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    • Highdown Gardens

      £1m project to rejuvenate Highdown Gardens due to begin

      Highdown Gardens in West Sussex will be closing for improvement works to take place. In order to deliver on a £1m project to protect the fragile plant collection and enhance the visitor experience the Gardens will be closed from December 21 and will reopen in late summer next year.   The improvements will be funded by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The work will include building new greenhouses to help the propagation and preservation of extremely rare plants from around the world, building a brand new visitors’ centre, explore and digitise the archive of this fascinating landmark, create…

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    • Martino Ginepro -Thoughts on the Environmental Bill

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      Festive support available from Perennial this Christmas

      Perennial is ready to support families and individuals this Christmas who are feeling the festive strain or struggling with unexpected or life changing events such as redundancy or health issues.   The charity is offering people who work in or are retired from horticulture and are struggling financially this Christmas with up to £100 worth of supermarket vouchers. Perennial is also reminding everyone in horticulture about their wide-ranging tailored, one-to-one support this Christmas.   Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial, says:   “Christmas should be a time of fun and festivities for everyone working in horticulture but often the…

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    • FutureScape

      FutureScape Showguide 2019

      Contents: 04 – How to get There 05 – What’s New? 08 – Meet the Team 10 – Pro Landscaper Theatre 13 – Seminar Programme 16 – Speakers 18 – small project BIG IMPACT Awards 20 – 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 23 – Pro Landscaper Summit 26 – Floor Plan 32 – Sponsors and Partners 35 – A-Z Exhibitor Guide

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    • Pro Landscaper

      Pro Landscaper November 2019

      In November’s issue we announced the winners of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards and the shortlist for the small project BIG IMPACT Awards. In the Nurture section, Nick Coslett and Lewis Normand both focused on climate change. We also spoke to John Wyer of Bowles & Wyer about his company’s recent success with rebranding, and Paul Burnage discusses the design behind Cannon Bridge Roof Gardens. On 17 October we also held our first ever Future Landscape Conference in London, coverage of the event can be found in this issue. For all of this and more click…

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    • RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

      As the UK works towards ambitious tree planting targets, the RHS has announced it is recruiting a tree scientist to advise gardeners on the species best suited to withstand and help minimise the impact of climate change.   A five-year fellowship, jointly funded by the charity and by the horticulture industry, through the generous support of Frank P Matthews Nursery, will identify those trees that will perform well in the future amid more extreme weather events and a changing climate.   The research conducted will provide gardeners, industry and policymakers with planting guides specific to varying situations.   Mark Gush,…

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    • Husqvarna launches two new battery-powered brushcutters

      Husqvarna have announced the launch of two new powerful battery-powered brushcutters. Increased levels of productivity are available for professionals when using the Husqvarna 535iRX or 535iRXT, thanks to the Husqvarna-developed high torque motor, large cutting diameter and effective anti-vibration system.   The new Husqvarna 535iRX and 535iRXT brushcutters are part of the 500-series product range and offer Husqvarna’s first anti-vibration system on a battery brushcutter. This feature further reduces strain on the user allowing for smoother operation during extended hours of use. These products are also equipped with a new user interface, allowing the user a constant view of the…

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    • The Woodland Trust restores arboretum in Wales

      The National Lottery support has enabled the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) to bring the historic gardens of Cefn Ila back to life, restoring wildlife habitats and creating acres of new native woodland. Cefn Ila near Usk in Monmouthshire was once the site of a 19th century mansion and gardens. It belonged to the novelist and adventurer Edward Trelawny and was later acquired by Gerard Gustavius Ducarel, the 4th Marquis de la Pasture, whose family had escaped from France during the Revolution. Between the 1940s and the 1970s it was used as a maternity hospital.   The Woodland Trust acquired the…

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    • Living Wall

      McLaren and Biotecture complete work on Europe’s largest living wall

      In the July 2019 issue of Pro Landscaper on pages 84-85 we looked at Europe’s largest living wall that was underway to be installed. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has revealed its £90 million expansion, delivered by green infrastructure company, Biotecture, and McLaren Construction is now complete. The £1.5 million living wall, which measures 25,000 square feet and features 120,000 plants, reduces air pollution and aids biodiversity. Spanning the walls of the new entrance promenade, walkways and many of the 50 new stores, the vertical gardens make this one of the world’s greenest shopping centres.   Richard Sabin, Managing Director of…

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    • Perennial launches it Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar

      A group of gardeners have stripped off for the Naked Gardeners 2020 calendar. It’s all to raise money for Perennial with proceeds helping fund support services for people facing a wide range of difficulties. The cheeky chaps went the full monty for photographer Debbie Jolliff at Fullers Mill, Perennial’s garden near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and MazeGarden near Chichester. The 2020 calendar follows the success of the group’s first naked outing five years ago and its popular follow up in 2018.   Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Perennial, said:   “It’s fantastic that this group of…

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    • Accounting Software

      Accounting Software needn’t be taxing

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    • Kate Gould explores the landscape and plants she discovered whilst climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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    • Ben

      Ben Cumberland re-joins Eljays44’s Pro Landscaper brand

      Eljays44 is delighted to welcome Ben Cumberland back into the business. Ben, who also worked for the company for two years starting in 2014, has been away from the business for three years. In this time, Ben had a stint in the armed forces, worked at another media business and moved to Leeds to work in the event market. He says: “I’m excited to be back at Eljays44 Ltd and working with the Wilkinsons. Eljays44 is where I started my career in advertising sales and publishing and have some great memories from working here in the past. “I’ve decided to…

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    • Mobilane install ivy green screens at school in Sheffield

      Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.   The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and…

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    • Majestic Trees

      Majestic Trees is offering to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery

      Majestic Trees is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery to learn about tree production. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees.   A student who has completed or is completing their studies in commercial horticulture and has a passion for trees should apply. Students that have previously worked on a tree nursery or studied courses more closely linked to tree production are especially encouraged.   Franziska Goeckeritz, a BSc Horticulture student at Scotland’s Rural College enjoyed a placement with Majestic Trees after applying for a scholarship with DCF.…

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    • Smiths’ Gabion limestone

      Smiths’ tells us about its Gabion limestone.  Smiths’ Gabion limestone has been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, for example, the retaining walls of terraces or the stabilisation of river banks, the railway and road embankments and bridge abutments. However, the way this simple un-seen stone product is being used is changing! Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used…

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    • Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer launch the Hort Academy

      Bowles & Wyer has introduced the Hort Academy – a training programme for landscape and horticultural professionals designed to tackle the widening skills gap in the horticulture industry. It is currently open to everyone within the gardening & aftercare department at Bowles & Wyer. It has a plan to roll it out across the company and with a future industry-wide potential.   The curriculum has been developed by Jeff Stephenson, Head of Horticulture & Aftercare at Bowles & Wyer. It offers training for everyone regardless of their ability and previous experience. For the staff in the company’s gardening & aftercare…

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    • Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

      The Royal Parks is inviting landscape consultants to tender for its new four-year Landscape Architect Services Framework. Ahead of the Landscape Architect Services Framework launch, the Royal Parks’s landscape team would like interested practices to attend an open event. The event take place at Malone Room, LookOut, Hyde Park from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 5 December. The event is a chance to learn about the landscapes the charity works with, recent projects and future opportunities. Practices who attend will receive an introduction to the Royal Parks charity and an overview of the projects completed during the current framework period…

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    • Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides

      Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides, which are commonly used to treat public land.   The council’s commitment to find alternative treatments builds on the steps taken in recent years to improve the local environment and increase biodiversity across the borough. This has involved increasing wildflower planting and naturalising the highway verges.   The council’s currently conducting research into alternative weed control options and has met with local campaigners and representatives from national charity, Pesticide Action Network.   This year the council’s stopping the use of glyphosate, a commonly used weed killer, on shrub beds in parks.…

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    • Hackney

      5,000 new street trees to be planted in Hackney

      Hackney Council is set to plant 5,000 new street trees by 2022. This will increase canopy cover by 50% in the single largest investment in trees in the history of the borough. Also, the council will deliver an additional 1,000 high-quality trees in parks and green spaces, and work with local volunteers and the third sector to deliver many more. The new commitment expands the council’s existing promise to plant 1,000 trees by 2022. It will see the same number of street trees planted in the next three years than have been planted since 2000. The programme will take a science-based approach to tree…

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    • Lantra Scotland

      Final nominations call for Lantra’s ALBAS awards

      The deadline for applications for Lantra Scotland’s 2020 Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS) is Friday 15 November. Rural employers, colleges and schools are being asked to put forward their top learners.   An independent panel of judges will then shortlist the finalists. Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5 March 2020. The ceremony will be hosted by farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.   The awards are open to learners in agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, animal care, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber…

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    • Woodland Carbon Guarantee

      £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme launched

      The government today (Monday 4 November) launched a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change.   The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and create new woodland in return for payments as those trees grow.   It gives land managers in England the long-term financial income they need to invest in carbon sequestration – the process by which trees lock up and store carbon from the atmosphere.   Successful participants will be offered the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to the government over 35 years…

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    • Anglesey Abbey

      Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden prepares for three-year refresh

      The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey is marking the 21st anniversary of its renowned Winter Garden by embarking on a three-year project to refresh the popular feature. The garden features approximately 150 plant species chosen for their winter colours, scents and textures.   Formerly named the Fairhaven Centenary Walk, the Winter Garden was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Lord Fairhaven, who went on to leave Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966. The then Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, officially opened the garden on 5 November 1998 by planting a…

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    • Tree Cities of the World

      Tree Cities of the World programme unveiled

      Trees for Cities leads the Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation have unveiled their Tree Cities of the World programme in the United Kingdom. It is an initiative to recognise cities and towns across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. Trees for Cities is leading the initiative to recruit and support cities throughout the UK to apply for designation.   To achieve recognition, cities must meet the programme’s five…

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    • Xardin Garden launches New Garden Designer award programme

      Xardin Garden has launched its 2020 New Garden Designer award programme (NGD), offering up to £12000 of funding to build a show garden. This is the second year running for the Xardin NGD award programme and applications are now open and must be received by Friday 24 January 2020.   This award is open to all designers, over 18 years, no matter how much experience they have – fresh out of college or having worked in the industry for many years. The key factor is that this award is for anyone who has never had a show garden in their…

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