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

    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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  • Photo of Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

    Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

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  • Photo of Tivoli wins planned grounds maintenance contract for 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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  • Photo of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Welsh Council

    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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  • Photo of Allerdale borough council appoints Tivoli as its integrated street scene contractor

    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 2018 | Seminar roundup

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    Lottery funding for parks

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    Report highlights change needed in SuDS delivery

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    Woodland Trust Appeals to Buy Mountain

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  • Photo of idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

    idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

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  • Photo of Mitie helps retailers Aldi and Matalan prepare for winter weather

    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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  • Photo of Remaining productive and profitable during winter

    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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  • Photo of Handling staff during the Christmas period

    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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  • Photo of Toro introduces new ProStripe 560 Mower

    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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  • Photo of Hayter announce brand new Harrier 48 and 56 Pro models

    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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  • Photo of How to care for a garden during winter

    How to care for a garden during winter

    Pro Landscaper speaks with Tiger Sheds, who have surveyed the nation to unveil the UK’s garden habits. It reveals that a massive two in five (40%) of Brits don’t take precautions to prepare their garden or garden buildings for the cooler winter weather. What’s more, 52% completely abandon their gardens and fail to do any gardening throughout winter. Almost one in ten (9%) said that they don’t care for their garden in winter because they think that their plants will die regardless. 8% said they would replace anything that that the winter weather damages – but at what cost? Only…

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  • Photo of Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

    Milton Jones to host IOG Industry Awards at SALTEX

    Milton Jones, funny man takes the reigns from Bake Off’s Tom Allen at IOG Industry Awards.   This year’s IOG Industry Awards will be full of high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen. Tom regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.   No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones. The wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ is fresh off his UK tour. He will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual awards night. The event is at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening…

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  • Photo of Green-tech protect 65,000 trees in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Green-tech protect 65,000 trees in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    A new 50ha native woodland finds itself in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   The Summerstone Estate is within 1,400 acres of the Nidderdale Valley in the Yorkshire Dales. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of just 46 in the UK. Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside considered special places, worthy of protection.   As well as recognition for its beauty, the Summerstone Estate is ideal for sporting enthusiasts. The surrounding countryside is a quality grouse and pheasant shooting site.   The estates owners advocate sustainable land management. They…

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  • Photo of The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

    The nation has decided the top 10 favourite UK parks

    More than 65,000 votes cast as the nation picks the best of British. Green Flag Award announces the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice vote for the favourite UK parks. There were more than 1,800 sites to choose from. All of these meeting the high standards of the Green Flag Award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The ten winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: Cassiobury Park, Watford Borough Council Clifton Park, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Saltwell Park, Gateshead Council Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire…

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  • Photo of Help support Breast Cancer Care with Husqvarna pink Automower auction

    Help support Breast Cancer Care with Husqvarna pink Automower auction

    Husqvarna, is raising money for Breast Cancer Care this year, marking a third year of support for the charity. This month, the manufacturer has launched an online auction for a Pink Automower®, with the proceeds going to charity.   The auction for Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmower will run until 18 October. This gives potential bidders the chance to get involved and own their own robotic gardener whilst also raising money for a great cause.   Husqvarna is pioneering the robotic lawnmowing industry since 1995. It produces industry-leading robotic lawnmowers from its Newton Aycliffe which sell globally.   Staff in Newton Aycliffe…

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  • Photo of Winter proofing a client’s garden

    Winter proofing a client’s garden

    Winter is traditionally the time when gardens begin to look a bit jaded. As the temperatures fall and the nights grow darker, it can be all too easy to abandon nature to its own devices. All landscapers, however, know that while winter does whittle plants away, this reduction in greenery can be useful. It allows a layout review to create new and exciting plans for the next year, and to focus on maintenance jobs. Focusing on the following areas will keep a client’s outdoor areas safe, tidy, and ready for the onset of Spring.   1. Clearance and Composting  …

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  • Photo of Free STIHL accessories

    Free STIHL accessories

    The STIHL chainsaw promotion is back by popular demand. Users can receive STIHL accessories worth up to £87 when purchasing selected cordless and petrol chainsaws.   The promotion runs until 14 December 2018. Any customer purchasing either a cordless MSA 160 C-BQ or MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw, as well as a petrol powered MS 180 or MS 181, will receive a pair of clear contrast goggles, a filing kit and ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, free of charge.   Purchasing the petrol powered MS 211, MS 231 or the MS 251 saws will gift customers with ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, a…

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  • Photo of John Deere dealer changes

    John Deere dealer changes

    John Deere dealer Winchester Garden Machinery Ltd has decided to relinquish its professional golf & turf business at the end of October 2018. This is while retaining Deere’s full homeowner equipment franchise. Neighbouring dealers Farol Ltd and Hunt Forest Group will share WGM’s existing professional sales area of responsibility. Farol’s Midhurst outlet covering West Sussex and Surrey and Hunt Forest Group at Chilbolton taking on Hampshire.   Winchester Garden Machinery has been supplying garden and grass care machinery since 1969. It will continue to trade as a main John Deere dealer for homeowners, specialising in walk-behind mowers and lawn tractors.…

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