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    • Oldham Eco Centre plans revealed

      Oldham Council has submitted proposals to build a multi-million-pound environmental centre at Alexandra Park as part of its Northern Roots development project.   The new eco-centre would act as an anchor development for its flagship Northern Roots Project. Which is a bold and pioneering initiative that will transform Snipe Clough – 160 acres of under-used green space – into the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park.   It will be developed for and with local communities and will be a base for enterprises and community projects providing much-needed facilities – such as office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities.…

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    • Potback

      Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

      Boningale Ltd has developed Potback, an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Currently, plastic plant pots containing carbon black pigment are not widely accepted in kerbside collections, meaning many pots are sent to general waste, with landfill as a final destination. With an estimated 500 million plastic pots in circulation every year, the issue is far-reaching, and has contributed to a stigma around industry attitudes towards waste management and recycling. Boningale Ltd’s Potback aims to minimize these issues by reducing the number of pots sent to landfill. Potback facilitates…

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    • VIDEO: Pro Landscaper timeline

      In celebration of our 100th issue we have put together a timeline on some of our key moments since our first issue in September 2011.

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    • Hawkins\Brown win public realm commission for Smithfield

      The City of London Corporation has announced the winning teams who will be reimagining the Smithfield East and West Market buildings and the broader Smithfield public realm. The winners are Studio Egret West and Hawkins\Brown, respectively.  The projects will help realise the City Corporation’s vision for Culture Mile which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Culture Mile is led by the City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of London and a growing network of stakeholders from across the commercial, cultural and civic sectors.   This project will deliver…

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    • The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

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      Urban design team needed to co-develop a masterplan for the Ebbsfleet Central site

      Following the acquisition of Ebbsfleet Central in October 2019, EDC are seeking to secure an urban design team to co-develop a masterplan for the Ebbsfleet Central site. The key role of this consultant includes to: • Lead the development of a masterplan which fulfils the long-term vision for the Garden City and which will guide all future development in the Ebbsfleet Central site • Provide design input to and assist in securing a new planning permission • Providing long term advice on urban design for the Ebbsfleet Central site. Further information regarding this opportunity and how to participate, can be…

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    • Scotscape

      Andrew Maskell joins the Scotscape Group

      Andrew Maskell has joined the Scotscape Group of Companies as design and development director for the LivingPillar™.   Andrew is a chartered landscape manager and horticulturist. He also has extensive experience in the landscape sector. Working within the industry since 1994, he has worked from grass roots obtaining a BSc 1st class Honours degree in Landscape Management. He has been involved in projects covering a broad spectrum of landscapes. These include urban greening, residential, theme parks, prisons, golf courses, schools, hotels, parks, smart green infrastructure and London squares. His career has taken him from designing tiger enclosures to teaching horticulture,…

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    • The Nurture Landscapes Group celebrates award-winning year

      The Nurture Landscapes Group, consisting of Nurture Landscapes and Gavin Jones, collected a total of 27 trade awards and accolades in 2019. It was also named on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list for the third time in six years. The company’s grounds maintenance and landscaping work across the UK was recognised through winning numerous trade awards and accreditations, including nine awards at this month’s British Association of Landscaping Industries (BALI) Awards. Nurture Landscapes scooped five Principal Awards for both its interior and exterior landscaping work.   Nurture Landscapes also received a special award for ‘bringing life…

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    • A new green vision for the low line through the heart of south London

      Better Bankside, the Low Line Steering Group and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that the Low Line Commons is the winner of the international competition to develop an ecological vision for the Low Line. Following the path forged by the railway viaducts through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, the Low Line stretches through some of London’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Low Line is a long-term project. It will incrementally unfold as different opportunities and strands of funding become available. Having a coherent and creative green vision for the project will ensure that it can be delivered with…

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    • Pro Landscaper January 2020

      We’re starting off the new year by celebrating our 100th issue, sponsored by Millboard. To celebrate 100 issues we revisited Mark Gregory, who was our first ever Let’s Hear It From, to discuss his achievements over the last nine years. We also followed up with Rupert Keys and Ruth Gwynn of Keyscape, whose Heath Manor portfolio was featured on the cover of our first issue, and caught up with others who have featured in various issues throughout the years, such as in our Look Out For Revisited feature. A timeline of Pro Landscaper’s achievements also features, as well as a look…

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    • Applications open for The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.

      Every year the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), jointly award an internship of a lifetime – The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.   $4,500 USD is granted for the opportunity to organise a work placement in a horticultural business. This year current or recent UK based horticultural students can apply to experience production horticulture in the US/Canada.   Past winner, James Crawford, returned full of motivation after winning the Scholarship in 2018. James went to Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants in Michigan, US, where he worked throughout the main production cycle.   Full of enthusiasm James summed up his…

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    • Rolawn celebrates two environmental achievements

      Rolawn is celebrating two milestones in its environmental strategy, with the unveiling of a solar panel installation at their site in Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire plus an upgrade to their independently audited Green Achiever award which gives them the coveted Diamond Banner status.   After months of planning, site-preparation and installation, the on-site solar panels are anticipated to make a significant contribution to the production facilities at the Head Office site.   The business is embracing a carbon-friendly future with this proactive development which was identified as an enhancement to operations as part of an ongoing drive for efficiency.  …

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    • Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son making it the UK’s largest private gritting operator

      Ground Control has cemented its position as the country’s biggest private gritting company and winter maintenance provider, with the acquisition of JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company.   Over the past 160 years, the company gained a reputation for outstanding customer service. Last year the company generated turnover of £7.3m, whilst the previous year “The Beast from the East” saw exceptional revenues of £12.9m as demand drove the need for The Gritting Company services.   The investment will immediately boost the company’s gritting operation by 25% and means it will now service over 8,000 different locations.  …

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    • City of the Future

      Toyota to build prototype city of the future

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    • Pro Landscaper

      Pro Landscaper will now arrive in compostable packaging

      To all those at FutureScape 2019 asking Pro Landscaper to step forward in leading the charge to combat climate change, we heard you and we agree. We’re starting the year how we mean to go on – with the magazine arriving every month in more sustainable packaging. The new packaging is compostable and can be disposed of in your household garden or food waste bin. Made out of Polycomp TM it uses biopolymers, which are obtained by means of pioneering proprietary technologies using starches, cellulose, vegetable oils and their combinations. Polycomp TM conforms to EN13432 so is compostable in open air…

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    • Arbor Forest Products’ eight key decking trends for 2020

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    • Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park. Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he…

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    • Quartix Ltd. launches dashcam integration in partnership with Fleet Focus

      Quartix Ltd, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of vehicle tracking systems, has launched an integrated dashcam solution through partnering with Fleet Focus, one of the UK’s foremost camera and vehicle safety companies. Quartix customers can now use the FF2000 vehicle connected camera to capture HD 1080p footage of any trip that their drivers make and view these within the Quartix vehicle tracking system.   The FF2000 camera, available via a Fleet Focus subscription, automatically uploads key event footage to the Fleet Focus Cloud where the data is stored for up to three months. Designed to detect significant G-Force events, accidents or speeding events, the FF2000 will automatically upload specific footage for Quartix users…

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    • RHS reveals gardening trends for 2020

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed what plants, designs and activities it expects to prove popular in 2020.   2020 RHS Gardening Predictions:   Houseplants get supersized: As houseplants migrate from shelves and windowsills to more central locations in the home, buyers will increasingly seek larger, show-stopping varieties. These include Alocasia with its giant leaves and contrasting stems and Monstera with its deep green, patterned foliage. However, buying smaller 6-9cm plants and growing them on remains a popular pastime for many.   Soil steals the limelight: Gardeners will increasingly consider what their plant is grown in, turning to more sustainable…

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    • New Year's Honours

      New Year’s Honour for Kew’s Tony Kirkham

      Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum, gardens and horticultural services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2020. This is for his invaluable contribution to horticulture over the last 41 years. During his tenure at RBG Kew, it has been said that Tony has brought unbridled ambition, ideas and creativity to his work. At Kew, around the UK and indeed globally Tony has championed education in arboriculture as well as transforming practices in tree management and the control of pests and diseases. Among his many achievements at Kew, in…

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    • National Living Wage

      National Living Wage set to increase from April 2020

      Low-paid workers will receive a 6.2% pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour. The new rate starts on 1 April 2020 and results in an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the National Living Wage. Younger workers who receive the National Minimum Wage( NMW) will also see their pay boosted with increases of between 4.6% and 6.5%, dependant on their age. Commenting on this the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, said: ” This latest rise will mean that since we introduced the National Living Wage in 2016, the…

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    • Top 10 news stories of the year

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    • Vertical landscaping

      50 Fenchurch Street to incorporate extensive vertical landscaping

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    • Top garden design trends for 2020 from the SGD

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