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  • Photo of Sanctuary and All About Plants gardens unveiled for Chelsea 2023

    Sanctuary and All About Plants gardens unveiled for Chelsea 2023

    The Sanctuary and All About Plants gardens will combine blue-sky thinking with practical gardening solutions for our changing times at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset. In the Sanctuary garden category. Hamptons Mediterranean Garden by Filippo Dester will transport visitors to a rural family garden with an outdoor kitchen surrounded by edible planting for alfresco dining. While Kazuyuki Ishihara makes a welcome return to RHS Chelsea with a garden inspired by the traditional satoyama landscapes found in the foothills of Japan. Animals will also have their own sanctuary with the RSPCA’s wildlife friendly garden by…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30: What would make the landscaping industry better?

    30 Under 30: What would make the landscaping industry better?

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  • Photo of ASA rules against “recyclable” artificial grass

    ASA rules against “recyclable” artificial grass

    The ASA has published its ruling against Perfectly Green, an artificial grass supplier which marketed one of its products as “recyclable”. Environmental campaign group Plastics Rebellion challenged the claims that Perfectly Green’s Soul Eco Grass could be advertised as recyclable, saying it was misleading as the “PP backing” referred to in the company’s tweet about the product referred to polypropylene. The group says this “complicated the recycling process”. Plastics Rebellion also said the product’s name was misleading as it implied that the artificial grass is eco-friendly. A statement from the group following the ruling says: “It doesn’t matter if something…

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  • Photo of Deal agreed with Landsec for first phase of 24-acre site in Manchester

    Deal agreed with Landsec for first phase of 24-acre site in Manchester

    The Mayfield Partnership has reached an agreement to fund the first phase of development at the 24-acre central Manchester site with Landsec, regeneration developer U+I’s parent company. The deal allows Landsec to begin drawing down land from an agreed first phase along the south side of the city-centre site that could total more than 800,000 sq ft of mixed-use development with a potential GDV of £400m. The first plots available for draw down from this agreement include two office buildings totalling 320,000 sq ft and a 581-space multi-storey car park, which were granted unanimous planning consent in January 2020. Subject…

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  • Photo of RHS Garden Wisley researcher runner-up in national wildlife recording awards

    RHS Garden Wisley researcher runner-up in national wildlife recording awards

    Imogen Cavadino has been named runner-up in the National Biodiversity Network Trust’s Award for Wildlife Recording – Terrestrial for her work on slugs. The awards recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to wildlife recording and the understanding of the UK’s biodiversity. Imogen was given the award for her work investigating the diversity and ecology of slugs in Britain through two national recording projects and her contribution to communicating the important role they play in garden ecosystems. Imogen’s Slugs Count project generated over 3,000 records which will be added to national datasets this winter, the first time since the…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30 Update: Lexi Harrison

    30 Under 30 Update: Lexi Harrison

    Lexi Harrison won the 30 Under 30 Awards in 2016 when she was just 26. She was originally employed as a business development executive, responsible for researching organisations and individual decision makers to identify new leads and markets. Since then, Lexi has progressed to focus more on developing the company internally. As Wright Landscapes has transitioned to no longer needing to place such a large focus on going out and winning work, Lexi has adapted with the company and has naturally progressed to playing a bigger role in how the company operates internally, which has proved to be one of…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

    Caribbean Blinds wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

    After a run of award success and recognition this year, Caribbean Blinds has now won The Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 2022 Scale Up Awards. The Scale-Up Awards, organised by Business Leader, are the first and only awards to focus on the scale-up sector, celebrating high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that run them. Held at London’s acclaimed Tobacco Dock, the ceremony attracted more than 450 business leaders, entrepreneurs and VIPs from across the nation. Hosted by comedian Russell Kane, Caribbean Blinds – a UK manufacturer of outdoor shading systems – received its award in front of notable attendees including Theo…

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  • Photo of What is composite decking?

    What is composite decking?

    Choosing new decking can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to deciding which material is most suitable for a specific application. From timber and PVC to wood composite, there are myriad choices now available. However, understanding how each is manufactured and from what, especially composite decking, can be just as confusing as choosing the right option. Here Jessica Brown, digital marketing manager at Ecodek, aims to clarify composite decking. Many people will have a preconceived idea of what a composite material is – made of plastic, unsustainable, harmful to the environment and ugly. However, the reality is quite the opposite.…

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  • Photo of David Ward steps down from Beth Chatto role

    David Ward steps down from Beth Chatto role

    Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens’ garden and nursery director, David Ward, 64, has retired from the Grade-II listed site after nearly 40 years of service. The late Beth Chatto OBE VMH sometimes referred to David as her “birthday present” as he started working for her on 27 June – her birthday. David worked for Beth during the creation of both the Woodland and Gravel Garden at Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens in Elmstead Market near Colchester, Essex. It was David who steered Beth away from watering the Gravel Garden in a period of severe drought – reminding her that it…

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  • Photo of Kings Landscapes goes into administration

    Kings Landscapes goes into administration

    Commercial landscaping company Kings Landscapes has gone into administration as of 14 October. The Milton-Keynes based company, which was established 18 years ago, says “commercial pressures” were behind the decision. Managing director David Houghton says that delays in supply and payments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic meant its client base were unable to pay on time which left Kings Landscapes also falling behind on payments. Before closing its doors, Kings Landscapes completed all its existing contracts and the majority of its staff have gone on to find other work. David Houghton will continue in the commercial sector as a consultant…

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  • Photo of Introducing Millboard Envello Cladding

    Introducing Millboard Envello Cladding

    Millboard Envello Cladding takes its cue from the first-rate attributes of the Millboard decking range. Inspired by the beauty of nature but built to outperform it, the Millboard Envello® cladding range are moulded from selected timbers to look exceptionally like real wood, whilst avoiding the on-going maintenance associated with natural or wood-based products. Available in four beautiful colours and two striking ranges, Millboard introduces you to: Envello Board & Batten Ideal for both contemporary and traditional designs, Board & Batten has a tongue and groove profile that only requires fixings through the tongue, so the fixing is hidden. Envello Shadow…

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  • Photo of Cranfield study establishes soil health benchmark for British Sugar TOPSOIL products

    Cranfield study establishes soil health benchmark for British Sugar TOPSOIL products

    A year-long scientific study into the amount of soil microbiology in TOPSOIL products has resulted in data that will assist product development and help customers to understand more about the health of the soils they specify or use. The study, which was overseen by senior research fellow of soil biology at Cranfield University Dr Mark Pawlett, commenced in November 2021 and statistically analysed four samples each of TOPSOIL’s Sports&Turf topdressing, Landscape20 general purpose topsoil, and HortLoam planting soil, taken at three-monthly intervals. At each sampling, the total microbial biomass of each product was measured to assess whether the processes critical…

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  • Photo of Atkins secures Surrey County Council highways contract

    Atkins secures Surrey County Council highways contract

    Atkins has been appointed by Surrey County Council to develop and lead maintenance and improvement works across its 3,000-mile road network, as part of a major investment programme. Under the terms of the £40m+, five-year Highways and Infrastructure Professional Service contract – which includes the option of a further four years – Atkins will deliver asset management design for single carriageways, dual carriageways, and local roads, as well as associated infrastructure such as bridges, embankments, street lighting and drainage systems. Services being provided by Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, include placemaking and urban design, and environmental and ecological…

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  • Photo of Stoneworld to mark innovative new seminar series with unique open day

    Stoneworld to mark innovative new seminar series with unique open day

    Stoneworld Oxfordshire has been supplying the landscaping industry with high quality stone and porcelain for more than 20 years. In that time, the onsite workshop has seen constant reinvestment and upgrades, allowing clients to order unique, made to measure solutions for their projects. Now, Stoneworld has created its first ever seminar developed specifically for landscapers and garden designers, and will be holding an all access open day to celebrate. The course has been developed to meet the needs of high-level landscapers and garden designers working with discerning clients, complex specifications and innovative designs. Stoneworld director Rob Parker explains: “We have…

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  • Photo of Marshalls launches white paper to encourage industry to ‘design for dark’

    Marshalls launches white paper to encourage industry to ‘design for dark’

    Planners, architects and landscaping contractors are being urged to consider a set of key design principles so people feel safe in different shared spaces, including housing developments, urban centres and parks. It comes after a new white paper, released in line with the clocks going back on 30 October, revealed that four out of five people feel more unsafe when it’s dark in public spaces and are, on average, 12 times more likely to avoid such areas than in daylight hours. The Creating Safer Spaces white paper, by hard landscaping and building materials specialist Marshalls, highlights the significant difference between…

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  • Photo of UK announces new package of climate support at COP27

    UK announces new package of climate support at COP27

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will make a series of announcements on energy transition, climate financing and forest and nature preservation at COP27 in Egypt today. The UK government will commit to tripling funding for climate adaptation, from £500m in 2019 to £1.5bn in 2025. He is hosting an event later today to launch the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership. The new group, initially comprising 20 countries, will meet twice yearly to track commitments on the landmark Forests and Land Use declaration at COP26, which aims to halt and reverse forest loss by 2030. To support the forest agenda, the UK…

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  • Photo of Perennial introduces ‘nudge’ to support the financial wellbeing of people in horticulture.

    Perennial introduces ‘nudge’ to support the financial wellbeing of people in horticulture.

    Horticultural charity Perennial is introducing a new service called ‘nudge’ to support the financial wellbeing of people in the industry. The free, personalised financial management tool equips you with the skills and knowledge to take control of your money on a day-to-day basis. All those who work with plants, trees, grass or flowers can use it to help them navigate their everyday spending and future milestones. Perennial’s Health & Wellbeing Survey (2021) found that mental wellbeing and financial pressures are among the biggest perceived challenges for people working in horticulture; 85% of people’s mental wellbeing was poor or below average,…

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  • Photo of Tender Opportunity: Crystal Palace Park Grounds Maintenance, Tree Surveying, Tree Works and Heritage Conservation Works

    Tender Opportunity: Crystal Palace Park Grounds Maintenance, Tree Surveying, Tree Works and Heritage Conservation Works

    Contract Type and Summary:  Crystal Palace Park Trust will take on the custodianship of Crystal Palace Park from April 2023. The Trust is seeking to appoint a team of Providers to work with them in partnership in the management, maintenance and enhancement of the Park. Specifically the Trust is seeking to award contracts under four principal Lots: Lot 1 Grounds Maintenance Lot 2 Tree Surveying. Lot 3 Tree Works. Lot 4 Conservation Works to Historical Assets and Facilities Location of Contract: Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2GA Tender Portal:  To register your interest in this tender and obtain tender documentation please…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper November 2022

    Pro Landscaper November 2022

    November has arrived and with it comes a new issue of Pro Landscaper magazine! In this issue we announce the winners of this year’s Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: Next Generation, sponsored by Green-tech (page 33). We share the achievements and aspirations of each of our winners, who are all shaping the future of the industry. On top of this, we have a portfolio on The World Food Garden at RHS Wisley, designed by Ann-Marie Powell (page 71), which is one of three gardens at RHS Hilltop, ‘the UK’s first dedicated gardening science hub’. Our UK Landscape Barometer, found on…

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  • Photo of Coming together as a community: McWilliam Studio’s Peace Garden at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Old Amersham

    Coming together as a community: McWilliam Studio’s Peace Garden at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Old Amersham

    McWilliam Studio, alongside generous donors, helped to create a Peace Garden for the children at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Old Amersham. Gavin McWilliam, from McWilliam Studio, tells us about his most recent pro-bono project Gavin McWilliam first became involved in creating a garden for St Mary’s C of E Primary School when he was asked by the school to look over some of the pupils’ designs for what they would want in the school’s peace garden. From the designs, Gavin picked out the elements which could be integrated into this garden with the goal of “interpreting…

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  • Photo of Two historic estates are awarded for bringing historic plants back to life

    Two historic estates are awarded for bringing historic plants back to life

    Plantsman Sir Edmund Loder’s globally important rhododendron hybrids, and two recently rediscovered Victorian fern collections, are awarded National Plant Collection status Two historic estates – Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Sussex and Canonteign Falls in Devon – have both been awarded National Plant Collection status by Plant Heritage, for bringing a globally renowned rhododendron hybrid collection and two Victorian fern collections back to life. Successful ongoing horticultural conservation work means that the three historic plant collections now have a secure future ahead and will remain in cultivation for future generations to enjoy. Grade I listed Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is…

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  • Photo of SDG Autumn Conference explores connectivity in garden & landscape design

    SDG Autumn Conference explores connectivity in garden & landscape design

    Following the hugely successful SGD Symposium this summer, at which speakers and delegates explored how to create gardens that are good for the environment, the Society of Garden Designers’ Autumn Conference will examine how landscape design holds the potential for ensuring a sustainable future in a world of diminishing resources and climate change. The conference, titled Natural Networks: connectivity in landscape and garden design,  takes place at the Royal Geographic Society in London on Saturday 26 November. The day-long event, chaired by garden designer and educator Annie Guilfoyle, will hear speakers discuss the importance of connectedness in garden design through a range of public and private projects of different scales.  The line-up of acclaimed landscape architects and…

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  • Photo of Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

    Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

    When complete, the scheme will deliver 33 units for light industrial and commercial use across 405,000 sq ft and a drive-thru food outlet. FI Real Estate Management received planning permission for the development from Chorley Borough Council in July and the development will be the largest ever built by their construction arm, FI Construction. FI Real Estate Management are proud to manage assets totalling more than £1bn and their founder and managing director, Tim Knowles said the Botany Bay development was one of the most important in the company’s 40-year history. Tim said: “We want to create the highest quality…

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  • Photo of Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

    Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

    The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to approve the refurbishment and extension of Cripplegate House, which will create 15,471 square metres of high-quality, Grade A flexible office floorspace together with a new community and cultural space. The refurbished and extended building at 1 Golden Lane – proposed by Castleforge – will add an extra 2,485 square metres of space to the existing site to meet continuing strong demand from occupiers in the Square Mile. The scheme will form part of Culture Mile, with the community and cultural space at ground level set to be combined…

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  • Photo of Ambitious growth plans at landscape architecture studio DEP flowing partnership buyout

    Ambitious growth plans at landscape architecture studio DEP flowing partnership buyout

    Manchester-based landscape architecture practice, DEP, has announced new ownership following a partnership buyout. DEP founder and director, Chris Podmore, has bought out former partner, Rory McVean, signalling a real step change for DEP and enabling ambitious future expansion plans and growth. Specialising in urban regeneration, landscape assessments, landscape planning, and project delivery, the practice was set up in 2010 and produces deliverable, sustainable and biodiverse schemes. DEP is currently working on The Galleries, the £135m mixed-use regeneration site in Wigan town centre, to help provide new homes, a public square and public realm. The team of eight has also recently…

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