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      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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      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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      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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      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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      How do you respond when a coronavirus crisis hits?

      Business coach for the Trades and Construction industry, Alison Warner, gives her expert advice. In recent weeks we have all been thrown into an unprecedented situation, one that we have never seen before in our lifetimes. For landscape gardeners, I would imagine that this couldn’t have happened at a worst time, just as you come into your busiest months. So how do you respond? Well, at times of huge challenge such as this, it is all about how you adapt, and the speed at which you do so. Here are the key things to think about: Plan for the worst,…

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      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Ground Control

      In our latest coronavirus update we speak with Dr Marcus Watson, managing director of Ground Control, one of the UK’s largest landscaping companies. Over the last few years, Ground Control has strategically built a balanced portfolio of work including grounds maintenance, arboriculture, landscape construction and winter maintenance amongst other services. It is also one of the most, if not the most, advanced landscape companies using technology to drive the business.  Ground Control is currently following government advice and continues to deliver support services to its customers, who include electricity, gas, water and utilities providers, food retailers, government bodies and care…

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      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Living in the bubble…

      I’m sure like us the first weekend (14/15 March) for most people was spent glued to the television news channels, where events were unfolding fast. We learned that from Monday 16th, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be giving daily updates which we now eagerly await. As at 16th March, the Department of Health was reporting 1534 positive tests and 36 deaths in the UK, all over 60 with underlying health conditions. On Sunday I had started to get a sort throat and lose my voice, and although not showing any other COVID-19 symptoms I had to self-isolate. This left…

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      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Changing Times…the dawn of realisation

      This time last month we were out for the day visiting Tony Benger in Axminster – the company had two weeks previously won an award at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards and Tony hadn’t been able to attend due to being on a skiing holiday so we wanted to congratulate him in person and find out a little more about the business. Little did we know that a month later we would be isolated in our homes, unable to see our family – grandparent duties suspended and worried about our elderly parents – one set over a thousand miles away…

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      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Hortus Loci

      Hortus Loci is a specialist wholesale nursery, retail plant centre and planting company based in Hook, Hampshire. Its business is well-placed to survive the coronavirus pandemic thanks to its diversity. Pro Landscaper speaks with co-owner Robin Wallis to find out what Hortus Loci is doing in these uncertain times. Hortus Loci is a well-known plant supplier to the landscaping market, working closely with garden designers on prestigious projects around the continent, including the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Due to the recent outbreak, though, its wholesale arm has taken a bit of a hit. Robin says: “We lost a job…

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    • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Bo Cook Landscape & Garden Design

      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Bo Cook Landscape & Garden Design

      Bo Cook has been designing gardens in and around East Sussex for more than a decade. She’s a single parent to two children – a 21-year-old and a seven-year old. With school closures, Bo is now responsible for educating her youngest child, and that’s having an effect on her workload. We speak with Bo Cook to see how she’s coping. This interview, carried out on Monday afternoon, followed her first morning session of home schooling, but she does see light at the end of the tunnel. Along with many others in the UK across a variety of industries, Bo has…

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      12 self-help resources for mental wellbeing

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    • Photo of COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Tony Benger Landscaping

      COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS: Tony Benger Landscaping

      Devon-based Tony Benger Landscaping is a multi-disciplined landscaping company that has been established for more than 35 years. Much of its business is for domestic gardens in and around its home county, and many of these homeowners are in the vulnerable people category of over 70 years old. Since new Government measures around coronavirus have been put in place, the business has started offering support packages for some of its less able customers. We spoke to Gabriele Pangonyte, head of finance and NB at Tony Benger Landscaping, to find out more. The packages contain various basic non-perishable food products, such…

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    • Photo of Why Reclaimed Teak is This Year’s Hottest Garden Furniture Trend

      Why Reclaimed Teak is This Year’s Hottest Garden Furniture Trend

      Jo Alexander Teak Garden Furniture explains the benefits of reclaimed Teak.  Teak has long been a favourite material of furniture manufacturers. When it comes to durability and resilience for use outdoors, teak garden furniture stands in a class of its own.   This is all thanks to the unique properties of teak lumber. A tight grain structure and high oil content combine, making teak exceptionally strong and water resistant. As a result, anything made from it is extremely hard wearing in all weather conditions.   Teak requires little maintenance for years if not decades on end. As an added bonus,…

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      FutureScape Spring postponed

      “With much regret, Eljays44 has decided to postpone FutureScape Spring at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey on Tuesday 17 March 2020. We are currently working with the venue to secure a date in early July and will let you know of the new date very shortly. You will no doubt understand that we have taken this decision in light of the effect that the Coronavirus (COVID19) is having on the UK. Over the last two days, we have had over 20% of FutureScape Spring exhibitors making the decision not to attend as well as some of the speakers cancelling. We…

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    • Photo of Why Are People Investing More in Their Outdoor Living Space?

      Why Are People Investing More in Their Outdoor Living Space?

      Outdoor living is a trend which has been steadily increasing over the past few years and is a trend set to continue in growth. So, why are so many people investing more time, effort and money in their outdoor living space?   READ NEXT: GET SET FOR THE OUTDOOR LIVING BOOM

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      Coronavirus Effect on European Plant Trade

      As the COVID-19 virus spreads and confirmed cases continue to increase, European nurseries are starting to feel the effects of the epidemic. With Italy being one of the biggest exporters of plants all over Europe, how will the pandemic affect the horticulture trade? Not only has transportation and exportation been deeply affected but harvesting and packaging have too as a result of the strict containment measures recently introduced by the Italian government. Several European nurseries have began taking extra precautions, asking Italian plant suppliers for more comprehensive certifications. Italian suppliers have begun to enforce regulations, something which could result in…

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    • Photo of FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

      FutureScape Expo 2020 Enters Partnership with SPATA & BISHTA

      FutureScape Expo 2020 has joined forces with the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA). The association will have a dedicated area at FutureScape Expo 2020, held at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre on 17 and 18 November 2020. SPATA was established in 1961 and today the role of the Trade Association is to work with companies involved in building swimming pools and spa pools so that they are working to British and European Standards. Members are expected to work to SPATA Standards and also to abide by a Code…

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      Can the ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 Benefit Your Business?

      Groundscare Products speaks to us about the ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 Survey Unit ZIPLEVEL PRO-2000 enables one person, working alone, to quickly survey sites or set installation levels. It is a high precision instrument that measures height differences and checks or transfers levels. In one set-up, it can transfer a level up to 30m in any direction from its base and can measure height differences to a precision of 2mm over a height of 12m, or an unprecedented 0.2mm over a 1.2m. It does the calculations for you and displays the result digitally. It will work around corners and obstructions, in deep…

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      Ground Control Road Show 2020

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    • Photo of James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

      James Scott explores what we can do as an industry to address climate change

      James Scott, MD and principal designer at The Garden Company Ltd, shares his views on climate change and what we as an industry should be doing. As garden designers and landscapers, what more can we do to tackle climate change and improve the sustainability of our industry? It’s a formidable challenge for us all and no doubt one that we are already tackling as individuals and businesses in some shape or form. I feel sure that the participants at the FutureScape Summit headed home with the good intention to do more. In my view, a long-term, effective solution to these…

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    • Photo of 6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

      6 Reasons Why The ExCeL London is a Sustainable Venue and Ideal for the FutureScape Expo 2020

      Last November, we announced that FutureScape, the UK’s largest landscaping show, will be no longer be held at Sandown Park Racecourse, and the new setting needed to align with the company’s ethics and sustainability practices. With the ExCeL London being selected to play host to the two-day event, here are some of the reasons why the ExCeL is a sustainable, ideal venue for FutureScape 2020: Between January and December 2017, the ExCeL recycled more than 2,615t of waste. Further assisting with recycling, dedicated bins can be located on site and in its offices for mixed recyclables, general waste, cardboard, plastic…

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    • Photo of RHS Chelsea 2020 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

      RHS Chelsea 2020 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

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    • Photo of Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

      Plans to remove funding for courses with low student numbers

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    • Photo of Sign up and step ahead at FutureScape Spring

      Sign up and step ahead at FutureScape Spring

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    • Photo of Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

      Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

      Returning to work after a long period of leave can be tough, even more so when you’re a new mother. Whether you can slot straight back into working life after maternity leave, or you feel as if the whole process is rather daunting, knowing more about the transition and your rights can make you feel much more at ease upon your return. You’ve been on maternity leave for 26 weeks or less If you’ve been away on maternity leave for 26 weeks or fewer, you are entitled to return to the exact same job upon your return. Your pay and…

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