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  • London’s first riverside linear park ‘The Tide’ arrives on Greenwich Peninsula

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  • How to create the perfect gravel driveway

    Beauxfort talks to Pro Landscaper about its specialist grid retention system.  When it comes to property, kerb appeal is key and there is no better way to create it than by installing a sweeping gravel driveway. But gravel’s tendency to spread far and wide, and the difficulty of pushing a buggy, bike or wheelchair over it, is often enough to put clients off. By installing a specialist gravel grid retention system, however, these concerns are no longer a barrier to laying the gravel driveway of your clients’ dreams. The best driveway surface finish The best driveway surface finish will complement…

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  • Madeleine Evans

    [email protected] elects a new committee

    Following [email protected]’s AGM, it has announced that Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services accepted the role of chair for a second year.   Madeleine said: “I am pleased to accept the role of chair again this year and hope to be able to devote more time to promoting the association and supporting members with our events. As well as encouraging more members to get involved in whatever ways they can. The first opportunity for this will be National Plants at Work Week in July when I hope even more members than last year will take part.”   To support Madeleine, David…

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  • Festivalgoers urged to help rewild the Highlands

    Music lovers attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are being encouraged to help rewild the Scottish Highlands by having their own trees planted by conservation charity Trees for Life. With growing concerns about the threats of climate change and loss of nature, the organisers of ‘Bella’ 2019 are calling on attendees to mitigate the carbon impact of travelling to the event near Inverness through donations to fund native trees. Every tree will help Trees for Life restore the globally important Caledonian Forest together with its precious wildlife such as red squirrels and pine martens. The trees donated will be…

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  • Red hot Eden flowers bring blaze of colour to Hampton Court

    A range of vivid red hot pokers grown at the Eden Project are to create a spectacular display at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.   The red-hot pokers or Kniphofia have been grown at the Eden Project nursery and are now being set in 18 colourful pots in time for the show.   Kniphofia are exotic, bee-friendly flowers which come in a variety of colours, from flame red to pale yellow and green. They can reach well over a metre tall.   Eden’s Hampton Court display is a great showcase for a steep hillside emblazoned with many varieties of…

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  • A Place to Meet Garden

    APL A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court

    This year, the APL are once again building A Place to Meet garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, taking place from 2-7 July. The garden is designed by Cherry Carmen Garden Design, and the main contractor on the garden is Kebur Landscape Division.   The garden is an APL community build, with a total of 18 different member companies* involved, including the apprentices currently on the APL Apprenticeship scheme.   A Place to Meet showcases how to fuse the hard lines of contemporary construction with soft waves of naturalistic planting at home. Revealing how small spaces can be…

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  • Rainbow Garden

    Memorial garden opens in Aberdeen

    The Aberdeen memorial garden for families affected by past practices around the cremation of babies has opened to the public.   The space at Hazlehead Park has been named the Rainbow Garden by the Working Group of parents affected who designed it, with inspiration from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow.   The song was also the inspiration from the stunning bronze sculpture in the middle of the garden, which features flying birds.   The design of the garden and the sculpture were agreed last year (2018) by the Working Group. Designed to evoke feelings of reflectiveness, peace, remembrance, forward-looking,…

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  • Green Blue Urban showroom VIP launch event

    Green Blue Urban has announced its launch of its first ever showroom. The Green Blue Urban Showroom is located in Farringdon, London – at 117 St John’s Road, EC1V 4JA.   The London based showroom is the only place in the UK to showcase a range of tree pit products that enable healthy uncompacted aerated soil for extensive urban tree canopy growth.    Working alongside its sister company Kinley the showroom also displays a range of outdoor-inspired products to assist specification of edging, tiling and planters.   With typical attention to detail and the highest standards of quality, the showroom…

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  • Permavoid plays base on world hockey stage

    A breakthrough portable pitch system developed specifically to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards saw its first use at the FIH Pro League matches between Great Britain and New Zealand at the Twickenham Stoop stadium on the 23 June.   As the result of a partnership between England Hockey and Polypipe, the pitch exploits the water management specialist’s unique Permavoid geocellular sub-base to create a stable, high-quality playing surface that can be quickly and cost-effectively re-created on any scale, in any location and on any existing surface   At the Stoop, the 15,000-seat home of Harlequins Rugby, 24,000 interconnected 85mm deep…

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  • Clean air scheme to protect school playgrounds from traffic pollution

    A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.   Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.    The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.…

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  • FutureScape

    New sponsors announced for FutureScape 2019

    The Pot Company and Round Wood of Mayfield will both be sponsoring FutureScape, taking place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at Sandown Park Racecourse. FutureScape is the UK’s number one landscaping event. Taking place over just one day it is packed full of informative seminars and debates, brilliant networking opportunities and a whole host of exhibitors. When asked about sponsoring the exhibit Round Wood of Mayfield said: “Over recent years, Round Wood of Mayfield’s profile has grown steadily amongst the trade. Its extensive range of timber products has become increasingly appreciated by landscapers and designers, who particularly value their high…

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  • andrew wilson

    Andrew Wilson: It’s worse than I thought

    Andrew Wilson looks at our attitude towards plants in our wider environment and ponders on the concept of ‘plant blindness’. Originally, I was an urban boy growing up in St Helens which, although it has its good points, is basically an industrial town. I remember being fascinated by plants and gardens but suddenly felt disadvantaged when I started studying landscape architecture. Many fellow students came from rural backgrounds and it seemed they had an innate knowledge of trees and plant species in the wider landscape. Gradually, with study and experience, that plant knowledge has expanded dramatically, but mainly because I’m…

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  • New colour available from Millboard

    Millboard have announced two exciting new developments. On the back of customer demand, it has launched a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to its existing Weathered Oak Embered line.   The new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for. It strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique. A method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds…

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  • Better Bankside

    Better Bankside’s Air Benches

    Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.   The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors. The benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to…

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  • Green-tech supply materials for woodland creation project

    Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire.   Wessex Woodland Management offers bespoke management and contract services to woodland owners throughout the South of England. They were awarded the contract to create the woodland under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme to provide farmers, foresters and land managers with a viable, long-term source of income for delivering environmental benefits on their land. This includes the creation of habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity.   Planting on the Conholt Park Estate was carried…

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  • Milner Square

    Milner Square wins Children’s Play award in Street Design Awards

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  • Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

    Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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  • Rain Bird

    Rain Bird launches new product

    Rain Bird’s new Wi-Fi ready ESP-TM2 irrigation controller has been designed for both residential and commercial applications. It is simple to use, offers highly flexible watering schedules and water saving features. End users and contractors can select exactly the right controller to tailor irrigation to the varying needs of different areas, zones and plant types within a landscape.   The ESP-TM2 will be attractive to both users and contractors alike. Filling a gap between Rain Bird’s proven ESP-RZX 4/6/8 zone controller and the ESP-ME controller with up to 22 stations, the new ESP-TM2 models are available with four, six, eight…

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  • New Chair

    New Chair appointed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Board

    Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.   Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.   Dame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018. As well as Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011. She is also the Lead Independent Director for…

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  • Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

    Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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  • BALI

    BALI’s scheme withdraws all Industry Accreditation cards

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  • Bristol to consider new approach towards city’s trees

    Enhancing the care of Bristol’s trees and expanding the city’s planting programme will be among proposals considered by the Mayor and Cabinet next week. If approved, a new tree strategy would outline the authority’s approach to tree removals, pruning, inspections and planting in greater detail. It would also explore how new areas of woodland and sites for more street trees will be identified. Next Tuesday’s meeting will decide whether to pursue an initial £4m five-year contract for maintaining all trees on council land. A new approach to both increasing the city’s canopy and managing existing trees is also set to…

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  • £11m initiative launched to save green spaces

    A multi-million pound initiative to secure the future of the UK’s urban parks and green spaces is launched today. In the first project of its kind in the UK, eight urban areas are joining forces in a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. The Future Parks initiative is investing more than £6m of National Lottery and government funding. The National Trust has also pledged £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management. The…

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