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    • Photo of British Sugar TOPSOIL launches SubSoil

      British Sugar TOPSOIL launches SubSoil

      British Sugar TOPSOIL has launched SubSoil, two new products which will complement the company’s Landscape20 topsoil and HortLoam planting soil.   General Purpose SubSoil is compliant with BS 8601:2013 (Table 1 Multipurpose subsoil) and is ideal for use with Landscape20 topsoil and HortLoam planting soil. When used in conjunction with these two topsoils, the single grain, stone-free structure of largely medium sand (0.25 to 0.50mm) and its low organic matter content make it ideal as a subsoil for general landscaping purposes, such as planting trees and shrubs, and the turfing or seeding of amenity grass.   Free-Draining SubSoil has a…

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    • Photo of Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

      Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

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    • Photo of Grosvenor Square re-design to create London’s most outstanding green space

      Grosvenor Square re-design to create London’s most outstanding green space

      Grosvenor Britain & Ireland announces that Tonkin Liu has been appointed to re-design London’s Grosvenor Square ahead of its 300th anniversary. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the Grade II listed square has a rich history that can be traced back to 1726. Over the past three years, Grosvenor, which manages the public garden on a not for profit basis, has been working with local residents and Londoners to build a shared vision for its future: to enhance the square’s contribution to Mayfair and London by making it more sustainable and welcoming. These ambitions will be brought together by Tonkin…

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    • Photo of The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices

      The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices

      The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices to help them care for some of the most historic and well-loved parks in the UK. The successful applicants will be based in one of London’s eight Royal Parks four days a week. They will do this whilst also studying at Capel Manor College in The Regent’s Park on the remaining day. The scheme typically lasts three years, and apprentices study for the Horticulture Landscape Operative Standard. In their final year, they can study for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Certificates in Horticulture. As part of their studies, horticultural…

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    • Photo of Sign up and step ahead at FutureScape Spring

      Sign up and step ahead at FutureScape Spring

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    • Photo of BALI-NCF members trim number of incidents by 61% in last three years

      BALI-NCF members trim number of incidents by 61% in last three years

      The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) National Contractors Forum (BALI-NCF) has revealed the number of incidents involving its members and hedge trimmers may have decreased by as much as 61% since 2017. The significant reduction in accidents and near misses was calculated by BALI Technical Officer (Policy & Research), Owen Baker, who manages the BALI-NCF Health & Safety Forum alongside BALI-NCF Chairman, Phil Jones, Chief Executive of BALI Registered Contractor ESL Landscape Contractors. Owen commented: “Using the ‘accident frequency rate’ metric per 100,000 hours of work, I was able to compare the number of reported incidents submitted by members…

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    • Photo of Van den Berk opens a nursery in the UK

      Van den Berk opens a nursery in the UK

      After the establishment of Van den Berk Limited in 2019, Van den Berk has now announced the establishment of a nursery in the UK. The decision to set-up a dedicated location in the UK was made following a strong demand from clients and specifiers for specimen trees and a desire to provide a quality service throughout the year. Van den Berk contracted a plot in Mirfield, just off the M62 and M1 junctions. The nursery will be a shop window for high quality, specialist trees, produced in the 450ha nursery in The Netherlands, and will have facilities for growing trees…

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    • Photo of Applications for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 are open

      Applications for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 are open

      The Landscape Institute’s (LI) Student Travel Award aims to support the next generation of landscape professionals and give them a head start in developing their knowledge and practice. The winner gets to travel somewhere in the world to learn about a specific landscape topic or project. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘the future of landscape’. With the dawn of the new decade, the Landscape Institute is asking the next generation of landscape talent to question: How will the landscape profession’s priorities change over the next ten years? What will influence and modify our practice? What global issues and…

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    • Photo of Smiths’ Cotswold Stone

      Smiths’ Cotswold Stone

      Smiths tells us more about its Cotswold Stone.  Cotswold Stone is (and has been) one of the most popular products for wall building over the years. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly, it is being used for a variety of…

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    • Photo of Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

      Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

      Returning to work after a long period of leave can be tough, even more so when you’re a new mother. Whether you can slot straight back into working life after maternity leave, or you feel as if the whole process is rather daunting, knowing more about the transition and your rights can make you feel much more at ease upon your return. You’ve been on maternity leave for 26 weeks or less If you’ve been away on maternity leave for 26 weeks or fewer, you are entitled to return to the exact same job upon your return. Your pay and…

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    • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley supplies over 25,000 plants to the Parks Trust

      Johnsons of Whixley supplies over 25,000 plants to the Parks Trust

      In Milton Keynes, the Parks Trust has ownership to ensure the city’s unique green landscape is managed and protected forever without having to compete for funds with other council departments. Caring for river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads that represent 25% of the city, the Trust was created in 1992 and endowed with a substantial property and investment portfolio, that pays for the vital work of nurturing and enhancing the landscape, remaining entirely self-funded. Johnsons supply to The Parks Trust included more than 20,000 hedging transplants including 9,000 Cornus, 3,500 Ligustrum ovalifolium, more…

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    • Photo of HS2 confirmed to go ahead

      HS2 confirmed to go ahead

      In a statement to Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out that, after careful consideration of the independent Oakervee review, the decision has been taken to proceed with HS2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:   “Delivering better, faster and more reliable transport connections is the way to close the opportunity gap across this country. But it is not and never will be an ‘either/or’ between big projects and local services. Dramatic improvements to local transport and the decision to proceed with HS2 will shift this country’s centre of gravity away from the capital and transform connectivity between our towns and…

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    • Photo of GreenBlue Urban launches the HydroPlanter™

      GreenBlue Urban launches the HydroPlanter™

      GreenBlue Urban has announced the launch of a new modular bioretention rain garden system: the HydroPlanter™. This product can be retrofitted into highways schemes and on new developments of any size. The “Plug and Play” sustainable urban drainage solution can attenuate and cleanse stormwater and provide amenity and biodiversity to new and existing spaces particularly suitable for highway build outs, central reservations and verges. A single modular unit would also be suitable for new housing developments tackling SuDS solutions when space is at a premium. The HydroPlanter™ is an easy to design solution with drag and drop CAD drawings available…

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    • Photo of Eden Project Foyle to transform Derry/Londonderry waterfront

      Eden Project Foyle to transform Derry/Londonderry waterfront

      Eden Project Foyle is a new riverside cultural and environmental tourist attraction in Derry/Londonderry. It was officially launched today (Tuesday 11 February) with the release of new artist’s impressions of the project. The project is developed by the Foyle River Gardens charity. It is an ambitious plan to transform the banks of the River Foyle, linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates and giving public access to previously inaccessible land. Inside the building would be a performance area and play spaces. Visitors would be able to walk on the roof and take zipwires down to the walkways. The structure…

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    • Photo of Wienerberger’s Clay – Landscape, paving our way

      Wienerberger’s Clay – Landscape, paving our way

      Throughout human history, clay has proven itself as one of nature’s most trusted natural materials. But here, Wienerberger talks to Pro Landscaper about clay as a building material. Clay: A landscaping solution At Wienerberger, we are proud to offer clay pavers as part of our landscape portfolio. Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider it when designing your next landscape project. Circular economy The circular economy is a concept in which everything is engineered to be constantly reused or recycled (KLH Sustainability, 2019). With a lifespan of over a century, clay pavers often outlast the paving…

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    • Photo of Talasey Group launches new directory

      Talasey Group launches new directory

      The Talasey Group – one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – has launched its new landscape directory of products for 2020. The landscape directory is the largest catalogue of products that the company has ever compiled and reflects the breadth of natural stone, porcelain paving, handmade clay pavers, resin-bound aggregates, artificial grass and landscaping installation, maintenance and accessory products that the Doncaster-based company has ever offered. It also features a new range of composite decking and fencing. Speaking about the launch, group sales and marketing director Malcolm Gough said that the company has previously published a…

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    • Photo of Tivoli will invest £5m over the next six months

      Tivoli will invest £5m over the next six months

      Investing £5m in new machinery, systems and fleet over the next six months is just one of the ways in which Tivoli continues to commit to maintaining customers’ sites to the highest standards, and supporting their teams up and down the country. Alongside the investment, Tivoli’s CEO Darren Cunningham will lead the complete reorganisation of the company’s training, recruitment and community engagement programs. The goal is to expand the skill set of existing employees, while creating a solid career structure to encourage younger and more diverse recruits. “We’ve got investors who are really keen to support the business,” says Darren.…

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    • Photo of Andrew Grant member of group calling for ‘quality’ design principles

      Andrew Grant member of group calling for ‘quality’ design principles

      Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is one of ten expert members of a design group tasked by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to develop quality design principles for national infrastructure projects. Launched by the Design Group on 5 February, the UK’s first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure seeks to embed four key considerations – climate, people, places and value – into the planning and delivery of projects to construct and renew nationally significant infrastructure: Climate – infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and…

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    • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020 winners announced

      Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020 winners announced

      The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2020. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. Eighteen awards were presented at the third annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 7 February. The highly coveted Supreme Winner was Oak View Landscapes, which topped the Landscape Company £2m – £10m Turnover category. Marian Barker, of headline sponsor Fresh Horticultural Careers, commented: “Not only is this business committed to its staff and customers but also the industry as a whole, either by…

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    • Photo of Redbacks introduces new Kneeler Mat

      Redbacks introduces new Kneeler Mat

      Redbacks Cushioning Ltd, designers of the ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology, offers a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling. Recently introduced is the new ‘Kneeler mat’. It’s an everyday tool for landscapers whose jobs entail kneeling for any length of time. It also has many applications in and around the home, garden and office.   Giving long term anti-fatigue support and great cushioning comfort from kneeling in any position, the mat features 28 multi-directional leaf springs held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix.   Unlike rubber matting, foam or gel based products which can…

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    • Photo of APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

      APL Avenue landscapers announced for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020

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    • Photo of Impressive butterfly structure for sale on behalf of hospice

      Impressive butterfly structure for sale on behalf of hospice

      The Butterflies project was a bold collaboration between Staffordshire businesses. The local ceramics, education, charity, art and engineering industries worked together to bring about the largest ever locally produced ceramic art installation in Stoke-on-Trent. Every business and individual collaborating to bring the art installation to life donated time, expertise and materials to make this vision a reality and raise significant funds for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People. The public art installation was in-situ throughout the summer of 2019 within Trentham Gardens, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions which brings more than 750,000 visitors to…

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    • Photo of New online vehicle checker to help drivers prepare for clean air zones

      New online vehicle checker to help drivers prepare for clean air zones

      A new online service has gone live today (5 February 2020) to help drivers and businesses to prepare for the introduction of clean air zones with charges in Birmingham and Leeds. The vehicle checker will allow drivers to find out if they will be affected by the change which will charge the most polluting vehicles to drive in the cities. Leeds City Council is bringing in a ‘Class B’ clean air zone later this year, which will mean some older, polluting buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and HGVs will be charged to drive within the zone. Birmingham City Council…

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    • Photo of Plans revealed for new green building in Swansea

      Plans revealed for new green building in Swansea

      Plans for a groundbreaking building allowing exciting new tech and creative businesses to grow have been unveiled for Swansea city centre. The plans, assisted by feedback in a public consultation last year, feature two underground levels and a roof terrace with trees. Other greenery, including a green roof, is part of the plans for the building, reflecting the council’s commitment to green infrastructure. Swansea Council wants to develop the striking creative hub, with access for the public. It includes a new link from Oxford Street onto The Kingsway. The building will be high-tech, eco-friendly and have flexible open-plan work spaces…

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    • Photo of The National Trust is set to spend an average of £3m every week on conservation

      The National Trust is set to spend an average of £3m every week on conservation

      The news comes as it lays out plans for its biggest ever sustained investment in protecting nature and the environment. Last month, director general Hilary McGrady announced in a landmark speech that by 2030 the Trust will become carbon net zero. To achieve this, the Trust has outlined several major steps, including: – planting and establishing 20 million trees – moving its heating and electricity entirely to renewable energy – continuing to spend millions on improving rivers – greatly improving the energy efficiency of many of its historic buildings During 2018/19, the National Trust spent £148.4m on conservation – £10m…

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