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  • Which UK local authority is the greenest?

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  • London supplement

    Pro Landscaper London Supplement 2019

    This supplement comes at a particularly groundbreaking time as London received its National Park City status on 22 July.  We catch up with Daniel Raven-Ellison to find out how the National Park City Foundation plan to help take this concept worldwide. Biodiversity net gain is also set to become mandatory, which has the potential to positively impact the landscaping sector in a huge way. Find out on page 6 how some industry experts think it will benefit us and some challenges they foresee emerging. We also delve into some of the ways key players in the industry are shaping the…

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  • Pro Landscaper August 2019

    In this issue we look at San Francisco as our Future Project, speaking to Hassell principal Richard Mullane about its recent design for South San Francisco as part of the resilient by design bay area challenge. We also explore Ground Control and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collaboration on Kew’s latest attraction, The Children’s Garden. Some of the top colleges in the UK to offer landscape construction courses tell us how they’re addressing the issue of skills shortage and fighting the stigma around landscaping education. We also asked some of the industry’s leading suppliers what measures they’re taking to reduce their…

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  • 2019 APL WorldSkills finalists announced

    Heats for the APL WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat. The final heat of the competition took place at the end of July, and over the three days 14 competitors from colleges around the UK took part in industry led training sessions and tests.Tests included paving, disc cutting, carpentry, garden design and a plant ident. The test pieces directly assessed the competitors on what they had been taught, which focused on the latest developments and innovations in the…

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  • Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge

    Kate Savill & Tamara Bridge win Great Gardening Challenge

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  • Walker Park, Newcastle

    Newcastle launches campaign to be UK’s next National Park City

    Campaigners in Newcastle, including Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust and Newcastle City Council, have launched a campaign for the city to become the UK’s next National Park City.   Announced by Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust chief executive, James Cross, at an event celebrating London as the world’s first National Park City, the campaign will see Newcastle show its support for making the city greener, healthier and wilder.   James Cross, Chief Executive of Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust – an independent charity responsible for the management and upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 64 allotment sites said:  …

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  • Six forests of the UK feature on the new Royal Mail special stamps

    Royal Mail have revealed a set of six Special Stamps that capture beautiful and inspirational views of forests from across the four countries of the UK. Valued for their environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, flood prevention and providing habitats for wildlife, the UK’s forests generate hundreds of millions of visits per year. The stamps showcase the character and varied colours of the nation’s forests and are available to pre-order now from www.royalmail.com/forests. Featured in the set are images of the following forests: Glen Affric, Sherwood Forest, Glenariff Forest, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Coed y Brenin and Kielder Forest. The stamp…

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  • John Melmoe to join Bowles & Wyer as a non-executive director

    Bowles & Wyer and Melmoe have revealed that they had been in informal discussions for a few months, before a joint decision was made to work together. “John Melmoe’s addition to the B&W team is a huge boost for us” said Bowles & Wyer Chief Executive, John Wyer. “We have always admired Willerby Landscapes, who built up an unrivalled reputation and sustained growth under John’s direction. We felt that there was a strong overlap between the two companies – we have a lot of shared values and both have developed business models built around long-term partnering with clients. We’re really…

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  • How to prepare for a new starter

    Making sure you are prepared for your new starter and make them feel welcomed into the team by following these 8 tips. Make an announcement – ensure that the rest of your staff is aware that a new starter will be joining them. You don’t want the new starter to feel uncomfortable if they turn up and are greeted by blank faces who don’t realise who they are.   Assign people to help the new starter – it is good practice to assign a group of people to show them the ropes or even a ‘buddy’ who they can partner…

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  • Blechynden Gardens

    Southampton City Council transforms Blechynden Gardens

    Southampton City Council has completed work on the regeneration of Blechynden Gardens.   The concept for the park, developed by Cliff Brown of Southampton City Council’s City Services Team, was to create an attractive new public space which respects the rich heritage of the area as one of the last remaining World War II sites in Southampton, whilst looking forward to a peaceful future.   The park balances protecting what is left of the Emperia Buildings, blending the remains of the walls with two set piece sculptures, whilst allowing natural plants and wildlife to flourish.   The new design also…

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  • The Nation’s Favourite Gardens shortlist announced

    The English Garden, the National Garden Scheme and Viking Cruises joined forces earlier this year to find the Nation’s Favourite Gardens. Throughout spring and early summer nominations poured in for favourite gardens from among the 3,500 that open their gates to the public through the National Garden Scheme. It has now compiled a shortlist of 30 gardens to choose from, five from each of the Scheme’s six regions (South East, South West, East, Midlands, Wales & The Marches and North). The nominations reflect the true diversity of gardens within the National Garden Scheme. Voting closes on 30 September, and the…

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  • Gardening Express reveals the top 8 rudest plants

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  • Garden designers

    VIDEO: SGD release new film about working with a professional garden designer

    The Society of Garden Designers has produced a short, consumer-focused film designed to explain the process of finding and working with a professional garden designer. Featuring interviews with three registered members of the Society – Lee Bestall MSGD, Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and Adolfo Harrison MSGD – the film highlights the process and stages involved in commissioning a registered member from the initial brief through to the finished garden. Shot on location in London, Sheffield and Hampshire, the film features interviews with clients who share their positive experiences of working with two of the designers featured in the film and the…

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  • VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

    Find out how Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery to maintain the large areas of ground. Find out more about the Kubota groundcare range here  

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  • Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard ancient woodlands

    One year on from strengthened protection for ancient woodland in England, the Woodland Trust says local planners are still failing to safeguard the habitat the changes were designed to protect.   Despite changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England giving ancient woodland and trees the same protection as our finest listed buildings, some councils are still approving planning applications that contravene the new rules. The changes to the NPPF wording stipulated that any applications for development resulting in loss or damage to ancient woods or ancient and veteran trees should be refused unless they were ‘wholly exceptional’.…

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  • Elizabeth Park

    New Elizabeth Park at Bath Riverside opens to the public

    Crest Nicholson Regeneration welcomed hundreds of people to the new Elizabeth Park as part of the official opening at the Bath Riverside development.   The Party in the Park marked an important milestone in the development of Bath Riverside.   Hundreds of people visited the park throughout the day, enjoying the new open space along with a selection of art installations, and an open-air showing of The Greatest Showman in the evening.   Bath Riverside’s very first apartment owner Denise Medley cut the ribbon to officially open the park. The park creates a landscaped open space between the flagship Royal…

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  • climate change

    The Landscape Institute is calling for creative proposals that visualise the impact of climate change

    The Landscape Institute recently declared a climate emergency and the autumn edition of the Landscape journal will be devoted to this topic.   The focus will be on the practical and technical steps that landscape practitioners can take to influence their clients, built environment professionals, partners and policy makers.   One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change has been getting the public to take the issue seriously. Blue Planet, the film by David Attenborough, had a huge impact because it was able to show exactly what plastic in the Ocean looks like.   Landscape architect Stephen Sheppard proposes a new…

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  • How to take care of your lawn during the summer

    Each season provides gardeners with different challenges. In our post ‘How to Care for a Garden During Winter’ we provided tips that could help homeowners during the colder months, when most people leave their garden alone and don’t tend to it. In this post, we will go in the opposite direction and advise you on how to take care of the your lawn during the summer. This is also when a lot of gardeners can make mistakes that end up damaging their lawn in the long run. Mowing your lawn Mowing your lawn regularly is one of the best ways…

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  • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh £70m rejuvenation approved

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has won the backing of city councillors to proceed with an ambitious £70m initiative to safeguard Scotland’s priceless national plant collections. As well as future proofing its status as a world-leading centre for plant science, education, horticulture and conservation. State-of-the-art facilities will underpin the Garden’s core activities. While the visitor experience will be greatly enhanced through the refurbishment and extension of the popular public Glasshouses.   Meeting today (Wednesday, July 31) councillors agreed resoundingly to support the case for RBGE’s Edinburgh Biomes project. It will allow the organisation to address real and increasing threats,…

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  • Ethiopia tree planting

    Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day

    Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day as part of its Green Legacy initiative. Led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Green Legacy is a project which aims to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s. This was an official attempt at breaking the world record for planting trees in a single day. The current record is held by India, which saw 800,000 volunteers’ plant more than 50 million trees in…

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  • James Scott on the value of professional trade associations

    After participating as a speaker at Pro Landscaper LIVE Kent, James Scott considered the value of being a member of a professional trade association. Here, the managing director of Hertfordshire-based The Garden Company shares his thoughts. Last month I was invited to take part in a seminar discussion at a Pro Landscaper LIVE event. Our theme was ‘the real value of trade associations’. Along with fellow speakers Wayne Grills of BALI, Rod Winrow of the APL and Ramon Lawal of Outdoor Creations, we had a lively debate with our audience, ably chaired of course by Jim Wilkinson of Pro Landscaper.…

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  • Green-tech’s ISO accreditation renewed

    Green-tech has passed the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 vigorous audit and remains an accredited company – one of only a few in the landscaping industry. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are amongst ISO’s most well-known standards. They are implemented by more than a million organisations in over 170 countries. The standards and audit process has been amended slightly and Green-tech has successfully demonstrated its compliance with the changes. This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading certification body, and demonstrates Green-tech’s commitment to ISO 9001:2015 customer service and quality in delivery and ISO 14001:2015 environmental…

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  • Planning permission granted for Guildhall memorial space

    The design for developing the Guildhall memorial space, at the entrance to the city centre war memorial and Victoria Park, has been granted planning permission. Over the next year the site will become an inviting reflective space that allows the Cenotaph to be more visible and prominent from further away, whilst also being a place to sit and walk through to the park. Proposals for the site of the former Drift bar were revealed to the public in March this year and included a walkway, trees and benches. The Cenotaph is an important part of memorial events in the city…

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  • Work begins on natural and inclusive playground in The Regent’s Park

    Gloucester Gate Playground, to the East of ZSL London Zoo, is to receive a complete refurbishment over the next five months. The metal, sterile and flat feel of the former playground will be replaced with a landscaped space that children of all abilities can play in, is rich with planting, and features equipment made from natural materials such as rope, bark and willow. The new playground will be almost double the size of the former playground. It will feature water and sand play, climbing equipment, a zip line and a willow den. It will also feature all the traditional favourites…

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  • Kristian Reay RHS Young Designer Of The Year Interview

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