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  • Photo of Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control, a leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, has announced the appointment of a new managing director, with Marcus Watson handing over to Jason Knights this month.   Marcus’ tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. He continues to be a significant shareholder and non-exec director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.   “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change,” said Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish. “His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well…

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  • Photo of The terra firma Consultancy welcomes two new directors

    The terra firma Consultancy welcomes two new directors

    The terra firma Consultancy has announced that Alison Galbraith and Robyn Butcher have joined Lionel Fanshawe as directors and equal shareholders. This was a long-planned ambition which has now been realised and which strengthens the company’s long-term vision. Terra firma was originally set up in 1985, with Robyn joining the team 10 years later. Lionel followed as a new partner in 1996 and Alison in 2002. Winners of the Pro Landscaper Business Award for Landscape Architecture Practice Over 20 Staff in early 2020, the successful management restructuring rounds off the year on a happy note.

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  • Photo of Marketing undergraduate joins British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Marketing undergraduate joins British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Following in the footsteps of three former Lancaster University undergraduates, Bethany Blakemore has joined the British Sugar TOPSOIL team for the placement year of her Business Management degree. Bethany’s degree course specialises in Marketing and Accounting & Finance and she will have the opportunity to apply her marketing knowledge in support of the TOPSOIL sales team. Her role will involve managing the website and social media accounts and working on TOPSOIL technical and sales literature. Andy Spetch, National TOPSOIL Manager, is delighted to be welcoming Beth to the team: “The decision to provide placements for business undergraduates at Lancaster University…

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  • Photo of Band of Builders undertake landscaping job

    Band of Builders undertake landscaping job

    A Norwich father-of-four suffering from a rare neurological disorder will finally regain some of his freedom thanks to the efforts of a group of kind-hearted tradesmen and women. Chris Joy, 41, suffers from Cerebellar Ataxia – a rare degenerative neurological condition that only affects 10,000 people in the UK. The condition means that Chris, who worked as a plasterer until his condition made it impossible to continue, suffers from symptoms including loss of coordination, double vision, balance issues, speech issues and tinnitus and has to spend 50% of the time in a wheelchair. One of the main effects of the…

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  • Photo of Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

    Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

    Global workwear brand Dickies is calling on tradespeople to nominate someone whose work inspires them as part of a new campaign celebrating those who love what they do and take pride in their work. The global campaign, United by Inspiration, United by Dickies, features footage of 10 of Dickies’ community of makers from around the world showing their skills, including British stonemason Rob Maxfield. In light of global restrictions on social contact, the footage was shot by the makers themselves and aims to highlight how those who make a living with their hands can continue to inspire each other despite…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Online Summit – An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s Online Summit – An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    JOIN US TODAY AT 4PM   REGISTER TO WATCH BY CLICKING HERE Continuing the success of the Pro Landscaper Summit webinar programme which has been discussing how the landscape sector has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry has asked how the media and publishing part of our business has dealt with the huge changes we have all experienced. So this afternoon, in a change to the norm, in front of the camera and being questioned by well known industry figure Richard Gardiner, Owner of NAG Solutions, Jim & Lisa Wilkinson, the founders of industry-leading magazine Pro Landscaper will be…

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  • Photo of Lockdown Little Interview with Ian Drummond

    Lockdown Little Interview with Ian Drummond

    Ian Drummond – Director, Indoor Garden Design www.indoorgardendesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My partner Allan of course and our puppy Hamish who is an adorable Cavapoo. Alternatively, it would be Katherine Tate’s character Nan! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? It’s been incredible to be able to use digital technology for meetings – so instead of travelling in my Mini Countryman all over London for meetings I get to do them from home. I think I’m definitely going take that forward –…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Alastair Peat

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Alastair Peat

    Pro Landsaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Alastair Peat, Alfresco landscaping Ltd www.alfrescolandscaping.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Right now – my wife of 18 years, this is giving us the chance to spend time together with our 2 lovely children rather than the normal relay that is everyday life!! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over?  The hour a day we spend together just talking, at the moment this is on our walk in the sunshine. But going forward, an hour of catching up properly –…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Saul Abbott

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Saul Abbott

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Saul Abbott, Saul Abbott Garden Design www.saulabbottgardendesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Myself!  I like to listen to music whilst I work and my partner can’t stand my music choices so it’s better for me to be alone! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I’ve started running again (after an 11 year hiatus) at 6 o’clock every evening so if I can get back home from work by that time every day I’ll keep it up. How…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Exclusive interview with Sue Biggs, Director General RHS Monday 4th May

    Coronavirus Webinar – Exclusive interview with Sue Biggs, Director General RHS Monday 4th May

      Continuing our series of webinars that have been taking place weekly since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Landscaper is excited to announce an exclusive live interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS to take place on Monday 4th May at 10am. REGISTER HERE As is currently the same for everyone working in the horticulture and landscape industry, the RHS has faced some massive challenges since lockdown began 5 weeks ago, with the cancellation or postponement of the RHS Shows – and closure of all RHS gardens since 22nd March. It will be the first year since 1913…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Gardiner

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Gardiner

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Richard Gardiner, NAG Solutions www.nagsolutions.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? I’d say Sam Coniff Allende, author of “Be More Pirate”, I reckon we’d cook up some kooky plans for the future. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Shopping on my own… I have the control!! How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Waaaaaaay too many, but that’s nothing new 10+! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? I’ve managed to escape Netflix, not watched…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Greg Packman

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Greg Packman

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Greg Packman, Senior Tree Inspector London Borough of Islington So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? The family cat. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Working from home more, it’s actually more productive than in the open plan office. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Seven or eight. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Tiger King and Mindhunters. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Coughing without judgement. DIY vs gardening – which wins?…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Bickler

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Richard Bickler

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Richard Bickler, Arbour Landscape Solutions www.arbourlandscapesolutions.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Well it’s got to be Gaby, Mia, Chloe and my dogs Benji & Ollie 🙂 Well I had to say that as now that I work full time from home, could you imagine if I had said Jurgen Klopp first – they would have gone mad… Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Sadly I am a creature of habit and strictly follow my routine which I implemented just over 3 years ago…

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  • Photo of Nicki’s doing the 2.6 challenge to support UK charities

    Nicki’s doing the 2.6 challenge to support UK charities

    Over the last week Nicki Jackson form Blue Daisy Garden Design has been attempting to complete 26 challenges on behalf of AsthmaUK. She chose this charity after developing asthma a few years ago, and having found the website resources invaluable to help her understand triggers and get it under control. The challenges started on 26 April, and you can keep abreast of Nicki’s progress through her Instagram feed BlueDaisyUK. Nicki said: “So far I’ve raised £678 from an original target of £260, I’m so pleased, some of the challenges are silly and some really challenging!  I’m doing things like 26 mins…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rae Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Rae Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Rae Wilkinson, Rae Wilkinson Garden & Landscape Design  www.raewilkinson.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Even on the more difficult days I’m so glad to be in lockdown with my hubby and kids, we are blessed to have been gifted this time together. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? More online meetings and less driving around the country. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Around 4 cups or green tea and lots of water – much…

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  • Photo of David Harber honoured with a Queen’s Award for International Trade

    David Harber honoured with a Queen’s Award for International Trade

    David Harber, maker of original and covetable sculptures, sundials and water features, has been awarded a Queen’s Award for International Trade. Announced each year on the Queen’s birthday, the Awards recognise exceptional achievement in business and represent the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company. The International Trade Award is given in recognition of the company’s outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years, with overseas sales growing by 104%, and the proportion of sales exported increasing to 61% of total sales over the three year period. “We are truly honoured to receive this…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with David Dodd

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with David Dodd

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview David Dodd, The Outdoor Room www.theoutdoorroom.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Darren Skidmore. He just makes me laugh… but I’m not sleeping with him. If I have to sleep with them, I’ll swap Skidders for Halle Berry. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Zoom and corned beef with ketchup sandwiches. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 4 or 5, which is far less than normal as I’ve got to make them at home. Best new Netflix/boxset…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Charlotte Russell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Charlotte Russell

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Charlotte Russell, The Landscapers Circle www.thelandscaperscircle.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My family, at the moment… ha-ha! There are currently six of us in my household and we’re all working from home so it’s a little cramped! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Keeping hydrated! I thought I was drinking enough water but I definitely wasn’t. I have been feeling so much better for the improved water intake so definitely taking that forward. How many cups of…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Lee Bestall

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Lee Bestall

    Lee Bestall, Bestall & Co Bestall.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Mi Julie, she’s amazing. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Have more virtual meetings with virtual backgrounds. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Less. Increased water intake as I now have an en-suite desk! Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Killing Eve. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Hugs. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Nope. Can’t decide. What time is wine…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Bo Cook

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Bo Cook

    Bo Cook, Bo Cook Landscape & Garden Design www.bocook.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My 2 girls. I have a 7 and a 21 year old, and although both their needs are VERY different, we are just about swimming along smoothly. It has been reassuring that we have not imploded yet! The small one has attended many of my industry Zoom meetings! As has the dog! It is our #NewNormal! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Working in my PJs! No, seriously, sitting in…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ed Burnham

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Ed Burnham

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Ed Burnham, Burnham Landscaping Ltd www.burnhamlandscaping.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Literally my best mate. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Video calling and conferencing. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? 5/6 same as usual. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Tiger King. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? The rest of my family. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is wine o’clock? Midday (3 kids in…

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  • Photo of Lockdown Little Interview with Rachel Pocock

    Lockdown Little Interview with Rachel Pocock

    Lockdown Little Intervbiew with Rachel Pocock, VaRa Garden Design www.varagardendesign.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My 3 children (although all are nearly adults really!) – with 2 away at university I feel like I’m getting an extra bonus bit of family time now all 5 of us are home. I thought those days were gone. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? To meal plan. It means less time spent on trips to the shops, and I use what’s at the back of the cupboard and freezer and I…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Sam Day

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Sam Day

    Sam Day, Location Landscapes www.locationlandscapes.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? I think Sandy Toksvig would be fantastic to spend any amount of time with.  Vast and varied knowledge and a brilliant  sense of humour. Having said that, I should probably say my wife…. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? I love my new “constant snacking” routine but that isn’t beneficial to my health! I think I’ll try to calm down more when assessing tasks. I try to do too much at once. I need to…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Elaine Bailey

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Elaine Bailey

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Elaine Bailey, Elaine Bailey Garden Design www.elainebaileygardens.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with?  My husband or my dog – hard to choose. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Exercising at home! So easy! No faff! How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day?  Double the previous amount which was already a lot. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered?  Big Little Lies, The Night Manager. What do you miss most about life before lockdown?…

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  • Photo of Perennial Coronavirus COVID-19 news update

    Perennial Coronavirus COVID-19 news update

      Perennial’s helpline is operating as usual on 0800 093 8543 or visit www.Perennial.org.uk to fill out the contact form. The confidential helpline is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. As we enter the next 3-week lockdown period money worries may be causing concern and anxiety.  This is a good time to review finances, especially if the current situation has caused a reduction in income.  Having a good handle on your finances can help improve your mental wellbeing too so it is worth taking the time to review them and we’re here to help you. There are some simple…

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