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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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  • Photo of Mental Health Awareness Week: Tackling loneliness

    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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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer: December findings

    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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  • Photo of Green-tech sponsors 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Awards

    Green-tech sponsors 30 Under 30: The Next Generation Awards

    Green-tech will be sponsoring Pro Landscaper’s 30 under 30: The Next Generation Awards this year, for the fifth year in a row. The awards, back for the eight year, highlight the up-and-coming talent within the industry and the immense diversity of horticulture and those working within it. So far, we have celebrated 210 winners from a variety of sectors within the industry – from sales to arboriculture, construction to design, or maintenance to landscape architecture. Propelling winners into the limelight, the awards offer a great opportunity to kickstart your career and have your hard work recognised. Kris Nellist, managing director…

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  • Photo of The dreaded tax return deadline

    The dreaded tax return deadline

    Did you manage to submit your tax return on time this year? What would you do differently, so it goes more smoothly next time? Each year an impending tax return deadline can bring a lot of worry to a landscape gardening business owner, especially if left until the last minute. The tax return can be prepared and submitted only when the bookkeeping is up to date.  There are two different ways to approach this; you can either be proactive or reactive.  The outcome of each approach is very different and, as the business owner, it is your decision as to…

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  • Photo of Five years of The Landscape Service

    Five years of The Landscape Service

    What can we expect from The Landscape Service over the next year? Luke: We’re celebrating five years of The Landscape Service and we think this could be our biggest year yet. James joined the company in September 2021, and he’s been working on updating areas in the company ever since. James: We’re both really excited for the large scale and private residential projects we have coming up this year – especially for a biodiversity enhancement project we’re doing on the sandbanks in Dorset. We can’t wait to get our pencils to paper to start creating and transforming more unusable spaces…

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  • Photo of Harris Bugg Studio introduces new ‘Common Good’ manifesto

    Harris Bugg Studio introduces new ‘Common Good’ manifesto

    The Common Good, launched at Harris Bugg Studio earlier this month, is a new programme that has evolved and formed around the studio’s commitment to people, place, and planet. After lots of conversation, ideas and brain storming, the programme was mutually agreed by the team of nine. According to Charlotte and Hugo, the three principles go in hand-in-hand in creating a happy and creative work-space full of passionate employees. The duo recognises the need for people to achieve more harmony in their lives, as well as work in an environment that prioritises wellbeing as a key driver for enjoyment and…

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

    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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  • Photo of What to expect in 2022? Industry experts reveal their predictions

    What to expect in 2022? Industry experts 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, Alistair Bayford, business development director of Maylim, and James Scott, managing director of The Garden Company, about what they think the next year will bring. The impact of the pandemic sparked a wide spread new-found love and…

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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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