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    • IKEA

      IKEA Austria store to focus on urban greening

      In the heart of Vienna, IKEA is establishing the most innovative city centre IKEA store in the world.   The design is being developed in cooperation with querkraft architekten, a Vienna based architectural company. The design has a heavy focus on urban greening, with green on all four facades and a roof terrace.   Due to its convenient location in the city centre it is easily reachable by public transport and will be a car free IKEA. Adding to its sustainability and climate friendly approach.   160 trees will be part of the building, with an aim of lowering the…

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    • Eden’s Korean garden starts to take shape

      A pair of striking totem poles are greeting visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall as Britain’s first Korean garden takes shape. The poles, known as Jangseung, have been donated by the Korea National Arboretum, which is located near Seoul and is Eden’s partner in the garden. They are traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark the boundaries. Jangseung come in pairs of male and female figures and are thought to protect villages against evil spirits, fire or other disasters. They were installed at Eden as the national flower of South Korea was planted in the garden. The…

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    • RHS Garden Bridgewater opening date announced

      Today (20/01/20), the RHS announces that its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is opening to the public from Thursday 30 July 2020. The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of the most significant events in the 215-year history of the RHS and its first new garden for nearly 20 years. Once open, the garden will bring world-class horticulture within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the region.   “I’m thrilled to be able to announce the opening date for the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be…

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    • James Alexander Sinclair designs neuro rehabilitation ward garden

      James Alexander Sinclair is working with the charity Friends of the Neuro Ward to design a garden on the neuro rehabilitation ward at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen. Friends of the Neuro Ward, a charity which is entirely volunteer-led, is currently trying to raise funds for the garden and is halfway to its target of £200,000. The charity previously helped to refurbish the Woodend’s Neurorehabilitation Unit before now moving onto the garden of the rehabilitation ward. This is a project that is close to the charity’s president, Caroline Critchlow, heart as her husband has previously suffered from a brain tumour. The…

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    • Piccadilly Gardens

      LDA Design appointed for Piccadilly Gardens transformation

      LDA Design have been appointed to produce concept designs for improvements to Piccadilly Gardens and its surrounds.   It will come up with a number of outline schemes which Manchester residents and businesses will then be consulted on in the spring.   They were the landscape architects behind a previous scheme, produced by LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General), which attracted broad public support but was discontinued when it became financially unviable.   The council would like to keep many of the core elements of that original scheme including new planting, improved lighting and design to help deter anti-social behaviour,…

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    • Bonds Glen.

      Faughan Valley in Derry receives over £484,400 to revitalise landscape

      The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced funding of over £484,400 for a Woodland Trust project set to revitalise the Faughan Valley landscape, on the outskirts of Derry/Londonderry. receives    This boost will enable the conservation charity to deliver plans, over three years, for a £1.2m project. It’s an undertaking which will benefit the valley’s communities, landowners, landscape and wildlife.   The Faughan Valley covers some 80 square miles and has been identified as an area of strategic importance thanks to some precious natural features.   The Woodland Trust will work with landowners and communities to create a ‘resilient wooded…

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    • Oldham Eco Centre plans revealed

      Oldham Council has submitted proposals to build a multi-million-pound environmental centre at Alexandra Park as part of its Northern Roots development project.   The new eco-centre would act as an anchor development for its flagship Northern Roots Project. Which is a bold and pioneering initiative that will transform Snipe Clough – 160 acres of under-used green space – into the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park.   It will be developed for and with local communities and will be a base for enterprises and community projects providing much-needed facilities – such as office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities.…

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    • A new green vision for the low line through the heart of south London

      Better Bankside, the Low Line Steering Group and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that the Low Line Commons is the winner of the international competition to develop an ecological vision for the Low Line. Following the path forged by the railway viaducts through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, the Low Line stretches through some of London’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Low Line is a long-term project. It will incrementally unfold as different opportunities and strands of funding become available. Having a coherent and creative green vision for the project will ensure that it can be delivered with…

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    • City of the Future

      Toyota to build prototype city of the future

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    • Bali Awards

      Ground Control awarded BALI’s highest accolade for The Children’s Garden at Kew

      Ground Control has been awarded the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious Grand Award at the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards 2019, sponsored by Green-tech, for The Children’s Garden, Kew. Ground Control’s project, The Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was entered into the Community and Schools Development category.   Ground Control developed the initial design concept, engaged with Kew’s visitors, local community groups and larger public organisations before transforming a large under-used area into a unique play and learning space. Children of all ages can now enjoy a beautiful adventure space unaware they are learning about nature, plants…

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    • Talasey Group honours landscapers

      Talasey Group has honoured ten of the best landscaping professionals in the UK, with more than £2,000 in cash prizes, for their 2019 awards in recognition of what it judged to be the best garden design projects of the year. As part of its Talasey Landscaping Professionals scheme, the Doncaster-based company – which is one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of landscaping solutions – runs annual awards to celebrate the high level of artisanship and innovative designs used to create stunning projects. There were seven categories, based around usage of some of Talasey Group’s brands, such as Natural Paving,…

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    • 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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