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  • Photo of Stihl expands Kombiengine range

    Stihl expands Kombiengine range

    STIHL has launched the new KMA 135 R, adding to its range of high-performance KombiEngines for professional users tackling tough jobs. The new robust and powerful KombiEngine accompanies the KMA 130 R in the range. Featuring a sturdy new battery housing, users can now easily slot in STIHL’s high-performance 36V AP batteries, adding greater versatility to carry out the quick jobs where KombiTool’s are so effective. As well as delivering excellent performance across a wide range of KombiTool’s, the motor requires little-to-no servicing, whilst the easy to clean air filter ensures a long service life and optimum engine cooling. The…

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  • Photo of Playing with wildflower roofs at Kew Gardens

    Playing with wildflower roofs at Kew Gardens

    Members of the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) have worked together to install green roofs on 20 play structures at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which is on a mission to encourage people, after a year spent largely indoors, to reconnect with the incredible nature that surrounds them. This summer, the leading plant institute and UNESCO World Heritage site is delighted to invite visitors on a journey to uncover the Secret World of Plants, supported by Starling Bank. At the heart of the festival are six ‘plantscapes’ – large-scale, immersive biomes representing contrasting landscapes found across the UK, but rarely experienced in such vivid detail. Each landscape…

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  • Photo of Construction officially recovers from COVID-19 fall

    Construction officially recovers from COVID-19 fall

    Construction output grew by 5.8% in March 2021 compared with February 2021. This lifts work to be above the pre-pandemic level recorded last February. Following monthly growth in March 2021, the level of construction output recovered to 2.4% above its pre-pandemic February 2020 level. The strong growth in activity in March was driven by both new work (6.7%) and repair and maintenance work (4.4%). The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the level of construction output in March 2021 was £14,251m. This is the highest since September 2019 when it was £14,381m. New orders increased by…

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  • Photo of Flood risk mapping natural capital

    Flood risk mapping natural capital

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research, considers the role of natural capital when it comes to environmental trends, including flood risk, and how they’re planning to track this.  As the UK embraces the biodiversity measures set out by the draft Environment Bill, attention is increasingly being focused on the contribution of natural capital to long term environmental trends and how to track them over time. Landowners and land managers, as well as landscape and development professionals, need to be aware of this requirement and must consider that effects may not be site-specific, but can lead to…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper TV – Supply Line: GreenBlue Urban

    Pro Landscaper TV – Supply Line: GreenBlue Urban

    In the first of the Supply Line series, Jim Wilkinson speaks with the urban specification consultant at Sussex-based GreenBlue Urban. Urban tree enthusiast, Howard Gray, has been closely involved in trees for most of his life. Having personally planted many trees in urban areas, Howard feels passionately that we all are responsible to future generations to give them the quality urban canopy that we all enjoy and that all  sectors of the industry need to work together to ensure this happens. Fully conversant in arboriculture and urban forestry, Howard understands the constraints encountered in our urban environment and able to…

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  • Photo of Eden blossoming again as team prepares to welcome back visitors

    Eden blossoming again as team prepares to welcome back visitors

    The Eden Project is bursting with energy and spring colour as dedicated teams work together to reopen the global garden after the longest closure in its 20-year history. A herculean effort across the 30-acre great outdoors and inside the world-famous Biomes means Eden will be safe and ready to warmly welcome its first public visitors in nearly five months next Monday, May 17. Eden was in the midst of a successful Christmas season when heavy rain caused flooding and landslips at the former clay quarry and it closed to the public on December 20. Shortly after came the third national…

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  • Photo of Travis Perkins accelerates mental health & wellbeing initiatives across the Group

    Travis Perkins accelerates mental health & wellbeing initiatives across the Group

    Travis Perkins plc, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials, is on track to deliver on its commitment to ensure there are six times more mental health first aiders (MHFAs) in the business this summer than there were at the start of the year. The safety and wellbeing of colleagues is the number one priority, and this drive to increase the number of accredited MHFAs from 40 to over 250 has been accelerated to proactively manage colleagues’ wellbeing in the workplace. This initiative complements a whole raft of other support for colleagues, which includes an employee assistance programme for counselling…

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  • Photo of Brett awards success for Mannmade Drives & Designs

    Brett awards success for Mannmade Drives & Designs

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  • Photo of National Trust puts the curves back into Lake District river to help flood-hit valley

    National Trust puts the curves back into Lake District river to help flood-hit valley

    The project, which has been in planning for 20 years, will see a stretch of river moved from its current course alongside a main road into the Lake District and re-meandered, creating a series of bends and smaller channels that will reduce the risk of flooding. Homes and businesses in the valley have been devastated by floods in recent years, including during Storm Desmond in 2015 when houses and hotels were submerged, bridges collapsed and key infrastructure, including the A592, undermined. Unfortunately, storm damage, landslides and flooding are set to become common occurrences and more widespread in the North of…

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  • Photo of The Garden Trellis Co Launch Three Prestige Gates Endorsed by the RHS

    The Garden Trellis Co Launch Three Prestige Gates Endorsed by the RHS

    The Garden Trellis Co are excited to have added three new RHS Prestige Gates to their range of hand-crafted Trellis, Fencing and Gates which have been endorsed by the RHS. For over 25 years, The Garden Trellis Co have been highly regarded in the landscaping industry for their hand-crafted bespoke garden joinery work. Now, the company have taken their most frequently requested bespoke gate designs and made them available to order online in ready-made sizes. These include the RHS Prestige Solid Wooden Gate, perfect for security, the more decorative RHS Prestige Trellis Top with Solid Bottom Gate – featuring a…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds allow BBC Apprentice Winner to offer outdoor dining at her Bakehouse

    Caribbean Blinds allow BBC Apprentice Winner to offer outdoor dining at her Bakehouse

    Caribbean Blinds, award winning manufacturer of external shading systems, has just completed its sweetest project to date for Lord Sugar’s 2019 business partner Carina Lepore for her bakery business, Dough Artisan Bakehouse. Providing the Beckenham High Street bakery with one of their state-of-the-art fabric Puerto Rico Pergola awnings, Caribbean Blinds answered Lepore’s brief to install an all-weather, waterproof cover for the courtyard area at the back of the shop and to remove the piece of tarp that was being used as a temporary cover! Lepore required flexibility from the product to allow full benefit of the sun whilst being able…

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  • Photo of NEW Lawn Edging: Slidable fixing pins – Avoid root & rocks!

    NEW Lawn Edging: Slidable fixing pins – Avoid root & rocks!

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  • Photo of Deepdale announces new management buyout

    Deepdale announces new management buyout

    Deepdale, a leading nursery in the UK, has announced the completion of a management buyout to help enhance the company’s success further and begin their EU expansion. As expert growers and wholesalers of high-quality mature trees and shrubs, Deepdale’s aim is to invest more into the company and their staff to enable internal and external business growth. The change occurred after Deepdale was approached by a private equity company looking to invest in green projects. Unfortunately, this was not successful due to a disagreement regarding the deal, and it was then that the current management team decided a buyout would…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries launches new Going Green Range

    Provender Nurseries launches new Going Green Range

    Collated from their present stock range and in response to customer requests for environmentally friendly products, Provender Nurseries have grouped all shop products that are either organic, wildlife friendly, child and pet friendly or have natural ingredients as their main components to create the Going Green range. Dan Brown, Sundries Manager at Provender Nurseries, said: “We had quite a few enquiries for environmentally friendly products with many of our customers not realising we already held these products in stock. As a response we reviewed our current sundries and collated all relevant products together to create the Going Green range.” Creating…

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  • Photo of Fastest rise in enquiries for building work in over a decade

    Fastest rise in enquiries for building work in over a decade

    During the first three months of 2021, local building firms across the UK saw the fastest increase of enquiries in a decade, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland. The latest FMB State of Trade Survey for 2021, the only survey of its kind to track the experience of small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms in the UK, also found that workloads and employment increased in the time from January to March 2021. Activity across all sectors grew, but repair, maintenance and improvement saw the strongest performance with 55% of survey respondents reporting increased workloads.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper TV – Climate Change: The Story So Far

    Pro Landscaper TV – Climate Change: The Story So Far

    Pro Landscaper’s head of content Nina Mason plays host to three experts on sustainability and climate change in a webinar looking at what some of the businesses in the sector have done so far to combat the effects of climate change. Joining Nina on Tuesday 11 May 2021 is Ben West, the managing director of Landscape Solutions, Romy Rawlings, the commercial director of Vestre and Darren Daley, the head of client services at Ground Control. Ben West spent his formative years tramping the woods, fields and waterways of Staffordshire and studied environmental management at Keele University prior to relocating to…

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  • Photo of Ground Control wins The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

    Ground Control wins The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

    For the second time in five years, Ground Control have won The Queen’s Award For Enterprise, one of the country’s most prestigious and respected business honours. After the success of winning the inaugural Queen’s Award five years ago, this year Ground Control’s work is innovative in developing and launching a Gateway Compliance Matrix resource management system caught the judging panel’s eye. The platform is unique, allowing the company to more accurately target and compete for contracts by automatically assessing the risk, management and compliance obligations for each project. Targeting the right selection of people, the system allows customers to see…

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  • Photo of Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

    Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

    Last month Pro Landscaper’s UK Landscape Barometer discovered that there has been a significant increase in enquiries, projects, and conversion rates. Overall, there was an average increase of 90% in conversion, 92% in projects, and 97% in enquires for garden designers and the design and build industry. UK Landscape Barometer participants commented that they found the current average spend to be higher and that they are having to turn work away due to the huge increase in enquiries. So – what has prompted such a swift increase in the interest of garden design? Through-out the last year we have had…

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  • Photo of Kärcher launches battery-powered professional landscape management range

    Kärcher launches battery-powered professional landscape management range

    Outdoor maintenance expert, Kärcher’s, has extended its award-winning professional products to include a full range of professional landscape management tools that have been designed to meet the needs of heavy users. This new extension to Kärcher’s professional range combines the power and functionality that landscape professionals require to provide quality, expertise and innovation to the world of professional landscape management. Kärcher is well known for their reliability after 80 years at the forefront of cleaning and outdoor maintenance technology. The full range unites professional grade equipment with the flexibility of battery power to provide the performance needed to tackle the…

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  • Photo of UK tradespeople fear business could get worse

    UK tradespeople fear business could get worse

    Tradespeople in the UK have expressed they are feeling less optimistic about the year ahead than their antipodean counterparts, according to recent research from Tradify. Whilst the majority of UK tradespeople believe that general business conditions will improve over the next year, 13% believe things will get worse – more than triple when compared to Australian trade business owners. Michael Steckler CEO at Tradify, spoke to The Trades Coach, Alison Warner, on the Evolve and Grow podcast about the findings of Tradify’s Pulse Report which looks at both the challenges and opportunities facing the trades’ industry in 2021.  The views…

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  • Photo of Sustainable gardening products recognised at Chelsea Flower show

    Sustainable gardening products recognised at Chelsea Flower show

    The Royal Horticultural Society has revealed the shortlist for its first ever RHS Chelsea Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award as the world-famous show strives to promote and highlight the increasing importance of sustainability within the horticultural industry. As part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Garden Product of the Year Competition will this year place prominence on entrants’ green credentials bringing sustainability to the forefront. The ten shortlisted products* will be judged against a criteria that takes into consideration their carbon footprint, environmental best practice, durability, biodegradability and recyclability as well as design innovation, functionality and quality.…

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  • Photo of How honeybees have changed the floral landscape

    How honeybees have changed the floral landscape

    These tiny pollinators have been essential in understanding how the UK’s fields, hedgerow, wild spaces, gardens have changed since the 1950’s. By using cutting-edge DNA barcoding techniques, scientists at the National Botanic Garden of Wales have identified the plants honeybees appear to favour by looking at the pollen grains trapped within honey. The differences were clear. White clover had been the most important plant for honeybees but, with fewer pastures today and increased use of herbicides and inorganic fertiliser in farming, this has dropped to second place. Now the insects are visiting much more of: bramble – their modern-day favourite…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    February 2021 saw a dominantly high performance across all industry types, displaying no declines, according to our latest UK Landscape Barometer. ONS recently released statistics stating that work in the construction industry saw an increase of 1.6% in February 2021, and our latest UK Landscape Barometer supports this. Nationally, projects were up 61% on average and conversion rose by 35%. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Each sector experienced an increase in turnover in February 2021. On average, turnover rose by 31%. In addition, confidence has shown a continued steep increase since the beginning of this year. SECTOR PERFORMANCE year-on-year Domestic landscaping Domestic…

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  • Photo of Ana Sanchez-Martin joins The Garden Company team

    Ana Sanchez-Martin joins The Garden Company team

    SGD-Registered Practice and BALI Accredited Contractor The Garden Company is delighted to welcome Ana Sanchez-Martin MSGD to its management team.  Ana will take on the role of Designer and Landscape Manager, providing clients with a complete design-and-build service and working alongside them every step of the way. Ana has been running her own successful design practice Germinate in London for the last 12 years. Prior to that she worked for Modular Gardens and trained at Capel Manor and the English Gardening School. Her early career applied her creative talents to the field of film and TV. James Scott, MD and…

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  • Photo of Frosts Landscape Construction ages 15 years overnight

    Frosts Landscape Construction ages 15 years overnight

    Over the years, altering our age to get into the pub, denying turning 30, and loosing track of time is something we’ve all experienced – but Frosts Landscapes recently discovered it was 15 years older than originally thought. For decades, Frosts Landscape Construction services has been carrying out large commercial and private estate projects. Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd was incorporated as a legal entity around 47 years ago. Since then, the company has been using the slogan “Creating inspirational landscapes since 1974.” However, it was up until very recently that managing director, Ken White, discovered he had been shouting the…

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