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  • Photo of LI Award winners announced in virtual ceremony

    LI Award winners announced in virtual ceremony

    On 26 November 2020, people from around the world tuned in to the Landscape Institute’s first ever online annual awards ceremony. Presenter Julia Bradbury welcomed attendees, setting the scene for a unique virtual afternoon by discussing the delicate balance between people, place and nature and the crucial need to create habitats in which all flourish. “As a nation, and globally too, we’ve realised the value of the outdoors,” said Julia. “But there’s a lot of us out there for the planet to support – so we need to use space effectively and efficiently.” The 21 winning projects and entries celebrated…

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  • Photo of Large forests needed to hit tree planting target, says Confor

    Large forests needed to hit tree planting target, says Confor

    Confor has welcomed the latest confirmation that the UK Government is committed to planting 30,000ha of new woodland annually by 2025. A £92m funding pot, part of the £640m Nature for Climate Fund, was announced for 2021-22 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.   The funding announcement, part of an additional £1bn for Defra said the  money would “keep us on track to restore more peatlands and plant 30,000ha of trees a year by the end of this Parliament”. Stuart Goodall, CEO of Confor, said: “This is good news, in that it reaffirms the commitment to the ambitious 30,000ha planting target and tops…

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  • Photo of 2020 Arbordeck Awards

    2020 Arbordeck Awards

    Cambridgeshire-based Composite Decking Lifestyles has taken the title of ‘Deck of the Year’ at the 2020 Arbordeck Awards, with its Church End project named as the winner thanks to its stunning design. The Trex® composite decking installation, which also came out on top in the ‘Best large Trex deck’ category, caught the judges’ attention thanks to its three-tier design which features a formal dining area, casual seating zone and a bar. Its use of two Trex colours – Gravel Path and Island Mist – along with lighting for both ambience and safety resulted in a sleek and modern decking space.…

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  • Photo of The Ball Colegrave Scholarship

    The Ball Colegrave Scholarship

    Ball Colegrave is encouraging the continuous professional development of young people in our sector with a travel scholarship. The £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship is on offer as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season. The award funds travel across the UK and Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing. An employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants and travel should apply. Recent winner, Robert Perry, a Crop Technician Apprentice, used the scholarship…

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  • Photo of Biodegradable tree guards reduce environmental impact

    Biodegradable tree guards reduce environmental impact

    A new range of biodegradable guards is now available, helping to reduce the environmental impact of planting new whips and improving landscape management. WhiptecBio tree and hedge guards are made from recycled material and are 100% sustainable, biodegradable and compostable. Developed with expert arboriculturists over the last 14 years, the guards have been successfully trialled in a range of scenarios and are now available exclusively from Agrovista Amenity. Landscape team manager for Agrovista Amenity, Ed Smith, says: “Although they play a vital role in establishing young saplings, there has also been some negativity surrounding tree guards and their impact on…

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  • Photo of 42% Brits set to upgrade garden following home improvement boom

    42% Brits set to upgrade garden following home improvement boom

    2021 is set to be a year of home transformations, with more than half of Brits (59%) claiming they will be making home improvements, with the average spend at £6,531 per household. Decorating is revealed as the top home improvement (69%), with grey being named as 2021’s colour of choice, followed by cream and blue, according to new research by Attic Self Storage. The new research uncovers that more than two in five (43%) Brits are looking to upgrade their garden and outside areas; 34% are buying new furniture; almost a fifth (18%) are looking to extend or build an…

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  • Photo of Marshalls Plc repays furlough money to government

    Marshalls Plc repays furlough money to government

    Marshalls, the specialist landscaping products business, has repaid the £9.4m it received from the furlough scheme back to the government. This is as a result of an improved outlook and stronger trading position than expected. Martyn Coffey, chief executive of Marshalls plc, says: “At Marshalls we aim to do the right things, for the right reasons, in the right way. It has always been our intention to pay back the furlough money if we were able, and I’m really pleased that we are in a position to do so. “This has been a tough year for everyone but we’re encouraged…

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  • Photo of APL Awards 2021 finalists announced at FutureScape VIRTUAL

    APL Awards 2021 finalists announced at FutureScape VIRTUAL

    The finalists of the Association of Professional Landscapers’ annual awards have been announced. The APL Awards 2021 recognise landscaping projects that show technical and horticultural excellence, and which show attention to detail, technical excellence and an overall level of quality. This year, 45 companies made it to the finals with 73 projects. They were announced on Thursday 19 November at FutureScape VIRTUAL by APL manager, Phil Treymayne, and APL Awards judge, Bob Sweet. Both Phil and Bob commended the high standard of the entries this year despite the challenges faced by individual projects and the COVID pandemic. In response to…

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  • Photo of The Landscape Academy hosts mental health seminar

    The Landscape Academy hosts mental health seminar

    The Landscape Academy talks to us about its upcoming mental health seminar, running on December 1.   Mental Health in the workplace is becoming of key importance to businesses in the UK, with the Covid-19 outbreak highlighting just how crucial this has now become. Employers understand they have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of their employees, and there is a growing realisation that this also needs to include mental health. It is not just employers who can help, co-workers and friends can also take proactive measure to look after their own welfare, as well as…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 a huge success

    With an attendance of over 3,000 individuals across the three days, FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 was a massive industry success. More importantly, it was a shining example of the industry coming together in what has been an unprecedented year. The content of the seminars, the knowledge of the speakers and the interaction of the visitors goes to prove the amazing knowledge and in-depth understanding in our sector. The wide range of topics again showed the diversity of the sector, but maybe more importantly the camaraderie, the willingness to share experiences and knowledge openly is a real testament of our industry acting…

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  • Photo of Conference with climate change at its core

    Conference with climate change at its core

    The SGD Autumn Conference is set to bring sustainability back to the forefront of our minds. Chair Mark Laurence tells us what we can expect from the event and why we need to act now Last year was arguably a turning point in the fight against climate change. Amongst a raft of protests and consumer uproar, it seemed as though the government and businesses across the UK were starting look at ways of lowering their carbon footprint (and some even acting on these, too). Come this March, though, sustainability was replaced with talk of Zoom meetings, social bubbles and quarantines.…

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  • Photo of Peabody launches Green Infrastructure Framework

    Peabody launches Green Infrastructure Framework

    Peabody, one of London’s oldest housing associations, has launched its Green Infrastructure Framework – ‘Living in the Landscape’ – which captures its strategic approach to managing and utilising the unique blue and green spaces of Thamesmead. ‘Living in the Landscape’ is about making the most of Thamesmead’s unique natural assets. Peabody owns 65% of the land which includes 240ha of parks and green space; 7km of canals; five lakes; 5km of river frontage and 30,000 trees. The framework sets out five themes: The big blue – to see the full potential of Thamesmead’s lakes and canals realised. Wilder Thamesmead –…

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  • Photo of The winners of the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020 have been announced

    The winners of the Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2020 have been announced

    Following on from the video ceremony at FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020, the winners of this year’s Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards have been crowned. These awards, back for a third year, celebrate and reward those projects within a £25,000 budget – the smaller, but no less important, schemes. This year’s winners are:   Build Under £25,000 sponsored by Nexus Pro Systems: Wycliffe Landscapes Ltd – small town garden, Lilliput Design and Build Under £25,000 sponsored by Provender Nurseries: Landtech – Italian Sanctuary Design Under £25,000 sponsored by Casa Tua: Tracy Foster Garden Design – Contemporary Wildlife Garden Hard Landscaping…

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  • Photo of Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP to open the Pro Landscaper Summit

    On Thursday 19 at 5.30, the Pro Landscaper Summit – the highlight of the FutureScape VIRTUAL calendar – will be going live. This year, we are honoured that Right Honourable Christopher Pincher MP Minister of State at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be opening the Summit. This year, the Pro Landscaper Summit will focus on how the sectors, as well as businesses and business owners, will operate over the next few years – what are the big changes coming? Post-pandemic, the sector has started to be influenced by sustainability, climate change, poor/low staffing levels, Brexit and…

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  • Photo of Prime Minister outlines 10-point plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

    Prime Minister outlines 10-point plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

    The Prime Minister has set out his ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050, particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year. The plan will mobilise £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment…

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  • Photo of Tivoli extends relationship with West Lindsey District Council

    Tivoli extends relationship with West Lindsey District Council

    West Lindsey District Council has extended its grounds maintenance contract with Tivoli for a further year. The contract will now run until the end of January 2022. Tivoli’s teams have been working with West Lindsey District Council since 2011, and the current contract commenced in 2014. Grounds maintenance services delivered by Tivoli include grass cutting, flower/shrub/rose bed maintenance, memorial inspections, and the provision of hanging baskets for open spaces, churchyards, cemeteries, and ornamental areas across the district. The district of West Lindsey covers 447 square miles of the area immediately north of Lincoln and is predominantly rural, with three attractive…

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  • Photo of Green-tech chooses Henshaws as charity to support in 2021

    Green-tech chooses Henshaws as charity to support in 2021

    A supplier of landscaping materials across the UK has announced its intention to make Henshaws its charity of choice for 2021. Green-tech is based just outside of Boroughbridge on the Rabbit Hill Business Park, off the A168. It is one of the leading suppliers of tree planting materials throughout the UK. Each year, staff members take it in turns to choose a charity of their choice for the company to support, and Henshaws has been selected for 2021. Starbeck and Knaresborough-based Henshaws works with children and adults living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities. The charity aims…

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  • Photo of People in horticulture are facing growing financial challenges

    People in horticulture are facing growing financial challenges

    Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, is encouraging those working in the sector to get help with debt by calling their expert debt advice team. The coronavirus pandemic is impacting many in horticulture through falling salaries or an income shock such as redundancy. This loss of income, combined with rising costs, has led to a noticeable increase in debt. The Office of National Statistics[1] has recently reported that the number of people finding it difficult to pay bills has more than doubled during the coronavirus pandemic. Recent research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Save the Children[2] reveals that…

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  • Photo of RHS receives record £1.8m donation to garden

    RHS receives record £1.8m donation to garden

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the receipt of a £1.8m gift from retired Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist Dr Lee Kai Hung DL to RHS Garden Bridgewater. The generous donation comes as the charity begins the six-month countdown to the grand opening of the garden on 11 May 2021. Representing the largest single gift from an individual to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the funds will go towards the horticultural and landscape development of the garden, as well as promoting the art, heritage and culture of Chinese gardening within the local community and beyond. The RHS now has £1.2m remaining…

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  • Photo of Versalift appoints new operations manager

    Versalift appoints new operations manager

    Vehicle-mounted platform company Versalift UK has promoted engineering manager Tom Johnson to the role of operations manager. Johnson will replace Dave Ruffett who, after 15 years, is taking a step back from operational responsibilities to focus on special projects. Tom joined Versalift UK in January 2019 from automation and electrical installation provider WAGO where he was engineering manager. Prior to that he worked as technical systems manager for CHEP, responsible for plant automotive and maintenance, and at Rolls-Royce in the civil aerospace sector. Tom says: “Since joining Versalift United Kingdom I have utilised my design, manufacturing, and academic background and…

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  • Photo of BBC Gardeners’ World Live returns in 2021

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live returns in 2021

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be back at The NEC from 17 to 20 June 2021 and tickets are now on sale. Organisers have incorporated a number of measures, including a larger event footprint to allow for social distancing, timed visitor entry and changes to the theatre layouts. BBC Gardeners’ World presenters confirmed to appear include Monty Don, Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Frances Tophill. BBC Gardeners’ World magazine columnist, Alan Titchmarsh, has also been confirmed to appear on Saturday, plus Toby Buckland on Sunday. The main themes for the 2021 show are flower power, sustainability and indoor…

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  • Photo of BSW acquires timber harvesting company

    BSW acquires timber harvesting company

    The BSW Group has acquired Dick Brothers Forestry Ltd, the UK’s largest timber harvesting company. Established over 25 years ago and headquartered in the Scottish Borders, the business boasts state-of-the-art forestry equipment and market leading capabilities to harvest some of the largest and most complex forests in the UK. Dick Brothers represents a cornerstone acquisition for the BSW Group, strengthening its vertical integration of the timber supply chain and securing in-house harvesting capabilities for its forestry and harvesting management division Tilhill. Davy Dick, managing director of Dick Brothers, says: “We are delighted to be joining the BSW family. Whilst it…

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL Show Guide 2020

    FutureScape VIRTUAL Show Guide 2020

    In under a week, the UK’s first ever landscaping virtual event will kick off from your very own home. FutureScape VIRTUAL will be a chance to make strong and valuable connections from the safety of your own environment! The Show Guide: Your key to FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 Loaded with details on the event, what you’ll want to tune in to and who will be on screen to tempt you, the Show Guide outlines the Seminar Programme, events and exhibitor portfolio. With such an intensely rich agenda in this three-day virtual event, the Guide will help you plan, prepare and ensure you gain the greatest…

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  • Photo of Garden of the Year 2020 winners announced

    Garden of the Year 2020 winners announced

    Mapperton House in Dorset has won the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award for 2020. Almost 12,000 votes were cast in total for the eight shortlisted gardens, with Mapperton claiming almost a quarter. All the finalists are part of Historic Houses, a not-for-profit cooperative association representing the UK’s largest collection of independently owned heritage. All offer free entry to Historic Houses members – a 50,000-strong group of supporters of the association’s work. Despite the constraints on sightseeing imposed this year by coronavirus, all shortlisted gardens were able to offer socially distanced public access at some point over the summer.…

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  • Photo of Smiths’ decorative shingle

    Smiths’ decorative shingle

    Smiths Bletchington talks to us about its decorative shingle.  Pick the right decorative shingle and it can brighten up any garden design! Giving that landscaped project the finishing touch. Smiths’ range of decorative shingle is one of quality and can proudly boast the supply of the genuine Cotswold stone shingle. With those lovely warm, honey and cream colours of the region, it is a classic shingle that is understated yet sits very well in most environments. A similar offering is our Oxford range of decorative shingle, a blend of a subtler neutral beiges and creams, which also typifies the Cotswold…

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