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    Houseplant Appreciation Week: What will be most popular this year?

    Each year Houseplant Appreciation Week reminds us of all the benefits house plants have to offer and how important it is for us to keep fresh, vibrant, greenery in our homes. Year after year, costumers are on the search for a new type of plant to bring home. The love for houseplants grew intensely throughout 2021 and, for so many of us, they were the only source of contact we had with nature throughout the lockdowns. Along with some helpful maintenance tips, here are six fantastic houseplants Ian predicts will be popular throughout 2022: CISSUS RHOMBIFOLIA – GRAPE IVY This…

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    What to expect in 2022? Landscapers reveal their predictions

    After a chaotic two years, packed full of ups and downs, it’s safe to say a lot has changed. Activity, focus, trends and the way we work has shifted. As we enter into 2022 you may wonder – what could be expected from this year? We ask landscape company directors Mark Youde, director of Urban Landscape Design, Marc Lane, managing director of Landscapia, and Alistair Bayford, business development director of Maylim, about what they think the next year will bring. The impact of the pandemic sparked a wide spread new-found love and value for outdoor space. In turn, this led…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Sue Biggs revealed her retirement next year

    12 Days of Christmas: Sue Biggs revealed her retirement next year

    Towards the end of the year, director general of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Sue Biggs, announced she will be retiring in June 2022. Over the past 11 years, Sue has been working on modernising and growing the RHS. Championing improvements in gardens, flower shows, community initiatives and educational programmes, Sue raised standards of horticulture and science, and helped inspire gardeners and young horticultural professionals too. Now, she leaves the charity in a strong and financially robust place, with record membership numbers. During 2021, Sue was a top columnist in Pro Landscaper magazine, discussing her views, thoughts and life at…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

    12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

    In January 2021, the RHS postponed the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 108-year history. The event was rescheduled to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic. Celebrating in September, the event was very different to the usual spring event. Certain the show would mark a moment in history, the RHS believed the event would showcase the best of autumn horticulture, with many seasonal highlights including Salvias, Asters, Dahlias, grasses and fruit and vegetables. However, the movement of the show certainly presented difficulties. We interviewed garden designer, Sara Edwards, and she…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper launched the Green Up campaign

    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper launched the Green Up campaign

    The climate change movement is an unstoppable force. With the global temperature rising, ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, and sea levels rising – time’s up. We decided action was needed, and that’s why Pro Landscaper launched the ‘Green Up’ campaign in September, an initiative to help improve biodiversity within supermarket car parks. Over the years we’ve noticed despite Tesco’s partnership with WWF, Aldi and M&S’ carbon neutrality, and Sainsbury’s becoming a Principal Supermarket Partner of COP26, there doesn’t seem to be the same regard for what’s on their doorstep. Today, there are 103,000 public and private surface car parks across…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Landscape Institute appointed new CEO

    12 Days of Christmas: Landscape Institute appointed new CEO

    During February 2021, The Landscape Institute (LI) announced its CEO Dan Cook was leaving the association after five years in the role. Dan was described as an excellent leader during a time of “positive transformation” in a statement released by the LI. Dan explained his enjoyment working as CEO, and added: “I’m particularly pleased with the changes we’ve made as an organisation. Now, the LI is more current, modern and relevant.” Around six months later, The LI announced the appointment of their new CEO, Sue Morgan. Joining the LI from the Design Council, Sue came prepared with over 25 years’…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    August was a special month for Pro Landscaper Magazine, as Eljays44 celebrated the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the magazine has come far, constantly developing and enabling people to share, inspire and be positive about the effects landscaping has on the UK. The team at Eljays44 couldn’t be prouder of everything Pro Landscaper has achieved so far. The anniversary issue was bursting with great content, including testimonials, amazing industry standout events, and the top 10 memorable moments for Pro Landscaper (which include awarding outstanding businesses, the magazine’s developments, and a royal engagement). In honour of the celebratory issue,…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    In March, idverde’s UK CEO Doug Graham, announced he was stepping down after a strong four years in the role. Doug led the business through a significant growth period. idverde’s President, Hervé Lancon, explained: “He played a key part within the wider idverde Group that has grown from €250m turnover and 3,000 colleagues in 2014 to €850m turnover and 9,000 colleagues in 2020.” Handing over to Chris Pullen, an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across the support services sector, Doug explained he was looking forward to supporting his introduction to the business. Chris joined the business with…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    Longstanding landscape supplier, Green-tech, saw some big changes this year. In March, the company was acquired by Origin Enterprises, a focused Agri-services group providing specialist on-farm agronomy services, digital agricultural services, the supply of crop technologies and amenity inputs. With the intention of enhancing Green-tech, the investment was made to help drive product development and further accelerate Green-tech’s growth. The deal was said to be a true reflection of Green-tech’s ambition, managing director Richard Kay commented: “We are always focused on moving onwards upwards.” Towards of the end year, co-founders and managing directors of Green-tech, Richard and Rachel Kay, announced…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    In early February 2021, the BBC’s new TV show ‘Your Garden Made Perfect’ hit our screens. During this time, the nation was sat in the middle of a third lockdown, and the healing power of nature was certainly in motion. Over the years the industry has seen a wealth of similar garden makeover TV shows, with many perhaps poorly representing the value and design of what makes a great garden. However, Your Garden Made Perfect certainly worked to tackle this, and it was positive to see a part of the industry represented on TV in a way it hadn’t been…

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  • Photo of What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    Stuart Dantzic of Caribbean Blinds explains his predictions for 2022 It’s all about options. Consumers are going to continue investing in lighting, heating, and side screens, but anything that can enhance the comfort of being outdoors, and enable space to be used all year, round is certainly going to be most popular. Therefore, it is expected that consumers who already have awnings will be looking to upgrade or replace existing items for maximum effect. Consumers want flexibility with options: Lighting: Customers want their lighting to be dimmable to set the scene / mood i.e. dimmed lights for a romantic meal,…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare September 2021 to September 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (November 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of September 2021, on top of the consistent chaos with rocky levels of material availability, September proved to be a difficult time to navigate as the petrol shortage took hold of the UK. This slowed down work for many in the industry as travel became an additional issue. Results have shown that lead times lengthened, and for…

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    Setting up your social media

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    Taking the next business steps

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  • Photo of Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

    Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

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  • Photo of The FutureScape event in pictures

    The FutureScape event in pictures

    The long awaited FutureScape event took place in its new venue at the ExCeL in London, on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier this week. Full of networking, exhibitors, seminars, and tool showcasing, the two-day event was a huge success. As the UK’s largest expo and trade event, FutureScape is an occasion designed to inspire, educate, and open up discussion through seminars and live debates. Working as a fantastic place to network with others in the industry, we give a variety of exhibitors a place to showcase their work through demos and displays, and provide an opportunity to fuel business development. Today,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

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  • Photo of Interview with Green-tech’s new managing director

    Interview with Green-tech’s new managing director

    Co-founded in North Yorkshire in 1994 by Richard and Rachel Kay, the couple have been running the business ever since. Over the last 27 years, Green-tech has been growing in size and success year after year. Today, the company is a market-leading, popular and successful landscaping supplier, with a team of over 80. Kris has been welcomed with open arms at Green-tech, as he arrives with a huge wealth of knowledge. In his most recent job, he worked as a finance director at a freight forwarding firm. “The role gave me a good insight into the global supply chain problems…

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  • Photo of World Mental Health Day: Do one thing

    World Mental Health Day: Do one thing

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  • Photo of Glendale scoops a series of significant contracts

    Glendale scoops a series of significant contracts

    National green service provider Glendale has been awarded a number of prolific contracts over the last year from clients including Kingston upon Thames and Matalan. One of the most highly coveted wins in the last month has been with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. From 1 November 2021, Glendale will start a seven-year green space service contract with the local authority, with an option to extend it by a further seven years. Part of Glendale’s competitive edge is its environmental commitments. It will only be using battery powered handheld equipment from the start of the contract and a…

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  • Photo of Biotecture’s benefits of greening up supermarket car parks

    Biotecture’s benefits of greening up supermarket car parks

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Highlights

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show Highlights

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  • Photo of Sara Edwards thinks big for her Tiny IBC Pocket Forest Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

    Sara Edwards thinks big for her Tiny IBC Pocket Forest Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

    For her debut garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021, Sara Edwards explores and challenges conventional ideas of container gardening by thinking BIG with her IBC Pocket Forest Garden. Sara runs the successful No.30 Design Studio in Herefordshire, which was launched in 2019 following her success at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, when she won an RHS Gold Medal and Best in Category ‘Green Living Space Garden’ for her repurposed shipping Container Garden – ‘Defiance’. At just 4 x 3m, Sara’s IBC Pocket Forest Garden at Chelsea Flower Show demonstrates how even in the smallest of spaces, it is possible to…

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  • Photo of GreenBlue Urban’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

    GreenBlue Urban’s top tips for greening up supermarket car parks

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    Pro Landscaper Chelsea blog

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