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    Education and Beauty: Jardin Philophrosyne

    Pro Landscaper speaks with garden designer Peter Donegan regarding his design of 13th century garden, Jardin Philophrosyne. Peter Donegan Garden Design was commissioned by The Historial de la Grande Guerre to design 2 gardens for the 13th century garden. The new garden in the central courtyard was designed in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Historial de la Grande Guerre, Europe’s largest war museum emblem in the Somme region of Northern France. The first, a peace garden, Jardin Eutychia (after the Greek Goddess of Happiness) is based in the Chateau’s dried up moat. With education at the forefront of Peter’s…

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  • Photo of Tropic like it’s Hot

    Tropic like it’s Hot

    Tips on how to cope with the rising temperatures when working in the landscaping industry. After soaring temperatures in the UK, it is clear that business as usual is difficult to keep up. With the landscaping industry being predominately based outside, how can workers stay safe in these abnormal highs? Here are some tips you and your employees can take to stay safe and battle the heatwave: Apply sunscreen at regular intervals to avoid burns and heatstroke Stay hydrated, Adults are recommended to drink around two litres of water a day. Wear a hat when working on outside projects to…

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  • Photo of Meet this year’s Brickell Award winners

    Meet this year’s Brickell Award winners

    Margaret and David MacLennan were recently awarded the prestigious Brickell Award 2022 for their Galanthus (snowdrop) National Plant Collection®. We speak to them about their award-winning collection. The Brickell Award recognises excellence in cultivated plant conservation and has been awarded to a different National Plant Collection Holder every year since 2003. Named after Plant Heritage’s founding member and current vice-president Chris Brickell, it also celebrates the extensive and ongoing commitment, passion and research of National Plant Collection Holders. This year’s winners are Margaret and David MacLennan. They say:  “We are very glad to have been given the award. It is…

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  • Photo of The spBI Awards: sustainability, creativity and general knowledge all mixed into one!

    The spBI Awards: sustainability, creativity and general knowledge all mixed into one!

    With the search for this year’s small project BIG IMPACT (spBI) Award winners well under way, Pro Landscaper speaks to headline sponsor Provender Nurseries’ marketing manager Liz Hughes on why people should be vying for the top trophies Now in their fourth year, Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards have become an important addition to the horticulture calendar. “I like the idea that it showcases smaller companies,” says Liz Hughes. “It’s really good to be able showcase what the average person out there would spend on a garden and what they would get for it.” The awards bring together…

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  • Photo of How is Tyler Grange faring in its four-day week?

    How is Tyler Grange faring in its four-day week?

    Tyler Grange speaks to us about how the company is getting on in its ‘four-day work week’ trial. Tyler Grange introduced a four-day work week at the beginning of June, allowing its staff to work Monday to Thursday without a reduction in pay. When asked about the biggest change this transition introduced two weeks into its new work week, director Jonathan Berry says: “The biggest change has definitely been having to alter established working practices and our daily operations… “We’ve had to analyse how we currently work and see where we are spending too much time on tasks. Through the…

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    Mentoring the next generation

    We speak to Gareth Wilson about his mentorship of Mitchell Salthouse of Everest Garden Landscape, who is building The Covid Recovery Garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show for garden designer Rachel Platt. To set the scene, the garden is a dam designed for patients who are recovering from long COVID. When asked what he hoped visitors will take from the garden Gareth says: “Hospitals are not the best places to be, and so if visitors to our garden can get out bed, and find this lovely tranquil space, steer away from the sterile environments of a hospital, and be…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: March findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: March findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Things are unpredictable, and anecdotal evidence suggests clients and staff are wearier than ever before due to feeling unstable by the “economic uncertainty.” The Russian-Ukraine war is having detrimental effects across Europe, and the cost of food, petrol, and day-to-day living is increasing immensely. Some commercial and design and build companies have managed to recruit more staff, and many respondents mentioned customers are wanting work done “as quickly as possible.” UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: On average Turnover increased by 21% Enquiries increased by 25% Projects increased by 5% Conversion rates rose by 38% Projects for…

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    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blog

    Earlier this week the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its gates to a wide and eager audience, and we were more than delighted to attend. As usual, the show was full of creativity, inspiration, and gardens with stories to tell. There was truly something for everyone. This year, it was notable that there was a real focus on our connection with nature. With the effects of climate change and battling the pandemic, the world has become increasingly aware of the power of nature – a change that has been more than welcomed in the industry. Mentally, spiritually, and physically, our…

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  • Photo of The Light Yard follows Chelsea Flower Show’s Green Agenda

    The Light Yard follows Chelsea Flower Show’s Green Agenda

    The Light Yard, a British and family run sustainable lighting business, is back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) for the third time with their brand-new horticultural styled collection. This year, the Green Agenda at CFS stated that all applications from exhibitors had to provide information on their sustainability and type of material use. Jeff said: “To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company in the world right now that is manufacturing sustainable landscape lighting using bamboo.” Classed as a type of grass, Bamboo is an extremely sustainable material, and a great alternative to using hard wood,…

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  • Photo of How Andy Sturgeon’s garden for Mind encourages mental health conversation

    How Andy Sturgeon’s garden for Mind encourages mental health conversation

    This year, the mental health charity Mind is hosting a garden on the Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Funded by Project Giving Back and designed by eight-time RHS Chelsea gold medal winner, Andy Sturgeon, the garden aims to encourage all-important conversations about mental health and provide a safe space. Andy’s design creates a sanctuary for conversation in the Mind Garden. A circular seating area is set within curved clay rendered walls – it’s a place to sit side-by-side and share experiences and advice, surrounded by meadow-like spaces and calming trees. A gravel path then arcs down to…

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  • Photo of Gardenlink constructs five gardens at Chelsea Flower Show

    Gardenlink constructs five gardens at Chelsea Flower Show

    Gardenlink has constructed an impressive five gardens at Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) this year – something believed not to have been done before. Constructing Cityscapes St Mungo’s Garden, the Blue Peter Garden, Lottie Delamain’s Garden (a student of Inchbald School of Design), BBC’s Gardener’s Question time garden, and finally the Omved Gardens for Chelsea Fringe, there has been a significant amount of work to do. According to Dan, much of what has been involved in the construction this year has varied immensely and the Gardenlink team has enjoyed being able to work on a variety of different garden designs. He added:…

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  • Photo of Marcus Watson completes 1,400 mile charity bike ride

    Marcus Watson completes 1,400 mile charity bike ride

    After a long 28 days in the saddle, Marcus Watson, director of Ground Control, has completed his epic 1400-mile bike ride for charity. Setting off on the zig-zag journey on 10 April 2022, Marcus covered the four main corners of mainland Britain. Cycling from Land’s End in the southwest of Cornwall, on to Lowestoft Ness Point in the east, to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in the west, then to the most northerly point of Britain, Dunnet Head, and finally, he finished at John o’ Groats in the far north of Scotland. Marcus said: “I am very pleased to have been able to…

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    Mental Health Awareness Week: Tackling loneliness

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9 – 15 May), an opportunity to raise awareness and take action. The strong and continuing impact of COVID-19 has been tough on people’s mental health and, whilst remaining restrictions were lifted in February, the two years of isolation periods and social distancing has highlighted just how much loneliness affects people. The World Health Organization (WHO), ‘loneliness’ is “the pain we feel when our social connections do not meet our needs.” ‘Social isolation’ is “the state of having a smaller number of social contacts, which may contribute to loneliness.” Over recent years, we’ve…

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  • Photo of Building vegetable patches with School Food Matters

    Building vegetable patches with School Food Matters

    Founded in 2007, School Food Matters (SFM) began with a quest to actively engage and educate children, parents and teachers about the quality and delivery of sustainable food in schools. The non-governmental organisation, which works with primary and secondary schools across London, has been giving children the opportunity to engage with the natural world by providing teachers with necessary training, curriculum structure help, and the aid needed to build vegetable patches on school grounds. Dela Foster, SFM development manager, says: “At the moment education on gardening in the UK is very limited, but that shouldn’t mean children are not given…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards – Employer of the Year and Supreme Winner: Elmtree Garden Contractors

    On Friday last week, the Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place. With over a little over 400 visitors, there were sixteen awards up for grabs. This year, Elmtree Garden Contractors scooped up their second Supreme Award, and they also won Employer of the year. Paul Lynch, Elmtree’s managing director, said: “We’re still coming off a high from last Friday! We are more than delighted to win both of these awards. It is a great testimony to who we are as a company.” For Paul, winning the Supreme Award solidifies the company’s strong social value, caring nature, and professionalism. He explained:…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022 winners announced

    The winners have been revealed for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2022. These awards bring together the landscaping community for an afternoon of celebrating the excellent standards set within the industry. The Pro Landscaper Business Awards are the only industry awards which focus on how well companies run their business. Profitability, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, commitment to the landscaping sector, and client/supplier relationships are all areas reviewed as part of identifying the shortlist and overall winners. Sixteen awards were presented at the fifth annual ceremony which took place at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on Friday 22nd April. View the full…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    UK Landscape Barometer: January findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year As we dust off the memories of the last twelve months, we stepped forward into a whole new year. Whilst there’s a few things we are carrying over into 2022, the pandemic for starters, and the supply shortage continuing to contribute towards material price rises, participants are concerned about how these factors will affect demand this year. Nevertheless, the mild weather in January seemed to have also helped get the year off to a good start, and participants reported this helped increase their sales for the month. UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: On average Turnover increased…

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  • Photo of Ian Drummond releases new edition of book At Home with Plants

    Ian Drummond releases new edition of book At Home with Plants

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  • Photo of What happened at MIPIM 2022? The Landscape Institute attends conference for the first time

    What happened at MIPIM 2022? The Landscape Institute attends conference for the first time

    MIPIM is a major four-day conference and networking event that each year brings together over 15,000 property professionals from around the world. This year’s event interrogates the theme of “driving urban change”, with a focus on the essential value of liveability, sustainability, resilience, and affordability. If the industry is to meet its (soon to be compulsory) net zero, biodiversity, and decarbonisation targets, attract funding, and appeal to an increasingly carbon-aware market, the voice and expertise of landscape professionals are essential. The LI, the UK’s chartered body for the landscape profession, sent four senior representatives, including Noel, to the biggest and…

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  • Photo of Boosting green credentials with living walls: Mitie acquires Biotecture

    Boosting green credentials with living walls: Mitie acquires Biotecture

    About the acquisition    Last month, Mitie Landscapes grew its landscaping business further with the acquisition of living walls specialist, Biotecture. The living walls, designed to create aesthetically pleasing environments and remove toxins from the air without taking up valuable floorspace, will improve local biodiversity, support thermal insulation, and help reduce noise levels inside buildings too. Tim Howell, Mitie Landscapes’ managing director said: “Mitie supports and helps customers achieve their sustainable ambitions, and our acquisition of Biotecture certifies this commitment. “Biotecture’s living walls are of the highest quality I have seen, and we can’t wait to demonstrate all the benefits…

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  • Photo of Marcus Watson to cycle 1,400 miles for Alzheimer’s Society

    Marcus Watson to cycle 1,400 miles for Alzheimer’s Society

    Taking on a staggering 1,400 miles, Marcus Watson, director of Ground Control, will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – whilst visiting the four corners of Great Britain on his way – all in aid of raising money for Alzheimer’s Society. The zig-zag journey, commencing on 10 April 2022, will start at Land’s End in the southwest of Cornwall and continue on to Lowestoft Ness Point in the east, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in the west, reaching the most northerly point of Britain, Dunnet Head, and finishing at John O’ Groats in the far north of Scotland. Sadly, four people…

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  • Photo of Entries now open for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2022

    Entries now open for Pro Landscaper’s small project BIG IMPACT Awards 2022

    You can now enter your project into this year’s Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards, which celebrate the remarkable projects which can often go unrecognised. Since first launching in 2019, the small project BIG IMPACT Awards have continued to grow and evolve. This year, to reflect the price increase of various materials, the maximum value for each category has risen by £5,000. Two exciting categories have also been added to the existing seven – International Garden under £35,000 and Best Use of Technology under £20k. The ceremony for this year’s awards will be taking place on Tuesday 15 November…

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  • Photo of Moving forward: Eco Sustainable Solutions

    Moving forward: Eco Sustainable Solutions

    Formed just fewer than 30 years ago, Eco is a pioneering organic recycling company and founding member of the REA, The Association of Renewable Energy & Clean Technology. Working as a “one stop shop for horticultural needs”, Eco recycles more than 250,000t of organic material into a range of high quality and sustainably produced landscape products each year. Every week, hundreds of landscapers visit Eco to drop off their garden cuttings and pick up more soils, compost, or turfs – where customers are, essentially, buying back their own waste. Justin explained that by buying from Eco, “we are able to…

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    UK Landscape Barometer: December findings

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of December 2021, Christmas was on the way, Omicron was spreading, and the start of the winter season was upon us. Anecdotal evidence suggested there was a strong feeling of uncertainty about what the new year could bring as many expressed their deep concern for inflation and further pressure on the industry. UK Landscape Barometer key highlights included: National turnover increased by 25% Enquiries increased by 13% Projects increased by 19% Conversion rates rose by 13% Projects for commercial landscapers rose by 42% Conversion rates for domestic landscapers increased by 30% Domestic…

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  • Photo of British Sugar TOPSOIL adds soil carbon data to product information

    British Sugar TOPSOIL adds soil carbon data to product information

    In its drive to provide extensive product information for its customers, British Sugar TOPSOIL is measuring its BS3882:2015-compliant general-purpose topsoil, Landscape20, for total soil carbon. Soil scientists Tim O’Hare Associates has carried out a comprehensive audit of the carbon contained in a typical sample of Landscape20, and will continue to sample the soil every six months, meaning British Sugar TOPSOIL can build a bank of useful data for their customers. National TOPSOIL Manager, Andy Spetch, explained that his background in agriculture and research and development had been a heavy influence in the start of this data collection. He added: “It’s…

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