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    Houseplant Appreciation Week: What will be most popular this year?

    Each year Houseplant Appreciation Week reminds us of all the benefits house plants have to offer and how important it is for us to keep fresh, vibrant, greenery in our homes. Year after year, costumers are on the search for a new type of plant to bring home. The love for houseplants grew intensely throughout 2021 and, for so many of us, they were the only source of contact we had with nature throughout the lockdowns. Along with some helpful maintenance tips, here are six fantastic houseplants Ian predicts will be popular throughout 2022: CISSUS RHOMBIFOLIA – GRAPE IVY This…

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  • Photo of Wildlife left reeling by fires and storms – the ‘new climate normal’, warns the National Trust

    Wildlife left reeling by fires and storms – the ‘new climate normal’, warns the National Trust

    Although the year’s weather was uneventful at times, a handful of events and some unseasonal conditions caused devastation to important landscapes, coastline, and resulted in various ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ for our wildlife. Warmer, wetter winters are resulting in diseases such as ash dieback taking hold and causing significant loss of trees, impacting landscapes and homes for nature. The dry March and even drier April saw wildfires take hold at two significant landscapes cared for by the conservation charity – the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland and Marsden Moor in Yorkshire, devastating 200ha and 520ha (two square miles) of moorland respectively.…

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  • Photo of What to expect in 2022? Landscapers reveal their predictions

    What to expect in 2022? Landscapers reveal their predictions

    After a chaotic two years, packed full of ups and downs, it’s safe to say a lot has changed. Activity, focus, trends and the way we work has shifted. As we enter into 2022 you may wonder – what could be expected from this year? We ask landscape company directors Mark Youde, director of Urban Landscape Design, Marc Lane, managing director of Landscapia, and Alistair Bayford, business development director of Maylim, about what they think the next year will bring. The impact of the pandemic sparked a wide spread new-found love and value for outdoor space. In turn, this led…

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    House price growth in 2021

    Areas with the biggest house price growth of 2021 have seen the value of homes rise by three times the national average, according to the latest data from Halifax. Taunton in Somerset saw house prices grow by the fastest rate (21.8%) over the course of the last year, compared to an average of 6.2% nationwide. In cash terms prices in Taunton rose by £56,546 to £315,759. With its good links to the M4, nature, and rural surroundings, the Wiltshire town of Chippenham also benefited from the ‘race for space’ amongst buyers, with the biggest increase in house prices in cash…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Biggest and best FutureScape event held at the ExCeL London

    12 Days of Christmas: Biggest and best FutureScape event held at the ExCeL London

    For the first time ever, the FutureScape event took place in its new venue at the ExCeL in London. The long awaited event was full of networking, exhibitors, seminars, and tool showcasing. We welcomed thousands of visitors and the two-day event was a huge success. As the UK’s largest expo and trade event, FutureScape is an occasion designed to inspire, educate, and open up discussion through seminars and live debates. The event provides an excellent opportunity to fuel business development. Renowned for our seminar programmes headlined by top names in their fields, FutureScape 2021 included four theatres for visitors to…

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  • Photo of New employability scheme helps to tackle city environment

    New employability scheme helps to tackle city environment

    A new employability project aiming to support people into permanent jobs is also helping to improve the environment of hundreds of smaller open spaces in Glasgow. Over 70 people have been recruited to the Citymakers scheme, which is being managed by Jobs and Business Glasgow with support from Glasgow City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability department. The scheme gives those who have been jobless but ready for work a chance to gain paid employment and learn new skills alongside council’s parks and streetscene teams. Based on a 26-week-long programme of work, the project sees small teams clearing and enhancing areas…

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  • Photo of Glade of Light memorial opens to the public

    Glade of Light memorial opens to the public

    Work has taken place since March last year to create the beautiful garden space which honours those affected by the Manchester terror attack. Now work has finished, the fences around the site are being taken down and people will be able to visit to pay their respects. An official opening event for the memorial is planned for spring 2022, ahead of the fifth anniversary. The centerpiece of The Glade of Light is a white marble ‘halo’ bearing the names of the 22 people who lost their lives. Families of those who lost loved ones have been able to place personalised…

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  • Photo of Government unveils plans to restore 300,000ha of habitat

    Government unveils plans to restore 300,000ha of habitat

    The Government has unveiled the next stages of its plan to reward farmers and landowners for actions which benefit the environment, supporting sustainable food production alongside vital nature recovery and work towards net zero. Two new environmental land management schemes will play an essential role in halting the decline in species by 2030, bringing up to 60% of England’s agricultural soil under sustainable management by 2030, and restoring up to 300,000ha of wildlife habitat by 2042. The Local Nature Recovery scheme will pay farmers for locally-targeted actions which make space for nature in the farmed landscape and countryside such as…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Sue Biggs revealed her retirement next year

    12 Days of Christmas: Sue Biggs revealed her retirement next year

    Towards the end of the year, director general of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Sue Biggs, announced she will be retiring in June 2022. Over the past 11 years, Sue has been working on modernising and growing the RHS. Championing improvements in gardens, flower shows, community initiatives and educational programmes, Sue raised standards of horticulture and science, and helped inspire gardeners and young horticultural professionals too. Now, she leaves the charity in a strong and financially robust place, with record membership numbers. During 2021, Sue was a top columnist in Pro Landscaper magazine, discussing her views, thoughts and life at…

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  • Photo of Former managing director of The AA Roadside Services to help Nurture Group reach new heights

    Former managing director of The AA Roadside Services to help Nurture Group reach new heights

    With a BA from the University of Strathclyde and MBA from Lancaster University, Gareth Kirkwood OBE has enjoyed an extensive career spanning more than three decades. In that time, he has overseen sizeable expansions and transformation at some of the world’s most recognised names, including 22 years at British Airways, including four years running BA’s regional airline, six years at the helm of its World Cargo division and a further two as director of operations. The AA’s work to support the nation through the pandemic, including free breakdown cover for NHS staff, support for London and East of England ambulance…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

    12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

    In January 2021, the RHS postponed the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 108-year history. The event was rescheduled to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic. Celebrating in September, the event was very different to the usual spring event. Certain the show would mark a moment in history, the RHS believed the event would showcase the best of autumn horticulture, with many seasonal highlights including Salvias, Asters, Dahlias, grasses and fruit and vegetables. However, the movement of the show certainly presented difficulties. We interviewed garden designer, Sara Edwards, and she…

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  • Photo of “Wee Forests” created in Edinburgh

    “Wee Forests” created in Edinburgh

    The City of Edinburgh Council, Earthwatch Europe, NatureScot and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust have kickstarted planting “Wee Forests”, a project building densely packed native forests in urban spaces. A Wee Forest is made up of 600 densely packed native trees in a space the size of a tennis court and is capable of attracting over 500 animal and plant species within the first three years. It also provides rich opportunities for engaging young and old alike with the environment and sustainability. These forests have been made possible through support from the BlackRock Charitable Trust, the OVO Foundation, and the…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper launched the Green Up campaign

    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper launched the Green Up campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force. With the global temperature rising, ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, and sea levels rising – time’s up. We decided action was needed, and that’s why Pro Landscaper launched the ‘Green Up’ campaign in September, an initiative to help improve biodiversity within supermarket car parks. Over the years we’ve noticed despite Tesco’s partnership with WWF, Aldi and M&S’ carbon neutrality, and Sainsbury’s becoming a Principal Supermarket Partner of COP26, there doesn’t seem to be the same regard for what’s on their doorstep. Today, there are 103,000 public and private surface car parks across…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Landscape Institute appointed new CEO

    12 Days of Christmas: Landscape Institute appointed new CEO

    During February 2021, The Landscape Institute (LI) announced its CEO Dan Cook was leaving the association after five years in the role. Dan was described as an excellent leader during a time of “positive transformation” in a statement released by the LI. Dan explained his enjoyment working as CEO, and added: “I’m particularly pleased with the changes we’ve made as an organisation. Now, the LI is more current, modern and relevant.” Around six months later, The LI announced the appointment of their new CEO, Sue Morgan. Joining the LI from the Design Council, Sue came prepared with over 25 years’…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    August was a special month for Pro Landscaper Magazine, as Eljays44 celebrated the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the magazine has come far, constantly developing and enabling people to share, inspire and be positive about the effects landscaping has on the UK. The team at Eljays44 couldn’t be prouder of everything Pro Landscaper has achieved so far. The anniversary issue was bursting with great content, including testimonials, amazing industry standout events, and the top 10 memorable moments for Pro Landscaper (which include awarding outstanding businesses, the magazine’s developments, and a royal engagement). In honour of the celebratory issue,…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Indoor Garden Design joined Nurture Landscapes

    12 Days of Christmas: Indoor Garden Design joined Nurture Landscapes

    During the summer of 2021, Surrey based Nurture Landscapes purchased leading interior landscaping specialist, Indoor Garden Design. CEO of Nurture Landscapes, Peter Fane, explained his excitement for the teams to join forces and begin working together due to both companies having acquired decades of experience, and Indoor Garden Design’s story being inspiring, “drawing parallels with Nurture’s own.” Indoor Garden Design became Nurture Landscapes’ 28th acquisition overall. The combination of expertise represented an opportunity for both companies to enhance their presence across the UK, further develop, and “reinforce the interior landscaping division of Nurture Landscapes” David Grace, director of Indoor Garden…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Dream Garden hit retailers’ shelves

    12 Days of Christmas: Dream Garden hit retailers’ shelves

    2021 was an extremely exciting year in Eljays44’s development as Pro Landscaper launched into the consumer sector with a new brand, Dream Garden. Hitting the shelves in May earlier this year, the launch of Dream Garden was a huge success. Since then we have released seven more issues – all jam-packed full of inspiration, innovation, discussion, and so much more. For 10 years now, Pro Landscaper Magazine has been the leading B2B brand in the landscape and horticulture sector. With an in depth focus on garden design and landscaping in the commercial and domestic sector, it is clear a longstanding and…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    In March, idverde’s UK CEO Doug Graham, announced he was stepping down after a strong four years in the role. Doug led the business through a significant growth period. idverde’s President, Hervé Lancon, explained: “He played a key part within the wider idverde Group that has grown from €250m turnover and 3,000 colleagues in 2014 to €850m turnover and 9,000 colleagues in 2020.” Handing over to Chris Pullen, an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across the support services sector, Doug explained he was looking forward to supporting his introduction to the business. Chris joined the business with…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    Longstanding landscape supplier, Green-tech, saw some big changes this year. In March, the company was acquired by Origin Enterprises, a focused Agri-services group providing specialist on-farm agronomy services, digital agricultural services, the supply of crop technologies and amenity inputs. With the intention of enhancing Green-tech, the investment was made to help drive product development and further accelerate Green-tech’s growth. The deal was said to be a true reflection of Green-tech’s ambition, managing director Richard Kay commented: “We are always focused on moving onwards upwards.” Towards of the end year, co-founders and managing directors of Green-tech, Richard and Rachel Kay, announced…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    In early February 2021, the BBC’s new TV show ‘Your Garden Made Perfect’ hit our screens. During this time, the nation was sat in the middle of a third lockdown, and the healing power of nature was certainly in motion. Over the years the industry has seen a wealth of similar garden makeover TV shows, with many perhaps poorly representing the value and design of what makes a great garden. However, Your Garden Made Perfect certainly worked to tackle this, and it was positive to see a part of the industry represented on TV in a way it hadn’t been…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Ground Control announced new managing director and carbon neutrality

    12 Days of Christmas: Ground Control announced new managing director and carbon neutrality

    At the beginning of the year, Ground Control announced the appointment of new managing director, Jason Knights, with Marcus Watson handing over to him. And, just a couple months later, Ground Control achieved the phenomenal goal of becoming carbon neutral – four years ahead of schedule too. This, a particularly outstanding moment for the industry this year, and a great encouragement for others working in the sector to follow their path. Offering plenty of advice, experience, and ideas, Jason Knights joined the Pro Landscaper team as a semi regular columnist. So far, Jason has discussed Ground Control plans to achieve…

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  • Photo of Levelling Up Funding approved for greener streets in Nottingham

    Levelling Up Funding approved for greener streets in Nottingham

    Councillors have approved funding from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund at a meeting of the Executive this week. Nottingham City Council secured £18m through the fund in October, for a package of measures that will improve the condition of residential streets, encourage more walking and cycling to school, and enable the installation of energy-efficient street lighting and electric vehicle charging in communities. Each ward will receive a share of the funding, with local councillors involved in prioritising how it should be spent based on feedback from local residents. The fund will be invested in three ways: Streets for people – £8.5m…

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  • Photo of Northgate Vehicle Hire responds to the government’s decision to reduce plug-in-grant’s

    Northgate Vehicle Hire responds to the government’s decision to reduce plug-in-grant’s

    Northgate Vehicle Hire has responded to the Government’s decision to cut the Plug-in-Car and Van-Grant funding as ‘disappointing’. Northgate believes the Plug-in-Van-Grant funding in particular could have been retained at its current level, as EV adoption for van operators remains behind that of car fleets. The grant reduction for 2.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) vans or less and vans between 2-3.5 tonnes GVW to 35% of their purchase price up to a maximum of £3,000 and £5,000 respectively won’t be a ‘deal breaker’, Northgate believe. However, Northgate believes anything that obstructs companies considering moving some or all of their…

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  • Photo of Government sets low bar on phase out of gardeners’ use of peat

    Government sets low bar on phase out of gardeners’ use of peat

    For decades the UK Government has failed to bring to a clear end the commercial extraction of peat and its sale to gardeners and the horticulture industry. In 2010 a voluntary target was set to phase out the use of peat by amateur gardeners by 2020. Today, peat still accounts for a significant volume of the growing media sold by retailers and despite its initial aspirations, the voluntary targets set by the Government have been unsuccessful in changing the industry. A similar target to end peat use in the professional sector by 2030 looks set to be missed, with peat…

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  • Photo of What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    Stuart Dantzic of Caribbean Blinds explains his predictions for 2022 It’s all about options. Consumers are going to continue investing in lighting, heating, and side screens, but anything that can enhance the comfort of being outdoors, and enable space to be used all year, round is certainly going to be most popular. Therefore, it is expected that consumers who already have awnings will be looking to upgrade or replace existing items for maximum effect. Consumers want flexibility with options: Lighting: Customers want their lighting to be dimmable to set the scene / mood i.e. dimmed lights for a romantic meal,…

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