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      Pro Landscaper December 2019

      The December issue has a special focus on Scotland. Discover the maintenance for Ben Nevis’ landscape on page 32, our trip up Ben Nevis at night on page 91, the upcoming plans for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on page 16, along with a look at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park on page 69 and Craigmarloch Nurseries on page 70. As well as a focus on Scotland this issue also includes coverage of FutureScape and our site visit to British Sugar Topsoil. This months Company Profile is with Countrywide Grounds Maintenance and Charlotte Rowe is the focus of…

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    • GreenBlue Urban publish Urban Trees, Highways & Utilities Guide

      GreenBlue Urban has announced the publication of Urban Trees, Highways & Utilities.   The inclusive publication contains:   · Insightful collaboration articles from industry experts   · A detailed section on structural applications   · Highlighting below ground constraints   · Policies & Case Studies   · Inclusion of Stormwater Management   To request your FREE hard copy of this publication please email [email protected] with mailing address details.   Alternatively, you can download the full version online, click here to download it.   

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    • New rules on plant health to come into effect

      New rules on plant health, designed to stop diseases spreading or jumping borders, will become effective on Saturday( 14/12/19). The EU Regulation 2016/2031 on protective measures against plant pests was steered through the European Parliament by UK member Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands. It became law in December 2016 and is directly applicable in all EU countries from December 14. Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on both agriculture and the environment, said: “Plant disease can have a devastating effect commercially, on biodiversity and the environment generally, so it was vital that we should make ourselves more resilient. “In…

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    • Smiths

      Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel

      Smith’s tells Pro Landscaper about its Self Binding Path Gravel.  For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives superb results and of sensational quality – with its Cotswold hues and smooth finish, it’s a product that looks good in almost any situation. A perfect product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets. Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (for example wheel chairs, golf buggies/trollies or wheelbarrows etc.). But its versatility…

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    • Talasey Group honours landscapers

      Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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    • Hedge trimming

      Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

      Parks staff in Exeter are moving away from traditional petrol-driven equipment and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. It is investing in battery powered equipment such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. The plan is to introduce battery powered strimmers, chainsaws, mowers and pruning shears in the future.   The council is looking to be a carbon neutral city by 2030. Using battery powered equipment will help towards this and it is also cheaper to run, quieter and causes less vibration for the operator.   The public & green space team in Exeter currently have two battery powered hedge…

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      Funding awarded to improve Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden

      Plans to restore and enhance Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden have been awarded funding.   The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £214,400 to progress plans to improve and enhance the historic garden and apply for a major National Lottery grant bid for £3.4 million.   Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, equalities, communities & culture committee said:   “This is fantastic news for the city and an important step in securing the future of this important and well-loved public space.    “The project presents a landmark opportunity to change people’s understanding and valuing of…

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    • Gillespies unveil three new visions of Northampton Market Square

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    • Founder of Scape Design visits Plumpton College students

      Students at Plumpton College were visted by four time RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner James Basson. James, alongside partner Helen Basson, is also the founder of Scape Design. A garden design company which specialises in sustainable, ecological and low maintenance gardens. The ethos of Scape Design is to blend gardens into their surroundings, hand selecting the correct plant palette to ensure that it is perfectly adapted to each garden. By studying the biodiversity of plants and interaction of elements, Scape Design integrate local materials and select the correct plants for the surroundings in order to lessen the need…

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    • Brambledown

      Brambledown Landscapes and local school help improve Stockton estate

      Brambledown Landscapes were appointed as main contractors at Portrack Estate in Stockton.   They contract was for £100k of environmental improvement works in the estate. It also included improvements to the outside of shopfronts.   The project overseen by Groundwork North East took around 3 months to complete.   The scheme involved steel fencing and chicanes to prevent motorcycles from using footpaths. Hedge planting and tree and shrub planting was also included.   Improving the outlook of large parts of the Portrack Estate was the sole focus of the project. Community engagement was high on the agenda.   Pupils from…

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      A look at the D Turf Care System

      SCH Supplies tells Pro Landscaper about its D Turf Care System.  The D Turf Care System comes with a variety of interchangeable attachments, from corers, slitters, aerators, sorrel rollers and more.This cost effective solution allows you to care for your grass in numerous ways, all in one machine. The robust frame has a category one three point linkage tractor mounting as standard, with other categories supplied upon request. A weight tray is incorporated in the design which gives the option to add up to 250kg of top weight to gain the desired penetration depth.This tray is also extremely useful for…

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    • Landform

      Landform and Johnsons earn soft landscape contract for Aberdeen hospital

      Landform Ltd has teamed up with Johnsons of Whixley Ltd. This is to complete the soft landscape contract for the new hospital and cancer treatment centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The new ‘Baird Family Hospital’ will replace the existing ageing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.   Landform Ltd is working through main contractor Graham Construction. It secured the soft landscape works and a new pedestrian steel and timber bridge.   Landform Ltd works with Johnsons of Whixley on a regular basis and were chosen to supply 1000’s of plants for the project.   Plants supplied by Johnsons of Whixley Ltd have beautified the…

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    • The BIG Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

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    • Provender

      Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor continue competition

      Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continue into the 8th year of Student Design Competition. Judges selected Clare Waters’ winning design from over 45 designs. The students of Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design each had 5 minutes to present their design to the panel. Each student was then given a Q&A session with feedback from the judging panel. The judging was held over 2 days at the Regent’s Park campus.   The judging panel consists of Liz Hughes at Provender Nurseries, Judy Fish of CEPC at Regent’s Park and Ric Glenn at CEPC, Regent’s Park.   The panel had…

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    • Taylor Wimpey

      Taylor Wimpey applies for landscaping around 250 new homes

      Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has submitted an Approval of Matters specified in Conditions (AMC) application to the City of Edinburgh Council for the provision of 250 new homes. Planning Permission in Principle is already secured for this development. The planning application sets out detailed proposals for landscaping and building materials.   The proposed development aims to deliver 250 new homes, 25% of which will be affordable.   This detailed application for the west of Edinburgh represents a significant investment in the local area by Taylor Wimpey East Scotland. It includes an extensive landscape framework that will include the creation of…

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    • What is biodiversity net gain?

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      Nurture Landscapes features on Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list

      Nationwide landscaping and grounds maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes has returned to the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list, coming 65th overall.   This is the company’s third inclusion in the past six years, and marks its highest position. Nurture was first listed in the table in 2014, achieving a ranking of 92 out of 100, and then in the following year, when it ranked 98th.   The league table recognises fastest-growing sales over the latest three years of UK companies, with several leading names appearing on lists both past and present.   First established in 2008, Nurture Landscapes…

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    • FutureScape Round Up 2019 – Pro Landscaper Theatre

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    • Landscape Institute Awards

      Landscape Institute Awards winners announced

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    • Green-tech’s new initiative to support BALI Chalk Fund

      November marks two years since Green-tech launched its new range of specialist tree anchoring kits at Futurescape exhibition.   Developed in partnership with Anchor Systems (International) Ltd, the tree anchoring kits have been well received and installed in many projects throughout the UK.   The range has recently been extended to include a Drop-Man anchoring kit and a large tree securing system which is designed for trees outside of the standard range. Each anchor is capable of holding loads of up to 45 tonnes and can be used in multiples. To celebrate the success of their anchor range they have…

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    • Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

      Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November. The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business…

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    • Eight gardens to visit throughout the festive season

      One of the ultimate joys of the festive period, is undoubtedly the outstanding light displays. From dancing fairy lights to enchanted winter wonderlands, the shows are being switched on far and wide. Here are Pro Landscapers’ top 8 unmissable festive garden displays! Christmas at Kew Where? Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey When? Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020 Why? Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. Walk under the larger-than-life…

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    • Talasey Group becomes a patron of the Saints Foundation

      Talasey Group has become a patron of the Saints Foundation – the charity of Premier League team Southampton Football Club. The foundation is the club’s way of giving back by using the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton. It helps people to fulfil their potential to be more-involved, healthier and more-empowered members of the community. Talasey Group will use its bronze patronage as a springboard to get involved in a range of events, such as charity fundraising activities for the foundation, as well as networking with other local businesses and raising its profile…

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    • The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

      The UK has been gifted 6,500 sakura trees by Japan as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project. The project will see the planting of the trees across the UK’s parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK. The sakura cherry trees will be distributed to 400 schools and 160 sites across the UK. The first trees were planted at a ceremony at The Regents park in London.    His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine, as well as the Founder and Joint Chairman of Sakura Cherry Tree Project…

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    • Nigel Mead

      Nigel Mead returns to host SGD Awards 2020

      The Society of Garden Designers has announced that entertainer Nigel Mead will be hosting The SGD Awards 2020. This is the second time that Nigel will host the event, following a year of sell-out performances in Washington, Jamaica, Miami and Prague.   Nigel has performed all over the World for stars including Steven Spielberg, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Sting, Robert De Niro and over 40 Kings & Queens. He is also a member of th Inner Magic Circle, a position held by only 250 magicians in the world.   A shortlist of 23 projects will be vying for the prestigious…

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