• 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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  • 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 BALI re-launches GoLandscape website

    BALI re-launches GoLandscape website

    BALI’s education officer, Stephen Ensell, has finished development on the BALI GoLandscape website. The website is more interactive, immersive and user-friendly. It provides helpful career advice and information for school leavers, career changers, parents, teachers, employers and career advisors.   The website has gone through months of construction, working alongside industry colleges, employers and GoLandscape Ambassadors. It now provides a real home for the work and activity taken on by Stephen and the Ambassadors to promote career opportunities across the wider landscaping sector.   The site has a slick, modern interface which is compatible across all major browsers, smartphones and tablets. It…

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  • Photo of Self Binding Path Gravel

    Self Binding Path Gravel

    For a modest outlay the Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel gives quality results. Its Cotswold hues and smooth finish look good in almost any situation. An ideal product for paths, tracks, walkways and cycle paths in both the domestic, civil and commercial markets.   Smiths’ Self Binding Path Gravel is a very versatile product. It gives a firm compact surface, ideal for where wheel access is a priority, (e.g. wheel chairs or wheelbarrows.) It has a wide range of applications, from the garden path to parking areas. It comes into its own when used to construct countryside walkways or cycle…

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  • Photo of ACO launches new slimline doorway drainage system

    ACO launches new slimline doorway drainage system

    ACO Building + Landscape has announced the launch of its new slimline doorway drainage system, Threshold Drain. Designed to enhance property entrances leading onto driveways and patios, the system offers contractors and landscapers a unique way to add a subtle yet highly effective aesthetic finish to an installation. One of the key attributes of Threshold Drain is its ability to prevent water ponding, which can diminish the overall appearance of the threshold and degrade masonry if the water is allowed to collect over a long period of time. The body of the Threshold Drain system is made from extruded plastic…

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  • Photo of Accoya in Cambridge University botanic gardens

    Accoya in Cambridge University botanic gardens

    Accoya wood has been specified for the ‘Understanding Plant Diversity’ section of a project at Cambridge University, in the botanic gardens. The project is of the largest university-owned botanic gardens in the world.   Following a competition in 2016, Chadwick Dryer Clarke was appointed as the project lead to create a path structure to inspire and intrigue visitors. ‘The Rising Path’, a galvanised steel structure clad with Accoya wood balustrades and decking, was created to meet the brief.   The 65 metre long dynamic spiral, which has a three-metre high elevated viewpoint, features an interpretation hub designed to inspire visitors…

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  • Photo of Fire Magic launch contemporary new website

    Fire Magic launch contemporary new website

    Fire Magic, the premium outdoor kitchen brand has launched a contemporary new website.   Offering expert design advice and a range of outdoor kitchen products, Fire Magic offer information to all installers.   Website Highlights Cut out dimensions listed on page for every component Product Hotspots – highlighting key points about each different Fire Magic barbecue series Case Studies – bringing real projects to life Blog – understand more about Fire Magic technology, latest news and recipes Inspiration Gallery – now includes details of all products shown in the project plus a link to the project designer or contractor Technical…

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  • Photo of Design tips for small gardens

    Design tips for small gardens

    Here we take a look at the various ways to maximise space and design stunning features, even with limited space in small gardens.

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  • Photo of The benefits of composite decking

    The benefits of composite decking

    Composite decking is growing in popularity. Maybe because it’s more durable than wood decking, as well as a great low-maintenance alternative to wood.   Unlike wood, composite decking doesn’t need frequent staining, oiling or moisture prevention damage and rotting. This makes it the less time-consuming option.   However, whilst composite decking offers low-maintenance benefits, in some instances, it can look artificial. But Millboard decking is different. Due to the unique way it’s engineered, Millboard decking looks remarkably like the real thing, yet out-performs it in every way.   Inspired by the innate beauty of nature, it’s been hand-moulded from original…

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  • Photo of Essential health and safety considerations for outdoor landscaping

    Essential health and safety considerations for outdoor landscaping

    Health and safety is an integral aspect of landscape design. Whatever the aesthetic considerations of a project, they must not put its end users at risk. For public or communal spaces, good safety practice is upheld by legal constraints. For example, the Equality Act of 2010 requires public spaces to be accessible and safe for use by disabled users. This includes those in wheelchairs, but there is a duty of care as well for projects commissioned by private clients.   Precautions around planting, such as avoiding poisonous species in areas with young children are essential. The safety aspects of landscaping…

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  • Photo of How to lay Drivetex by Growtivation

    How to lay Drivetex by Growtivation

    ‘How to Lay DRIVETEX Driveway Membrane’ is the third in a new series of videos offering landscaping professionals straightforward, easy-to-follow, practical information on getting the best from the Product That Works range of landscaping materials. This new video outlines how to lay DRIVETEX driveway membrane, a heavy duty non-woven geotextile fabric for driveways and roads, which offers the best performance in ground stabilisation, filtration and drainage. This is the first in a series of videos. Please see the video category on the Pro Landscaper website to find even more.Or see the online exclusives to browse even more great Pro Landscaper…

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  • Photo of Green Future Building helps bring children closer to nature

    Green Future Building helps bring children closer to nature

    Green Future Building (GFB) is a not-for-profit social enterprise, that helps young people gain employment in sustainable construction. It is also a business with the importance of nature at heart.   All projects led by GFB aim to benefit the natural world by working with the surrounding environment. They aim to create structures and spaces that will encourage wildlife and enable people to learn and grow closer to the landscape.   One recent project in particular is set to inspire and educate generations of school children for up to 50 years to come.   Built by Green Future Building, the…

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  • Photo of Alternative non-slip decking from Gripsure

    Alternative non-slip decking from Gripsure

    Non-slip decking manufacturer, Gripsure has expanded their range with Accoya modified timber decking.   Gripsure have invested in their facilities and developing their non-slip decking products. Having gained second tier distributer status, Gripsure now offer a decking board made from Accoya. Featuring two non-slip aggregate infills, Gripsure non-slip decking made with Accoya future proofs decking for longevity and safety.   Accoya wood is sustainably grown pine, modified by acetylation. This is a permanent modification from the surface of the timber board through to the core. The modification improves the timbers durability, stability and in service life. Classified within BS EN…

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