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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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    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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    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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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    12 Days of Christmas: Pro Landscaper celebrated its 10th anniversary

    August was a special month for Pro Landscaper Magazine, as Eljays44 celebrated the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the magazine has come far, constantly developing and enabling people to share, inspire and be positive about the effects landscaping has on the UK. The team at Eljays44 couldn’t be prouder of everything Pro Landscaper has achieved so far. The anniversary issue was bursting with great content, including testimonials, amazing industry standout events, and the top 10 memorable moments for Pro Landscaper (which include awarding outstanding businesses, the magazine’s developments, and a royal engagement). In honour of the celebratory issue,…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    12 Days of Christmas: idverde UK announced new CEO

    In March, idverde’s UK CEO Doug Graham, announced he was stepping down after a strong four years in the role. Doug led the business through a significant growth period. idverde’s President, Hervé Lancon, explained: “He played a key part within the wider idverde Group that has grown from €250m turnover and 3,000 colleagues in 2014 to €850m turnover and 9,000 colleagues in 2020.” Handing over to Chris Pullen, an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across the support services sector, Doug explained he was looking forward to supporting his introduction to the business. Chris joined the business with…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    12 Days of Christmas: Green-tech acquired and new managing director revealed

    Longstanding landscape supplier, Green-tech, saw some big changes this year. In March, the company was acquired by Origin Enterprises, a focused Agri-services group providing specialist on-farm agronomy services, digital agricultural services, the supply of crop technologies and amenity inputs. With the intention of enhancing Green-tech, the investment was made to help drive product development and further accelerate Green-tech’s growth. The deal was said to be a true reflection of Green-tech’s ambition, managing director Richard Kay commented: “We are always focused on moving onwards upwards.” Towards of the end year, co-founders and managing directors of Green-tech, Richard and Rachel Kay, announced…

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  • Photo of 12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    12 Days of Christmas: Your Garden Made Perfect arrived on our screens

    In early February 2021, the BBC’s new TV show ‘Your Garden Made Perfect’ hit our screens. During this time, the nation was sat in the middle of a third lockdown, and the healing power of nature was certainly in motion. Over the years the industry has seen a wealth of similar garden makeover TV shows, with many perhaps poorly representing the value and design of what makes a great garden. However, Your Garden Made Perfect certainly worked to tackle this, and it was positive to see a part of the industry represented on TV in a way it hadn’t been…

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  • Photo of What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    What will the awning trends be in 2022?

    Stuart Dantzic of Caribbean Blinds explains his predictions for 2022 It’s all about options. Consumers are going to continue investing in lighting, heating, and side screens, but anything that can enhance the comfort of being outdoors, and enable space to be used all year, round is certainly going to be most popular. Therefore, it is expected that consumers who already have awnings will be looking to upgrade or replace existing items for maximum effect. Consumers want flexibility with options: Lighting: Customers want their lighting to be dimmable to set the scene / mood i.e. dimmed lights for a romantic meal,…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    UK Landscape Barometer September findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare September 2021 to September 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (November 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Focusing on the trading month of September 2021, on top of the consistent chaos with rocky levels of material availability, September proved to be a difficult time to navigate as the petrol shortage took hold of the UK. This slowed down work for many in the industry as travel became an additional issue. Results have shown that lead times lengthened, and for…

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    Setting up your social media

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    Taking the next business steps

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  • Photo of Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

    Inner access to COP26: An interview with Sue Morgan

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  • Photo of The FutureScape event in pictures

    The FutureScape event in pictures

    The long awaited FutureScape event took place in its new venue at the ExCeL in London, on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier this week. Full of networking, exhibitors, seminars, and tool showcasing, the two-day event was a huge success. As the UK’s largest expo and trade event, FutureScape is an occasion designed to inspire, educate, and open up discussion through seminars and live debates. Working as a fantastic place to network with others in the industry, we give a variety of exhibitors a place to showcase their work through demos and displays, and provide an opportunity to fuel business development. Today,…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

    Pro Landscaper’s Podium Awards 2021 winners revealed

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