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    • Cambridge council restricts herbicides as part of response to Biodiversity Emergency

      Cambridge City Council is restricting the use of herbicides in its parks and open spaces as part of its ongoing ambition to achieve a measurable net gain in biodiversity for Cambridge.   This ambition was outlined in a Biodiversity Emergency motion adopted by the council earlier this year. The motion recognises the immediate global biodiversity emergency and the local impact this could have on communities and businesses.   It outlines a series of pledges for the next two years and beyond including:   Making the council estate, including its parks and opens spaces, more hospitable to a wide range of…

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    • Hackney Council trials glyphosate-free area

      Hackney Council is trialling a glyphosate-free area to promote biodiversity, increase green infrastructure, and see if abandoning the use of the herbicide means it can continue high standards of street maintenance.   The trial, which encompasses streets, estates and green spaces in the Daubeney area of Homerton, began earlier in the summer. It is hoped that the trial will demonstrate the effect of allowing these areas to grow naturally, so that decisions can be made about the future use of herbicides and other methods of removing weeds.   The trial comes in addition to a number of measures the Council is…

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    • VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

      Find out how Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery to maintain the large areas of ground. Find out more about the Kubota groundcare range here  

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    • County Durham woodlands awarded funding to help restore them

      The Durham Woodland Revival project has been awarded £434,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and reconnect woodland in the county.   The funding will enable it to work with partners Woodland Trust, Northwoods, Wear Rivers Trust and the Forestry Commission to bring neglected and under-managed woodland back into good condition and to boost woodland cover over a four-year period, starting this summer.   Focusing on 5,000 hectares of woodland within a 10-mile radius from Durham City, the project looks at different ways of managing a range of different woodlands. From the diverse ecosystems of ancient woodland to…

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    • Plumpton Rocks

      Historic England awards £100k grant to complete restoration of Plumpton Rocks

      Historic England has awarded a grant of more than £100,000 towards the restoration of Plumpton Rocks. Described as “heaven on earth” by Queen Mary, the wife of King George V.   Situated near Knaresborough, Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II-listed 18th century man-made lake, set against a backdrop of dramatic rock formations and surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful parkland.   From the late 18th century to the late 20th century, Plumpton Rocks was a celebrated pleasure ground enjoyed by everyone from the paying public to royalty. But it fell into decline towards the end of the last century and…

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      Government sets out vision for a safe and biodiverse railway lineside

      The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out a clear strategy for how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the UK’s lineside environment, while ensuring the safety of passengers and services.   The strategy follows recommendations from the independently chaired review led by John Varley, a non-executive director of the Environment Agency. First commissioned by the department in May 2018 to look at Network Rail’s lineside vegetation management, Valuing nature – a railway for people and wildlife, has outlined a number of proposals to protect and increase biodiversity.   The new policy has been drawn up in collaboration…

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    • idverde and its partners are proud to fly 122 Green Flags

      idverde, is delighted that 112 of the parks and green spaces it maintains on behalf of its clients have been awarded the Green Flag for 2019, recognising them as some of the best in the UK.   idverde looks forward to the annual Green Flag preparations as an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with clients and local green space users. This year, it was particularly pleased that seven of the sites it looks after have been awarded a Green Flag for the first time ever.   Andrew Kauffman, Head of idverde’s Greenspace Development Team, said: “The achievement of a…

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    • Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

      Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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    • Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

      Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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    • Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

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    • Tivoli and Scottish Water

      Tivoli wins planned grounds maintenance contract for Scottish Water

      Tivoli has commenced operations as the new grounds maintenance service provider for Scottish Water. It will be looking after over 3,000 sites throughout Scotland.   The contract will run from 1st February 2019 until 31st January 2021 with a possible 5-year extension. It sees Tivoli completing scheduled grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at Scottish Water sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. Teams have been in-place and mobilised since 8 April, following a full suite of site audits.   Six tenders were submitted in total, with Tivoli coming out as the highest scoring bidder. This was after…

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      Countrywide Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Welsh Council

      Countrywide Grounds, the UK’s leading professional grounds maintenance contractor, has recently won a new flexible grass cutting contract up to four years with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to help reduce its costs.   This agreement also allows the number of cuts to be reduced in future years so can be tailored to reflect ongoing budget challenges. Grass cutting of verges and small areas of open land will take place nine times this year. Meaning the Council will save £100,000 on last year’s costs, when grass was cut using agency staff.   The new contract, which started 6 weeks ago,…

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      Allerdale borough council appoints Tivoli as its integrated street scene contractor

      Tivoli is set to continue its 15-year collaboration with Allerdale Borough Council. This is with the award of the Council’s Integrated Street Scene contract, which will see grounds maintenance and street cleansing services merge for the first time. The contract commenced on 1st April 2019 and will run for an initial eight-year period with an option to extend for a further eight years.   Tivoli has been maintaining many the Borough’s public parks, open spaces, play areas, leisure and sports facilities, cemeteries and sheltered dwellings since 2003. From April 2019, Tivoli will also deliver litter picking, fly-tipping, chewing gum removal…

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    • FutureScape

      FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

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    • Lottery funded gardens

      Lottery funding for parks

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    • Report highlights change needed in SuDS delivery

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    • Woodland Trust

      Woodland Trust Appeals to Buy Mountain

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    • idverde

      idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

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      Mitie helps retailers Aldi and Matalan prepare for winter weather

      Mitie has won two large contracts with retailers Aldi and Matalan. This is to help them keep their businesses moving this winter as temperatures start to drop.   The company will clear snow and grit roads, car parks and other areas close to the retailers’ stores across the UK. This will ensure that employees and customers can come and go safely even when the weather turns icy.   Mitie has agreed winter maintenance work at 164 sites for Aldi across south Wales and the west of England. For Matalan, 61 sites and two distribution centres across the UK.   Mitie…

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      Remaining productive and profitable during winter

      Late autumn and winter mark the end of the gardening season for many, which is fine if gardening is a hobby but less ideal for businesses. There are plenty of ways to keep busy as a landscaper or garden designer during the colder months. Outlined below are some ideas to stay productive and profitable. Jobs Outside The arrival of winter brings new jobs and the beginning of a different type of gardening: Protect plants from the elements – Adding a light amount of compost to form a mound around the base of plants provides the roots with protection from frost.…

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      Glyphosate guidance

      Complete Weed Control has announced a series of roadshow events to provide essential guidance for the amenity sector dealing with the application of glyphosate. The half day seminars will detail the latest information from Bayer regarding glyphosate as well as informative sessions dealing with the application of glyphosate for hard surfaces utilising Complete Weed Control’s Weed-IT technology. In addition, there will invaluable advice with regard to handling public objections to weed control activities, with concise information to take away from the event.  Findings from the most extensive trials into Japanese knotweed and its control will also be provided along with…

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      Handling staff during the Christmas period

      As fabulously festive as Christmas time is, the holiday can wreak havoc with many industries that find their workload increasing through the winter months. Grounds maintenance is a prime example. Colder weather strikes up the need for additional services such as gritting and snow ploughing, making staff attendance essential. Pro Landscaper sits with Eddy Griffiths, head of operations at grounds maintenance and landscaping giant CGM, to discover how he manages staff at this time of year. When asked how busy the winter period is compared with the rest of the year, Eddy starts by saying: “In theory the winter months…

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    • ProStripe 560

      Toro introduces new ProStripe 560 Mower

      The Toro Company is launching the new ProStripe 560 striping mower. The model combines the benefits of a precise cut and clean striped finish with the simplicity of a walk power mower. The compact lightweight design is ideal for striping smaller areas of turf. It can easily manoeuvre tight areas whilst offering precision, productivity and durability.   Key features include a two-piece ribbed roller designed to create the perfect finish and crisp stripe, without marking and damaging turf. It has a 3-speed transmission system to adapt to all weather and turf conditions and users can adjust the speed from 2.9…

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    • Preparing green spaces for 2019

      With colder temperatures rolling in, it’s tempting to overlook lawn maintenance. Before settling in for the winter, be sure to prepare green spaces for the winter months, so to pick things up in spring 2019. Landscape experts at Hayter have put together some top tips to help prepare.   Give the lawn a clean This ensures that there are no nasty surprises in the garden come springtime. Removing all large objects from lawn areas, such as logs or garden furniture before the final lawn mow will prevent dead spots forming on the grass during winter. Dead spots can stunt the…

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      Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

      Hayter, mower manufacturing giant, is announcing the arrival of two brand new Harrier models at this year’s SALTEX event.   Designed for landscape professionals, the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro are additions to the Harrier rear-roller mower lineup. Since the first Harrier professional lawn mower over a decade ago, the range is completely overhauled. Professionals will benefit from the enhanced features and benefits in the latest models.   Available in Spring 2019, the latest Harrier Pro mowers are robust and flexible to enable users to tackle a variety of turfs. The Harrier 48 Pro features: New cast Aluminium cutter deck…

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