• Clean air scheme to protect school playgrounds from traffic pollution

    A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.   Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.    The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.…

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  • FutureScape

    New sponsors announced for FutureScape 2019

    The Pot Company and Round Wood of Mayfield will both be sponsoring FutureScape, taking place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at Sandown Park Racecourse. FutureScape is the UK’s number one landscaping event. Taking place over just one day it is packed full of informative seminars and debates, brilliant networking opportunities and a whole host of exhibitors. When asked about sponsoring the exhibit Round Wood of Mayfield said: “Over recent years, Round Wood of Mayfield’s profile has grown steadily amongst the trade. Its extensive range of timber products has become increasingly appreciated by landscapers and designers, who particularly value their high…

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  • New colour available from Millboard

    Millboard have announced two exciting new developments. On the back of customer demand, it has launched a brand new colour: Enhanced Grain Burnt Cedar, and an upgrade to its existing Weathered Oak Embered line.   The new colour, Burnt Cedar, has been created to reflect the burnt texture that customers have been asking for. It strikes the right balance between warmth and design flexibility. These atmospheric boards draw their influence from the traditional Japanese Yakisugi technique. A method that produces the charred surface associated with heritage Eastern architecture. Western design has fully embraced the aesthetic, utilising it in prestigious builds…

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  • Better Bankside

    Better Bankside’s Air Benches

    Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.   The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors. The benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to…

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  • Green-tech supply materials for woodland creation project

    Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire.   Wessex Woodland Management offers bespoke management and contract services to woodland owners throughout the South of England. They were awarded the contract to create the woodland under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme to provide farmers, foresters and land managers with a viable, long-term source of income for delivering environmental benefits on their land. This includes the creation of habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity.   Planting on the Conholt Park Estate was carried…

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  • Milner Square

    Milner Square wins Children’s Play award in Street Design Awards

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  • Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

    Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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  • Rain Bird

    Rain Bird launches new product

    Rain Bird’s new Wi-Fi ready ESP-TM2 irrigation controller has been designed for both residential and commercial applications. It is simple to use, offers highly flexible watering schedules and water saving features. End users and contractors can select exactly the right controller to tailor irrigation to the varying needs of different areas, zones and plant types within a landscape.   The ESP-TM2 will be attractive to both users and contractors alike. Filling a gap between Rain Bird’s proven ESP-RZX 4/6/8 zone controller and the ESP-ME controller with up to 22 stations, the new ESP-TM2 models are available with four, six, eight…

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  • New Chair

    New Chair appointed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Board

    Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.   Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.   Dame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018. As well as Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011. She is also the Lead Independent Director for…

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  • Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

    Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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  • Bristol to consider new approach towards city’s trees

    Enhancing the care of Bristol’s trees and expanding the city’s planting programme will be among proposals considered by the Mayor and Cabinet next week. If approved, a new tree strategy would outline the authority’s approach to tree removals, pruning, inspections and planting in greater detail. It would also explore how new areas of woodland and sites for more street trees will be identified. Next Tuesday’s meeting will decide whether to pursue an initial £4m five-year contract for maintaining all trees on council land. A new approach to both increasing the city’s canopy and managing existing trees is also set to…

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  • £11m initiative launched to save green spaces

    A multi-million pound initiative to secure the future of the UK’s urban parks and green spaces is launched today. In the first project of its kind in the UK, eight urban areas are joining forces in a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. The Future Parks initiative is investing more than £6m of National Lottery and government funding. The National Trust has also pledged £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management. The…

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  • Helen Mirren lends support to RHS campaign to help halt spread of Xylella

    Dame Helen Mirren has added her voice to an RHS campaign urging holidaymakers not to bring plants back from abroad this summer to help halt the spread of the deadly bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The multi-award-winning actress has witnessed the devastating impact of Xylella in Italy, where it is thought more than 11 million olive trees have already fallen victim. The disease prevents plants from transporting water and is known to infect more than 500 different plant species, with garden favourites lavender, oleander, rosemary and flowering cherry all at risk in the UK. If found in the UK, all host plants…

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  • Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

    Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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  • A38 flower verge

    Wildflower scheme along the A38

    As well as improving roads, Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is supported by a £30 million investment programme over five years.   The wild flower scheme on the A38 was started last year when seeds from over 20 variety of flowers, including cornflowers, oxeye daisies, yellow rattle and poppies were sown over five hectares of roadside verge between Ashburton and Ivybridge, adding to the ten hectares that have recently been created along the A38 and A30 in Devon and Cornwall.   Highways England senior ecologist Leonardo Gubert said: “This is the third wild flower scheme…

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  • BBC Gardeners' World Live

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 awards announced

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  • Net Zero emissions

    UK to eradicate its net contribution to climate change

    The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.   The statutory instrument to implement was laid in Parliament Wednesday 12 June. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008.   Theresa May will also meet young science and engineering students to discuss the ambitious new target, which is based on advice from independent experts: the Committee on Climate Change.   In its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as…

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  • Tree Champion

    Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

    The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.   The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years.   Now Sir William is marking his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.   Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up…

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  • Alan Titchmarsh to open Harlow Carr Flower Show

    The RHS has announced that gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh is to open the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show at 10.30am on 21 June. This is to mark 70 years of the North Yorkshire garden.The RHS Ambassador and Vice-President, who celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 May, will give a talk about his life in horticulture. As well as putting the final touches to a floral cake to open the show.   The Northern Horticultural Society leased the land for RHS Garden Harlow Carr from the Harrogate Corporation in 1949 and the garden opened to the public in 1950. Once…

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  • Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

    On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019. Successful candidates President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%) Vice President Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%) Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%) Non-Chartered Board Member Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed Advisory Council Ordinary Members Catherine Birkin CMLI,…

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  • Smart technology pilot scheme for Belfast parks

    A ‘smart’ pilot project using sensors, artificial intelligence and community currency is underway in a number of locations across Belfast. It is aimed at helping Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme. The ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ initiative is being trialled for two weeks. Following a competition launched last October, five companies have been awarded funding of up to £20,000 each to explore how data and innovative technologies can help Council manage open spaces in Belfast. It will look at issues such as safety and the user experience, as well…

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  • 571 plant species have disappeared in the last 250 years

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  • Former school to transform into a community green space

    Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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  • Saughton Park

    Saughton Park opens following £8m restoration

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially reopened Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park.   Following a £8m seven-year renovation project to fully refurbish and reinstate many of the Park’s original Edwardian features – transforming the gardens into an inclusive space for the whole local community – the project has officially been declared complete on 6 June.   As Patron of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, HRH was invited to tour the restored park with Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant, Frank Ross, and to unveil a plaque to commemorate the milestone.   The Park will be powered by green energy. It also boasts…

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  • Royal Bath & West Show

    Top awards for idverde at Royal Bath & West Show

    idverde’s Robin Ware has won Gold and the People’s Choice Award for his ‘Pop Up Garden’ at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show.   Robin, who is currently studying for his Level 2 Landscaping qualification through idverde’s Performance Campus, with support from our training partner Element Skills Training, is based at idverde’s Chippenham contract.   Based on the theme of ‘Re-use and Recycle’, Robin’s design featured chairs and planters made from wooden pallets. As well as flower planters made from plastic bottles and tyres, and a wall made from glass bottles. The 3m x 3m garden was constructed in…

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