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Pro Landscaper August 2020

The August issue brings with it stories of success and ending of eras. Our interview with Phil Jones, for instance, explores the rebrand of ESL Landscape Contractors to Cultura Group and how this better reflects the company’s ethos. We also hear from Tom Massey of Tom Massey Studio, who has gone from strength-to-strength since becoming one of Pro Landscaper’s inaugural 30 Under 30: The Next Generation. Last month, the industry also celebrated the achievements of Adam White as he passed his Landscape Institute presidency over to Jane Findlay of Fira. In his column, he reflects back on the last two years and the huge difference he has made to the association and the industry as a whole.

With the Black Lives Matter movement gaining momentum, we’re eager to push for change in the horticulture industry. Our regular contributors Nick Coslett and Lewis Normand both tackle the lack of diversity in the industry and encourage change. We’ll continue to cover this topic in our September issue, too. And please take a few minutes to read Claire Vokins’ interview with Marcellus Baz about his experiences of the industry and its inclusivity.

No doubt many companies are struggling to take on board the new rules and regulations around the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Well, Oracle Solicitors will be answering furlough FAQs in the firm’s new column. We also spoke to industry experts about how to sift through the wealth of project enquiries which seem to have surged with people spending more time in their gardens during lockdown.

It’s also time for our annual London supplement. This year, there’s an unavoidable focus on the impact COVID-19 has had on the capital. We interviewed Tony Woods of Garden Club London and John Ward of the newly rebranded Aoba Landscapes about their handling of their pandemic, and Marian Barker of Fresh Horticultural Careers explains how commuting could change going forward. We also explore the grounds maintenance of the Tower of London and the ongoing residential development of Wood Wharf – all of this alongside a stunning portfolio from Philip Nash Design.

There’s enough to keep you going for another month, that’s for sure, so enjoy and please get in touch to let us know what you think. You can find the August issue here.

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