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  • Photo of Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks

    Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks

    Smiths Bletchington’s Gabion limestone blocks have been primarily used to fill gabion baskets for ground stabilisation, be it river banks, railway and road embankments and bridge abutments. Smiths’ tells us how the way in which this stone product is being used is changing.  Our gabion stone is a crushed Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally this can be used to enhance any smaller landscape or garden project. With the ability to…

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  • Photo of Smiths’ Cotswold Stone

    Smiths’ Cotswold Stone

    Smiths tells us about its Cotswold Stone.  Cotswold Stone is and has been, one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern…

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  • Photo of Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Interest in decking surges during lockdown

    Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. Data from the search engine revealed interest in the term ‘decking’ had doubled within the homes and interiors category in the five days following the UK lockdown announcement on March 23. Composite Prime sales director Charles Taylor said: “This backs-up an increase in consumer enquiries we have been receiving. For both samples and for customers wanting to know where to buy our products. “It’s good news for timber merchants and builders merchants who are able to continue…

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  • Photo of Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group honours landscapers

    Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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  • Photo of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adorns Chelsea Flower Show vintage London shopfront

    MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adorns Chelsea Flower Show vintage London shopfront

    This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY have partnered with Wallgarden, bespoke maker of children’s playhouses, and Sarah Eberle, landscape designer, for the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show.   On Main Avenue, a miniature Hampshire-style cottage and miniature London Shop, which features MTX, will welcome visitors with a keen sense of creativity and child-like imagination- a key theme for the show this year.   The London Shop is based on the Pragnell fine jewellery showroom on Mayfair’s iconic Mount Street. The shop front is unrecognisable as MTX, which forms the complete shop front. Including the signage and door, to create a traditional Victorian aesthetic.…

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  • Photo of Jonathan Bourne talks perfect substrates for green roofs

    Jonathan Bourne talks perfect substrates for green roofs

    Jonathan Bourne, director of Bourne Amenity, tell us why crushed brick is the right choice for green roofs There are various methods of meeting the German FLL specifications for extensive green roof substrates as highlighted in the amended 2008 FLL guidelines. If we take a standard extensive green roof, which will predominantly consist of low maintenance sedum plants, the key parameters are drainage and percolation, nutrients and the all-important saturated bulk density for the one-in-100-year weather event. Bourne Amenity has worked with a variety of  primary materials over the past 10 years in order to locate the perfect substrate blend…

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  • Photo of SoilsCon 2019 – Save the date!

    SoilsCon 2019 – Save the date!

    SoilsCon, the landscape industry’s go-to conference for soil-related topics, will be returning once again to the elegant Phyllis Court in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Thursday, 26th September.   This year’s event will be the fourth soils conference to be organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O’Hare.   It promises landscape architects and specifiers, contractors, garden designers, developers, topsoil manufacturers, local government officers, and wider industry professionals a day of invaluable professional development, discussion and debate, with presentations by some of the country’s leading experts in their respective fields.   This year’s speaker line-up features:   Tim O’Hare, Principal, Tim…

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  • Photo of BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

    BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

    The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched another Regional Centre of Excellence at the HQ for Talasey Group in Doncaster.   Regional Centres of Excellence have been quick to open at various locations across the UK. This will give BMF members in the local area access to BMF training and events closer to home.   The launch of a centre at Talasey Group emphasises the network’s significant growth in the past year.   It also provides BMF members based in and around Yorkshire with a convenient facility, from which to attend events and training.   Talasey Group offer a diverse…

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  • Photo of Sutcliffe Play launches new range of rotators

    Sutcliffe Play launches new range of rotators

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  • Photo of Kebur Garden Materials expand natural stone and porcelain collection

    Kebur Garden Materials expand natural stone and porcelain collection

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  • Photo of Talasey Group announce winners of Landscaping Professionals awards

    Talasey Group announce winners of Landscaping Professionals awards

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  • Photo of Talasey Group Announce Product Range Expansion

    Talasey Group Announce Product Range Expansion

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  • Photo of FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

    FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

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  • Photo of Earth Cycle launches new range

    Earth Cycle launches new range

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  • Photo of Dura Deck expands range

    Dura Deck expands range

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  • Smiths’ decorative shingle

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  • Photo of New Green-tech Trade Centre opens up in North Yorkshire

    New Green-tech Trade Centre opens up in North Yorkshire

    Landscape supplier Green-tech opens up a Landscaping Trade Centre on Monday 3 December 2018.   The Green-tech Trade Centre will sell everything needed for commercial landscaping projects. Customers will also benefit from discounted trade prices.   The Green-tech Trade Centre will be open from 7:00am on weekdays. It is within the Rabbit Hill Country Store on Rabbit Hill Business Park. This is just off the A168 southbound, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. There is plenty of free parking outside the Centre for quick and easy loading.   Trade Centre manager Frankie Helliwell said: “This is an exciting development for Green-tech.…

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  • Photo of Paving the way to a top quality driveway

    Paving the way to a top quality driveway

    There are three key challenges to achieving perfection when it comes to laying a driveway. These are ground stabilisation, filtration and drainage. All three are solvable with the right geotextile fabric.   Selecting and installing the right geotextile fabric for any landscaping project is crucial for soil separation, weed control, ground stabilisation, drainage and filtration.   With Growtivation’s Product That Worx range of geotextile fabrics landscaping professionals can be assured of achieving superb results for their clients every time.   Pick the right geotextile fabric for the job   A professional grade membrane, DRIVETEX is a non-woven geotextile fabric designed…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley trials plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

    Johnsons of Whixley trials plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

    Commercial horticultural nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is trialling a revolutionary new type of plant pot to fight the industry battle against plastic waste. Johnsons’ new taupe-coloured plant pots, in collaboration with pot manufacturer Aeroplas UK, are made from 98 per cent of recycled plastic and are detectable by domestic waste separation systems which means they can be put back into the recycling stream. They are distinct from standard pots, which feature a carbon pigment that compromises recognition, and results in millions of pots ending up in landfill every year. Johnsons’ new product is set to be tested throughout 2019 to identify any…

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  • Photo of Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

    Cotswold Dry Stone Walling

    Cotswold Stone one of the most popular products for wall building for years. Its natural colour with its subtle honey characteristics has a desirable appearance.   Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone is quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It has all the warmth and subtlety expected from the stone from this part of the country.   Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern construction work. For example: building of new Cotswold styled properties, or conservation and restoration work. It is also used in new property walling, landscaping projects and exterior cladding. It can also…

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  • Photo of Green-tech unveil 25th Anniversary edition Product Catalogue

    Green-tech unveil 25th Anniversary edition Product Catalogue

    The new 2019 Green-tech catalogue is now in print and available for all customers, architects and garden designers across the UK.   The new 2019 product catalogue celebrates 25 years of trading for Green-tech. It is full with over 6,500 products for rural and urban tree planting, tree irrigation and ground, wind, weed and erosion control. It also has grounds maintenance, soils and growing media and wildflower and conservation products.   The catalogue features the new TreeBio range of biodegradable planting sundries. It also has a new range of liquid fertilisers and an extended range of ecology products.   Green-tech’s…

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  • Photo of Driveway style with Miles Stone

    Driveway style with Miles Stone

    Miles Stone takes a trip out to the Hampshire countryside to look at the project of a long time client. This customer wanted to add impact and design style to the front of their home by installing a more attractive driveway apron. Previously this area was a rough concrete pad which did not complement the property. Using Tumbled Indian Sandstone Setts this home now has a beautiful entrance way, matching the high class materials used elsewhere in the build. Expertly constructed by Jez McCarthy and Mick Parker. Miles Stone have an assortment of other projects on their Vimeo account, so…

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  • Photo of Bespoke Poppy Railings installed at War Memorial for Remembrance Day

    Bespoke Poppy Railings installed at War Memorial for Remembrance Day

    Remembrance day, on 11 November we stand together to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom. Across the country people will be honouring the fallen with a two-minute silence. Many will visit War Memorials to pay their respects. It is a time to reflect and raise awareness among generations. It reminds us of how fortunate we are to live peaceful lives not affected by war.   For Alpha Rail, the commemoration of the sacrifices made by the nation’s war heroes is highly important. It has also gained them a reputation as a niche manufacturer of poppy style railings for war…

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  • Photo of Find MEDITE SMARTPLY at Futurescape 2018

    Find MEDITE SMARTPLY at Futurescape 2018

    MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME (MTX) is a weather resistant MDF from MEDITE SMARTPLY.   This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY will be bringing MTX to Futurescape 2018, the leading UK landscape event. Find the company at stand B1 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 20 November 2018.   In a recent test of the uses of MTX, MEDITE SMARTPLY teamed up with Bakers Timber Buildings. This was to supply materials for their high-end, custom-made garden rooms. These outdoor spaces are usable year-round thanks to their insulation and durability gained from MTX. Another MEDITE solution, MEDITE MR was also used.   Bakers Timber…

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  • Photo of Garden trends for 2019

    Garden trends for 2019

    For some design inspiration, this article will bring you up to speed on the garden trends forecasts for 2019.   Geometric The love of geometric patterns continues to grow and will likely feature heavily on a clients’ wish-lists. Influenced by the renaissance of 1980s New Memphis style, this look one of two ways:   Playful – think pastels or primary colours, the choice is wide open. Restrained and elegant – a more muted palette of whites and greens Of course, the nature of this style means that these projects will underpin strong patterns and shapes. You can think about a…

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