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    • HS2 – new report reveals exorbitant cost to nature

      A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts reveals, for the first time, the vast scale of the destruction and impact that HS2 will cause to nature. ‘What’s the damage?  Why HS2 will cost nature too much’ is the most comprehensive assessment of the environmental damage that HS2 will cause. It assesses the broad range of impacts across all phases of HS2 on protected wildlife sites, species and landscape restoration projects. The report finds that HS2’s current proposals will risk the loss of, or significantly impact:   5  Wildlife refuges of international importance, protected by UK law 33  Sites of…

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    • Piccadilly Gardens

      LDA Design appointed for Piccadilly Gardens transformation

      LDA Design have been appointed to produce concept designs for improvements to Piccadilly Gardens and its surrounds.   It will come up with a number of outline schemes which Manchester residents and businesses will then be consulted on in the spring.   They were the landscape architects behind a previous scheme, produced by LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General), which attracted broad public support but was discontinued when it became financially unviable.   The council would like to keep many of the core elements of that original scheme including new planting, improved lighting and design to help deter anti-social behaviour,…

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    • Expedition finds the tallest tree in the Amazon

      The tree, Dinizia excelsa, known in Portuguese as Angelim vermelho, towers above the previous record holder at a height of 88.5 metres – equivalent to 20 double decker buses. This giant may store as much carbon as an entire hectare of rainforest elsewhere in the Amazon. The discovery was confirmed after a group of scientists, including Toby Jackson, a plant scientist from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences, embarked on an expedition deep into the Amazon rainforest. There, they measured the tree and collected samples from the vegetation beneath the main canopy to try to understand what makes…

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    • Rolawn: Setting the standard

      Rolawn’s sales and marketing director Jonathan Hill explains why having ISO certifications are beneficial for both the company and the client. You may have seen ISO certification for quality and environmental management systems advertised by leading brands, but what difference does it make? At Rolawn, certification is a hugely important part of our organisation, so what does it mean for you? At a headline level, it means you know exactly what you’ll get when you order from Rolawn, helping keep your customers happy and your business on track. Certification builds trust for you and your customers ISO standards are widely…

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    • Bonds Glen.

      Faughan Valley in Derry receives over £484,400 to revitalise landscape

      The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced funding of over £484,400 for a Woodland Trust project set to revitalise the Faughan Valley landscape, on the outskirts of Derry/Londonderry. receives    This boost will enable the conservation charity to deliver plans, over three years, for a £1.2m project. It’s an undertaking which will benefit the valley’s communities, landowners, landscape and wildlife.   The Faughan Valley covers some 80 square miles and has been identified as an area of strategic importance thanks to some precious natural features.   The Woodland Trust will work with landowners and communities to create a ‘resilient wooded…

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    • David Austin Roses announces two new roses

      David Austin Roses have announced the introduction of two new characters to its collection of British grown English Roses. The roses celebrate the distinguished works of George Eliot, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1861) and James Woodforde’s The Diary of a Country Parson (1758-1802). The new arrivals offer visually stunning and beautifully fragrant additions to the world-leading breeder’s collection of twenty literature-inspired roses.   Silas Marner (Ausraveloe) is an unfussy rose of soft mid pink, bearing petals which are pale on the reverse and fade at the edges. Held on red stems, the medium-sized cupped blooms have relaxed, almost…

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    • Greenwich Park receives £10.5m of funding

      The Royal Parks charity, which manages Greenwich Park, has secured a £4.5m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for its Greenwich Park Revealed project. The Royal Parks and other funding partners will also contribute to this project, equating to total investment of £10.5m. The park covers 183 acres and was enclosed in 1433, making it the oldest enclosed Royal park. The Grade 1-listed landscape is a unique mix of stunning gardens, historic buildings and monuments, and is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation with an abundant array of wildlife. However, there…

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    • Pro Landscaper Business Awards shortlist announced

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    • Abney Park

      Abney Park set for £4.4m improvement work

      Abney Park’s historic chapel will be brought back into use as a venue after Hackney Council was awarded £4.4m by the National Lottery to improve the park.   The funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund will also see major work to the rest of the gothic cemetery. This will include a new cafe and classroom at the park’s main entrance and a new accessible entrance on Church Street.   As part of the improvements, an environmentally friendly heat pump will be installed in the park to provide heat and hot water to the…

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    • Bushy Park to receive one of Newton’s eight space saplings

      Bushy Park has been chosen to be the home of one of eight space saplings. The tree is derived from the pips of Isaac Newton’s apple tree, that were blasted into space with British astronaut Tim Peake in 2015. The project is a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, National Trust and Kew Gardens, to inspire the next generation of scientists.   The Royal Parks, in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The Friends of Bushy Park successfully bid for one of the eight saplings, that originate from the pips of the 400-year-old apple tree in Woolsthorpe Manor,…

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    • Oldham Eco Centre plans revealed

      Oldham Council has submitted proposals to build a multi-million-pound environmental centre at Alexandra Park as part of its Northern Roots development project.   The new eco-centre would act as an anchor development for its flagship Northern Roots Project. Which is a bold and pioneering initiative that will transform Snipe Clough – 160 acres of under-used green space – into the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park.   It will be developed for and with local communities and will be a base for enterprises and community projects providing much-needed facilities – such as office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities.…

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    • Potback

      Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

      Boningale Ltd has developed Potback, an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Currently, plastic plant pots containing carbon black pigment are not widely accepted in kerbside collections, meaning many pots are sent to general waste, with landfill as a final destination. With an estimated 500 million plastic pots in circulation every year, the issue is far-reaching, and has contributed to a stigma around industry attitudes towards waste management and recycling. Boningale Ltd’s Potback aims to minimize these issues by reducing the number of pots sent to landfill. Potback facilitates…

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    • Hawkins\Brown win public realm commission for Smithfield

      The City of London Corporation has announced the winning teams who will be reimagining the Smithfield East and West Market buildings and the broader Smithfield public realm. The winners are Studio Egret West and Hawkins\Brown, respectively.  The projects will help realise the City Corporation’s vision for Culture Mile which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Culture Mile is led by the City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of London and a growing network of stakeholders from across the commercial, cultural and civic sectors.   This project will deliver…

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    • city

      Urban design team needed to co-develop a masterplan for the Ebbsfleet Central site

      Following the acquisition of Ebbsfleet Central in October 2019, EDC are seeking to secure an urban design team to co-develop a masterplan for the Ebbsfleet Central site. The key role of this consultant includes to: • Lead the development of a masterplan which fulfils the long-term vision for the Garden City and which will guide all future development in the Ebbsfleet Central site • Provide design input to and assist in securing a new planning permission • Providing long term advice on urban design for the Ebbsfleet Central site. Further information regarding this opportunity and how to participate, can be…

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    • Scotscape

      Andrew Maskell joins the Scotscape Group

      Andrew Maskell has joined the Scotscape Group of Companies as design and development director for the LivingPillar™.   Andrew is a chartered landscape manager and horticulturist. He also has extensive experience in the landscape sector. Working within the industry since 1994, he has worked from grass roots obtaining a BSc 1st class Honours degree in Landscape Management. He has been involved in projects covering a broad spectrum of landscapes. These include urban greening, residential, theme parks, prisons, golf courses, schools, hotels, parks, smart green infrastructure and London squares. His career has taken him from designing tiger enclosures to teaching horticulture,…

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    • The Nurture Landscapes Group celebrates award-winning year

      The Nurture Landscapes Group, consisting of Nurture Landscapes and Gavin Jones, collected a total of 27 trade awards and accolades in 2019. It was also named on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list for the third time in six years. The company’s grounds maintenance and landscaping work across the UK was recognised through winning numerous trade awards and accreditations, including nine awards at this month’s British Association of Landscaping Industries (BALI) Awards. Nurture Landscapes scooped five Principal Awards for both its interior and exterior landscaping work.   Nurture Landscapes also received a special award for ‘bringing life…

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    • A new green vision for the low line through the heart of south London

      Better Bankside, the Low Line Steering Group and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that the Low Line Commons is the winner of the international competition to develop an ecological vision for the Low Line. Following the path forged by the railway viaducts through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, the Low Line stretches through some of London’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Low Line is a long-term project. It will incrementally unfold as different opportunities and strands of funding become available. Having a coherent and creative green vision for the project will ensure that it can be delivered with…

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    • Applications open for The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.

      Every year the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), jointly award an internship of a lifetime – The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship.   $4,500 USD is granted for the opportunity to organise a work placement in a horticultural business. This year current or recent UK based horticultural students can apply to experience production horticulture in the US/Canada.   Past winner, James Crawford, returned full of motivation after winning the Scholarship in 2018. James went to Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants in Michigan, US, where he worked throughout the main production cycle.   Full of enthusiasm James summed up his…

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    • Rolawn celebrates two environmental achievements

      Rolawn is celebrating two milestones in its environmental strategy, with the unveiling of a solar panel installation at their site in Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire plus an upgrade to their independently audited Green Achiever award which gives them the coveted Diamond Banner status.   After months of planning, site-preparation and installation, the on-site solar panels are anticipated to make a significant contribution to the production facilities at the Head Office site.   The business is embracing a carbon-friendly future with this proactive development which was identified as an enhancement to operations as part of an ongoing drive for efficiency.  …

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    • Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son making it the UK’s largest private gritting operator

      Ground Control has cemented its position as the country’s biggest private gritting company and winter maintenance provider, with the acquisition of JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company.   Over the past 160 years, the company gained a reputation for outstanding customer service. Last year the company generated turnover of £7.3m, whilst the previous year “The Beast from the East” saw exceptional revenues of £12.9m as demand drove the need for The Gritting Company services.   The investment will immediately boost the company’s gritting operation by 25% and means it will now service over 8,000 different locations.  …

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    • City of the Future

      Toyota to build prototype city of the future

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    • Pro Landscaper

      Pro Landscaper will now arrive in compostable packaging

      To all those at FutureScape 2019 asking Pro Landscaper to step forward in leading the charge to combat climate change, we heard you and we agree. We’re starting the year how we mean to go on – with the magazine arriving every month in more sustainable packaging. The new packaging is compostable and can be disposed of in your household garden or food waste bin. Made out of Polycomp TM it uses biopolymers, which are obtained by means of pioneering proprietary technologies using starches, cellulose, vegetable oils and their combinations. Polycomp TM conforms to EN13432 so is compostable in open air…

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    • Arbor Forest Products’ eight key decking trends for 2020

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    • Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park. Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he…

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    • Quartix Ltd. launches dashcam integration in partnership with Fleet Focus

      Quartix Ltd, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of vehicle tracking systems, has launched an integrated dashcam solution through partnering with Fleet Focus, one of the UK’s foremost camera and vehicle safety companies. Quartix customers can now use the FF2000 vehicle connected camera to capture HD 1080p footage of any trip that their drivers make and view these within the Quartix vehicle tracking system.   The FF2000 camera, available via a Fleet Focus subscription, automatically uploads key event footage to the Fleet Focus Cloud where the data is stored for up to three months. Designed to detect significant G-Force events, accidents or speeding events, the FF2000 will automatically upload specific footage for Quartix users…

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