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  • Photo of Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of people and families in England will be supported onto the property ladder and given the opportunity to build their own home, with the launch of the government’s Help to Build scheme. Help to Build equity loan scheme launches, with 5% deposits backed by £150 million of government funding Scheme will boost self and custom build sector, supporting SME builders and creating new jobs It is the latest government action to support families onto the property ladder – with over 765,000 households helped into home ownership since 2010 Thousands of people in England will be supported onto the property…

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  • Photo of How is Tyler Grange faring in its four-day week?

    How is Tyler Grange faring in its four-day week?

    Tyler Grange speaks to us about how the company is getting on in its ‘four-day work week’ trial. Tyler Grange introduced a four-day work week at the beginning of June, allowing its staff to work Monday to Thursday without a reduction in pay. When asked about the biggest change this transition introduced two weeks into its new work week, director Jonathan Berry says: “The biggest change has definitely been having to alter established working practices and our daily operations… “We’ve had to analyse how we currently work and see where we are spending too much time on tasks. Through the…

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  • Photo of STIHL GB breaks ground at new HQ

    STIHL GB breaks ground at new HQ

    STIHL GB held a ceremony to mark the first official day of construction of its new 11,500m2 purpose-designed headquarters and warehouse facility in Camberley, Surrey. Chairman of the executive board at STIHL AG, Michael Traub, STIHL GB managing director, Kay Green, Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Helen Whitcroft, and managing director London and South at Glencar Construction, Roy Jones, attended the ceremony to turn the first soil and announce the official commencement of works on the site. Due for completion in 2023, the site will be home to nearly 100 employees and will boast dedicated dealer training facilities, an on-site…

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  • Photo of ISO accreditation endorses Green-tech approach to quality

    ISO accreditation endorses Green-tech approach to quality

    Green-tech is celebrating after being awarded ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 status for the 11th year running. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are two of the ISO’s most well-known quality standards, implemented by over a million organisations throughout the world. ISO 9001 is a Quality Management System (QMS) which gives organisations a systematic approach for meeting customer objectives and providing consistent quality. ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) for measuring and improving environmental impact. Green-tech has recently undergone a rigorous two-day audit to retain its accreditation status. Demonstrating that company has been able to meet and evidence how…

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  • Photo of Tony Woods to compete at Singapore Garden Festival 2022

    Tony Woods to compete at Singapore Garden Festival 2022

    Tony Woods will be heading over to Singapore in the sunny tropics to compete at the international garden and flower show Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2022, organised by the National Parks Board (NParks). In its eighth edition, the biennial event has established itself as a premier tropical garden and flower show, where garden and floral designers with at least one top accolade in the recent two to three years are invited to participate. The last edition of the Festival was held in 2018. It took a short hiatus due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in 2020. This…

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  • Photo of Two-thirds of households have high front hedges putting their homes at increased risk of burglary warns Crimestoppers

    Two-thirds of households have high front hedges putting their homes at increased risk of burglary warns Crimestoppers

    When you’re planning on leaving your home to go on holiday most people think about locking their doors, windows and setting alarms. A poll of 1,000 UK households with garden hedges, commissioned by John Lewis Home Insurance reveals a widespread lack of awareness of the importance of hedges in keeping our homes secure. Over two thirds (67%) of those surveyed admitted that their front hedge exceeds the one metre height recommended by the police and charity Crimestoppers. Nearly one third keep their hedge at double the recommended height, or even higher. Rear garden hedges can also help protect homes but…

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  • Photo of Transforming workspaces with plants: National Plants at Work Week 2022

    Transforming workspaces with plants: National Plants at Work Week 2022

    Creating the perfect green workspace helps to produce our best performance. This year National Plants at Work Week falls at the same time as World Wellbeing Week – a perfect time match. Working together with Nook Pod, supplier of workspace wellness pods, [email protected] members created a very inviting green oasis, the #PlantNook, for this special week. The planted space provides a calm and relaxing place to work, when quiet concentration is needed, or serves as a meeting place away from general office noise and other distractions. The #PlantNook combines flawlessly the power of houseplants, biophilia and Nook’s care-informed design. Not…

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  • Photo of Harrogate garden designer winds silver at BBC Gardener’s World Live and donates winning garden to Harrogate Hospital

    Harrogate garden designer winds silver at BBC Gardener’s World Live and donates winning garden to Harrogate Hospital

    Charlotte Jones from Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening won a Silver Merit at last week’s BBC Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in Birmingham. Her award-winning Beautiful Border was designed under the theme ‘Wildlife’ which was interpreted by the young designer as a reflection of someone who has lived a ‘wild life’, full of frivolity, fun and joie de vivre. This is the first show garden for garden designer Charlotte Jones, who at twenty-one is currently studying for her Masters in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University and is working her year-in-industry with Grant Horticulture and The Northern…

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  • Photo of RHS partners with the NHS to create Healing Garden for London hospital

    RHS partners with the NHS to create Healing Garden for London hospital

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has teamed up with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) to create a green space where staff and patients can reflect and recharge. Following a request to the gardening charity’s nationwide Healing Gardens programme in 2020 from Maria Leong, an anaesthetist registrar at the hospital, work is now underway following consultations with all those that will benefit from the space. Designed by award-winning landscape designer Adam Frost, the garden makes use of existing but under-utilised outdoor space and will feature a wellbeing walk along Ravensbourne River, vibrant wildflower banks and…

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  • Photo of Top gardeners take home prestigious awards at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

    Top gardeners take home prestigious awards at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

    Back and as big as ever, BBC Gardeners’ World Live has kicked off its four-day garden-extravaganza at Birmingham’s NEC with the announcement of the ‘Best in Show’ award winners. The prestigious awards showcase the top gardens, designs and landscaping with winners across a number of categories, including Best Show Garden, Best Beautiful Border and Best Construction Landscaper. The accolade of Best Show Garden was awarded to Frances Tophill for Frances’ Garden. In her debut Show Garden, Frances Tophill’s Bauhaus inspired sustainable garden shows how to use locally sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials to demonstrate how gardeners can maximise outdoor space without compromising on design. Frances’ passion for upcycle gardening and sustainability…

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  • Photo of Turfgrass Growers Association Demonstration Day 2022

    Turfgrass Growers Association Demonstration Day 2022

    The Turfgrass Growers Association have announce that the Turfgrass Summer Show is returning for 2022. Following on from the success of the 2020 event, we are pleased to now announce the date for this year’s event Thursday 28th July. Turffit have very kindly offered to host the 2022 event. We are looking forward to welcoming all the members and the turfgrass industry to Kinross, Scotland. This event attracts all those involved in turfgrass production, from growers to the ancillary industry and will host an excellent exhibition and demonstration to provide a great interactive opportunity for those who attend. The last…

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  • Photo of New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    Housing programmes delivered by Homes England resulted in 38,436 new houses starting on-site and 37,164 houses completed between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, as the sector began to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Proportion of affordable homes started and completed was up on the previous year Increase in both starts and completions a result of a recovery in housebuilding activity following the slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing programmes delivered by Homes England saw an overall increase in starts and completions in 2021-22 compared to the previous year, according to official statistics released today (23 June). Last…

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  • Photo of HLM expands its landscape team

    HLM expands its landscape team

    June 2022 – HLM Architects has strengthened its award-winning Landscape Architecture team with several new appointments of landscape architects. Joining the practice are Andrew McHenry as a Senior Landscape Architect, Conrad Clayden as Landscape Architect, and Victoria Tantum, Stephy Liu, and Alex Flynn in the role of Assistant Landscape Architect. Andrew has over nine years of experience across diverse project types in the UK, US and internationally. Andrew is leading the landscape design to develop the overall masterplan and indicative design for the landscape and public realm areas, streetscape network, sustainable urban drainage features and indicative site levels. Conrad, who…

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  • Photo of GreenBlue Urban – Celebrates 30 Years!

    GreenBlue Urban – Celebrates 30 Years!

    Join us in Manchester or London to Celebrate 30 Years! The last 30 years have been an astonishing journey – from a small one-man business operating from a domestic garage to today’s highly organised efficient operation, centred near Hastings and distributing to over 30 different countries. This growth has been driven by a desire to improve the quality of life for urban users globally by revolutionising the design and implementation of urban green infrastructure. Trees and the urban environment have always been at the heart of what we do. Far too many trees die prematurely in our heavily engineered towns…

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  • Photo of Four things to consider before starting your landscaping business

    Four things to consider before starting your landscaping business

    Landscaping is a lucrative business to enter, especially at a time of year when more UK households are beginning to think about their outdoor spaces. But starting up any new business, let alone a landscaping one, can be a costly endeavour. In terms of landscaping, the costs of starting up are estimated to be between £5,000 and £10,000. What are the key things that this start-up money would go towards, and what should you be considering before you set up your operation? Tools Your first concern should be the tools with which you intend to build your business. Being a…

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  • Photo of Green-tech launches Landscape Spotlight Competition

    Green-tech launches Landscape Spotlight Competition

    Green-tech is asking to see your projects and is offering you the chance to get your latest landscape project in the spotlight. Between now and 31 August 2022 – tweet or post a picture of your latest landscape project tagging @Green-tech or email your photos to [email protected]; and you will be entered into a competition to win the Green-tech Landscape Project Of The Month. All entries will be judged by the Green-tech team and a project will be selected each month. The winning project will receive a Champagne Gift Set. In addition, an overall ‘Grand’ winner will be chosen when…

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  • Photo of Husqvarna expands Power for All Alliance partnership

    Husqvarna expands Power for All Alliance partnership

    Husqvarna Group’s largest division, Husqvarna Forest & Garden, is now joining the Power for All Alliance with selected products. The alliance, founded by Bosch and Husqvarna Group through its Gardena division in 2020, is one of the world´s largest cross-brand battery alliances, enabling consumers to use the same battery for multiple devices in and around their home and garden. Electrification is changing society and is essential to the transition to a low-carbon economy. Husqvarna Group aims to be a leader in this transition. The company develops and manufactures high-performing 36V and 94V battery solutions in-house, with the aim of maximizing performance and…

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  • Photo of Tobermore opens new £8.6M factory to expand production

    Tobermore opens new £8.6M factory to expand production

    Paving and walling manufacturer, Tobermore has announced the opening of its new £8.6 million production facility which will enable it to further scale up production to meet the demand for its products. The facility, which officially opened in June, boasts an industry-renowned SR Schindler Press, Shotblaster, and state-of-art packaging line. This press is only the second of its kind to be operational globally. It will facilitate the increased production of high-demand products including Braemar, Mayfair, Beaufort, Textured, Riven, and Classica Flags. This will ensure Tobermore can continue to proudly meet the growing demand for its products ensuring all its paving…

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  • Photo of Ecologically focussed landscape design for  Stratford-on-Avon riverside park

    Ecologically focussed landscape design for Stratford-on-Avon riverside park

    Midlands-based landscape practice Design with Nature has produced a sustainable and biodiversity-focused landscape masterplan for Stratford-on-Avon’s new riverside park, which is currently under construction. The £2m project, funded by the Coventry & Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, covers a 1km stretch alongside the River Avon that runs right through the middle of Stratford-on-Avon. The project includes both the more formal recreation ground as well as the extensive semi-natural County Wildlife Site to the north, known locally as Lench Meadows. Mark Stefan, director at Design with Nature, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on, and as ever, we ensure…

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  • Photo of Beautiful guide to growing flowers from award-winning Wolves Lane Flower Company duo

    Beautiful guide to growing flowers from award-winning Wolves Lane Flower Company duo

    How To Grow The Flowers, by Marianne Mogendorff and Camila Romain of Wolves Lane Flower Company, which will be published by Pavilion on 15th September. Camila Romain and Marianne Mogendorff are the founders of Wolves Lane Flower Company, a micro flower farm in north London. The duo are on a mission to inspire everyone to have a go at growing flowers and were earmarked as one of British Vogue’s “most talented female gardeners” in 2020. They are part of a new wave of “farmer florists” putting the environment first; participating in panel talks at the Garden Museum, The Land Workers Alliance…

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  • Photo of Mentoring the next generation

    Mentoring the next generation

    We speak to Gareth Wilson about his mentorship of Mitchell Salthouse of Everest Garden Landscape, who is building The Covid Recovery Garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show for garden designer Rachel Platt. To set the scene, the garden is a dam designed for patients who are recovering from long COVID. When asked what he hoped visitors will take from the garden Gareth says: “Hospitals are not the best places to be, and so if visitors to our garden can get out bed, and find this lovely tranquil space, steer away from the sterile environments of a hospital, and be…

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  • Photo of Perennial joins with wholesale nurseries to launch new ‘Plant for Perennial’ promotion

    Perennial joins with wholesale nurseries to launch new ‘Plant for Perennial’ promotion

    Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, is launching a new promotion called ‘Plants for Perennial’ in collaboration with three major wholesale nurseries – Allensmore Nurseries, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company and Wyevale Nurseries. The scheme will generate funds for the charity through a proportion of plant sales. During these unprecedented times, Perennial’s services have never been so important. The rising cost of living is being felt across the industry. To help the charity to respond quickly and flexibly to the challenges that people are facing the whole industry needs to unite in support. This joint promotion is a great…

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  • Photo of Perennial develops ‘Support for Families’ programme amid rising cost of living

    Perennial develops ‘Support for Families’ programme amid rising cost of living

    Perennial, the charity for people working in horticulture, has developed its ‘Support for Families’ programme with new resources to help families access a wide range of support available to them. The programme has been developed in response to the rising cost of living – with price of food, fuel and other essentials surging in recent months, many families across the horticulture industry are struggling to meet everyday living costs. Julia Hayne, Director of Services, says: “One in four people responding to our recent Health and Wellbeing survey said that their income didn’t cover their daily living costs. We understand the…

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  • Photo of MEDITE SMARTPLY donates medal winning Chelsea garden to charity

    MEDITE SMARTPLY donates medal winning Chelsea garden to charity

    Following on from the hugely successful RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the entirety of the award-winning MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future garden will be reused, with a large part being donated to Andover Trees United, a volunteer-led environmental charity that works closely with schools and local authorities. The charity’s evolving woodland site ‘Harmony Woods’ represents a 10-year planting project, which gives children and young people in local communities the chance to help turn 12 acres of farmland to the north of Andover into a natural urban woodland, increasing biodiversity and providing a wealth of opportunities for learning in and about the…

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  • Photo of World Green Roof Day 2022 celebrated globally

    World Green Roof Day 2022 celebrated globally

    More than 60 countries celebrated the official World Green Roof Day, which is now in its third year. The annual celebration was founded in the UK in 2020, but this year was celebrated across the globe, from Brazil to New Zealand and Norway to South Africa. Typically taking place on 6 June, some of the highlights this year include: Dakakker (Europe’s largest rooftop farm) celebrating 10 years of growing, the YMCA Milton Keynes launching its new green rooftop to its staff and residents (supported by MK Council), and the launch of LEGO instructions for a green roof bus shelter. World…

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