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    • Carbon capturing peat bog helps fight against climate change

      Glasgow council and a small team of volunteers have been working to ensure Glasgow’s largest peat bog remains in pristine condition.   Commonhead Moss covers a 25 hectare habitat at the far north-east corner of the city and plays a vital role in carbon capture for the city. It is also has a unique biodiversity and plays host to rare species such as bog rosemary and green hairstreak butterfly.   Believed to have existed for at least 4,500 years, the bog has the potential to capture over 100 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year. But for the bog to…

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    • idverde acquires TCL Group

      idverde have confirmed the acquisition of TCL Group. Under the leadership of TCL’s Executive chairman, Simon Cashmore, TCL has established itself as a niche national provider of landscaping, play products and grounds maintenance services to a diverse UK customer base.   With Regional hubs in Derby, Northampton, Dorking and Melksham, TCL has annual sales of £65m and employs over 850 colleagues, delivering its products and services to a range of blue chip and public sector clients. This acquisition expands idverde’s UK portfolio of services, providing a complementary offer to existing clients in both companies and further develops idverde’s extensive national…

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    • Millboard launches powerful new Outdoor Design Hub

      Millboard today launches a brand-new informative resource for professional landscapers, architects, interior designers and master builders.This Hub of educational materials is free and provides a single source for desktop learning, covering a broad range of useful and up-do-date information related to the world of outdoor design.   Visitors can browse for inspiration, catch up on the latest regulatory news and pick up CPD points.   Marketing Manager Caroline Birdsall comments: “We’re thrilled to have created such a valuable facility for the industry – we hope that it’s of use to a wide range of people, whether they are looking for…

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    • Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20%…

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      Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

      The art of conservation, a visionary thinker and Britain’s greatest gardens will be explored in a series of public talks in the Granite City this autumn. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust – which is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland – is hosting “Aberdeen Heritage Lectures” in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Robert Gordon University, where the lectures will take place. In “From Walling Brick to PhD. What’s the Point?” which was held on October 9, Tim Meek described the importance of lime harl and other traditional coatings as surface finishes throughout Scottish history. Tim’s work includes…

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    • Biophilia

      Bring biophilia to your office

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    •  Kate Gould and Keith Chapman have conquered Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Perennial

      Kate & Keith are proud to announce they have submitted Kilimanjaro, the worlds tallest free standing mountain in aid of Perennial –the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough. After five days of climbing, tents & long drops, below freezing temperatures and suffering with altitude sickness, it really was the kind donations and key sponsors, Thompsons & Deepdale as well as the good work that Perennial does that kept them moving to the top! Both Kate & Keith have said it is the hardest challenge they have ever undertaken including building three…

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    • Eden gives bees a chance with new observation hive

      The Eden Project is celebrating becoming a protected bee reserve for an important local honey bee by unveiling a new observation hive which will enable visitors see how these fascinating creatures live.   The Great Hive Mind is a striking installation made from reclaimed scaffolding poles. It contains an observation hive which is home to a colony of around 25,000 bees expected to rise to more than 50,000 by next summer. It is situated in Eden’s Outer Estate in a field full of wild flowers above Eden’s Wild Chile area and was unveiled at a launch event on October 9.…

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    • Eden Project North

      Morecambe community to engage in Eden Project North conversations

      Eden Project North is moving forward as the people of Morecambe are being asked to share their ideas.   The project aims to combine indoor and outdoor experiences which connect people with the significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing wellbeing.   It will look to inspire connection with the natural world through a series of zones. The zones will be housed in mussel shell-shaped domes and linked together with an entrance area known as the Bay Hall.   The Above the Bay area will be an environment filled with plants and art exhibits. Showcasing natural abundance and…

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    • BALI and Adtrak

      BALI and Adtrak collaborate to provide members with digital support

      The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has relaunched its strategic alliance with Adtrak.   This collaboration will provide BALI members with access to digital support packages specifically designed for landscaping professionals.   The digital package titled ‘BALI Digital in association with Adtrak’, enables BALI members to benefit from three web design options. This includes a one-page website promoting a specific landscaping product, a 10-page website specifically designed to generate leads and the third would be a project specific website ideal for landscaping businesses with a more bespoke offering.   After first announcing a partnership with BALI in October 2016,…

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    • Mental health awareness in the workplace

      With some devastating suicides hitting the headlines in the recent months, it seems that a conversation surrounding mental health – specifically men’s mental health – has opened up even more than before. So why is it so important to continue this conversation and how can we as an industry support one another? In 2017 5,821 people took their own lives in the UK and Republic of Ireland. That equates to 16 people per day. Although suicide rates are actually decreasing year on year – something we all want to see continue – suicide is still the single biggest killer of…

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      FutureScape exhibitors 2019

      As the single most important landscaping event in your business calendar,  FutureScape 2019 will continue to be the UK’s largest and most comprehensive landscape show, bringing the whole industry together on one day, in one place. Expect a packed programme again this year, with first-time and returning exhibitors with new products and concepts to showcase and a listening ear to find the best solutions for any landscaping dilemmas you might be facing. Take a look at the video below to see who will be exhibiting at this years show. To register for your free ticket click here. 

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    • Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity. The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area. As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas. One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network. The…

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    • Mayfield

      Planning application submitted for first phase of Mayfield

      The £1.4bn transformation of Mayfield into a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester has taken a significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the first phase of development at the site. The application includes the creation of Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new park in more than 100 years. This will be created on the banks of the River Medlock running through the heart of the 30-acre regeneration scheme. The first phase of development also includes a high quality, nine-storey, 70,000 sq ft office building overlooking the new park, and a 545-space…

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    • More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

      Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.   Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.   Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to…

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      RHS grows houseplant and floristry offering

      The Royal Horticultural Society is to expand its houseplant and cut flower offering as it responds to changing habits among the UK’s 27 million gardeners. Acknowledging the popularity of indoor displays on social media, the increasingly limited access to outdoor growing space and an ever expanding interest in the health and wellbeing benefits of plants, the charity has pooled a group of professionals from across the industry to serve on its Houseplant and Cut Flower Advisory Group. Including botanist James Wong and designer Jonathan Moseley, the group will advise on houseplant and floristry provision across RHS retail, gardens, shows and…

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    • Eco Landscapes joins forces with Nurture Landscapes

      Eco Landscapes has joined forces with the Nurture Landscapes Group in a collaboration which will continue to strengthen and enhance the service portfolio to clients across the South of England for both companies. St Albans-based Eco Landscapes was founded in 2008 by Alex Ufton. The majority of the business is made up from the delivery of landscape maintenance to offices, industrial parks and retail parks across the South. In addition to some static sites, and sits perfectly alongside Nurture’s client base. Alex will remain with Nurture, focusing on the company’s existing clients and new business development. The operational and management…

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    • The finalists of the LI Awards 2019 have been announced

      The Landscape Institute had over 180 entries in total this year, including 40 from international entrants. The judges were astounded with the standard of entries, and we’re delighted to be able to share the shortlist of #LIAwards2019 finalists below.   Student categories, Volunteer and New Landscape Professional of the Year to be announced.   Open categories Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature   Stitch the City and River: Yunyang Waterfront Green Corridor Beijing Forestry University Wuxiang Nature School YoungAsianScape Design Co., Ltd.   Landscape Belt of Xianglu Bay Beach in Zhuhai LAY-OUT Planning Consultants Co., Ltd   Valencia Parque Central Gustafson Porter +…

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    • Cambridge council restricts herbicides as part of response to Biodiversity Emergency

      Cambridge City Council is restricting the use of herbicides in its parks and open spaces as part of its ongoing ambition to achieve a measurable net gain in biodiversity for Cambridge.   This ambition was outlined in a Biodiversity Emergency motion adopted by the council earlier this year. The motion recognises the immediate global biodiversity emergency and the local impact this could have on communities and businesses.   It outlines a series of pledges for the next two years and beyond including:   Making the council estate, including its parks and opens spaces, more hospitable to a wide range of…

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    • Smiths’ Cotswold Dry Stone

      Smiths’ tell us about its Cotswold Dry Stone.  Cotswold Stone is and has been, one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtlety you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly it is being used for a variety of…

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    • New film from Sir David Attenborough and The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery

      Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts has made a short film with the charity to provide answers to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK.   In the film Sir David calls for powerful new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more and for a Nature Recovery Network.   Sir David Attenborough says in the film:   “A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival. We need wild places to thrive. Yet many of our systems and laws have failed the natural world.…

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    • Infographic -the habits of a good boss

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    • Renson’s got you covered

      Renson’s premium ambassador Garden House Design had a client who wanted to create a private spa area including a hot tub in their garden as their property is located amongst a busy urban setting. With an understanding of what the client wanted, Garden House Design suggested the Renson Camargue, an aluminium louvered canopy, to sit over the client’s hot tub. It was ideal not only to meet its client’s requirements, but also a beautiful and contemporary solution with exceptional design flair. The Camargue’s design provides sun protection and ventilation according to the needs of the environment and the client. The…

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    • Pro Landscaper Equipment Supplement October 2019

      As we approach the end of the year, there is on issue dominating our conversations: sustainability. Lowering pollution levels has long been on the agenda for governing bodies. Take the introduction of Stage V regulations for new non-road vehicles, limiting particle number emissions, and the Mayor of London replacing the T-Charge with the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Action is being taken to reduce the amount of pollution across the UK, but there’s plenty more work to be done. Battery powered kit continues to develop, though, and the number of companies and local authorities adopting this technology is on the rise.…

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      Pro Landscaper October 2019

      In this month’s issue Andrew Wilson suggests that the process of designing a show garden is a concept that hasn’t changed much over the years. He asks whether a radical chance to the format is possible, and explores how events across the globe have redefined the genre. Whilst,  Nick Coslett urges UK nurseries to grow more oaks in order to prepare for the future and explains why biosecurtiy standards need to improve. We visit Austin Design Works, a company run by landscape architect Rachael Austin and her architect brother Matthew Austin, to find out more about its work. We also…

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