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  • Photo of Introducing this year’s FutureScape Seminar Programme

    Introducing this year’s FutureScape Seminar Programme

    Celebrating a decade of FutureScape seminars, this November’s 2022 London event will introduce its most dynamic and diverse programme to date. Hard-hitting headlines across the two-day event Those familiar with FutureScape will be planning and packing their two-day schedules to maximise their take-homes once again. Time for exhibitors, time for networking and most importantly, time for the Seminar Programme. Covering 50 tailored topics, researched and selected in tune with every segment and every sector of the UK landscape industry. View the full seminar programme here.   Design and plant Topics including: A Lighter Footprint: Building More Sustainable Show Gardens The…

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  • Photo of Tyler Grange – Halfway there!

    Tyler Grange – Halfway there!

    Tyler Grange speaks to Pro Landscaper about how its four-day work week trail is going now that it has reached its halfway mark. 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. The ultimate goal of the project is for TG to achieve 100% productivity with 80% of the time, and it is on track! Managing director Simon Ursell said: “Productivity is currently at 99%, measured by the work done by person.” In addition to this, despite expecting longer days as a result of…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Business Awards: Employer of the Year 2022

    Pro Landscaper Business Awards: Employer of the Year 2022

    We take a look at award-worthy employers who vied for the top spot in the category One of the staples to a fantastic company is a fantastic employer. This category incorporates all aspects of being a well-respected employer. It celebrates the slick and professional recruitment processes, positive staff experiences and exceptional training and development opportunities as well as focusing on the employment of apprentices and their retention. A key factor of being a great employer is the ability to communicate with your team. A great example of this is the winner of our Employer of the Year Award, Elmtree Garden…

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  • Photo of Rachel Platt’s winning debut at RHS Tatton Park

    Rachel Platt’s winning debut at RHS Tatton Park

    Rachel Platt won the People’s Choice Award at RHS Tatton Park for her first show garden. She talks of her experience of the awards, the challenges she faced and her next steps. She might not have picked up the title of RHS Young Designer of the Year, but you could argue Rachel Platt was the real winner at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The budding designer scooped a trio of awards, including the highly coveted People’s Choice Award. Her garden – The Covid Recovery Garden – also collected the Best Construction Award and a Silver-Gilt Medal. Rachel found…

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  • Photo of #TimeForTurf: The brains behind the campaign

    #TimeForTurf: The brains behind the campaign

    It’s a controversial topic, artificial grass – and one which has sparked two people within the industry to start their own campaign against its use, #TimeForTurf. The origins of the campaign can be followed back to garden designer Charlotte Howard from Capability Charlotte, who admits that she has in the past used artificial grass within her own personal garden and has regretted the decision. Charlotte went on to say: “I work with nature, I see the damage that plastic grass does first hand”, adding that the artificial grass kills the soil beneath it. Paula Warman from Aura Landscapes and The…

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  • Photo of Hey Google, are smart gardens the future?

    Hey Google, are smart gardens the future?

    A lot has changed in recent years but one of the most apparent changes has been the amount of time people spend at home – an arguably forced changed thanks to the pandemic. Numerous lockdowns saw the British public seemingly want to invest more in their gardens. Alongside this has been the development of smart technology, including products for the outdoors. Are we likely to see the two trends combine? It’s hard to see why this wouldn’t be the case, after The Smart Home Garden invited me to its immersive experience day showcasing one of its smart gardens. The experience…

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  • Photo of 30 Under 30 Update: Charlotte Williams

    30 Under 30 Update: Charlotte Williams

    One year into her role with AECOM, Charlotte tells us about the switch towards working on large infrastructure projects and earning her Chartership “It is challenging when undertaking assessment work; for example, larger projects which have a big focus on stakeholder engagement, so it is extremely useful to understand local opinions which can help to inform the design. It is important to remember that your role is to provide an impartial assessment of the scheme.” Fortunately for Charlotte, these DCOs make up a large part of her role at construction engineering company AECOM, which she moved to Cambridge to join…

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  • Photo of Drought tolerant planting “isn’t all” cactuses at West Dean Gardens

    Drought tolerant planting “isn’t all” cactuses at West Dean Gardens

    West Dean Gardens’ head gardener Tom Brown shares insight into the introduction of drought proof plants and plans for future sustainability. West Dean Gardens is part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, which offers a wide variety of short courses – both in gardening and art and craft subjects. Being an active garden and a college, West Dean Gardens’ goal has been to be “ahead of the trend in terms of what people are going to want to learn about in the future” according to Tom. With this in mind, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Tom…

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  • Photo of Education and Beauty: Jardin Philophrosyne

    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 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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  • 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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