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  • Photo of Wyevale Nurseries Granted Licence to Propagate Lomandra ‘White Sands’

    Wyevale Nurseries Granted Licence to Propagate Lomandra ‘White Sands’

    Staff at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating after being granted the propagation licence for an award-winning Lomandra.   Wyevale Nurseries will be growing Lomandra ‘White Sands’ – the first variegated Lomandra. This was also the Winner of Best New Novelty at Groen-Direkt Spring Fair in Holland in January.   Kyle Ross, Production Manager at the Containers Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, explains:   “We are delighted to announce that we have been granted a propagation license for Lomandra ‘White Sands’ and we are the only end product seller in the UK. By having a propagation license,…

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  • Photo of Plans for New Park at Stockport’s New Interchange

    Plans for New Park at Stockport’s New Interchange

    Stockport Council, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, has launched a three-week consultation that is looking for views on a new bridge linking the new interchange with the train station and a new rooftop park.   The two-acre ‘Podium Park’ will be located on the roof of the new interchange. It will bring a vibrant, new, green space to the town centre for everyone to enjoy. Both proposals will improve walking and cycling routes within Stockport, as well as benefiting the Trans Pennine Trail.   The consultation will take place from March 9 to March 29. • READ NEXT:…

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  • Photo of 500 New Trees Planted Along a Suffolk River

    500 New Trees Planted Along a Suffolk River

    Environment Agency officers have helped to plant more than 500 new trees along the River Gipping. This was as part of a partnership project with Suffolk Wildlife Trust which aims to improve river habitat diversity and the water quality. The work is needed to meet water quality requirements and to help the river adapt to the changing climate. This winter officers planted 528 trees over a five-kilometre stretch along the river. Four kilometres of these were downstream of Needham Market, with more than one kilometre on the Somersham Watercourse at Little Blakenham. The trees will provide increased shading for the…

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  • Photo of ‘Most Mancunian of Trees’ to Take Root Across Greater Manchester

    ‘Most Mancunian of Trees’ to Take Root Across Greater Manchester

    City of Trees are planting rare saplings of Native Black or ‘Manchester’ Poplar in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester in partnership with Chester Zoo.   In total, around 80 trees will be planted. 25 of these have been grown as seedlings by Chester Zoo. Locations include Cutacre County Park in Bolton, Boz Park in Bury and Bickershaw in Wigan.   Around the turn of the 19th century, unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture. Manchester became the first industrial city in the world. Alongside the expanded manufacturing, the city became one of the…

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  • Photo of UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund 2021-2026

    UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund 2021-2026

    The UK Government has announced a £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.   Biodiversity is declining worldwide, faster than at any other time in human history. In the last 50 years, human pressures have increased while animal populations, on average, have been reduced to more than half.   To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced a £220 million International Biodiversity Fund at the 2019 UN General Assembly. This includes a new £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund that is planned to restore key landscapes and their ecosystems. • READ NEXT: WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN? •  …

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  • Photo of Southampton City Council has Announced the Publication of its Green City Plan 2030

    Southampton City Council has Announced the Publication of its Green City Plan 2030

    Southampton City Council have announced the publication of its Green City Plan 2030.   The plan sets out an ambitious vision for a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable council, as well as outlining how it will contribute to tackling some of the most challenging environmental issues in the city.   With more than 60 specific actions delivered in the next three years, the Council’s Green City Plan 2030 explains the principles it will apply, its priorities and the outcomes its wants to achieve over the next 10 years. It also outlines the progress that has already been made and…

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  • Photo of FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

    FutureScape Expo 2020 has joined forces with the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA). The association will have a dedicated area at FutureScape Expo 2020, held at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre on 17 and 18 November 2020. SPATA was established in 1961 and today the role of the Trade Association is to work with companies involved in building swimming pools and spa pools so that they are working to British and European Standards. Members are expected to work to SPATA Standards and also to abide by a Code…

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  • Photo of HTA Launches ‘Million Planting Moments’ Camping

    HTA Launches ‘Million Planting Moments’ Camping

    The HTA are encouraging the nation to get planting this autumn. With the launch of its ‘million planting moments’ campaign.   Set to take place between 19 to 27 September 2020. The aim of the week is to encourage everyone young and old, expert and novice to take the opportunity to plant at the traditional ‘natural’ planting time of year. The week culminates in Million Planting Moments Day on Sunday 27 September.   The campaign, which takes place during the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), builds on the momentum around tree planting in the UK, recognising that all plants…

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  • Photo of Woodland Trust Creates Largest Native Woodland in Northern Ireland

    Woodland Trust Creates Largest Native Woodland in Northern Ireland

    The Woodland Trust is creating the single largest native woodland in Northern Ireland. Aughrim Hill will be transformed from a bare hillside with no tree cover to a habitat with over 110,000 native trees. In total, the new woodland habitat will stretch to 60 hectares.   Native trees (including Scots pine, birch and oak) are being planted at Aughrim by hand. The benefit of this is twofold; one benefit is that natural woodlands can be recreated with species of trees being planted in groups together. In a continued fight against climate change, planting by hand instead of machines that would…

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  • Photo of Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

    Smiths Self Binding Path Gravel

    Smiths tell us more about its Self Binding Path Gravel.   For a modest outlay, Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel (or SBPG) 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, making it 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 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…

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  • Photo of HS2 Ltd Caught Using Pest Controllers to Scare Birds from Nesting

    HS2 Ltd Caught Using Pest Controllers to Scare Birds from Nesting

    A pest control contractor employed by HS2 has been spotted flying hawks over Broadwells Wood in Warwickshire to deter birds from nesting in an astonishing move that “smacks of a cowboy operation, not a Government infrastructure project”, says the Woodland Trust.   But, while the practice is highly dubious, the more worrying question is why – HS2 had publicly committed to translocating soils from this ancient woodland as part of their compensation package. This can only be done when the wood is dormant – late autumn/early winter. According to Woodland Trust, attempting to clear the wood of nesting birds indicates…

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  • Photo of Worthing Conference Told of Councils’ Commitment to Combating Climate Change

    Worthing Conference Told of Councils’ Commitment to Combating Climate Change

    We owe it to all generations to make our planet greener and cleaner, a packed climate conference was told in Worthing.   Leader of Worthing Council Daniel Humphreys outlined to delegates at the Zero2030 conference what Adur & Worthing Councils are doing to build a more sustainable environment and combat climate change.   He noted that the Councils had declared a climate emergency in July last year. It has pledged two million pounds over the next few years to build on their carbon reduction plans.   They have also committed to moving towards zero carbon energy use across Adur and…

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  • Photo of 500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

    500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

    A new woodland of 3,500 trees was planted in Hylands Park on Sunday 1 March, with the help of over 500 volunteers. It is part of the commitment by Chelmsford City Council to plant one tree for every resident over the next ten years. The saplings, which are all native species, bring the total number of new trees planted in Chelmsford this winter up to 12,435 to date, leaving 162,565 left to go. They are very small at the moment and will be protected by animal-proof fencing while they grow. But these two-foot-tall whips will do important work for everyone…

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  • Photo of City Council Announces Plans to Meet Carbon Reduction Commitments

    City Council Announces Plans to Meet Carbon Reduction Commitments

    City of Wolverhampton Council has announced plans for its first solar farm to be developed to power New Cross Hospital with renewable energy.   The City Council has partnered with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to deliver clean, green electricity by developing a solar farm at the former Bowman’s Harbour site, an unused landfill site adjacent to an industrial estate.   The City Council is working closely with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to assist them in meeting their carbon reduction commitments by providing them with electricity from the solar array.   The new development will turn the south-facing wasteland into…

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  • Photo of Brooklands: New Plans Unveiled to Transform Park

    Brooklands: New Plans Unveiled to Transform Park

    Spectacular images of the plans to transform Brooklands Park have been released. More than £3m is earmarked to fund the next stage of development.   A map of the new landmark shows a park that will be fit for playing, resting and learning. Many new glades, picnic areas, adventure playgrounds and a state-of-the-art cafe are some of the new attractions planned.   A contemplation garden either side of the Teville Stream is also to be created. Along with new planting adding to a sensory nature of the entire park.   Executive members of Worthing Borough Council are being recommended to…

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  • Photo of Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

    Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

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  • Photo of Nurture Landscapes Group Expands Nationwide Growth

    Nurture Landscapes Group Expands Nationwide Growth

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  • Photo of Landscape Improvements at Major Holiday Complex

    Landscape Improvements at Major Holiday Complex

    Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd has completed various landscape improvements work at a holiday park in Cumbria.   Lakeland Leisure Park is situated near the Lake District, and features a heated swimming pool, nature trail, 9-hole golf course and a watersports activity lake.   The expansion of the park, which features a mixture of accommodation, including lodges, caravans and pitches, has created opportunities for new landscape features.   Works carried out by Brambledown Landscapes Ltd, a business based in the north-east, included the construction of nine raised timber planters, which were to be planted with a mixture of evergreen and herbaceous…

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  • Photo of RHS Coronavirus Update

    RHS Coronavirus Update

    Following current Government advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the RHS is planning on running all RHS shows and events as scheduled. RHS gardens are all open as usual. It is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and regularly, and following advice and guidelines set by Government. The health and safety of their visitors, exhibitors at their events and staff is the RHS’s “number one priority”. It has asked visitors and exhibitors to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organization and UK public health authorities regarding the virus. It is following local and national public health closely.…

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  • Photo of Can the ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 Benefit Your Business?

    Can the ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 Benefit Your Business?

    Groundscare Products speaks to us about the ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 Survey Unit ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 enables one person, working alone, to quickly survey sites or set installation levels. It is a high precision instrument that measures height differences and checks or transfers levels. In one set-up, it can transfer a level up to 30m in any direction from its base and can measure height differences to a precision of 2mm over a height of 12m, or an unprecedented 0.2mm over a 1.2m. It does the calculations for you and displays the result digitally. It will work around corners and obstructions, in deep…

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  • Photo of Sustainable Interchange in Stockport gets the Green Light

    Sustainable Interchange in Stockport gets the Green Light

    Eye-catching plans for a sustainable interchange and residential development in Stockport have taken a step forward with the appointment of a contractor and delivery partner.   Willmott Dixon has been appointed to help develop first stage proposals for the multi-million-pound interchange development. This includes a striking rooftop park, and a cycle-friendly footbridge.   Located alongside the A6 and Mersey Square, the scheme forms a key part of the wider £1 billion regeneration of the town centre.   The new transport hub will be connected to the A6 by a lift. The lift will also open out onto the new, two-acre…

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  • Photo of Green-tech Helps Enhance Biodiversity at Tottle Brook Watercourse in Nottingham

    Green-tech Helps Enhance Biodiversity at Tottle Brook Watercourse in Nottingham

    Tottle Brook is a small watercourse which flows in a south-west to north-east direction in Highfields Park, Nottingham.   Dobson UK, a leading provider of landscaping, grounds maintenance and amenity weed control services were commissioned to enhance the biodiversity value of the Brook by creating a new wetland habitat.   Funded by a £50,000 grant, the project’s aims were to make improvements to Tottle Brook. These would create an enhanced environment for wildlife as well as improve biodiversity and create new habitats to attract new wildlife to the area.   Dobson UK turned to Green-tech for advice and the supply…

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  • Photo of Renson’s Got You Covered

    Renson’s Got You Covered

    For clients that wanted to be outside whatever the weather, the Renson Camargue Skye was the perfect solution   Renson ambassador Shade Zone had a client who recently moved into a new home with a spacious garden that had never been fully utilised. As part of a complete overhaul of the garden, the client wanted an area solely dedicated to year-long and weather resistant socialising.   Initially working through the clients’ own garden designer, Shade Zone had no hesitations in suggesting the Renson Camargue Skye. A premium and stylish, yet modern, aluminium louvered canopy, it fulfilled both the clients’ needs…

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  • Photo of Ground Control Road Show 2020

    Ground Control Road Show 2020

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  • Photo of How Becoming a TrexPRO Installer Can Boost Business

    How Becoming a TrexPRO Installer Can Boost Business

    Sarah Francis, product manager at Arbor Forest Products explains the benefits of becoming a TrexPro Installer.  Recent years have seen the demand for composite decking increase. Across both the private residential and commercial sectors, with homeowners and restaurant, café and bar owners alike investing in durable, environmentally-friendly decking. Leading composite decking brands such as Trex provide an excellent low maintenance, eco-friendly and long-lasting solution.   With such an investment comes responsibility. Customers expect the finished result to be as close to perfect as possible. Meaning they’ll want to hire reputable installers to complete the job. With the demand for composite…

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