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  • Photo of Maelor Forest Nurseries appoints new managing director

    Maelor Forest Nurseries appoints new managing director

    Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd has announced the appointment of Mark Appleton as its new managing director. Mark took up his post on 18 November 2020. He will take over the day to day running of the nursery from long-standing managing director and founder, Mike Harvey, who will be taking retirement in 2021. Mike was pivotal to the successful acquisition of Maelor by BSW Timber Ltd in 2019. Mike and Mark will be working in tandem over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition is achieved. Mark brings with him many years’ experience operating at a senior level, notably holding…

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  • Photo of Husqvarna reveals new 50,000 m2 robotic solution

    Husqvarna reveals new 50,000 m2 robotic solution

    Husqvarna is launching a solution for commercial turf care management. The new Husqvarna CEORA platform is an autonomous turf care solution for grass areas of up to 50,000 m2. The high performing, low noise and zero emission Husqvarna CEORA mows autonomously and systematically within virtual boundaries. With Husqvarna CEORA, public and commercial landowners, sports field managers and golf course owners can automate lawnmowing, allowing staff to be redeployed to focus on more value adding tasks. “This is an industry game changer marking the start of a new era in commercial turf care management,” says Valentin Dahlhaus, vice president at Husqvarna.…

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  • Photo of Three tiers for award-winning garden

    Three tiers for award-winning garden

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  • Photo of BSW acquires division of SCA Wood UK

    BSW acquires division of SCA Wood UK

    BSW has acquired the Building and Supply Solutions division of SCA Wood UK, which includes the manufacture and distribution of timber and associated products to the home improvement and builders merchant sectors. This heralds the beginning of BSW’s growth strategy under the ownership of Endless LLP. Tony Hackney, CEO of BSW, said: “We are very pleased to have agreed a common approach with SCA to acquire the UK operations, which will significantly strengthen our position with our expanding customer base. “The opportunity to add value to our established products and widen the products we offer and distribute is extremely exciting.…

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  • Photo of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance appoints new managing director

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance appoints new managing director

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®, the UK’s leading professional grounds maintenance organisation, has appointed Paul McKeown as its new managing director to provide strategic leadership and growth for the UK-wide business. Paul has taken the helm at Countrywide and will build on the organisation’s position as grounds maintenance experts delivering a first-class national service to both local and National customers across the UK. Responsible for managing the nationwide network of 46 regional offices covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales, Paul will support the growth and expansion of the brand. As part of his remit, he aims to provide an enriched…

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  • Photo of Your chance to get ahead for a successful 2021

    Your chance to get ahead for a successful 2021

    An industry event like no other, Virtually Limitless is set to take the horticultural industry by storm. As a business owner, you can watch this online event on Thursday 3 December to make big plans and positive changes in your business for a successful 2021. There will be 12 speakers including The Association of Professional Landscapers, Talasey, London Stone, and others inside and outside the industry. This world-class line up will be bringing you the very latest tips and insights into the industry, your business and more. Your hosts for the day are Paula Warman and Charlotte Russell, co-founders of…

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  • Photo of Arbor Forest Products launches new Trex business division

    Arbor Forest Products launches new Trex business division

    Arbor Forest Products has signalled its ambitions within the composite decking market with the creation of a dedicated Trex business unit, and the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as business manager for the division. The North Lincolnshire-based business, which is one of the UK’s largest timber importers and timber products suppliers, is the exclusive UK distributor of Trex Transcend decking and, more recently added the Trex Enhance collections to its offering. Under Jonathan’s guidance, the company’s aim is for Trex to become the UK’s leading composite decking brand, mirroring its position in the US. Jonathan has more than 20 years’ experience…

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  • Photo of Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    Restoration of unique ‘Capability’ Brown garden given lifeline

    A grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has thrown a lifeline to a project to restore the only surviving ‘Capability’ Brown curved walled garden, at the National Trust’s Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. The project had been at risk of delay due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the conservation charity, but a £269,000 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund has ensured work can continue to restore and conserve this rare survivor of Georgian garden design. Berrington Hall near Leominster sits within the last garden and landscape to be designed by the renowned 18th…

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  • Photo of How has outdoor living evolved?

    How has outdoor living evolved?

    Stuart Dantzic of Caribbean Blinds explains how the development of glazed extensions has given customers a year-round outdoor living experience Conservatories, or ‘glazed extensions’, date back to the 16th century and were largely used by the wealthy for cultivating citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, brought in from warmer climates. The 19th century became the Golden Age for building a conservatory and nowadays they adorn an exterior wall of almost every other property. Used as a sunroom or extra living/dining space, they come in various styles from a simple lean to Victorian and Edwardian. A bit like the oranges and…

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  • Photo of Bowles & Wyer completes new landscape for St George’s Hospital

    Bowles & Wyer completes new landscape for St George’s Hospital

    An award-winning landscape company has designed and constructed a new landscape for St George’s Hospital in just a matter of weeks. Bowles & Wyer had just five weeks to complete the project after a conversation with the CEO of St George’s Hospital Charity. The company created a new landscape for the entrance of St George’s Hospital in London, thanks to the NHS fundraising completed by Sir Captain Tom earlier this year. The design team at Bowles & Wyer quickly created a new design for a Wellbeing Garden, acting as a green refuge within the hospital grounds and bringing both staff…

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  • Photo of LI Award winners announced in virtual ceremony

    LI Award winners announced in virtual ceremony

    On 26 November 2020, people from around the world tuned in to the Landscape Institute’s first ever online annual awards ceremony. Presenter Julia Bradbury welcomed attendees, setting the scene for a unique virtual afternoon by discussing the delicate balance between people, place and nature and the crucial need to create habitats in which all flourish. “As a nation, and globally too, we’ve realised the value of the outdoors,” said Julia. “But there’s a lot of us out there for the planet to support – so we need to use space effectively and efficiently.” The 21 winning projects and entries celebrated…

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  • Photo of Large forests needed to hit tree planting target, says Confor

    Large forests needed to hit tree planting target, says Confor

    Confor has welcomed the latest confirmation that the UK Government is committed to planting 30,000ha of new woodland annually by 2025. A £92m funding pot, part of the £640m Nature for Climate Fund, was announced for 2021-22 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.   The funding announcement, part of an additional £1bn for Defra said the  money would “keep us on track to restore more peatlands and plant 30,000ha of trees a year by the end of this Parliament”. Stuart Goodall, CEO of Confor, said: “This is good news, in that it reaffirms the commitment to the ambitious 30,000ha planting target and tops…

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  • Photo of 2020 Arbordeck Awards

    2020 Arbordeck Awards

    Cambridgeshire-based Composite Decking Lifestyles has taken the title of ‘Deck of the Year’ at the 2020 Arbordeck Awards, with its Church End project named as the winner thanks to its stunning design. The Trex® composite decking installation, which also came out on top in the ‘Best large Trex deck’ category, caught the judges’ attention thanks to its three-tier design which features a formal dining area, casual seating zone and a bar. Its use of two Trex colours – Gravel Path and Island Mist – along with lighting for both ambience and safety resulted in a sleek and modern decking space.…

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  • Photo of The Ball Colegrave Scholarship

    The Ball Colegrave Scholarship

    Ball Colegrave is encouraging the continuous professional development of young people in our sector with a travel scholarship. The £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship is on offer as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season. The award funds travel across the UK and Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants and travel should apply. Recent winner, Robert Perry, a Crop Technician Apprentice, used the scholarship…

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  • Photo of Biodegradable tree guards reduce environmental impact

    Biodegradable tree guards reduce environmental impact

    A new range of biodegradable guards is now available, helping to reduce the environmental impact of planting new whips and improving landscape management. WhiptecBio tree and hedge guards are made from recycled material and are 100% sustainable, biodegradable and compostable. Developed with expert arboriculturists over the last 14 years, the guards have been successfully trialled in a range of scenarios and are now available exclusively from Agrovista Amenity. Landscape team manager for Agrovista Amenity, Ed Smith, says: “Although they play a vital role in establishing young saplings, there has also been some negativity surrounding tree guards and their impact on…

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  • Photo of 42% Brits set to upgrade garden following home improvement boom

    42% Brits set to upgrade garden following home improvement boom

    2021 is set to be a year of home transformations, with more than half of Brits (59%) claiming they will be making home improvements, with the average spend at £6,531 per household. Decorating is revealed as the top home improvement (69%), with grey being named as 2021’s colour of choice, followed by cream and blue, according to new research by Attic Self Storage. The new research uncovers that more than two in five (43%) Brits are looking to upgrade their garden and outside areas; 34% are buying new furniture; almost a fifth (18%) are looking to extend or build an…

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  • Photo of Marshalls Plc repays furlough money to government

    Marshalls Plc repays furlough money to government

    Marshalls, the specialist landscaping products business, has repaid the £9.4m it received from the furlough scheme back to the government. This is as a result of an improved outlook and stronger trading position than expected. Martyn Coffey, chief executive of Marshalls plc, says: “At Marshalls we aim to do the right things, for the right reasons, in the right way. It has always been our intention to pay back the furlough money if we were able, and I’m really pleased that we are in a position to do so. “This has been a tough year for everyone but we’re encouraged…

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  • Photo of APL Awards 2021 finalists announced at FutureScape VIRTUAL

    APL Awards 2021 finalists announced at FutureScape VIRTUAL

    The finalists of the Association of Professional Landscapers’ annual awards have been announced. The APL Awards 2021 recognise landscaping projects that show technical and horticultural excellence, and which show attention to detail, technical excellence and an overall level of quality. This year, 45 companies made it to the finals with 73 projects. They were announced on Thursday 19 November at FutureScape VIRTUAL by APL manager, Phil Treymayne, and APL Awards judge, Bob Sweet. Both Phil and Bob commended the high standard of the entries this year despite the challenges faced by individual projects and the COVID pandemic. In response to…

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  • Photo of The Landscape Academy hosts mental health seminar

    The Landscape Academy hosts mental health seminar

    The Landscape Academy talks to us about its upcoming mental health seminar, running on December 1.   Mental Health in the workplace is becoming of key importance to businesses in the UK, with the Covid-19 outbreak highlighting just how crucial this has now become. Employers understand they have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of their employees, and there is a growing realisation that this also needs to include mental health. It is not just employers who can help, co-workers and friends can also take proactive measure to look after their own welfare, as well as…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    With an attendance of over 3,000 individuals across the three days, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 was a massive industry success. More importantly, it was a shining example of the industry coming together in what has been an unprecedented year. The content of the seminars, the knowledge of the speakers and the interaction of the visitors goes to prove the amazing knowledge and in-depth understanding in our sector. The wide range of topics again showed the diversity of the sector, but maybe more importantly the camaraderie, the willingness to share experiences and knowledge openly is a real testament of our industry acting…

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  • Photo of Conference with climate change at its core

    Conference with climate change at its core

    The SGD Autumn Conference is set to bring sustainability back to the forefront of our minds. Chair Mark Laurence tells us what we can expect from the event and why we need to act now Last year was arguably a turning point in the fight against climate change. Amongst a raft of protests and consumer uproar, it seemed as though the government and businesses across the UK were starting look at ways of lowering their carbon footprint (and some even acting on these, too). Come this March, though, sustainability was replaced with talk of Zoom meetings, social bubbles and quarantines.…

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  • Photo of Peabody launches Green Infrastructure Framework

    Peabody launches Green Infrastructure Framework

    Peabody, one of London’s oldest housing associations, has launched its Green Infrastructure Framework – ‘Living in the Landscape’ – which captures its strategic approach to managing and utilising the unique blue and green spaces of Thamesmead. ‘Living in the Landscape’ is about making the most of Thamesmead’s unique natural assets. Peabody owns 65% of the land which includes 240ha of parks and green space; 7km of canals; five lakes; 5km of river frontage and 30,000 trees. The framework sets out five themes: The big blue – to see the full potential of Thamesmead’s lakes and canals realised. Wilder Thamesmead –…

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  • Photo of The winners of the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020 have been announced

    The winners of the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020 have been announced

    Following on from the video ceremony at FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020, the winners of this year’s Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards have been crowned. These awards, back for a third year, celebrate and reward those projects within a £25,000 budget – the smaller, but no less important, schemes. This year’s winners are:   Build Under £25,000 sponsored by Nexus Pro Systems: Wycliffe Landscapes Ltd – small town garden, Lilliput Design and Build Under £25,000 sponsored by Provender Nurseries: Landtech – Italian Sanctuary Design Under £25,000 sponsored by Casa Tua: Tracy Foster Garden Design – Contemporary Wildlife Garden Hard Landscaping…

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  • Photo of Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    On Thursday 19 at 5.30, the Pro Landscaper Summit – the highlight of the FutureScape VIRTUAL calendar – will be going live. This year, we are honoured that Right Honourable Christopher Pincher MP Minister of State at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be opening the Summit. This year, the Pro Landscaper Summit will focus on how the sectors, as well as businesses and business owners, will operate over the next few years – what are the big changes coming? Post-pandemic, the sector has started to be influenced by sustainability, climate change, poor/low staffing levels, Brexit and…

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  • Photo of Prime Minister outlines 10-point plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

    Prime Minister outlines 10-point plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

    The Prime Minister has set out his ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050, particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year. The plan will mobilise £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment…

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