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  • Photo of Green-tech supply Ashlea in Landscape Institute Award winning project

    Green-tech supply Ashlea in Landscape Institute Award winning project

    The Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area Advanced Infrastructure project in Glasgow was announced as the winner of the 2021 Landscape Institute’s ‘Excellence in Landscape Construction’ Award. The prestigious project was entered into the awards by Landscape Architects LDA Design, who undertook the design of this mammoth scheme on behalf of Glasgow City Council to make their vision a reality. The Sighthill Advanced Infrastructure cost in the region of £65m of an overall Transformational Regeneration Area project budget of £250m. One of the country’s largest commercial landscaping companies, Ashlea, was the landscape contractor during the prestigious three-year construction project. They worked closely…

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  • Photo of Project Giving Back to fund eight Show Gardens at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

    Project Giving Back to fund eight Show Gardens at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

    Project Giving Back, a unique grant-making scheme, will fund eight Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 and four smaller gardens in a new category, All About Plants. In total, PGB has committed to funding 42 gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 2022 – 2024, all of which must have a relocation plan to ensure the garden lives on after the show. The project has been established to give a significant springboard to the many incredible charitable organisations that, in the wake of the global pandemic, need a helping hand to raise…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare September 2021 to September 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (November 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of September 2021, on top of the consistent chaos with rocky levels of material availability, September proved to be a difficult time to navigate as the petrol shortage took hold of the UK. This slowed down work for many in the industry as travel became an additional issue. Results have shown that lead times lengthened, and for…

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  • Photo of Update: Help save Lorraine

    Update: Help save Lorraine

    After a devastating cancer diagnosis, Lorraine Hartley, a caring, popular and well-known face in the horticultural industry, was given just months to live. A drug called Osimertinib was an option available on the NHS to help prolong Lorraine’s life, at a cost of £110,000. A funding plea to the NHS was made, but due to technicalities of the case, the couple were told it was unlikely to be approved. Reaching out for help, Lorraine’s husband David Topping, created a gofundme page to help raise funds for the treatment. However, last week, David Topping released an update on Lorraine’s treatment.  “I…

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  • Photo of Material and labour shortages dampening construction output

    Material and labour shortages dampening construction output

    Construction output fell 1.8% in October 2021, representing the largest monthly decline since COVID-19 sent construction into chaos in April 2020. This fall means the level of construction output in October remained 2.8% below the February 2020, pre-coronavirus level. Unfortunately, new work also fell by 2.8% from September to October 2021. Repair and maintenance however, remained unchanged. Similarly to recent months, anecdotal evidence from businesses continued to suggest that product shortages caused by supply chain issues leading to subsequent price rises in raw materials such as steel, concrete, timber and glass, were an important reason for the decline. At the…

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  • Photo of National Trust announces René Olivieri as new Chair

    National Trust announces René Olivieri as new Chair

    Mr Olivieri will take up the post at the Trust in February, and has pledged to bring his unique experience in both culture and nature to become a forceful advocate for the charity. Olivieri was Interim Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a member of both the Culture Recovery Fund Board and DCMS’s Cultural and Heritage Capital Advisory Board. He was Chair of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts for six years and has been Chair of the RSPCA since 2019. The announcement follows predecessor Tim Parker’s decision to step down in May after seven years in the…

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  • Photo of Eden Project to establish 14 hectares of new wildflower habitat across Dundee

    Eden Project to establish 14 hectares of new wildflower habitat across Dundee

    The Eden Project will bring swathes of colour to the city of Dundee with the planting of a series of wildflower meadows. The first of these meadows to be developed will be at Seabraes, located near the science centre and approximately a mile from the former Dundee Gasworks on East Dock Street, the proposed site for the Eden Project’s home in Dundee. Other locations will be at Camperdown Park and Balgarthno, situated adjacent to the Hilton DoubleTree hotel and the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc. In addition, a further seven sites have been identified by Dundee City Council that will be…

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  • Photo of RHS Shows to temporarily exclude some Xylella high risk plants

    RHS Shows to temporarily exclude some Xylella high risk plants

    Olive trees are among five garden plants that will be temporarily excluded from RHS shows as the charity responds to the current high risk of them importing the disease Xylella fastidiosa to the UK. Beginning with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022, to provide exhibitors with the opportunity to update their plans, Coffea spp. (coffee), Nerium oleander (oleander), Olea europea (olive), Polygala myrtifolia (polygala) and Spartium junceum (Spanish broom) will no longer be exhibited. The trade of these plants in Great Britain relies upon importation of ‘ready for sale’ specimens which raise additional challenges in the detection and surveillance of Xylella. The exclusion…

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  • Photo of Camden Green Loop launches to boost biodiversity and connect key destinations

    Camden Green Loop launches to boost biodiversity and connect key destinations

    Camden Town Unlimited (CTU) and Euston Town are launching a major new urban design strategy. This will link the borough’s key landmarks, cultural experiences, and green spaces, to create better connected, more accessible – and attractive – walking and cycling routes between Camden, Euston and Kings Cross. The upcoming Camden Highline, the elevated linear park that will connect Camden with King’s Cross, will form a major landmark for the project and is set to be one of its key attractions. On the back of COP26, the Camden Green Loop puts much lauded green ambitions, including promoting active travel, the creation…

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  • Photo of Stihl GB unveils plans for new headquarters

    Stihl GB unveils plans for new headquarters

    Stihl GB has unveiled plans to build a new 11,500m2 purpose-designed headquarters and state-of-the-art warehouse facility near to its current premises in Camberley, Surrey. Due for completion in December 2022, the site will be home to nearly 100 employees and will boast dedicated dealer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible collaborative workspaces and a technical workshop. The new 9,000m2 warehouse space will utilise state-of-the-art picking and storage systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and the use of space. All logistics will now be consolidated onto one site, meaning a speedier and more efficient delivery service to the 700 strong STIHL dealer network.…

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  • Photo of Leeds Council to provide high quality parks and green spaces in all local communities

    Leeds Council to provide high quality parks and green spaces in all local communities

    A new strategy, to be discussed at the meeting of senior councillors held at Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday 15 December, will outline a commitment to provide good quality parks and green spaces across the city that are welcoming, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. A bold target of planting 50 hectares of woodland per year for the next decade to help tackle the climate emergency is to be considered, and, the strategy will also set out a commitment to create more wildflower meadows and other habitats to allow wildlife to flourish in the city. Over 45 million adults visit Leeds’…

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  • Photo of Strategy to revitalise Manchester’s river valleys launched

    Strategy to revitalise Manchester’s river valleys launched

    Covering a period of up to 2030, the Our Rivers, Our City strategy aims to make Manchester’s three rivers – the Irk in the north of the city, the Medlock in the centre, and the Mersey in the south – a vital part of Manchester’s future, and not just part of its heritage. The strategy’s five main aims are to improve the quality and functioning of the city’s river valleys and their catchments; to ensure river valleys and sustainable drainage are key components of new developments; improve the accessibility of river valley; promote the wider benefits of river valley and…

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  • Photo of Pesticide courses rise as HSE cracks down

    Pesticide courses rise as HSE cracks down

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  • Photo of A green oasis in the heart of historic York

    A green oasis in the heart of historic York

    PROJECT:                                            Hudson Quarter LOCATION:                                          York City CLIENT:                                                Palace Capital (Developments) Ltd LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:                  Re-form Landscape Architecture MAIN CONTRACTOR:                          Caddick Construction LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR:              Atlas Green PRODUCT SUPPLIED:                          Green-tree topsoil, irrigation and anchors, bark mulch and geotextiles   Background: Green-tech announced their involvement in part of the prestigious £33.5m mixed use project on the site…

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    Setting up your social media

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  • Photo of Rare opportunity for landscape maintenance services to bid for contracts across the Royal Parks

    Rare opportunity for landscape maintenance services to bid for contracts across the Royal Parks

    The Royal Parks charity is inviting landscape maintenance services companies to bid for five-year contracts – with the potential of two-year extensions. Through the new contracts, The Royal Parks charity, which manages London’s eight historic Royal Parks as well as other important green spaces in the capital, will continue to deliver the highest horticultural standards as well as increase community engagement through volunteering, across these iconic parks. The tender will seek bids for contracts to cover landscape maintenance services across all the parks, with the exception of The Regent’s Park which already has a contract in place. The new contracts…

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  • Photo of ‘Sponge Park’ mops up another award

    ‘Sponge Park’ mops up another award

    Nicknamed the ‘Sponge Park’ due to the way it soaks up excess water, the West Gorton Community Park designed by landscape architects at BDP in collaboration with Manchester City Council, has been the recipient of two prestigious awards since it opened in 2020- including the Design Council’s ‘Golden Pineapple’ Award for Best Public Space. Most recently, the park won the Excellence in Flood and Water Management Award from the Landscape Institute Awards 2021. Situated in the heart of the Gorton Community, the park has a myriad of uses. It contributes to tackling the impacts of climate change, provides the local…

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  • Photo of Ground Control funds woodland creation project in Lincolnshire 

    Ground Control funds woodland creation project in Lincolnshire 

    To mark National Tree Week, Ground Control – a private provider of winter maintenance services – has funded the creation of a new woodland in Lincolnshire. Working together with Openreach, Ground Control has created ‘Open Wood’ at Old Bolingbroke in Lincolnshire, with 3,339 young trees planted by workers from both companies alongside local volunteers. The woodland-creation project – funded by Ground Control’s unique Evergreen Fund, which provides capital for a range of sustainability and environmental initiatives – will encourage the local community to become involved in tackling the climate crisis, as well as increasing natural beauty and biodiversity in the area. The site…

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  • Photo of Graduate Gardeners awarded highest accolade at National Landscape Awards

    Graduate Gardeners awarded highest accolade at National Landscape Awards

    British Association of Landscape Industries’ Accredited Contractor Graduate Gardeners has swept the 45th National Landscape Awards, taking home the prestigious Grand Award, the Principal Award in their category, and a Special Award for Best Design and Build for their breath-taking scheme, Private Garden, Cheltenham. The annual National Landscape Awards, held at the iconic JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London celebrates the skills, hard work, quality, commitment, and successes of Association members and are the largest awards of their kind in Europe. They recognise excellence in landscape design, construction, and maintenance both in the UK and overseas, as well as…

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  • Photo of New homes to be built as part of government drive to develop brownfield land

    New homes to be built as part of government drive to develop brownfield land

    Derelict sites across the country will be transformed into new homes under a flagship government scheme to regenerate brownfield land, boost local communities and support people onto the property ladder. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have announced the allocation of a further £11m from the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) to support 23 redevelopment schemes across 15 councils. The projects will see unloved and disused sites transformed into vibrant communities, with tired, derelict buildings demolished and new roads and infrastructure built. Today’s announcement follows the allocation of £58m last month to 53 local councils across the…

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  • Photo of Wyevale Nurseries supplies plants for London park regeneration

    Wyevale Nurseries supplies plants for London park regeneration

    Southwark Council has transformed a south London park at Elephant and Castle with the help of Wyevale Nurseries in Herefordshire and Devon-based landscaping company Tilhill (December 2021). The UK commercial landscape and wholesale plant suppliers provided a selection of trees to Tilhill to help revitalise the inner-city area. Amenity Sales Manager, Andy Congera explains: “We’re delighted to have been able to supply a variety of stock for this exciting project at Dickens Square. It is now a welcome and versatile place for the whole community to enjoy. It’s a fabulous public space! “It’s wonderful to see this sort of regeneration…

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  • Photo of Arbor Forest Products announces winners of biggest ever Arbordeck Awards

    Arbor Forest Products announces winners of biggest ever Arbordeck Awards

    Arbor Forest Products has announced the winners of the 2021 Arbordeck Awards during a celebration of the very best of Trex composite decking. The Arbordeck Awards, which took place at FutureScape 2021 at ExCeL London, saw Swansea-based Simon Thomas Deck & Design take home the coveted Deck of the Year prize, which includes a money-can’t-buy trip for two to Washington, D.C. complete with a visit to the inspirational Trex University. Simon was also awarded the top prize in brand new categories, Top Spec Trex Deck and Trexpert of the Year. His winning Craig Cwm Celle Salem deck was created using…

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  • Photo of Senior Soil Scientist joins Tim O’Hare Associates from ‘down under’

    Senior Soil Scientist joins Tim O’Hare Associates from ‘down under’

    Chantal Milner, Senior Soil Scientist with SESL Australia, has joined soil and landscape consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) at Senior Associate level for at least the next 12 months, which is a first for the Wallingford-based practice where soil scientists usually join at graduate level and develop their expertise in post. SESL Australia is a highly-respected soil science consultancy based to the north of Sydney and its founder and principal soil scientist Simon Leake and Tim O’Hare have worked together and known each other for some years. TOHA is therefore the perfect fit for Chantal whilst she is in the…

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  • Photo of Submissions open for Cambridge Design and Construction Awards

    Submissions open for Cambridge Design and Construction Awards

    An awards scheme to celebrate Greater Cambridge’s building design and construction industries is now open for submissions. The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service and the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry are inviting entries for the Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2022, which are now open to projects in all of South Cambridgeshire for the first time. The awards celebrate the best in the design and construction of the built environment, and the skilled people who make it happen. Previous winners of the awards include the Cambridge Central Mosque, which went on to win the Stirling Prize 2021 People’s…

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    Taking the next business steps

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