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April 20, 2018

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BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tim O’Hare Associates completes Soil Resource Survey RHS Wisley -

Monday, April 16, 2018

BALI to launch Professional Designer Webinar Series -

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The “live outdoors” Partnership -

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nurseries unveil new environmentally friendly bags at Hall Place Plant Fair -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Countrywide Grounds teams up with Perfectly Green -

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open exhibition to mark Humphry Repton bicentenary -

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Ascot Spring Garden Show makes its inaugural bloom -

Friday, April 13, 2018

RHS chooses leading design duo for RHS Bridgewater Kitchen Garden -

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Barcham Trees investigate B&B specialist nurseries in the US

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Immediately prior to making a well-received presentation at the “Chesapeake Green 2018” annual horticultural symposium in Maryland, USA, in late February 2018, Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre visited two nurseries in the state which specialise in growing B&B (balled and burlapped/field-grow) trees. Steve Black of Raemelton Farm, Adamstown, explained to him how in 2016 he introduced to the market USDA-certified organic landscape-ready trees – a first for the industry in the USA. “Consumers are increasingly interested in how things they buy are produced. We have been using many of the practices required for organic production for years, such as using cover…

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Updated guidance on Xylella from BALI’s technical officer

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From 1 March 2018, additional precautions must be taken by suppliers and recipients of specific plants, as outlined in the DEFRA guidance document: Xylella fastidiosa: Information about controls for importers and users of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In addition to the plant passport system, which requires anyone directly importing host plants across the EU to the UK to ensure they are inspected and accompanied by a plant passport, from 1 March 2018, specific ‘high risk’ plants can only be moved once a site has received an annual inspection from an Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) inspector, and the plants have been…

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Statistics show a green future for Glendale apprentices

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Glendale’s commitment to tackling skills shortages and unemployment has been reflected in the growth of the number of staff undergoing apprenticeships within the business. Apprentices make up 8.5 percent of the national green service provider’s current workforce, compared to 5.8 percent in 2016. It’s a figure the firm is continually working to increase as part of its membership of The 5% Club. The 5% Club is designed to get the UK’s public and private sector companies to commit to having five percent of its total workforce as apprentices, sponsored students or graduates within five years. Glendale is also reminding businesses…

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Masterline ‘Colour Boost’ flower mixtures adding impact to open spaces

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New for 2018 from the Masterline range are three new ‘Colour Boost’ flower mixture formulations designed to create enhanced, attractive amenity spaces. Available in the UK through DLF Seeds, the range also provides an essential food source and habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates, especially pollenating insects. The mixtures have been designed for maximum floral impact, incorporating both wild flower and garden flowering species, that establish rapidly to deliver a colourful display throughout the whole year. Sowing a masterline colour boost mixture brings many cost savings for the commercial user compared to more traditional bedding schemes – particularly…

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American steel and aluminium price hike presents issues for landscapers

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In a recent public announcement, Donald Trump has triggered protectionism for American exports of both steel and aluminium. The result of this, is that EU countries will face a 25 percent increase in the price of American steel and a 10% inflation in aluminium. Since a multitude of landscaping products such as edging and handheld tools are made of these metals, a substantial price hike could be passed onto the end users, especially since rival, metal-exporting nations lack the quality and economies of scale of American alternatives. British manufactures have voiced concerns at the prospect of retaliation from the EU…

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Local authority is the UK’s first to invest in electric mowers 

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In a local authority first, Thanet District Council is introducing new electric lawn-mowers to its open spaces fleet. Run on lithium-ion batteries rather than diesel, these modern mowers are greener, quieter and cheaper to run. They will be used at Ramsgate Cemetery and Margate Crematorium and are all part of the council’s commitment to creating a clean and welcoming environment in Thanet. The council has purchased six new mowers – two commercial ride-on mowers,  two walk behind mowers and two commercial stand-on mowers to be used equally across the two sites. Cllr Fairbrass, deputy leader of Thanet District Council said:…

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Mayor and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside

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Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500 million for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes. The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme. The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for: A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London…

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Wavin debates the future of drainage at ecobuild 2018

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With new research suggesting that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, stormwater management is becoming more important than ever before. As Richard Dawson, professor of earth systems engineering at Newcastle University, states in his research released last week, there is an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.”[1] Wavin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future. The…

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Digital Editor’s Open letter

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I’m incredibly excited to announce that we at Pro Landscaper are preparing for a major overhaul of the website design and content. I’ll be heading up this new site personally, and I’m eager to get to know every one of our readers and immerse myself in the landscaping industry. Here’s a bit about me and what’s to come in the near future. Why landscaping? I’ve worked for Eljays44 for the past 18 months, producing content across multiple titles and its instilled in me a real passion for working with those in the landscaping sector. Growing up in a house with…

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Welcome to Pro Landscaper Digital

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The Pro Landscaper website is set for momentous changes! From March 2018 onwards, our digital offering is going to be packed each week with exclusive, original content that cannot be found on any other site, or in the printed edition of Pro Landscaper. We are set to run interviews with the top industry names, reports on different segments of the market, and in-depth analysis of the latest news and its effect on the industry. Over the coming months, we’re going for a fresh look, so stay tuned for the big reveal! If you have a story to tell, get in…

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