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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    On Friday last week, the Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place. With over a little over 400 visitors, there were sixteen awards up for grabs. This year, Elmtree Garden Contractors scooped up their second Supreme Award, and they also won Employer of the year. Paul Lynch, Elmtree’s managing director, said: “We’re still coming off a high from last Friday! We are more than delighted to win both of these awards. It is a great testimony to who we are as a company.” For Paul, winning the Supreme Award solidifies the company’s strong social value, caring nature, and professionalism. He explained:…

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  • Photo of Greenfingers opens new sensory garden at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice

    Greenfingers opens new sensory garden at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice

    Yesterday, the 62nd Greenfingers Charity garden at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice – one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, offering care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families throughout Wales – was officially opened by BBC Radio 2’s resident gardener, Terry Walton. Designed by multi-RHS gold medal-winning garden designers, Victoria Wade Landscapes; brought to life by NP Landscapes; and project managed by Joe Wade, this new interactive sensory garden space – funded by The National Heritage Lottery, The Postcode Lottery and many wonderful friends of Greenfingers – will provide year-round accessibility for children with life-limiting conditions and…

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  • Photo of Entries for 30 Under 30 Awards: The Next Generation 2022 are now open

    Entries for 30 Under 30 Awards: The Next Generation 2022 are now open

    Pro Landscaper’s 30 under 30 is back for its eighth year. So far, we have celebrated 210 winners from a variety of sectors within the industry – from sales to arboriculture, construction to design, or maintenance to landscape architecture. The awards highlight not only the up-and-coming talent within the industry, but also the diversity of horticulture and those working within it. Propelled into the landscaping limelight, previous winners have been able to achieve even bigger and better things since collecting their awards. Jim Wilkinson, Pro Landscaper’s managing director, said: “We’re proud to be launching the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30:…

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  • Photo of Better biosecurity for nurseries and our future woodlands

    Better biosecurity for nurseries and our future woodlands

    From June 2022 the new initiative will ensure that plant health management standards are in place for nurseries supplying trees for the England Woodland Creation Offer and Tree Health Pilot restocking grants. Why does tree health and better biosecurity matter? Did you know that the value of all the economic, environmental, and social benefits that our plants and trees provide each year in the UK is estimated at £15.7bn? Healthy plants and trees benefit us all, which is why it is so important that we work together to look after our trees, woodlands, and forests. Biosecurity refers to the precautions…

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  • Photo of Soto launches new gardening concept

    Soto launches new gardening concept

    Conceived to bring professionally designed plant collections to every home, Soto provides garden inspiration and delivers outside plants, pots and accessories in a few clicks of a mouse. Launched as the destination for outside space, husband and wife Jamie and Laura Felstead have teamed up with award winning garden designer Will Williams* to take the guesswork out of gardening. Will, brings his vibrant and fresh design along with his horticultural expertise to Soto. He was the youngest ever RHS Young Designer of the Year and has gone on to win several RHS medals at major UK garden shows. Soto are…

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  • Photo of Built environment sector bodies unite to improve diversity, equity and inclusion

    Built environment sector bodies unite to improve diversity, equity and inclusion

    Key membership bodies in the built environment sector have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive forward the creation of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive sector – ensuring it is more representative of the society it serves. The MoU brings together six organisations from across the sector: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Landscape Institute (LI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – collectively  representing around 350,000 members. The agreement focuses on: Data collection – To create a consistent approach…

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  • Photo of Landscape architect CW Studio launches new landscape design for Oldham town centre

    Landscape architect CW Studio launches new landscape design for Oldham town centre

    Manchester-based CW Studio has designed the landscape elements for the Spindles town square re-development project in Oldham, in association with AEW Architects and Oldham Council. The wider re-development includes removal of the former TJ Hughes building and a new market hall, with event space for arts and culture and a heritage archive, bringing more people into the town centre. The proposals have been submitted to Oldham Council’s planning committee for consideration. With sustainability at its forefront, the landscape scheme includes planted areas to act as rain gardens, incorporating urban pollinators and result in an overall reduction in the amount of…

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  • Photo of Solihull becomes ‘Tree City of the World’

    Solihull becomes ‘Tree City of the World’

    Solihull has been awarded ‘Tree City of the World’ status in recognition of its urban tree planting programme. It is one of just 19 areas in the UK to have the international award. The awards are given by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the intention of creating an international network of towns and cities dedicated to fostering the best urban forestry practices. Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, Dan Lambe, said: “Trees are important to people, no matter what country they are from or what language they speak.  We…

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  • Photo of Environmental company appoint new consultancy manager

    Environmental company appoint new consultancy manager

    East Midlands Environmental Consultants (EMEC) has appointed Dr Edward Tripp as its new consultancy manager. Ed, who lives in Long Eaton, is highly qualified and joins from Nottingham Wildlife Trust (NWT). In his new role, Ed will be leading a highly qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of land management consultants, ecologists and project managers. Established in 1991, EMEC provides services to developers, planners, architects, power and extraction industries, utility companies, local authorities, government agencies and private individuals. Work ranges from major nationally impactful contracts and large-scale ecological assessments for housing and industry, through to management planning, habitat management, protected species…

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  • Photo of Four Equity Ambassadors appointed by Landscaping Association

    Four Equity Ambassadors appointed by Landscaping Association

    The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has appointed four Equity Ambassadors to support them in their vision to bring about positive change and improve accessibility for all into the landscape industry. The ambassadors, all key industry voices, have been partnered with to aid in cutting across perceptions of what is required to work in the industry, and make a real difference in achieving a wider, more representative workforce. The four ambassadors spoke at the Association’s inaugural ‘Access All Areas’ Inclusion and Diversity panel discussion, held in London last December. The event, the first of its kind, was a thought-provoking…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. The Pro Landscaper Business Awards are the only industry awards which focus on how well companies run their business. Profitability, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, commitment to the landscaping sector, and client/supplier relationships are all areas reviewed as part of identifying the shortlist and overall winners. Sixteen awards were presented at the fifth annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 22nd April. View the full…

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  • Photo of House prices in February 2022: What’s changed?

    House prices in February 2022: What’s changed?

    UK house prices increased by 10.9% in the year to February 2022, up from 10.2% in January 2022. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK increased by 0.5% between January and February 2022, up from a decrease of 0.04% during the same period a year earlier (January and February 2021). The UK Property Transactions Statistics showed that in February 2022, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the estimated number of transactions of residential properties with a value of £40,000 or greater was 112,240. This is 20.8% lower than a year ago (February 2021). Between January and February 2022, UK…

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  • Photo of Sector leaders unite on major piece of research

    Sector leaders unite on major piece of research

    Working alongside partners British Association of Landscape Industries, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Locri, Natural England, Natural Resource Wales, NatureScot, and the Northern Ireland Department for Communities, this pivotal project will produce a rich and informative evidence base, covering the landscape industry (and its neighbouring professions) across the UK, in both the public and private sectors. Chris Bolton, principal specialist for Landscape – Natural England (Project Partner) said “In order to achieve our common aims including but not limited to, nature recovery and creating climate resilient landscapes, we need evidence. By understanding the landscape sector, how we can work collaboratively…

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  • Photo of Earth Day 2022: Climate Change and Climate Action in The Bahamas pre and post COP26

    Earth Day 2022: Climate Change and Climate Action in The Bahamas pre and post COP26

    On Earth Day 2022, and as the Bahamian Government prepares to host the first ever English-speaking regional youth conference on climate change, we reflect on Ambassador Clouder’s experience in The Bahamas pre and post COP26. High Commissioner Sarah Dickson said: “Climate change is a global issue. The big policy issues are something we have to work on together internationally. No country can solve these problems by itself, but we can all play our role to achieve worldwide outcomes.” Ambassador Clouder visited The Bahamas in October 2021 to support the UK’s COP26 objectives. She met representatives of government, private sector and environmental NGOs.…

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  • Photo of UK to lead the way in climate and sustainability education

    UK to lead the way in climate and sustainability education

    Secondary school students will be able to study the natural world through an exciting new GCSE in natural history to be introduced by September 2025. It forms part of new plans announced by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi today (Thursday 21 April), detailing how the UK education sector is to become a world leader in climate change by 2030, as part of the launch of the government’s flagship Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy. The new Natural History qualification will enable young people to explore the world by learning about organisms and environments, environmental and sustainability issues, and gain a deeper knowledge…

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  • Photo of Danny Clarke – aka ‘The Black Gardener’ joins the National Garden Scheme as an Ambassador

    Danny Clarke – aka ‘The Black Gardener’ joins the National Garden Scheme as an Ambassador

    The National Garden Scheme is delighted to welcome Danny Clarke, garden designer, landscaper, TV presenter and self-confessed ‘friend of the earth’ aka The Black Gardener, as a new Ambassador. Commenting on his appointment George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme said: “We are all delighted that Danny has agreed to join us as an ambassador. His enthusiasm for the power of gardens and gardening to do good, not only for individuals and communities but for the wider wellbeing of the planet, fits perfectly with our work at the National Garden Scheme. One project in particular that he will help…

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  • Photo of Tubex sets flat-rate pricing for tree shelter collection and recycling

    Tubex sets flat-rate pricing for tree shelter collection and recycling

    Tree shelter specialist Tubex has created the UK’s first flat-rate service for its successful Collection and Recycling Programme for plastic tree shelters. By reducing costs and improving accessibility for end users, Tubex believes it will drive further take-up to the scheme. Tubex, a brand of Berry Global, has set a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of £39 per bag collection, anywhere on the UK mainland, including the dedicated dumpy bags, collection and recycling*. Each Tubex dumpy bag can hold 350-400 1.2m tree shelters. The Programme collects shelters to be sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into recycled polymer, to be re-used in Tubex…

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  • Photo of Husqvarna Group invests in Moleaer Inc.

    Husqvarna Group invests in Moleaer Inc.

    “To always remain at the forefront, we are selectively investing in disruptive technologies and products that can further strengthen the Husqvarna Group. Moleaer is a very good fit and we truly look forward to being a part of their journey, with the ambition to create new sustainable nanobubble solutions together”, says Henric Andersson, President and CEO of Husqvarna Group. Moleaer is the seventh investment for Husqvarna Group’s venture capital fund. By investing in Moleaer, Husqvarna Group’s Gardena Division will be able to explore nanobubble technology’s potential in addressing water scarcity. “This investment enables Husqvarna to discover new opportunities resulting from…

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  • Photo of STIHL GB remembers Eva Mayr-Stihl

    STIHL GB remembers Eva Mayr-Stihl

    Eva Mayr-Stihl, a businesswoman, philanthropist and dedicated entrepreneur passed away on the 9th April 2022. Mayr-Stihl was instrumental in the success of STIHL and spent 33 years guiding the family-owned business as a member of its senior management team. Throughout her many years of service on the Advisory Board and the Supervisory Board, she kept close watch over the strategic direction of the company. Mayr-Stihl joined her father’s company in 1960, and with her educational background in business administration and linguistics, she took on responsibility for advertising and market research at the family-owned enterprise. Her expertise and drive to assume…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year As we dust off the memories of the last twelve months, we stepped forward into a whole new year. Whilst there’s a few things we are carrying over into 2022, the pandemic for starters, and the supply shortage continuing to contribute towards material price rises, participants are concerned about how these factors will affect demand this year. Nevertheless, the mild weather in January seemed to have also helped get the year off to a good start, and participants reported this helped increase their sales for the month. UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: On average Turnover increased…

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  • Photo of Place St Maur project in home stretch

    Place St Maur project in home stretch

    The final stage of the project to transform Place St Maur is now underway with areas of the new design set to be open to the public very soon. Paving stones and trees and shrubs have been delivered to the site in Bognor Regis ready to be installed, with seating and planter walls under construction. To date, most of the work has been carried out underground including the pipework and tank systems being put in place ready to operate the water jets – just one of the features of this exciting project to invigorate the tired space of land next…

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  • Photo of Closing date approaches for British Sugar TOPSOIL £500 Training Bursary applications

    Closing date approaches for British Sugar TOPSOIL £500 Training Bursary applications

    Anyone working in the land-based sector, i.e. groundworks/construction, landscape contracting, greenkeeping, groundsmanship or garden design, can apply for the bursary, which is designed to reduce financial barriers to career development. Visit the TOPSOIL website for terms and conditions, eligibility criteria and an application form. But hurry, time is running out!  

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  • Photo of Bad weather dampens construction output in February

    Bad weather dampens construction output in February

    Monthly construction output decreased by 0.1% to £14,610 million in volume terms in February 2022 compared with January 2022. This is the first monthly decrease since October 2021 (a fall of 0.9%) following three consecutive months of growth. Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin bought heavy rain across much of Great Britain between 16 to 21 February 2022. For the construction industry, this caused delays and led to some projects being suspended because more working days were lost on site than normal for this time of the year. However, some businesses reported a positive impact as they picked up repair and…

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  • Photo of RHS Garden Wisley awarded three new National Plant Collections

    RHS Garden Wisley awarded three new National Plant Collections

    RHS Garden Wisley has been awarded three new National Plant Collections by horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage. The three newly accredited collections of Eucryphia, Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree) and Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle) now join 12 other National Plant Collections held at The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) flagship garden in Surrey, and bring Plant Heritage’s total number of tree collections to 121. Keeping in the spirit of plantsmanship and experimentation that Wisley is famed for, the pretty-in-pink crape myrtle collection has been the focus of in-house trials. The RHS team has discovered that this comprehensive collection of small trees (native…

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  • Photo of Landscape architect students  take a tour of Wyevale Nurseries

    Landscape architect students take a tour of Wyevale Nurseries

    One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries recently played host to 60 landscape architect students from the University of Gloucestershire. The students were given a tour of Wyevale Nurseries and learnt about the day-to-day running of the business. Ian Wright, commercial sales director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We were thrilled to welcome the students from the University of Gloucestershire. We gave them a guided tour of the nursery and spoke to them about the production of containerised and open ground shrubs and trees, as well as how Landscape architects can work more effectively with Landscape contractors and nurseries. “It was…

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