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    Indoor Garden Design supports others during lockdown

    London-based Indoor Garden Design fills us in on what’s been keeping the company busy since lockdown began Indoor Garden Design has really been making the most of time in lockdown by finding ways of supporting Team IGD and the wider community. After launching IGD Community back in March, the first initiative was to support Project Wingman which was set up by a group of airline crew across the UK with the aim of providing first class lounges in hospitals for frontline NHS staff to unwind and de-stress. IGD donated plants and landscaped the lounges. Every coffee table had a complimentary…

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  • Photo of PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

    PART THREE: Dr Helen Hoyle – Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

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  • Photo of Time for Change: Making Horticulture More Diverse

    Time for Change: Making Horticulture More Diverse

    Claire Vokins questions the horticulture industry and its opportunities for diversity. The garden designer spoke with Marcellus Baz – who was named the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2016 for his work in supporting young people – about his experiences of the industry and its inclusivity   UK horticulture – does it have a diversity problem? Is it time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable? For me, the short answer is ‘yes’ on both counts. Pro Landscaper contacted me to write about my thoughts on diversity within UK horticulture, specifically…

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  • Photo of Walthamstow Wetlands: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Walthamstow Wetlands: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Walthamstow Wetlands is one of many green oases in London pulling people in throughout lockdown   Green spaces have become a respite for many across the UK. When only one form of exercise was allowed outside per day as part of the country’s lockdown restrictions, many laced up their trainers and veered towards their local park. A stroll through these spaces often meant encountering zen mid-afternoon yoga sessions, novice runners testing the waters, and the encouraging words of Joe Wicks as 40 seconds of jump squats were being endured. Unfortunately for those who were out of breath after these exertions,…

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  • Photo of PART TWO: Dr Helen Hoyle on the importance of colour and naturalness

    PART TWO: Dr Helen Hoyle on the importance of colour and naturalness

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  • Photo of Ecological Endeavours: An interview with Olivia Collington

    Ecological Endeavours: An interview with Olivia Collington

    Olivia Collington, the new co-director of Collington Winter Environmental, shares why she’s decided to build her own ecology team within the family business and how the Biodiversity Net Gain initiative is already having an impact on her work Social distancing is not an issue for Olivia Collington. The chartered environmentalist can visit vast sites on her own without coming anywhere near within two metres of another person. This has meant that work has been continuous throughout lockdown – which is fortunate, considering this is when she decided to leave multidisciplinary firm e3p, where she was associate director, and start up…

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    Are you safe from sun exposure?

    Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day. It celebrated those who had overcome cancer and are now a  source of inspiration to others. It took Shane McCormick a while to realise that he is one of those to be recognised on this day, and every year going forward. The regional sales director (south) for Talasey Group has fought cancer – twice – and in March this year, his immunotherapy for melanoma fortunately came to an end. For 12 months prior, Shane had been receiving treatment. Once a month, he’d have a blood test before receiving Nivolumab, a drug used to help…

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  • Photo of Virtual Chelsea: A Success?

    Virtual Chelsea: A Success?

    It’s the last day of the RHS’ first Virtual Chelsea. This time last year, thousands of sunburned visitors were pondering how they could make their own gardens somewhat resemble the magnificent show gardens they’d wandered around on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. No-one stepped foot on those grounds this week and there was not a show garden in sight. But that doesn’t mean those who were planning to attend (and many who weren’t) didn’t get to experience Chelsea at its finest. Those who had set aside this week in their calendar to exhibit at the show have come…

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  • Photo of It’s okay to talk

    It’s okay to talk

    Since its first meeting, Andy’s Man Club has created a viral ‘It’s Okay to Talk’ campaign. Its grown to 28 clubs across the country and is set to continue to grow. Aimed predominantly at men, the club is a place to get things off your chest, with no pressure or judgement. Men aged 45-49 still have the highest rate of suicides, and although it’s promising to see how many more people are opening up about this subject, the need for speaking and listening clubs like Andy’s Man Club has never been more apparent. We speak to the club about why…

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  • Photo of BLOG: Sharing Chelsea Flower Show

    BLOG: Sharing Chelsea Flower Show

    This time last year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would have been in full swing. The sun was shining, medals had been handed out, Andy Sturgeon and Crocus would had been awarded Best in Show for the M&G Garden and here at Pro Landscaper we were celebrating the release of our show guide and gushing over our visits to the show. This year, though, we’ve all experienced Chelsea very differently. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, for the first time in history, the show has gone digital. It is continuing to showcase world-leading designers, plant experts and offer practical gardening…

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  • Photo of BLOG: Virtual Chelsea is making horticulture even more accessible

    BLOG: Virtual Chelsea is making horticulture even more accessible

    For the Pro Landscaper team, preparing for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the best – and busiest – times of the year. There’s an air of excitement in the office. What are the themes? Who’s creating the RHS gardens? What are the new names amongst the Chelsea stalwarts? We start preparing for our own Chelsea-focused supplement at the start of the year usually, carefully planning out the pages. We look ahead to how we can showcase the event online – in the past, this has appeared as photo diaries, blogs, and exclusive interviews for our website. It’s…

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  • Photo of Exclusive interview with CORE Landscape Products

    Exclusive interview with CORE Landscape Products

    Pro Landscaper speaks with CORE Landscape Products as it approaches a decade since it was founded.   You’re soon to celebrate your 10-year anniversary! With years of experience in the industry now, how has CORE Landscape Products changed and what can we expect in the future? Here at CORE LP it’s certainly been a progressive journey from where we started to where we are now. As a family-owned business, we are so proud of our business and where we are today considering our humble beginnings; from taking our first delivery of CORE DRIVE into our back garden to now having…

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  • Photo of WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part five

    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part five

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of six (Richard McKenna – Provender Nurseries, Romy Rawlings – Vestre, James Hewetson-Brown – Wildflower Turf, Jonathan Bourne – Bourne Amenity, Giles Heap – CED Stone Group, Steven Walley – London Stone, Steve McCurdy – Majestic Trees and Debs Winrow – Garden House Design) on how the coronavirus pandemic is effecting the supply chain within the landscaping industry and how the suppliers are overcoming the issues and restrictions currently in place.    

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  • Photo of WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part four

    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part four

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of six (Phil Tremayne, Geoff Webb, Daniel Cook, Adam White, Wayne Grills and Sarah Morgan) on how the leading industry associations are helping their members through the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Tremayne – The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) https://www.landscaper.org.uk/ Geoff Webb – Grounds Management Association https://www.thegma.org.uk/ Daniel Cook – Landscape Institute (LI) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ Adam White – Landscape Institute (LI) https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ Sarah Morgan – Society of Garden Designers (SGD) https://www.sgd.org.uk/ Wayne Grills – British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) https://www.bali.org.uk/  

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  • Photo of WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part three

    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part three

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews a panel of five (Craig Nester, David Sewell, Martha Krempel, Karen McClure and Herman Pobrati) on how small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can prepare for business post coronavirus pandemic. Craig Nester – Habitat Landscapes https://www.habitatlandscapes.co.uk/ David Sewell – The Garden Makers https://uk.linkedin.com/in/david-sewe… Martha Krempel – Martha Krempel Garden Design http://marthakrempelgardendesign.com/ Karen McClure – Karen McClure Garden Design https://www.karenmcclure.co.uk/ Herman Probrati – Acacia Landscapes https://acacia-gardens.co.uk/ You can listen to the podcast version here

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  • Photo of WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part two

    WATCH: The Pro Landscaper Online Summit part two

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson hosts a panel of industry experts, David Dodd, Holly Youde, Paul Cowell, Tim Howell, Richard Kay, Helen Elks-Smith & Tom Williams from a wide range of sectors within the landscaping industry on how they are dealing with the current coronavirus pandemic and what measures they are putting into place for life post-pandemic. For this session. there was a complete cross section of businesses, from small contractors, garden designers, landscape architects, landscapers, and suppliers to large contractors. Again, they answered the interactive questions and shared their experience whilst also discussing measures that they’ve put in place to…

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  • Photo of WATCH: The first Pro Landscaper Online Summit

    WATCH: The first Pro Landscaper Online Summit

    Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson interviews Mark Gregory, John Wyer, John Melmoe, Phil Jones and Ken White on how the large scale domestic and commercial landscape contractors can prepare for business post coronavirus pandemic. The Pro Landscaper online summits are focused on helping the UK landscaping sector navigate its way through these turbulent and unprecedented times. This one, the first session, looked at the larger domestic and commercial contractors, the panel with over 150 years’ experience answered interactive questions, sharing past experiences and discussing possible outcomes. You can listen to the podcast version here

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Johnstone Landscapes Ltd

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Johnstone Landscapes Ltd

    For the final interview in this series, we speak to Tess and Andrew Johnstone from Johnstone Landscapes Ltd. Established since 1990, the company designs and builds gardens across the South of England, with a 50/50 between commercial and private work. It has eight staff and Tess and Andrew took the decision a few years ago to develop the business by focusing on the type of contracts that fit their portfolio rather than purely increasing the team numbers. Tess explained that after the announcement by the government on Monday night (23 March), they decided to, where possible, wrap up on their…

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  • Photo of How could coronavirus impact the commercial sector?

    How could coronavirus impact the commercial sector?

    Phil Jones of ESL Landscape Contractors discusses the impact coronavirus could have on the commercial landscaping industry and how his company remains robust despite COVID-19 The current situation is worrying for all business owners and employees in the landscape industry. First and foremost, the responsibility we all feel for the health of our staff and their families is a burden above anything else in order of priority. It doesn’t help that some decisions are being left to landscape contractors to make for themselves, with some customers closing sites and others choosing not to. At the end of the day, however,…

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Conquest Creative Spaces

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Conquest Creative Spaces

    Since the age of 19, Ross Conquest has been running his own business based in West Sussex. Conquest Creative Spaces has experienced a tremendous few years, going from helping other landscapers build their RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens to being the main contractor, delivering gardens at the world’s most prestigious garden show. Often referred to as ‘the future of landscaping’, Ross and his team have built up a great reputation, and up until a month ago 2020 looked like it was going to continue in the same vein. The team was in great shape, the order books were healthy and…

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  • Photo of What help is available during the coronavirus crisis?

    What help is available during the coronavirus crisis?

    During these unprecedented times, it’s important that we come together as an industry to support one another. It’s often difficult to know where to turn, though, and what help is even on offer. Together with industry associations and charities, we have put together a list of useful resources to help get you through the coronavirus crisis.  The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Through the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), the APL is offering help in a number of ways. Members have access to financial support information, HR support for businesses, information on business grants available, member to member advice, and so…

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Oak View Landscapes

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Oak View Landscapes

    During these extremely tough and challenging times we hear from Paul Downer, owner of Oak View Landscapes, this year’s Pro Landscaper Business Awards Supreme Winner. Essex-based Oak View offers a hard and soft landscape installation service for landscape architects, commercial developers and private clients. The company has seen steady growth; it recently invested in a new purpose-built office and last year was awarded Investors in People Gold accreditation. Paul is currently a director (and past president) of BALI and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. Paul, as honest and frank as ever, said: “I don’t mind…

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Fresh Horticultural Careers

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Fresh Horticultural Careers

    The next in our series on combatting coronavirus is Marian Barker, owner of Fresh Horticultural Careers which provides professional, efficient and cost-effective staffing solutions for the horticulture industry, recruiting both temporary and permanent staff for established industry companies. Marian has a wealth of experience in recruiting for the horticulture sector and has seen many ups and downs within her career of more than 20 years. Marian said that 2008/09 was a very tough time as the market really slowed down but a least there were still small pockets of work and the maintenance part of the business kept them going,…

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Green-tech

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Green-tech

    Today we catch up with Richard Kay, Chairman of Green-tech Ltd, one of the UK’s largest landscape suppliers offering over 13,000 products to the landscaping sector. It supplies to projects of all sizes and the company prides itself on customer service and delivering as promised. Green-tech has seen progressive growth over the last few years and the start of this year was no exception of course until a few weeks ago, when the world changed. Richard explains how the last couple of weeks have affected Green-tech and how it has reacted. The first step was to put in place their…

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  • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    Today, we hear from Paul Lynch, managing director of Elmtree Garden Contractors. The Bristol-based landscaping company won the Supreme Award at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2018. It works for construction companies, house builders and commercial clients within a 75-mile radius of its head office. After the government announced on Tuesday that the country was going into lockdown, Paul and his management team decided to temporarily close the business and move all staff onto the government supported ‘Job Retention Scheme’ for potentially the next three weeks. Elmtree had already taken provisions before this because of rising concern around COVID-19. Prior…

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