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  • Photo of New ranking shows cities have become greener, but reversed course in 2020

    New ranking shows cities have become greener, but reversed course in 2020

    Husqvarna’s HUGSI report shows that cities around the world have become greener over the past 5 years, and their green spaces have become healthier. During this period, the amount of urban green space increased by almost 1.8 billion m2 globally. However, urban green space declined between 2019 and 2020 by 78 million m2. Charlotte, USA, is the greenest city on the index, followed by Durban in South Africa and Vilnius, Lithuania. Husqvarna’s HUGSI ranking uses AI and satellite data to monitor urban green spaces and their health in 177 cities in 60 countries across the globe. The pandemic has confined…

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  • Photo of Talasey Group become National Landscaping Partner to the Band of Builders

    Talasey Group become National Landscaping Partner to the Band of Builders

    Talasey Group has announced that the company has become a National Landscaping Partner to the Band of Builders charity until December 2022. The charity, founded in 2016, aims to provide practical support to members of the construction industry and their families who have fallen on hard times. An initial project in 2016 went lead to the formation of the registered charity, affectionately known as ‘BoB’, which has carried out countless projects across the country to help members of the construction industry in need. For each project, volunteers give up their time and work for free to help one of their…

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  • Photo of City space transformed to put people first

    City space transformed to put people first

    New seating, green space and trees have been added at the corner of Barras Bridge and St Mary’s Place to provide a space where people can meet, while on the other side of the road outside Newcastle University’s Kings Gate building, further trees have been planted to provide shade and interest. Architecture students from the university played an important role in helping design the new public space by taking part in a number of design workshops looking at how the area could be used in a more beneficial and efficient way. Newcastle City Council’s transport and landscape design teams worked…

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  • Photo of Arbor Forest Products showcases Trex with new NBS source profile 

    Arbor Forest Products showcases Trex with new NBS source profile 

    Independent timber importer and processor, Arbor Forest Products, is showcasing the very best of Trex composite decking through its new profile on NBS Source. The company, which is the UK’s sole distributor of Trex composite decking through its decking brand, Arbordeck, joined the leading platform this autumn. NBS Source combines NBS BIM Library, NBS Plus, and Product Selector in order to provide an easily accessible single source of product information for specifiers. The platform enables its busy users to find, select and specify the right products for the job, at any stage of the job, at the click of a…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Podium Awards shortlist announced

    Pro Landscaper Podium Awards shortlist announced

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  • Photo of Price of a UK home skyrockets in the year to August

    Price of a UK home skyrockets in the year to August

    House prices in England grew by 9.8% in the year to August 2021, up from 7.5% in July 2021. The North East was the fastest growing region, with annual growth of 13.3% in the year to August 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 7.5% over the year to August 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in England increased by 3.2% between July and August 2021, compared with an increase of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (July and August 2020). On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in…

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  • Photo of Landscapers can lead the charge in sustainable garden design

    Landscapers can lead the charge in sustainable garden design

    When a client decides to get their garden landscaped, water mitigation and drainage systems are often not at the forefront of their mind. Many homeowners fail to consider that a sustainable drainage system is necessary to ensure that the landscaped area doesn’t suffer from water damage, which could ultimately result in the garden being destroyed. As sleek patio areas and gravel driveways continue to grow in popularity, ensuring that the area is capable of withstanding the erratic changes in the British weather is a must. Landscapers are in a position to show that managing water sustainably and responsibly does not have…

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  • Photo of Nurture Landscapes achieves carbon neutral status

    Nurture Landscapes achieves carbon neutral status

    Nurture Landscapes have announced that they have achieved carbon neutral status in accordance with the global PAS 2060 standard. Working with ECA Business Energy, an independent energy management advice company, together they spent the last year evaluating the company business processes and operations. This was a lengthily task for the company. With having several regional offices nationwide, a fleet of over 700 vehicles and a workforce of over 1250 employees, Peter Fane, CEO of Nurture Landscapes Holdings Limited, described the achievement as: “a great to accomplishment to have achieved four-years ahead of our original target date of 2025. And in…

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  • Photo of Tivoli announces appointment of new CEO

    Tivoli announces appointment of new CEO

    Tivoli Group Ltd has announced the appointment of Nicola Lovett as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st November 2021. Nicola will be joining Tivoli from Engie where she held a number of executive roles, most recently as Engie’s CEO for UK & Ireland. Prior to joining Engie in 2013, Nicola held senior positions at both Balfour Beatty and Serco. Richard Sanders, Chair of Tivoli Group Ltd and Partner at its private equity owners Sullivan Street Partners, says “We are excited to welcome Nicola to the Tivoli team. Her track record, depth of experience and leadership style will be invaluable…

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  • Photo of Chetwoods ‘Future City Garden: Nature and City’ centrepiece of United Nations Biodiversity Conference

    Chetwoods ‘Future City Garden: Nature and City’ centrepiece of United Nations Biodiversity Conference

    Chetwoods, the award-winning architecture practice, designed the centrepiece of the Fifteenth United Nations Biodiversity Conference, which opens in Kunming, China. The innovative ‘Future City Garden: Nature and City’’ – a thought-provoking depiction of biodiversity through architectural and landscape design – welcomes delegates as they arrive at the conference centre building hosting COP 15. The entire garden will be equivalent to over 10 of the largest ever displays at London’s world famous Chelsea Flower Show. The Future City Garden encapsulates COP 15’s ideals, using a representation of the Sun at its centre. Chetwoods’ has used a hydrogen fuel cell – an…

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  • Photo of Edinburgh launches ‘Million Tree City’

    Edinburgh launches ‘Million Tree City’

    On Wednesday 13 October last week, Lord Provost Frank Ross was joined by representatives of the Edinburgh Million Tree Forum to plant a gingko tree in the grounds of Lauriston Castle as they pledged their commitment to making sure Edinburgh will be home to one million trees by the end of this decade. We will join counterparts all over the world in becoming a Million Tree City. The Edinburgh Million Tree Forum is made up of representatives from relevant Council services, the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Trees of Edinburgh, the Scottish…

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  • Photo of Exeter’s sustainable driveway solution made from plastics

    Exeter’s sustainable driveway solution made from plastics

    Plastic waste collected from the seas and estuaries around the south west and sent to Exeter for recycling is now finding its way into patios and driveways around the country thanks to a sustainable new product. Low grade ocean plastics and plastic from green bin collections that previously couldn’t be or was very hard to recycle are now being ground into tiny pieces at Exeter City Council’s Materials Reclamation Facility before being sent off to be made into the world’s first sustainable driveway patio pathway system. The City Council recently invested in a special piece of kit that is able…

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  • Photo of UK’s largest landowners join government in summit to tackle climate crisis

    UK’s largest landowners join government in summit to tackle climate crisis

    The National Trust is bringing England’s largest landowners together for a one-day summit to debate a range of climate change commitments ahead of COP26, helping government reach its net zero target and fast-track urgently needed adaptation measures. The organisations collectively care for more than 60% of England and will lay the groundwork for a deal to ensure they are working alongside nature as effectively as possible to tackle the climate crisis. Defra minister Jo Churchill will also attend the one-day summit at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, which will be a vital stepping-stone towards the forthcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow,…

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  • Photo of Winners of the SGD Awards revealed

    Winners of the SGD Awards revealed

    The Society of Garden Designers has announced the winners of the ninth annual SGD Awards at a live event in London celebrating standout projects from across the industry. The most prestigious award of the night – The Grand Award – was presented to Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD for a stunning sloped garden in London which the judges described as a ‘sexy, avant-garde design which has been flawlessly executed’. Kristina Clode won the coveted Judges’ Award for a school sensory garden and renowned garden designer, author and broadcaster David Stevens FSGD was presented with the SGD Lifetime Achievement Award marking a career that spans over…

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  • Photo of Plant more trees or miss vital climate change targets

    Plant more trees or miss vital climate change targets

    With trees one of the Government’s top priorities at COP26, the Woodland Trust has warned that the UK risks failing to meet its carbon net zero ambitions unless more trees are planted, woodland restored and the condition of woods improved. The stark prediction comes just weeks before international climate change conference COP26 and on the eve of the launch of its third nationwide campaign – the Big Climate Fightback – to get people planting more trees. The charity is sending more than 700,000 free native trees to schools and communities to kickstart an autumnal blitz on tree planting, with a…

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  • Photo of Shortlist revealed for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2021

    Shortlist revealed for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2021

    Pro Landscaper has revealed the shortlist for its small project BIG IMPACT Awards. For the third year in a row, the awards will celebrate projects with a value under £30k, which often go underappreciated. This year marks a huge development for the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards. With FutureScape moving to the ExCeL and taking place over two days, the awards will be an afternoon ceremony held at the event, complete with lunchtime drinks and canapes, on Tuesday 16 November. Jim Wilkinson, managing director, said: “Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT awards just keeps getting better and better.…

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  • Photo of Further decline in construction output highlights “loss of momentum”

    Further decline in construction output highlights “loss of momentum”

    As the industry battles the ongoing supply chain issue and labour shortages, monthly construction output fell 0.2% in volume terms in August 2021, now with the level of output 1.5% below its pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 level. New work remained flat this month (0.0%) with repair and maintenance falling (0.6%) on the month. Anecdotal evidence received from the Monthly Business Survey for Construction and Allied Trades survey suggested that the rising prices of raw materials such as steel, concrete, timber and glass, along with the difficulty in sourcing these materials for jobs, was a contributing factor to the monthly fall, which…

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  • Photo of Right tree, right place, right reason

    Right tree, right place, right reason

    The Oxfordshire Treescapes Project, a new advisory service to support farmers and landowners, has found that Oxfordshire needs to establish 400 hectares, the equivalent of 750 football pitches, of new woodland every year between now and 2050 to meet Climate Change Committee targets. In its new report, ‘Our Land, Our Future’, launched today (15 October), the Project highlights how the benefits of treescapes (woodland, hedgerows, species-rich grassland and agroforestry farming systems) are currently being delivered at a fraction of their true potential across the county. The reports shows that while food production is at 94 per cent of its full…

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  • Photo of Keep it clean: The need for drainage maintenance

    Keep it clean: The need for drainage maintenance

    During the design process, many landscapers keep practicality and long-term sustainability in mind, ensuring that the client can maintain the garden long after the project has been completed. With the Autumnal weather causing sticks and leaves to fall from the trees, unmaintained water management systems are at risk of blockages, potentially causing a variety of problems for homeowners. If left to accumulate silt and debris, the functionality of drainage systems can become compromised, which can lead to ponding and flooding. This can cause damage ranging from plants and garden features needing to be replaced in the garden, through to property…

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  • Photo of The Newt in Somerset to sponsor RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The Newt in Somerset to sponsor RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announces that The Newt in Somerset will be the new headline sponsor of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Charity Gala Preview for the next four years, starting when the event returns in May 2022. The Newt in Somerset, a country estate with extensive gardens and woodlands, shares a belief in the vital good that gardens and having access to nature can do. Funds from the sponsorship will help the RHS carry out its charitable work, which includes its scientific research, education and community programmes, and help safeguard the future of…

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  • Photo of Namgrass awarded GOLD sustainability rating byEcovadis

    Namgrass awarded GOLD sustainability rating byEcovadis

    Leading supplier of artificial grass, Namgrass, is today announcing its latest award win following a successful assessment by Ecovadis. Earning a gold rating in the 2021 Ecovadis sustainability awards, Namgrass was placed in the top 3% for their industry. Ecovadis measures the quality of an organisation’s sustainability management. To do this they consider the policies, actions and results around sustainability and scores them according to their efforts. If the quality of the management system is high enough the organisation is awarded a medal. Sustainability plays a key part in the Namgrass ethos and this year they announced their latest product,…

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  • Photo of Reforestation under the microscope again

    Reforestation under the microscope again

    Over 3,000 global experts and concerned citizens have joined together to sign the ‘Kew Declaration on Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Capture and Livelihoods’, spearheaded by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The declaration calls for the implementation of policies and frameworks to protect intact forests and for policymakers to adopt effective reforestation strategies that recover ecosystems and improve local livelihoods, whilst maximising long-term carbon capture to mitigate global warming. The declaration, published today in leading journal Plants, People, Planet, was co-signed by 423 organisations and 2,612 individuals from 114 countries. Signatories include scientists,…

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  • Photo of World Mental Health Day: Do one thing

    World Mental Health Day: Do one thing

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  • Photo of Salford to tackle the climate emergency in the city

    Salford to tackle the climate emergency in the city

    The council has declared a climate emergency, and have now set a challenging target of 2038 for carbon neutrality in the city. In Charlestown a Hydro Weir will use the flow of the River Irwell to generate enough power for 200 homes a year when it is operational in 2022. All the council’s assets are being used as sustainable energy opportunities, with 1,800 solar panels set to be installed on public buildings at 11 sites across the city. The panels will save 23 tonnes of carbon each year which is the equivalent of planting 1,000 trees. A solar farm being…

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  • Photo of Glendale scoops a series of significant contracts

    Glendale scoops a series of significant contracts

    National green service provider Glendale has been awarded a number of prolific contracts over the last year from clients including Kingston upon Thames and Matalan. One of the most highly coveted wins in the last month has been with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. From 1 November 2021, Glendale will start a seven-year green space service contract with the local authority, with an option to extend it by a further seven years. Part of Glendale’s competitive edge is its environmental commitments. It will only be using battery powered handheld equipment from the start of the contract and a…

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