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  • Photo of 4th Corner helps local authority increase biodiveristy

    4th Corner helps local authority increase biodiveristy

    Biodiversity initiatives, actioned by 4th Corner Landscaping, at Spiceball Park in Banbury are making the riverside a haven for wildlife. A tree planting programme is creating new habitats and adding to the flora and fauna of the area. Banbury Town Council’s contractors 4th Corner Landscaping are planting hazel trees. This will provide food for birds and animals that live close the waterway.   In the months ahead, the landscaping firm will plant ferns and wild flowers between the trees. This will create new habitats for smaller animals such as voles, mice and hedgehogs.   Amanda Ransom, director of the landscaping…

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  • Photo of Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Garden designer and former Chair of the SGD Sarah Morgan has been awarded a Fellowship of the Society. This is in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the profession. Sarah has been a Registered Member of the Society for 25 years. She ended her three-year term as Chair in September 2020.   Before that, she served on the council representing education and colleges.   On being awarded the Fellowship Sarah said:   “I am both surprised and delighted to be honoured in this way. It is a lovely accolade after 40 years of being in the industry.” During her time…

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  • Photo of UK’s First Home of Gardening Science to open 24 June 2021

    UK’s First Home of Gardening Science to open 24 June 2021

    On Thursday 24 June, the UK’s first dedicated gardening science hub will open. It’s surrounded by four acres of ‘living laboratories’ at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. It’s been Six years in the making. ‘RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science’, will showcase the extraordinary world of horticultural science like never before. The aim is to help create a greener future.   A large interactive exhibition space will explore ways we can adapt to and mitigate against climate change in our gardens. It will show how to boost wellbeing, the environment and enable wildlife to flourish.   70 scientists…

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  • Photo of Green-tech Acquired by Origin Enterprises PLC

    Green-tech Acquired by Origin Enterprises PLC

    Green-tech, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of landscaping, forestry and grounds maintenance equipment has been acquired by Origin Enterprises on the 4th March 2021. Origin Enterprises is a focused Agri-services group providing specialist on-farm agronomy services, digital agricultural services, the supply of crop technologies and amenity inputs. Origin Enterprises’ vision is to be the leading and trusted partner of choice to Farmers, Growers and Amenity Professionals. Green-tech is expected to enhance the offering of Origin’s amenity businesses and offers potential in the areas of Environmental Land Management for their Agri focussed businesses. Green-tech Commenting on the deal, Rachel and Richard Kay:…

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  • Photo of HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    The HS2 team will create 127 hectares of new habitats to lift the local natural environment. It’s called The Colne Valley Western Slopes project. It will be a major contributor in meeting the HS2 carbon reduction targets by delivering ecological gain.   This scheme will reduce the carbon footprint by reducing road haulage and waste treatment activities. It will allow habitats to sequester carbon by replacing arable land with natural habitats.   Plant species and habitats are being selected to be resilient to a changing climate.   65,000 trees and shrubs of 32 species will be planted together with 3.5km…

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  • Photo of Composite Decking sees spike due to COVID

    Composite Decking sees spike due to COVID

    Composite decking is the fastest-growing timber decking alternative currently available on the market. Traditional timber decking has been the preferred choice of many for years. But, it’s a high maintenance product which requires annual painting and staining. A no fuss alternative   Composite decking is a simple, no fuss alternative. Due to its unique formula, it’s low maintenance and more durable than traditional products.   Composites work well in both residential and commercial developments. due to their low maintenance and durable properties.   They also have the ability to stay free from cracks and splinters. This increases their lifespan and…

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  • Photo of CW Studio designs a landscape masterplan for a new way of living

    CW Studio designs a landscape masterplan for a new way of living

    CW Studio has designed a landscape masterplan for a sustainable development. Developer Hall & Co has submitted planning application for Flora, in Henbury, near Macclesfield. They plan to extend its current garden and home furnishings centre to build a new food hall. It will have 14 residential properties with residential, shared and commercial growing gardens.   CW Studio has worked with Ollier Smurthwaite to create the landscape masterplan . This will go before Cheshire East Council’s planning committee.   The masterplan takes in five distinct areas. These are the communal green, orchard and meadow, edible garden, private gardens and a…

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  • Photo of Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio is part of a project team working to transform a derelict pub into a series of bespoke family homes.  The Stamford Arms pub near Altrincham, hasn’t opened for a decade. Cheshire East Council granted planning approval for the refurb..   Land Studio is working with Novo Property Group on the development.   18 months in the making, the proposals for this heritage site are within the Cheshire Green Belt. It will see the restoration and conversion of the former pub into nine apartments. The stable block and coach houses will become five mews cottages. There will also be…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley and Whiting Landscape team up

    Johnsons of Whixley and Whiting Landscape team up

    Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with Whiting Landscape Ltd. The partnership will enhance outdoor areas at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. The Oxfordshire-based science, innovation and technology campus occupies over 700 acres. More than 200 organisations are based there. It is home to a scientific community of more than 6,000 people.   Harwell is now looking to expand. It will add millions of square feet of new buildings, extra public areas and campus amenities. At 48,000 sq. ft, Zeus is the latest building on campus to reach practical completion.   Whiting Landscape Ltd has been responsible for the…

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  • Photo of AFI casts doubt on suitability of treated wooden posts in ground contact

    AFI casts doubt on suitability of treated wooden posts in ground contact

    The Association of Fencing Industries, AFI, has got results of a survey on wooden posts and the effectiveness of treatment. This has happened since CCA use was suspended by the European Union back in 2006.   The survey was to establish a current view of the life expectancy of treated timber posts. Currently the life span is 15 years when treated to the UC4 specification (BS8417). They also looked at the impact on the industry of failures to reach this life expectancy.   This action was taken after discussions with the Wood Protection Association (WPA). They discussed the possibility of…

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  • Photo of New Managing Director joins STIHL GB

    New Managing Director joins STIHL GB

    Kay Green has joined STIHL Great Britain as Managing Director. This follows the retirement of long-standing predecessor Robin Lennie in December 2020. For the last three years, Kay has been UK and Ireland Country Manager for Hasbro UK Ltd.   During her career, she also held many senior commercial roles. These include director level positions in both sales and marketing. She also had a two-year period as Nordic Country Manager in Copenhagen.   Kay joins a thriving and resilient STIHL GB. The business has recorded over a decade of year-on-year growth and a doubling of turnover from £57m in 2008…

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  • Photo of RBG Kew launches 10-year strategy to end extinction crisis

    RBG Kew launches 10-year strategy to end extinction crisis

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today releases ‘Our Manifesto for Change 2021-2030’. It’s a new strategy mapping out its mission and areas of focus for the next decade. The world leading plant science institute pledges to double efforts to understand and protect plants and fungi. This is for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.   The institution’s ultimate goal is step up to help to end the extinction crisis. It wants to contribute to creating a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably.   In the wake of a global…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries is certified Plant Healthy

    Provender Nurseries is certified Plant Healthy

    Provender Nurseries is now certified ‘Plant Healthy’. This makes the nursery one of the first to gain certification so far. Plant Healthy is a new quality assurance scheme. It was created to protect horticultural supply business against destructive pest and diseases.   Plant Healthy, developed by the industry with input from Government, sets out key requirements for plant health management.   The Plant Healthy initiative is a high level of voluntary certification for plant health in the UK. It shows that Provender Nurseries has a responsible and ongoing approach to plant health and biosecurity.   The aim of Plant Healthy…

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  • Photo of McConnel ROBOCUT range extended with mid-sized RC40

    McConnel ROBOCUT range extended with mid-sized RC40

    McConnel has extended its remote-control product line-up. The company has introduced of the new ROBOCUT2 RC40. The 40hp ROBOCUT bridges the gap between McConnel’s smallest and largest mulchers.   The RC40 was designed especially for tackling tough terrain. It features a low centre of gravity design and durable rubber tracks. This make it capable of working on slopes up to 55 degrees whilst enhancing operator safety by removing them from the danger zone.   Power comes from a 40hp, three-cylinder, Yanmar diesel engine. It uses a DPF filter system to meet the latest Stage V emissions regulations without the need…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute 2021 elections

    Landscape Institute 2021 elections

    Nominations for the Landscape Institute 2021 elections will soon open. In two weeks’ time, the LI will call for members to stand for election. This is for the Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 session years.   LI Board and Council are the Institute’s steering voices. They guide and make the decisions that help us deliver our purpose under Royal Charter. They meet and exceed our business objectives, and stay strong, resilient, and ready to lead. Whatever the challenges ahead. 2021 Landscape Institute election timetable   Monday 15 March: Nominations open Thursday 15 April: Nominations…

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  • Photo of Horticulture Careers partners with Perennial for March

    Horticulture Careers partners with Perennial for March

    Horticulture Careers, the recruitment and job advertising brand from Pro Landscaper has partnered with industry charity Perennial for the whole of March 2021. The partnership means that 30% of all revenue generated by Horticulture Careers from 1 March – 31 March 2021 will be donated straight to the charity. Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. This help extends to spouses, partners and children. The Gardeners’ Benevolent…

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  • Photo of Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Rolls Royce has announced a ‘rewilding’ project at the firm’s Goodwood manufacturing site. The company has asked young designers to get involved.   Designers are being invited to submit ideas for a feature in the Wildlife Garden. This garden will be at the Home of Rolls Royce, in a nationwide competition.   As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants, trees and flowers, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest-boxes, children can design seats, shelters, sculpture and other items that would make the Garden more appealing to Goodwood’s human population.   The winner will be chauffeur-driven to the…

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  • Photo of New garden in Brighton’s Circus Street area will include over 100 trees

    New garden in Brighton’s Circus Street area will include over 100 trees

    Work has begun to landscape Carlton Row in Brighton. It’s a public walkway that runs between Circus Street and the Milner House flats. It will create an attractive linear garden for local residents. Over 100 trees will be planted along with 10,000 shrubs, grasses and plants. It will contribute to the city’s green corridor next to Valley Gardens.   Project Director Rob Sloper, from developers U+I, said:   “We’re glad to create a new garden space for our neighbours to enjoy. We’re committed to its on-going maintenance.   “It will help link the local community to Circus Street. This will…

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  • Photo of Digby Stone Hires Vicky Piercy as National Sales Manager

    Digby Stone Hires Vicky Piercy as National Sales Manager

    We are pleased to announce that Vicky Piercy will be joining Digby Stone as National Sales Manager to head up our external sales. As many might already know, Vicky brings with her a wealth of experience in the landscaping sector and we are looking forward to her joining us as part of the growing Digby Stone team.

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  • Photo of Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    After 80 years as an exhibitor, Hillier Nurseries is bidding farewell to the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hillier was due to exhibit in 2020, celebrating the company’s 155-year history and hoping for a 75th gold.   With the show postponed until September 2021, The business has made the decision not to exhibit.   Chris Francis, Wholesale and Retail Director says:   “Chelsea has always been a significant event on the Hillier calendar. It’s held at the perfect time for the business to show off all the great plants through the spring.   “The unprecedented events of 2020 have been…

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  • Photo of DuoFix Side-Fixing Guide launched by Millboard

    DuoFix Side-Fixing Guide launched by Millboard

    Millboard have launched the DuoFix Side-Fixing Guide that delivers fast and accurate decking installations with a clean finish.   The finished surface of the deck is completely clear of screw holes or any other sign of the fixings used.   For Millboard’s network of Approved Installers, a lost head surface is achieved by using Millboard’s own Durafix screws and driving them out of vertical to a consistent five millimetres below the top surface.   Whilst this traditional fixing method is very simple, maintaining consistency while fitting what could amount to hundreds of fixings can sometimes be a challenge for apprentice…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper March 2021

    Pro Landscaper March 2021

    Last year, our inaugural Green Issue was published before the first national lockdown was announced. Back then, at the start of 2020, the conversation around the environment seemed unstoppable. Climate change protests were commonplace and reducing our carbon footprint was a hot topic at most industry events. One year later and we published our second Green Issue in the third national lockdown in the last 12 months. Whilst the world has changed perhaps permanently thanks to a global pandemic, we wanted to know what had changed in terms of sustainability. Had it remained at the top of the agenda or…

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  • Photo of George Street 2025 vision unveiled

    George Street 2025 vision unveiled

    The City of Edinburgh Council has shown final concept designs for George Street.   Designs by LDA Design offer a glimpse of what George Street could look like in 2025. A 3D fly-through by Luma 3D Interactive of the new concept designs is also available.   Widened pavements, improved lighting, spaces for play and relaxation, and a cycling thoroughfare make for a people-focussed setting.   The designs both protect the area’s heritage and enhance the environment. They’ve done this by retaining symmetry and removing street clutter alongside urban greening.   The impact of heavy rain and floods will reduce through…

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  • Photo of House Prices in December 2020

    House Prices in December 2020

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  • Photo of FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 shortlisted for award

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 shortlisted for award

    FutureScape VIRTUAL 2020 has made the shortlist for a Digital Event Award. The event, which happened in November 2020, is up for the gong in the Best Digital Exhibition category. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FutureScape EXPO 2020 was converted into a digital event. over 3,000 industry professionals logged in over the three-day event. ‘Visitors’ could attend a host of seminars, visit virtual exhibitor booths and network via video link. FutureScape event director Jamie Wilkinson commented: “It wasn’t the show we wanted last year. But to know that the second-best we could offer has been shortlisted is fantastic news. “There’s…

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