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  • ransomes

    Ransomes chosen for Palace Gardens

    Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire, has taken delivery of a Ransomes MP495 cylinder mower to maintain its prestigious gardens. Delivered by local dealer The Turney Group, this purchase is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Ransomes, The Turney Group and Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal English country house to hold the title of ‘palace’. The Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and welcomes around 800,000 visitors every year. Hilary Wood, Head of Gardens at Blenheim Palace, manages a team of 10 full-time and…

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  • swift

    Major upgrades for Swift Roller Mowers

    Already renowned for their low maintenance and durable machinery, Major Equipment has announced a series of upgrades to their tractor mounted Swift Roller Mowers. These mowers are available in working widths from 1.9m to 5.4m. Built light to allow them to be used on smaller compact tractors, there is no compromise on strength with the use of Strenx™ 700 MC high-yield steel, which is stronger than steel traditionally used in machinery. Now the mower bodies are galvanised using zinc hot-dip galvanisation for added protection from harsh exterior conditions. Hot-dip coating of the metal doubles the life span compared with painting…

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  • innovation

    Landscaping product innovation from student competition

    A compact balcony hook shelf, children’s planters, an ergonomic gardening multi-tool and a hydroponic aquarium which combines a planter are some of the ingenious, innovation ideas that students came up with in a national competition to design a modern gardening product. The students, from universities around the UK and Ireland, have been praised for their ingenuity in coming up with fresh angles for new gardening products – and in particular for thinking creatively about those with little more than a balcony or a window box to play with. They were the finalists in the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics award…

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  • IMPACT

    Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards prize list announced

    Entering the small project BIG IMPACT Awards has a host of benefits. First and foremost, the winners will receive extensive coverage within Pro Landscaper magazine, giving both designers and contractors a huge boost in reputation. With the awards being held at FutureScape, the UK’s biggest landscaping exhibition, networking and exposure will be incredibly high for any winners or shortlisted entrants as well. If industry-wide praise and recognition for your project wasn’t enough to make you enter the first small project BIG IMPACT Awards, then there’s more! Pro Landscaper has partnered with some of the biggest business and industry brands to…

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  • record

    Ground Control smash winter maintenance record of gritting visits

    Specialist external maintenance and commercial landscaping company Ground Control has carried out a record breaking number of gritting visits this winter season. The company made 325,000 visits during the winter months to make roads and estates safe this winter, smashing their previous record of 221,000. The exciting news follows some of the harshest conditions the UK has seen in years, with storms, heavy snow and freezing temperatures continuing well into April. Richard Johnson, director of Winter Maintenance at Ground Control, said: “Reliable, effective gritting services are absolutely vital in adverse weather conditions – and with storms like the ‘Beast from…

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  • backpack

    New Stihl Backpack Batteries put to the test by Conquest Creative Spaces

    Pro Landscaper has teamed up with Conquest Creative Spaces and Stihl to bring you the rising landscaping company’s verdict on the kit manufacturers latest backpack batteries and kit. The first products to be tested in this segment are the AR 2000 and the AR 3000 backpack batteries. Each of these are high capacity lithium-ion battery packs, with light indicators to monitor power level, connection cables with AP adapters and harness with lap belt and central buckle. Everyday Use After several weeks of use, managing director Ross Conquest gives us his opinion on these backpack batteries. “They’re very comfortable – ideal…

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  • contractors

    GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July

    GreenBlue Urban announces the launch of the next generation Soil cell solution RootSpace 400. The GreenBlue Urban RootSpace® system is in essence, a soil support system for urban tree planting – designed for maximum uncompacted soil and rooting volume, is utility friendly with economic freight and industry leading strength characteristics. To celebrate the launch, GreenBlue Urban are inviting key contractors to their headquarters in Bodiam, East Sussex on Wednesday 4 July 2018 for a contractors day. Visitors will assist in a trial tree pit to discover first-hand how easy RootSpace is to put together with each stage identified in installing a…

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  • butler

    Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions

    We asked you, the readers of Pro Landscaper to send in your questions concerning all elements of the landscaping industry. This week, we speak with Sean Butler of Cube 1994, to help tackle some of the biggest questions in landscaping today. What is best to do if a client is unhappy with an installation that cannot be altered? This simply comes down to communication. The client and the contractor should be communicating on a regular basis and this scenario should never happen. I believe that everything can be altered it’s just who is going to pay? If it’s too expensive…

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  • workwear

    Stihl expands Workwear range

    STIHL has expanded its range of high-visibility workwear that offers professionals the very best in comfort and mobility. The new lightweight MS Protect cut protective high-visibility jacket and trousers -both available in different sizes – provide professionals with freedom of movement, and are ideal for a range of applications including arb, forestry and landscaping work. The Protect MS jacket comes with two chest pockets as well as an outlet opening for harnesses on the back. The elbows and shoulders feature thorn protection and breathable ADVANCE cut protection has been included in the chest, shoulder, arm and stomach areas for improved…

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  • greenfingers

    New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers

    Greenfingers, based in Midlothian, Scotland, have renewed their fleet of Etesia groundcare equipment by purchasing 14 Pro 46 PHCS pedestrian mowers and a Buffalo 100 BPHP ride-on mower. Established in 1991, Greenfingers offers professional garden and grounds maintenance and commercial soft landscaping throughout the Lothians, Borders and Fife. The contractor has been relying on a wide range of Etesia equipment for a number of years, and proprietor Jason McCran revealed how it all started. “I had initially heard of Etesia through press articles in trade magazines – there were always good reviews and people seemed to rate them highly. That…

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  • cocker

    Darlington’s Cocker Beck receives TLC from Husqvarna

    Employees from Husqvarna, dedicated their working day on 11 June to the area around Darlington’s Cocker Beck giving it a much-needed makeover. The area, which was chosen by Husqvarna staff to benefit from its Husqvarna Loves Parks initiative, quickly saw an improvement as a total of 28 volunteers got hands on in clearing the area. Husqvarna outdoor power tools, including riders, chainsaws and brushcutters were put to the test, as specially trained staff members got to work in clearing the debris. A park bench which previously hadn’t been seen for five years due to overgrown grassland was unearthed and brought back…

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  • makita

    Makita launch two BL LXT Linetrimmers and Dual-Purpose Grass Shears

    Makita continues to expand the inventory of cordless tools designed for the professional grounds maintenance industry, adding new technical features and improving performance. The new Makita DUR189Z 18v LXT linetrimmer, which replaces the popular DUR184L model, has a 240 watt output Brushless motor providing capacity to run the head at three selected speed settings. Having the motor at the drive head improves the balance of the machine and eliminates the loss of power through the traditional drive shaft where the motor is at the operator end of the machine. The DUR189Z linetrimmer has the benefit of the innovative Automatic Torque…

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  • hart

    Kubota UK appoints David Hart as new managing director

    With over 28 years of leadership experience, David Hart brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the agricultural and construction industries. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, David started his career in agricultural construction & grounds care equipment at Ben Burgess & Co. In 1990 he joined John Deere and after several sales and marketing roles, became the division manager for commercial and consumer equipment in 2004, managing both sales and marketing for turf and utility equipment (homeowner, commercial and golf). David built a strong commercial track record in sales and marketing for the UK and Ireland…

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  • wheelbarrow

    Makita’s powered wheelbarrow put into action on Landform Consultants’ Gold winning gardens

    The Makita 18v LXT Brushless power-assisted wheelbarrow has taken some of the back-breaking labour out of Landform Consultants inspirational garden builds at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Mark Gregory, managing director of award winning Landform Consultants Limited, together with his talented team, designed The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden in Main Avenue. It was justifiably awarded the Gold & Best Construction medals as well as winning the People’s Choice Award. Landform also designed and constructed The Seedlip Garden in the Space to Grow area of the Show which was awarded a cosseted Gold medal. “Chelsea garden show builds are always…

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  • harness

    Pellenc introduce the 1200 battery and harness to the UK market

    The new Pellenc ULiB 1200 battery and harness has entered the UK market with battery life increased by 20% compared to the to the ULiB1100 battery. Pellenc is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Etesia UK. The ULiB 1200 battery meets all of the professional requirements in terms of performance, comfort and technology, and offers increased autonomy of up to 20% – up to five hours of work with the most energy-consuming Pellenc tools in the range. The new harness associated with the ULiB 1200 battery reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders considerably by a better distribution of…

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  • irrigation

    Battery powered irrigation controller introduced by Rain Bird

    In many situations a standard mains powered irrigation controller cannot be used or is impractical. This includes applications where power is unavailable or hard landscaping make it is impossible or too costly to run mains cable. Alternatively, there may be instances where only a temporary solution is needed. Rain Bird’s new 9v WPX battery operated irrigation controller is ideal for all such situations and the company says it is a more versatile and user friendly solution than many other similar battery or mains controllers. IP 68 compliant, 100 percent water and dust proof, the WPX is fully submersible and ideal…

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  • gardena

    The GARDENA combisystem takes itself to the next level

    The GARDENA combisystem has a successful history that spans more than 40 years and includes everything a passionate gardener needs, from cultivating soil in vegetable and flowerbeds to tidying garden paths or cleaning fallen leaves. The range has been updated for 2018 with new product features, which makes it even better than before. The GARDENA combisystem is a clever system that combines different handles with various tool attachments to ensure that all garden tasks are possible. For 2018, GARDENA has made some improvements to the attachment tools for the telescope applications of the GARDENA combisystem to make handling even better…

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  • offers

    Etesia announce new special offers

    Etesia UK has announced huge savings on selected models in its Duocut range of green technology battery-powered pedestrian mowers with spring and summer offers. The revolution in battery powered equipment continues to sweep through the groundscare industry and it is easy to see why – no emissions, low noise, low vibration, easy operation, reduced risk of fuel spills and fires, and much, much lower maintenance requirements. Etesia UK was one of the first manufacturers to bring battery powered equipment to the marketplace, which enabled professional users to work for a full day on a single charge. As it stands, the…

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  • hortech

    Hortech champions the SCAG SWZ

    The SWZ is the model name for the SCAG pedestrian mower supplied in the UK and parts of Europe by STM Co Ltd – and few people know these machines better than the grounds maintenance company Hortech Ltd. The company have been users of SCAGs for 25 years; these are machines that work hard for their living, and this has led Hortech to select SCAG as the machine of choice for their work. We spoke to their commercial director Duncan Jones, who has just taken delivery of four SCAG SWZs and he explained about several aspects of the range that…

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  • viking

    Stihl expands Viking range of petrol mowers

    STIHL has expanded its range of high-performance VIKING mowers with the introduction of the MB 655 RS rear roller mower, ideal for landscapers and lawn care professionals. Designed with ease of use in mind, the powerful Briggs and Stratton engine is simple to start thanks to the auto-choke mechanism, meaning the recoil starter rope only needs to be pulled once. For further comfort, the latest offering from STIHL includes a single speed driven rear metal roller with robust drive mechanism for increased service life and minimal strain. The intuitive mono-comfort handlebar, with super soft grip, is adjustable to three different…

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  • securing

    A simple guide to securing tools

    Pro Landscaper gains insight from Andy Palmer, master locksmith at Grays Locksmiths, on securing landscaping tools and equipment on site and at a lockup. Tool theft in the UK has increased by over 30 percent in the last full year, with tradespeople in Yorkshire and the Midlands particularly at risk. For those professionals that heavily rely on their tools and equipment to complete jobs, it’s important to take safety precautions. There are many ways to ensure tools and material goods are kept safe, from extra lighting around to storing tools in a lock-tight storage box. While these tips will not…

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  • xlr

    Rain Bird introduces XLR Long Distance Water Jets for irrigation and dust control

    There are many large area installations where the ability to water as quickly as possible in the most efficient way is critical, whether for irrigation, dust control or other purposes. With the introduction of the new Rain Bird XLR Series of water jets, users can now choose from a wide range of solutions that the company claims will outperform and outlast competing long-range impact rotors. They will save water, time and money in many applications including large sports field and arena irrigation, dust control in quarries and mines, feed yards, stables, reclamation yards or industrial premises as well as for…

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  • dealer

    Stihl launches dedicated new dealer website

    STIHL has launched a dealer dedicated website, highlighting the manufacturer’s commitment to its retail network and simplifying the application process for new partners. The new website has been specifically designed to showcase the benefits of becoming a STIHL dealer and offers insight into the tools dealers can access to enhance their business operations. These include: Dealership development Installation of a STIHL Shop System display, external brand signage and expert merchandising support.  This creates visual impact and helps maximise sales opportunities. Marketing Access to marketing tools, such as TV, press, radio, social media, digital campaigns, in-store POS, product promotions and advertising…

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  • ernest

    Ernest Doe announced as latest Etesia dealer

    The Ernest Doe branch in Esher has been appointed as a new Etesia dealer and will be distributing Etesia’s complete product range throughout Surrey. The renowned Ernest Doe brand can be traced all the way back to June 1898 when Ernest took the lease on a blacksmiths shop at Ulting near Maldon, Essex. From this small shop, work in those days consisted mainly of shoeing horses and repairing agricultural implements. It is safe to say that business prospered significantly over the years but Ernest Doe is still very much a family firm. Current managing director Colin Doe is the fourth…

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  • timberwolf

    Timberwolf launches new variable tracked chipper at the ARB Show 2018

    Timberwolf will be launching their new TW 280TVGTR at the ARB Show on 11 and 12 May 2018 at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. The TW 280TVGTR features Timberwolf’s renowned TW 280 performance with the ability to move the tracks in and out, raise the height of the machine off the ground and alter the angle. The Wolftrack® variable tracking system features heavy-duty twin arms supporting each track, with dynamic control over track width, ground clearance and machine tilt angle, giving greater control, particularly whilst navigating uneven and sloping ground up to 35 degrees. The extra-wide feed funnel and open top section combine…

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