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      Andrew Wilson: It’s worse than I thought

      Andrew Wilson looks at our attitude towards plants in our wider environment and ponders on the concept of ‘plant blindness’. Originally, I was an urban boy growing up in St Helens which, although it has its good points, is basically an industrial town. I remember being fascinated by plants and gardens but suddenly felt disadvantaged when I started studying landscape architecture. Many fellow students came from rural backgrounds and it seemed they had an innate knowledge of trees and plant species in the wider landscape. Gradually, with study and experience, that plant knowledge has expanded dramatically, but mainly because I’m…

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    • New colour available from Millboard

      Millboard have announced two exciting new developments. On the back of customer demand, it has launched a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to its existing Weathered Oak Embered line.   The new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for. It strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique. A method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds…

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    • Better Bankside

      Better Bankside’s Air Benches

      Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.   The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors. The benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to…

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    • Green-tech supply materials for woodland creation project

      Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire.   Wessex Woodland Management offers bespoke management and contract services to woodland owners throughout the South of England. They were awarded the contract to create the woodland under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme to provide farmers, foresters and land managers with a viable, long-term source of income for delivering environmental benefits on their land. This includes the creation of habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity.   Planting on the Conholt Park Estate was carried…

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    • Milner Square

      Milner Square wins Children’s Play award in Street Design Awards

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    • Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

      Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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    • Rain Bird

      Rain Bird launches new product

      Rain Bird’s new Wi-Fi ready ESP-TM2 irrigation controller has been designed for both residential and commercial applications. It is simple to use, offers highly flexible watering schedules and water saving features. End users and contractors can select exactly the right controller to tailor irrigation to the varying needs of different areas, zones and plant types within a landscape.   The ESP-TM2 will be attractive to both users and contractors alike. Filling a gap between Rain Bird’s proven ESP-RZX 4/6/8 zone controller and the ESP-ME controller with up to 22 stations, the new ESP-TM2 models are available with four, six, eight…

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    • New Chair

      New Chair appointed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Board

      Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.   Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.   Dame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018. As well as Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011. She is also the Lead Independent Director for…

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    • Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

      Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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    • BALI

      BALI’s scheme withdraws all Industry Accreditation cards

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    • Bristol to consider new approach towards city’s trees

      Enhancing the care of Bristol’s trees and expanding the city’s planting programme will be among proposals considered by the Mayor and Cabinet next week. If approved, a new tree strategy would outline the authority’s approach to tree removals, pruning, inspections and planting in greater detail. It would also explore how new areas of woodland and sites for more street trees will be identified. Next Tuesday’s meeting will decide whether to pursue an initial £4m five-year contract for maintaining all trees on council land. A new approach to both increasing the city’s canopy and managing existing trees is also set to…

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    • £11m initiative launched to save green spaces

      A multi-million pound initiative to secure the future of the UK’s urban parks and green spaces is launched today. In the first project of its kind in the UK, eight urban areas are joining forces in a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. The Future Parks initiative is investing more than £6m of National Lottery and government funding. The National Trust has also pledged £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management. The…

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    • Helen Mirren lends support to RHS campaign to help halt spread of Xylella

      Dame Helen Mirren has added her voice to an RHS campaign urging holidaymakers not to bring plants back from abroad this summer to help halt the spread of the deadly bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The multi-award-winning actress has witnessed the devastating impact of Xylella in Italy, where it is thought more than 11 million olive trees have already fallen victim. The disease prevents plants from transporting water and is known to infect more than 500 different plant species, with garden favourites lavender, oleander, rosemary and flowering cherry all at risk in the UK. If found in the UK, all host plants…

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    • RHSI

      Peter Donegan to host RHSI Garden Show Talks stage

      Garden Designer Peter Donegan is set to host The RHSI Talks Stage this July. At the stunning Russborough House Hippodrome, Donegan will team up once again with contractor Ed Burnham, brains behind the build of no less than 16 RHS Show gardens (including Donegan’s silver medal winning design celebrating garden charity Perennial’s 180th anniversary) and a list of extremely accomplished horticultural voices that amongst others include author, TV Presenter and stalwart of BBC’s Gardeners Question Time Anne Swithinbank.   The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI) and The Alfred Beit Foundation have teamed up for the third year to host…

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    • Eden

      Stage is set for ten thousand plant spectacular at Eden

      A dramatic wall of colour is taking shape in the famous outdoor concert arena at the Eden Project in Cornwall thanks to a huge effort by the Green Team. This week, up to 25 of the project’s gardeners have been working through heavy showers and sharp winds to dig around 10,000 plants into the steeply-sloping bed facing the stage in front of the world-famous Biomes.  The crescent-shaped bank will provide a stunning outlook for superstar artists such as Kylie Minogue, Liam Gallagher and Nile Rodgers when they play the Eden Sessions concerts over the next few weeks. The mass planting…

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    • Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

      Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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    • BBC Springwatch Garden

      BBC Springwatch Garden for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

      A garden reminding us of the importance of gardens for the nation’s wildlife will be unveiled at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1 – 7 July). The BBC Springwatch Garden designed by award-winning designer Jo Thompson, working alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, hopes to encourage the nation to turn their gardens into nature reserves.   Recent research indicates that private gardens in Britain cover an area bigger than all the country’s national nature reserves combined. Whilst individual gardens may be small, when combined they create vital links between urban nature and the wider countryside, offering crucial…

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      June’s Agenda question

      This month’s agenda question was ‘How can landscaping help to prevent crime?’. Read below to find out six different people’s responses. Mak Gilchrist, founding director and curator of The Edible Bus Stop. By introducing design-led intuitive landscaping and planting into areas previous known for anti-social behaviour, from our experience, that a transformation occurs. Social behaviour is encouraged and these areas are forgotten or left behind communities. When a public realm improvement is delivered with planting, especially where edibles can be picked, such as herbs, berries or fruit trees, this helps engender pride and a sense of place within that community.…

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    • High Stakes: A Quick Guide to Wooden Garden Supports

      Wooden supports form a crucial part of a wide range of gardening and landscaping projects. From protecting trees to erecting fencing to building lean-tos and other outdoor structures, the type, size and strength of the vertical supports you choose are key considerations. Wood is a popular material for vertical supports because it is flexible, cost-effective and, when treated correctly, highly durable. Here, landscaping supplies specialist Suregreen talks us through the pros and cons of square-sawn wooden stakes, highlighting where they make a preferable choice compared to other types of wooden support. A cheap alternative to fencing posts When you are…

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    • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: The Forest Will See You Now

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    • A38 flower verge

      Wildflower scheme along the A38

      As well as improving roads, Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is supported by a £30 million investment programme over five years.   The wild flower scheme on the A38 was started last year when seeds from over 20 variety of flowers, including cornflowers, oxeye daisies, yellow rattle and poppies were sown over five hectares of roadside verge between Ashburton and Ivybridge, adding to the ten hectares that have recently been created along the A38 and A30 in Devon and Cornwall.   Highways England senior ecologist Leonardo Gubert said: “This is the third wild flower scheme…

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    • BBC Gardeners' World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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    • Net Zero emissions

      UK to eradicate its net contribution to climate change

      The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.   The statutory instrument to implement was laid in Parliament Wednesday 12 June. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008.   Theresa May will also meet young science and engineering students to discuss the ambitious new target, which is based on advice from independent experts: the Committee on Climate Change.   In its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as…

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    • Pro Landscaper Connect

      Want to join the Pro Landscaper Connect team?

      Eljays44 latest brand, Pro Landscaper Connect, has received fantastic feedback and gained superb momentum since its launch in late 2018. Pro Landscaper Connect is backed by the industry-leading trade magazine Pro Landscaper and with its research, data and marketing initiatives it aims to open pathways between clients and customers. 2019 has seen the brand go from strength-to-strength, working with clients both large and small from a range of industries. Pro Landscaper Connect has been able to provide vital information and insights which assist businesses make much more informed decisions about their products and services. The growth of this service has…

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    • Tree Champion

      Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

      The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.   The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years.   Now Sir William is marking his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.   Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up…

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