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  • Photo of Natural England to start work on coast to coast National Trail proposal

    Natural England to start work on coast to coast National Trail proposal

    Natural England has this week started work on planning for a new National Trail based on the iconic Coast to Coast walk across Northern England. The National Disability Strategy was launched last week and will see new initiatives introduced to transform the everyday lives of disabled people. Under the proposals is a new 182-mile accessible Coast to Coast footpath which will help more people from all parts of society access Britain’s beautiful landscapes. The existing trail is maintained by landowners, national parks and local authorities. However, granting the footpath National Trail status would unlock Government funding to not only maintain the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s 10th anniversary: An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s 10th anniversary: An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    It’s Pro Landscaper’s 10th anniversary, how do you feel about that? We feel incredibly proud of the magazine, and the fact that we have now been a part of the landscape and horticulture industry for ten years. Pro Landscaper has made a massive difference to the sector, and anyone who has worked on or been involved with the product should be very proud of what we have achieved. What made you start Pro Landscaper magazine? We believed that there was a big opportunity in the market to create a community that brought all the elements of landscaping together. At the…

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  • Photo of Millboard makes UN Global Compact pledge

    Millboard makes UN Global Compact pledge

    Millboard is well-known in the industry as a manufacturer of beautifully crafted decking and cladding material. Environmental responsibility is at the heart of what we do, but our sense of responsibility goes further than that. Every day, we consider the impact that our actions will have on the future of life, living and livelihoods, and we strive to make choices that are fair and considerate. This is why Millboard has been accepted as a member of the UN Global Compact. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is a global initiative that brings business together with UN agencies to advance…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute appoints new chief executive Sue Morgan to lead the next phase of its evolution

    Landscape Institute appoints new chief executive Sue Morgan to lead the next phase of its evolution

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has announced the appointment of its new permanent chief executive, Sue Morgan. Sue joins the LI from Design Council, where she oversaw the expansion and growth of a diverse portfolio of projects and programmes – first as Director of Architecture and the Built Environment, then Executive Director, and finally as Interim CEO. Sue brings a dizzying breadth of experience and knowledge to her new role. Her 25-year-plus career in the built environment, urban renewal and placemaking includes the delivery of the National Design Guide, High Streets Task Force, Home of 2030, and work with major infrastructure…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2021 winners announced

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2021 winners announced

    The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2021. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. The Pro Landscaper Business Awards are the only industry awards which focus on how well companies run their business. Profitability, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, commitment to the landscaping sector, and client/supplier relationships are all areas reviewed as part of identifying the shortlist and overall winners. Fifteen awards were presented at the fourth annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 30th July. View the full…

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  • Photo of ‘Spectacular’ generosity sees NHS hospital gardens bloom

    ‘Spectacular’ generosity sees NHS hospital gardens bloom

    One of the UK’s largest nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley, has donated plants worth hundreds of pounds to two Yorkshire NHS hospitals. The newly created Rainbow Garden at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has benefited from a donation of plants worth £500. The garden, which is situated near the main entrance of the hospital, was designed to create a place where visitors and staff could go to remember the town’s 900 plus Covid-19 victims. Colleagues at the hospital had been raising funds since June 2020 for the project, with almost 300 supporters providing donations both large and small. The memorial garden features flower…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer – May findings

    UK Landscape Barometer – May findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare May 2021 to May 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (July 2021) to the same time last year. The material shortage, perhaps unsurprisingly, continued to have a damaging effect on the industry. As a result of the ongoing lack of material availability, things appeared to finally start to slow down. Torrential rain dampened construction output, it dipped by 0.8% according to the ONS. And in addition, the UK economy also experienced a slow-down despite major lockdown restrictions lifting. Participant comments expressed that commercial…

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  • Photo of Behind-the-scenes look at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show show to raise money for charity

    Behind-the-scenes look at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show show to raise money for charity

    A stellar array of RHS Chelsea Flower Show favourites, including Joe Swift, James Alexander-Sinclair, Sarah Price and Jonathan Snow, have united in support of national charity Horatio’s Garden to give the public an exclusive look into life behind-the-scenes at the world’s greatest flower show. The online event will be held on Tuesday 14th September from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opening officially to the public for the first time in over two years on Tuesday 21st September. It will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most famous faces and is…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds does it again with double award shortlisting at the Growing Business Awards 2021

    Caribbean Blinds does it again with double award shortlisting at the Growing Business Awards 2021

    Sudbury manufacturer Caribbean Blinds is continuing to make waves within the business community after being named as finalists in not one, but two categories at the Growing Business Awards 2021. The outdoor shading specialists have been shortlisted for both the ‘Consumer Business of the Year’ and ‘Family-Owned Business of the Year’ Awards, where judges were looking for evidence of increased market penetration, consistent profitable growth, a positive impact on the industry, and finally, a competitive edge. Since 1998, the Growing Business Awards have been bringing together and honouring some of the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. Consistent high-quality nominees, an…

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  • Photo of Arbor Forest products leads the pack with launch of Trex digital asset library

    Arbor Forest products leads the pack with launch of Trex digital asset library

    Arbor Forest Products is launching its industry-leading digital asset library for Trex products as well as some of its own complementary products, providing stockists with easy access to media such as images, brochures and technical information. The North Lincolnshire-based independent timber importer and processor, which is the exclusive distributor of Trex composite decking products in the UK through its decking division, Arbordeck, is launching the portal due to customer feedback from merchants keen to offer their customers a better digital service. As well as keeping information on the brands and products in one place for ease of access, the digital…

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  • Photo of Green-tech spreads its wings with the addition of Rainbird Irrigation Systems

    Green-tech spreads its wings with the addition of Rainbird Irrigation Systems

    Green-tech has announced that it now has a comprehensive range of landscape garden and lawn irrigation solutions available for their customers across the landscaping, forestry and horticulture industries. Green-tech has joined forces with Rainbird, a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products, to provide an enhanced offering of irrigation products. The Green-tech team has access to a wealth of knowledge and experience of installing and specifying irrigation systems for large projects and will share this with their customers, landscape architects and specifiers. Richard Gill, Sales Director for Green-tech said: “We are incredibly excited about this addition to our product…

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  • Photo of UK property market booms, but experts consider aftermath of government stimulus ending

    UK property market booms, but experts consider aftermath of government stimulus ending

    Property prices in the UK have soared to reach record breaking highs with the average house price standing at £261,743 and the annual house price growth rate hitting a seven year high of 9.5%, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index figures. As the property market continues to boom, economists and property experts consider the long-term implications of the measures implemented by the government to help stimulate the UK housing market. “Indubitably, the extended stamp duty holiday and the mortgage guarantee scheme have greatly contributed to the creation of this emergent house price bubble”, says Simon Das, founder of…

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  • Photo of Labour and material shortage “exacerbated” by growing number of isolating workers

    Labour and material shortage “exacerbated” by growing number of isolating workers

    The unprecedented demand for building materials has been ongoing throughout the year, and the significant lack of labour is causing concern to rise even further. The combination of the labour and materials shortages is having a drastic impact on the construction industry’s supply chain across the UK as it is leading to delayed deliveries and continuing rising prices. In a new statement by John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn CEO of the Construction Products Association, a full run down of the current problems in the industry were highlighted. “The basic trends of the last six months remain, with…

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  • Photo of A winner’s perspective. Why enter Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards?

    A winner’s perspective. Why enter Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards?

    The Pro Landscaper 30U30: The Next Generation initiative has been running since 2015, and has seen 180 winners of this prestigious award. It’s helped propel them into the landscaping limelight, with most of the winners going on to bigger and better things since collecting their award. It is the only industry search for the most impressive young people in landscaping, and it shines a spotlight on the future of landscaping. Entries come from a variety of sectors within the industry – from sales to arboriculture, construction to design, or maintenance to landscape architecture. Rosie Mayer, a senior designer and bespoke…

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  • Photo of Forestry Commission launches new Tree Production Innovation Fund

    Forestry Commission launches new Tree Production Innovation Fund

    A new £1 million fund to increase and diversify our domestic tree production has been announced by the Forestry Commission, in partnership with Defra. With £1 million available this year, the Tree Production Innovation Fund will encourage the development and adoption of new technologies and ways of working that will ensure the quantity, quality and diversity of planting stock available for tree planting in England. In May 2021, the government launched the England Trees Action Plan which aims to treble tree planting rates in England by the end of this Parliament, reflecting England’s contribution to meeting the UK’s overall target of…

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  • Photo of Boost to drive investment in Essex, Norfolk and Lincolnshire environment

    Boost to drive investment in Essex, Norfolk and Lincolnshire environment

    A range of pioneering nature projects are to benefit from a new fund driving private investment in the environment and tackling climate change. Announced by Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England, these include restoring kelp forests and creating new woodland to improve water quality. These plans are among 27 schemes chosen across England. Organisations have been awarded up to £100,000 each, as part of the ground-breaking £10 million Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund. The funding will be used to develop the projects to the point they can provide a return on investment. They will do this by capturing the…

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  • Photo of 2021 Young Designer announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

    2021 Young Designer announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced Freddie Strickland as the 2021 Young Designer at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park this week, a coveted award for those looking to start their careers in garden design. Freddie, 27 from Bristol, was inspired by Cornwall’s sub-tropical gardens for his design. Freddie’s garden, ‘On Tropic,’ takes an environmentally conscious approach, replacing traditional plants with a tropical palette that thrives in our warming climate and incorporating reclaimed materials into the design. Head of RHS Judging, James Alexander Sinclair, said: “It’s always a privilege to judge the Young Designer Gardens. This year the quality was…

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  • Photo of National Trust announces Troy Scott Smith to return as Head Gardener to Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    National Trust announces Troy Scott Smith to return as Head Gardener to Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    The National Trust has announced that Troy Scott Smith has been appointed new Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent. Troy was Gardener at the renowned Grade I-listed garden from 1992 – 1997 and Head Gardener from 2013 – 2019 and returns to that role following two years at the privately owned Iford Manor Gardens in Wiltshire. Troy said: “Sissinghurst is unlike any other garden I know. From my very first encounter, 34 years ago, it took my breath away and still today when I walk through the wooden gates and under the entrance arch the hairs on the…

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  • Photo of A wet spring dampens construction output in May

    A wet spring dampens construction output in May

    The torrential rain throughout May has been blamed for a fall in construction output as businesses lost working days. Monthly construction output fell by 0.8% in May 2021 compared with April 2021, falling to £13,960 million, and this follows the 0.7% monthly decline in April 2021. Both of these declines in monthly growths come after an exceptionally strong growth in February and March 2021 (3.7% and 4.7%) respectively. The fall occurred because of declines in both new work (0.4%) and repair and maintenance (1.5%), and this represents a drop of £115 million in monetary terms when compared with April 2021.…

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  • Photo of Government strategy to regenerate high streets

    Government strategy to regenerate high streets

    The government’s long-term plan to support the evolution and regeneration of high streets was launched yesterday (15 July 2021). Speaking from the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry, the Prime Minister set out his vision on how the government would level up and unite the country, and his commitment to breathe new life into town centres. The high streets strategy is a key part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up and will deliver visible changes to local areas and communities across England, transforming derelict buildings, cleaning up our streets, and supporting a renewed sense of community for…

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  • Photo of Yorkshire horticultural firms pay tribute to Capt Sir Tom Moore

    Yorkshire horticultural firms pay tribute to Capt Sir Tom Moore

    Harrogate Landscaping firm, Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Yorkshire nursery Johnsons of Whixley have recently helped create a touching memorial for a national hero and campaigner Capt Sir Tom Moore. The nursery celebrated its centenary in June while the late Capt Sir Tom, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS, celebrated his 100th birthday in April 2020. He passed away in February this year. The memorial was unveiled on Wednesday  7th July in front of World War II veteran Capt Sir Tom’s family, Junior Soldiers and sponsors such as Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Johnsons. Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd…

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  • Photo of Excavator raffle raises over £20,000 for children’s charity

    Excavator raffle raises over £20,000 for children’s charity

    Derby-based Bobcat dealer, Butler Reynolds Ltd, has announced that the winner of the company’s charity raffle for a Bobcat E10z 1 tonne mini-excavator is Chris O’Hara of Trent Bridge Construction Ltd in Nottingham. At the draw, Butler Reynolds also confirmed the company beat its target of raising £20,000 for the beneficiary charity, When You Wish Upon a Star, also based in Nottingham, and thanked everybody who took part in the raffle. With a very successful civil engineering and construction business based in Nottingham, Chris O’Hara has been trading in the Midlands area for over 25 years. After hearing about the…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards going ahead on 30 July 2021

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards going ahead on 30 July 2021

    The fifth annual Pro Landscaper Business Awards will be taking place on the 30th July 2021 (just 17 days to go!) The celebration will be held at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, and tickets are still available here: BUY TICKETS – Pro Landscaper Business Awards or you can call us on 01903 777570. The Pro Landscaper Business Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the business aspect of fantastic companies across the UK. Join over 400 industry colleagues and revel in the success of you and your peers with an afternoon of networking, good food and celebration. Now with over 15…

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  • Photo of Hot house plants in bloom

    Hot house plants in bloom

    Flowering house plants can bring that much needed cheer and colour into your home. Bringing the outside inside is a hugely popular trend at the moment, which seems to have intensified as a result of the pandemic. Many of these plants have long bloom times which provide a perfect and inexpensive way of creating a holiday vibe in your home! CALATHEA CROCATA Commonly called the eternal flame, this tropical plant has dark moody foliage with vibrant flame shaped orange flowers. They can bloom for up to three months, and definitely prefer more humid environments. AECHMEA FASCIATA The Aechmea Fasciata, native…

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  • Photo of Supervisor and Manager level ROLO courses now available for land-based workers

    Supervisor and Manager level ROLO courses now available for land-based workers

    The British Association of Landscape Industries announces the launch of two new training courses at Supervisor and Manager level, to join its popular Register of Land-based Operations (ROLO) Operative level course. The new courses will enable our industry Supervisors and Managers to receive the appropriate level of health and safety training and apply for their LISS/CSCS cards. The Supervisor and Manager level courses have been developed by the Association to meet the training needs of the land-based sector. They are fully supported and approved by CITB and Build UK as equivalent to the CITB SSSTS and SMSTS courses. The Association…

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