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    • VIDEO: There is still time to nominate your favourite tree

      There is still time to nominate your favourite tree for The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 competition.   In a video below Adam Cormack, head of campaigning explains the competition and encourages members of the public to nominate.   Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/.   Nominations are open until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote.   Last year’s English winner, Nellie’s Tree, three beech trees grafted together into the shape of the letter ‘N’,…

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    • South London Downs to be declared as London’s third National Nature Reserve

      London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be officially declared later this month during a ceremony in Croydon. This was announced on 10 July by Natural England.   South London Downs, a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey, will be the second largest NNR in London after Richmond Park.   Jointly managed by the City of London Corporation and Croydon Council, the new NNR brings together 152.5 ha of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for nature. This will include the rare flower-rich chalk downland of Riddlesdown, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, with non-SSSI sites of value…

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    • Caribbean Blinds MD Named Young Business Person of the Year

      Caribbean Blinds talks to Pro Landscaper about how the company has grown and how the managing director, Stuart Dantzic, has been named Young Business Person of the Year. Caribbean Blinds, established in 1987, are the UK’s leading family owned designer, manufacturer and installer of luxury external shading systems. From stylish patio awnings that provide instant shade and shelter, to innovative external blinds that keep buildings cool and award winning louvered roofs (Outdoor Living PodTM) that enable year round use of outdoor spaces, Caribbean Blinds have the perfect external shading system for every application, requirement and budget. Stuart Dantzic took the…

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      LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.   As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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    • Programme announced for National Tree Officers Conference 2019

      The programme for the National Tree Officers Conference 2019 has been unveiled. It will take place at Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November. The conference, organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), comes at a time when trees in towns and cities are recognised by policymakers as having a crucial role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change target of net zero emissions by 2050. The key international speaker Gian Michele Cirulli, an urban tree manager with the Green Public Service of…

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    • Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019

      Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019 was a great success, with all five high schools in Macclesfield taking part and nine primary schools designed mini gardens.The theme for this year’s festival was Geography & Travel. Two teams of garden designers built gardens, ‘Judges favourite’ went to Laurel Goss & Denise Male for their Silk Road garden, with Tom Saunders from Skylark design closely following. The in-house MGF team created a Zen Garden as an outside training area for martial arts training. Along with the garden designs NAFAS managed the Floral Design Marquee with some amazingly talented designs were entered by NAFAS association…

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    • Channel 4’s Dispatches and Hedges Direct partner in school anti-pollution project

      Lancashire based company Hedges Direct, specialist online suppliers of hedging and garden plants, with partner Green-tech Ltd,supplied Channel 4’s Dispatches programme with Ivy Screens and other garden plants in support of a ground-breaking experiment at Lordship Lane Primary School in London.   The Channel 4 programme, which aired on Monday 10 June, documented over a 2 week period, an experiment which saw the school undergo changes both externally and internally to attempt to combat the effects of pollution throughout. The levels of both nitrogen dioxide from exhaust fumes and other particulate matter from brakes and tyres produced by all vehicles…

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    • Countrywide Grounds business boosts workforce in South Wales by more than a quarter

      With over 3,000 sites to maintain, tidy and keep safe for local residents and businesses across South Wales, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®, has increased its workforce by more than a quarter in a year, to ensure it delivers a first-class service all year round.   Launched over 22 years ago, Countrywide South Wales has taken on its 80th employee. Over 90% are client facing roles offering services ranging from grass cutting, shrubbery and gutter clearance to landscaping and line marking.   Headquartered at Port Talbot, Countrywide South Wales has 25 teams operating from six different locations. These are Baglan Energy Park…

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    • Kew Guild honours Tim O’Hare

      The Kew Guild – the association for alumni of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – is recognising the outstanding contribution to the environment of soil and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. This exclusive class of membership is limited to just 25 at any one time and is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient.   Tim qualified as a soil scientist more than 25 years ago and since starting his own consultancy, Tim O’Hare Associates, in 2006 he has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of the most iconic and influential landscape…

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    • Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

      Smiths’ tell us about its Cotswold Dry Stone.  Cotswold Stone is and has been, one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. 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 subtlety 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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    • Mobilane installs Woking town’s first green wall

      Residents, customers and visitors to Woking High Street have been enjoying a new natural walkway since May with the installation of a 75m living wall from Mobilane. The Mobilane Green Screens have been placed along the length of the Woking Train Station’s exterior wall as part of the Council’s green commitments. Complementing other green initiatives in the transformation of the town’s Albion Square, the ivy screens now form a naturally green frame for the town’s iconic mural that depicts life along High Street in Edwardian times. With a mix of species for interest and colour, the wall will not only…

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    • Favourite Office Plant 2019 announced

      Philodendron xanadu has been pronounced the winner of this year’s Favourite Office Plant 2019.   The judges present for the judging were Matthew Appleby of Horticulture Week, Claudia de Yong, award-winning garden designer and Chanel de Kock of the Flower Council of Holland.   They all felt that Philodendron xanadu fulfilled the criteria of a retro revival with its lush, leafy form much as last year’s winner the Monstera deliciosa. They also agreed that it works well on its own or as under-planting.   Voting secured the top spot for the Philodendron by 5 votes to 3 with the Epiphyllum…

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    • Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

      Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK Plant Health Service are taking steps to eradicate recent findings of OPM in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. These steps may include surveillance, tracing and destruction of the caterpillars and infested trees. OPM feeds heavily on oak leaves and weakens the tree, leaving it very vulnerable to other pests, diseases and…

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    • Isuzu strengthens its dealer coverage

      Leading truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has strengthened its dealer coverage in south-west England with the appointment of SW Commercials as its main sales, service and parts dealer for Cornwall. Whilst the existing Isuzu authorised repairer in Exeter, Devon, Harry Moore Commercials has been upgraded to a full Isuzu Truck sales dealer.   Completing a further trio of changes is the new appointment of Waldron Commercials in Gwent, South Wales. It has joined the network as an authorised repairer for the Isuzu truck marque, as well as the appointment of Sheppard Commercial Services Ltd and Harry Moore Commercials also as…

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    • Pro Landscaper’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival highlights

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    • VIDEO: Kubota professional grounds maintenance

      Head Groundsman Lee Evans and ex Wales and British & Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton, talks about the importance of good pitch maintenance. Find out more about the Kubota ground care range and latest promotions click here.   

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    • Manchester council to trial hybrid grass technology

      A section of Piccadilly Gardens will be sown with reinforced hybrid grass designed to withstand tough conditions, as part of wider works to maintain the grassed areas in the public square.   The trial will see a small area adjacent to the fountain sown with the hi-tech turf, which is a mixture of natural and synthetic grass.   The hybrid technology delivers a natural surface that is far more resistant than standard grasses and will prove more cost-effective over the long term, reducing the amount of maintenance required.    Should the hybrid grass prove successful, the Council will then consider…

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    • Have you got what it takes to join the Ride GoLandscape team?

      The team behind Ride GoLandscape have previously conquered the three highest peaks in the UK (Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis) and completed the challenge of riding from Snowdon to Lands End. They’ve raised over £100k for a range of industry charities, and for their next challenge, the team has committed to raising money for the BALI Chalk Fund. The riders will also be raising awareness of the great work being carried out by the BALI GoLandscape initiative. This year’s cycling challenge consists of a 600km five-day road ride, starting at the Myerscough College, near Preston, on 15 September and…

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    • 6 things to keep in mind when reading a CV

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    • Living wall installed at London primary school to fight air pollution

      A group of parents at a London primary school have taken the issue of air pollution into their own hands, after successfully crowdfunding over £90,000, which included funding from the Mayor of London, to install a living wall in the playground of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chiswick. Featuring over 12,000 plants, the living wall was officially opened by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. He had also pledged £32,000 to the Chiswick Oasis project.   The 126m living wall, located in the school’s playground and running alongside the A4 aims to reduce air pollutants and improve air quality. This comes…

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    • Pro Landscaper Equipment Supplement July 2019

      This is the first Pro Landscaper Equipment Supplement, the idea behind it is to not only showcase a range of latest products, but also provide a range of views from a variety of professionals on what makes outstanding kit. We interviewed equipment specialist Angus Lindsay, and received expert advice from landscaping, maintenance and arborist professionals. We also look at hiring vs buying and ask leading providers about the future of the equipment sector. For all of this and more click here to view the digital issue. 

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    • Pro Landscaper July

      Pro Landscaper July 2019

      In this month’s issue we caught up with Dave and Diana Twist of Elite Landscapes, a great company that is working on some of the most exclusive projects around London. We also feature talk to the parks manager at our own local council, Arun. With entries open for this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, we find out what four previous winners are are involved in this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival are doing – check this out on page 62. Luke Mills explains how VR is transforming design proposals into 3D experiences, Holly Youde talks pricing…

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    • Contract to deliver HS2’s green corridor boosts Crowder’s Nurseries

      Lincoinshire business Crowder’s Nurseries will be supplying 7 million trees and shrubs which will create more than 650 hectares of new woodland between London and Birmingham along the HS2 Phase One route.   The family run SME was awarded the contract in 2016 and has already provided saplings and trees that have been planted along the line of route. HS2 is well advanced with the creation of a green corridor along the route of the new railway and, with 350,000 new trees already planted and 26 areas of new habitat created for wildlife.   The company employs 50 local people…

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    • Marley’s Antislip Plus decking delivers a safe and durable solution at Bainland Lodge Park

      Bainland Lodge Park is a rural escape, housing over 70 lodges and glamping tents, each with its own decking area, integrated hot tub, BBQ, and seating facilities. Marley Antislip Plus decking was chosen for the refurbishment and upgrade of the lodge decking areas, which are a hub for social gatherings and a key draw for anybody staying at the park. Based in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire countryside, nestled on the outskirts of the picturesque Edwardian village of Woodhall Spa, Bainland Lodge Park is a wilderness retreat for those who want to escape city life, but still want a…

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