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    • Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

      Returning to work after a long period of leave can be tough, even more so when you’re a new mother. Whether you can slot straight back into working life after maternity leave, or you feel as if the whole process is rather daunting, knowing more about the transition and your rights can make you feel much more at ease upon your return. You’ve been on maternity leave for 26 weeks or less If you’ve been away on maternity leave for 26 weeks or fewer, you are entitled to return to the exact same job upon your return. Your pay and…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley supplies over 25,000 plants to the Parks Trust

      In Milton Keynes, the Parks Trust has ownership to ensure the city’s unique green landscape is managed and protected forever without having to compete for funds with other council departments. Caring for river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads that represent 25% of the city, the Trust was created in 1992 and endowed with a substantial property and investment portfolio, that pays for the vital work of nurturing and enhancing the landscape, remaining entirely self-funded. Johnsons supply to The Parks Trust included more than 20,000 hedging transplants including 9,000 Cornus, 3,500 Ligustrum ovalifolium, more…

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    • HS2

      HS2 confirmed to go ahead

      In a statement to Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out that, after careful consideration of the independent Oakervee review, the decision has been taken to proceed with HS2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:   “Delivering better, faster and more reliable transport connections is the way to close the opportunity gap across this country. But it is not and never will be an ‘either/or’ between big projects and local services. Dramatic improvements to local transport and the decision to proceed with HS2 will shift this country’s centre of gravity away from the capital and transform connectivity between our towns and…

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    • GreenBlue Urban launches the HydroPlanter™

      GreenBlue Urban have announced the launch of a new modular bioretention raingarden system, the HydroPlanter™. The latest product can be retrofitted into highways schemes and on new developments of any size. The “Plug and Play” sustainable urban drainage solution can attenuate and cleanse stormwater and provide amenity and biodiversity to new and existing spaces particularly suitable for highway build outs, central reservations and verges. A single modular unit would also be suitable for new housing developments tackling SuDS solutions when space is at a premium. The HydroPlanter™ is an easy to design solution with drag and drop CAD drawings available…

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    • Eden Project Foyle to transform Derry/Londonderry waterfront

      Eden Project Foyle is a new riverside cultural and environmental tourist attraction in Derry~Londonderry. It was officially launched today (Tuesday February 11) with the release of new artist’s impressions of the project. The project is developed by the Foyle River Gardens charity. It is an ambitious plan to transform the banks of the River Foyle, linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates and giving public access to previously inaccessible land. Inside the building would be a performance area and play spaces. Visitors would be able to walk on the roof and take zipwires down to the walkways. The structure…

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    • Wienerberger’s Clay – Landscape, paving our way

      Throughout human history, clay has proven itself as one of nature’s most trusted natural materials. But here Wienerberger talks to Pro Landscaper about clay as a building material. Clay – A Landscaping solution At Wienerberger, we are proud to offer clay pavers as part of our landscape portfolio. Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider it when designing your next landscape project. Circular economy The circular economy is a concept in which everything is engineered to be constantly reused or recycled (KLH Sustainability, 2019). With a lifespan of over a century, clay pavers often outlast the…

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    • Talasey Group launches new directory

      The Talasey Group – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – has launched its new landscape directory of products for 2020. The landscape directory is the largest catalogue of products that the company has ever compiled and reflects the breadth of natural stone, porcelain paving, handmade clay pavers, resin-bound aggregates, artificial grass and landscaping installation, maintenance and accessory products that the Doncaster-based company has ever offered. It also features a new range of composite decking and fencing. Speaking about the launch, group sales & marketing director Malcolm Gough said that the company has previously…

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    • Tivoli will invest £5m over the next six months

      Investing £5m in new machinery, systems and fleet over the next six months is just one of the ways in which Tivoli continues to commit to maintaining customers’ sites to the highest standards, and supporting their teams up and down the country. Alongside the investment, Tivoli’s CEO Darren Cunningham will lead the complete reorganisation of the company’s training, recruitment and community engagement programs. The goal is to expand the skill set of existing employees, while creating a solid career structure to encourage younger and more diverse recruits. “We’ve got investors who are really keen to support the business,” says Darren.…

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    • Andrew Grant member of group calling for ‘quality’ design principles

      Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is one of ten expert members of a design group tasked by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to develop quality design principles for national infrastructure projects. Launched by the Design Group on 5 February, the UK’s first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure seeks to embed four key considerations – climate, people, places and value – into the planning and delivery of projects to construct and renew nationally significant infrastructure: ● Climate – infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner…

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    • Pro Landscaper

      Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020 winners announced

      The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. Eighteen awards were presented at the third annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 7 February. The highly coveted Supreme Winner was Oak View Landscapes, which topped the Landscape Company £2m – £10m Turnover category. Marian Barker, of headline sponsor Fresh Horticultural Careers, commented: “Not only is this business committed to its staff and customers but also the industry as a whole, either by…

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    • Redbacks

      Redbacks introduces new Kneeler Mat

      Redbacks Cushioning Ltd, designers of the ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology, offers a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling. Recently introduced is the new ‘Kneeler mat’. It’s an everyday tool for landscapers whose jobs entail kneeling for any length of time. It also has many applications in and around the home, garden and office.   Giving long term anti-fatigue support and great cushioning comfort from kneeling in any position, the mat features 28 multi-directional leaf springs held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix.   Unlike rubber matting, foam or gel based products which can…

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    • APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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    • Impressive butterfly structure for sale on behalf of hospice

      The Butterflies project was a bold collaboration between Staffordshire businesses. The local ceramics, education, charity, art and engineering industries worked together to bring about the largest ever locally produced ceramic art installation in Stoke-on-Trent. Every business and individual collaborating to bring the art installation to life donated time, expertise and materials to make this vision a reality and raise significant funds for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People. The public art installation was in situ throughout the summer of 2019 within Trentham Gardens, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions which brings more than 750,000 visitors…

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    • New online vehicle checker to help drivers prepare for clean air zones

      A new online service has gone live today (5 February 2020) to help drivers and businesses to prepare for the introduction of clean air zones with charges in Birmingham and Leeds. The vehicle checker will allow drivers to find out if they will be affected by the change which will charge the most polluting vehicles to drive in the cities. Leeds City Council is bringing in a ‘Class B’ clean air zone later this year, which will mean some older, polluting buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and HGVs will be charged to drive within the zone. Birmingham City Council…

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    • Plans revealed for new green building in Swansea

      Plans for a groundbreaking building allowing exciting new tech and creative businesses to grow have been unveiled for Swansea city centre. The plans, assisted by feedback in a public consultation last year, feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting the council’s commitment to green infrastructure. Swansea Council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway. The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces…

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    • The National Trust is set to spend an average of £3m every week on conservation

      The news comes as it lays out plans for its biggest ever sustained investment in protecting nature and the environment. Last month, director general Hilary McGrady announced in a landmark speech that by 2030 the Trust will become carbon net zero. To achieve this, the Trust has outlined several major steps, including: – planting and establishing 20 million trees – moving its heating and electricity entirely to renewable energy – continuing to spend millions on improving rivers – greatly improving the energy efficiency of many of its historic buildings During 2018/19, the National Trust spent £148.4m on conservation – £10m…

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    • Speakers at the SGD Spring Conference 2020 to explore colour in the garden

      Speakers from across the globe will explore the use of colour in the garden at the SGD Spring Conference in April, looking beyond fashions and trends to explain how good use of colour can play a major role in the success of a garden or landscape project. ‘Colour: the art, science and experience’ is taking place on 25 April at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Experts from across the fields of landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and science will explain the profound effects colour can have on our mind and mood and how the right use of colour…

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    • Birmingham earns Tree Cities of the World status

      The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognised Birmingham with Tree Cities of the World designation. The international programme celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. To achieve recognition as Tree Cities of the World, Birmingham met the five core standards: – establish responsibility – set the rules – know what you have – allocate the resources – celebrate achievements. Cllr John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Within Birmingham, we…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      5 reasons to attend FutureScape Spring

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    • Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has today (3 February) confirmed Sir William Worsley as the new chair of the Forestry Commission. The announcement comes as Sir Harry Studholme’s time as Forestry Commission chair ends after seven years in post. Sir William Worsley will step down as the government’s Tree Champion, a position he has held since June 2018, when he takes on his new role. Commenting on his appointment, Sir William said: “Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general wellbeing and providing a renewable resource in the timber they…

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    • Thousands ask Prime Minister to stop and re-think HS2

      A letter from The Wildlife Trusts, signed by over 66,000 people was delivered today [04/02/20] to 10 Downing Street highlighting the huge risks that HS2 poses to the environment, and asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the impact on nature is properly assessed as a matter of urgency.   The Woodland Trust is also handing over 42,000 comments, including 7,000 handwritten responses condemning the potential loss of ancient woodlands and thousands of trees which will be impacted or felled to make way for the line.   Nikki Williams, The Wildlife Trusts’ director of campaigns and policy says:   “People…

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    • Grant Associates participates in UN’s World Urban Forum

      Grant Associates is to participate in the tenth staging of the United Nations (UN)’s World Urban Forum. This is taking place 8-13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Andrew Grant, founder and director of Grant Associates, will take part in a series of roundtable discussions focusing on the role of landscape and ecology in cities. Andrew will argue that cities should not be defined solely by buildings, but also by their living landscapes and nature, as well as their human life support systems. Such ‘Landscape Cities’ could offer a positive response to the global challenges of urbanisation,…

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    • Bradstone announces best landscapers at Assured Awards

      Paving manufacturer Bradstone has celebrated the achievements of some of the best landscapers in the country at its annual national installer awards. The winners were acknowledged and celebrated at a black tie awards evening at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel in Northamptonshire on Friday 31 January. The awards recognise landscapers who have demonstrated excellent levels of workmanship, design expertise and customer service. Award winners 2020: Best Patio Transformation – up to 30m2 Winner: LB Landscaping Highly Commended: Matt Bettison Garden Design Best Patio Transformation – 30m2 – 60m2 Winner: Alfresco Landscaping Highly Commended: The Garden Barber Best Patio Transformation –…

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    • The SGD Awards winners 2020

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    • New association launched to bring together the industry’s under 35s

      A new association designed to bring together the under 35’s of the ornamental horticulture industry has been launched. The Young People in Horticulture Association’s (YPHA) official ambassadors are Pippa Greenwood and Boy Douglas-Davies, with co-founders Natalie Porter (Porters Fuchsias/Happy Plants), Mollie Higginson (New Leaf Plants) and Liam Cleary (Old Railway Line Garden Centre). The group currently has 24 members and its key sponsor is ICL Professional Horticulture. The group will maintain regular contact through social media, but also aim to arrange a select number of events throughout the year – each of which will be structured to be enjoyable yet…

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