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Top 7 most romantic gardens

Top 7 most romantic gardens

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Pro Landscaper highlights the top seven most romantic gardens across the UK. Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire The 1,072ha estate is located at the source of the river Stour in the southwest of the English countryside. First opened in the...

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Setting the course for 2024

Setting the course for 2024

As the industry prepares to chart the course of change with new initiatives and legislations on the horizon, it is no surprise a number of companies are setting out their goals for the year ahead with the ecological and economical climate in mind. We heard from a...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

With the year drawing to a close and we prepared to bid farewell to 2023, our last issue of the year reflected on some of the biggest challenges of the last 365 days, and whether collaboration is the key to overcoming them.  Before the year came to an end we began to look ahead to the next with the opening for our Business Awards 2024 in...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: November 2023

The penultimate month of the year was another busy one for us, with the eleventh iteration of FutureScape- the biggest in size and attendance to date.  You might have noticed our November issue looked a little different as we debuted a front cover redesign and a content reshuffle, with a featured look into how AI could impact the industry.  In...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: October 2023

With Halloween on the horizon, our October issue asked the question ‘is our skills shortage at an all-time low?’ - a very scary situation indeed.  In a bid to resolve the skills crisis we explored how we can break down barriers and diversify our workforce to make horticulture more inclusive. Meanwhile the days grew shorter and our evenings...

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What can we expect from 2024?

What can we expect from 2024?

As we conclude an eventful year for the industry, in which we saw a great many challenges, and equally great strides that propelled the sector further into the spotlight, we wanted to take a moment to consider what the next year could have in store for us. Here are a few of the industry’s predictions for the year ahead. The rising cost of living...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: September 2023

As we entered the closing months of 2023, our September issue explored how horticulture could contribute to supporting the nation’s mental health.  We also celebrated 30 years of Bowles & Wyer with a special anniversary supplement, which explored the landscape architects journey so far.  One of the biggest new stories to break in September...

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The show garden journey with Conal McGuire

The show garden journey with Conal McGuire

Growing up, Conal McGuire always enjoyed gardening and at the age of 14, was given a plot on his local allotment. “It was here that I started to enjoy playing about with ideas, endlessly changing the layout.” After redesigning gardens for family and friends, and with new enquiries coming through for bigger projects, McGuire decided to apply for a...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: August 2023

As the autumn months ascended and the ULEZ roll-out loomed, our August edition explored the topic of choosing the right succession path to ensure a lasting legacy.  While our annual London supplement delved into the urban nature project transforming the grounds of the Natural History Museum. We also caught up with Green-tech’s Arron Grange, a...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: July 2023

July was the month for breaking records- not only was it the hottest month on record, but we also saw the largest number of parks and green spaces receive the Green Flag Award since the scheme's inception.  July also played host to both RHS Hampton Court and RHS Tatton Park, the latter featured a garden designed by 30 Under 30 alumni, Rachel...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: June 2023

In the month that saw the UK’s ‘most dangerous plant’ come into bloom, our June edition explored the question: ‘Is grounds maintenance in a race to the bottom?’, where we heard from Tivoli’s CEO Nicola Keach. Also at the half-way mark, we launched our inaugural Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards, in association with Kress,...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: May 2023

May time means show time- as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its trellis gates, showcasing a whole host of biodiverse designs, our RHS Chelsea edition followed suit.  In this edition we heard from RHS sustainability manager Malcolm Anderson as he reflected on environmentalism and fresh challenges.  While World Bee Day (20 May) saw Dom Knower,...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: April 2023

April marked a busy month for us here at Pro Landscaper, not only did we announce the winners of our Business Awards 2023, in association with Caribbean Blinds. We also launched the rebranded Pro Landscaper Project Awards, in association with Provender Nurseries- both award initiatives allow us to bring the work of businesses and individuals...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: March 2023

Back in March the first signs of spring were beginning to blossom, and with them came our yearly Green Issue, which featured Marcus Watson of Ground Control highlighting how land-based professionals can lead the charge in the fight against climate change.  Biosecurity took centre stage when we caught up with the UK’s chief plant health officer,...

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12 Days of Christmas: December 2023

12 Days of Christmas: February 2023

In the second issue of the year we caught up with Active Legacy, as it looked to engage more young people in alternative sports and activities, while creating more inclusive public spaces.  We also dished the dirt with our Soil Special, in partnership with Bury Hill, revealing a growing rise in bespoke soil orders, suggesting clients were...

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12 Days of Christmas: January 2023

12 Days of Christmas: January 2023

The year began with heavy rain and strong winds- not uncommon for the UK, but with over 60 flood warnings issued in England alone, the significance of green spaces was prevalent from the start.  In the month that we saw Angus Lindsey share his final Pro Landscaper column, we also looked to the year ahead with our 2023 industry predictions. ...

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The history of mistletoe

The history of mistletoe

A symbol of love and intimacy throughout the festive season, mistletoe has a tendency to feature in a variety of decorative arrangements this time of year. Whether it be hanging in a doorway, suspended from a chandelier, or hidden amongst the needles of the Christmas tree, its recognisable white berries with thick flurry of leaves, takes its...

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How you can help the wildlife in your garden this winter

How you can help the wildlife in your garden this winter

As temperatures drop and food becomes scarce, gardens across the UK can provide crucial refuge for wildlife, significantly impacting the survival of various species by offering food, water and shelter. The RHS has released a list of ways for you to support wildlife this winter, while helping boost biodiversity in your own backyard. For birds the...

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30 Under 30: A catch up with Kelsey Brace

30 Under 30: A catch up with Kelsey Brace

Fresh off the back of becoming one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30s, Kelsey Brace owner of Primethorpe Paving has major plans to expand the company and meet rising demands. The UK paving supplier has over doubled its workforce and is now “looking to grow even further,” says Brace. “We are investing in the expansion of our office space, so that we...

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Deeper than six inches of soil

Deeper than six inches of soil

"The inspiring story of British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, benefit our health and provide for local communities." Having only touched the surface in the December issue of Pro Landscaper, we're diving deeper into the dirt and discovering all there is to know...

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Six inches of soil’s first global screening

Six inches of soil’s first global screening

The first full-length campaigning documentary feature film on the UK's regenerative and agroecology movement, Six Inches of Soil, debuts globally at COP28 in Dubai. Featuring in the #ActionOnFood hub on Saturday 9 December, with the first UK screening set to be held at the annual oxford real farming conference on Thursday 4 January 2024. “COP28...

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One year on, let’s hear it from NAO Landscapes

One year on, let’s hear it from NAO Landscapes

Working with Pro Landscaper on the feature last year felt like a real achievement and helped us to gain further industry recognition which has just been great. Despite it being a competitive industry, its so friendly and eager to reach out and connect with one another. It’s a huge testament to our name, that we now have people coming to us,...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Grant Waters 

Little Interviews Expanded – Grant Waters 

Rewilding might only refer to large estates, but could we apply its principles to domestic gardens? And, more importantly, should we?   At Pro Landscaper, we wanted to investigate further. Hearing from a few of the many voices enthusiastic for change and eager to share their opinions. Exploring the definition of 'rewilding', what is means and how...

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Artificial intelligence in landscape design and maintenance

Artificial intelligence in landscape design and maintenance

Hollywood writers are up in arms about it being used in the film and television industry, and Irish musician Hozier is threatening his own strike if artists are not better protected from the threat it poses. But if you listen to French DJ David Guetta, “the future of music is in AI”. So, is artificial intelligence to be feared or embraced? And...

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Little Interviews Expanded – Chris D’Agorne

Little Interviews Expanded – Chris D’Agorne

Rewilding might only refer to large estates, but could we apply its principles to domestic gardens? And, more importantly, should we?   At Pro Landscaper, we wanted to investigate further. Hearing from a few of the many voices enthusiastic for change and eager to share their opinions. Exploring the definition of 'rewilding', what is means and how...

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The history of the poppy

The history of the poppy

A flower famous for its symbolism, delicate petals, and rich history, the poppy has had many uses from medicine such as codeine and morphine to the addictive recreational drug opium – its painkilling properties have made it well sought after for centuries. Poppies are herbaceous, most well recognised for being bright red in colour but various...

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Joe’s Blooms: Empowering people to engage with Biodiversity Net Gain

Joe’s Blooms: Empowering people to engage with Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has been a hot topic across the landscaping industry as it prepares for the initial roll out of the legislation next year. But despite the significance of BNG on a national scale, many remain unclear on the legislation. Research from Shawbrook shows a third of developers are still in the dark about the new mandatory...

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