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  • Photo of Eco-friendly ways to boost and grow your landscaping business

    Eco-friendly ways to boost and grow your landscaping business

    For businesses today, sustainability is no longer a luxury. Climate change and environmental responsibility are fast becoming a top priority with consumers all over. Environmental responsibility is becoming governmental policy too, with nationwide targets to reduce 78% of carbon by 2035 becoming concrete motivation for consumers and business owners to change their purchasing behaviours. Gone are the days where a low price point would guarantee quick sales. There is infinite value in being a sustainable business, and the landscaping sector is following suit. What it means to be a sustainable business Being a sustainable business is not only defined by…

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  • Photo of Ecodek launches new range – an essential addition to any garden

    Ecodek launches new range – an essential addition to any garden

    If you’re looking for new quality decking that isn’t going to cost the earth, your search is over thanks to Ecodek and its new sustainably sourced Essentials range. Essentials is a grooved wood composite decking board, designed and manufactured by UK-based Ecodek. Based on the company’s popular solid Signature board, Essentials has a unique scalloped construction which features two channels running through the centre. This design has created a lightweight yet strong and durable decking board, and the need for less material in the manufacturing process has resulted in an affordable decking option that is priced at just £7.20 per…

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  • Photo of Solar and green are a good fit for a roof

    Solar and green are a good fit for a roof

    In today’s world, the sensible and extensive use of flat roofs is indispensable from a socio-ecological perspective and from the point of view of sustainability. For example, the greening or landscaping of flat roofs brings enormous benefits in many respects and can make a significant contribution to combating climate change. At the same time, from an ecological perspective, the promotion of renewable energies such as the use of PV panels is an important component of a future-oriented sustainable energy policy. With the right system, significant synergy effects are achieved when combining both. Green roofs offer a wide range of benefits.…

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  • Photo of Develop your fascination of Japanese gardens into an RHS Master of Horticulture

    Develop your fascination of Japanese gardens into an RHS Master of Horticulture

    Japanese gardens are renowned for their serenity and tranquility. Gardens are painstakingly designed and maintained to create beautiful scenes linked to Japanese landscape, culture and history. The care of Japanese-style gardens in the UK need the skills of well qualified and sensitive horticulturists. The Japanese Garden Society South East branch wishes to support those who would like to further their horticultural qualifications and gain new appreciations of the wide ranging aspects of the profession by sponsoring one candidate on the 2022 RHS Master of Horticulture (MHort) cohort. The degree-level award is ideal for the professional horticulturist seeking to advance their…

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  • Photo of Frances Tophill’s Show Garden: Grounded in Sustainability with GravelGuard

    Frances Tophill’s Show Garden: Grounded in Sustainability with GravelGuard

    With sustainability being the key theme for 2022’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham, Frances Tophill, well known horticulturist, author and television presenter for BBC Gardeners’ World, had set her sights on making her debut show garden at the event “as sustainable as it possibly can be”. Rupert Keys, Managing Director at Keyscape Landscape Design & Construction and founder of landscape training company TASK Academy, along with Ruth Gwynn Associates, landscape architect, garden designer and horticulturist, were handed the mission of delivering Frances’ vision, and constructing her eventual award-winning garden. With a strict remit of using only…

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  • Photo of CED Stone: natural stone and hard landscaping products on the market

    CED Stone: natural stone and hard landscaping products on the market

    CED Stone, are proud to offer customers the most varied range of natural stone and hard landscaping products on the market. Adding to our already extensive range, we are delighted to announce that we are now the exclusive Schellevis distributors for Scotland, Isle of Man and East England*. With a history of almost 85 years, Schellevis produce concrete slab products designed for use in private gardens and public spaces. They supply a great range of products, including block pavers, pool copings and their much sought-after and striking large format slabs. Giles Heap – Managing Director When Schellevis contacted us to…

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  • Photo of Why you should consider porcelain paving slabs for your next patio

    Why you should consider porcelain paving slabs for your next patio

    If there’s anything that the last few years have taught us, it’s the value of having a functional and practical garden that looks good and is an appealing place to want to spend your spare time. Creating defined living spaces in your outdoor area is the best way to make use of the garden available to you. That could mean having a section to showcase all your flowers and shrubs, perhaps a play area for the littlest members of the family or a patio for eating, entertaining and of course, enjoying! If you’ve decided that now is the time to…

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  • Photo of Best-Kept Secrets Successful Land Developers Swear By

    Best-Kept Secrets Successful Land Developers Swear By

    Buying and selling real estate is a high-profit venture. Whether you build from scratch or renovate properties, resale margins may be massive. Not surprisingly, countless land developers strike gold sooner than later. But the domain is rife with risks, and you may also lose if you fail to weigh the implications of your decisions. A little effort and good research are often enough to capitalize on the opportunities and minimize the risk. You can also seek inspiration from the leaders. Let us share some of the best-kept secrets successful land developers swear by. Get real estate education There’s a difference between…

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  • Photo of MEDITE SMARTPLY donates medal winning Chelsea garden to charity

    MEDITE SMARTPLY donates medal winning Chelsea garden to charity

    Following on from the hugely successful RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the entirety of the award-winning MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future garden will be reused, with a large part being donated to Andover Trees United, a volunteer-led environmental charity that works closely with schools and local authorities. The charity’s evolving woodland site ‘Harmony Woods’ represents a 10-year planting project, which gives children and young people in local communities the chance to help turn 12 acres of farmland to the north of Andover into a natural urban woodland, increasing biodiversity and providing a wealth of opportunities for learning in and about the…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A spotlight on MEDITE SMARTPLY MDF and OSB panels

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A spotlight on MEDITE SMARTPLY MDF and OSB panels

    As excitement builds for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, all eyes are not only on the incredible gardens and talented designers, but on the plants, and products used in their creations. Alongside this year’s ‘wild’ theme, sustainability and climate change are the big talking points. Engineered wood panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY aims to showcase the brand’s commitment to longevity and wellness and most importantly, sustainability. As a responsible manufacturer of wood construction panels, the company is committed to manufacturing products that contribute to healthier, environmentally conscious buildings. The MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future Garden will feature some of the company’s…

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  • Photo of Pattern made possible outdoors with new additions to Verona’s Al Fresco tile collection

    Pattern made possible outdoors with new additions to Verona’s Al Fresco tile collection

    Outdoor tiles have never been more popular. With their ability to transform external spaces into something special and provide an ‘extra room’ outside of the home, it’s no surprise that the industry is anticipating another year of demand for outdoor porcelain. To coincide with summer renovations and consumer demand for garden scaping, Verona has launched a series of new additions to its Al Fresco porcelain tile collection including new extra-large formats, neutral colours and eye-catching patterns. Sherborne Victorian Graphite brings bold, monochrome geometrics to courtyards and gardens. Influenced by Victorian hallways, these tiles are available in a 600x600x20mm format with…

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  • Photo of Spotlight on Ecodek’s innovative signature range

    Spotlight on Ecodek’s innovative signature range

    The Signature AT range of composite decking from Ecodek is an innovative collection of reversible composite decking boards, offering homeowners the choice of two contemporary finishes. Designed by the experts at Ecodek, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) decking, Signature AT is a solid composite decking board with a ribbed finish on one side and a grooved finish on the other. This uniquely designed deck board allows consumers to choose between two distinctly different surfaces without having to compromise on quality. Manufactured from 95% recycled or sustainably sourced materials, Signature AT echoes the beauty of timber…

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  • Photo of Dryrun: evaluating and adjusting irrigation system design in advance for water savings and optimum performance

    Dryrun: evaluating and adjusting irrigation system design in advance for water savings and optimum performance

    Dryrun is the latest addition to Rain Bird’s IQ4 Central Irrigation Control Platform. It enables users to see in advance what performance to expect from an irrigation system. Dryrun’s visualisation capability takes away the need for painstaking manual recalculation of irrigation schedules and programs. It especially offers major benefits for professionals involved with more complex systems, typically larger commercial applications or sports turf installations, where multiple programs and large numbers of sprinklers are involved. Users can see immediately the effect of making adjustments to irrigation times, watering delays and switching stations on or off. Once the irrigation controller has been…

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  • Photo of ADEZZ: Supplying the green world with dynamic water features

    ADEZZ: Supplying the green world with dynamic water features

    Water elements are dynamic objects in the garden. The continuous rippling of water creates subtle movement in the gardens you have design. A resting place where birds come to drink during warm periods and where they bring extra liveliness to your customer’s garden.  Since 2009, ADEZZ has been supplying the green world with the most beautiful and high-quality garden elements. Since we design, develop, and produce everything under our own management, we are always able to meet the demands of our customers. As a company, we have grown from a strong entrepreneurial mentality focused on efficiency. This has enabled us…

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  • Photo of Beauxfort gives gravel driveways the edge

    Beauxfort gives gravel driveways the edge

    Nothing beats the aesthetic of a winding gravel driveway, the subtle but inviting crunch sound under foot and tyre when approaching the home is an experience that cannot be beaten. But what truly defines the beauty of a gravel driveway is a perfect finish that remains perfect with use. All landscaping professionals know their reputation depends on the finished gravel driveway but what really makes the work stand out in the client’s mind is a gravel driveway that remains beautiful with time, while being practical. This is where Beauxfort, specialists in distinctive landscape systems, provide a helping hand. Laying a…

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  • Photo of Enter your company into the BALI National Landscape Awards!

    Enter your company into the BALI National Landscape Awards!

    Entries for the 46th National Landscape Awards, the largest landscape industry Awards in Europe, are open. The National Landscape Awards provides Accredited members, the platform in which to showcase their business and celebrate achievements both within and outside of the industry. Entering is easy, with only four simple steps. Register/log in via the online entry platform. Start the online entry by completing the online entry questions. The handy entry questions document means all information can be gathered in advance. Upload the digital submission pack and images through the online entry system. It is important to review the entry guidelines document to ensure everything is…

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  • Photo of Ecodek helps homeowners create the decking of their dreams with new ‘Composite Decking Kit’

    Ecodek helps homeowners create the decking of their dreams with new ‘Composite Decking Kit’

    If you looking to create a stylish outside space for entertaining and relaxing, but are reluctant because of the cost, Ecodek’s innovative new Composite Decking Kit could be the answer to your decking dreams. UK-based manufacturer of quality Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) decking boards, Ecodek has designed its ready-to-assemble Composite Decking Kit with smaller gardens and courtyards in mind. It contains everything you need to build a 2.4m by 2.4m decked area, helping you create the perfect alfresco area to enjoy all year round. The decking kits are based around Ecodek’s Signature AT range, with the reversible ribbed and grooved…

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  • Photo of Plant a tree with LOFA and the RSPB

    Plant a tree with LOFA and the RSPB

    Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon whilst releasing oxygen back into the air. They also reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. Trees are the ultimate carbon capture and storage machines, like great carbon sinks, woods and forests absorb atmospheric carbon and lock it up for centuries. They also prevent flooding, reduce city temperatures, reduce pollution and keep soil nutrient – rich. The bottom line is, we need more trees and we need to protect the ones we already have. So…

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  • Photo of Royal Grass to work with professional landscape contractors and designers

    Royal Grass to work with professional landscape contractors and designers

    Installing artificial grass? Choose Royal Grass®, Europe’s premium quality brand – now UK Based Royal Grass® has an enviable track record of design innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer satisfaction spanning nearly 20 years. Established in The Netherlands in 2003, it has built a reputation for manufacturing artificial grass with incredible resilience and durability and supplies its products to 56 countries across the globe. The most innovative technology Its industry-leading technology includes ReaDY (Realistic Directional Yarn), which replicates the way in which every blade of natural grass has its own direction, and SunTEC, giving selected Royal Grass® products a natural summery…

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  • Photo of Gravelrings – No Dig System Creates Exceptional Gravel Driveways

    Gravelrings – No Dig System Creates Exceptional Gravel Driveways

    When deciding upon the most suitable driveway surface for the job, the ongoing maintenance costs (and efforts) are nearly always underestimated. Although tarmac and concrete driveways have little to no short-term maintenance requirements. When they become tired, dull and worn the only course of action to replace them is to strip back and relay the surface, a costly process for landscapers and homeowners alike. Costs aside, this method also involves lengthy planning permission applications, never mind eight weeks for permission to be granted and for the work to begin. However, with Gravelrings no dig system, from Beauxfort, tarmac and concrete…

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  • Photo of Grillo launches electric BBQ to allow outdoor kitchens in high-rise buildings

    Grillo launches electric BBQ to allow outdoor kitchens in high-rise buildings

    The launch of the Grillo Voltiq Electric BBQ could not come soon enough for many roof terraces and BTR schemes. The Voltiq now enables those in city-centre locations or high-rise buildings the opportunity to install an outdoor kitchen and socialising area, complete with a barbeque. Previously, fire regulations imposed a ban on gas BBQs and naked flames on roof terraces, so until now barbeques have been off limits – much to the disappointment of designers and developers. Outdoor socialising spaces are in more demand than ever. When building a new development, roof terraces are becoming increasing popular, comprising a comfortable…

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  • Photo of SOLEX 22: The summer outdoor living trade exhibition

    SOLEX 22: The summer outdoor living trade exhibition

    The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition (SOLEX) will open its doors for THREE days on Tuesday 12 July at NEC, Birmingham – the definitive event for the outdoor living industry, bringing together all the leading manufacturers of outdoor living products. Being outdoors improves your health and well-being. Last year 63% of people spent more time in their gardens and outdoor spaces and more than 80% of consumers purchased an outdoor leisure product, SOLEX will feature furniture and accessories, barbecues, fire pits, leisure products, gifts, outdoor buildings, storage, lighting, spas, pergolas, hot tubs, parasols and soft furnishings. The event provides a showcase…

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  • Photo of External Porcelain Tile Pointing – Perfect with GftK’s vdw 815+

    External Porcelain Tile Pointing – Perfect with GftK’s vdw 815+

    The owners and their architect selected top quality porcelain tiles for this pool terrace, but they also wanted to be sure the pointing would not discolour or stain the expensive tiles, and that the grout was durable in the narrow >3-5mm joints between these larger format tiles. They had seen other people’s quality porcelain terraces effectively ruined by poor quality pointing, including cement grouts that initially left a lot of residue and then stained easily from spillages; or ‘brush-in resin’ grouts that blew out after jet-washing, which is essential to keep external porcelain tile paving in pristine condition. Fortunately, their…

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  • Photo of Saving the rainforest: One tree at a time

    Saving the rainforest: One tree at a time

    Essex based Ashwells Reclaimed Timber is the UK’s leading tropical timber reclamation specialist. For over 30 years, the firm has tirelessly reclaimed tropical hardwoods such as Greenheart, Jarrah, Ekki, and Keruing; repurposing the timber for future use in a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified process, that prevents further deforestation and saves C02e. Their reclaimed timber features in major projects across the UK, including RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court, The Eden Project and London Zoo. Ahead of Ashwells exhibiting at Futurescape (Stand A1), and to mark the start of landscape gardening season, we invited Managing Director Janine Davies-Tutt to share her…

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  • Photo of Marley’s AntiSlip decking is the perfect fit for Forest Holidays

    Marley’s AntiSlip decking is the perfect fit for Forest Holidays

    Set deep within Delamere Forest, emerges a beautiful rural retreat, offering guests the chance to connect with nature among the trees. Rural retreat Forest Holidays create holiday cabin locations across the UK in unique and stunning forest locations, providing people with an opportunity to connect with nature. Delamere Forest is the latest addition and includes Marley AntiSlip Plus® timber decking. Set amongst a 2,400 acre mixed broadleaf and evergreen forest, 66 spacious woodland cabins, each with their own outdoor decking area and hot tub are accessed by walkways and bridges, to offer guests a tranquil rural escape. Marley talked to…

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