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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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    • Round Wood of Mayfield

      Round Wood of Mayfield Brightens Heathfield

      Round Wood of Mayfield recently helped dress a Sainsburys and Waitrose with landscape planters as part of the Brighter Heathfield initiative. The non-profit organisation Brighter Heathfield Volunteers has worked tirelessly for 2 years to make the town of Heathfield a prime example of how a little TLC really does go a long way.  Committee member, Sue Young has, with her fellow devoted volunteers, come together to achieve Brighter Heathfield’s primary objective; “to clear litter and improve Heathfield”. Round Wood, based on Newick Lane just outside the town, recently offered to help the initiative by supplying a selection of planters for…

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    • London’s first riverside linear park ‘The Tide’ arrives on Greenwich Peninsula

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    • Festivalgoers urged to help rewild the Highlands

      Music lovers attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are being encouraged to help rewild the Scottish Highlands by having their own trees planted by conservation charity Trees for Life. With growing concerns about the threats of climate change and loss of nature, the organisers of ‘Bella’ 2019 are calling on attendees to mitigate the carbon impact of travelling to the event near Inverness through donations to fund native trees. Every tree will help Trees for Life restore the globally important Caledonian Forest together with its precious wildlife such as red squirrels and pine martens. The trees donated will be…

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    • Rainbow Garden

      Memorial garden opens in Aberdeen

      The Aberdeen memorial garden for families affected by past practices around the cremation of babies has opened to the public.   The space at Hazlehead Park has been named the Rainbow Garden by the Working Group of parents affected who designed it, with inspiration from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow.   The song was also the inspiration from the stunning bronze sculpture in the middle of the garden, which features flying birds.   The design of the garden and the sculpture were agreed last year (2018) by the Working Group. Designed to evoke feelings of reflectiveness, peace, remembrance, forward-looking,…

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    • Clean air scheme to protect school playgrounds from traffic pollution

      A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.   Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.    The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.…

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    • Better Bankside

      Better Bankside’s Air Benches

      Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District which exists to make Bankside a better place in which to work, live and visit. On Wednesday 12 June, Better Bankside continued its work to create a clean air corridor through the historic streets between London Bridge and Blackfriars, as it unveiled new Better Air Benches. Designed to reduce and raise awareness of air quality issues.   The benches are positioned on Stoney Street, by Borough Market and contain English Ivy, one of nature’s best air pollution disruptors. The benches are designed to further Better Bankside’s aim of encouraging people to choose to…

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    • Green-tech supply materials for woodland creation project

      Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire.   Wessex Woodland Management offers bespoke management and contract services to woodland owners throughout the South of England. They were awarded the contract to create the woodland under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme to provide farmers, foresters and land managers with a viable, long-term source of income for delivering environmental benefits on their land. This includes the creation of habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity.   Planting on the Conholt Park Estate was carried…

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    • Low emission neighbourhood to be created in Walworth

      Southwark Council is building on its extensive program of air quality initiatives, with the announcement of an exciting new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood. The council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. It will match fund this, resulting in £1m for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and make living and passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood, a greener, cleaner and safer experience.   The council will consult on possible changes to the streetscape, aimed at opening up the roads for those who live on them. Proposals will also look at…

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    • RHS Garden Wisley Welcome building

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    • Former school to transform into a community green space

      Work to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community green space is set to begin next month.   The £1.3m project will see new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education all added.   The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the area.   Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.   The project…

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    • Chatsworth begins biggest garden transformation for 200 years

      The world-famous 105-acre garden at Chatsworth in the Peak District has begun its biggest transformation since Joseph Paxton’s work finished more than 200 years ago.   An undeveloped 15-acre area known as ‘Arcadia’ will lead the way in a programme that includes the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations and new sculpture commissions. Also the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees. New pathways will also take visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.   When the initial works are complete, in around three…

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    • Buzzing Garden

      Husqvarna pledges support to The Buzzing Garden

      Husqvarna, will make a cash donation plus one of its innovative robotic lawnmowers to the National Garden Scheme (NGS) charity. This is in order to support the creation of a Swedish garden in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park this August.   Husqvarna, has backed the summer project which will see the National Garden Scheme charity combine with Gateshead Council, the North East Honorary Consul for Sweden, and sponsors, to create ’The Buzzing Garden’ – a Swedish-designed greenspace.   The Buzzing Garden will be open to the general public and is a reciprocal effort following the work of garden designer, Susie White, who…

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    • Reducing roadside noise at Fresh Wharf, Barking with NoiStop® from Mobilane

      Flanked by transport links and with direct access to the A406 North Circular, the construction of the new residential development at Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, Essex has taken consideration of the resulting traffic noise for its residents. Installed along the perimeter of the development by Billericay Fencing Limited, the resulting 500lm expanse has been soundproofed using Mobilane NoiStop® noise reducing acoustic wall.   NoiStop® Green for instant peace, privacy and security   With the sound from the traffic, the 4m high NoiStop® Green panels now form a sound pollution barrier. It not only shields against noise but absorbing the…

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    • The Children's Garden

      VIDEO: Have you seen The Children’s Garden at Kew?

      Earlier this month Pro Landscaper headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to take a look around its latest garden, The Children’s Garden. Kew gardens didn’t want to create a playground but rather a play garden and with the assistance of Chris Chippendale, landscape architect for Ground Control, and the construction team at Ground Control this is something that it more than succeeded at. The Children’s Garden has been designed around the elements that plants need to grow and has been split into four different sections: earth, air, sun and water. Work on the 10,000m² site, which is close to…

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    • New cool Garden

      New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

      A new Cool Garden designed by Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. The new garden, centred on the use of water, will feature plants with blue, white and pastel coloured flowers complemented by grey foliage. It will provide a calming contrast to the fiery colours of the nearby Hot Garden.   The main theme of the garden is how gardeners can deal with heavy rainfall. Which is a typical occurrence in Devon but also an increasing challenge elsewhere in the UK because of climate change.   It’s the first garden at Rosemoor to be…

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    • Work on £5.8m Grey To Green Phase 2 begins

      Phase 2 of the Grey To Green’ scheme gets under way in Sheffield’s historic Catlegate.   The scheme will also link Castlegate to the under-used Victoria Quays area and transform the almost redundant former inner ring road with sustainable drainage, floral meadows, segregated cycle lanes and public art. It will also significantly improve the approach to the Castle House Kollider/Kommune on Snig Hill.   Contractor North Midland Construction began work after £5.8m funding was confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund. £2.8m of which is Sheffield City Region Local Growth Funding, as well as contributions from Sheffield City Council and  Canal and Rivers Trust.   Fifty-seven new trees…

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    • Rea Valley

      Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

      Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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