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  • Photo of Little Interviews Expanded – Rachel Platt 

    Little Interviews Expanded – Rachel Platt 

     As the House of Lords’ Horticultural sector have recently opened an inquiry and subsequent report into the future of horticulture, just one of the many questions being investigated by the twelve committee members explores the affiliation between horticulture and mental health.   This inquiry will also consider the challenges, opportunities and risks faced by the horticultural sector acknowledging the potentially isolating nature of horticultural work and the bearing this can have on a professionals’ mental health, while also recognising the therapeutic opportunities that gardening can offer everyone.   At Pro Landscaper, we wanted to investigate further. Speaking with a few key members…

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  • Photo of The HTA promotes new T Level courses

    The HTA promotes new T Level courses

    The Horticultural Trades Association is promoting the new Agriculture, Land Management, and Production T Level which have opened enrolment. Technical Levels, introduced in 2020, are equivalent to three A levels. They include 80% classroom-based learning and 20% industry placement, allowing for nine weeks of practical experience, as 56.6% of job seekers identify their main barrier to employment as a lack of work experience. The two-year course offers 16-19-year-olds a range of occupational specialisms: livestock production, crop production, horticulture, land-based engineering, trees and woodlands, or floristry. They cover sustainability, climate change impact, health and safety, business management, professional responsibilities, attitudes, and…

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  • Photo of BALI Chalk Fund announces Student of the Year

    BALI Chalk Fund announces Student of the Year

    The BALI Chalk Fund has announced its Garden Design Student of the Year for 2023. Garden designer Catharine Beck has been recognised by KLC School of Design having passed her diploma with distinction. Now working at Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, Beck is “putting her talents to great use, creating planting plans, tree plans, concept presentations, lighting plans, construction detail drawings and specifications, maintenance and plant schedules, plant nursery quotations, materials research and selection,” say the British Association of Landscape Industries. Course leader Humaira Ikram says: “An excellent student, Catharine was quick to learn and her projects, especially her construction file, were…

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  • Photo of Barometer June 2023: Is a slump in the housebuilding sector having a domino effect?

    Barometer June 2023: Is a slump in the housebuilding sector having a domino effect?

    The housebuilding sector has had a tough year so far, if Marshall’s half-year results are anything to go by. The building products supplier reported a 30% drop in its profit before tax for the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2022, leading to it taking “decisive action” to save £9m a year. CEO Martyn Coffey blamed tough market conditions being “challenging” and announced that Marshalls had to axe around 250 jobs as a result. Commercial landscapers are also feeling the pinch; 60% are less confident this month than the same time last year. One commented:…

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  • Photo of The Wildlife Trusts’ big wild walk takes on new ambassador

    The Wildlife Trusts’ big wild walk takes on new ambassador

    Rhiane Fatinikun, founder of Black Girls Hike, has been announced as the new ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts. Fatinikun will champion the Big Wild Walk this October. Participants can create their own adventure, whether that’s by walking, running, cycling, wheeling, or swimming. The challenge is to walk three kilometres in a week –  the same distance a hedgehog travels each night. Money raised will go towards helping wildlife recover and contribute towards The Wildlife Trusts’ goal of protecting 30% of UK’s land and sea for nature by 2030. The Big Wild Walk takes place during half term from Monday 16…

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  • Photo of Furnitubes launches new outdoor showroom

    Furnitubes launches new outdoor showroom

    Furnitubes has announced the launch of its new outdoor showroom at the London Design Festival in partnership with Atrium Ltd, which will be opening on 19 September. The new showroom will showcase the company’s new products and materials for outdoor furniture and lighting, alongside offerings from The Outdoor Deck Company and Green Envee Ltd. “Beside a space to show our products, we are looking to create a hub to test materials and discuss ideas about transforming our cities in a positive way,” says Andres Carpinelli, design team lead at Furnitubes.

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  • Photo of The Plant Based Podcast reaches 200 episodes

    The Plant Based Podcast reaches 200 episodes

    The Plant Based Podcast, which has been running for 12 series, released its 200th episode on Sunday. It is run by Michael Perry, director of Mr Plant Geek, and Ellen Mary, founder of People Plants Wellbeing Nature Therapy Consultancy. “More people than ever are appreciating the importance of plants in our day to day lives. The Plant Based Podcast is about anything that can be traced back to plants… with subjects ranging from foraging for medicinal plants and baking with edible flowers, to plant-based body builders and clothes made from bamboo… This is not just another gardening podcast.” – Michael…

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  • Photo of Yorkshire’s “first” drive thru concrete collection announced

    Yorkshire’s “first” drive thru concrete collection announced

    Palmer Landscapes announces the arrival of Yorkshire’s first fully automated self-service collection points for concrete, mortar, and screed. The drive thru service is suitable for landscapers, builders and DIYers, offering as little as 0.25m3 of material with no minimum order charge. The fully automated Fibo collect machine fulfils orders in less than five minutes using a touch screen terminal. Reducing waste, the automated mixing technology ensures all recipes are high quality and consistent, lasting between one and three days. “When we spotted the technology earlier this year, I was immediately drawn to the potential it had to help our local…

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  • Photo of World Suicide Prevention Day

    World Suicide Prevention Day

    Winners of the Best Show Garden award at Tatton Park 2023 are raising awareness for the struggling mental health within the construction industry for World Suicide Prevention Day, taking place on 10 September. Jon Jarvis and Carolyn Harden designed and built the Constructing Minds garden, to highlight the message. There are 2.6 million workers within the construction industry. On average, in the UK, two construction workers die each day due to suicide. In 2022 there were 507 suicides. Mates in Mind is “aiming to provide clear information to employers about the available support and guidance on mental health and wellbeing,…

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  • Photo of Nine Elms Park phase one opens

    Nine Elms Park phase one opens

    Thames City has opened the first portion of the 2.5-acre Nine Elms Park.  Designed by Gillespies and delivered by R&F Properties (UK) and C C Land, it includes water features, a nature inspired children’s play park, interactive trails, and intimate seating areas.  A range of tree species, shrubs, and herbaceous plants have been planted to support biodiversity and to futureproof the park to withstand unpredictable weather patterns and the challenges of the urban environment.  The park has multiple access points for pedestrian walkways and cycle paths, creating connections between Vauxhall to the east, through to Battersea Power Station and Battersea…

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  • Photo of JJH Landscapes wins top award at BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair

    JJH Landscapes wins top award at BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair

    Association of Professional Landscapers’ Skills Competition JJH Landscapes from Oxfordshire, with team partner Radial Landscapes from West Sussex won the Association of Professional Landscapers’ Skills Competition. “It’s important to recognise the technical skills of professional landscape teams whose talents often go unsung when it comes to building show gardens,” says Rachel Poletti-Gadd, portfolio director – gardening division at Immediate Live, organisers of the BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair.  Best Showcase Garden The Best Showcase Garden was awarded to Lucy Chamberlain, head gardener at East Donyland, Gemma Sturges and Kelly Fowler. The trio’s ‘Edible Garden Through Time’ showcases three significant periods…

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  • Photo of Eljays44 gets ‘muddy’ for charity

    Eljays44 gets ‘muddy’ for charity

    The Eljays44 team took part in a ‘muddy’ charity event over the weekend, organised by horticultural charity, Perennial. The ‘Nuts Challenge’ is an award-winning mud run, held several times throughout the year. Participants are required to work their way through water and obstacle courses, from climbing to crawling. Three members of the Eljays44 team were amongst participants on Saturday, raising over £200 for the charity in under a week. “Everyone in the Eljays44 sales team had an amazing day raising money for perennial,” says Eljays44 sales executive, Lewis Everle. “The course was challenging and took our breath away at times,…

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  • Photo of New president-elect announced for Landscape Institute

    New president-elect announced for Landscape Institute

    Landscape architect and horticulturist Carolin Göhler has been revealed as the new president-elect at the Landscape Institute, saying she looks forward to “a new chapter to build a progressive and inclusive” organisation. The announcement comes after what has been a controversial year for the Landscape Institute, after its previous president-elect Brodie McAllister was removed from the position and as a trustee, sparking some members to call an EGM earlier this year, though the EGM was “unofficial” and the Landscape Institute urged members to not attend. From June next year, Göhler will become the 45th president of the Institute, serving a…

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  • Photo of NAO Landscapes continues to expand ahead of seventh anniversary

    NAO Landscapes continues to expand ahead of seventh anniversary

    Southern-based NAO Landscapes has reached new milestones ahead of its seventh anniversary this month. The company has “experienced growth in all areas,” says NAO director Lucy Osman. It has reported a 100% increase in turnover in the last 12 months, with employee numbers doubling. Originally based in Kent, the company has now expanded into central London, with two contracts in the pipeline this year at the circa £5m mark. “We always aimed to get to the size where we could handle these types of large scale commercial projects. “We hope to see continued growth over the next year with several…

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  • Photo of Land Studio supports record-breaking triathlete

    Land Studio supports record-breaking triathlete

    An associate landscape architect at Land Studio swam with triathlete Sean Conway to support him in his challenge to complete 105 triathlons back-to-back across 105 consecutive days.  Kate Richards accompanied Conway for a series of early morning swims throughout his world-record breaking challenge, as the 42-year-old Zimbabwean endurance adventurer completed Ironman distances of 2.4-mile swim followed by 112-mile bike ride and finished with a 26.22-mile run across the roads in North Wales and Cheshire – totalling 140.62 miles per day or 14,765.1 miles in total.  Richards says: “I swam with Sean eight times throughout his challenge, which entailed getting in…

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  • Photo of Bowles & Wyer celebrates 30 years of ‘looking forward’

    Bowles & Wyer celebrates 30 years of ‘looking forward’

    Bowles & Wyer celebrated its 30th anniversary last night at the venue of one of its most prolific projects. The design and build company, which was founded three decades ago by Chris Bowles and John Wyer, brought its colleagues, partners and clients together for an event at 78 St James Street. The Grade II listed building in central London is where Bowles & Wyer designed and built a series of outdoor areas and roof terraces, with the largest terrace featuring a living wall and planters with edibles and herbs. It won the National Landscape Award for Best Roof Garden over £100k, and…

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  • Photo of Meadfleet rebrands ahead of new Biodiversity Net Gain law

    Meadfleet rebrands ahead of new Biodiversity Net Gain law

    Open space management company Meadfleet has rebranded ahead of Biodiversity Net Gain becoming mandatory for developers in November. The UK based company has ‘refreshed’ its branding and website to more appropriately reflect the organisation’s almost 30-year history and operational remit. It also includes additional support for the Biodiversity Net Gain law coming in November, and for existing and new developers. “With our 30th anniversary approaching and the introduction of Biodiversity Net Gain, we felt now was a great time to update our brand to better reflect our culture and approach to open space management,” says managing director David King. More…

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  • Photo of National Landscape Award winners announced

    National Landscape Award winners announced

    The winners have been announced for this year’s National Landscape Awards 2023. Winners span across 25 categories, with 50 companies being recognised, including Ground Control – which has won five – and Wright Landscapes and GP Plantscape, which both have won three. In total, 69 awards were presented. “The willingness to partake in this process highlights our members’ continued commitment to driving the industry forward, promoting excellence and encouraging fresh talent,” says BALI chief executive, Wayne Grills. The National Landscape Awards ceremony will be held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London on 1 December. The event…

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  • Photo of Biodiversity gets a boost at one of England’s oldest nature reserves

    Biodiversity gets a boost at one of England’s oldest nature reserves

    One of England’s oldest nature reserves is set for an increase in biodiversity as local fauna is reintroduced and wild flora is increased. Natural England has started work to increase biodiversity on additional land at Wybunbury Moss in Cheshire, following the Church Commissioners for England agreeing to lease two fields of nearly 15 acres in an effort to protect moss lands and restore the fields to a ‘more natural state’. The site covers an area of approximately 16.5hain total and “supports an outstanding collection of invertebrates, including many nationally and locally rare species,” says Natural England senior reserve manager, Paul…

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  • Photo of Plans submitted for 500 homes linked by linear park in Liverpool

    Plans submitted for 500 homes linked by linear park in Liverpool

    British architecture firm BDP has put forward plans for more than 500 homes in Liverpool’s Love Lane, which will reuse part of the city’s existing “historic” brick railway arches. Sources Developments and Network Rail have collaborated with BDP to put forward development plans for 507 homes built adjacent to the railway lines, north of the city centre.  Each of the four buildings will be capped at 11 storeys maximum and will contain an internal courtyard to support local community events and social activities. Development includes 147 one-bed units, 330 two-beds and 30 three-bed homes, with a 200-metre linear park connecting…

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  • Photo of British bank funds 10,000 new sustainable homes

    British bank funds 10,000 new sustainable homes

    A British bank has provided funding for 10,000 new sustainable homes across the south of Wales in the next decade. Lloyds Bank has contributed a £100m sustainability linked loan to social housing provider, Pobl Group, in a bid to incentivise Pobl to meet its target on new home energy ratings and increase the number of affordable homes.  “Integrating solar panels and smart batteries, leveraging heat networks, improving insulation and providing electric vehicle charging are just some of the raft of measures our team is reviewing and delivering as part of our sustainable development plans,” says James O’Connor, director of corporate…

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  • Photo of West Sussex town receives RHS grant

    West Sussex town receives RHS grant

    A town on the River Arun in West Sussex has received a grant from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to support its local greening programme. The Greening Arundel initiative, still in its first year, has received funding to help make Arundel a greener place to live, work and visit, says the group.  The initiative has a ‘Green Team’ of 30 who have contributed over 500 volunteer hours, transforming areas across Arundel, including the establishment of a herb garden at the town quayside, and the potting of more plants around town amenities, such as the train station. “The timing of the…

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  • Photo of AI to combat rise in Asian hornet sighting

    AI to combat rise in Asian hornet sighting

    AI software is being used to combat the rise in Asian hornet sightings across the UK, a number that has doubled in the last year. Pollenize, a Plymouth-based beekeeping and conservation company, has developed an automated system that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify and report Asian hornets to the authorities. Stations will be placed across the UK at high-risk sites, including 21 ports, and will operate as an early-warning system, automatically identifying sightings of the non-native species, enabling prompt action to be taken to prevent potential spreading. The monitoring stations will deploy a mist, attracting hornets to the device,…

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  • Photo of £128m in backing brings forward Manchester project with series of green spaces

    £128m in backing brings forward Manchester project with series of green spaces

    A development project in Manchester, with an almost £30m estimated economic impact, has secured more than £128m backing.  Property developer and investment specialist, Select Property has secured the funding from finance provider, Maslow Capital, fast-tracking its One Port Street residency project in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.  Over 22,000 sq ft of public green space, a roof garden and multiple residential green spaces are included in the plans, with EV charging points and cycle storage to encourage ‘greener’ travel. A roof garden will also be created. The development includes 477 apartments, aiming to “address the nation’s housing shortage,” says Matt Pigran, senior…

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  • Photo of Construction industry calls for urgent action from net zero minister

    Construction industry calls for urgent action from net zero minister

    Several construction industry organisations are calling for immediate action from the new net zero minister. The appointment of new secretary of state for energy security and net zero, Claire Mouthinho MP, has prompted the construction sector to put forward a list of priorities. “Millions are living in energy inefficient homes that are in dire need of retrofitting,” says RIBA president, Simon Allford. “If we are to address the climate emergency, help households with the cost-of-living crisis, and create new green jobs, we urgently need a well-funded National Retrofit Strategy, with a robust timetable and targets.” Members of the UK Green…

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