Projects

  • Raingarden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh proves success

    A new, experimental Raingarden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has proved its worth during recent heavy rainfall. It may also influence future site management and planting schemes for coping with climate change.   The Raingarden, completed in spring this year, features a range of carefully selected plants in a special mix of soil, compost, sand and gravel.  Following the August downpours, the garden successfully absorbed the excess water that fell, reducing floods on nearby paths and capturing rainwater for the benefit of the plants that grow there.   Measuring 20m long by seven metres wide, the Raingarden is…

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  • Hicks Farm green space proposal

    Plans for the creation of c.12 hectares of greenspace at Hicks Farm in Throop are moving forward. With residents invited to attend two preliminary public exhibitions in September to help shape and inform the next stage of BCP Council’s planning application.   Proposals for Hicks Farm, which had previously been used primarily for private grazing, include a change of use to an attractive natural greenspace. This will include creating a network of new paths, access to a stretch of the River Stour, new tree planting and the reinstatement of hedgerows to improve wildlife habitats. It will also include a new…

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  • British Sugar TOPSOIL supply soil to £23m mosque project

    A new £23m mosque in Mill Road, Cambridge, was designed by award-winning architects Marks Barfield who designed the London Eye. It is the city’s first purpose-built mosque and the most architecturally distinguished mosque in the UK. Columnar timber ‘trees’ form the main structure, both inside and out. With capacity for 1,000 worshippers, it is open to all faiths and its beautiful gardens can be used by members of the general public at any time, helping to break down barriers in the local community.   Landscape contractor Landshaped Ltd worked with landscape architects Urquhart & Hunt to create the gardens, designed…

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  • HS2

    HS2 could be terminated as Government announces a review of the project

    The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (Wednesday 21 August 2019) published the terms of reference and timetable for an independent review into the High Speed 2 (HS2) project.   Douglas Oakervee, will lead the review and will work with Lord Berkeley as his deputy. They will be supported by a panel of experts, bringing together a range of perspectives from business, academia and the transport sector to ensure an independent, thorough and objective assessment of the project. Panellists will each be consulted on the report’s conclusions.   The terms of reference published today confirm that the independently-led government review…

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  • London Bridge Station hosts four show gardens

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  • Biodiversity

    Biodiversity net gain report

    Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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  • Government report welcomes vision to create a West Midlands National Park

    A Government-commissioned report has welcomed ambitious proposals to create a new urban National Park in the West Midlands region.   The interim findings of the Government’s Landscapes Review said officials would like to see ‘the encouragement of a wider range of non-designated systems of landscape protection,’ such as the vision to transform the West Midlands Combined Authority region.   The concept would create a National Park in the region spanning more than seven cities and creating hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes.   The bold proposals have been drawn up by Kathryn Moore, Professor…

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  • Battersea Power Station

    Historic jetty opens up riverfront at Battersea Power Station

    Wandsworth Council has welcomed the opening of The Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station which makes a new stretch of riverside accessible. The historic Grade II* listed jetty has been landscaped with wildflowers as a riverside garden with views of the Power Station and the Nine Elms riverfront. Throughout August there will be a Summer Garden Party with live music, games and crafts for children, and yoga and pilates classes on weekend mornings. Pop-ups from restaurants and bars in Circus West Village will be offering food and drink selections.   Wandsworth Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The jetty…

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  • Trio of businesses team up to help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in Manchester

    Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with landscaping experts Gavin Jones Ltd and landscape architecture consultants PWP Design Ltd to help enhance the grounds at the Dakota, an elegant new hotel in central Manchester. Simon Hall, Design Director at PWP Design explained that the planting design: “aimed to create a luxurious style using clipped evergreen shrubs, sculptural feature trees and lush green ground cover for a series of planting areas and pots that frame the terrace, address Ducie Street and define the parking courtyard and main entrance”. Johnsons supplied hundreds of herbaceous, shrub and grass varieties for the…

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  • Goodwood

    Goodwood pledge to plant 78,000 trees

    Head of Forestry, Darren Norris, is overseeing Goodwood’s woodland project which aims to plant 78,000 trees in one of the largest tree planting schemes in the south of England. Since the beginning of 2019, Darren and his team have started planting 40 hectares of new woodland to add to the Goodwood Estate’s existing 727 hectares of forestry.   “Forestry management is important to maintain the forests and parkland for the future. We are just custodians doing our bit for future generations to enjoy, so looking after the trees is a vital part of the landscape for generations to come,” Darren…

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  • John Chambers Wildflower meadow at Burncross Community Garden

    Green-tech has supplied John Chambers Wildflower Seed to a community project in Burncross, which lies just outside of Sheffield City Centre. The neighbourhood is largely bounded by countryside with open fields and woods close by. The local community has a group set up, the Burncross Action Team, dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to improve their local area and community. In 2017, as part of a Greening Great Britain initiative with the Royal Horticultural Society, the Burncross Action Team approached the John Chambers Wildflower team to help them transform a forgotten ‘grey spot’ in Sheffield into a mini haven for wildlife.…

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  • climate change

    The Landscape Institute is calling for creative proposals that visualise the impact of climate change

    The Landscape Institute recently declared a climate emergency and the autumn edition of the Landscape journal will be devoted to this topic.   The focus will be on the practical and technical steps that landscape practitioners can take to influence their clients, built environment professionals, partners and policy makers.   One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change has been getting the public to take the issue seriously. Blue Planet, the film by David Attenborough, had a huge impact because it was able to show exactly what plastic in the Ocean looks like.   Landscape architect Stephen Sheppard proposes a new…

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  • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh £70m rejuvenation approved

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has won the backing of city councillors to proceed with an ambitious £70m initiative to safeguard Scotland’s priceless national plant collections. As well as future proofing its status as a world-leading centre for plant science, education, horticulture and conservation. State-of-the-art facilities will underpin the Garden’s core activities. While the visitor experience will be greatly enhanced through the refurbishment and extension of the popular public Glasshouses.   Meeting today (Wednesday, July 31) councillors agreed resoundingly to support the case for RBGE’s Edinburgh Biomes project. It will allow the organisation to address real and increasing threats,…

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  • Ethiopia tree planting

    Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day

    Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in one day as part of its Green Legacy initiative. Led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Green Legacy is a project which aims to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s. This was an official attempt at breaking the world record for planting trees in a single day. The current record is held by India, which saw 800,000 volunteers’ plant more than 50 million trees in…

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  • Hackney Council releases new pictures of how Abney Park could look

    Images released by Hackney Council show how Abney Park could look if its application for further National Lottery Heritage Funding for the site is successful. The plans could see a new building – incorporating a cafe and space to support classes and school visits – constructed at the park’s Stoke Newington High Street entrance, a new accessible entrance at Church Street, and the second stage of renovation of the park’s chapel so it can be used by the community for events, music and theatre productions, celebrations and weddings. The plans were approved by the Council’s Cabinet last week, and will…

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  • Greenwich Park

    Greenwich Park inclusive playground opens

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  • County Durham woodlands awarded funding to help restore them

    The Durham Woodland Revival project has been awarded £434,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and reconnect woodland in the county.   The funding will enable it to work with partners Woodland Trust, Northwoods, Wear Rivers Trust and the Forestry Commission to bring neglected and under-managed woodland back into good condition and to boost woodland cover over a four-year period, starting this summer.   Focusing on 5,000 hectares of woodland within a 10-mile radius from Durham City, the project looks at different ways of managing a range of different woodlands. From the diverse ecosystems of ancient woodland to…

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  • Viewing Tower to be built at Sussex Prairie Garden

    Paul and Pauline McBride owners and creators of the award winning Sussex Prairie garden based in the West Sussex Weald near the village of Henfield, are planning to build a Corten steel tower with a mid, and top viewing deck. The tower will give extraordinary views of the Prairie Garden, and of the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. They are calling on crowd funding to build the tower designed by award winning architect Sandy Rendel with structural engineers Structure Workshop. They hope that it will give garden visitors a chance to see the overall layout and design of the garden…

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  • Mother Orchard

    Plea for funding as Mother Orchard is announced for RHS Garden Bridgewater

    RHS Ambassadors Nick Knowles and Carol Klein today joined the RHS in a call to the public to help raise the final £4.8 million for RHS Garden Bridgewater, its fifth garden, in order to open the gates next summer.   The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launched the fundraising appeal as it announced the creation of a ‘Mother Orchard’ for the North West in the Salford garden. The latest of many spectacular gardens in the pipeline is a traditional orchard garden on a three-and-a-half-acre plot which will wrap around the original 1834 Garden Cottage.   Nick Knowles, RHS Ambassador, said: “At…

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  • Green ivy screens helps tackle pollution at Islington school

    Innovative ivy screens are boosting air quality at an Islington school – as Islington Council announces more air quality audits for the borough’s schools.   The 7ft-tall ivy wraps around the playground at Prior Weston Primary School. Filtering damaging particulates and helping to absorb polluting gases from nearby streets.   The pioneering ivy screens were installed in June with funding from Islington Council, Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership and the Mayor of London, following an air quality audit at the school by the Mayor.  Funding also paid for pupils to produce an air pollution walking map to encourage less-polluting travel to…

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  • Channel 4’s Dispatches and Hedges Direct partner in school anti-pollution project

    Lancashire based company Hedges Direct, specialist online suppliers of hedging and garden plants, with partner Green-tech Ltd,supplied Channel 4’s Dispatches programme with Ivy Screens and other garden plants in support of a ground-breaking experiment at Lordship Lane Primary School in London.   The Channel 4 programme, which aired on Monday 10 June, documented over a 2 week period, an experiment which saw the school undergo changes both externally and internally to attempt to combat the effects of pollution throughout. The levels of both nitrogen dioxide from exhaust fumes and other particulate matter from brakes and tyres produced by all vehicles…

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  • Living wall installed at London primary school to fight air pollution

    A group of parents at a London primary school have taken the issue of air pollution into their own hands, after successfully crowdfunding over £90,000, which included funding from the Mayor of London, to install a living wall in the playground of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chiswick. Featuring over 12,000 plants, the living wall was officially opened by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. He had also pledged £32,000 to the Chiswick Oasis project.   The 126m living wall, located in the school’s playground and running alongside the A4 aims to reduce air pollutants and improve air quality. This comes…

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  • Contract to deliver HS2’s green corridor boosts Crowder’s Nurseries

    Lincoinshire business Crowder’s Nurseries will be supplying 7 million trees and shrubs which will create more than 650 hectares of new woodland between London and Birmingham along the HS2 Phase One route.   The family run SME was awarded the contract in 2016 and has already provided saplings and trees that have been planted along the line of route. HS2 is well advanced with the creation of a green corridor along the route of the new railway and, with 350,000 new trees already planted and 26 areas of new habitat created for wildlife.   The company employs 50 local people…

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  • Marley’s Antislip Plus decking delivers a safe and durable solution at Bainland Lodge Park

    Bainland Lodge Park is a rural escape, housing over 70 lodges and glamping tents, each with its own decking area, integrated hot tub, BBQ, and seating facilities. Marley Antislip Plus decking was chosen for the refurbishment and upgrade of the lodge decking areas, which are a hub for social gatherings and a key draw for anybody staying at the park. Based in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire countryside, nestled on the outskirts of the picturesque Edwardian village of Woodhall Spa, Bainland Lodge Park is a wilderness retreat for those who want to escape city life, but still want a…

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  • New images released of Battersea Power Station

    Residents and visitors to London will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest roof terraces, part of the transformation of Grade II London industrial icon, Battersea Power Station.   The generous terrace, delivered by LDA Design and designed in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations, tops Foster + Partners’ undulating new building. The gardens have lent their name to the entire phase of this development to be called Battersea Roof Gardens.   The terrace features picnic spots, sun decks and fitness areas. Just published images show that from this spectacular vantage point, residents will be…

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