Projects

  • Royal pavilion

    Funding awarded to improve Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden

    Plans to restore and enhance Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden have been awarded funding.   The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £214,400 to progress plans to improve and enhance the historic garden and apply for a major National Lottery grant bid for £3.4 million.   Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, equalities, communities & culture committee said:   “This is fantastic news for the city and an important step in securing the future of this important and well-loved public space.    “The project presents a landmark opportunity to change people’s understanding and valuing of…

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  • Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for UK’s third largest arena complex

    YTL has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council to repurpose the Brabazon aircraft hangars at the former Filton Airfield, delivering a new entertainment complex for Bristol and the South West. Landscape architect Grant Associates has worked in partnership with lead Architect Grimshaw, Manica Architecture and OPS Engineers to create the design concept for the project.   YTL’s vision is for the Arena Complex to be capable of hosting up to 17,080 people, putting Bristol on the world map for large-scale events, while also celebrating the site’s place in aviation history.   Sustainability is a…

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  • Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Award winners announced

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  • Living Wall

    McLaren and Biotecture complete work on Europe’s largest living wall

    In the July 2019 issue of Pro Landscaper on pages 84-85 we looked at Europe’s largest living wall that was underway to be installed. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford has revealed its £90 million expansion, delivered by green infrastructure company, Biotecture, and McLaren Construction is now complete. The £1.5 million living wall, which measures 25,000 square feet and features 120,000 plants, reduces air pollution and aids biodiversity. Spanning the walls of the new entrance promenade, walkways and many of the 50 new stores, the vertical gardens make this one of the world’s greenest shopping centres.   Richard Sabin, Managing Director of…

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  • Mobilane install ivy green screens at school in Sheffield

    Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.   The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and…

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  • Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

    The Royal Parks is inviting landscape consultants to tender for its new four-year Landscape Architect Services Framework. Ahead of the Landscape Architect Services Framework launch, the Royal Parks’s landscape team would like interested practices to attend an open event. The event take place at Malone Room, LookOut, Hyde Park from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 5 December. The event is a chance to learn about the landscapes the charity works with, recent projects and future opportunities. Practices who attend will receive an introduction to the Royal Parks charity and an overview of the projects completed during the current framework period…

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  • Anglesey Abbey

    Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden prepares for three-year refresh

    The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey is marking the 21st anniversary of its renowned Winter Garden by embarking on a three-year project to refresh the popular feature. The garden features approximately 150 plant species chosen for their winter colours, scents and textures.   Formerly named the Fairhaven Centenary Walk, the Winter Garden was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Lord Fairhaven, who went on to leave Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in 1966. The then Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, officially opened the garden on 5 November 1998 by planting a…

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  • Strawberry Fields

    Restoration work at historic Strawberry Fields now complete

    The famous red gates at Liverpool’s Strawberry Fields are once again open to the public after a significant restoration. This project carried out by Gavin Jones Ltd aims to revitalise an integral part of The Beatles history.   Work on the restoration, carried out by landscaping specialist Gavin Jones Ltd, part of Nurture Landscapes Group, and architect Rankin Fraser, was completed in September 2019.   Immortalised in the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields is an important landmark in the story of the world-famous band’s inspiration, but this vital part of local history has never been open to the public until now.…

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  • Grant Associates behind reinvention of Singaporean islands

    A major conceptual masterplan to reinvent the Singaporean islands of Sentosa and Pulau Brani as a global leisure and recreation destination, set within a biodiverse tropical landscape, has been unveiled.   Landscape architect Grant Associates is leading a multidisciplinary design team on the project. It will work alongside architects WilkinsonEyre, working in close collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC).    The team, located both locally in Singapore and internationally, include ARUP, Atelier Ten, Biodiversity by Design, Team Leisure, Nipek, Knight Frank, Arcadis, Architecture 61, Web Earth and MET Studio.    Known as the Sentosa-Brani Master Plan, the comprehensive blueprint…

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  • Johnsons team up with Evoke to create an outdoor learning area in West Yorkshire

    Johnsons of Whixley has recently teamed up with Evoke Landscape Design Ltd to create an outdoor learning area at Hightown Junior Infant & Nursery School, Liversedge.   The junior school already has an extensive allotment and orchard on the grounds as well as an area for rearing chickens and ducks.   The new area designed by Bradford landscape design business Evoke will further enhance the outdoor learning space and hopes to encourage wildlife. With 120 used tyres from a local garage added to create a living retaining wall around the new area, the tyres have been filled with sensory plants…

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  • Planting Healthy Air in Schools scheme launched

    Trees for Cities has teamed up with Mapping for Change and Lancaster University to launch an innovative new programme called “Planting Healthy Air in Schools”. This will help improve the air quality and outdoor experience of children and teachers in some of London’s most polluted schools.   Through Planting Healthy Air in Schools, Trees for Cities will test green infrastructure, design and planting techniques to screen airborne pollution. The project will redesign parts of the playground where air quality is particularly poor. By planting trees and other vegetation to filter out airborne pollutants, as well as creating woodland shelters and…

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  • Shell to fund Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits

    Scottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy. Shell confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits. This has sparked a controversy amongst industry experts. Responding, Scottish Green land reform spokesperson Andy Wightman said: “No wonder the Scottish Government has been so reluctant to begin a transition away from fossil fuels. They are in bed with the big businesses responsible. “First, we saw how BP sponsored a discussion on how to reach net zero at SNP conference, and now we…

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  • Aberdeen City

    Aberdeen City Heritage Trust lectures

    The art of conservation, a visionary thinker and Britain’s greatest gardens will be explored in a series of public talks in the Granite City this autumn. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust – which is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland – is hosting “Aberdeen Heritage Lectures” in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Robert Gordon University, where the lectures will take place. In “From Walling Brick to PhD. What’s the Point?” which was held on October 9, Tim Meek described the importance of lime harl and other traditional coatings as surface finishes throughout Scottish history. Tim’s work includes…

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  • Eden gives bees a chance with new observation hive

    The Eden Project is celebrating becoming a protected bee reserve for an important local honey bee by unveiling a new observation hive which will enable visitors see how these fascinating creatures live.   The Great Hive Mind is a striking installation made from reclaimed scaffolding poles. It contains an observation hive which is home to a colony of around 25,000 bees expected to rise to more than 50,000 by next summer. It is situated in Eden’s Outer Estate in a field full of wild flowers above Eden’s Wild Chile area and was unveiled at a launch event on October 9.…

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  • Eden Project North

    Morecambe community to engage in Eden Project North conversations

    Eden Project North is moving forward as the people of Morecambe are being asked to share their ideas.   The project aims to combine indoor and outdoor experiences which connect people with the significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing wellbeing.   It will look to inspire connection with the natural world through a series of zones. The zones will be housed in mussel shell-shaped domes and linked together with an entrance area known as the Bay Hall.   The Above the Bay area will be an environment filled with plants and art exhibits. Showcasing natural abundance and…

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  • David Attenborough

    New film from Sir David Attenborough and The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery

    Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts has made a short film with the charity to provide answers to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK.   In the film Sir David calls for powerful new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more and for a Nature Recovery Network.   Sir David Attenborough says in the film:   “A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival. We need wild places to thrive. Yet many of our systems and laws have failed the natural world.…

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  • Renson’s got you covered

    Renson’s premium ambassador Garden House Design had a client who wanted to create a private spa area including a hot tub in their garden as their property is located amongst a busy urban setting. With an understanding of what the client wanted, Garden House Design suggested the Renson Camargue, an aluminium louvered canopy, to sit over the client’s hot tub. It was ideal not only to meet its client’s requirements, but also a beautiful and contemporary solution with exceptional design flair. The Camargue’s design provides sun protection and ventilation according to the needs of the environment and the client. The…

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  • 55,000 free trees to be given away to Londoners

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced that 55,000 free trees are available for Londoners. This is for individuals to plant in their gardens and shared green spaces, and for larger community led ‘plant-athons’.   The 55,000 free trees are part of a total of 95,000 new trees the Mayor is helping Londoners plant this autumn and winter, including during National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December 2019). The Mayor is working with the Woodland Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to provide 30,000 free trees for Londoners to plant in their gardens. A further 25,000…

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  • HS2

    The Government announces its approach to ancient woodlands during the Oakervee Review

    The Government has announced that it has assessed 11 ancient woodlands, parts of which were due to be affected by preparations to build HS2, during the period of the Oakervee review. It has said that work will now be deferred to Autumn or Winter 2020 on five of these sites, and to early 2020 on six of the sites.   The work affecting 11 ancient woodlands will be deferred as follows: Five sites to be deferred to Autumn / Winter 2020   Roughknowles Wood North Wood Un-named copse off Drayton Lane Rookery Wood Burnt Firs Six sites to be deferred…

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  • LOROS Hospice creates new remembrance garden

    Coles Nurseries along with East Midlands Landscaping were contacted by LOROS to assist and support with the building of a remembrance garden for their “Always Remembered” event in Jubilee Square, Leicester. The theme for this year’s event was the “Robin”.   LOROS Hospice is a local charity that every year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.   LOROS, East Midlands Landscaping and Vince from Coles Nurseries agreed on a range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous lines to create the…

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  • Topping out ceremony held for National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Osborne held a topping out ceremony this week (Tuesday 24 September) to mark the completion of the steel structure for the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey.   The new Centre, which will open in 2021, will be a ground-breaking centre for horticultural science and learning. Helping to inspire the next generation of horticulturists and showcasing the RHS’s previously unseen scientific work.   Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne and Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS tightened the final bolt of the steel frame of the building…

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  • 250,000 new plants to put Chatsworth’s Arcadia in full bloom

     A series of huge new plantings, including more than 250,000 flowering perennials, shrubs and trees in Chatsworth’s world-famous 105-acre garden is set to transform an overlooked, undeveloped 15-acre area at its heart, now named Arcadia.   More than 80,000 plants will be used during the first phase of Arcadia, which starts in September and continues through into spring 2020. Working to a plan by the celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart Smith and supported by the Gucci fashion house, Arcadia will include the creation of new, meadow-like glades connected by woodland walks and featuring a major new sculpture installation. It is…

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  • VIDEO: New Forms Gardens

    On Wednesday 28 August Pro Landscaper visited London Bridge station to see the launch of the New Forms gardens. The gardens were commissioned by Team London Bridge, with support from Network Rail, and were delivered by Cityscapes. The four garden installations were designed by Ula Maria, Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin, Alexandra Noble and Sarah Wilson, reusing materials from the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival. The launch event was a great chance to see the hard work that had gone into creating these temporary installations. Watch the video below to see what the gardens look like and hear more about the…

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  • Charity Horatio’s Garden open their fourth garden

    Horatio’s Garden Oswestry was officially opened on Sunday 22 September 2019, by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy. The garden aims to support spinal injury patients and their loved ones spending time in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.   The charity aspires to establish a Horatio’s Garden at each of the 11 spinal centres across the UK. It has gardens currently open in Salisbury, Scotland and Stoke Mandeville. They also have projects planned for London and Cardiff, which are due to be complete by 2022.   Their latest garden has been designed by…

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