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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2022 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2022 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper has announced the winners of this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation, in association with Green-tech. The initiative recognises those aged 30 and under who are making incredible contributors to the landscaping industry. It covers a vast range of sectors including garden design, landscape construction, grounds maintenance, landscape architecture, sales and services. Nina Mason, head of content, says: “The winners of this year’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation are vying to make a difference and have a wider impact on the industry. Their goals range from improving and increasing sustainable practices, raising awareness of mental health…

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  • Photo of Creation of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

    Creation of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

    The seedbed for the emergence of the British Landscape Industry was created during the Second World War by the Luftwaffe’s Blitz of London in 1940. The Blitz destroyed large urban areas throughout the entire County of London, in particular the central core, resulting in over 50,000 inner London homes being completely destroyed. Following World War II, London was presented with a real opportunity to amend the perceived failings of unplanned and haphazard development that had occurred as a result of the Industrial Revolution during the nineteenth-century. The creation of new housing developments was to be mostly concentrated within areas damaged…

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  • Photo of Become a Perennial Mental Health First Aid Ambassador and support your employees with their mental health

    Become a Perennial Mental Health First Aid Ambassador and support your employees with their mental health

    Perennial, the charity helping people in horticulture, is calling for organisations to become ambassadors and participate in its Mental Health First Aider training programme. As part of the charity’s health and wellbeing focus the programme aims to put more Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace. One in four people experience mental health problems which is the biggest contributor to ill health and is consistent with the people who come to us for support. Perennial’s Health & Wellbeing Survey (2021) found that mental wellbeing was among the biggest perceived challenges for people working in horticulture. 85% of people’s mental wellbeing…

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  • Photo of Green-tech cast iron grilles add a long-lasting finishing touch at University Campus

    Green-tech cast iron grilles add a long-lasting finishing touch at University Campus

    Green-tech shares one of the recently projects it was involved in, Scape Mile End Background: Scape is well known for providing exemplary student accommodation, with locations throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia. The new canal side accommodation at Mile End in London is situated on the Queen Mary University campus. Comprising 412 studio rooms and flats over two main blocks, it also offers communal and study areas, as well as a gym and spacious bike storage, an often-overlooked necessity in London. HG Construction have worked on nine previous Scape buildings, with a tenth at Leeds under construction. The emphasis on…

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  • Photo of Work on public square underway as part £200m regeneration scheme

    Work on public square underway as part £200m regeneration scheme

    Work is underway on a new public square next to the #BuiltByGMI apartment block at the £200m Becketwell regeneration project in Derby city centre. GMI Construction were joined by developers St James Securities as well as representatives from Derby City Council, D2N2, and other key stakeholders at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of building works on Springwell Square, which will be located on the site of the former Central United Reformed Church. Springwell Square will the centrepiece of the #BuiltByGMI development, adjacent to the two-bedroom Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, currently being built on the site previously occupied…

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  • Photo of Introducing this year’s FutureScape Seminar Programme

    Introducing this year’s FutureScape Seminar Programme

    Celebrating a decade of FutureScape seminars, this November’s 2022 London event will introduce its most dynamic and diverse programme to date. Hard-hitting headlines across the two-day event Those familiar with FutureScape will be planning and packing their two-day schedules to maximise their take-homes once again. Time for exhibitors, time for networking and most importantly, time for the Seminar Programme. Covering 50 tailored topics, researched and selected in tune with every segment and every sector of the UK landscape industry. View the full seminar programme here.   Design and plant Topics including: A Lighter Footprint: Building More Sustainable Show Gardens The…

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  • Photo of New Humphry Repton bust unveiled to celebrate inclusive shared landscapes in Wembley Park

    New Humphry Repton bust unveiled to celebrate inclusive shared landscapes in Wembley Park

    The Deputy Mayor of Brent, Cllr Orleen Hylton, unveiled a new bust of renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton in a ceremony in Wembley Park. London’s most exciting new neighbourhood welcomed visitors to the unveiling, which was followed by a walking tour of the area led by Julian Tollast, head of masterplanning and design for Quintain, developer of Wembley Park and former founding trustee of the National Park City Foundation. The presentation of the bust, which was created by professional sculptor Hannah Northam and donated by Haddonstone, leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework, follows Wembley Park’s win at…

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  • Photo of RHS unveils show gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

    RHS unveils show gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

    Sustainability and wellbeing will once again take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, taking place from 23-27 May. Restorative gardens, in particular, will be a key theme amongst the 12 show gardens announced by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at a press conference this month. Gold medal winner Tom Massey returns to the show with The Royal Entomological Society Garden, inspired by the biodiversity of brownfield sites. Design duo Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg are also returning to Chelsea with Horatio’s Garden, a wheelchair accessible space for patients recovering from spinal injury – a garden which Professor Alistair…

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  • Photo of New £1m RHS research project to accelerate horticulture’s transition to peat-free

    New £1m RHS research project to accelerate horticulture’s transition to peat-free

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has appointed a peat-free postdoctoral fellow to help the horticultural trade transition to sustainable growing media. A £1m, co-funded, five-year project led by the charity will convene government, growers and growing media manufacturers through the Growing Media Association and horticultural product supplier Fargro to research sustainable alternatives to peat in large-scale commercial settings. Five growers initially will work alongside Dr Raghavendra Prasad who has joined the RHS’ 120-strong Science team at RHS Hilltop: Home of Gardening Science this month. They are: Allensmore, Hills Plants, Johnsons of Whixley, The Farplants Group and Vitacress who collectively produce…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

    The number of factors contributing to the lack of confidence within the landscaping industry keeps growing; the cost-of-living crisis, the threat of recession, the summer heat waves and overall uncertainty from clients themselves. Yet despite all of this, turnover remains steady with 50% of respondents reporting no change compared to last year and full-time staff continue to grow with 45% of respondents having more full-time staff than last year. The main consensus among our respondents is that they’re waiting for the new year to come with one stating, ‘I think clients are holding off with the uncertain times ahead and…

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  • Photo of Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

    Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

    Wessex region has welcomed Swindon Council’s green light for 113 new homes on land in South Marston on the edge of Swindon. Planning approval was given for the Catsbrain Farm site at a meeting of the Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 11th October. The development will include a mixture of semi-detached, terraced and detached homes, which vary from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom dwellings. The six apartments will be located above a new retail store and close to the proposed access point on Kingsdown Road on the southern side of the site. This access to the development will be via a newly constructed…

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  • Photo of Location Landscapes awarded the ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ at the ‘Employer Thank You Event’ at Sparsholt College

    Location Landscapes awarded the ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ at the ‘Employer Thank You Event’ at Sparsholt College

    Sparsholt College Group hosted its first ever Employer Thank You Event on campus to celebrate local employers from a variety of different industries who support our students with apprenticeships and work placements. Location Landscapes have said: “Location Landscapes are delighted to have been awarded the inaugural ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ award at the very first ‘Employer Thank You Event’ at Sparsholt College.  We have run an apprenticeship scheme for the last 8 years, during which we have nurtured the next generation of some very talented young horticulturists.  We are incredibly grateful to have had our commitment to education recognised,…

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  • Photo of Johnsons staff members become mental health first aiders

    Johnsons staff members become mental health first aiders

    Employees at one of the UK’s largest commercial plant nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley have recently become mental health first-aiders ahead of World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October. Dave Barrett and Eleanor Richardson recently completed a two-day mental health course and became mental health first aiders. Johnsons consider mental health and employee well-being in the workplace a priority, the first aiders will be the go-to contacts for anyone who is going through some form of crisis or mental health issue at work. All 140 Employees at Johnsons will be encouraged to speak to the mental health first aiders who…

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  • Photo of Kew Gardens’ iconic Orchid festival returns for 2023

    Kew Gardens’ iconic Orchid festival returns for 2023

    Back bigger and better than ever for 2023, Kew Gardens’ much-loved Orchid festival returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory from Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 March 2023. Taking inspiration from the beauty and biodiversity of Cameroon, Orchids 2023 is a vibrant celebration of colour to brighten up the winter months, and is the first time Kew’s Orchid festival will celebrate an African nation. Encompassing a series of stunning horticultural displays and living sculptures, the festival takes places across the ten different climatic zones which make up Kew’s state-of-the-art Princess of Wales Conservatory, replicating a series of fascinating global…

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  • Photo of Arbor celebrates 70 years with expanded, greener lorry fleet

    Arbor celebrates 70 years with expanded, greener lorry fleet

    Arbor Forest Products – a UK’s independent timber importer and processor – has put sustainability at the heart of its new fleet of lorries, highlighting both the company’s drive for greener thinking as well as its ambition to help customers meet ever-increasing environmental targets. Arbor’s commitment has also been recognised at this year’s coveted Timber Trades Journal Awards – an annual celebration of the best in the industry. The company has been nominated for an Environmental Achievement Award, a category that acknowledges excellence in the field of sustainable practice. Driving down emissions: 4,090 road miles reduction Successfully in business for…

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  • Photo of Free online training – ’11 Ways To Recession Proof Your Landscape Business’

    Free online training – ’11 Ways To Recession Proof Your Landscape Business’

    Nick Ruddle, Landscape Industry Business Coach, had created a free online course titled ‘11 Ways To Recession Proof Your Landscape Business‘. Nick description of the course is as followed: “With the inevitable recession looming you’ll learn how to, not only survive it, but come out the other side thriving! “Whilst your competitors panic and talk themselves into a dark place, you’ll be professionally navigating the choppy waters ahead, so that when the calmer waters do return, your business will be even more robust and profitable than it was before. “We’ll delve into the 11 areas you MUST focus on. Including;…

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  • Photo of City Corporation celebrates London In Bloom wins

    City Corporation celebrates London In Bloom wins

    The City of London Corporation is celebrating after winning five honours in the 2022 London in Bloom competition. The City of London was awarded Gold and revealed as the overall winner in the Town category. West Ham Park, in Newham, also took Gold and category winner in the Large Park of the Year prize. Golders Hill Park in Barnet and Queen’s Park in Brent also won Gold in the same category. The Hill Garden Pergola in Hampstead Heath won Gold in the Walled Garden section. All these sites are managed by the City Corporation as registered charities. London in Bloom…

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  • Photo of Willmott Dixon to deliver £30m new homes and community facilities for London Borough of Brent

    Willmott Dixon to deliver £30m new homes and community facilities for London Borough of Brent

    Willmott Dixon’s housing workload in London is increasing after the London Borough of Brent appointed the company to build 55 affordable homes as well as two community centres. The work will be delivered under two contracts with a combined valued of over £30m. The largest is the £17.3m Brent Indian Centre project, which involves demolition of an existing building to be replaced with a new community facility and 29 affordable homes.  The current building’s occupants, the Brent Indian Community, will move into the new development, which will include a large multi-purpose hall, commercial kitchen, offices and an IT training room.…

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  • Photo of Land Studio launches new service offering and expands team

    Land Studio launches new service offering and expands team

    Chester based landscape architecture practice Land Studio has launched a new service which offers clients a green infrastructure benchmark. Building with Nature (BwN) is a standards framework which defines ‘what good looks like’ by offering a set of quality standards for placemaking and place-keeping from the point of view of both planners and developers. Rachael Fenton, one of Land Studio’s associate landscape architects, has recently qualified as an Approved Building with Nature Assessor, one of just a few covering Wales and the North West. Simon Richards, founder and director of Land Studio, said: “We’re delighted to introduce a new service…

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  • Photo of HTA’s OMC discuss peat-free growing media and the cost of energy

    HTA’s OMC discuss peat-free growing media and the cost of energy

    The HTA’s Ornamentals Management Committee (OMC) met on 11th October.  The current position on the industry’s move towards peat-free growing media was high up on the agenda and those currently trialling and using peat-free mixes were highlighting concerns with the consistency between batches of growing media.  The Committee was reassured to hear that there are no discussions taking place within government to extend the proposed ban to the professional horticulture sector before 2028. However, the reduction in consistency coincides with the increase in demand for peat-free and peat-reduced batches which is of concern as we move towards Defra’s potential target dates.…

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  • Photo of Amersham crowned RHS Britain in Bloom champions 2022

    Amersham crowned RHS Britain in Bloom champions 2022

    Britain in Bloom judges were wowed by Amersham’s stunning sustainable displays and engagement with the community as they won a gold medal and took the top prize in the Finals of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) UK-wide community gardening competition. The Britain in Bloom UK Finals returned after two years absence, with an increased focus on the environment. The 45 finalists from across the UK, who were nominated to the Finals after impressing the judges in their regional and national competitions, rose to the challenge of limiting their environmental impact, with more water butts, recycled materials and drought-tolerant species than…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Blinds’ newest product receives recognition with triple award shortlisting

    Caribbean Blinds’ newest product receives recognition with triple award shortlisting

    Outdoor shading systems manufacturer, Caribbean Blinds, is thrilled to have made it to the finals at the Build It Awards 2022, as well as this year’s Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Innovation Awards. After showcasing its latest product, the Dominica Blind, the Sudbury based firm was shortlisted in not one but two categories at the Build It Awards – ‘Innovation in Insulation’ and ‘Best Sustainable Technology or Product’ – in addition to being named as a finalist in the ‘Construction Innovation’ category at the Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils’ Innovation Awards. The Build It Awards – in association with BuildStore –…

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  • Photo of Apply now to design a Balcony or Container Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023!

    Apply now to design a Balcony or Container Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023!

    The RHS is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Balcony and Container Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The ‘Balcony and Container Gardens’ category is a mentored category open to designers who have not exhibited or been involved in the design of a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gardens today can be the smallest of spaces that give us a chance to connect with nature and express ourselves. Whether a balcony, urban, seaside or town garden that needs to balance practicality with the passions of its inhabitants. Whether for old or young, a…

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  • Photo of Green-tech Specifier launches new website

    Green-tech Specifier launches new website

    Green-tech Specifier has launched their new and improved website www.gtspecifier.co.uk Green-tech Specifier is the specification team of leading landscape supplier Green-tech. The team was established to meet the growing demand of Landscape Architects, Garden Designers and Contractors who required assistance at the specification, estimating and drawing stages of their projects. The new and improved Green-tech Specifier website addresses the needs of Landscape Architects, Contractors, and Garden Designers and showcases the latest solutions and products for urban regeneration and landscaping projects, including a number of solutions to address climate control, flooding and biodiversity challenges. Visitors will find a host of resources…

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  • Photo of Tyler Grange – Halfway there!

    Tyler Grange – Halfway there!

    Tyler Grange speaks to Pro Landscaper about how its four-day work week trail is going now that it has reached its halfway mark. 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. The ultimate goal of the project is for TG to achieve 100% productivity with 80% of the time, and it is on track! Managing director Simon Ursell said: “Productivity is currently at 99%, measured by the work done by person.” In addition to this, despite expecting longer days as a result of…

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