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  • Photo of Shropshire’s Hillview Hardy Plants confirmed as RHS Malvern Spring Festival’s ‘Master Grower’ 2023

    Shropshire’s Hillview Hardy Plants confirmed as RHS Malvern Spring Festival’s ‘Master Grower’ 2023

    Shropshire-based Hillview Hardy Plants has been awarded the coveted RHS Malvern Spring Festival ‘Master Grower’ accolade for 2023 and will be sharing their expertise at the show from 11 – 14 May 2023 at Three Counties Showground, Malvern. The Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Master Grower’ scheme endeavours to shine a spotlight on the UK’s finest specialist nurseries. Nurseries that have proudly collected a number of awards and medals are invited to become ‘Master Growers’. Hillview Hardy Plants has been going to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival since 1988 and the family are thrilled that their plants will be in the spotlight…

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  • Photo of Ten best garden design trends 2023

    Ten best garden design trends 2023

    Acacia Gardens announces its Ten Best Garden Design Trends 2023. As technology becomes more available 3D garden designs, videos, and virtual reality become the norm. Sustainable and sharing gardens, along with growing veg and flowers, will be popular. Pergolas take centre stage while internal and external continuity prevails, and garden styling and lighting shine. The overriding theme is that homeowners will enjoy their gardens more by creating outdoor living rooms and kitchens to entertain family and friends. Many of the Garden Trends for 2022 continue, including drought resistance and wellness themes. Look at Acacia Gardens Garden Design Trend for 2023 to see…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: September 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: September 2022

    Autumn brought the beginning of a new chapter at Pro Landscaper; our September 2022 edition was the first following a significant rebranding. While our overall look underwent considerable change, the biggest focus was the flow of the magazine, enhancing the reading experience with streamlined and refocused approach to content. As part of the September issue, Chris Churchman pondered the landscape industry’s role and achievements in shaping the natural environment. Meanwhile, we took a look at Singapore’s fantastic Gardens by the Bay. In other news… Pro Landscaper looked at the significance of UK manufacturing, and also asked whether smart gardens could be…

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  • Photo of Living Wall industry launches Best Practice Guidance to allow architects to specify with confidence

    Living Wall industry launches Best Practice Guidance to allow architects to specify with confidence

    The Living Wall industry has launched a Best Practice Guide for designers, specifiers and architects to provide clarity on the latest National Building Regulations. On 1 June 2022 the government introduced a new framework to further strengthen and clarify building regulations and fire risk guidance as part of wider reforms to building safety. National legislation now clearly determines the building types where external cladding can be used, which includes Living Wall installations. This means that residential dwellings above 11m high where people sleep are no longer compliant, but all other building types are. In response, the Living Wall industry’s two…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: August 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: August 2022

    As we hurtled towards autumn, Pro Landscaper caught up with Gareth Kirkwood, eight months into his tenure as CEO of Nurture Group after Peter Fane stepped down in January. “History is littered with organisations who have grown faster than the rate they can cope with”, he said at the time. “We’re building a platform for future growth.” As ever, our August 2022 edition featured a wide variety of key talking points affecting our industry. In this issue, Jason Knights stated that government inaction means businesses must take charge of biodiversity. Meanwhile, Nick Coslett highlighted the opportunities that solar panels can…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: July 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: July 2022

    By the time a record-breaking, scorching July arrived, Ground Control’s Marcus Watson had completed his 1,400-mile cycle ride in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and penned a two-part series for Pro Landscaper, drawing parallels for business and personal success. Our July 2022 edition featured garden designer Mark Draper celebrating 30 years at Graduate Gardeners. Meanwhile, on the back of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andrew Wilson pondered ‘the art of perfection’ and asked whether we should relax more. In other news… The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs published a review exploring how the horticulture sector can make use of…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: June 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: June 2022

    Summer 2022 delivered an important reshuffle of the Pro Landscaper team, with Jessica Dean-Hill arriving as editorial assistant. In our June edition, May & Watts reflected on a 25-year journey in the landscaping industry, with a particular focus on the growing climate for private and commercial garden spaces. Meanwhile, Christopher Martin called on the industry to reduce noise pollution and “reap the biodiversity benefits”. “What I do not think we fully grasp yet, is the risk posed to the environment, to society, and to us physically from urban noise”, he said. In other news… The landscaping industry paid its respects…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: May 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: May 2022

    As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returned to its traditional May date for the first time since 2019, Pro Landscaper’s RHS special followed suit. A key highlight was Project Giving Back, a new initiative funding 12 gardens to offer charities the chance to promote themselves after what would have been a difficult couple of years for many of them. The 2022 iteration of the show was Sue Biggs’ last as director general of the RHS, handing over the reins after over a decade at the helm. In other news… Ground Control became certified as a B Corp, joining a growing cohort…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: April 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: April 2022

    Spring continued our return to physical events with the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022, bringing the landscaping community together for an afternoon to celebrate the excellent standards set within the industry. After another enormously successful event in 2022, we’re looking towards The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2023, which will move venues to Old Billingsgate on 21 April.  Pro Landscaper’s April 2022 edition, meanwhile, saw Peter Reader move to “debunk the fairytale of farming”. “We lambast other countries for the destruction of their native environments, and yet we continue to destroy our own,” he said. Our ‘Let’s Hear it From’ for…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: March 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: March 2022

    Back in March, the landscaping community gathered at Sandown Park Racecourse for a day full of networking, debates, educational seminars, and inspirational talks. Futurescape Spring 2022, which hosted over 100 exhibitors, was the first to take place since 2019 following COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, Pro Landscaper’s Green Issue – the third annual edition dedicated to the industry’s ever-evolving approach to sustainability – featured a UK Landscape Barometer special. According to the barometer, a whopping 80% of suppliers responding to our survey believed they were going ‘above and beyond’ to be environmentally friendly. Even more (90%) claimed they were making an effort…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: February 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: February 2022

    In a month that witnessed the publication of Pro Landscaper’s 125th edition, February 2022 brought a new CEO at Nurture Group, with founder Peter Fane replaced by Gareth Kirkwood OBE. Fane, who took up the position of Executive Chairman, said he believed the new CEO would “drive us forward and make an important contribution to the growth of the company”. Meanwhile, Lynne Marcus, chair of the Society of Garden Designers, argued that artificial grass is causing too much industry damage for landscapers to continue promoting it. “It has always shocked me that people who are aware of the damage of…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: January 2022

    12 Days of Christmas: January 2022

    With an ever-subsiding threat of further lockdown restrictions, the arrival of 2022 offered some cautious optimism for the twelve months ahead. As ever, Pro Landscaper sought to accentuate that much-needed industry positivity as we entered a new year. In our January 2022 edition, Sue Morgan featured as Pro Landscaper’s first Let’s Hear it From of the year, having landed her “dream job” as CEO of the Landscape Institute in August 2021. Meanwhile, freelance designer, writer and researcher Noel Kingsbury called on the UK to follow in the footsteps of mainland Europe to develop a “viable” strategy for large-scale perennial planting,…

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  • Photo of Kier Construction appoints new head of sustainability

    Kier Construction appoints new head of sustainability

    Kier has appointed Anna Baker as head of sustainability for its Construction business. This latest appointment builds on the Group’s newly formed Responsible Business team and underlines its commitment to sustainably delivering infrastructure which is vital to the UK. Anna will be responsible for delivering Kier Construction’s targets as part of the Group’s Building for a Sustainable World. These include achieving net zero carbon across business operations by 2039, eliminating avoidable waste by 2035, the delivery of 30p in every £ of impactful social value, and helping customers deliver on their sustainability targets, working with them to co-create sustainability solutions. Prior to joining Kier,…

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  • Photo of Meadfleet reach finals of UK’s Largest Sustainability Awards

    Meadfleet reach finals of UK’s Largest Sustainability Awards

    Meadfleet has been selected as a finalist in the SME category of the 2023 EDIE Awards. These awards recognise sustainability leadership and celebrate organisations that take a responsible and innovative approach to the environment and climate change. Meadfleet is dedicated to sustainability and long-term management of the 545 acres in its care. The company’s goal is to reduce its environmental impact and maximise the benefits of green spaces for biodiversity and the fight against climate change. Since 1995, Meadfleet has been appointed by local authorities and developers to manage and maintain public open spaces, creating a legacy for stakeholders, protecting…

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  • Photo of Cultura goes into receivership

    Cultura goes into receivership

    Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractor Cultura Group has gone into administration, as of last Tuesday. Two years ago, the company underwent a rebrand from ESL Landscape Contractors to Cultura. It has been providing commercial landscape and private residential work to the private and public sector for three decades, with services such as hard and soft landscaping, arboriculture and grounds maintenance. A statement on its website says: “Andrew Andronikou and Brian Burke of Quantuma Advisory Limited, High Holborn House, 52-54 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6RL were appointed Joint Administrators of both Cultura Group Limited & East Sussex Landscapes Limited (“the Companies”)…

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  • Photo of Harris Bugg Studio shortlisted for International Design Competition

    Harris Bugg Studio shortlisted for International Design Competition

    Harris Bugg Studio in partnership with William Matthews Associates, Barker Langham, Structure Workshop and Atelier Ten are one of four international teams to be shortlisted in an open call to design a new visitor centre for Albania’s chief cultural attraction – Butrint National Park Visitor Center. The centre, on Albania’s Ionian coastline, is an exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a strong response and entries from 17 countries, the four finalists were the unanimous choice of the shortlisting panel following a first stage response to the brief, which is for a carbon-neutral visitor centre and surrounding landscape that perfectly relates to the…

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  • Photo of Mitie unwraps 3,000th electric vehicle in time for Christmas

    Mitie unwraps 3,000th electric vehicle in time for Christmas

    Mitie has welcomed the 3,000th electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet which puts it on course to switch its fleet to zero emission vehicles by the end of 2025. Mitie began its EV transition in December 2018, with 42% of Mitie’s UK-wide fleet now electric, following more than 1,000 new electric vehicles joining the fleet during 2022. The home of the new vehicle will be Merryhill Shopping Centre in Dudley, West Midlands, on Mitie’s Greener Cities landscaping contract. Greener Cities operates in urban areas across the UK helping customers with net zero ambitions, by using electric vehicles, ensuring zero landfill…

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  • Photo of Landscape architecture practice closes the year with 25% growth and a strong pipeline for 2023

    Landscape architecture practice closes the year with 25% growth and a strong pipeline for 2023

    East Midlands-based Influence Landscape Planning and Design has reported a 25% growth in turnover in 2022, and is forecasting double digit growth in 2023. Chartered landscape architects Influence provide expertise in project management, environmental planning, feasibility and concept development, master planning and urban design, landscape design, landscape/townscape, visual impact assessment, expert witness and arboriculture. A surge in public sector work and a strategy to work on projects which align with the wildlife, heritage and regeneration ethos of the practice, have been key factors in the growth. Influence expanded its team this year to accommodate the growth, with the recruitment of…

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  • Photo of Applications open for RHS work-based training

    Applications open for RHS work-based training

    Applications for RHS work-based training positions are open, giving prospective horticulturists and those wanting to progress their career, training with leading experts and the opportunity to learn hands-on skills while getting paid. The three work-based training programmes offered by the RHS have opened, and there is something for those new to horticulture and horticulturists wishing to take their career to the next level. The work-based training positions are unique opportunities for successful applicants to gain hands-on skills and experience alongside leading experts, preparing them for life in industry, with the benefit of having no debt at the end of training…

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  • Photo of Bluesky National Tree Map helps Bradford manage tree disease

    Bluesky National Tree Map helps Bradford manage tree disease

    A local authority has turned to data from aerial survey and mapping company, Bluesky International, to manage tree health and felling across a 98-hectare estate and areas of an adjoining 64-hectare golf course. Bradford District Council is using data from Bluesky’s unique National Tree Map (NTM) to accurately pinpoint the location and number of trees infected or at risk of disease to plan and report on necessary remedial work. Tree felling is an important part of maintaining the health of the UK’s woodlands and forests. Landowners have an obligation to take action to contain and eliminate areas of trees infected…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

    There has been a steady fall in enquires this year, similar to that of the lack of confidence in the industry. However, as the year comes to a close, we are seeing 6% of our respondents gain confidence in just one month (from 10% of respondents feeling more confident in November 2022 to 16% in December 2022). Enquiries are also slowly going up, with 27% of respondents reporting an increase in enquiries in October 2022, compared to 16% in August. One respondent commented that “since the economic turmoil of the mini budget has subsided, enquiries and conversions have increased again…

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  • Photo of Creating luxury outdoor spaces with Caribbean Blinds Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod

    Creating luxury outdoor spaces with Caribbean Blinds Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod

    Pro Landscaper speaks with Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean Blinds about their recent project with Virtue Projects. Caribbean Blinds recently completed a project with Virtue Projects including their product Deluxe Outdoor Living PodTM. Two of the Deluxe Outdoor Living PodTM were used in client’s project to create a covered outdoor living space fit for entertaining. Speaking of the brief, Stuart said: “The client had a vision of creating a luxurious, high-end, hotel-like outdoor space where they would be able to host friends ‘in the garden’ all-year round. It would be a place to enjoy great food, drinks and music…

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  • Photo of Kew Gardens’ Orchid festival returns for 2023

    Kew Gardens’ Orchid festival returns for 2023

    Kew Gardens’ Orchid festival returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory from Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 March 2023. Taking inspiration from the beauty and biodiversity of Cameroon, Orchids 2023 is a vibrant celebration of colour to brighten up the winter months, and the first time Kew’s Orchid festival will celebrate an African nation. Encompassing a series of stunning horticultural displays and living sculptures, the festival takes places across the ten different climatic zones which make up Kew’s state-of-the-art Princess of Wales Conservatory, replicating a series of fascinating global ecosystems under one roof. Orchids 2023 will highlight the varied…

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  • Photo of Wakehurst forced to close 150-acre nature reserve in fight against deadly ash dieback disease

    Wakehurst forced to close 150-acre nature reserve in fight against deadly ash dieback disease

    Experts at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, are taking drastic action in the fight against ash dieback, the deadly fungus devastating the British countryside. 10 years since this disease was first discovered in the UK, the gardens near Haywards Heath have been forced to close the Loder Valley Nature Reserve from early December, as the team embarks on a major felling operation. Diseased trees pose a risk to visitors and Wakehurst experts will be working across the 150-acre haven of wetlands, meadows and woodlands to prevent trees and branches from falling over public paths. Ash dieback is the…

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  • Photo of “Legislate for eco development now” urges Langley new build lead

    “Legislate for eco development now” urges Langley new build lead

    Recently appointed new build lead at the Langley Group, Simon Griffiths is calling on the government to urgently legislate for all new developments to feature at least one green or sustainable element. Langley’s calls follow an Autumn Statement which saw the government pledge to invest in the country’s energy efficiency and make a renewed commitment to a 68% reduction in UK emissions by 2030 as agreed at COP26. Describing the number of empty roofs in the country as “a wasted opportunity for our planet and our wellbeing” Griffiths suggests that all new buildings should wherever possible be fitted with at…

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