It’s somewhat surreal to be going into February 2021 with the UK in its third national lockdown. And yet, here we are, once again being told to stay indoors to save lives and protect the NHS. Unfortunately for many, the fun of homeschooling is added to the equation.
So, we thought we’d introduce a children’s colouring competition from our February issue – not only for a short distraction but to introduce them, albeit in a small way, to horticulture. When your issue arrives, the picture to colour is on the same piece of paper as your address. (And sorry, the competition is for those aged 10 and under).
We also unveiled Pro Landscaper TV, a new series of online programmes. These will include one-to-one interviews with leading names in the industry, panel debates on the hot topics, and updates from well-known suppliers. The first two programmes are already available to view on our YouTube channel.
It’s not all about us, of course. Our latest UK Landscape Barometer reveals confidence in the market has taken a dive, but the industry continues to experience a boom. Are you a budding designer looking to build relationships with landscape contractors? Rosemary Coldstream gives her advice, whilst Mark Latchford explains how designers can work in harmony with architects.
Taking the ‘new year, new you’ saying on board, Urben announced its latest evolution to Tapestry. We spoke to one of its directors, Paul Reynolds, about the recent change and how it better reflects the company’s ethos. This wasn’t the only big change at the start of the year. Ground Control also announced that its managing director Marcus Watson would be stepping down and handing over the baton to Jason Knights.
Our February issue also saw us talk to Tayshan Hayden-Smith, whose initiative Grow2Know aims to encourage young people to get involved with horticulture through various community projects. He spoke candidly about inclusivity and diversity within the industry, and how we can encourage those from different backgrounds to take up horticulture.