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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year As we dust off the memories of the last twelve months, we stepped forward into a whole new year. Whilst there’s a few things we are carrying over into 2022, the pandemic for starters, and the supply shortage continuing to contribute towards material price rises, participants are concerned about how these factors will affect demand this year. Nevertheless, the mild weather in January seemed to have also helped get the year off to a good start, and participants reported this helped increase their sales for the month. UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: On average Turnover increased…

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  • Photo of Place St Maur project in home stretch

    Place St Maur project in home stretch

    The final stage of the project to transform Place St Maur is now underway with areas of the new design set to be open to the public very soon. Paving stones and trees and shrubs have been delivered to the site in Bognor Regis ready to be installed, with seating and planter walls under construction. To date, most of the work has been carried out underground including the pipework and tank systems being put in place ready to operate the water jets – just one of the features of this exciting project to invigorate the tired space of land next…

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  • Photo of Closing date approaches for British Sugar TOPSOIL £500 Training Bursary applications

    Closing date approaches for British Sugar TOPSOIL £500 Training Bursary applications

    Anyone working in the land-based sector, i.e. groundworks/construction, landscape contracting, greenkeeping, groundsmanship or garden design, can apply for the bursary, which is designed to reduce financial barriers to career development. Visit the TOPSOIL website for terms and conditions, eligibility criteria and an application form. But hurry, time is running out!  

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  • Photo of Bad weather dampens construction output in February

    Bad weather dampens construction output in February

    Monthly construction output decreased by 0.1% to £14,610 million in volume terms in February 2022 compared with January 2022. This is the first monthly decrease since October 2021 (a fall of 0.9%) following three consecutive months of growth. Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin bought heavy rain across much of Great Britain between 16 to 21 February 2022. For the construction industry, this caused delays and led to some projects being suspended because more working days were lost on site than normal for this time of the year. However, some businesses reported a positive impact as they picked up repair and…

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  • Photo of RHS Garden Wisley awarded three new National Plant Collections

    RHS Garden Wisley awarded three new National Plant Collections

    RHS Garden Wisley has been awarded three new National Plant Collections by horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage. The three newly accredited collections of Eucryphia, Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree) and Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle) now join 12 other National Plant Collections held at The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) flagship garden in Surrey, and bring Plant Heritage’s total number of tree collections to 121. Keeping in the spirit of plantsmanship and experimentation that Wisley is famed for, the pretty-in-pink crape myrtle collection has been the focus of in-house trials. The RHS team has discovered that this comprehensive collection of small trees (native…

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  • Photo of Landscape architect students  take a tour of Wyevale Nurseries

    Landscape architect students take a tour of Wyevale Nurseries

    One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries recently played host to 60 landscape architect students from the University of Gloucestershire. The students were given a tour of Wyevale Nurseries and learnt about the day-to-day running of the business. Ian Wright, commercial sales director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We were thrilled to welcome the students from the University of Gloucestershire. We gave them a guided tour of the nursery and spoke to them about the production of containerised and open ground shrubs and trees, as well as how Landscape architects can work more effectively with Landscape contractors and nurseries. “It was…

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  • Photo of Firestone appoints new MD for UK and Ireland

    Firestone appoints new MD for UK and Ireland

    Firestone Building Products (FSBP), part of the Holcim Group and the company behind the GeoGard™, GeoSmart, PondEasy and PondGard™ EPDM pond and reservoir lining systems, has appointed Philip Moors to the role of managing director for the UK and Ireland, following the retirement of James Cave An experienced business leader with a track record of more than 25 years in global building products markets, Philip has worked internationally for FSBP for the past 18 years. He brings an extensive understanding of industry trends, technologies, customers and markets to the UK and Ireland business, along with a clear focus on developing…

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  • Photo of London Stone new Birmingham showroom opens

    London Stone new Birmingham showroom opens

    Nationwide hard landscaping materials supplier London Stone has opened the doors to its largest showroom to date, in Birmingham. The vast 850m2 showroom is located in Erdington, Birmingham, just five minutes from J5 of the M6. The new flagship branch opens-up London Stone to the counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire. The showroom boasts an inspirational display of hard landscaping materials such as porcelain and natural stone paving, Chelmer Valley clay pavers, decking, steps and copings, vertical solutions such as cladding, fencing and screening, as well as complementary lifestyle products such as pergolas, planters, and outdoor furniture. Managing director,…

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  • Photo of Defra Ministers appoint three new Trustees to the Board of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Defra Ministers appoint three new Trustees to the Board of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Steve Almond, Kate Priestman and John Scanlon have been appointed by Ministers to the Board of Trustees at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to serve three-year terms. All three appointments commenced on April 1, 2022. The Trustees will take the place of departing Trustees Professor Liam Dolan, Catherine Dugmore and Professor Sue Hartley. They join ranks with Dame Amelia Fawcett, Sarah Flannigan, Jantiene Klein Roseboom, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Professor Christopher Gilligan, Sir Paul Nurse, David Richardson, Judith Batchelar and Professor Ian Graham. Dame Amelia Fawcett, Chair of the Board of Trustees, says: “I am delighted to welcome Steve, Kate and John to…

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  • Photo of National Trust’s Plant Conservation Centre marks 40 years at the cutting edge of heritage propagation

    National Trust’s Plant Conservation Centre marks 40 years at the cutting edge of heritage propagation

    The National Trust this month marks the 40th anniversary of its Plant Conservation Centre (PCC), which plays a crucial role in conserving rare and historically important plants for the Trust’s gardens and parklands – all without the use of peat. What began from a single desk in April 1982 has now expanded to a purpose-built facility that is central to the Trust’s work to conserve its vast living collections. Since it began, the centre has conserved thousands of genera from Acer to Zanthoxylum. Alison Crook, national curator of Living Collections, said: “The centre may be little-known, but it is central…

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  • Photo of Enter your company into the BALI National Landscape Awards!

    Enter your company into the BALI National Landscape Awards!

    Entries for the 46th National Landscape Awards, the largest landscape industry Awards in Europe, are open. The National Landscape Awards provides Accredited members, the platform in which to showcase their business and celebrate achievements both within and outside of the industry. Entering is easy, with only four simple steps. Register/log in via the online entry platform. Start the online entry by completing the online entry questions. The handy entry questions document means all information can be gathered in advance. Upload the digital submission pack and images through the online entry system. It is important to review the entry guidelines document to ensure everything is…

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  • Photo of Ecodek helps homeowners create the decking of their dreams with new ‘Composite Decking Kit’

    Ecodek helps homeowners create the decking of their dreams with new ‘Composite Decking Kit’

    If you looking to create a stylish outside space for entertaining and relaxing, but are reluctant because of the cost, Ecodek’s innovative new Composite Decking Kit could be the answer to your decking dreams. UK-based manufacturer of quality Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) decking boards, Ecodek has designed its ready-to-assemble Composite Decking Kit with smaller gardens and courtyards in mind. It contains everything you need to build a 2.4m by 2.4m decked area, helping you create the perfect alfresco area to enjoy all year round. The decking kits are based around Ecodek’s Signature AT range, with the reversible ribbed and grooved…

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  • Photo of The Eden Project and Canary Wharf Group launch partnership tackling biodiversity in urban environments

    The Eden Project and Canary Wharf Group launch partnership tackling biodiversity in urban environments

    Canary Wharf Group (“CWG”), the UK’s largest sustainable developer, announces a partnership with the Eden Project (“Eden”), the first of its kind, to create a model of how biodiversity can thrive in urban environments. The unique and ground-breaking partnership will tackle the challenge of increasing biodiversity within Canary Wharf and provide Eden with a London base. The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise based in Cornwall, founded over 20 years ago. Its global mission is to create a movement that builds relationships between people and the natural world to demonstrate the power of working together for the…

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  • Photo of Ian Drummond releases new edition of book At Home with Plants

    Ian Drummond releases new edition of book At Home with Plants

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  • Photo of Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    From April 2022, the UK Treasury has banned the use of red diesel within the construction industry. Alastair Hayfield, senior research director at Interact Analysis, discusses in his new insight whether this new government policy will drive more investment towards electric powered construction vehicles. From 1 April, the UK government has banned the use of rebated diesel – Red diesel – for machinery used for construction work. The construction industry has lobbied hard against this change – particularly given the recovery from COVID-19 and the impact of the Ukraine conflict on oil prices – but the UK Treasury has stuck…

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  • Photo of Tiger helps consumers find their perfect space with the new brand campaign

    Tiger helps consumers find their perfect space with the new brand campaign

    Yorkshire-based Woodlands Home & Garden Group, a leading garden building manufacturer and online retailer, proudly unveils a distinctive new look for its award-winning e-commerce brand, Tiger Sheds – backed by a nationwide TV and press campaign. With outdoor living becoming increasingly popular over the last few years, more homeowners than ever now plan to update their garden spaces. The new styling for Tiger responds to the overarching consumer need for more space, whether it be for gardening, storage, living, working, playing, for pets or even a workout. It embodies the spirit of allowing the consumer to find their own perfect…

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  • Photo of Land Studio works with a London Star Academies school to transform its landscape

    Land Studio works with a London Star Academies school to transform its landscape

    Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest, has been working with a firm of landscape architects to transform the entrance to its school. The secondary school is part of Star Academies multi-academy trust, one of the UK’s leading education providers. The Trust is passionate about raising the aspirations of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation. The school, which opened in September 2014 and is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, is a Muslim faith-based girls’ secondary school with 600 pupils. Originally operating as a factory in the 1950s, the building evolved to become council offices and later underwent extensive refurbishment to…

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  • Photo of National Forest to rehome Joe Perkins’ The Meta Garden after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    National Forest to rehome Joe Perkins’ The Meta Garden after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    A unique partnership will see Meta’s main avenue RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, designed by award-winning landscape designer Joe Perkins MSGD, rehomed in the heart of the National Forest in central England. After its initial appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May), the garden will be rehomed at the Conkers Discovery Centre in Moira, in the heart of the National Forest. The National Forest has transformed 200 square miles of the Midlands by planting nine million trees and reaching 22% forest coverage. Here, The Meta Garden: Growing the Future will be available to the nine million visitors who come…

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  • Photo of 40,000 enrol in The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award

    40,000 enrol in The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award

    Nearly 40,000 children and young people are already taking part in The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award as part of celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The project was launched in October 2021 and has now completed one planting season. One teacher said: “The children’s engagement and connection with the outdoors is evident. They really loved getting hands on and look forward to the future habitat and benefit their planting brings.” Another said: “I trialled the award with a small group of Y1 & Y2 pupils as an afterschool club. The children enjoyed the projects, in particular,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper April 2022

    Pro Landscaper April 2022

    With longer, lighter days, spring has finally arrived! Along with our April issue of Pro Landscaper – a Manchester Special. Our Special discusses all the latest developments in and around the city of Manchester. From the RHS Garden Bridgewater’s long journey to opening, the Castlefield Viaduct’s regeneration – set to boast an elevated park by Summer this year, to finding out all about idverde’s maintenance and sustainable goals at Manchester City Football Club training grounds. It’s jampacked! In our Let’s Hear it From this month, we speak to the BBC’s Your Garden Made Perfect newest addition, Oliver Bond, about how…

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  • Photo of New designs for Newcastle city centre revealed

    New designs for Newcastle city centre revealed

    Plans to enhance Old Eldon Square and Blackett Street whilst still preserving the heritage of the area are being developed following a successful bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund. This marks the start of the next phase of the programme that was initially launched in March 2021. Events will offer the first opportunity for the public to discuss the city centre plans in person following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. The vision for Old Eldon Square is to sensitively integrate the war memorial, whilst developing the area into a world class public space to celebrate the life and culture…

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  • Photo of The Hartley Botanic ‘Calm & Wellbeing’ 2022 RHS Chelsea tradestand: A stylish sanctuary of luxurious relaxation

    The Hartley Botanic ‘Calm & Wellbeing’ 2022 RHS Chelsea tradestand: A stylish sanctuary of luxurious relaxation

    This year, English Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic will be enveloping visitors to its RHS Chelsea tradestand in tranquility and relaxation, with a stylish stand themed around Calm & Wellbeing. The stand will feature three enviable Hartley Botanic Greenhouses, all in complimentary and elegant tones of bronze and grey nestled amongst a naturalised planting scheme which will focus on form and texture. Landscaping and styling has a neutral and minimalist look, bringing together a calming feel with a chic, luxury aesthetic. The stand has been built and planted by Stewart Landscape Construction with design and styling by Llevelo Garden…

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  • Photo of Spring is in the air at new Derek Jarman inspired Pocket Park at Manchester Art Gallery

    Spring is in the air at new Derek Jarman inspired Pocket Park at Manchester Art Gallery

    Spring is definitely in the air at Manchester Art Gallery with the creation of a brand-new plant-filled Derek Jarman inspired ‘Pocket Park’ – a blooming lovely urban garden space for visitors to enjoy. Drawing its inspiration from artist, filmmaker, activist, and gardener Derek Jarman, the project to establish a Pocket Park at the gallery was devised in partnership with to complement the Jarman exhibition Protest! which opened there in December last year, after a delay of nearly 18 months due to Covid. The park’s creation has been a labour of love for a group of volunteers who are all members of Pride…

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  • Photo of UN biodiversity chief Elizabeth Maruma Mrema awarded 15th Kew International Medal

    UN biodiversity chief Elizabeth Maruma Mrema awarded 15th Kew International Medal

    Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) Kew is proud to announce the recipient of this year’s Kew International Medal is Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a Tanzanian biodiversity leader and lawyer, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Kew International Medal is awarded to individuals for internationally recognised accomplishments aligned with Kew’s work to protect biodiversity. On learning of the award, Ms Mrema said: “It is truly an honour to be selected as the recipient of the 2022 prestigious Kew International Medal. Biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, land degradation and desertification are the greatest environmental challenges of our…

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  • Photo of Eden Project apprentices send recycling message Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Eden Project apprentices send recycling message Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    The Eden Project was once again at the Cornwall Garden Society’s annual Spring Flower Show, which took place at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, this weekend (April 2 – 3) after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, Eden’s apprentices are set a challenge of creating a show garden with a theme, this year being “recycle, reuse, reimagine”, using primarily components found at Eden. It’s an opportunity for the team of four apprentices to shine and showcase all that they’ve learned. This year’s garden represents a primary school garden that would be enjoyed by children and pollinators…

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