’s BBC Lifeline Appeal. Presented by their ambassador, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, the appeal brings Horatio’s Garden to life by telling the stories of three inspirational people, Craig, Pip and Scarlett.             To watch and support our BBC Lifeline Appeal, please click here How You Can Help The Horatio’s Garden BBC Lifeline Appeal is a chance for you, your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours to discover more about the incredible work of Horatio’s Garden and to see for yourselves just how vital their gardens…

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  • Photo of House prices in July 2021

    House prices in July 2021

    England house prices grew by 7.0% in the year to July 2021, down from 13.2% in June 2021. The North East was the fastest growing region with annual growth of 10.8% in the year to July 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 2.2% over the year to July 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England decreased by 4.5% between June and July 2021, compared with an increase of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (June and July 2020). On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England…

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  • Photo of Vectorworks launches 2022 version of BIM and CAD product line

    Vectorworks launches 2022 version of BIM and CAD product line

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has launched Vectorworks 2022. With the aim to emphasise product quality improvements, superior performance and the user experience, this release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. In addition, Vectorworks also revealed that its comprehensive solution for designers working within multiple industries has been renamed to accurately reflect its full range of design and BIM capabilities. Vectorworks Design Suite, formerly Vectorworks Designer, offers all the up-to-date features of Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark and Spotlight, providing the entire suite of technology in one interface. Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, said:…

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  • Photo of Gustafson Porter + Bowman appointed to design Brent Cross Town’s largest green space

    Gustafson Porter + Bowman appointed to design Brent Cross Town’s largest green space

    Argent Related and Barnet Council, who are jointly delivering the new £7 billion, 180-acre north London neighbourhood at Brent Cross Town, have selected landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman to design the scheme’s largest and most distinctive green space, the 44-acre Clitterhouse Playing Fields. The reimagined playing fields will be home to a wide variety of new sport and play facilities, a new network of walking and cycle paths, designated places for picnics and gatherings, as well as plenty of space to enjoy nature. Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s design will be informed by engagement with local people and community…

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Dr. Duncan Slater

    Dr. Duncan Slater, senior lecturer in arboriculture at Myerscough College, tells us why he’s fully behind the Green Up Campaign and offers some key solutions to tree planting which would stop our supermarket car parks being full of dying trees. Why do you feel like the Green Up campaign is needed? Unfortunately, these high public-use areas, which are owned by commercial enterprises, are very often neglected after the initial installation of the landscaping scheme. They often lie at the heart of a town centre, or are key to how a retail area look for visitors and yet they are highly…

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  • Photo of National Trust reveals blossoming ambitions for city of culture as ‘Project Blossom’ starts to take root around UK

    National Trust reveals blossoming ambitions for city of culture as ‘Project Blossom’ starts to take root around UK

    The new blossom garden in Charterhouse Heritage Park will mark Coventry’s tenure as City of Culture.  And, today, the locations and plans for blossom plantings in Newcastle, Nottingham and Plymouth, first announced in February, have also been revealed. The National Trust has also confirmed 46 new blossom projects which will be planted on the land in its care across the country over the next few months. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, CJ Wildlife and the National Trust, projects include: creating new orchards at Stourhead in Wiltshire and Antony in Cornwall; the creation of a new edible forest of fruit and nut…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30 deadline fast approaching: Monday 13 September

    30 Under 30 deadline fast approaching: Monday 13 September

    There is still time to enter into Pro Landscaper’s 30Under30: The Next Generation 2021. Have you got an industry rising star working in your company, or could you that person? Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation is the only industry search for the most impressive young people in landscaping, and it shines a spotlight on the future of the industry. The awards also highlight the diversity of horticulture and those working within it. Winners have been propelled into the landscaping limelight, with most going on to even bigger and better things since collecting their award. Jim Wilkinson, managing…

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with idverde UK

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  • Photo of The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced

    The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced

    The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which takes the largest plot at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-26 September), sponsored by M&G, has been revealed and will highlight the vital importance of trees and woodlands to the environment. A lush, towering green and purple woodland made up of 21 trees including multi-stemmed Swedish Birch, Hornbeam and Beech will stand amid a carpet of grassland and a colourful wildflower meadow, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. More than 3500 plants will cover the 433m2 garden. This includes splashes of colour from Anemone ‘September Charm’, box ball hedges left untrimmed…

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  • Photo of Material shortages continue to hold back construction output levels

    Material shortages continue to hold back construction output levels

    The latest official figures have revealed that construction output has fallen again, dropping for the fourth consecutive month. Output fell by 1.6% in July 2021 compared with June 2021, falling to £13,660 million, and follows the 1.3% monthly decline in June 2021. The monthly index in July 2021 fell for the fourth consecutive month following strong increases in February and March 2021: The level of construction output in July 2021 was below its pre-COVID-19 pandemic February 2020 level. New work, and repair and maintenance both contributed to the monthly decline, with anecdotal evidence from businesses suggesting that price increases and…

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  • Photo of The National Landscape Awards celebrate 79 Award winning schemes at 45th anniversary

    The National Landscape Awards celebrate 79 Award winning schemes at 45th anniversary

    The National Landscape Awards return to London venue to celebrate 79 Award winning schemes at 45th anniversary The British Association of Landscape Industries is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 National Landscape Awards. 79 Awards celebrating the best of the best the landscape industry has to offer have been bestowed across 53 of its Accredited members. Members will now compete to win the Principal Award for each of the 29 Awards categories, and for the highly coveted overall Grand Award at the ceremony later this year. In addition, Special Awards will be presented to the standout projects submitted.…

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  • Photo of How to Tell the Difference Between Dormant and Dead Grass: The Homeowner’s How-to Guide

    How to Tell the Difference Between Dormant and Dead Grass: The Homeowner’s How-to Guide

    Hibernation might make you think of a bear in a cave during winter, but did you know that your grass can hibernate too? Dormancy protects grass and conserves its energy in the off-season, but it can be confusing for a homeowner, as dead and dormant grass looks very similar.  Cool-season grasses, in particular, dry up and go dormant in the summer months. If you live in a warm climate, one obvious fix is investing in high-quality, warm-season grass seed to keep a green yard year-round. In the meantime, don’t go pulling up your grass just yet. There may be hope…

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with Hillier

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  • Photo of First minister opens Priory Bridge Landscaping’s latest project: Epilepsy Scotland’s Wellbeing Garden

    First minister opens Priory Bridge Landscaping’s latest project: Epilepsy Scotland’s Wellbeing Garden

    Lanarkshire based Priory Bridge Landscaping (PBL) designed and installed Epilepsy Scotland’s new SPIFOX Wellbeing Garden, which was revealed on Saturday 4 September. After initial contact and a period of consultation and direct negotiation, Jacqui Doyle (partner) of PBL got to work on designs to match the brief of: An accessible multi use space, Area for workshops & contemplation, A pizza oven for fun days, Sensory plants & seated areas for all users. The overgrown and uneven areas being transformed were a rear garden and an an unused tarmac carpark. Jacqui Doyle said: ‘‘The end result is beyond our own expectations.…

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  • Photo of Ornamental horticulture and landscaping could be worth £42 billion by 2030 according to a landmark report

    Ornamental horticulture and landscaping could be worth £42 billion by 2030 according to a landmark report

    The ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry is set to contribute nearly £42 billion to the UK and support over 760,000 jobs by 2030, according to a landmark report released today. The independent ‘Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and landscaping to the UK’ report was commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG). It found the industry could be worth £13bn more than in 2019 and support an extra 100,000 jobs. The report showcases an industry with the potential to make a huge contribution to the UK’s economic, social, and environmental renewal over the next decade. The…

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  • Photo of Cultura expands certification with ISO 45001:2018

    Cultura expands certification with ISO 45001:2018

    Cultura has been awarded the prestigious ISO 45001:2018 certification, the new international standard for Occupational Safety and Health. This replaces its existing OHSAS 18001 certification. ISO 45001:2018 is a globally recognised occupational health and safety standard, developed by the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO). It was created to help reduce workplace risks, improve employee safety, and generally create safer working conditions. With this certification, Cultura demonstrates that the integrated management system and processes being implemented at all operational sites and business support offices meets the highest standards of safety management. One of the most notable tenets of this new certification…

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  • Photo of New RHS feature garden announced for Chelsea

    New RHS feature garden announced for Chelsea

    Revealed today, the RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which takes the largest plot at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will highlight the vital importance of trees and woodlands to the environment. A towering green and purple woodland made up of 21 trees including multi-stemmed Swedish birch, hornbeam and beech will stand amid a carpet of grassland and a colourful wildflower meadow, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. More than 3500 plants will cover the 433m2 garden. This includes splashes of colour from Anemone ‘September Charm’, box ball hedges left untrimmed to reduce the possibility of blight and Saxifraga…

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  • Photo of Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

    Green Up Campaign: Interview with GreenBlue Urban

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  • Photo of Dan Riddleston RHS Chelsea Diary

    Dan Riddleston RHS Chelsea Diary

    Like many other Chelsea Flower Show designers and contractors faced with the news that the event would be moving from May to September, the first challenge we tackled was the creation of a new autumnal planting plan. It’s a rare opportunity to work with a different seasonal palette at Chelsea and one that the nurseries and designers have really thrown themselves into. For The Florence Nightingale Garden, Robert Myers has chosen to replace the shady woodland garden planned for last year’s show with an autumn garden that has more open space and drifts of late-flowering perennials, grasses and bulbs. The…

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  • Photo of New snow blades & spreaders for John Deere Gators

    New snow blades & spreaders for John Deere Gators

    John Deere and Douglas Dynamics, the parent company of US brands such as Western, Fisher and SnowEx, have entered into an allied partnership agreement for the Western Products range of snow and ice removal solutions for utility vehicles. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Western Products is the leading manufacturer of snow and ice control products. It offers a variety of front-mounted blades plus hopper and tailgate-mounted sand and salt spreaders, along with a wide selection of performance-enhancing snow plough and spreader accessories and parts. All Western products can be installed quickly and easily on John Deere’s range of Gator utility vehicles.…

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  • Photo of Salford benefits from £30million boost from developers

    Salford benefits from £30million boost from developers

    Since 2010 the city council has secured £29.9 million in Section 106 contributions from developers to mitigate the impact of development on local communities and to support more sustainable places. So far the council has spent £12 million on the local environment, £4 million on affordable housing and £2.3 million on community projects. Therefore, £11.6 million is still to be spent. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It is great news that we have managed to bring such a staggering amount of money in from section 106 agreements since 2010. We have a proven track record in bringing in money…

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  • Photo of Marshalls plc launches Virtual Sample service using augmented reality

    Marshalls plc launches Virtual Sample service using augmented reality

    Homeowners looking to invest in their gardens and driveways now have more planning tools at their fingertips thanks to the launch of an innovative augmented reality tool by Marshalls. Marshalls is investing in its digital transformation, and the launch of its new virtual sample service is a first for the industry and is the first phase of a major paving visualiser project. The new tool uses the latest in Augmented Reality technology and allows homeowners to see Marshalls paving, walling and edging products in full 3D and ‘place’ them in their own outdoor spaces, experimenting with colours, size and materials.…

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