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  • Photo of Little Interviews Expanded – Robert Myers 

    Little Interviews Expanded – Robert Myers 

    At Pro Landscaper, we have been investigating the link between therapy and horticulture. Speaking with a few key members of the community and getting their opinions and perspectives on how horticulture could be contributing to the nation’s mental health, and how the industry could take this further.  Read the full article in the September issue of Pro Landscaper Magazine.  Name: Robert Myers  Job title: Landscape Architect   In your opinion, how does horticulture help provide therapy?   We came to understand the importance of gardens and green spaces for wellbeing and recovery in the course of designing our Florence Nightingale Garden – a Celebration of…

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  • Photo of Jack Skinner joins Blakedown Landscapes’ senior management team

    Jack Skinner joins Blakedown Landscapes’ senior management team

    Blakedown Landscapes is strengthening its management team with the introduction of Jack Skinner as senior contracts manager. The horticulturist brings a wealth of experience to the new role, the most recent being helping to launch and then heading up Maylim Landscapes, Maylim’s soft landscaping arm, over a year ago. Prior to this, Skinner had worked on high-end residential projects at Randle Siddeley and Bowles & Wyer. Skinner started his career in aftercare. “I came into the industry as a maintenance gardener. I used to live in Essex and was fortunate enough to be close to both RHS Hyde Hall and…

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  • Photo of When root barrier is the solution

    When root barrier is the solution

    Root barriers can prove a key asset in landscaping and construction projects. Used in a targeted way, long-term cost-saving benefits can be gained by eliminating maintenance repairs caused by root damage. However, they can also play a role in preventing legal disputes by stopping root encroachment onto neighbouring land. Installing a bamboo barrier at home, for plant containment, is a project many are now prepared to tackle. Protection & benefits At the heart of their functionality is protection, but root barrier membrane offers other benefits. They can facilitate the retention of valuable trees, curbing the need for removal and its…

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  • Photo of From Chelsea to the Biome, the Fauna, and Flora Garden

    From Chelsea to the Biome, the Fauna, and Flora Garden

    Working closely with conservation partners in over 40 countries, saving nature and boosting awareness, Fauna and Flora focuses on protecting and restoring habitats, saving species from extinction, and developing sustainable livelihoods for those living closest to nature. Cornish-based Garden designer, Jilayne Rickards approached Fauna & Flora to design a garden to best portray their work and messages. It was hard to encapsulate all of its work in just one garden since it does so many wonderful projects, says Rickards, so they “decided to focus in on the gorilla project, because of the link to their vice president, Sir David Attenborough.…

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  • Photo of Little Interviews Expanded – Rachel Platt 

    Little Interviews Expanded – Rachel Platt 

     As the House of Lords’ Horticultural sector have recently opened an inquiry and subsequent report into the future of horticulture, just one of the many questions being investigated by the twelve committee members explores the affiliation between horticulture and mental health.   This inquiry will also consider the challenges, opportunities and risks faced by the horticultural sector acknowledging the potentially isolating nature of horticultural work and the bearing this can have on a professionals’ mental health, while also recognising the therapeutic opportunities that gardening can offer everyone.   At Pro Landscaper, we wanted to investigate further. Speaking with a few key members…

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  • Photo of Trades people set to be “worst hit” by ULEZ expansion

    Trades people set to be “worst hit” by ULEZ expansion

    The expansion of the ULEZ is causing concern across London’s trade sector, and for good reason. The added charge inflicts unsustainable financial pressure on a number of trade businesses. As of today, drivers of non-compliant vehicles will have to pay £12.50 a day to travel in the now affected areas, which cover a majority of Greater London. The charge, which is equivalent to more than £3k a year, is already incurring multi-level knock-on effects as tradespeople increase their prices to compensate. According to Fix Radio, 25% of construction workers say they have lost work as a direct result of the…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30: A catch-up with Arron Grange

    30 Under 30: A catch-up with Arron Grange

    Over the last year, Arron Grange has been playing a significant role in establishing and managing Green-tech’s new warehouse in Ireland. The key account manager, who became became one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation last year at just 27 years’ old, was originally employed as a sales advisor in 2016 and has since risen through the ranks and is now helping Green-tech to expand its reach. The warehouse in Ireland opened earlier this year following investment from Green-tech’s parent company, Origin Enterprises, which acquired the business in 2021. At Green-tech, we’re heavily involved in Ireland and…

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  • Photo of The Importance of Keeping Joint Boxes Accessible in Garden Lighting Installations

    The Importance of Keeping Joint Boxes Accessible in Garden Lighting Installations

    When it comes to garden lighting installations, joint boxes play a crucial role in ensuring your lighting system operates smoothly and remains easy to maintain. However, their placement often becomes an overlooked aspect of the installation process. Ideally, joint boxes should always be kept accessible and never buried. This accessibility is key for several reasons. Firstly, accessibility facilitates easy maintenance and troubleshooting. If a lighting issue arises, readily accessible joint boxes make diagnosing and rectifying the problem much more straightforward. Buried joint boxes, on the other hand, require unnecessary effort and time to locate and unearth, hindering efficient maintenance and…

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  • Photo of Join the Marshalls registered installer scheme

    Join the Marshalls registered installer scheme

    The Marshalls Register of Accredited Landscape Contractors and Driveway Installers has established itself as a prominent national network of independent professional installers, and for more than two decades, our approved installers have been assessed annually, meaning homeowners can rely on the Marshalls Register to find a trusted and approved installer who will deliver their projects to the highest standard. There are lots of reasons to join the registered installer scheme, but instead of listing them out for you, we’ve delved deeper into each of the key benefits of the scheme to give you a little more insight into how they…

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  • Photo of Could T-Levels help solve the industry’s skills shortage?

    Could T-Levels help solve the industry’s skills shortage?

    It’s no secret that the sector is facing a substantial succession crisis thanks to an ongoing skills shortage. Encouraging more young people into the sector is the obvious solution, but it’s not quite as easy as it seems. The latest effort is the introduction of new T-Level courses in Agriculture, Land Management and Production. Educational organisation City and Guilds (C&G) will be delivering the new T-Levels, with the aim of attracting more to these sectors and tackling hard-to-fill vacancies. Several prolific organisations within the sector are partnering with C&G to offer industry placements as part of the new two-year technical…

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  • Photo of The Frustrated Gardener is here to help

    The Frustrated Gardener is here to help

    The Great Comp Summer Show, scheduled to take place this weekend, will feature over 25 specialist award-winning exhibitors, including Dan Cooper. Many will recognise Cooper from his acclaimed gardening blog, The Frustrated Gardener, which he launched in 2012. It quickly took root and he was celebrated in the press for creating a ‘subtropical paradise dominated by dramatic colours and shapes.’ “I decided that I needed some kind of project to really reignite my interest in plants and gardening and to share that with other people. “[The blog] really took off and I enjoyed it, the opportunity to research the content…

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  • Photo of Landscapeplus shines a light on Unsung Heroes

    Landscapeplus shines a light on Unsung Heroes

    Pro Landscaper’s Unsung Heroes in association with Landscapeplus launched earlier this year to shine a light on the individuals who keep their companies and the industry going but often go unrecognised. With just five days left to enter, director Sam Cox of Landscapeplus talks about why the company was keen to support the awards and what visitors can expect from the company at this year’s FutureScape, where the awards ceremony will be taking place Why is Landscapeplus supporting Pro Landscaper’s Unsung Heroes awards? “We’ve never supported an award ceremony before and the Unsung Heroes element appealed to us, it’s different.…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30: A catch up with Rachel Platt

    30 Under 30: A catch up with Rachel Platt

    A year after becoming one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winners, Rachel Platt has scooped a hat-trick of awards at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, including the coveted People’s Choice Award. Platt’s show garden at this years Tatton Park, ‘Chained to Tech’ in partnership with J. Parkers, explores the behavioural and psychological repercussions of excessive screen-based technology usage in young people. “The theme was important to me because I’ve experienced it myself, and I think everyone I’ve spoken to has a son or a daughter that is addicted to technology in some way,” explains…

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  • Photo of Chilstone donates handmade planter to new Centrepoint house

    Chilstone donates handmade planter to new Centrepoint house

    Chilstone has donated an original handmade planter to feature in the courtyard garden of Ruben House, a new Centrepoint independent living facility in southeast London. The handmade planter has been engraved to commemorate the centres opening by charity patron, HRH Prince William. The opening of Ruben House comes after the Centrepoint show garden appeared at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, designed by Cleve West – the winner of seven RHS Gold medals to date – with a sapling from the award-winning garden being re-potted into the commemorative planter. The planter, an original large Kent Bowl, was engraved and inlaid…

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  • Photo of The Importance of IP68 for Recessed Outdoor Lights and An Overview of IP Ratings

    The Importance of IP68 for Recessed Outdoor Lights and An Overview of IP Ratings

    Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are crucial for understanding the environmental resilience of electrical fixtures, especially outdoor lighting. An IP rating consists of two digits, indicating the device’s resistance to solids and liquids, respectively. However, the specific requirements for outdoor recessed lights demand a higher level of protection, with IP68 being the ideal choice. Before we delve into why IP68 is vital for recessed lights, let’s overview the IP rating system: ● IP00: Offers no protection against contact with any object or ingress of water. ● IP10 – IP40: Offers protection against objects larger than 50mm (IP10) down to 1mm (IP40),…

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  • Photo of Japanese knotweed is no longer the only ‘invasive’ in the spotlight

    Japanese knotweed is no longer the only ‘invasive’ in the spotlight

    For a long time, each summer invasive plant coverage in the press was devoted to one plant, Japanese knotweed. However, times have changed as people have started to recognise the problems caused by other non-native, and some native, plant species. Surveyors, estate agents, landowners, and now many residential property owners have become more aware of the associated issues caused specifically by Japanese knotweed rhizome and roots. They really are at the heart of the problem. The means by which the knotweed propagates and spreads, causes damage to buildings, and the reason excavation costs are so high. Soil which contains knotweed…

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  • Photo of 5 Tips to Get the Perfect Stone Step Treads

    5 Tips to Get the Perfect Stone Step Treads

    Creating a visually appealing and safe outdoor space requires attention to every detail, including the proper installation and design of stone step treads. These essential components not only ensure the functionality and longevity of your stairs but also contribute to the overall aesthetics of your landscape. In this article, we will explore the importance of correct installation and design techniques for stone step treads, allowing you to create stunning and durable steps, terraces, staircases and more, that stand the test of time. Choosing the Right Step Treads When it comes to stone step treads, selecting the right material is crucial.…

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  • Photo of New Ultrasonic Flow Sensor Series

    New Ultrasonic Flow Sensor Series

    Rain Bird’s Flow Sensor technology is designed to both monitor and track water usage in an irrigation system, as well as identify and warn of any emerging problems. By using a sensor to monitor high or low flow rates, issues such as leaks, line breaks or blockages can be identified. Detection of underflow means that a landscape may not be getting enough water whilst on the other hand, detection of overflow may result in a flooded landscape and wastage. Rain Bird’s new Ultrasonic Flow Sensor Series uses ultrasonic waves to sense flow rates. This not only enables the sensors to…

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  • Photo of Major Landscape Contracting Framework on Offer

    Major Landscape Contracting Framework on Offer

    The Environment Agency is seeking contractors for a vegetation management, landscape, and habitat creation lot, within a framework contract. As part of the tender for the Asset Operation Maintenance and Response (AOMR) Framework, the Environment Agency is inviting tenders for the supply of vegetation management, general landscape works, establishment maintenance and habitat creation services across its 14 operational areas in England.  The works and establishment aftercare include vegetation management associated with the EAs assets, landscape and habitat creation including tree planting schemes linked to capital works, for carbon offsetting and Biodiversity Net Gain. The AOMR Framework contract notice was published…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley supplies £130,000 worth of plants to Blenheim Palace and Plas Isaf

    Johnsons of Whixley supplies £130,000 worth of plants to Blenheim Palace and Plas Isaf

    Leading UK plant nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, has provided £130k worth of plants for two luxury holiday park developments by Darwin Escapes, including a new self-catering retreat due to open on the Blenheim Palace Estate this summer. The Yorkshire-based horticultural business has been chosen as the primary supplier of plants for the project, which will see a collection of one, two and three-bedroom lodges constructed in the grounds of the historic Blenheim Palace Estate. The retreat will be the first venue of its kind on the grounds of a historic British palace. With a supply worth £100,000, Johnsons of Whixley…

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  • Photo of The Bees’ Needs of Hampton Court

    The Bees’ Needs of Hampton Court

    This years’ RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival saw a significant emphasis on sustainable gardening, with designers showcasing the means to garden for wildlife all year round in a variety of spaces, featuring pollen centric ornamentals to encourage attendees to garden with pollinators in mind. Pollinators contribute the equivalent of more than £500m annually to UK agriculture and food production through crop quality and quantity improvement. They also play an essential part in the nation’s wider, natural ecosystems. A 10-year National Pollinator Strategy was launched in 2014, outlining how the government, the public and professionals in the industry can aid…

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  • Photo of Rising Above the Noise

    Rising Above the Noise

    Not afraid of scaling new heights, our turf sits proudly on many prominent UK green roofs. From Peppa Pig World to the innovative Leeds Skelton Lake Services and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Wildflower Turf Ltd has been involved in numerous projects that showcase just how inspiring and successful green roofs can be. You name it, we’ve done it! From castles to bike sheds and everything in between. Greening up roof space is an obvious quick-win to help improve biodiversity and mitigate climate change. We believe there is a huge amount of business potential in green roofs as UK environmental regulations…

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  • Photo of GeoGrow Launches Innovative Range of Environmental Services

    GeoGrow Launches Innovative Range of Environmental Services

    GeoGrow, Cannock-based specialists in geotechnical engineered solutions, has launched an innovative range of environmental services and products designed to help landscaping contractors, developers and local authorities include more green spaces into new or existing developments. The new range is also being supported by a brand new website, which goes live this week. As part of their services, GeoGrow is proud to use a range of highly effective products from LSC Environmental, including: Organix™ & Fusion™ EarthGuard® Mesic™ Posi-shell® Organix™ & Fusion™ As exclusive UK installers of Organix™ and Fusion™, GeoGrow brings this product to the UK for the first time.…

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  • Photo of Adding a pop of colour to the community

    Adding a pop of colour to the community

    A community centre in Maybury, Woking has undergone a vibrant transformation to better respond to the community’s needs, designed by budding RHS Diploma student, Lois O’Connell. The Arch Community Centre in Maybury, Woking owned by Woking Borough Council and leased to the Woking Asian Business Forum was the muse for level 4 students on the RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice course. Student Lois O’Connell’s design ‘Live in Colour Garden’ was selected to give the communal space a breath of fresh air, creating a collective space, informed by, and designed for the local community. “We looked around the site when we…

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  • Photo of Unblurring the line between therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy

    Unblurring the line between therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy

    The global pandemic saw a significant push for global mental health reform and an uptake in mainstream media coverage, singling out the therapeutic benefits of engaging with nature. Now as we enter into a post COVID world, the line between therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy remains dangerously blurred for many. Annabelle Padwick, the founder of Life at No.27, a UK based mental health organisation and horticultural therapy provider is advocating for changes to the legislations, a clearer depiction of the connections between horticulture and mental health and increased funding to create this new equilibrium. The Horticultural Sector committee at present…

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