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    Flood risk mapping natural capital

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research, considers the role of natural capital when it comes to environmental trends, including flood risk, and how they’re planning to track this.  As the UK embraces the biodiversity measures set out by the draft Environment Bill, attention is increasingly being focused on the contribution of natural capital to long term environmental trends and how to track them over time. Landowners and land managers, as well as landscape and development professionals, need to be aware of this requirement and must consider that effects may not be site-specific, but can lead to…

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    Deepdale announces new management buyout

    Deepdale, a leading nursery in the UK, has announced the completion of a management buyout to help enhance the company’s success further and begin their EU expansion. As expert growers and wholesalers of high-quality mature trees and shrubs, Deepdale’s aim is to invest more into the company and their staff to enable internal and external business growth. The change occurred after Deepdale was approached by a private equity company looking to invest in green projects. Unfortunately, this was not successful due to a disagreement regarding the deal, and it was then that the current management team decided a buyout would…

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    Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

    Last month Pro Landscaper’s UK Landscape Barometer discovered that there has been a significant increase in enquiries, projects, and conversion rates. Overall, there was an average increase of 90% in conversion, 92% in projects, and 97% in enquires for garden designers and the design and build industry. UK Landscape Barometer participants commented that they found the current average spend to be higher and that they are having to turn work away due to the huge increase in enquiries. So – what has prompted such a swift increase in the interest of garden design? Through-out the last year we have had…

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    UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    February 2021 saw a dominantly high performance across all industry types, displaying no declines, according to our latest UK Landscape Barometer. ONS recently released statistics stating that work in the construction industry saw an increase of 1.6% in February 2021, and our latest UK Landscape Barometer supports this. Nationally, projects were up 61% on average and conversion rose by 35%. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Each sector experienced an increase in turnover in February 2021. On average, turnover rose by 31%. In addition, confidence has shown a continued steep increase since the beginning of this year. SECTOR PERFORMANCE year-on-year Domestic landscaping Domestic…

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    Measurement in the carbon challenge

    Dr Abigail Barker, chief operating officer at Natural Capital Research considers how complex it is to accurately measure the results of carbon zero initiatives.  The landscaping industry is facing the challenges drafted by the Environment Bill, that requires a demonstrable improvement in the natural capital of areas subject to intervention or construction, with a number of measures. Last week we analysed how biodiversity objectives can be set out and tracked over time, this week we’ll consider the complex task of objectively and accurately measuring the results of carbon zero initiatives and carbon sequestration such as improving peatland, grasslands or planting woodlands.…

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    Biodiversity Net Gain: the burden of proof

    Dr Abigail Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Natural Capital Research talks of the importance of benchmarking biodiversity. Biodiversity is now regarded as critical natural capital asset by government – enshrined in policy and a mandatory condition of planning permission in the 2019 Environment Bill. Government house building targets remain aggressive – still pegged at 300,000 per year by the mid-2020s – and this will mean that whether those targets are specifically reached, many  thousand hectares of land will be developed for housing, often impinging on formerly rural plots. Policymakers, mindful of the impact on biodiversity, have put rules in place…

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    Hedges for every location

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  • Photo of Flourish Nursery presents £25,000 Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree

    Flourish Nursery presents £25,000 Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree

    Flourish Nursery is delighted to display their newest arrival, a huge Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree. During a trip to Tuscany in September last year, Alex and his colleagues agreed to purchase the most expensive tree their Italian suppliers had to offer. The tree stands in a 2.5 ton wooden pot and is 3.5m in height and width. It is important to the nursery that they showcase the weird and the wonderful. Alex Bayman, director at Flourish Nursery, said: “We go out to the Tuscan Hills to buy amazing specimens for our nursery. We aim to have that extra special wow…

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    6 Egg-cellent Houseplants for Easter

    After a long and difficult winter, it is clear we are all in desperate need of some colour and cheer – spring is finally here! Houseplants are a great way of decorating your home and table for Easter. They are an excellent gift for the season as Easter symbolises rebirth and hope – very much needed! Here is a selection from Ian Drummond that perfectly echo the occasion. 1 Lilium Longiflorum (Easter Lily) A beautiful plant for show at Easter. With their large white trumpet-shaped flowers that let out a wonderful fragrance, and the thick rigid stem covered in narrow…

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    UK sets new net zero targets

    To keep the government’s commitment of achieving net zero green-house gas emissions by 2050 on track, it is estimated that around 350,000 new construction jobs will need to be created by 2028. The Building Skills for Net Zero report by the Construction Industry Training Board explores and discusses the need for green building specialists to reduce carbon emissions. This produces huge opportunity for the construction industry to meet new demands through the adaptation and development of new skills and services, driving a green job bloom. In turn this adds value to communities, people, and clients. The UK Green Building Council…

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    Ground Control: becoming carbon neutral

    We speak to director Kim Morrish and environmental lead Chris Bawtree about how Ground Control achieved the phenomenal goal of becoming carbon neutral four years ahead of schedule and what advice they have for companies looking to do the same. Firstly, congratulations, it’s a phenomenal achievement. What were the steps that Ground Control took to become carbon neutral? Chris: The starting point for us was making sure we were engaged with a credible organisation who could give us independent third-party guidance and assurance but that could also evaluate what we were doing. We chose The Carbon Trust. We started working…

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    Step aside sheds – it’s all about the shred this year

    In the midst of a home workout boom, Exo-Gym has launched, bringing a versatile gym rig to people’s gardens Fitness has been a hot topic over the last year. When the first lockdown was introduced 12 months ago, the British public seemed eager to find replacements for gym closures or simply for their typical daily steps. Public Health England announced its Couch to 5K was downloaded more than 850,000 times from March to the end of June, nearly double the amount from the same period last year, and Gyms are now set to reopen on 12 April with COVID measures…

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    Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output was off to a good start this year – outperforming the overall economy in January 2021 despite the disappointing entrance into a third national lockdown. The sector grew by 0.9% in the month-on-month all work series, projecting a rise to £13,639 million according to the Office for National Statistics. This promising return to monthly growth follows the 2.9% fall in December 2020. Prior to this there were seven consecutive periods of monthly growth. However, this is still 2.6% below the pre-COVID February 2020 level. The level of new work was 6.4% below this whilst repair and maintenance work…

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    Makita takes its training online for Eden partnership

    Last month, we joined Makita for a virtual training event. The power equipment manufacturer had recently been chosen by the Eden Project to supply its cordless machines to maintain the grounds, and Makita was wasting no time in ensuring the Eden team were up to date with the health and safety around using its kit. This training would normally be done in person, but ongoing lockdown restrictions meant two days of Zoom sessions instead – or at least until Makita can offer further face-to-face training. The team at Eden Project were asked to attend two BeSafe sessions – Construction and…

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    International Women’s Day

    This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was #ChooseToChallenge. Organisations and individuals were offered the opportunity to “strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with a hand high to show their commitment to choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, questions stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world”. We took a look at how some companies within our industry celebrated International Women’s Day. At Pro Landscaper, we’re celebrating the inspirational women who form the backbone of the Pro Landscaper team. This week, you’ll hear from co-founder Lisa Wilkinson, head of content Nina Mason, head of sales Jess McCabe and HR business partner Alex…

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    How important is sustainability?

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    House Prices in December 2020

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  • Photo of Marcus Watson: Accelerating the pace of change

    Marcus Watson: Accelerating the pace of change

    Marcus Watson of Ground Control explains how we must accelerate the pace of change to create a sustainable world. Since I handed over the role of Ground Control’s managing director to Jason Knights in January 2021, I have been afforded the luxury of reflecting about the incredibly important roles we and governments have to play in the green recovery as we head towards an environmentally sustainable future. To protect and indeed enrich our way of life in harmony with nature and to safeguard the all-important biodiversity of the world we inhabit, we must first and foremost solve the most important…

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    Construction output in December 2020

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  • Photo of 6 Plants Perfect for Valentine’s Day

    6 Plants Perfect for Valentine’s Day

    This year’s Valentine’s Day gift does not have to be a bouquet of roses to stir the heart! Why not branch out and consider a houseplant for the one that you love? Plants need affection and care to flourish just like any great relationship. Ian Drummond shares his swoon-worthy selection   1 Anthurium This stunning plant originates from Colombia and Ecuador and is often used in floral displays. It has stunning bright red flowers and heart-shaped leaves. What’s not to love! 2 Hoya Kerrii (Sweetheart Plant) This cute heart-shaped plant is a slow growing semi succulent. Once it becomes mature its…

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    How is the housing market?

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  • Photo of Silent Struggles of the Self-Employed

    Silent Struggles of the Self-Employed

    Claire Vokins shares her experience of being self-employed throughout the pandemic and the struggles this has brought with it – and why it’s so important that we’re honest when someone asks how we are How are you? How many times have you been asked that question over the last 10 months or so? How many times have you asked it? How many times have you asked with the expectation that someone may just say, “Yeah, I’m good, cheers, you?” And you’ve been relieved at that answer. How many times have you responded the same way? But wished you had said…

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    High performance though uncertainty looming

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    Top 6 Houseplants of 2021

    Houseplants are hotter than ever right now and are the perfect friend for the home office or as part of an interior design scheme. Bringing some green into your home is proven to offer a great deal benefits for our mental health and well being. Ian Drummond shares his top houseplants for 2021 1 Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’ (Mother-in-law’s tongue ‘Moonshine’) Striking, silver-leaved, sword like foliage originating from the barren landscapes of Africa. It thrives in very arid conditions, meaning it can live happily in our centrally heated homes.  It is a very low maintenance plant and easy to care for. 2 Asplenium antiquum (Bird’s nest fern)…

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  • Photo of Ground Control ushers in new managing director

    Ground Control ushers in new managing director

    Ground Control has appointed a new managing director, as Jason Knights steps into the role of former MD Marcus Watson – big, and environmentally friendly, shoes to fill. We speak to Marcus about why he’s stepping down and to Jason about how this transition was achieved smoothly, as well as how he plans to grow the company over the coming years. Marcus, what made you decide to step down as MD? If someone had told me 10 years ago the things we would achieve together and the fun we’d have, I’m not sure I’d have believed them. I’ve had a…

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