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  • Photo of ACO Presents: Building Threshold Drainage Series

    ACO Presents: Building Threshold Drainage Series

    Effective drainage must be front of mind for creating new gardens and patios or landscaping over existing spaces. Over this four-part series, Rob Butcher, Design Services Manager at ACO Water Management will look at the key considerations landscapers need to have in mind and plan around when implementing threshold drainage. The integration of outdoor and indoor spaces is a crucial element for any building, and this couldn’t be more applicable to the current trends in home design. A growing number of homeowners embrace the idea of having a step-free level walkthrough from their indoor space onto the patio. Given this,…

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  • Photo of HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    Align JV is using chalk excavated from the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnels to create grassland habitats in the Chiltern Hills. The environmental project on High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) largest construction site reached the 1M.m3 milestone this week. The chalk has been laid out around the south portal of the tunnels. In total, around 2.6M.m3 of chalk will be excavated during the construction of the 16m long tunnels. It will be used to landscape the site, which is set to become a 127ha wildlife haven. This will include the largest areas of chalk grassland in the Chiltern Hills. The plans have been…

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  • Photo of #TimeForTurf: The brains behind the campaign

    #TimeForTurf: The brains behind the campaign

    It’s a controversial topic, artificial grass – and one which has sparked two people within the industry to start their own campaign against its use, #TimeForTurf. The origins of the campaign can be followed back to garden designer Charlotte Howard from Capability Charlotte, who admits that she has in the past used artificial grass within her own personal garden and has regretted the decision. Charlotte went on to say: “I work with nature, I see the damage that plastic grass does first hand”, adding that the artificial grass kills the soil beneath it. Paula Warman from Aura Landscapes and The…

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  • Photo of Evergreens UK Group launches “game-changing” artificial grass

    Evergreens UK Group launches “game-changing” artificial grass

    Evergreens UK Group has unveiled its collaboration with LimeGreen® and the launch of ONE-DNA™ artificial grass for 2023, exclusively for the UK market.   The “fully circular, single polymer, single ‘DNA’ artificial grass” is making an “important statement”, says Evergreens, which adds that it’s “a conversation starter for those in the development, manufacture, supply, installation and recycling of artificial grass.” The launch is part of the company’s Evergreener™ sustainability initiative.   Made from just one raw material, the new ONE-DNA™ formula has a “significantly lower carbon footprint”, using less energy in production and being 100% when cleaned at ‘end of…

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  • Photo of The benefits & importance of manufacturing in the UK

    The benefits & importance of manufacturing in the UK

    As the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world employing 2.7 million people, UK manufacturing contributes 11% of GVA (Gross Value Added). As the long-term effects of COVID-19 continue to impact global manufacturing, it’s no surprise that some UK manufacturers are noticing an increase in business. A survey carried out by Make It British revealed that 50% of UK fashion and textile manufacturers reported an increase in new business since the pandemic. This is proof that UK manufacturers can plug any gaps in the wider supply chain and offer a quicker turnaround during these times of uncertainty. Quality control &…

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  • Photo of York Dementia care home receives a plant donation and garden makeover

    York Dementia care home receives a plant donation and garden makeover

    Award-winning garden designer Luke Arend recently designed a garden for a Dementia care home in York with plants donated by a local nursery firm, Johnsons of Whixley. St Catherine’s in Shipton by Beningbrough is a dementia specialist care home run by Wellburn Care Homes which has recently gone through a complete transformation after months of research, development, planning and design. The transformation sees innovative dementia-friendly interiors, gardens and exteriors added all of which were installed with the needs of patients with dementia in mind. Garden designer Luke Arend, worked to a brief to tempt residents outside, and enjoy the garden…

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  • Photo of Rain Bird introduces the RC2 Smart Irrigation Controller

    Rain Bird introduces the RC2 Smart Irrigation Controller

    The new RC2 Smart Irrigation Control Solution has been added to Rain Bird’s range of irrigation controllers. Used in conjunction with and accessed through the Rain Bird Mobile App, it enables users to manage remotely residential and light commercial installations with confidence, with or without WiFi. The RC2 is a powerful, contractor grade controller that is fast and easy to use. It has an eight station capacity, three standard programs and four start times/programs as well as a Master Valve pump start relay. When paired with the free of charge professional App, contractors and site managers have full WiFi control…

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  • Photo of Hey Google, are smart gardens the future?

    Hey Google, are smart gardens the future?

    A lot has changed in recent years but one of the most apparent changes has been the amount of time people spend at home – an arguably forced changed thanks to the pandemic. Numerous lockdowns saw the British public seemingly want to invest more in their gardens. Alongside this has been the development of smart technology, including products for the outdoors. Are we likely to see the two trends combine? It’s hard to see why this wouldn’t be the case, after The Smart Home Garden invited me to its immersive experience day showcasing one of its smart gardens. The experience…

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  • Photo of Awards presented at the first BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair at Audley End

    Awards presented at the first BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair at Audley End

    Local garden designers and landscapers and a Dutch Allium grower were recognised on Friday with the presentation of Awards on the opening day of the BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair. The Fair launched on Friday 2 September at English Heritage’s Audley End House and Gardens, in Saffron Walden, Essex, running until Sunday 4 September. The Autumn Fair’s Beautiful Borders and Small Space Gardens provide garden and planting inspiration for compact and challenging spaces. The winner of Best Beautiful Border was garden designer Shona Lockheart for her border, We’re All Cuckoo Here, inspired by an old farm near her home town, Colchester. The Platinum…

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  • Photo of RHS “immensely saddened” by passing of the Queen

    RHS “immensely saddened” by passing of the Queen

    The palace has announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully yesterday at the age of 96. The UK’s longest serving monarch reigned for 70 years. She passed away peacefully at her Balmoral, her Scottish estate. The throne has been passed immediately to her son, King Charles III. Speaking on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the RHS released a statement yesterday: “It is with extreme sorrow and deep respect that the Society marks the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the RHS. “Her Majesty became Patron of the Society on accession to the…

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  • Photo of Peel L&P prepares TraffordCity site for Therme Manchester

    Peel L&P prepares TraffordCity site for Therme Manchester

    Plans to start work on the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort, Therme Manchester, at TraffordCity have progressed this week with preparations to clear the current EventCity site. Regeneration business Peel L&P has submitted plans to Trafford Council to demolish the 28,000 square metre former EventCity conference and exhibition space on Barton Dock Road to make way for the c£250m flagship Therme Manchester development. The 28-acre resort opposite Trafford Palazzo and The Trafford Centre is being built by global developer and operator of state-of-the-art wellbeing destinations Therme Group which has seen phenomenal success with similar resorts across Europe over the past 20 years. TraffordCity, the…

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  • Photo of This year’s National Landscape Award Winners announced

    This year’s National Landscape Award Winners announced

    The British Association of Landscape Industries is excited to announce 63 winners of the 2022 National Landscape Awards. It is a year of multiple awards, with 13 members scooping more than one, including Accredited Contractor Nurture Landscapes receiving an unprecedented six and Wright Landscapes close behind with five. In total, 39 members were recognised with awards across 27 categories. All will now be looking to December to compete for the Principals, Specials and sought-after Grand Award at this year’s ceremony. The National Landscape Awards’ expert Judging Panel, led by experienced Chair, John Melmoe, were joined by Chief Executive, Wayne Grills…

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  • Photo of Boughton joins NBS Chorus & NBS Source

    Boughton joins NBS Chorus & NBS Source

    Landscaping products supplier, Boughton, has further expanded its reach and renewed its commitment to supporting the landscape architecture and garden design sectors by joining the NBS’s leading resource – Chorus and Source. Specifiers looking for the perfect supply partner can utilise both these tools to search by product or manufacturer, helping to nurture new relationships across the country. It is via NBS Source and Chorus that has helped Boughton to build a number of new relationships and to work on several landmark projects. NBS Chorus, described as ‘a dream for engineers, manufacturers and contractors’, is a cloud-based specification writing platform…

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  • Photo of Green-tech announces the addition of 100% biodegradable NexGen Tree Shelters to its range

    Green-tech announces the addition of 100% biodegradable NexGen Tree Shelters to its range

    Supplier of tree and shrub shelters Green-tech has today announced the addition of NexGen Tree Shelters to their extensive tree planting range. Heralded as the natural alternative to plastic, NexGen tree shelters, shrub shelters, spiral guards and vole guards are 100% biodegradable, made from British wood, ethically sourced cashew nutshell liquid and castor oil, and an innovation custom polymer. NexGen was founded by Gary Hurlstone.  Gary follows in the footsteps of his father, Graham, who, invented the market-leading Tubex Tree Shelter in the mid-1980s. 35 years on and now aware of the harm that plastics can cause, Gary took his…

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  • Photo of Lantra leading calls for Government pesticides plan to be fit for purpose for all

    Lantra leading calls for Government pesticides plan to be fit for purpose for all

    Lantra, the UK’s leading awarding organisation, providing training and qualifications for the land-based sector, has said it is looking forward to the delivery of a major Government plan looking at the safe and sustainable use of pesticides. Lantra is working with those across the land-based sector, ahead of the delivery of the Pesticides National Action Plan (NAP) which is expected to be released this Autumn. A date for its publication is still to be confirmed. Lantra’s work to update its related training and qualification products has therefore been on-hold until the full details of the plan are agreed and released.…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds expands factory by 10,000sq/ft to increase manufacturing capability

    Caribbean Blinds expands factory by 10,000sq/ft to increase manufacturing capability

    Manufacturer of external shading systems, Caribbean Blinds, has increased its factory space to a combined floor space of 30,000sq/ft – dedicated to the manufacture of luxury external shading systems The state of the art 10,000sq/ft extension will be used for storage and the cutting of all product profiles; aluminium extrusions and steel tubes, leaving the existing section of the factory purely for producing the end product and will mean they have a capacity to produce in excess of 10,000 external shading systems every year! The combination of higher stock levels along with additional production stations will result in significantly shorter…

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  • Photo of Plant botany and sustainable horticulture in the modern world

    Plant botany and sustainable horticulture in the modern world

    (Supported by the Soil Association and Yeo Valley Organic Garden) Bridgwater and Taunton College have launched an exciting new horticulture programme starting in September 2022 to address the important issues affecting horticulture in the modern world. It has been written to cater for gardeners both professional and amateur who want to learn about the importance of sustainability and organic practices. Chemical-free methods and specific organic practices will be paramount in every area of the programme. Delivered one day a week over 19 weeks the programme will be based at the College’s Cannington Campus with some modules being delivered at Yeo…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30 Update: Charlotte Williams

    30 Under 30 Update: Charlotte Williams

    One year into her role with AECOM, Charlotte tells us about the switch towards working on large infrastructure projects and earning her Chartership “It is challenging when undertaking assessment work; for example, larger projects which have a big focus on stakeholder engagement, so it is extremely useful to understand local opinions which can help to inform the design. It is important to remember that your role is to provide an impartial assessment of the scheme.” Fortunately for Charlotte, these DCOs make up a large part of her role at construction engineering company AECOM, which she moved to Cambridge to join…

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  • Photo of Kier appointed to deliver £17m mental health facility at Lowther Road in Islington

    Kier appointed to deliver £17m mental health facility at Lowther Road in Islington

    Kier has been awarded a contract by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new £17m mental health facility at 1 Lowther Road in Islington, London. Appointed through the Procure Partnerships Framework, the project forms the first integrated community mental health facility in the Trust’s St Pancras Transformation programme. Works include the demolition of the existing facility on site and construction of a new four-storey building which will include state-of-the-art facilities. The new space will provide interview, counselling and treatment rooms, and agile workspace for staff as well as a café and group collaboration zones. There will also be…

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  • Photo of Vectorworks 2023 to provide time-saving benefits to designers

    Vectorworks 2023 to provide time-saving benefits to designers

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will soon launch the 2023 version of its product line, focused on providing time-saving tools that automate tedious processes and let designers focus on high-quality design. The upcoming release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight and Fundamentals, along with 2023 versions of ConnectCAD, Braceworks and Vision. With an extensive collection of new tools and feature enhancements included in the 2023 product line, Vectorworks users can anticipate these key updates in addition to many more in the near future. BIM Vectorworks 2023 will bring significant updates to architects’ BIM workflows. Core architectural objects have…

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  • Photo of Plans submitted for major Stratford estate regeneration Co-designed community masterplan will create ‘a real piece of London’

    Plans submitted for major Stratford estate regeneration Co-designed community masterplan will create ‘a real piece of London’

    Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, one London’s largest and most ambitious estate regeneration programmes. The outline planning application is being brought forward by Newham Council’s wholly owned housing delivery company, with a multidisciplinary team led by the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV and including Metropolitan Workshop and Proctor & Matthews Architects who are collaborating on the masterplan, and landscape architects LDA Design. The culmination of extensive consultation and co-design over a number of years, these proposals centre on a new masterplan that will deliver up to 2,022 much-needed new, refurbished and replacement homes (up…

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  • Photo of Penrhos Costal Park crowned UK’s Favourite Park

    Penrhos Costal Park crowned UK’s Favourite Park

    The winners of a nationwide search to find the UK’s Favourite Parks have officially been announced. Led by green space charity, Fields in Trust, the competition saw 364 parks nominated by those who use and love them. Following a summer-long campaign that spotlighted the importance of having accessible green spaces in our communities, the charity announced that Penrhos Coastal Park in Holyhead achieved the most public votes and is officially the ‘UK’s Favourite Park 2022.’ In total, over 30,000 people cast their vote for their favourite park and Penrhos Coastal Park in Holyhead, Wales has emerged as the overall winner…

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  • Photo of Mace appointed to deliver fully electric over-station Moorgate Crossrail development

    Mace appointed to deliver fully electric over-station Moorgate Crossrail development

    International construction and consultancy company Mace has been appointed principal contractor by Aviva Investors and Allianz Real Estate at the partnership’s 101 Moorgate project in the City of London. The over-station development, which will sit above Moorgate station’s Hammersmith & City line, at the heart of the new Elizabeth Line complex, will be delivered by Mace for Aviva Investors and Allianz Real Estate. The 10-storey building will provide eight floors of grade A office space, as well as a mezzanine-level business lounge and retail spaces. A generous roof terrace, and additional outdoor areas at lower levels will provide green spaces…

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  • Photo of HG Construction to deliver second retirement village for Elysian Residences

    HG Construction to deliver second retirement village for Elysian Residences

    HG Construction has been named as the main contractor for Elysian Residences’ new retirement village scheme in Tunbridge Wells, which is being developed in a joint venture with Octopus Real Estate. Located close to Tunbridge Wells town centre, the new urban retirement village will comprise three luxury apartment buildings with 89 apartments. Facilities include a lounge and library, restaurant and bar, function room, guest suite, gym and treatment rooms, as well as landscaped communal gardens. Support will be available if required. HG Construction will be self-delivering the MEP on the scheme and will utilise off-site manufactured bathroom pods and utility cupboards, offering…

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  • Photo of Johnsons plants used for multi-million-pound renovation at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

    Johnsons plants used for multi-million-pound renovation at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

    Johnsons of Whixley, a century-year-old commercial nursery based in North Yorkshire has supplied plants to the value of over £135,000 for a multi-million-pound renovation at the 133-acre The Springs Resort & Golf Club near Wallingford in Oxfordshire. The renovation works started in the autumn of 2020 at the resort that boasts a beautifully restored 19th-century manor house with hotel rooms, an 18-hole, par-72 golf course, a clubhouse with restaurant and bar, a Hydrotherapy pool and spa and a collection of luxury lodges all located just 30 minutes from Oxford City Centre. Johnsons were appointed by Darwin Escapes which operates the resort to…

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