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    • midland

      Practicality Brown acquire Midland Tree Surgeons

      Practicality Brown Limited (PBL) is pleased to announce it has acquired the commercial business of Midland Tree Surgeons Ltd, effective 1 March 2018; with this acquisition, PBL reinforces its position as a leader in the land clearance industry. Midlands Tree Surgeons (MTS) founded and managed for over 40 years by Robert Kennedy, until his recent retirement, has a strong reputation for professionalism and reliability in the development site clearance business, which PBL has every intention of continuing. PBL looks forward to expanding its Midlands tree and vegetation clearance activities, with locally based expertise and resources. PBL managing director Alastair Beddall announcing…

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    • makita

      Makita expand pressure washer range with two big reveals

      100 and 110 bar models with 240v motors Lightweight designs – low noise in operation Self-priming system with suction hose facility Makita has added two further pressure washers to the range which spans the 100 to 140 bar capacities. The new Makita HW1200 model has a regular operating pressure of 100 bar with a maximum pressure capacity of 120 bar, and a maximum delivery rate of 420l per hour, whilst the Makita HW1300 with electrical 2-pressure settings, has regular operating pressure settings of 110 bar on Hi and 80 bar on Lo. A similar 450 litre per hour flow rate…

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    • ecobuild

      Hot at EcoBuild: Green-tech’s new products and gt specifier brochure

      Green-tech is exhibiting at EcoBuild 2018 which takes place Tuesday 6 March until Thursday 8 March at ExCeL in London. Exhibiting under their specification arm, gt Specifier, they can be found on stand E132, in front of the Ecobuild Conference Arena. Unveiled on day one is the new gt specifier brochure. Packed with technical information, best practice advice and case studies; this is an essential guide for anyone involved in the specification and installation of landscaping projects including landscape architects, designers and contractors and garden designers. The team is showcasing several new products at Ecobuild 2018 and includes their new range…

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    • kubota

      Kubota UK make groundbreaking new launch

      Groundcare machinery specialist, Kubota UK has launched its latest high performance L1361 Compact Utility Tractor. For those looking to complete a wide range of maintenance tasks, the 36.6 hp machine is flexible, featuring a three cylinder Kubota D1803-M-E2 engine, manual or three range speed hydrostatic transmission and a 38 litre capacity fuel tank. The new L1361 also includes 4WD and live, continuous-running rear PTO exclusively available on the HST model. The frequent and alternating use of various implements are supported by the machine’s three-point hitch and high lifting capacity. By featuring a quick detach front loader, the model allows for…

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    • Rolawn

      Rolawn awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

      The Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers has been awarded to Rolawn for another year. Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. Those that meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating, are awarded a badge of honour. This accreditation is a true reflection of a business’s commitment to outstanding service as all reviews are verified unique from bone fide customers. Rolawn met…

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    • TigerTurf

      TigerTurf strengthens UK operations

      TigerTurf UK has strengthened its sales force, with the appointment of Simon Clare as sales and account manager for the South. With over a decade of experience in the sport surfaces industry, Simon was previously the multi-sport project development manager for Notts Sport Ltd. During this time he was responsible for delivering projects from start to finish, including customer relations, feasibility studies, planning, and tendering. This has seen Simon garner a wealth of experience and expertise in artificial grass installations. In his new role at TigerTurf, Simon will be responsible for managing a number of contracts, and developing existing and…

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    • BALI-NCF

      BALI-NCF works with leading power tools manufacturer to reduce accidents

      BALI-NCF, the grounds maintenance industry’s National Contractors Forum, and STIHL GB joined forces recently to deliver best in class hedge trimmer training to 30 contractor companies at four land-based colleges across the UK. Safety is at the top of BALI-NCF’s agenda and deems creating a safe working environment for the industry’s workforce as critical. In 2017 BALI-NCF member organisations shared accident statistics for the first time to determine the main causes of the most frequently occurring accidents. This collaboration highlighted incorrect hedge trimmer use as a major risk to safety, galvanising BALI-NCF to develop the necessary training to provide technical…

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    • Green-tech

      Green-tech supplies Harrogate Garden for instant results

      Eternal Lawns, a professional artificial grass installation company based in Morley, was hired by a property developer to install a York-stone patio and artificial grass. The large garden needed to be separated into three, one for each of the apartments. Eternal Lawns recommended the use of 20 one-metre-high ivy gt green screens from Green-tech to divide the gardens in Harrogate, and give it instant impact and privacy. The garden is located on a road just off The Stray, a beautiful public parkland in the centre of Harrogate, North Yorkshire that covers an area of 200 acres. The brief was to provide…

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    • Sutcliffe Play

      Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play

      Sutcliffe Play, a British manufacturer of children’s playground equipment, has developed new and innovative new playground equipment for 2018. Andy Love from Sutcliffe Play says: “We’ve been very busy lately working on the development of the new equipment. We’ve expanded some of our most popular ranges, as well as launching brand new and exciting standalone pieces of playground equipment.” Minitown, Orchard and Neo have all had new play units added to, plus the company has launched a new multi-user rope swing, Cobra. The new equipment includes: The Minitown range has been designed specifically for under fives. Each piece of equipment…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors

      Leading manufacturer of groundcare equipment, Kubota UK, has launched a new and improved B Series range of compact tractors for smaller hectare users. Its new B1 (standard spec) and B2 (premium spec) tractors supersede Kubota UK’s existing B Series range of compact tractors. Adrian Langmead, groundcare business development manager for Kubota UK, said: “The launch of the B1 and B2 Series is all about evolution not revolution. Our B Series has been one of the most popular compact tractors on the market for years based on its performance, reliability, comfort and ability to cross different markets. The B1 and B2…

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    • Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride on mower

      Kubota UK continues to expand its extensive range of  machinery solutions with the launch of its new professional zero turn ride on mower. Designed to meet the ever-changing needs of turf professionals, the ZD1211 offers exceptional quality and performance, combined with easy to complete maintenance. Engineered to create a superior cut every time, the ZD1211 is equipped with a three-blade, 140 mm deep, 1.5m rear discharge deck, and optional mulching kit. This is combined with Kubota’s unique baffling system, a new technology that has been specifically designed and developed in the UK to maximise mulching performance. The ZD1211’s innovations go…

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    • Kevin Patton Tree Surgeon Ltd using their new GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160

      New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work

      Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon Ltd, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of four — towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area. “Our work is very diverse — a…

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    • Ransomes and Continental Landscapes

      Ransomes continues long partnership with Continental Landscapes

      Leading grounds maintenance company Continental Landscapes has taken delivery of 33 pieces of machinery from Ransomes. This latest investment marks a 20-year relationship between Continental Landscapes and Ransomes. PA Turney demonstrated and sold the machinery, having nurtured the relationship between the companies for more than two decades. Continental Landscapes was established in 1989 and currently has more than 20 UK branches. It has a diverse portfolio of clients including local authorities, government departments, industrial and commercial concerns, housing associations, sports clubs and private individuals. The company also employs more than 700 people. Tom Dew, plant and machinery manager at Continental…

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    • Green-tech revisits Nottingham Trent University two years after supplying tree planting materials

      Nottingham Trent University city site is located in the heart of Nottingham city centre with 30 buildings surrounded by 5.1 hectares of open space. The heart of the campus underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2015 which included two new state-of-the-art buildings in the Clifton complex with beautiful landscaped outdoor spaces where Green-tech supplied the landscaping materials. The landscaping works for this area including the planting of 50 mature trees. Larger, more established trees were specified to maximise aesthetic and biodiversity value. The landscaping contract was awarded to Ulyett Landscapes Limited, a long established landscaping company based in the East…

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    • Smiths self binding path gravel

      Smiths tells us about its self binding path gravel. For a fairly modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel 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. 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 very 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 versatility goes…

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    • Bailoy

      Bailoy brings distribution of its irrigation products in-house

      In a move to bring clarity and certainty to its distribution channel, Bailoy Irrigation Control Systems has decided to bring the distribution of all its products in the UK and Ireland in-house. In effect from the 1 January 2018, this means customers with GTI Gemini and Trident products should contact Bailoy, rather than previous distributor Reesink Turfcare, for spares, support and sales. Adam Lovejoy, Bailoy’s managing director, says: “We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with Reesink and Toro for 25 years, but with recent changes in product and service ranges for both companies it made sense to bring the…

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    • Toro Proline

      Toro introduces new Proline mower

      Toro, a global leader in turf and landscape maintenance equipment, has announced the launch of the new 53cm heavy-duty Proline mower (model 22280). Available now, the new model has several enhanced features, including simplified controls and improved ergonomics for operator comfort. The Toro Proline range is well known for its ability to withstand the demands of professional gardeners, landscapers and local authorities. The latest mower in the line focuses on durability and minimising hand-arm vibration and achieves a low hand-arm vibration of only 2.7m/s². This enables nearly seven hours of continual use every day before exceeding the EAV. The Proline…

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    • Pellenc

      Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer

      Double A has recently been appointed as the authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc, in the North East of Scotland. Double A is a family run business owned by Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen. They started the business working from home in 1996 and have since seen it grow into one of the largest turf dealerships in the UK. The company now operates from two depots, situated in Cupar and Aberdeen, and has built up a complete portfolio of products and services for customers covering all aspects of the business, including service…

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    • Först

      Först to showcase new lightweight petrol woodchipper at EHS

      Först will be showcasing its new sub 750kg petrol powered woodchipper at this year’s Executive Hire Show (EHS), as diesel alternatives continue to become more and more popular amongst contractors, arborists and landscapers. The ST6P is an extension of Först’s popular range of six-inch capacity machines, which is powered by a 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning the woodchipper is not only compliant with the new Stage V emissions legislation coming into play in 2019, but also matches the strength and performance that users have come to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines. Först was able to manufacture the sub…

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    • Etesia

      Les Malin appointed managing director for Etesia UK

      In his third successive promotion, Les Malin has been appointed as the new managing director of Etesia UK with immediate effect. After starting his career in the farming industry at the age of 16, Les moved into the groundscare industry in 1993. He joined Etesia UK from Amazone in 2000 as area manager and was appointed general manager in 2006. He quickly became an influential figure within the company and in 2014 he was promoted to operations director – a move which saw him become the company’s first ever UK director. Following the retirement of Etesia SAS president Patrick Vives…

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    • Makita adds to its 10.8V CXT range

      Makita has added three new tools to the increasingly popular 10.8v CXT range in which the compact size of these high performance tools is proving valuable for confined space operations. The new Makita PT354 CXT Pin Nailer can fire five alternative lengths of 23 gauge (0.6mm) nails. The magazine will hold 100 pieces of either 15, 18, 25, 30 or 35mm long nails. Key features included in this compact and lightweight 2kg nailer include simple depth adjustment, anti-dry-fire mechanism, high visibility nose tip, low rebound mechanism for easier long pin nailing, trigger lock and LED job light. The PT354 is…

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    • STIHL

      STIHL expands battery capability

      Weighing only 5.5kg, the slim ergonomic design of the AR 1000 allows the weight to be carried closer to the operators back, making it more comfortable during operation, particularly over longer periods. Also, the attachable rain cover means its use is not dictated by weather conditions. A comfortable harness with a waist and chest strap come as standard and the new design includes a USB port to allow the user to charge devices such as mobile phones. The battery backpack enables the extended use of STIHL cordless products such as hedge trimmers, blowers and brush cutters. This versatility is particularly…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota UK shares future vision and Stage V strategy

      Over 50 key independent dealer and distributor customers recently attended Kubota UK’s 2017 Engines Conference, held at Mercedes Benz World, home of the famous Brooklands racing circuit in Surrey. The conference – entitled ‘Kubota – The Answer’, gave Kubota UK’s Engines Division the opportunity to share its future vision and the plans that the world class manufacturer of industrial diesel and dual fuel engines has put in place to surpass Stage V emissions standards, due to come into force in 2019/20. Delegates learnt more about Kubota Corporation’s commitment to being a global major brand at the conference and gained a…

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    • TOBROCO-GIANT sets up UK head office

      TOBROCO-GIANT – manufacturer of telescopic wheeled loaders, telehandlers and skid steers – has had a presence in the UK for some time and due to increasing demand GIANT has decided to set up a UK head office with a state-of-the-art showroom, workshop and parts department as well as a highly skilled sales team. Offering a range of 16 compact loaders, telehandlers and skid steers that have the ability to be transported on a trailer, they also offer over 100 attachment options making your life easier by using one machine for multiple jobs. The machines have been handpicked out of the…

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    • Grounds clearance made easy with Billy Goat

      Grounds teams are being encouraged to make the most of the better weather and prepare areas before temperatures drop. Robust brushcutters from Billy Goat are designed for cutting the toughest of overgrown areas. They plough through dense brush up to 6″ high, as well as grass and weeds as tall as 8″. These powerful brushcutters are unfazed by hidden items lurking in the grass. They make clearing vast areas, meadows and fields a breeze, as well as also being handy for clearing paths and tackling overgrowth that has perhaps got a little out of hand. There are five models in…

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